Rain to Release New Album 2016/12/14, Source,
Singer Rain is returning to the stage with a new album.
His agency said on Tuesday that the album is in its final stages of production and will be released sometime in January next year,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" 2016/11/19,
To Die For
"Please Come Back, Mister" has an unusual premise about two men who die and are reincarnated to right the wrongs they made before their deaths. The drama tells the story from the deceased's point of view, as opposed to the common way of telling it from the perspective of those who were left behind. Through this drama, I got to experience that death is painful for both the deserted and the deceased,...More
Rain and Kim Tae-hee, quality time 2016/06/26, Source,
Singer and actor Rain and his girlfriend Kim Tae-hee spent a meaningful birthday.
Rain who turned 34 on the 25th, had a good time with his girlfriend Kim Tae-hee. He was abroad for a long time because of his world tour and Kim Tae-hee was busy with her advertisements so they weren't able to get together for a while. The trip to Jeju Island in May was also a tough one to fit their schedules,...More
[Photos] Song Joong-ki VS Rain, Skajan battle 2016/05/01, Source,
This year's 'it' fashion item is the Skajan. Skajan is everywhere on the 'new items' list from luxurious brands to casual ones.
Skajan fabricates too. Latest Skajan items come with embroidered patterns on thin silk or satin. These are perfect for days with big temperature gaps,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" 2016/04/23,
Korean dramas making abrupt changes is something audiences have grown used to, but one of the latest variations of this bad habit has been radically changing a drama's presentation and tone from the cheerful to the melodramatic very early on. "Please Come Back, Mister" felt like such a refreshing change to that. The drama does a lot of things well. Unfortunately, it also makes so many big mistakes that it ultimately ruins a lot of the good it had previously managed to build,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 16 Final 2016/04/14,
This is it, the final confrontation, where among other things, the full background behind Gi-tak's death is confirmed. After the rather goofy way Yeong-soo died I have to admit I never really considered the idea that Gi-tak's death was anything more complicated than what it looked like- a high speed chase gone wrong. That notion seemed bolstered by how Gi-tak himself lost interest in searching for his real killer fairly quickly. Yet in the end, Gi-tak is forced to decide whether he's willing to break the revenge rule or not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 15 2016/04/14,
I find that watching "Please Come Back, Mister" without a sense of context tends to be instructive for getting a feel of the drama. As per the last cliffhanger, there was a big car accident and Yeong-soo, rather than do the sensible thing and go to the hospital, stumbles around through sheer force of will to his intended destination. One might think from that much that there was a serious romance going on between him and Da-hye, rather than the deliberately ambiguous mess we actually ended up with. And then Gi-tak shows up using the cute "dearest spouse" form of personal address,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 14 2016/04/07,
Gi-tak is dangled in front of the fire like a damsel in distress here, and while he's not quite exactly a damsel, the fact that Gi-tak looks like a damsel does make matters somewhat awkward. The sexual tension between him and former gangster buddy Ji-hoon has always been noticeable, and there's some pretty unsettling transgender questions at play here. When you like the woman you like because she reminds you of a guy, and is in fact simply that same guy in a woman's body, does that make you gay?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 13 2016/04/06,
It turns out that Han-na was just trying to see her real dad, Yeong-soo, all along, in typical chidlike uncertainty. The payoff for all that extended running around ends up being more tender scenes as Yeong-soo tries to do right by his family and with a little supernatural help, is able to comfort them somewhat about the fact that he's dead. It's all kind of sweet, actually, albeit somewhat annoying since there's not much left in the way of plot progression,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 12 2016/03/31,
So, it turns out that Hong-nan is not just some random identity that Gi-tak made up to explain how his new female body could know so much about Gi-tak's life. Hong-nan is, in fact, Gi-tak's actual estranged sister from childhood, and by sheer dumb coincidence, it turns out that Da-hye is the real Hong-nan. If you're wondering why this revelation is important, well, keep wondering. All "Please Come Back, Mister" does with this new information is set up a few tender scenes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 10 2016/03/24,
Da-hye finally directly addresses the creepiness inherent in Yeong-soo's position of trying to constantly hit on a widow. While this doesn't smooth over all the ethical problems involved in Yeong-soo's behavior, I'm grateful that "Please Come Back, Mister" is at least acknowledging the very uncomfortable position in which Da-hye has been put. Some self-awareness can go a long way to making a problematic story seem more harmless and less deserving of over-analysis,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 9 2016/03/23,
Yeong-soo really does not appear to have thought through the ramifications of his trying to romance Da-hye in Hae-joon's body. Da-hye is a grieving widow. It would be a little disconcerting if she was actually into Hae-joon's attempts at sexual harassment. Compared to Hae-joon, Ji-hoon's come-ons are fairly tactful. After all we've seen him do, I never expected Ji-hoon would come out looking like the better man this episode. Naturally, it helps that even if Yeong-soo succeeds, Da-hye would just be heartbroken again since Hae-joon will have to disappear without explanation, lest Yeong-soo break the rules,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 8 2016/03/17,
Yeong-soo and Gi-tak had a pretty successful run last episode in terms of accomplishing their goals. The problem that brings up is, if they've already mostly accomplished what they needed to do, then why are they bothering to stick around in the world of the living? Yeong-soo and Gi-tak will have to go back sooner or later. And until then they're at risk of breaking one of Maya's rules- a penalty which is finally elucidated and which Yeong-soo and Gi-tak will have to struggle to avoid enacting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 7 2016/03/16,
It turns out that Ji-hoon really is somewhat villainous. At first I was wondering whether "Please Come Back, Mister" was doing the whole thing where the turncoat you know is worse than the explicitly evil bad guys, but no, as it turns out, the explicitly evil bad guys are still pretty explicitly evil. This is somewhat impressive considering how a lot of their villainy is by accident. When it comes to I-yeon's crooked relative by marriage Hyeok (played by Park Min-woo), I doubt we'd even care about his gangster problems except that Gi-tak mnaged to get sucked into that situation somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 6 2016/03/10,
Yeong-soo continues the mission here to harass his wife and co-worker regarding a perceived romantic entanglement between the two. When it comes to Ji-hoon (played by Yoon Park), I can almost be all right with it, because Ji-hoon is definitely up to something suspicious. But Da-hye is a grieving widow working in a department store that may have murdered her husband. Doesn't the woman have enough to deal with? Is this really the time for abusive pep talks? Even bearing in mind that Yeong-soo has friendly moments too they don't cancel out his often terrifying disposition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 5 2016/03/09,
For their superficially wildly different personalities, Yeong-soo and Gi-tak have one thing in common- they're both prone to jumping to wild outrageous conclusions based on limited evidence. Come to think of it they even acted this way back in the first episode, when they were still alive. It just didn't come off as quite so ridiculous back then because Kim In-kwon looks like a pathetic guy who can be intimidated, and Kim Soo-ro looks like an ultra-masculine man who is not to be trifled with. Rain and Oh Yeon-seo, by contrast, look like they should have some shred of classy dignity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 4 2016/03/03,
First, the good news. It would appear that the epilogue segments which involve Yeong-soo's Rain doppleganger getting railroaded so as to avoid interference with the main plot will in fact be a recurring feature in "Please Come Back, Mister". There's just something so delightfully sadistic about watching this poor man deal with constant artifically induced crises. Especially since it gives him almost as many excuses to take his shirt off as it does for Yeong-soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 2 2016/02/25,
Maya (played by Ra Mi-ran) is the individual in charge of sending dead people back to the world of living temporarily. She's frustrated by how Yeong-soo and Gi-tak have interrupted her planned vacation, and warns these two that the reliving process is a fairly unsatisfying one with many arbitrary rules. Following that Maya nonetheless plops Yeong-soo in the body of Hae-joon (played by Rain), and Gi-tak in the body of Hong-nan (played by Oh Yeon-seo),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 1 2016/02/24,
Yeong-soo (played by Kim In-kwon) is a nebbish department store manager who belatedly realizes his bad night was in fact much worse than just a drunk blackout. He soon meets up with Gi-tak (played by Kim Soo-ro), an ex-convict turned chef who is now in the same mortal predicament. Together they...flash back to the days right before the opener, because as this is the first episode, "Please Come Back, Mister" has to explain its premise and more importantly, why we as viewers should care,...More
Lee Min-jeong to come back with SBS drama "Hello, My Precious" 2015/12/08, Source,
Actress Lee Min-jeong is coming back for the first time in 2 years with "Hello, My Precious".
She takes on the role of Sin Da-hye, a proud wife who keeps her house spotless and is respectable to her father-in-law. She manages to stay happy with the allowance her husband gives her and knows how to style a cheap piece of clothing like a luxury brand. She does her hair herself but still looks like she's been to the salon and she's young and pretty,...More
[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "Jeju Island with Rain?" - Part 3 2015/11/04, Source, Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.
The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20% but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of an odd character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores",...More
[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "I can't possibly be prettier than this" - Part 2 2015/11/03, Source, Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.
The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20%, but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged, then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of a very stranger character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores",...More
Rain, to come back in December 2015/11/02, Source,
Singer Rain is starting his world tour on the 7th of November, in Hunan, China.
This tour in China will be held in Guandong, Shenzen, Hubei, Wuhan, Gwangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, Nanning and others,...More
[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "Laying down? I almost got bedsores" - Part 1 2015/11/02, Source, Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.
The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20%, but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of a very stranger character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores",...More
Rain's Rain Company officially founded 2015/10/11, Source,
Singer and actor Rain who was expected to stand on his own, founded his own Rain Company on the 11th.
Rain Company said, "He signed himself to his own company on the 1st of October". Many stars have been standing alone so Rain's new attempt is no surprise but he's doing things the American way,...More
"The Flower of Joseon" by Selma 'Asma' Assadi 2015/07/11, Source,
"The Flower of Joseon" is centred in the 17th century following the discovery of New Holland (Australia). William was a cartographer and part of the British Indian company ship crew, he is in search of a new life for him and his daughter Alida, after the tragic events they had been through,...More
Rain and Kim Tae-hee seen entering China together
Hallyu couple, Rain, 33, and Kim Tae-hee, 35, entered China together. They returned to Korea together after attending a promotional event. This is their first time to attend a same event since they announced their relationship officially. The event they attended took place in Hainan, China for the 10th anniversary of cosmetic brand, JVJQ,...More
Rain wears yellow ribbon to China 2015/04/16, Source, Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) paid respects to the 1st anniversary of the Sewol ship accident by going to China with a yellow ribbon.
He posted a picture of Weibo on the 16th, saying, "I am at the Chinese Music Awards. Thank you all my fans",...More
2PM Junho in "Twenty" as an actor 2015/03/19, Source, He's more familiar with being a part of 2PM but he's earned the title 'actor'. He started acting 2 years ago but he's gotten himself a lead role and we can't find the title 'idol' anywhere around Junho.
Junho came in first out of 6500 competitors in an audition program called "Superstar Survival" in 2006. He was called the next Rain from this point. He had the skills and became a part of JYP and starred in another reality show. He then came out with an idol group called 2PM and while other members branched out into acting or variety, he stayed a singer,...More
Rain, to model for Yves Saint Laurent China 2014/12/16, Source,
Singer and actor Rain is the new Chinese model for Yves Saint Laurent, the representative cosmetic brand of L'Oréal Group.
Known for his appealing lips, Rain is going to represent the Chinese region by modeling for one of the best sellers, Dangerous Rouge,...More
Hallyu's two face in China? 2014/12/14, Source,
50 million, 120 million and 200 million won per episode; this is the cost of the Korean drama publication rights in China.
The entertainment industry is smiling at the breeze of Hallyu in China. The enormous Chinese market is no doubt an attraction compared to the limited Korean market.
The more Hallyu enters the Chinese market, the dependence on Chinese capital is rising. When the breeze turns into a chilling wind, no one will know how the situation will turn out,...More
Digital Video Network DramaFever Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Exclusive Fall Premieres 2014/09/19, Source,
Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres
DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles,...More
Rain, "I'm hungry, I want to feel food" 2014/08/14, Source,
Singer Rain is in distress about maintaining his perfectly fit body.
Rain tweeted on the 13th, "I am so hungry. I want to feel the taste of chewing food. I want to taste spiciness. I want to feel the happiness of eating and feeling it. I want to eat something so salty that I have to drink water afterwards. I want to feel indigestion. Why do I love eating so much?",...More
Hallyu stars featured in Chinese movies 2014/07/22, Source,
Hallyu stars are making it big in the Chinese film and drama industry.
For the past few years, Hallyu stars have been appearing in Chinese dramas, but it's been a common thing for them to appear in movies as well.
Drama casting is an important factor as it has everything to do with viewing percentage, but in films, ticket sales affect the success of the movie.
Like Hollywood cast Lee Byung-hun and Rain to target the Asian market, it seems like China shares a common purpose for doing the same,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" 2014/04/12, A selection of shots from Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK"...
It was not one of Park's most profitable, but "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" possesses an invigorating type of magic only this master could muster. It tells the tale of a troubled young girl (Yeong-goon played by Im Soo-jeong) who is recently admitted to a mental institution after nearly electrocuting herself to death. There she serendipitously stumbles into an odd relationship with an anti-social schizophrenic (Rain as Il-soon) obsessed with oral hygiene and thievery, and shares with him her secret of being cyborg. The film is padded with magical-realism, lovable characters, attractive compositions, and at its core is a heart-warming story of the love we'd all like to get lost in/struck by. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
Rain Bags Starring Movie Role in Chinese Melodrama 2014/03/05, Source,
K-pop star Rain has been cast as a starring actor in a Chinese movie. Cube DC, his management agency, said on Tuesday the singer will appear in a romantic melodrama directed by Gao Xixi. It will be his first appearance in a film from the world's most populous country. He will star alongside popular Chinese actress Liu Yifei,...More
Rain special, Mnet "Rain Effect" 2014/01/06, Source,
Music channel Mnet is going to broadcast Rain's comeback show "Rain Effect" on the 9th at 7:30PM.
Performances of "30 Sexy" and "La Song", his title songs from the 6th official album will be shown along with others,...More
Rain Makes Comeback with New Album 2014/01/03, Source,
K-pop superstar Rain has made an official comeback with his sixth album "Rain Effect" after he was out of limelight for about two years for his compulsory military service. Since his debut in 2002, Rain has broken several records for Korean pop stars and even performed at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he has also been embroiled in a number of scandals, most prominently by abusing his privileges during military service to go on dates with his girlfriend, the actress Kim Tae-hee,...More
Rain is not guilty 2013/12/23, Source,
Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) was told by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors that he is not guilty regarding the violation of military duty.
He was investigated after being reported for violating military rules but was sentenced as not guilty,...More
Rain, charged for poor duty? 2013/11/28, Source,
Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) and his agency explained the rumors about him being charged for poor duty as a soldier.
Cube Entertainment spoke with Sports Dot Com on the 28th and said, "They say indictment has been submitted but we haven't got any calls yet. It's too early to say anything",...More
Rain to Star Opposite Hollywood Veterans in New Action Thriller 2013/11/27, Source,
K-pop star and actor Rain will appear in the Hollywood action thriller "The Prince" with Bruce Willis and John Cusack, his management agency said on Tuesday. The film, directed by Brian A. Miller, centers on a Las Vegas mob enforcer who is drawn back to the sin city when his teenage daughter disappears, bringing him into conflict with ghosts from his past,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Full House" 2013/10/11,
Depending on how big of a drama watcher you are, you might know a little or a lot about the 2004 hit series "Full House". This romantic drama starring Song Hye-kyo and Rain was quite the success during its original run, ending with ratings that reached a 42% peak with its last episode and becoming popular abroad, even resulting in a number of remakes made in other countries.
The premise of "Full House" is nothing new at this point. It is about the well covered topic of a business deal type of marriage leading to true love,...More
Rain, in studs 2013/10/10, Source,
Singer Rain is departing for the 2013 Singapore Fashion Week at the Singapore Marina Bay Sands Convention hall on the morning of the 11th,...More
Rain to star as special guest in Chinese TV show 2013/09/25, Source,
Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) is starring in the first Chinese audition program Super Boy on Honam TV as a special guest.
Rain is departing for China on the 26th for the broadcasting of the show on the 27th and will prove the dignity of one of the leading Hallyu stars,...More
Today's Photo: August 23, 2013  2013/08/23, Source,
Singer Rain arrives at Incheon International Airport on Thursday to leave for a music festival in Thailand. It is his first official appearance after his discharge from the military in July,...More
National Defense, "Rain's re-admittance isn't normal" 2013/08/07, Source,
In the process of looking over celebrity qualifications, Rain's name has been brought up saying that he should serve his duties again. The National Defense claims, "There is a slight problem with the process but it's not enough to talk about putting him back in the army".
Politician Kim Gwang-jin brought up this topic on the 6th saying that certain celebrity soldiers didn't submit necessary papers to apply for the publicity roles,...More
Rain Adds Touch of Glamour as Korea-U.S. Fete Ties 2013/05/08, Source, Rain, who is still serving out his mandatory military service, left for the U.S. on Monday to attend an event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. alliance in Washington D.C. He will host the first part of the event and perform later in the proceedings,...More
CJ Entertainment Proudly Presents "R2B: Return to Base" DVD 2013/02/04,
Rivals on the Ground ... Allies in the Air Action-Packed Drama Starring Rain, Flying Onto DVD March 12th "... high-octane finale ..." - Los Angeles Times "... pretty swell entertainment". - Film Journal International Two pilots must set aside their differences and lead the way to rescue a comrade and prevent war in the action-packed drama "R2B: Return to Base", flying onto DVD March 12 from CJ Entertainment America,...More
Rain, appointment not possible 2013/01/16, Source, Rain's re-appointment of post won't happen.
A source at the Ministry of National Defense said that Rain would remain as a celebrity soldier or the remaining 7 months or so at the army and that re-appointing him was impossible,...More
Contrite Rain 'Sought Frontline Posting' 2013/01/16, Source,
Singer and actor Rain, who has been grounded for bunking off military duties to meet his girlfriend, sought to be transferred to the frontline when the scandal came to light, the military claimed Tuesday. Rain voiced the wish in a meeting with his senior officer after the scandal emerged", a military spokesman said. But the military denied the request despite growing public pressure to act, on the grounds that a conscript cannot apply for completely different assignment. Rain, who serves with the entertainment corps, has spent over 90 days off base, vastly more than ordinary conscripts can hope for,...More
Rain sues Australian "World Tour" agents 2013/01/14, Source,
Singer Rain is currently in a legal argument with the Australian agency responsible for a concert regarding down payment.
The Seoul Central Court revealed that World Made Star M claimed for guarantee that wasn't paid up yet,...More
Rain Given One-Week Military Probation 2013/01/09, Source,
Favorable treatment for celebrities serving out their military obligations has been in the spotlight these days. And with the ongoing criticisms over singer Rain's number of leaves from the military, the Ministry of National Defense has decided to give the star a week of military probation,...More
Rain to Face Disciplinary Committee Next Week 2013/01/04, Source,
The Defense Ministry on Thursday said it confirmed that singer and actor Rain bunked off military duties to meet his girlfriend, actress Kim Tae-hee. The ministry said it considers this a violation of military regulations and will put him in front of a disciplinary committee. Rain, who is serving in the Army entertainment corps, left his military base citing official duties on Nov. 23, Dec. 2 and 9 to work on a song for a military event at a recording studio in Gangnam. On all three occasions Rain met up with Kim between 9 and 10 p.m. after working on his music. Kim apparently drove him back to his base in the ministry compound every time, and Rain reported back at around 10:30 p.m,...More
Rain Under Fire for Bunking Off Military Duties 2013/01/03, Source,
Singer and actor Rain, who is serving his mandatory military service, has provoked controversy over the privileges enjoyed by star conscripts by taking unusually frequent holidays. The star attracted the latest unwelcome publicity after it was reported that he is dating actress Kim Tae-hee. Rain began his service in October 2011 as an assistant instructor at a boot camp on the front line but was transferred to Seoul in March last year to serve in the Army's entertainment corps. According to the Defense Ministry, Rain got 17 days off as a reward and took another 10 overnight vacation days since March. He spent another 44 days outside his military base on official business such as morale-boosting performances, recording sessions and dance practice for military events. In July, Rain spent four days at one studio in Gangnam,...More
Kim Tae-hee admits to relationship with Rain 2013/01/01, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee admitted to being in a relationship with singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon).
Kim's agency reported through media, "It's true they have been seeing each other but they are currently in the stage of getting to know each other. It's been about a month since they've started seeing each other",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "R2B: Return to Base": Come Rain, Come Shine? 2012/12/15,
Film: "R2B: Return to Base" (R2B: 리턴투베이스)Director: Kim Dong-weonStars:Rain, Sin Se-kyeong, Yoo Joon-sang, Kim Sung-soo, Lee Ha-na & Lee Jong-sukReview Score: 3 / 5
Also Try: "The Red Scarf", "71-Into the Fire" or "Taegukgi"
Shin Sang-ok's 1964 film "The Red Muffler" was the first film to be released nationally in Japan and, prior to its release there, it was also shown at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Taipei. It was this acclaimed classic, this "expertly-filmed motion picture", that inspired Kim Dong-weon's 2012 action drama "R2B: Return to Base". The film was made with $10,000,000 and Time magazine's 2011 'most influential person' and Korean superstar Rain. However, it also had the unfortunate luck of being released alongside Choi Dong-hoon's record breaking "The Thieves", as well as the historical comedy "The Grand Heist" (which itself brought in close to 5 million admissions)-it lasted three weeks before it fell off the radar.
"R2B: Return to Base" is, if anything, a great spectacle. There are incredibly gorgeous jet fighter scenes that seem to mirror the complexity and intensity of the stories told by some of the WWII veterans on the History channel; its star, Rain, is involved in a number of retro-style music montages as well as an angry/passionate topless locker-room brawl; and there is a love story in there somewhere that keeps you from feeling cheated. It's high-speed entertainment that catches the eye and quickens the pulse, but does little for the genre in Korea and even less for Rain's filmography,...More
Gov't Agencies Splash Out on Celebrity Promoters 2012/11/17, Source,
Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi has been paid W572 million since 2010 for promoting the lottery for the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (US$1=W1,093). Boy group Super Junior was paid W380 million since March 2010 by the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to promote Korean cuisine around the world. Over the last four years, 41 out of 62 government agencies that hired entertainers as honorary ambassadors spent hundreds of millions to billions of won in modeling fees and other expenses. The 41 government agencies spent more than W6 billion over that period,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/26, Source, It's finally Friday and we have our Michelle Kim here with us for our last arts and culture segment of the week. Today, she'll tell us about the premiere of an American movie featuring a Korean actress and . Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young Let's start with the film. Which film is it and who is the Korean actress in it[Reporter : ] The film is "Cloud Atlas" and the actress is Bae Doona, who was in Los Angeles for the premiere on Wednesday,...More
Why Psy and not JYP? 2012/09/21, Source,
By Jason Lim I just watched Psy perform live in New York City's Rockefeller Center on NBC's Today Show, a venue usually reserved for the most popular of international singers. I mean, you can't get much more mainstream than that in the U.S. Wait. And the song just hit No. 1 in iTunes in 17 countries across the world. Wait again. Psy was just parodied in Saturday Night Live, reaching the pantheon of international stardom. This is getting ridiculous. Next, they will be inviting him to the White House and Buckingham Palace. The problem is, for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I admit that the song is catchy, silly, and fun. Then again, there are a lot of catchy, silly, and fun songs out there,...More
Korean films' renaissance with box office success 2012/09/01, Source,
The Korean film industry is having a renaissance recently, with renewed success at the domestic box office. Local films topped the country's top-ten box office chart last weekend, with Korean movies taking up all first four places in ticket sales. According to statistics provided by the Korean Film Council on August 27, nearly eight out of ten moviegoers watched Korean films last weekend. The four Korean blockbuster films - "Neighbors", "The Grand Heist", "The Thieves", and "R2B: Return to Base" in that order - made up 77 percent of ticket sales over the weekend from August 24 through 26. It can be almost called a resurgence of Korean films as they are taking away ticket sales from recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Total Recall, Step Up Revolution, and The Dark Night Rises. Such success comes for the first time in three years since 2009 when two Korean films - "Take Off" and "Haeundae" - swept the Korean box office,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.08.24 ~ 2012.08.26 2012/08/27, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.08.24~ 2012.08.26)Kim Hwi's new thriller "Neighbors" has denied Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves" a fifth straight week at the top. Kim has been involved in a number of productions, including working on the script for "Haeundae", but this is his first directorial attempt on the mainstream cinema circuit. The film clinched 31.10% of the weekend's ticket sales, that adds up to be 782,200 admissions in its opening weekend. After last week's close race for the top, Kim Joo-ho's "The Grand Heist" managed to get one back on Choi's blockbuster hit. Overall, the local hits dominated the top end of the chart, holding more than 70% of all tickets sold over the weekend,...More
[Video] "R2B: Return To Base" OST revealed and Chinese subtitles 2012/08/22, Source,
The OST and music video for "R2B: Return to Base" were released in South Korea on August 21. Titled "Close to the Sun (태양 가까이)" the song features the lyrical voice of singer and former "Voice of Korea" contestant Heo Gyu as well as electric guitar and base arrangements. The actual OST album will also include an acoustic-pop version of "Close to the Sun", performed by Cho Hyun-ah of indie band Urban Zakapa,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/17, Source,
It's finally Friday and of course we are here with our Michelle Kim, who brings us some fun arts and culture events we can enjoy this weekend. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today,...More
[Video] Rain's endurance test for R2B: RETURN TO BASE shocks viewers 2012/08/16, Source,
The video clip of Rain's 9G pressure training is becoming a hot topic online. To prepare for production, the cast of "R2B: Return to Base" all underwent endurance tests to prevent symptoms that may be experienced from too much acceleration force in high-speed jets, including loss of consciousness and change in vision. The test measures G-force, which is a unit used to measure the force that a human body is subjected to when accelerated. A typical person can withstand about 5G before losing consciousness,...More
Rain's Movie "R2B: Return To Base" Sold To 30 Countries 2012/08/14, Source, Rain's last movie he shot before enlisting in the military will be exported to 30 countries abroad. According to CJ E&M on August 13th, " was sold to 30 countries abroad, including Thailand, Taiwan, India, England, France, Germany, Canada, and the United States",...More
[Video] CJ Entertainment Takes Flight with "R2B: Return to Base"! 2012/08/13, Source,
Action epic comes to North America on August 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 13, 2012) - CJ Entertainment America brings the aerial action thriller "R2B: Return to Base" to North American theatres on August 24, 2012. Inspired by the 1963 South Korean film, Red Scarf by legendary director Shin Sang-ok, "R2B: Return to Base" is set in modern-day Seoul and features top stars Rain ("Ninja Assassin"), Sin Se-kyeong, and Yoo Joon-sang.
They have 7 minutes to pull off the most critical airborne mission in history.
South Korean elite Air Force pilot Tae-hun is kicked out of his flying team and demoted into a combat unit after a cocky and dangerous air show demonstration. On the first day of his transfer to F15K, he has a run-in with Cheol-hui, the unit's leader. Tae-hun's rebellious swagger and Cheol-hui's buttoned down discipline come into conflict almost immediately,...More
(42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens 2012/07/04, Source,
Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
See MBLAQ in action 2012/06/26, Source,
K-pop group MBLAQ
By Kwaak Je-yup It is easy to be cynical about K-pop's influence unless you have seen it in action. The story of five-member boy band MBLAQ is testament to this phenomenon. Thanks to the power of YouTube, curious music fans in countries such as Brazil and Italy can hear the music and see the performances. Soon they make their own online bulletin boards to discuss what they have seen. They may even try to learn Korean to understand the lyrics and even put up subtitles for others,...More
Pop Festival to Laud Guests to Yeosu Expo 2012/06/18, Source,
South Korean pop girl groups, boy bands and solo artists will take the stage at the Yeosu World Expo every night at 8 p.m. as part of a pop festival. The organizing committee of the Yeosu Expo announced the line up for the festival on June 17, with eye-catching names on the list,...More
K-pop stars in military to perform at Yeosu Expo 2012/06/13, Source,
By Kim Susan Se-jeong K-pop stars who are serving in the military will perform for fans at the Yeosu expo on June 16. Singers "Rain", Park Hyo-shin and KCM will perform at the K-Pop Special Concert hosted by K-Force Media. The show will start at 8:30 p.m. and run until about 10 p.m. at the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea this coming Saturday,...More
K-pop Singers Introduced in Thai School Textbooks 2012/06/02, Source,
Thai school textbooks now include Korean pop stars in their contents. The Korea Thailand Communication Center(KTCC) said Friday that one of the top ranking publishers in Thailand had recently released music textbooks for junior high to high school classes which include pictures of well-known K-pop stars, including CNBLUE, Super Junior, 2PM, Rain and Big Bang,...More
Rain to Demo Army Guns on New TV Chosun Documentary 2012/04/19, Source,
Singer Rain, who is serving his mandatory military service, will appear in a documentary about the defense industry entitled "Defense Report 2012" on TV Chosun.
He will feature in several scenes at the start and end of the program, which will be divided into three parts and will air on Saturdays at 11 p.m. from this weekend,...More
Rain Named Promotional Ambassador for Military 2012/04/12, Source,
Singer Rain, who is serving his mandatory military service, was appointed promotional ambassador by the Military Manpower Administration on Tuesday.
An MMA official said, "We hope that his exemplary military service will contribute to encouraging young men to fulfill their own military duty",...More
Is Big Bang Ready for the West? 2012/04/05, Source,
Idol group Big Bang are certainly getting their fair share of attention these days, but they are getting their just due; their latest mini-album 'Alive' is breaking records on Korean music charts and earning critical praise for its six singles on the EP. Their "concept" this go round is one of their most...unique so far- tattoos, oxygen masks, blue hair, the usual mélange from the YG stylist closet, and whatever G-Dragon happens to feel like throwing on when he wakes up in the morning. However, as has been closely noted by V.I.Ps (official Big Bang fan club), the music is what is attracting all the attention – from popular American blogs, sites, and international music insiders. They broke the Billboard 200, and placed high on other album charts (Independent, World, Heatseekers) demonstrating a pretty widespread appeal. It's interesting given that while it appears many in K-pop are still trying to find the magic formula for recognition in the West (Rain, BoA, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation) it seems as these guys are getting it and barely trying,...More
[SS Photo] Rain gained weight? 2012/03/26, Source, Rain is on a powerful stage performance at the Seoul Peace Musical in commemoration of the 2nd year of since the Cheonan ship incident and in celebration of the nuclear security summit at the Seoul Yongsan War Memorial Museum,...More
NYT Dissects Global Success of 'Goose-Stepping' K-Pop Singers 2012/03/09, Source,
The New York Times published a feature article on March 5 on the secrets behind K-pop's worldwide popularity.
Under the headline "Bringing K-Pop to the West", the article talks about how K-pop is spreading and attracting audiences around the world. The genre "has spread, first to Asia and more recently to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, mainly because of the broad use of social media", it said,...More
[special article] He's in the Army now, but not out of sight: Rain's commercial ads & projects shine on. 2012/03/03, Source,
- Written by: Stephe Thornton, Cloud USA Managing Editor ^@@^
Earlier this month, on February 11, South Korean singer, actor, and mega-entertainer Rain (a.k.a. ROK Army Private First Class JiHoon Jung) completed four months of service in the Republic of Korea military. In those four months, he has established himself as a serious super soldier at one of the toughest training camps (near the DMZ), as more physically fit than recruits ten years his junior, and as a loyal squadron leader and top sharpshooter of the 5th Division. No one can say he has used his celebrity and taken the easy road when it comes to doing his duty for his country.
Rain has never taken the easy road at anything. He's always taken the one he knew was right, worked very hard, and weathered whatever storm it may have entailed,...More
Stars born in 1982 take over 2012/02/28, Source,
The beauty and looks of celebrities born in the year 1982 have become an issue.
Several pictures of celebrities appeared online recently with the title "The best stars born in 1982, Year of the Dog",...More
Top K-pop star Rain to serve as 'entertainment soldier' 2012/02/24, Source,
Korean pop singer and actor Rain will serve as what the military has dubbed an "entertainment soldier" during the remaining period of his mandatory two years of military service, a government agency in charge of publicizing the military said Friday.
Rain will be assigned to a new group within the military that provides programming for TV and radio broadcasts next month, the Defense Media Agency said,...More
MBLAQ: 'We Will Show 100 Percent in New Album' 2012/01/12, Source,
Five MBLAQ members made a comeback with their new mini album "100% Version", and the member G.O said, "We had released our first official album last year, and we have come to release our fourth album this time. We thought that it might be the right time for us to present our true appearance filled with 100 percent of energy". The members expressed their determination to present everything that they had prepared for the past three years since their debut in the title of the album. Right after MBLAQ released their album on January 10, the members said, "We worked for this album for more than one year to fully present what we have, and we have confidence in our album",...More
Big-budget films to open in 2012 2012/01/05, Source,
A scene from "The Thieves", which is expected to wow movie fans this year with its A-list cast. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won While 2011 saw the release of some novel, genre-defying works, not many local films aside from "Sunny - 2010" and "War of the Arrows" (a.k.a. "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon") managed to draw crowds at the box office. This year, a lineup of big-budget films featuring the return of big stars await moviegoers,...More
Rain starts assisting in recruit training 2011/12/12, Source,
Singer Rain officially starts duty as recruit training assistant on the 12th.
He was appointed as the recruit training assistant at division 5 of Kyeonggido Yeoncheon-gun, Sinseomyeon. He has completed 3 weeks of intense skills training and gunnery exercise,...More
Rain, military life is like a war movie 2011/11/27, Source,
The epilogue of singer Rain's military life has many interested.
Several pictures of Rain were posted on the online celebrity community on the 23rd titled, "Rain films a movie at the army". The pictures show Rain in training and his fellow soldiers writing letters to their friends and families".,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2011/11/25, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
The star girl group T-ara has released a new single!
They've transformed into sexy female warriors for their title track "Cry Cry", sporting short hair and leather jackets.
T-ara also released a video of their choreography rehearsal for "Cry Cry".
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Good luck to "Cry Cry!""
T-ara's plans include releasing a single in Japan in step with their comeback in Korea. Keep your eyes on T-ara as they sweep through the charts!,...More
The Army Blues - Celebrity Enlistment 2011/11/19, Source,
It's already been one year since Gang Dong-won (my current obsession) entered the army. I am getting so depressed over this. How I miss my oppa... Oppaaa! Come back to me quick!!!
Oh come on, how can I not joke about this? It's begging for it! And since I have been thinking about the issue of army due to this "anniversary" and what with others now enlisting as well, I thought I'd make a little article about it. My blog version of this is a bit more Gang Dong-won oriented (a few more paragraphs on that), but I'd like to mainly talk about the issue here,...More
Rain Chosen as Assistant Instructor at Army Boot Camp 2011/11/09, Source,
K-pop superstar Rain, a.k.a. Jung Ji-hoon (29), was chosen as an assistant instructor at the 5th Infantry Division's Army boot camp, where he has been serving his mandatory military service since Oct. 11.
"Private Jung Ji-hoon volunteered to serve as an assistant instructor", a military officer confirmed, adding that such appointments are only handed out to outstanding rookies,...More
Winter Olympics a Bigger Boost for Korea Than K-Pop 2011/11/09, Source,
Foreigners who live in Korea or have visited the country say Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics did more to boost Korea's image than K-pop.
The Corea Image Communication Institute, which looks for ways to improve Korea's image abroad, surveyed 211 foreign diplomats, academics, CEOs, artists and other opinion leaders from Oct. 10 to Nov. 7, and 55.3 percent said the Pyeongchang bid played the biggest role in improving Korea's image,...More
Rain, assistant instructor of the recruit training center 2011/11/08, Source,
Singer Rain has been chosen as a teaching assistant for the 5th division's recruit training center (RTC).
He is currently in an RTC group called the 'key base' and has been chosen as a training assistant. According to the military, he was chosen as an assistant instructor on the 4th of November and will start active duty on November 4th after the first and second training sessions,...More
Rain Named Top Marksman at Boot Camp 2011/11/07, Source,
K-pop superstar Rain was named top marksman at the Army boot camp after he enlisted for mandatory military service on Oct. 11.
Rain hit the target 19 times out of 20 in daytime training at the 5th Infantry Division's boot camp on Oct. 26, and all 10 of his shots hit the target in nighttime training. He was one of the three conscripts with highest accuracy among the 140 in firearms training on the day,...More
Rain, best at rifles, 'could become combatant' 2011/11/06, Source,
Singer Rain has been selected as a combatant for his outstanding shooting skills.
According to the papers released by the National Defense Department, Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) successfully fired 19 rounds out of 20 during the day and 10 out of 10 at night at the rookie training base, making him an expert with rifles,...More
K-Pop Stars Lay Siege to Madison Square Garden 2011/10/25, Source,
(Above picture: Fans cheer and hold up photos of their favorite K-pop stars at the SM Town New York concert in Madison Square Garden on Sunday (local time). /Courtesy of SM Entertainment)
A troupe of K-pop stars became the first Asian singers to perform at a large 15,000-capacity arena in Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening (local time) when the SM Town New York concert lit up Manhattan.
BoA, Girls' Generation, Kang Ta, SHINee, TVXQ, Super Junior and f(x) all belong to SM Entertainment, Korea's leading talent agency. As they took to the stage, they were met with rapturous applause -- indicating K-pop's growing international appeal -- five years after Rain performed at a smaller 5,000-capacity theater at the same venue,...More
CJ films to stream on Netflix 2011/10/22, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Major Korean entertainment company CJ E&M has announced a deal to stream 20 of its films on Netflix, leading internet subscription service for films and TV shows. Netflix members in the US will be able to watch these CJ films on multiple platforms including televisions, computer, tablets, gaming consoles, and mobile phones.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time", said Joon CHOI, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to a rich selection of films. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company",...More
VCR1 Weekly star scene 2011/10/20, Source, We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
Our #5 Hot news is the comeback of Lee Seung-gi, a.k.a. the king of ballads.
The multi-entertainer is back in the music industry with a song he wrote himself, and his voice is as sweet as ever.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Shall we date
Hot News #4 brings us news of Hallyu star Ryoo Si-won's fan meeting.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Hello, everyone!",...More
[article] ROK Army Primer: Possible training for Rain and new recruits? 2011/10/18, Source, - Written by: Stephe Thornton, Managing Editor ^@@^
[Cloud USA 10/18/2011] Here we are, exactly one week from the day that South Korean singer, dancer, actor, honorary ambassador and mega-entertainer Rain (real name, Jeong Ji-hoon) passed through the Uijeongbu 306 Reserve Troop Battalion gate and officially became a recruit in the Republic of Korea military, like many of his celebrity colleagues before him.
Tears and cheers of pride were released by his family, close friends, and fans there and in many countries, including the U.S., as he waved farewell on October 11 for 21 months. As we understand it, his military discharge date will be July 10, 2013,...More
Rain dispatched to Division 5 of the front line 2011/10/16, Source, Training soldier Rain has been dispatched to Division 5. In the grouping session held on October 14th at 8:30AM in the 306th training base, Rain was dispatched to the 5th Division base. This process was openly held, equally applied to all new soldiers entering the army,...More
Rain shines at the training base 2011/10/13, Source,
A picture of singer and actor Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) entering the training base has been revealed.
On October 13th a message board posted a picture of him entering the training base. He was admitted to the Euijeongbu 306 training base on October 11th with the farewell of 1000 or so fans,...More
Teardrops Fall as Rain Enlists in Army 2011/10/12, Source,
After giving teary-eyed fans a rousing send off on Sunday with a free street concert in Gangnam, a newly-cropped Rain enlisted in the Army on Tuesday afternoon for 21 months of compulsory military service.
The "Ninja Assassin" star and Korean Wave singing sensation reported to the 306th Army draft camp in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province. He is going to take up active duty after a five-week boot camp,...More
Rain off to military 2011/10/12, Source,
Korean pop star and actor Rain joined the military Tuesday amid farewells from his devoted fans. "Thank you for coming. I'm sorry to make such a fuss while leaving. I'll be back from my duties soon", said Rain, Tuesday, to fans who came to see him enter a military base in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province,...More
20,000 Audience Members Gather for Rain's Free Concert 2011/10/11, Source, Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon, 29) gave a shout during his last concert before he joins the military -- held on Youngdong street in Samsungdong on October 9 -- saying, "Life is like a highway, and you have to stop by the resting area".
Gangnam District Office hosted the "Gangnam Hallyu Festival" which was held on Youngdong street by blocking seven lanes out of a total of 14 lanes, and singer Rain made a grand finale at the festival, which was his last concert before he joins the military,...More
Moving Movies, Music and Television Across teh Pacific 2011/10/10, Source,
A program BOLD enough to unite TROJANS & BRUINS, lawyers & businesspeople, and ANYONE interested in Pop Culture!
When? November 3rd, 2011 (Thursday) Reception & sign-in begins at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm. Dinner provided.
Where? USC School of Law, Room 7,...More
Fans Storm Gangnam Boulevard for Rain's Free Concert 2011/10/10, Source,
K-pop star Rain drew 15,000 fans to his free concert in Samseong-dong on Sunday afternoon. The street concert, which marked the singer's farewell before he commits to his mandatory military service, caused huge traffic jams in many parts of southern Seoul.
The concert was organized after Rain suggested to the Gangnam district office in July that he wanted to make a final contribution -- he serves the district in a promotional role -- before joining the military,...More
Rain gets preview of military life in new film 2011/10/10, Source,
BUSAN - Rain will be entering the military to complete his mandatory two-year service for Korean men this week, but the mega pop star says he has already had an intense preview of army life through his upcoming air force movie.
"I experienced seven months of life in the barracks while shooting the movie", said the 29-year-old Friday about "Soar into the Sun". "It was painful not being able to eat whenever I wanted". The press junket for the film, which is slated for theater release in 2012, marked one of his last public appearances,...More
[16th BIFF] Big 3 actors: a drink, a kiss of the hand, a picture 2011/10/09, Source,
How did they enjoy Busan?
All the in-demand actors and actresses were at the 16th Busan International Film Festival. They all want to enjoy a romantic film festival night at Busan and we took a look at the big 3 actors.
This is his third BIFF in a row. His attendance was due to his movie "My Way". At the opening ceremony, Jang Dong-gun stepped on the red carpet with fellow actor Joe Odagiri from Japan. There were many stars who appeared alone or in male-female pairs, but these two appeared as male-male,...More
Hallyu stars behind the scenes seen at BIFF 2011/10/09, Source,
The night in Busan was heated up this year again. Movie fans and crowds gathered here and there in Busan catching up and enjoying themselves. The stars were no exception and many were spotted with drinks in their hands all over the city.
"My Way"'s Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and director Kang Je-gyu found the street vendor area after the opening ceremony on October 6th. The three drank soju all night and talked endlessly. Fans and citizens who were surprised by the bodyguards that appeared out of nowhere, were surprised again by Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri,...More
Netflix expanding asian movie selection in deal with korea's top studio CJ E&M 2011/10/07, Source,
LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2011 – CJ E&M today announced an agreement to feature twenty of its acclaimed Asian movies on Netflix, the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. Beginning in October 2011, Netflix members in the US will be able to instantly watch the twenty titles multiple platforms, including TVs, popular tablets, key gaming consoles, computers and mobile phones. All the titles will be available from October 1.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time". said Joon Choi, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to movies from around the globe. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company, CJ E&M",...More
"Rain" to Bid Fans Adieu with Free Concert on Sunday 2011/10/07, Source,
K-pop star and "Ninja Assassin" lead actor Rain will perform his final gig on Sunday at 7 p.m. before the 29-year-old embarks on his army service on Tuesday.
The free concert will be held on an open stage on Yeongdong Boulevard in front of the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) headquarters in Samseong-dong, Seoul. It will serve as the wrap-up event of the Gangnam Fashion Festival, hosted by the local district office and sponsored by entertainment agency CJ E&M,...More
Poll finds Chinese youths favoring S. Korea more than NK 2011/10/01, Source, Chinese youths consider North Korea "weak, dark, dirty and slow" and South Korea "strong, bright, clean and fast", according to a recent survey. This shows Chinese youths are shifting from a pro-North Korea sentiment based on their country's alliance with the North and favoring South Korea more. The office of Rep. Koo Sang-chan of the ruling Grand National Party conducted a survey of 935 Chinese college students Aug. 15-31 on their perceptions of China`s relations with the two Koreas and other neighboring countries,...More
Fashion festival to light up Gangnam 2011/09/28, Source,
Models stand on a red carpet during a fashion show in Gangnam, southern Seoul, last year. The district will hold this year's show between Oct. 1 and 9 with, markets, costume contests and cultural events. / Courtesy of Gangnam District Office By Kim Rahn
In early October, the affluent Gangnam District in southern Seoul will transform into a huge festival venue as it hosts the 2011 Gangnam Fashion Festival with no extravagance spared.
From Oct. 1 through 9 centered at COEX the celebrations will not only include fashion and shopping but also various sports and cultural events, including a concert featuring hallyu star Rain,...More
Rain to Join Army on October 11 2011/09/26, Source,
Singer and actor Rain (real name Jeong Ji-hoon, 29) will enlist in the military and he will enter a unit located in Uijeongbu on October 11 for his basic military training. Rain revealed on September 23 through his official website, "I will join the army on October 11. I have no idea where I will be placed later, but I have confirmed the date to join the army today. It has already been ten years since I debuted. I was able to do many things for the past ten years thanks to your support and love and I have been very happy while having those glorious moments thanks to you. I feel sorry and embarrassed that I am joining the army too late, but I will put forth my utmost effort while fulfilling my military obligation in the army".,...More
'Rain' to Enlist in October 2011/09/26, Source,
K-pop star Jung Ji-hoon, better known by his stage name Rain, will enlist in the Army on Oct. 11.
On his official website, the 29-year-old Friday said, "I have no idea where I'll serve in the Army, but my enlistment date was confirmed this morning".,...More
Kim Seon-ah watches Rain's concert "The Best indeed" 2011/09/25, Source,
Actress Kim Seon-ah showed off her relationship with Rain.
She posted a picture on her Me Today on the 25th saying, "How long has it been? I enjoyed the concert and danced. Rain invited me and my friends to his concert so we went to take the break we didn't have while filming the drama. You are the best and thank you. It was awesome".,...More
Pop star Rain to enter military next month 2011/09/23, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
Pop star Rain will begin his mandatory two-year military service on Oct. 11.
The singer-actor, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, will begin his stint as an active-duty soldier at the Uijeongbu 306 Reserve Battalion,...More
Rain, "No press conference" 2011/09/18, Source,
Singer and actor Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon, 29) explained how he felt about joining the army.
J Tune Entertainment said, "Rain will be joining the army as an active-duty soldier but the dates aren't exact",...More
2PM to tour Japan in December 2011/09/15, Source,
K-pop group 2PM
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group 2PM will give concerts across four Japanese cities in December.
The band will kick off the tour with concerts on Dec. 5 and 6 in Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka and will continue to give shows at Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Dec. 8 and Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 14. The tour will wrap up at Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Dec. 17,...More
SM Town Bringing K-Pop Stars to Madison Square Garden 2011/09/01, Source,
K-Pop is coming to Madison Square Garden in October when the SM Town Live World Tour descends on the world's most famous concert venue in Manhattan, New York.
The six-hour concert on Oct. 23 will feature prominent artists such as Girls' Generation, Super Junior and SHINee. They belong to SM Entertainment, one of the country's leading talent agencies,...More
Concerts, museums & theater 2011/08/25, Source, Classical concerts The Sonata Series of the Beethoven Association of Korea ― Heroic Beethoven Seoul Arts Center* (See 'Venues' on the right for more information) Aug. 29 To celebrate the 5th anniversary of its establishment, the association has been promoting Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas with 32 pianists, and has divided the performance into six sections. Its 4th performance is this August with "Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2-3" and "Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10-3" planned. Tickets cost 20,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3436-5929,...More
Rain, "'Busan Girl' is not a remake" 2011/08/23, Source,
About the plagiarism issue surrounding Rain's song "Busan Girl", he stated that, "The codes are similar but it's not plagiarism".
On a phone call with TV Report, Rain's management emphasized, "We know there's a plagiarism issue that "Busan Girl" is similar to Raphael Saadiq's "Detroit Girl" but it isn't".,...More
Kim Yuna, Most Memorable Ad Model For First Half of 2011 2011/08/18, Source,
World-renowned figure skater Kim Yuna leaves deep impressions not only on the ice, but through her many advertisements.
According to a report on the most memorable ad model for the first half of 2011 conducted by government organizations, Kim came out on top with 10.5% of the votes. This is her third win after being number one in 2009 and 2010,...More
Rain To Release Own Song 'Busan Woman' For His Fans 2011/08/16, Source,
Singer Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon, 29) will release his own personally written song entitled "Busan Woman" as a digital single on August 16. His agency J.Tune Camp said on August 11, "Rain wrote and composed the song 'Busan Woman' for his fans who will come to his nationwide concert tour entitled 'The Best Show' which will be his last concert before he joins the military at the end of this year,...More
Job Ad by China's Foreign Ministry Shows Influence of Korean Wave 2011/08/04, Source, A hiring notice appeared at 11:23 a.m. on Monday morning on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter. It read, "Did you graduate from a four-year university? Are you adept at using office software? Do you have no problem communicating in English? Do you have a driver's license? Hu,...More
Book probes transnational identity of 'hallyu' 2011/07/29, Source,
Clockwise from left, scenes from the dramas "Dae Jang Geum" ("Jewel in the Palace") and "Jumong" and the film "Il Mare" / Korea Times file
By Chung Ah-young
K-pop fever has been reignited, as illustrated by the success of recent concerts in Paris. Fans that have yet to see Korean performers on stage are forming flash mobs and group dances as they clamor for more K-pop concerts. The popularity of K-pop culture has truly become international.
Korean television dramas, songs and movies originally grew popular in the early 1990s. The influence of "hallyu" or Korean wave, spread through Asian countries and reduced Western cultural dominance in the Asian market,...More
[20 Korean Films to Look Out for Second Half of 2011] "Soar into the Sun" 2011/07/16, Source, Flying the Sky with Rain
"Soar into the Sun"
Directed by Kim Dong-weon
By NA Won-jung
The film's story is related to the original "Red Muffler", directed by the legendary Korean director SHIN Sang-ok in 1964. The original film used the Korean War as its background, dealing with the passion and the love of F-86 Saver jet fighter pilots, and bringing in the most audiences in Seoul at the time and won countless domestic film awards in the process. The new version of Red Muffler reflects the changes in time and deals with the pilots of the new F-15K fighters, yet it still brings the nostalgia from 47 years ago,...More
Rain, holds last concert before army "All energy into the concert" 2011/07/05, Source, Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) who has successfully completed the 2011 RAIN ASIA TOUR THE BEST, will start going around the country in August.
His management said, "This show that will go on under the name "The Best Show" will start in Busan on August 13 and 14, Daegu on the 27th, Jeju on September 3rd, Gwangju 17th, Daejeon 18th, and in Seoul on the 24th and 25th.,...More
World Star Rain goes to a restaurant and gets humiliated 2011/06/06, Source,
World star Rain revealed the time he was humiliated by a lady in a restaurant.
On the 5th, he uploaded on his Twitter saying, "I went to a restaurant to eat and the lady owner asked for my autograph. Then she said, 'why are you scribbling? Don't play around and give me a proper autograph'".,...More
Rain "Justice will prevail" to false accuse 2011/06/01, Source,
Singer Rain deliberately jabs at the businessman and the reporter who have been prosecuted for releasing false statements about him.
On the 1st, Rain wrote on his Twitter, "Justice will prevail. What goes around comes around. If you hurt someone, that's bound to return to you". He added with this, the article about the charges without detention on the clothes line businessman who sued him for embezzling the company funds and the reporter who reported this.,...More
Rain's picture of enormous cocktail "Hoon was feeling good" 2011/05/22, Source,
Singer Rain revealed some pfictures of himself after the Dresden Music Festival.
Through his Twitter on the 21st, he uploaded a picture of himself sitting outside a café a in Germany and wrote, "I have successfully completed my concert in Germany and now I am looking through the menu".,...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...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
Weekly Star Scene 2011/05/03, Source,
It's time for our "weekly star scene" where we bring you the hottest entertainment news from the past week!
: I know, it's not our usual Wednesday. But, we wanted to brighten your day a day earlier this week. We have in the studio, our one and only Lee-Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hello 건영 and Hello Sean! I don't know about you guys, but it always makes me proud to see Korean stars being appreciated by fans and media around the world. Which is why I have gathered news about some of our favorite Hallyu stars for today's "Weekly Star Scene". Let's check them right away!,...More
Rain: 'I Am Encouraged by Being Included in 'Time 100' Again' 2011/04/27, Source, Rain was listed in the "Time 100" for the second time, and he said during an interview, "I want to meet US president Obama at the 'Time 100' ceremony", and "I will join the army at the end of this year and I want to engage in a contest as an actor in the US after finishing my military obligation".
Actor and singer Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon, 29) expressed his feelings, saying, "I come to have new hope as I have been selected to the list for the 'TIME 100' after a five year-break, and I have obtained energy to hold activities in the USA confidently as a person from an Asian country",...More
Rain, final selection in '2011 Time 100'... best record in Asia 2011/04/21, Source,
Singer and actor Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) was selected in the '2011's 100 most influential person' released by American business magazine TIME.
Rain's name was confidently listed in the 'TIME 100' released on the 21st. His name stood in line along with Canadian singer Justin Bieber, winner of Grammy pop vocal performance Bruno Mars, "Alice in Wonderland"'s Mia Wasikowska, movie star Mark Wahlberg and more,...More
Korean singer Rain topped the 2011 Time 100 Poll in the magazine's online voting to select the 100 most influential people of the,...More
The best combination of a couple? 2011/04/17, Source,
This year started off with human drama ("Late Blossom") or comedy dramas ("Suicidal Forecast"). It's not easy to see a heart trembling mellow flick. Which couple from the mellow flicks that are due this later half of this year, are audiences looking forward to see the most?
■ "Always" Se Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo,...More
Rain Ranks Atop Online Voting for 'TIME 100' 2011/04/11, Source, Rain has been nominated for six consecutive years.
Actor and singer Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon, 29) has been nominated for Time magazine's online poll that selects the "world's most influential 100 people (hereafter referred to as the Time 100)", and he is ranking atop the poll as of April 6,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Stars to unite for new global management 2011/04/08, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Hallyu stars will join forces to establish a collaborative agency to target the Asian market.
Keyeast, Bae Yong-joon's management agency, said Friday that six management agencies, AM Ent, Star J, SM, YG, JYP and Keyeast, will combine to launch UAM (United Asia Management) this month,...More
Rain, manly, he could go to Air Force 2011/04/06, Source, Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) spoke about his feelings about his movie "Soar into the Sun" (directed by Kim Dong-weon).
On the 6th, Rain put up some pictures and wrote on his Twitter, "I enjoy filming. Fighter planes! I can't express the impression but I feel it's going to be the best Air Force movie...^^. I am excited. I introduce the F15. I will show you the set any chance I get. See you again!",...More
Rain, 2nd out of 100 in American Times online vote 2011/04/05, Source,
World star Rain is running second place in the weekly news magazine Times' "2011 Time 100" online vote.
According to the Times on the 5th, in the online vote of "The 100 Most Influential People" (aka Times 100), Rain is running second in place right after Chris Colfer from American drama "Glee". Among the 10,280 that voted, 9248 voted he was influential and 1032 voted he wasn't.,...More
Rain and Son Dam-bi to Participate in 'Pattaya Music Festival' in Thailand 2011/03/16, Rain and Son Dam-bi will participate in the '9th Pattaya International Music Festival", which will be held from March 18 to 20, as representative Korean singers.
They are planning to hold performances on March 19 while singing their hit songs such as "Rainism", "It's Raining", "Hip Song", "Crazy", "Queen" and "Saturday Night". In addition to singers from Thailand such as Golf & Mike, Bie The Star, and Potato, a total of 40 singers from nine Asian countries including Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines will hold performances in the event,...More
Rain and Sin Se-kyeong "Soar into the Sun" extreme casting 2011/02/28, Source,
Movie "Soar into the Sun" is thing of the issue with its powerful lead and supporting cast.
This movie is an air action blockbuster about the Korean Air Force pilots and their risky missions to resolve the volatile situations at the Korean Peninsula. The megaphone is in the hands of director Kim Dong-weon and this will be the first time in Korea for pilots to be the subject matter and first time for air battle scenes.,...More
Rain, reveals watch photos... sexy and wild 2011/02/20, Source,
Sexy and wild watch pictures of singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) were revealed.
He proceeded with watch photo shoots in fashion magazines "Esquire" and "Cartier". Rain is the first Korean to be on the magazines twice in a row after 2008 November.,...More
Dreaming of "Dream High" 2011/02/18, Source, Korean-Content.Com's Mark Russell Talks To JYP President Jimmy Jung
Jimmy Jung, president of JYP Entertainment, one of Korea's biggest music companies, had a dilemma – how could his company be successful making music when young people no longer buy music? After all, the Internet killed off physical music sales in Korea years ago, and the rest of the world since then. Endorsements and reality programs can only take you so far. The company needed something bigger,...More
[Spoiler] Kim Tae-hee "I want to study English with John Park"... reveals wish list 2011/02/17, Source,
Playful princess Kim Tae-hee revealed her wish list to study with handsome teachers, planning 'the best princess project'.
On the fourteenth episode of the MBC drama "My Princess" on the 17th, she gets new princess lessons. After looking at the full schedule her new teacher, deputy director Kim gives her, Lee Seol tells her she will plan her own schedule. She then passes her a list of names of celebrities from all over the world and other popular stars as her personal teachers.,...More
Rain, Girls' Generation win Seoul Art Awards 2011/02/15, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
Pop singers Rain and Girls' Generation, and actress Jeon Do-yeon, among other high-profile stars have been chosen as grand prize winners of the 2nd Seoul Art and Culture Award.
The awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Seoul City, features 11 categories and recipients were revealed Monday ahead of the ceremony later this month, in Seoul,...More
Here's To More Korean Talent Starring in Hollywood Movies! 2011/02/12, Source,
By Daniel Matthews
Did anyone get a chance to watch the film, "The Warrior's Way"? It was pretty recently released (back in December) and starred Korea's version of Brad Pitt, Jang Dong-gun. Regrettably I missed this film. I was sorely disappointed that I didn't see it, not because I was excited about the latest tale of ninjas and warriors and ninja-like warriors. No, it was because of the fact that this was one of the very few recent opportunities that I would have had the chance to see a Korean actor opposite a Non-Korean actress in a "love interest" type of role on the big screen,...More
South Korean actress Han Ye-Seul 2011/01/05, Source, South Korean actress Han Ye-seul has recently been photographed by the local media. Her photos will be released on the local mobile phone services.
She is also working as a model.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1982,...More
Rain to release new album this year 2011/01/04, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain performs at his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 31, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Rain has said that he plans to release a new album sometime this year.
Rain made the comment to reporters before taking to the stage for his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium on December 31, which was attended by about 7,500 fans from Korea as well as fans from overseas,...More
Just hearing these names together already spurs high anticipation for an upcoming television series, ",...More
Rain cleared of embezzlement charges 2010/12/31, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Rain has been cleared of charges of embezzlement, according to the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office on Thursday.
A fabric manufacturing company had filed a lawsuit against Rain and executives of his agency J.Tune Entertainment in April, saying that they had suffered financial losses due to J.Tune's fashion affiliate J.Tune Creative,...More
Park Jin-young says "wants to make 'Dream High' a reality" 2010/12/28, Source,
From left, Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young pose during the press conference for KBS' upcoming musical drama "Dream High" held at Ilsan Kintex in Gyeong-gi Province, South Korea on December 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Even though announcer Lee Ji-ae emphasized that both Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young were there as producers and not actors, it was no use. At the press conference for KBS' "Dream High" held at the Ilsan Kintex located in Gyeong-gi Province, a Japanese translator appeared for Bae Yong-joon's Japanese fans and 2PM and miss A's fans cheered for JYP Entertainment's founder and CEO Park Jin-young. The is how strong of an influence these two 'star creators' had combined. However, the title of 'producer' is something they were both uncomfortable with and they instead spoke of how the largest reward they have seen from working together was "meeting someone of the same age" and "with the same dream". Below are excerpts from the press conference,...More
JYP Nation artists spend Christmas Eve with 10,000 fans 2010/12/27, Source,
JYP Nation artists during their first joint concert titled "TEAMPLAY" held on December 24 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea. [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) took the stage in front of 10,000 fans for their first joint concert on Christmas Eve.
JYPE announced in a press release Monday that JYP Nation artists -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- joined each other on stage for their three-hour long concert titled "TEAMPLAY" at the Olympic Park Stadium on December 24,...More
Rain to be reunited with Park Jin-young 2010/12/27, Source,
Renowned K-pop producer Park Jin-young is likely to be reunited with top actor and singer Rain as the former has been proposed to participate in the management company the latter heads as the major shareholder.
Park's management agency, JYP Entertainment, said Monday that it discussed with J.Tune Entertainment how much Park will take over shares and in what manner,...More
Book on Korean Wave adopted as textbook for universities abroad 2010/12/09, Source,
Cover of "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption:Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" [Hong Kong University Press]
A new book on the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, has been adopted as a textbook for universities abroad.
The English book titled "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" was selected as one of the main textbooks for the media classes at Goldsmiths, University of London in England and the University of Melbourne in Australia,...More
"The Fugitive Plan B" to air in Japan in April next year 2010/12/08, Source,
TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" [KBS]
KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" will go on air in Japan starting April next year.
CEO Ahn Hyung-soo of the production company of the show told Sports Today over the phone, "It has been decided that the show will begin its air in Japan. Starting April, 'Fugitive' will be broadcasted on So-net, a station affiliated with Sony Group". Ahn added they are currently in talks with other public networks in Japan as well,...More
MBLAQ to hold first live concert in Singapore 2010/12/03, Source,
Boy band MBLAQ [J.Tune Camp]
Five-member boy band MBLAQ will hold their first live concert in Singapore on Saturday.
According to the group's agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday, MBLAQ will take part in the Mnet Ultimate Live in Asia (MULA) Concert where they will perform not only as a group but stage solo performances as well,...More
Jang Geun-seok to receive 2 awards at 2010 Asia Buzz Award 2010/12/02, Source,
Actor Jang Geun-seok [Tree J Company]
Korea's popular idol star Jang Geun-seok is likely to receive two awards for the upcoming Yahoo! Buzz Awards 2010, according to Jang's promoter Tree J. Company on Thursday.
Tree J. announced in press release that Jang is currently first in two of three categories -- top male star and top Asian star -- in a popularity poll including Internet users in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia between November 8 to December 1,...More
Actor Lee Jeong-jin's Song Picks 2010/12/01, Source,
Actor Lee Jeong-jin [10Asia/Chae Ki-won]
"You might end up kissing your acting career good bye". This is what veteran comedian Lee Kyung-kyu said to actor Lee Jeong-jin when he first appeared on KBS variety show "Happy Sunday" in March 2009. At the time he was being admitted as one of the regular members of the show's segment "What Makes a Man" and it was a joke thrown to Lee who would be the youngest among the crew fit to be called a middle-aged men's club but not completely groundless given his position at the time. It was true that Lee belonged in the heartthrob category, good looking enough to star as a hero in the MBC drama "I Love You, Don't Cry" (2009) but at the same time still lacking in presence outside the screen. His joining the variety program also posed risk to weakening the weak presence he had at the time. But after a year and a half we all know that it was all unnecessary concern,...More
Singer Rain to sing at finale for Guangzhou Asian Games 2010/11/26, Source,
Singer and actor Rain [Asia Economy Daily]
Popular Korean singer and actor Rain will perform at the closing ceremony of the 2010 16th Guangzhou Asian Games in China on Saturday.
Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment said on Friday that Rain will fly to China early tomorrow morning to take part in the event where he will sing three of his hit songs,...More
1st line up for Mnet Asian Music Awards revealed 2010/11/23, Source,
2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards [Mnet]
The first line-up of guests attending the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) have been revealed.
The official website of the Ment's annual music festival showed that Korean artists 2PM, 2NE1, miss A, Taeyang and Tiger JK will attend the event while international singers include Zhang Jie and iMe from China, Perfume and Chemistry from Japan and American hip-hop quartet Far East Movement,...More
[Hallyu] Move over girls, the boys are back! 2010/11/18, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong
By Han Sang-hee
It seems like only yesterday that young, handsome and talented male singers and actors paved the path for local television programs to debut overseas. The word "hallyu" has become a household term in so many Asian countries, including Japan, China and Thailand, and the torch has been passed to yet another group of talented stars, particularly K-pop girl groups. Just when fans may have thought the pretty girls have captivated Asia, the boys, both old and new, have jumped right back into the picture, but on a more diverse scale.
The females take over...
Currently, girl groups are doing a good job in continuing the hallyu craze. Some local press are even calling it the "second phase of hallyu", and the groups have music chart success, concerts and television shows to prove it,...More
Song Hye-kyo's Hollywood debut pic to open Nov 25 2010/11/16, Source,
Movie poster for pyschological thriller "Fetish" [Sponge]
Korean actress Song Hye-kyo's Hollywood debut film "Fetish" will open in local theaters on November 25, according to the film promoter's Sponge on Tuesday.
"Fetish", debut feature helmed by Sohn Soopum, is a psychological thriller about Sookhy (played by Song) who has supernatural powers to possess her neighbor's body in order to steal her husband,...More
10Asia publishes mook on Korea's hottest idol groups 2010/11/16, Source,
10Asia's mook publication "10+idol" [10Asia]
Korea's leading web-based entertainment magazine 10Asia has published its first mook [magazine+book] on the 16 hottest Korean idol stars of 2010.
Titled "10+idol", the publication contains articles, interviews and photographs on artists the first issue has deemed as idols of the year including SHINee, Taeyang, Jay Park, Rain, 2AM, Girls' Generation, TOP (Choi Sung-hyeon), Wonder Girls, f(x), Jeong Yong-hwa, missA, BEAST, MBLAQ, Secret, Infinit and Orange Caramel,...More
JYP Entertainment artists to hold joint concert on Xmas Eve 2010/11/12, Source,
JYP Entertainment artists (from top left to right): Park Jin-young, JOO, San E, miss A and Wonder Girls [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) will hold a concert next month.
JYPE announced in a press release Friday that JYPE founder and CEO Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, JOO, San E and miss A will come together under the name of "JYP Nation" to take the stage of the Olympic Park Stadium for their first-ever joint concert titled "TEAMPLAY" on December 24,...More
Rain to hold solo concert in Korea at the end of Dec 2010/11/11, Source,
Poster for Rain's concert [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop star Rain will hold a solo concert in Korea at the end of next month.
A press release from his agency J.Tune Entertainment announced Thursday that Rain will take the stage of Jamsil Indoor Stadium for his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" to be held on December 30,...More
Micky Yoochun: 'Acting Is Really Enjoyable' 2010/11/09, Source, Micky Yoochun (24), who successfully debuted as an actor by appearing in the drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", said, "I really enjoyed acting and I feel like acting continuously from now on. I want to have activities both as a singer and an actor".
His debut was very electrifying. He gained huge popularity not as a member of Asia's popular idol group JYJ, which consists of three of the former Dong Bang Shin Ki members, but as actor Micky Yoochun. His debut drama was "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", and now he can simultaneously chase two goals of singing and acting. He seems to be following after popular singers such as Jeong Ji Hoon (Rain) and Lee Seung-gi, who has been highly acknowledged as an actor as well. The reporter met Micky Yoochun, who had reportedly been laid up with fatigue for two days after finishing the drama, at the office of JVJ on November 5.
Park came with a fresh appearance after cutting off the long hair that he had grown for the past six months, and he said with a big smile, "Even though I lost almost ten kilograms while filming the drama and I had to be taken to the hospital twice to get an IV, I was really happy while acting",...More
Korea's Cultural Diplomats Promote Nation to Tunisia 2010/11/03, Source, A group of young Korean musicians and b-boys have gathered in this small theater in Tunisia for a very special collaboration.
Despite the fact that many of them have just met ahead of the 3rd Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan's opening ceremony, held on Tuesday local time, they share the common goal of,...More
New Hallyu: K-POP Boom by Idol Groups 2010/11/03, Source,
At a joint interview with members of Kara, 2PM, SHINee, Brown Eyed Girls, and 4Minute, they all said, "We feel kind of a responsibility as Korean representatives overseas".
Hyun Ah (4Minute), On Yoo (SHINee), Wooyoung (2PM), Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls), and Koo Ha Ra (Kara) came one after another for an interview at a cafe. All the guests in the cafe revealed their curiosity by paying full attention to these star members, whom they could rarely see at one place together.
Those members of the star idol groups who attended the interview were all actually the leaders who have created the "new Hallyu" with K-POP in countries such as Japan, the greater China region, South-East Asia, and the USA,...More
Mnet takes annual music fest overseas for first time 2010/10/29, Source,
From left, Mnet's director Kim Ki-woong and Mnet Media's head Park Gwang-won speak at a press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010.
Korean cable music channel Mnet will take its annual music festival to Macau this year, holding the show overseas for the first time as it strives to become bigger than the Grammy Awards,...More
Rain rep readying lawsuit against accuser 2010/10/26, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Rain's agency is preparing to file a defamation suit against Korean-American Daniel Kim who has accused the superstar of holding gambling debt.
In a phone call with Asia Economic Daily's Sports Today on Tuesday, J.Tune CEO Cho Dong-won said, "We will start taking the legal steps as soon as we finish writing our complaint. A suit for defamation of character through dissemination of false information may be lodged today at the earliest",...More
[PHOTOS] Asia Song Festival 2010/10/25, Source, Rain [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean male singer Rain performs at the 2010 Asia Song Festival held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on October 23, 2010,...More
Rain's innocence to be proved through "all means possible" 2010/10/20, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment has vowed to take all forms of action necessary to prove that the 28-year-old superstar is being falsely accused of holding gambling debt.
The move comes after a Korean-American named Andrew Kim stepped forward on Monday to say that he has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Rain because he has failed to pay him back 150,000 dollars he borrowed for gambling three years ago,...More
Rain denies holding gambling debt 2010/10/19, Source,
Singer and actor Rain [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Korean singer and actor Rain has denied charges of failing to pay back money he borrowed from a Korean-American for gambling in the United States three years ago.
The response came just hours after Korean sports daily Sports Seoul broke news yesterday that IT entrepreneur and concert promoter Andrew Kim had sued the 28-year-old superstar for not repaying him 150 thousand dollars he used to cover his gambling debt and finance further gambling at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas in June 2007,...More
Twelve Asian Stars to Appear in 'Asia Song Festival' 2010/10/18, Source,
Star singers including Rain, BoA, 2PM, Lee Seung-chul from Korea, AKB48 from Japan, and Jane Zhang from China will appear in the "Asia Song Festival".
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on October 14 that twelve star singers from six Asian countries will appear in the "2010 Asia Song Festival" that will be held at the Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium on October 23,...More
Rain said, "I am proud to be a Korean...Kimchi fighting!" 2010/10/05, Source,
‘World Star' Rain said that he is proud of the fact that he is Korean citizen.
Rain twitted in the moring of October 6th, saying, “I got a phone call from one of the producers in US and we talked about a new scenario. During the conversation, the producer praised Korean food. I’m so proud.”,...More
Rain, Kara and AKB48 join line-up of Asia Song Festival 2010/10/01, Source,
2nd line-up of Asia Song Festival (from left to right): Rain, Kara, 2AM and Film
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming 2010 Asia Song Festival (ASF), to be held in Korea later on this month.
According to a press release by PR agency Prain, Korean superstar Rain, four-member boy band 2AM, girl group Kara and international stars including Japanese group AKB48 and Taiwanese singer Film will take the stage at the Olympic Park in Seoul for the event on October 23,...More
Rain: 'I Will Join the Army Next Year' 2010/09/30, Source, Rain will play a flirty private investigator in the KBS drama, "The Fugitive Plan B".
Singer and actor Rain (real name Jung Ji Hoon), who will make a comeback to the small screen after a five-year break by appearing in the KBS 2TV Wednesday and Thursday drama "The Fugitive Plan B", spoke up about the rumors of his upcoming military duty.
At the production presentation of the drama "The Fugitive Plan B" held at the Lotte Hotel in Sogongdong on September 27, Rain said, "The time to join the army might be around next year",...More
[INTERVIEW] Super Junior's Shindong, Lee Teuk, Eunhyuk - Part 2 2010/09/29, Source, Leeteuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Shindong (Sin Dong-hee), your dress up show is also popular. You recently even pulled off actress Sin Min-ah's look from SBS TV series "My Girlfriend is Gumiho". I'm sure even the preparation that goes into isn't an easy job so what would you say are the difficulties you experience if there are any? Shindong (Sin Dong-hee): I actually had dressed up a lot since a long time ago -- so much that there were almost nothing I hadn't dressed up as. I used to dress up once a day when I used to host a show on cable channel Mnet. But dressing up as someone isn't just about dressing up like them. There is a large amount of pressure that comes from the fact that you need to express yourself to be exactly like that person while doing it so that it's also fun and what I was worried about a lot was whether the onlooker would enjoy watching me do it,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/28, Source,
From left, upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" main cast Rain, Lee Na-young and Daniel Henney pose during a photocall of a press conference for the drama held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Gee-woo (played by Rain), an international investigator who has his smirking eyes hidden behind sunglasses, receives a request by Jini (played by Lee Na-young) one day to seek out Melchidec, a questionable character. Mutual trust is most important in an investigator-client relationship but for a certain reason, the two end up not trusting each other. And as soon as he accepts her request, Gee-woo, accused of killing his own colleague, starts being chased by detective Do-soo (played by Lee Jeong-jin),...More
Spies, in sleek black suits, plotting revenge and, of course, tangled up in a love triangle — add in some of the hottest actors in the local entertainment industry, and you have yo,...More
Rain says done lifetime's worth of running for "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/27, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Asian pop sensation Rain, who is constantly on the run as a fugitive in upcoming TV series "The Fugitive Plan B", has said he has had to run so much that he has probably done a lifetime's worth of running.
In the romantic comedy investigative action series about a conspiracy involving a hefty sum of money going missing in times of the Korean War 60 years ago, Rain plays Gee-woo, a private detective at an international secret agency who becomes pegged as the murderer of his own old friend,...More
Buying beauty at a bargain price 2010/09/23, Source,
Nature Republic most foreigner-friendly; Face Shop least; Skin Food in between
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia The streets of Seoul are filled with shops like The Face Shop, Missha, Etude House, Nature Republic, Skin Food and Innisfree. With a wide selection of cutely packaged makeup and skin care products at quite cheap prices, it is no surprise that many teenage girls and women flock to these so-called "bargain beauty’’ shops. Yet it is actually not easy to distinguish one shop from the other. All of them have adopted the same marketing concept: to sell skincare and cosmetics products at affordable prices with an ad campaign featuring Hallyu stars. Interestingly, more male stars are being featured in the ad campaigns to target young females and foreign fans of Korean stars. Nature Republic’s ads feature K-pop star Rain, while The Face Shop still uses actor Bae Yong-joon,...More
Se7en says almost debuted as duo with Rain 2010/09/08, Source, Se7en speaks on SBS variety show "Steel Heart" broadcasted on September 7, 2010. [SBS]
Singer Se7en has said he almost debuted as a duo with Asian pop sensation Rain.
The 25-year-old pop star made the remark on a pre-recorded session of SBS variety show "Steel Heart" which went on air Tuesday, explaining that his producer and agency chief Yang Hyun-suk had suggested he form a two-man band with Rain,...More
Rain military entrance date deferred to next year 2010/09/03, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean superstar Rain will be able to pursue his singing and acting career for several more months following the deferral of his military entrance date to next year.
The Military Manpower Administration (MMA) said late on Thursday that it will push back Rain's military entry to an unspecified date next year from the originally set September 28 of this year,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Red Scarf" starring Rain? 2010/08/13, Source, Rain also known as Jeong Ji-hoon might become the main character in the film "Red Scarf".
The movie has been originally produced in 1964 as a classic. The remake of this film will be based on the story of a pilot in the air force. We will be able to see the life of one soldier in,...More
Rain highly likely to star in remake film 2010/08/11, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain is highly likely to play the main character of film "Red Scarf", a remake of the Korean movie of the same name from 1964.
"The details have yet to be set but there is a very high possibility", an official with the film remarked regarding Rain's casting which would mark the singer and actor's second local big screen role,...More
The next serving of 'hallyu'? 2010/07/28, Source,
A poster for MBC drama "Pasta" / Courtesy of MBC
By Han Sang-hee Staff reporter
The word "hallyu", or Korean wave, first appeared in the late 1990s, and it has been growing within the local entertainment industry over the years.
The word, which referred to the popularity of Korean culture around the world, has now become a representative term when explaining and defining Korean culture. It refers to almost all cultural aspects_ from drama, music, food to fashion_ and as much as Korea would like to see some effects in other parts of the world, it certainly impacts the entire region of Asia,...More
MBLAQ Mir's sister Ko Eun-ah apologizes for bar fight 2010/07/25, Source,
Actress Ko Eun-ah [Wellmade STARM]
Actress Ko Eun-ah, also the older sister of boy band MBALQ member Mir, has apologized for getting into a fight at a bar over the weekend.
Through a message posted after Sunday midnight in the 'Diary' segment of her social networking website Cyworld homepage, Ko wrote she is "sorry for being unbecoming as a public figure" despite knowing it is her "duty to be understanding and resolve issues well",...More
2nd line-up of K-pop idols announced for Hallyu concert 2010/07/22, Source,
Official poster for "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert [HH Company]
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert, to be held next month in the city of Incheon, South Korea.
According to a press release by PR agency The J Story on Thursday, Korean singers BoA, Kara, Se7en and Taeyang of idol group Big Bang will also be performing at the concert, which will take place August 29 at Incheon Munhak Worldcup Stadium,...More
Sylvester Stallone says almost cast Rain in film "Expendables" 2010/07/19, Source,
Hollywood movie star Sylvester Stallone talks about Rain during an interview with "Entertainment Weekly" [KBS2] Asian superstar Rain was offered a role in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming action pic "The Expendables", according to the Hollywood heavyweight.
In an interview with KBS2 TV's showbiz news program "Entertainment Weekly", which aired Saturday evening, Stallone explained that he had asked Rain to appear in "Expendables",...More
MBLAQ's Mir sees "armpits and feet" in a woman 2010/07/08, Source,
Korean boy band MBLAQ [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Mir of idol group MBLAQ has revealed his unique taste in women, saying the armpits and feet are the physical aspects he takes into consideration in choosing a woman.
The pop idol made the remark during the group's guest appearance on popular radio show "Choi Hwa-jeong's Power Time", which aired Tuesday on SBS Power FM, where they opened up about their ideal type of woman,...More
Song Hye-kyo again denies cast in film with Wentworth Miller 2010/06/29, Source,
Actress Song Hye-kyo [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Song Hye-kyo's agency has again denied a report that the actress has been cast in a Chinese film alongside American actor Wentworth Miller.
"It is not true that she has received an offer to be cast in the movie", an official at Song's agency SidusHQ told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Tuesday, responding to an article by local sports daily Chosun Sports saying the actress was being considered for a role in "Ji Xian Feng",...More
Han Chae-young meets with Hollywood agencies 2010/06/22, Source,
Korean actress Han Chae-young [10Asia]
Korean actress Han Chae-young appears to be eyeing for a Hollywood debut, recently meeting with several major Hollywood agencies including CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and William Morris, according to her agency BH Entertainment on Tuesday.
An executive at BH told 10Asia over the phone that the actress, who left for the U.S. earlier this month, had meetings with several agents and producers who had shown interest in the star,...More
Rain's agency offically denies datings rumors 2010/06/10, Source,
Top Korean stars Jeon Ji-hyeon (left) and Rain [Sidus HQ / J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment has officially denied the day's earlier reports that the singer and actor has been secretly dating top Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyeon.
J. Tune announced in a press release Thursday afternoon -- several hours after local media Sportsseoul.com reported that the two have been romantically involved since last October -- that details of their alleged courtship, such as how and where they met, are "not true",...More
Rain and Jeon Ji-hyeon's agencies deny dating rumors 2010/06/10, Source,
Top Korean stars Jeon Ji-hyeon (left) and Rain
Agencies for top Korean stars Rain and Jeon Ji-hyeon have denied the romantic status of their stars, saying the recent news of the two dating, as one local media reported, is "not true" and "groundless".
Around 11 a.m. this morning, Sportsseoul.com released a shocking report that the two actors have been dating since last October along with a witness testimony that Rain had often visited Jeon's apartment in Seoul's affluent Samsung-dong district,...More
Are Rain and Jeon Ji-hyeon dating? 2010/06/10, Source, Jeon Ji-hyeon (left) and Rain [Sidus HQ/J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain and top actress Jeon Ji-hyeon have been dating since October last year, according to a local sports daily on Thursday.
Sportsseoul.com released a report earlier in the day, based on a three-month observation, which detailed the romantic relationship between the two including how they first met and where they date.
The paper explained that the couple had met last year through a prominent figure of conglomerate family status in Korea, who held multiple get-togethers in an attempt to matchmake the two,...More
Rain says was "choked with tears" after MTV award win 2010/06/08, Source,
Singer and actor Rain talks to reporters upon arriving at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on June 8, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
A triumphant Rain returning to Korea on Tuesday after winning the award for "Biggest Badass Star" at this year's MTV Movie Awards, said he "choked with tears" as he stepped up to claim his prize,...More
[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Rain says "want to brag" about MTV Movie Awards win 2010/06/08, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain in Los Angeles [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Rain says "really want to brag about this one", referring to his win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards It was only a year ago that Rain was overwhelmed after winning a trophy at an awards ceremony which looked a lot like the MTV Video Music Awards. Of course, it was a television commercial for a Korean mobile telephone company. When Rain gave his acceptation speech at the fully-packed venue amidst the applause from the crowd, the sight looked so unattainable that it felt like "a miracle" or "a fictional news event". But this young man, who claims that "a miracle is something you create, not something somebody hands you", has eventually grabbed that very dream in his hand. Instead of uttering some unknown magic words, Rain endured extremely demanding, five-hours-a-day training sessions and kept on running like "a tiger on the verge of starving to death" to make it to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. At the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, 10Asia met with Rain -- a man who, like his name, exudes a freshness to the desert-adjacent, hot city of Los Angeles,...More
Rain becomes 1st Korean to score win at MTV Movie Awards 2010/06/07, Source,
Asian pop sensation Rain [J.Tune Entertainment]
Multi-talented entertainer Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer and actor was named "Biggest Badass Star" at the awards ceremony, held Sunday (U.S. time) in Los Angeles,...More
Wonder Girls crowned No.1 on "M! Countdown" 2010/05/28, Source,
Korean pop group Wonder Girls [Asia Economic Daily]
Female pop group the Wonder Girls took the crown on Mnet music show "M! Countdown" yesterday, their latest single "2 Different Tears" taking its first win on a televised music show .
The girls became emotional when they were announced winners for the week, defeating Rain's boy band MBLAQ for the No. 1 title,...More
Rain to fly into LA next week for MTV awards 2010/05/28, Source,
Asia's most celebrated star Rain will fly off to Los Angeles next week to attend this year's MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency on Friday.
An official at J. Tune Entertainment said Rain will depart from Korea on June 3 to attend the 2010 MTV Movie Awards for which he has received an invitation from MTV's headquarters,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Rain will be entering the military service within a year 2010/05/28, Source,
Top star Rain also known as Jeong Ji-hoon has postponed his entering military service until September 28th of this year. The reason for this is because he is a graduate student at the moment. He has received a call for military service and has received level 1 for his health inspections.
He applied for postponing this entering service until he was done with schooling.
This reason for postponing is only valid for those under the age of 28, and Rain is still 27 that allowed him to enter at a,...More
2PM and Super Junior top televised music shows 2010/05/24, Source,
Boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean boy bands 2PM and Super Junior ranked number one on televised music shows over the weekend.
2PM claimed their second consecutive Mutizen award on SBS' Sunday music program "Inkigayo" with their single "Without U" while giving out the top spot on KBS' Friday live show "Music Bank" to Super Junior who recently made a comeback with a new song titled "BONAMANA",...More
Rain and Jackie Chan team up for music video 2010/05/19, Source,
Official poster of "Karate Kid" [Sony Pictures]
Korean pop sensation Rain and Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan have come together to create a music video promoting the most recent works of both stars, according to the Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment on Wednesday.
A press release from J.Tune stated that the music video, aimed at promoting Rain's current single "Hip Song" and Chan's upcoming action flick "The Karate Kid", will be produced by famed actor Will Smith and feature the Korean singer's song and scenes from the Hollywood-Chinese remake of the 1984 hit "The Karate Kid",...More
Rain to hold encore concerts in Japan in July 2010/05/18, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain will be holding encore concerts in Japan this summer at the request of his fans, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Tuesday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer is set to perform at the Saitama Super Arena on July 17 and 18 as part of his tour titled "Rain, LOVE TOUR 2010",...More
Rain scores first nom for MTV Movie Awards 2010/05/13, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Vote for Rain on MTV Movie Awards Website
Asian superstar Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a nomination for the MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Thursday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer was named one of the five nominees in the "Biggest Badass Star" category alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Chris Pine and Sam Worthington.
The nominee line-up was selected by fans, who cast online votes on MTV's website to pick their favorite "badass" actor out of 22 potential nominees,...More
Pyo says "Coffee House" is "in between sitcom and drama" 2010/05/12, Source,
"Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Joint press interview with director Pyo Min-soo of SBS TV series "Coffee House" Director Pyo Min-soo described the characters in upcoming SBS TV series "Coffee House" as people who "are free from certain restrictions". As a matter of fact, all his previous dramas were too different and various to be put into a single category. While KBS TV series "Full House" and MBC's "What Star Did You Come From" were romantic comedies, KBS' "In-soon is Pretty" was a unique drama which told about a character growing up and "The World That They Live In" in many angles shed light onto the loves and heartbreaks that characters working at a TV broadcasting station experience. In "Coffee House", director Pyo Min-soo tries to "prove that this drama is different from previous ones" by bringing realistic elements of a sitcom into the show such as incorporating the actor's real-life personalities and props. Through female character Seung-yeon's (played by Ham Eun-jeong) transformation from an amateur to a professional working woman, Pyo tries to show a type of professional who is able to enjoy pain. At the drama's press conference held on May 10, the director shared his insight on how he tried to differentiate "Coffee House",...More
Rain to hold autograph signing sessions in Seoul tomorrow 2010/05/11, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain will be meeting his fans at an autograph signing session in Seoul tomorrow, according to his agency on Tuesday.
J. Tune Entertainment announced in a press release that the singer will show up at three major record stores -- Music Korea in Myung-dong district, I-Park Shinara in Yongsan and Kyobo Hottracks in Gangnam area -- on Wednesday and sign autographs for fans,...More
Local celebrities including K-pop singer-actor Rain have teamed up with the Ministry of Culture and Internet portal Nate to upgrade Korea's image.
The campaign, dubbed "Creating a High-class Country With 28 Stars",...More
Rain says "Im Soo-jeong is my ideal woman" 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain appears on talk show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed that actress Im Soo-jeong is his ideal type of woman.
The 27-year-old singer and actor made the remark while appearing as a guest on popular SBS talk show "Steel Heart" which aired on April 4.
On the show, Rain was offered to take part in a segment called "Surprise Ideal Woman World Cup", selecting Im as his ideal woman among many female celebrities including,...More
Rain and Lee Hyori rock televised music shows 2010/05/03, Source,
Winners of televised music programs Rain and Lee Hyori [J.Tune Entertainment, Mnet Entertainment]
Top Korean singers Rain and Lee Hyori took over the top spot on televised music programs over the weekend.
"Love Song" singer Rain claimed the top honor on KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank", taking his third consecutive win on the show, while queen of pop Lee Hyori's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" scored the Mutizen Award on SBS' music program "Inkigayo" on Sunday,...More
A mega-wattage celebrity couple has been born, after national heartthrob Jang Dong-gun and actress,...More
Rain and JYP 'faceoff' 2010/05/01, Source, Korean pop singer Rain, who is arguably the biggest sensation throughout Asia, made "a slip of the tongue" during a TV show, which incurred a response,...More
2PM tops weekly music charts with "Without U" 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM has topped several K-pop music charts this week with their latest single "Without U", triumphing over new hit tunes by Rain and Lee Hyori.
"Without U", the title track from the group's new album "Don't Stop Can't Stop", ranked at No. 1 on various music charts including Monkey3, Dosirak and Mnet for the week of April 19 through 25,...More
Rain shines on music program with "Love Song" 2010/04/26, Source,
Korean pop star Rain [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Rain's title ballad "Love Song" scored its second win on KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" over the weekend, according to the show's official website on Monday.
Rain beat out "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" by songstress Lee Hyori and "Run Devil Run" by female K-pop group Girls' Generation to take the top honor on the Friday show,...More
KBS televised music show "Music Bank" cancelled again 2010/04/22, Source,
VJs of the televised music program "Music Bank" [KBS]
KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" has been cancelled for the fourth straight week, according to Korean broadcasting company KBS on Thursday.
KBS revealed that several of its entertainment shows including "Music Bank" will not be shown with the state being in a state of grievance after a mysterious explosion caused naval ship Cheonan to sink in late March.
All three major public networks in the country have delayed or cancelled the broadcast of entertainment shows following the incident,...More
2010 Dream Concert Lineup Revealed 2010/04/21, Source, It's one of the hottest k-pop concerts of the year! The 16th annual Dream Concert will be featuring some of the hottest stars, like it does every year. This year's line-up includes two of the most suc,...More
Lee Hyori rocks Gaon chart with "Bang" 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean songstress Lee Hyori [Mnet Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Lee Hyori proved to be an unstoppable force, making a banging debut on top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 11 to 17 with her new single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
Lee successfully claimed the title of most popular single for the third week of April, pushing back her previous chart topper "Swing" off the No. 1 spot.
The songstress, who returned to the music stage last Thursday on televised music program "Mnet Countdown", has been conquering numerous online and offline charts with several tracks from her fourth album "H.Logic" since its release on April 12,...More
Lee Hyori new album reigns Mnet charts 2010/04/20, Source,
Korean queen of pop on Mnet's "Mnet Countdown' [Mnet]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has gracefully bowed onto the top spot of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
The songstress' title track from her fourth album "H. Logic" claimed the No. 1 position on the chart, pushing back last week's winner Rain to become the most-popular single during the week of April 12 to 18,...More
Rain takes crown from Girls' Generation on "Music Bank" 2010/04/20, Source,
Korean pop singer Rain for his single "Love Song" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain has claimed his first win on KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" with his single "Love Song".
According to the official website of "Music Bank", Rain, who was to make his stage comeback on the show over the weekend, triumphed over contenders Girls' Generation's "Run Devil Run" and R&B trio Brown Eyed Soul's "I'll Move".
"Music Bank" had originally been set to show last Friday with the lineup including Secret, Kara, After School, U-Kiss and F.Cuz, as well as featuring a comeback performance by Lee Hyori,...More
KBS to cancel broadcast of "Music Bank" for third week 2010/04/15, Source,
The hosts of KBS' music program "Music Bank" [Official KBS website]
KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" will not air for the third consecutive week, according to the show's producer on Thursday.
Producer Go Won-suk told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that the show has been cancelled another week in consideration of the national interest in salvage operations for the sunken Cheonan patrol ship which has been gaining momentum over the past couple of days.
A mysterious explosion had caused the naval ship to sink in late March, where only slightly over half of the ship's crew members were rescued, leaving the country in a state of grievance,...More
Lee Hyori rules singles chart with "Swing" 2010/04/15, Source,
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori promoting her single "Swing" [Mnet Entertainment]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has ascended her way up to the top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 4 to 10 with her latest single "Swing".
The songstress scored her first win during the second week of April, scaling up 11 spots on the music chart to beat out last week's winner Rain.
The new song by Lee has been gaining popularity since its release earlier this month on online music sites. She will be making her stage comeback today on the televised music program "Mnet Countdown",...More
Prosecutors investigating Rain embezzlement accusation 2010/04/14, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into accusations of embezzlement made against K-pop sensation Rain, according to officials on Wednesday.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office confirmed the investigation department has started looking into a lawsuit filed last week by a fabric manufacturing company which has charged Rain and other officials of his agency with embezzlement and dereliction.
Yesterday, the 27-year-old singer and actor, along with other shareholders of his entertainment firm J.Tune Entertainment, was belatedly known to have been sued by the fabric firm,...More
Rain celebrates double win on Mnet charts 2010/04/13, Source,
Picture of Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Rain has made his way to the top of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Love Song".
The title track from the singer's latest album "BACK TO THE BASIC" bounced up three slots from its previous position to rank the hottest single during the week of April 5 to 11,...More
Rain says was "swamped" with female celeb date requests 2010/04/13, Source,
Asian pop sensation Rain [Mnet]
K-pop sensation Rain said he was once "swamped" with date requests by female celebrities.
The 27-year-old singer made the remark on KBS talk show "Win Win" aired on Monday, responding to whether he had been asked out on a date by female celebrities before.
"It was after I finished promoting my second album containing song 'How to Avoid the Sun'.... I was completely swamped with them", Rain explained, recollecting on his experience from early 2004,...More
A Korean Master of Movie Title Sequences 2010/04/12, Source, Well-made films distinguish themselves from the very outset. The title sequence does more than merely list the names of the cast and crew -- it also signals how the storyline of the movie will unfold.,...More
Rain commands weekly music charts with "Love Song" 2010/04/12, Source, Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain has taken command of online and offline music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J.Tune stated that "Love Song", the title track from Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", climbed to the No. 1 spot on numerous online weekly charts including Melon, Dosirak, Mnet, Bugs and others,...More
Rain and G-Dragon score winning debuts on Gaon charts 2010/04/08, Source,
The cover of Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain has made a splashing comeback to the K-pop music scene with his new single "Love Song", debuting atop Gaon's singles chart last week.
For the week of March 28 to April 3, the singer took his first crown on the Korean music chart by defeating last week's winner Girls' Generation,...More
Rain's new album triumphs on music charts 2010/04/07, Source,
Korean pop artist Rain's "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop star Rain's newly released album is rapidly gaining popularity, with his entire album listing within the top 10 on a number of music charts.
All the tracks from "BACK TO THE BASIC", unveiled yesterday at midnight, has placed within the top 10 of several online music real-time charts including Monkey 3 and social networking site Cyworld,...More
Rain: 'I Have Improved Myself As I Overcome My Weakness' 2010/04/07, Source,
"For eight years after my debut, I have become more mature while I am going through many hardships. I feel that I have finally grown up by experiencing those difficulties. The biggest hardship came from my weakness".
Actor and singer Rain (Jung Ji Hoon, 28), who will release a special album entitled "Back to the Basic" on April 7, emphasized at a press conference held in Yeouido on April 5 that he is going back to the basics, just like the title of his new album says.
He said, "To live as an entertainer, there are many occasions that I have to control myself and many things that I have to hide from others. I had hard times when I had to overcome the difficulties that came from those things, so that there were some moments that I just wanted to give up my life as an entertainer,...More
Rain says "Love Song" based on own experience - Part 1 2010/04/06, Source,
Korean singer Rain [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Asian pop sensation Rain says the inspiration for his latest single "Love Song" came from his own experiences. The artist made the remark during a press conference for his new album "BACK TO THE BASICS" held Monday at the KT Building in Youido. He is set to return to the Korean music scene with his special album due out April 7 featuring the title track "Love Song", the first in two years since releasing his last studio album "Rainism" in 2008. Below are excerpts from his press conference. 10: Your first song off the new album is a ballad instead of a dance song and you have taken on an androgynous image which is different from your previous images. What was the reason behind this attempt? Rain: I want to show a definite change because it has been eight years since I made my debut. I had recorded "Love Song" when "Rainism" was unveiled. With "Song" I took out the embellishments and released something light. I was looking to perform an authentic ballad. After promoting “Song,” I am thinking of promoting "Hip Song", a dance track from the album. My androgynous image is a ground breaking attempt. I wanted to stimulate the listeners through my eyebrows, vest, leather pants and hat which are impossible to match with the bling bling music. Releasing the music will be the first round and I want to show new things through my performances on stage. I want to put on a performance that will satisfy the audience's ears and eyes,...More
Rain says "Love Song" based on own experience - Part 2 2010/04/06, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain at the press conference at the KT Building [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: How long will you promote your album and do you have any plans on appearing in variety programs? Rain: Since my debut I had received lots of love through variety programs. I want to show everything that I can while promoting this album because I intended on going back to my original resolution and work hard on this release. As long as the audience don't feel uncomfortable about it, I want to be in as many variety shows as possible. I plan on promoting my album for about two months before I begin shooting a drama and movie. I have an upcoming tour in Japan so I will be visiting several cities in the country but I think I'll be able to manage both by going back and forth till early May,...More
Rain denies rumors of working with "The Slave Hunters" writer 2010/04/05, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainer Rain has denied rumors that he will be collaborating with Cheon Seong-il, the writer of recent hit TV series "The Slave Hunters" (KBS2).
An official at Rain's agency J. Tune Entertainment said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Monday that the actor is "currently reading scripts for various dramas and nothing has been set as of yet".
A media outlet had reported this morning that the Asian singing sensation had decided to appear inCheon 's next television drama, tentatively titled "The Fugitive Plan B", and that he is negotiating on the details of his contract,...More
Rain and Kim Yuna nominated for 2010 TIME 100 2010/04/05, Source, Actor and singer Rain (Jung Ji Hoon, 28) and "Figure Queen" Kim Yuna (20) have been nominated for Time magazine's online poll that selects the "world's most influential 100 people" (hereafter referred to as the Time 100).
Rain takes the reigns of online music charts 2010/04/02, Source, Rain on the cover of "BACK TO BASICS" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain has dominated all online music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday.
"Love Song", the title track from his special album "BACK TO BASICS" released at midnight on Tuesday, swept all Korean charts including Melon, Mnet, Dosirak, Bugs, Soribada, Hanteo, Monkey 3 and social networking site Cyworld,...More
Rain a candidate for TIME's most influential people list 2010/04/02, Source,
Asian singer Rain a candidate for TIME's most influential people [TIME Magazine official webpage]
Asian pop artist Rain has been named a candidate for TIME magazine's prestigious 100 most influential people list, according to the publication's official webpage (Vote for Rain).
The singer is listed at number 48 among 200 leaders, artists, innovators and icons from around the world.
This is the fifth time his name has joined the list since 2006, when he was first picked as one the 100 most influential people. He then topped the survey's online polls in 2007, 2008 and 2009 but failed to make it into the actual list,...More
Rain's "Love Story" music video to be released today 2010/04/02, Source,
Scenes from Rain's music video "Love Story" with actress Han Ye-seul [J.Tune Entertainment]
The music video for Asian pop star Rain's new single "Love Song" is set to be unveiled today at 1 p.m., according to his agency on Friday.
A press release from J. Tune Entertainment explained that the music video featuring Korean actress Han Ye-seul will first be revealed on multimedia video player GomPlayer at 1 p.m. followed by a wide release on all online music websites an hour later,...More
Rain and Lee Byeon-heon Potential Nominees for MTV Movie Awards 2010/04/01, Source, Rain and Lee Byung-hun have been named as preliminary nominees for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards and are now waiting for viewers' votes.
World-class music entertainment channel MTV released a statement on March 31 that the two entertainers made the list of preliminary nominated candidates for the 19th annual MTV Movie Awards, which will be held on June 6 in Los Angeles, California,...More
Rain's album release postponed to April 7 2010/03/31, Source,
Cover to Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
The release date for Asian pop sensation Rain's new album, originally due out tomorrow, has been delayed to April 7, according to the singer's agency on Wednesday.
"He was supposed to start promoting his album by giving his comeback performances on music shows this week but they have been cancelled so we put off the release date to next week", an official at J.Tune Entertainment told Asia Economic Daily over the phone,...More
Rain's new ballad "Love Song" tops online music charts 2010/03/31, Source,
Korean singer Rain and actress Han Ye-seul on the cover of "Love Song" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean singing sensation 'Rain"s new ballad "Love Song" has topped several online music charts since its release yesterday, according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Wednesday.
"Song" from 'Rain"s upcoming special album "BACK TO BASICS" is at the No.1 spot on the websites of online music providers Bugs and Melon, as well as social networking site Cyworld,...More
Rain unveils ballad single "Love Song" from new album 2010/03/30, Source,
Korean singer Rain and actress Han Ye-seul in a music video for "Love Song" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed his new single "Love Song" over night, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Tuesday.
J. Tune explained in a press release that "Love Song", the title track from his upcoming special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", was unveiled at midnight last night on various web-based music sites,...More
Rain's new single a ballad titled "Love Song" 2010/03/26, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain's new single "Love Song" [J. Tune Entertainment]
The title song to Korean entertainer Rain's new album due out next month will be a ballad named "Love Song", according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the title track from his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", due out April 1, will be a ballad tune that the singer wrote himself.
"For the first time since his debut, we have decided that the title song from Rain's special album will be a ballad", an official at J. Tune was quoted as saying. "Since this is a special album for fans, Rain himself wanted to take on a different approach",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Rain becomes a ballad singer! 2010/03/25, Source,
Jeong Ji-hoon also known as a world and pop star Rain will be releasing a new special album!
The genre is ballad and his entertainment company JTune said that this is his first ballad album. Jeong wanted to take a different challenge.
The title song is written and composed by Jeong J,...More
Korean pic "Mother - 2009", stars win big at Green Planet Movie Awards 2010/03/25, Source,
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho wins Best International Director award at Green Planet Movie Awards held in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2010 [Korea Green Foundation]
Korean film "Mother - 2009" and a handful of Korean actors picked up multiple awards including the prize for Best Foreign Culture Film of the Year at the 2nd Green Planet Movie Awards held in California, according to event sponsor Korea Green Foundation (KGF) on Thursday.
KGF announced in a press release that film "Mother - 2009" and Korean movie stars were handed a total of 12 awards in nine different categories at the event, which took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on March 23 (local time),...More
Han Ye-seul stars in new Rain music video 2010/03/24, Source,
Singer/actor Rain and actress Han Ye-seul during the shoot for "BACK TO BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Actress Han Ye-seul has shot a music video with Asian pop sensation Rain for the singer's upcoming special album due out April 1.
'Rain"s agency J. Tune Entertainment said Wednesday that the two shot the video from Sunday till today in Seoul's Gangnam and Songdo districts,...More
Rain comeback teaser video to be unveiled at midnight 2010/03/22, Source,
Cover to Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
A teaser video for Korean pop star Rain's special album will be revealed when the clock strikes midnight tonight.
The singer's agency J.Tune Entertainment announced Monday that a 30 second-long teaser clip for the album titled "BACK TO BASIC" will be posted on Rain's official website (www.rain-jihoon.com) at midnight,...More
Cover to Rain's comeback album revealed 2010/03/22, Source,
Cover to Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
The cover to Asian pop sensation Rain's special album due out April 1 has been unveiled.
The record, titled "BACK TO THE BASIC", showed a close up shot of the singer and actor in medium-lengthed curly hair photographed in black and white,...More
Rain to make Korea comeback in April with new album 2010/03/16, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain in his personal message to fans [Official website]
Korean superstar Rain has announced that he will be returning to the K-pop music scene with a new album next month.
The singer posted a message on his official website (www.rain-jihoon.com) on Monday, telling fans that he will be releasing a special album containing several new songs he had "been cherishing for a while" on April 1.
He said he will promote the album for two months as well as including performances of the new tracks in his concert tours this year,...More
Rain to wrap up Asia Tour and release new mini-album 2010/03/10, Source, Rain's promotional concert poster for "Legend of Rainism" [J.Tune Entertainment]
K-pop artist Rain will soon visit Japan as he gets ready to wrap up his Asia tour, according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment.
The artist will hold the 'Legend of Rainism Asia Tour Japan Final' at the Yoyogi Gymnasium in Japan on April 17 and 18, the last of his shows which kicked off in Hong Kong last November.,...More
major events in Korea's modern history from 1884 till now. The project is part of the 60th anniversary of The Korea Times, which falls on Nov.1.
For South Korea, the last three years of the millennium,...More
Rain, Se7en, Hyo-lee, and Boa to Return to Korea 2010/03/04, Source, Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.
Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.,...More
Epik High interviewed by CNN Talk Asia 2010/02/22, Source,
Epik High member Tablo and CNN Talk Asia anchorwoman Anjali Rao [Woolim Entertainment]
Korean hip-hop band Epik High is set to appear on CNN's Talk Asia, according to their agency Woolim Entertainment on Monday.
The group recently conducted an interview with the show's anchorwoman Anjali Rao, where they talked about their difficulties, success and future ambitions.
"We were glad that CNN showed great interest in the depth and diversity of Korean music", Epik High member Tablo was quoted as saying. "It was an undeserving honor to represent and introduce our own kind of hip-hop to all over the world".,...More
Rain, Lee Da-hae appointed PR ambassadors for Green Growth 2010/02/03, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain and actress Lee Da-hae have been appointed publicity ambassadors for the Presidential Committee on Green Growth (PCGG), according to a press release by the committee on Wednesday.
PCGG -- which is under direct control of President Lee Myung-bak -- explained they designated the two stars to raise public awareness of the green growth policy and promote green life in everyday activities.
The two stars will appear in promotional videos about green growth and attend major events to fulfill their duties as PR ambassadors over a one-year period. They will be kicking off their activities today by attending the committee conference.,...More
Jang Geun-seok successfully wraps up his fan meeting in Korea 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean actor Jang Geun-seok performs at his fan meeting [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Jang Geun-seok held his second fan meeting in Korea over the weekend, attracting scores of domestic and overseas fans to the event.
The actor met with some 3,000 fans -- including 700 people from eight countries overseas -- at his fan event, held at Seoul's Olympic Park Olympic Hall on Sunday.
Jang performed songs from the soundtrack to his recent TV series "Minamishineyo" as well as past hits by other K-pop artists including "It's Raining" by Rain and "Heartbeat" by 2PM.
The actor also displayed his deejaying skills and unveiled a series of personal photographs and videos from his childhood days up to the present.,...More
Rain takes Taiwan by storm with Legend tour 2010/02/01, Source,
Asian superstar Rain performs at Kaohsiung National Stadiuma in Taiwan on January 30, 2010. [J. Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain took Taiwan by storm with his "Legend of Rainism" tour over the weekend, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Monday.
The singer, who flew into Kaohsiung on January 28, was greeted by some 500 fans who had been waiting at the airport to see the Korean entertainer, J Tune said in a press release.
On Friday, the city's mayor Qu Ju showed up at Rain's press conference to introduce the singer himself. The event was attended by around 150 journalists from 50 different media outlets.,...More
Court rules in favor of Rain over cancelled U.S. concerts 2010/01/29, Source,
Asian superstar Rain [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A South Korean court has ruled that singer and actor Rain is not responsible for the cancellation of concerts in the U.S. leg of his world tour between 2006 and 2007.
Local concert promoter Star M had filed a lawsuit against Rain and his then-agency JYP Entertainment last March, claiming 4.57 billion won, or nearly four million dollars, in compensation for losses and damages they allegedly suffered from 16 cancelled shows.
The Seoul Central District Court said in its ruling Thursday that the concert was cancelled due to lack of preparations on part of the promoter and the issues it had with U.S.-based promoting firm Revolution Entertainment.,...More
Rain wraps up Osaka concert in success 2010/01/25, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain performs at a concert in Osaka, Japan [J. Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain has successfully wrapped up his Osaka concert over the weekend, according to a press release by J. Tune Entertainment.
The singer performed in the Japanese city for the first time in five years, as an encore gig of his Asian tour "Legend of Rainism", on January 23 and 24. Some 8,000 fans showed up to watch the Korean entertainer again since he last performed in Osaka in 2005.,...More
More than half of Asian tourists visited Seoul after watching commercials and television dramas of the nation's capital, according to the latest Nielsen survey of 3,200 tourists from China, Japan and Taiwan last October and December.
Song Hye-kyo, Gang Dong-won to star in Asian omnibus pic 2010/01/12, Source,
Actress Song Hye-kyo (right) and actor Gang Dong-won, who have been cast to star in Korean director Jang Joon-hwan's "Love for Sale". [BAL CON]
Several of South Korea's top actors including actress Song Hye-kyo and actor Gang Dong-won have been cast in a multinational omnibus film by directors from Korea, Japan and Thailand, according to the film's production company on Tuesday.
BAL CON announced in a statement that the film, tentatively titled "Busan Project", will be composed of three episodes each set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan in Korea.
Based in Korea during the 1970s, the first segment, titled "Iron Pussy", will be directed by Thailand's Wisit Sasanatieng and star Korean actor Kim Min-joon and Thai-American actor Michael Shaowanasai. Shawananasai will play the role of a male secret agent from Thailand in disguise of a woman who later falls in love with an unidentifiable Korean man, played by Kim.,...More
[FOCUS] The 16 stars of 2009 - Part 3 2009/12/31, Source, Kim Nam-gil
Actor Kim Nam-gil [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
It may seem foolish to identify an actor as a role he played but Kim Nam-gil is similar in many ways to the character Bidam he played in MBC TV series "Queen Seon-deok" this year. His ability to throw in jokes in between the dialogue on every occasion he gets while also being able to go back straight to being serious and genuine to give heartfelt and mature responses for the actual interview, proved Kim is great at handling various situations. "I had once talked about this with actor Jung Jae-young -- people who grew up wealthy can understand those who grew up hungry but not sympathize with them. And vice versa, those who haven't been wealthy before cannot be aware of or know the difficulties wealthy people face despite seemingly living in abundance. Even I myself think "If I only had money. You can do everything in Korea if you have money. What could be so tough about it?" But my parents let me experience a lot of things such as part-time jobs so bit by bit, I think I've received a lot of help getting where I am in terms of my acting",...More
Lee Joon-ki voted top Hallyu Star of 2009 2009/12/31, Source,
Hallyu star Lee Joon-ki [Mentor Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Joon-ki has been voted top Hallyu Star of the year in a survey conducted by a Korean business news publication, according to a press release by his agency Mentor Entertainment on Thursday.
In a recent poll titled "2009 My Vote for Top 6 Stars of the Year", Finance and Economy News asked viewers who they thought were this year's top six entertainers in the following categories; Male idol group, Female group, Solo singer, Male actor, Female actress, Hallyu Star, Drama and Film. Each respondent was allowed to vote for one star in each category.
Results for the survey -- conducted from December 21 thru 29 -- were based on the votes cast by netizens as well as the site's Internet statistics, such as the number of times each star's news articles were read.,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
[ChanMi's star news] 0 fat body for Rain! 2009/11/28, Source, Rain's 0 fat high class abs have been released!
The beauty and fashion magazine, ALLURE will be publishing this December with Rain as their model!
Through the interviews confessed that he 'had' that body once while he was filming the movie, but now, he's been eating as he wanted half jokingly.,...More