Shopping districts outside of Seoul enjoy significant growth 2015/11/08, Source,
Incheon Songdo International City
The Jungwang Park in Songdo, Incheon, where the celebrity triplets of a Korean actor Song Il-gook are known to visit every now and then, are considered the Central Park for the local residents. Passing through the sun-lit skyscrapers and high-rising hotels is an artificial waterway with canoes, kayaks, and boasts cleaving through the sea water,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tattoo" 2015/07/18,
As the opening sequence demonstrates, there is a kind of medical factor to tattoo art that's rather fascinating. They both involve needles, obviously, but what exactly is that weird ink that creates tattoo art anyway? Soo-na (played by Yoon Joo-hee) is a doctor turned tattooist who utilizes their mysterious properties- for murder. That sounds like a good premise for a movie doesn't it? Well, unfortunately the actual main serial killer character of "Tattoo" is Ji-soon (played by Song Il-gook). He's just a generic übermensch serial killer,...More
Song Il-gook's wife Jeong Seung-yeon caught in dispute 2015/01/11, Source, Song Il-gook's wife Jeong Seung-yeon is being questioned about her status as a judge.
Lawyer Im Yoon-seon posted on her Facebook, "I've seen news saying that every time news about the triplets would come out, Song Il-gook registers his managers as an aide to the National Assembly and has been paying them with tax money. As a friend of Jeong Seung-yeon, I know that this is a lie",...More
What about 'daddy' Eom Tae-woong? 2014/12/11, Source,
'Eom Force' has been a long time nickname of his. Eom Tae-woong usually plays a strong and charismatic male character in movies such as "Revenge", "Wolf", "Devil" and dramas "The Equator Man" and "Sword and Flower". His recent movie was no different. He played the typical 'tough guy' and stood out by having a unique personality in most movies, which is why he has an even fan base from both women and men.
However, his image has started to change ever since he got married. He's become friendlier and nicer,...More
Singer Lee Seung-chul Denied Entry to Japan 2014/11/12, Source,
Singer Lee Seung-chul was denied entry to Japan on Sunday, apparently due to his performance on Dokdo in celebration of Liberation Day on Aug. 15. Japan lays a flimsy claim to the Korean islets on East Sea, and Liberation Day marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial rule in 1945,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/01, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Fire in Hell": A Buddhist monk succumbs to sin and is cruelly cornered by fate on his way to redemption. (11/06)
★★★★ "Entangled": A family of four are put under pressure after the youngest daughter's child dies as a result of the mother's deteriorating mental condition. (11/06)
★★★★ "Daughter": A woman struggles to free herself from her strict ascetic upbringing and wonders what the future holds for her own family. (11/06)
★★★ "Fashion King - Movie": A high school student plans to become a fabulous fashionista in order to attract the attention of the prettiest girl in school. (11/06)
★★★★ "Glory For Everyone": A touching documentary that follows a young soccer team and accounts their struggles against poverty and class. (11/06),...More
Actor Song Il-gook to Appear in Makgeolli Ad in WSJ 2013/05/03, Source, Song Il-gook (right) and Seo Kyoung-duk
Actor Song Il-gook and Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Women's University who specializes in promoting Korean culture, will run an advertisement for makgeolli, or Korean traditional wine, in the Wall Street Journal at the end of this month. "[Actress] Lee Young-ae featured in an ad for bibimbab [a traditional Korean dish made of rice and vegetables] in the New York Times, and it has been very well received. As such, I decided to arrange a similar ad with another Korean Wave star", Seo said as he unveiled a poster for the latest promotion,...More
Korean Stars in Japan in Bind Over Dokdo 2012/08/27, Source, Kara (left) and Song Il-gook
Korean Wave stars who are popular in Japan find themselves in a fiendish dilemma as tensions rise between Seoul and Tokyo over Dokdo. A case in point is comments by Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi about actor Song Il-gook, who took part in a relay swim to Dokdo on Aug. 15, which marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial occupation. "Unfortunately, it will not be easy for him to come to Japan from now on", Tsuyoshi said on a TV program on Friday,...More
Actor Song remains calm on Japan's entry denial 2012/08/27, Source,
By Kim Ji-soo Hallyu actor Song Il-gook responded matter-of-factly to a senior Japanese official's comment that he may not be allowed to enter Japan. Appearing on a cable network Japanese Senior Vice Foreign Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said that it's regrettable but Song may find it difficult to visit Japan in the future because that's the state of Japanese sentiment right now,...More
Kim Jang-hoon, Song Il-gook To Swim To Dokdo 2012/08/14, Source,
In commemoration of Korea's Independence Day on August 15th, singer Kim Jang-hoon and actor Song Il-gook will be showing off their swimming skills. This Wednesday marks the anniversary of Korea's independence from Japan's colonial rule. In honor of this, along with making a statement that the Dokdo Islets belong to Korea, Kim, Song, and several dozen other volunteers will be making the 55-kilometer swim together from Korea's coastline to the eastern islets of Dokdo,...More
Korea seeks more cultural exchanges with CIS countries 2012/06/03, Source,
Scenes from "Arirang Party" (photo courtesy of KOCIS)
Celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and three former Soviet republics (CIS) are being held throughout this week.
The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) staged an array of events that offered a glimpse into the country's diverse cultural aspects to the capital cities of Uzbekistan (May 22), Turkmenistan (May 24), and Kazakhstan (May 26) successively,...More
Celebrities Pitch in to Back Candidates in General Election 2012/04/03, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae (second right) and her husband pose with Saenuri Party's candidate Chung Jin-suk (second left) on his campaign site.
As the April 11 general elections approaches, celebrities are rolling up their sleeves to support their favorite candidates. Candidates with connections in showbusiness say they are receiving a huge boost in their campaigns.
Actress Lee Young-ae and her husband appeared at a political campaign rally for Chung Jin-suk, a former senior secretary for political affairs at Cheong Wa Dae. Lee and her husband are friends of Chung, who is running on the ruling Saenuri Party's ticket,...More
Stars spice up campaigns 2012/04/03, Source,
From top left: Lee Young-ae, Song Il-gook, Choi Myeong-gil Chung Mong-joon of the ruling Saenuri Party, right, the incumbent representative for Seoul's Dongjak B constituency who is standing again in the April 11 parliamentary elections, greets citizens on their way to work with his nephew Chung Dae-sun and his wife Noh Hyun-jung, a former KBS anchor, in front of Joongang University Hospital, Monday. / Yonhap
By Park Si-soo
Several candidates are running a star-studded campaign in the lead-up to the April 11 National Assembly elections. This is made possible due to their personal ties with movie stars, TV presenters and beauty contest winners, triggering a sense of jealousy among their rivals,...More
Ratings increase for "Fermented Family" 2011/12/21, Source,
jTBC's foundational mini-series recovered, going over 1% in the ratings.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 22nd, the fifth episode of "Fermented Family" that aired on December 21st rated 1.062%. This is 0.267% higher than the 0.795% earned by the previous fourth episode,...More
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2011/05/26, Source,
[Interview : Yun Seok-hwa, Director] "To avoid the limitations of telling a biography with a realist approach, I used a type of expressionist approach while putting on this show".
[Interview : Song Il-gook, Role of "Ahn Jung-geun" and "Ahn Jun-saeng" ] "Ahn Jun-saeng was an ordinary man like ourselves, so he could not abandon his family, home or children. Therefore, he ended up choosing life instead",...More
Kim Nam-gil to visit Japan for charity event next month 2010/03/30, Source,
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil will be visiting Japan next month to appear at the 3rd "Korea-Japan Friendship Festa", according to his agency Star J. Entertainment on Tuesday.
Star J. explained in a press release that the actor has recently decided to appear for free on the show, which celebrates the 45 years of normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries,...More
[REVIEW] MBC TV series "A Man Called God" 2010/03/09, Source,
Official poster of "A Man Called God" [MBC]
"A Man Called God" - First episode (MBC TV, 9:45 p.m.)
It is hard to say what exactly this drama is about. But come to think of it, it seems "A Man Called God" -- from the script to its action sequences -- tried to create something close to an adult comic. The show displayed how plain it is by unfolding its romantic plot involving every character within its improbable storyline. And the action scenes portrayed the very sentimentality voiced in adult comics where machos rule the world or sing of romance with the backdrop as night life or the political and economical circle. How the camera scans up and down the bodies of actresses Han Go-eun and Yoo In-yeong dressed in their bathing suits also reveals that the show's taste in aesthetics is at the level of that seen in the cartoon section of sports papers,...More
The Winter Olympic Games are over, but that doesn't mean the excitement of television is over as well. MBC and KBS are preparing big budget dramas featuring heroes for this weekend, ushering viewers to another competitive race between top stars and strong scripts.,...More
The Ideal Young Korean Male -- Revealed 2007/06/28, Source, A plastic surgeon has published a composite image of the ideal male Korean face. Rhee Seung-chul, the head of plastic surgery at Hanil General Hospital, made the image from the faces of 16 Korean Wave,...More
Koreans Made Happiest by Park Ji-sung 2007/04/30, Source, Manchester United striker Park Ji-sung topped the list of people who made Koreans happiest in a poll by the Weekly Chosun magazine, a sister publication of the Chosu Ilbo. The magazine asked 1,502 adu,...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source, Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
Rain, Jeon Ji-hyeon Top on Fantasy Spouse List 2006/12/30, Source, A recent survey to uncover the number-one heartthrob for unmarried people shows that single men would most like to marry actress Jeon Ji-hyun and single women would sooner be hitched with singer Rain than any other man.
In the poll of 437 (217 men, 220 women) single members of the matchmaking fir,...More
One of the most conspicuous phenomena of 2006 was the "going-solo" trend among former boy band and girl band members. In fact, this year's K-pop scene has been crowded with what seems like an endless procession of "first solo albums".
Korea drama fest kicks off today 2006/10/26, Source, The first Korea Drama Festival kicks off its four-day run today in the southern city of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, with a number of Korean TV stars attending the event.
The Korea Drama Festival 2006 will start this week in Chinju, South Kyongsang Province.
A variety of events, including drama screenings and celebrity fan meetings, will take place under this year's theme "water, light and stars" in Chinjusong and on the banks of,...More
Big-budget historical dramas popular 2006/07/10, Source, Seoul Broadcasting System's epic drama "Yeongaesomun" garnered over 20 percent of viewing rate Saturday with its first episode that depicted the historical battle between Goguryeo (37 B.C.-A.D. 668) and China's Tang Dynasty (618-907) at Ansi Castle.
This is the first of 100 episodes that will dra,...More
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Ive heard that JUMONG will be shown here in the Philiipines...hope its true...i was disappointed when "Emperor of the Sea" was not shown whereas the tv station has announced it already...I was wondering whether it will be a kapuso or kapamilya channel!!!!
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Dear Song Il-gook I sent you mail recently, but I forgot my e-mail adress. By the way you have got aanother drama it play KBS2 maybe I willwatch it.You play so good at Emperor of the sea.I was born 31.10.1971 at Ankara capital of the Turkey.By you,I like Korea and Korean people.The musics of the drama.I download at internet ,they are vary good.I listen mobile phone.Loves from Turkey.Please send firstname.lastname@example.org Good bye
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