Stars on the Stump Don't Guarantee Election Win 2016/04/17, Source,
Actress Shim Eun-ha (left) congratulates her husband Ji Sang-wook at his campaign office in Seoul early Thursday morning. /Yonhap
Candidates who brought a famous wife, child or other relative with them on the stump were not always guaranteed a win in Wednesday's general elections. For some it went well. Actress Shim Eun-ha's husband Ji Sang-wook won his seat for the Saenuri Party in Seoul's Jung district. Shim cast her ballot alongside her husband and stood by him at a party office in central Seoul as the votes were being counted, and he duly thanked her for her support,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Born To Kill" 2015/02/28,
Kil (played by Jeong Woo-seong) is an assassin. Why, I suppose you could even say he was..."Born To Kill". Yes, that is an obviously corny and dumb joke. Well, get used to it. In short order we watch Kil carry out multiple murders. Very stabby murders, where Kil comes off less like a person and more like some sort of hybrid land-shark who's drawn to blood, water, and people who insist on horsing around in spite of the obvious rules against such rude behavior. Also he has a pet monkey,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tell Me Something" 2014/02/28,
From the very beggining it's clear that "Tell Me Something" is not a film for the squeamish. You see the body on the table and then there's this person with some sort of tool and...oh dear. No, this isn't going to end well at all. It's pretty easy to guess what's in those black bags and no, it's never a good thing when they're inevitably opened. There's blood, body parts, plenty of general dismemberment. Just remembering those scenes makes me feel a little ill.
But rest assured- the film is quite tasteful in its depictions of discomforting bodily horrors. Director Jang Yoon-hyeon clearly went about the production of "Tell Me Something" with an artistic mind,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Interview" 2013/10/05,
Eun-seok (played by Lee Jeong-jae) has a novel idea for a documentary- find random people and ask them to tell their stories about love. The basic cuteness of the various interviews very quickly starts to trend toward a discomforting fact- though Eun-seok and his team have convinced themselves this project has objective value, the mere presence of the camera alone is creating an obvious influence both in the stories being told as well as what Eun-seok is choosing to interpret from them.
Whereas most directors try to explore cynicism by painting a portrait of a bleak world, director/screenwriter Byeon Hyeok creates this feeling by making a film about the utter futility in trying to find truth through film,...More
Shin Seong-il to come back with "Night Door" 2013/04/09, Source,
Actor Shin Seong-il is coming back with a movie for the first time in 20 years.
"Night Door" is about a man with cancer not being able to resist the feelings he feels for the caregiver that comes to his aid. Shin Seong-il takes on the role of this man who's lived his whole life according to the rules before he got cancer. The femme fatale caregiver will be played by Bae Seul-gi,...More
Actress Jo Yoon-hee Enjoying Life as Late Bloomer 2012/07/07, Source,
Actress Jo Yoon-hee has raced into the limelight after years spent tiptoeing around its periphery by portraying an adorable woman in the KBS 2 TV drama "My Husband Got a Family", which has been receiving top viewer ratings of between 30 and 40 percent. "I'm so happy because I get recognized not only by young fans, but also by elderly people on the streets", the 30-year-old actress said,...More
Kim So-yeon: 'I Seem to have Begun Acting 18 Years Since Debut' 2012/03/09, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon (32), who has made a comeback after a fifteen-year break with the movie "Gabi", said, "I want to play different characters such as a femme fatale, comic character and character who will experience sad love. I have had too long of a break up to now (laugh)". Asked about the characters that she wants to play, she answered with lightning speed as if she had been waiting for movies for a long time. She will appear in "Gabi" after her long break,...More
Interview with critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian 2012/02/20, Source,
Film critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian has written and talked about what he considers the little-known, real start of the Korean Wave in China. At the International Film Festival Rotterdam while serving on the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award jury, he spoke to Jean NOH about it and his thoughts on Korea-China cooperation.
KOBIZ: You've written and talked about how you think a certain Korean film festival at the Beijing Film Academy was really what started the popularity of Korean films in China. Tell us about that festival,...More
Song Hye-kyo: 'It Is My Honor To Be Compared to Actress Shim Eun-ha' 2011/09/27, Source,
Director Lee Jeong-hyang said during the production presentation of the movie "A Reason to Live" that was held at Lotte Cinema Pacadiri on September 26, "When I made a comeback with "The Way Home" after a three-year break, it was like coming back after being discharged from the military and being welcomed by many people. This time, I am making a comeback after a similar long break, and I really appreciate people's attention shown to my new movie". Lee was once the most promising female director from the end of the 1990s until the early 2000s. She debuted with her movie "Art Museum By The Zoo" in 1998, in which star actress Shim Eun-ha appeared as the female protagonist, and she garnered Best New Director's prizes at various film festivals in Korea at that time,...More
Lee Kyung-min, Makeup Artist to the Stars 2009/12/21, Source, Makeup artist Lee Kyung-min is at the top of her profession, and a very successful businesswoman who runs her own beauty salon LeeKyungMin Foret, cosmetic brand Vidi Vici, and makeup artist training s,...More
Jeans Brands Woo Top Stars for Ads 2009/10/15, Source, Jeans brands seem to be replacing cosmetics as the most coveted prize among Korea's advertising contracts. Traditionally, becoming the " face " of cosmetics brands was the recognition of bona fide sta,...More
Kim Tae-hee 'Eyes', Han Ga-in 'Nose', Song Hye-kyo 'Mouth' 2008/06/26, Source, It's a world full of beauties. If you turn on the television, the screen is vividly filled with well-defined faces. The internet is full of regular people who are known for their beautiful faces or bodies. Beauty marketing is everywhere, and it has been a long time since beauty has become a way to j,...More
Stars aligning for the Year of the Rat 2008/02/06, Apart from being famous worldwide, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Al Gore and Zinedine Zidane have one other thing in common -- they were born in the Year of the Rat, according to the traditional zodiac system still widely used in Korea.
With the first day of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, rats, the first a,...More
Born in the Year of the Rat 2007/12/31, Source, In the Year of the Rat, Korean pop culture is led by those born in another, in 1972. Coincidence or cosmic determination? Readers may decide for themselves. Known as the "president of culture" in the 1990s, Seo Taiji releasef his 15th anniversary,...More
Couple Clinic 2006/11/30, Source, "Divorces? I've had about 50 of them", says Lee Si-eun, who appears on the KBS 2TV program 'Couple Clinic-Love and War' (airs Fridays at 11:05 p.m.) which shows conflicts and solutions between married couples. Since 1999, when the program starte,...More
Acting Range 2006/07/20, Source, "I have never chosen the drama I would act, but the right cast and script in that drama", said Lee Seong-jae, who this time will star in a drama about honest lawyer Roh Yoon-jae, who was adopted to Canada. Roh Yoon-jae will be involved in an,...More
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
These days, it's not a fire fighter, a teacher, a doctor or even the nation's president that kids want to be when they grow up. Instead, according to a recent survey, 2 out of 3 children want to go into show business, as either an actor or a singer.
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Shim Eun-ha, you did amazing in
Christmas in August! You played your
part perfectly. The movie touched my
heart, and you helped with that. You are
a beautiful, and talented actress. You
did a Great Job!
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