[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 8 2017/02/16,
The two main genres at the forefront this episode are soap opera and parent teacher association meetings. I have to admit that the latter concept is rather...unique, in that I never in a million years expected that I would be reviewing a historical Korean drama that focused on parents talking to other parents and teachers about their children's academic performance. In context, though, it's more of the usual disappointments since Saimdang herself has, as usual, only an indirect role,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 7 2017/02/15,
Near the end of this episode, there's a brief, lovely little scene where Saimdang takes her family out to nature and uses her powers of artistic description to help them understand natural beauty. This scene is noteworthy for how horribly out of place it is. In between Lee Gyeom's detective work, Saimdang's domestic problems, and greater political struggles, there's precious little time spent actually discussing art and poetry. Which is pretty jarring considering that the whole reason Saimdang is famous is because she's an artist and a poet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 6 2017/02/09,
Dramatic romantic opening notwithstanding, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" continues with its dual stories. Lee Gyeom tries to accomplish stuff at the governmental level, while Saimdang tries to maintain a basic standard of living at her home. Ah, this is...you know, one of the criticisms of putting Saimdang on Korean currency is that her role in Korean history has not been a terribly proactive one. I'm kind of baffled as to why "Saimdang: Light's Diary" is choosing to highlight this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 5 2017/02/08,
Lee Gyeom and Saimdang have tragically separated, off to live their own lives. That is, until the cliffhanger, when by fate they finally happen to meet again...and you know, that's the main issue I have with "Saimdang: Light's Diary". Considering that the framing device is literally academic research, one would think this drama would be more interested in the historical record. But no, rather than get exposition of Saimdang's life and accomplishments, we have to watch her suffer for not being with her one true love,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 4 2017/02/02,
We get to watch Saimdang and Lee Gyum's love story implode rather fantastically for the majority of this episode. In general I don't mind the whole tragic doomed love cliché, but here it comes off as rather weak. More than ever I find myself wondering which of these events are based on actual historical record and which are sheer dramatic embellishment. If Saimdang actually married another guy because her parents were making a socio-political decision, I would have much rather seen that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 3 2017/02/01,
An extended flashback sums up the general mess of Ji-yoon's current situation, and why it has led to her having gazebo chats with Sang-hyeon (played by Yang Se-jong). Incidentally, Yang Se-jong also plays the young Lee Gyum in flashback, and once the recap is over with we are once again treated to the generally adorable romance between Lee Gyum and Saimdang. Oddly enough this storyline is no less sweet simply because we know it can't possibly end well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 2 2017/01/26,
We start out with brief, generally boring academic politics. Thankfully "Saimdang: Light's Diary" quickly gives up on this exposition and it's right to what we're all waiting for- the introduction of Saimdang (played by Park Hye-soo). Of course, for now she's still just a kid. Saimdang is spunky, what with trying to climb walls, but the young woman is smarter than she looks. Saimdang has a keen eye for the arts that soon gets cultivated as she spends time with Lee Gyum,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 1 2017/01/26,
Long ago, the famed painter Lee Gyum (played by Song Seung-heon) was in Renaissance-era Italy. What exactly he was doing there is not yet entirely clear. Art professor Ji-yoon (played by Lee Young-ae) aims to find out, although the road there is a tad circuitous. Ji-yoon is trapped between a bad professional situation and a swiftly degrading household. Neither are her fault. Ji-yoon just had the bad luck of getting involved with unscrupulous men,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Make It Big" + DVD Giveaway 2016/02/27,
Seong-hwan (played by Song Seung-heon), Woo-sup (played by kwon Sang-woo), and Jin-won (played by Kim Young-joon) are three high school students with a dream in life- they're gonna be huge! All-powerful! Rich! Sexy! And bros forever! How they actually intend to accomplish these goals when the boys are dumb and immature is not really explained. Then, as luck would have it, fortune rains upon them from above, so the boys quickly try to figure out how to cash their winnings,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Wonderful Nightmare" 2015/09/05,
Having lost her parents at a young age Yeon-woo (played by Uhm Jung-hwa) resolved to become an unambiguous success in life so as to do honor to their name. And Yeon-woo succeeded at that goal...sort of. Most parents would be proud, of course, to have their daughter grow up to be a top tier lawyer, recognized by her peers, well-respected, and wealthy. The problem is that Yeon-woo's clients tend to be rich more than they tend to be decent human beings. That is the backdrop into which Yeon-woo falls into the "Wonderful Nightmare" of being an ordinary housewife,...More
Song Seung-heon's lover Liu Yifei to attend BIFF 2015/08/25, Source,
Chinese star Liu Yifei will shine the red carpet of Busan International Film Festival this year.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival held an official press conference. Lee Yong-gwan Co-director, Kang Soo-yeon Co-director, KIM Jiseok Executive Programmer, and Jeong Yang-joon Marketing Director attended the press conference,...More
Actress Jo Yeo-jung awarded Best Supporting Actress of the Year 2015/01/29, Source,
On January 29th, actress Jo Yeo-jung was awarded Best Supporting Actress of the Year from the Film Awards of the Year hosted by Korean Film Reporters Association, for her role in "Obsessed".
Jo Yeo-jung said during her acceptance speech, "There were times I was afraid of even reading a news article each time after I finished a movie. But later I learned to be able to wait for it anticipating what story I could deliver this time. I'm very happy and grateful I could even receive an award now,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Obsessed": Smoke and Servitude 2014/11/22,
In the spotlight this week: Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed"...
I prefer the more literal title, "Human Addiction", than the psychotically suggestive: "Obsessed". It allows for the romantic fall of love into tragedy, the latter (while still fitting) is more outwardly aggressive, dangerous and unstable. Set in 1969, Kim Dae-woo's latest steamy classic (remember, this is the erotic creativity than (re)imagined "The Servant") spies Colonel Kim Jin-pyeong (Song Seung-heon) living in a small a military camp; he's a recognised war hero from Vietnam who will soon to be prompted to general and shipped to Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.30 ~ 2014.06.01 2014/06/02, Marvel's mutants hold strong for now…
Marvel's mutants secured a second straight week at the top over the weekend by adding another 834K (37.8%) to its cause. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" entered the chart on the 22nd, where it managed to dislodge Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed", and has since remained Korea's film of choice. Last week the film claimed 1.4M, but the wealth was spread more evenly this time around as Kim Seong-hun's "A Hard Day" and Angelina Jolie's latest "Maleficent" entered the fray and sapped some of its steam,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Obsessed" 2014/05/31,
The part about "Obsessed" that most immediately commands attention is the set design. The military families in this film live in a distinctly American styled backdrop. Everything, from their clothing to their houses to the way they spend their free time, appears determined to mimic the lifestyles of Americans living in that same time period. Couple that with the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and the parallel becomes rather unmistakable.
There is one crucial difference, though,...More
Song Seung-heon Reflects on Edgier Role in Latest Flick 2014/05/24, Source,
In "Obsessed", which hit local theaters last week, Song Seung-heon plays the role of a married military officer who enters into an affair with the wife of one of his subordinates. The actor said he would never have considered taking such a role a decade ago because it would have jarred with his reputation as a good guy built up through many romantic comedies and films,...More
Actor Song Seung-heon publicizes soft tennis in his movie 2014/05/23, Source,
Popular Korean actor Song Seung-heon had never played soft tennis but practiced it for nearly two months. This was because playing tennis was included in the movie "Obsessed" that he starred in. He was cast as colonel Kim Jin-pyeong who is military officer and hero in Vietnam war. Set in 1969 at the end of Vietnam War, the movie portrays him playing tennis, which was then a social lavish sports game. Its popularity matches that of golf in current days. Kim Sung-jae, vice chairman of Korea Soft Tennis Association who was dispatched to Vietnam War as a Marine soldier, said, "Soft tennis was a trend until the 1960s in military, public offices and banks,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.16 ~ 2014.05.18 2014/05/19, Korean's torn between romance and rampage...
There was an intense tussle at the top over the weekend as the American giant "Godzilla" took on Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed". While Gareth Edward's monster remake seized the lion's share of the pie (23.8% from 438,487 admissions), it was Kim's third feature that seduced the majority of filmgoers into the cinemas with over 445K tickets sold (23.5%). It was relatively fair game as both films opened their accounts with over 600 screens to pool from, but the local talent teased out a narrow victory over the gargantuan ghost and ultimately put more bums on seats,...More
Obsessed (2014) 2014/05/16, Source, "Obsessed"
Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 132 min.
Directed by: Kim Dae-woo
Starring: Song Seung-heon, Lim Ji-yeon, Jo Yeo-jung, On Joo-wan
Synopsis: Set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War, elite officer and war hero Col. KIM Jin-pyeong is about to get promoted to general. He is a constant subject of jealousy, with the commander for a father-in-law and a beautiful wife. But in truth, his affection for his wife has subsided and he is suffering from post-traumatic disorder from the war. One day, Jin-pyeong encounters Ga-heun, the wife of a captain under him, and falls into a fatal and obsessive love affair that forces him to give up everything he has achieved,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/03, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★ "MAD SAD BAD": A 3D omnibus movie about a man who becomes a zombie for no apparent reason and falls in love with a woman. (05/15)
★★★ "Sage Solutions": A documentary by Tae Jun-seek about the responsibility and questionable ethics of the Korean Press. (05/15)
★★★★★ "Obsessed": A Vietnam War hero returns home to praise and promotion but suffers PTSD as a result, affecting his marriage, career, and future. (05/15)
★★★ "Campus S Couple": A one-night stand turns awkward when a couple realise they're in the same college. Things get more complicated on campus when another confesses their childhood love. (05/15)
★★★ "The Groin": Set during the Joseon dynasty, three men who don't believe in love make a bet to woo a married woman known for her chasity. (05/15),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Better Tomorrow" + Giveaway 2014/05/02,
Kim Hyeok (played by Joo Jin-mo) is a North Korean defectee who is now a police detective working in South Korea but also does arms deals on the side. Yeong-choon (played by Song Seung-heon) is just an arms dealer, though he's metaphorically Kim Hyeok's brother. Kim Hyeok's actual brother is Kim Cheol, who doesn't want anything to do with criminal enterprises at all. Also he's the one who starts the movie out in North Korea. Well I guess depends on how you define flashbacks.
"A Better Tomorrow" is a remake of a Hong Kong action film, and I can't help but wonder if director Song Hae-seong was working under the assumption that the viewer already basically knows who all the characters are,...More
Jo Jeong-chi and Song Seung-heon 2012/12/05, Source,
Singer Lee Juk revealed a picture with singer Jo Jeong-chi and actor Song Sueng-heon together.
He posted this picture on Twitter on the 6th saying, "The two prominent faces of Korea. Jo VS Seung",...More
2012 MAMA To Feature B.o.B. & Adam Lambert 2012/11/21, Source,
Both recognized internationally, pop singer Adam Lambert and hip hop singer-songwriter-producer B.o.B. will both be attending the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). According to the Director of MAMA Han Dong-cheol, the entire world will be able to enjoy performances by these two acts at the awards ceremony which will be taking place on November 30th at the Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Center (HKCEC),...More
K-drama leads 'hallyu' 2012/08/21, Source, Kim Soo-hyun, top right, embraces his onscreen love interest Han Ga-in in a scene from "The Sun and the Moon" ,a popular MBC drama. / Courtesy of Pan Entertainment
This is the 10th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwon Mee-yoo, Rachel Lee A variety of soap operas, from trendy shows to epic series, grace the small screen from morning till night. The popularity of Korean TV dramas has spilled over the nation's borders since the late 1990s, igniting "hallyu", or the Korean wave,...More
How Park Min-young and Song Seung-heon avoid the sun 2012/07/17, Source,
The first of the three dog's days has come at last. The steaming hot weather along with the rain and the humidity is not as bad for everyone than those actors and actresses who are currently in a historical drama.
Popular for its unique theme of 'time-slip', MBC drama "Dr. JIN" is being taken in the outdoor set of Ahn-sung in Kyeonggido. The cast has no choice but to stand under the simmering hot sun,...More
"Dr. JIN" Park Min-young holds the ancient stethescope 2012/06/21, Source,
MBC weekend drama "Dr. JIN" Park Min-young was captured with her eyes wide open with curiosity.
Park had been idolizing genius doctor Jin Hyuk (Song Seung-heon) from the 21st century as she watched him struggle to save lives and displayed determination when she jumped into fire to save the penicillin, also showed herself as the righteous person who knew how to treasure other lives and increased expectations on the character of Hong Yeong-rae,...More
"Dr. JIN" Kim Jae-joong, why his spiteful eyes look sad 2012/06/11, Source,
There is an actor who rings the heart with his eyes rather than his lines. Someone who is the bad guy but can't be disliked and is always thought about. That is Kim Jae-joong who takes on the role of Kim Kyeong-tak from the MBC weekend drama "Dr. JIN".
Kim Kyeong-tak is elite with outstanding martial arts skills and education but is insulted for the reason that he is the offspring of a concubine. He has to call his father 'my Lord', endure the insults he gets from his half-brother and never says no to what his father tells him to do even if it's something bad in fear of being abandoned,...More
Song Seung-heon returns to small screen 2012/05/15, Source, Song Seung-heon walks down a street during a visit to Vietnam to shoot a television program this January.(Courtesy of Korea Foundation)
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon is coming back to his fans through the small screen.
Despite 16 years passing since his debut, Song, 35, remains as handsome and single as ever, coupled now with better acting ability. As one of the pioneers of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, his popularity continues to the rise, both in Korea and overseas,...More
Lee Kim Productions causing legal problems with SBS's "Faith"? 2012/04/05, Source,
Lee Kim Productions, of the drama "Time Slip Dr. JIN", announced that they will firmly handle a conflict with the SBS drama "Faith". Lee Kim Productions has already submitted a certification of contents to the producers of "Faith" and is also considering submitting an injunction that would prohibit the drama from being broadcast.
The problem at hand is that the contents of the two dramas, "Faith" and "Time Slip Dr. JIN", are alike. The dramas are based on time travel and they also feature a modern day doctor traveling back in time. Lee Kim Productions has signed a contract with the creators of the original Japanese story and is producing "Time Slip Dr. JIN",...More
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source,
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
Kim Jae-joong of JYJ to Appear in Historical Drama 'Time Slip Dr. Jin' 2012/02/22, Source, Kim Jae-joong of the star Hallyu group JYJ will appear in the drama "Time Slip Dr. JIN" The PR company 3HW said on February 21 that Kim Jae-joong will challenge himself with his first appearance in the historical drama by playing a competitive military officer with strong self-esteem in the Joseon Dynasty named Kim Kyung Tak. He is a top military officer who was born into a family of master martial artists, and he holds single-hearted devotion to a woman whom he has loved from his childhood,...More
Song Seung-heon Extends Helping Hand to Vietnamese Kids 2012/01/10, Source,
(Above picture: Song Seung-heon (right) poses with other celebrities at a charity event hosted by the National Fund for Vietnamese Children at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on Saturday. /Courtesy of Storm S Company)
Actor Song Seung-heon visited Vietnam recently to attend a charity event hosted by the National Fund for Vietnamese Children, which was held on Saturday at the National Convention Center in Hanoi,...More
Stars Show Business Savvy with Successful Food, Coffee Franchises 2012/01/03, Source,
(Above picture: Song Seung-heon (left) keeps busy at his Blacksmith restaurant, while So Ji-sub is pictured at a branch of the coffee chain A Twosome Place. So runs the branch.)
They say emulation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in Korea, idolatry of celebrities is scaling such peaks that even grown men are basing what and where they eat and drink on the habits of their favorite screen and singing stars -- with the stars cashing in on the new trend.
Having lunch at Song Seung-heon's restaurant, a café latte at So Ji-sub's coffee shop or some nibbles at Tony An's snack bar are all becoming new social habits in Seoul as men and women in their 20s and 30s copy what they see their heroes doing on TV dramas and elsewhere,...More
Actor Song named PR ambassador 2011/12/13, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon, left, poses for a photograph after being appointed as a PR ambassador for cultural sharing by Kim Byung-kook, president of the Korea Foundation, at the Diplomatic Center in southern Seoul, Monday. / Courtesy of the Korea Foundation
By Park Si-soo
Actor Song Seung-heon has been appointed as a PR ambassador for cultural sharing whose role is promoting Korean language, food and other cultural heritages overseas,...More
Nominees For The 2011 Seoul Drama Awards 2011/07/20, Source,
The preliminaries for the 2011 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA)have been conducted and the results are out!
The organizing committee for the SDAs announced on July 20th at 11 AM, the results of the preliminaries through a press conference. Under the theme of "Drama Road", this year's SDA ceremony has been confirmed to cover 204 works from 37 different countries,...More
Sino cinema strikes back with costs for Hong Kong 2011/04/05, Source,
A scene from "Aftershock", a mainland China-Hong Kong co-production that was the highest grossing Asian film in 2010 Koreans, mainlanders should learn from Cantonese filmmakers' mistakes'Hong Kong cinema's golden age waned as it saw too many movies featuring the same stars and stories. "South Korea is going through the same thing, and I fear the mainland will soon, too". By Lee Hyo-won HONG KONG - In the South Korean remake of "A Better Tomorrow", Song Seung-heon made a point of wearing dark shades and a long camel-colored raincoat for the part immortalized by Chow Yun-fat,...More
More celebrity donors rush to help Japan quake victims 2011/03/15, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon donated 200 million won for emergency relief in earthquake-stricken Japan. / Korea Times file
By Lee Hyo-won
An increasing number of local artists and cultural organizations, including "hallyu" celebrities and religious groups, are making donations to earthquake-struck Japan.
On Monday evening, actor Song Seung-heon, popular in the neighboring country through TV soaps, donated 200 million won for emergency relief to the Salvation Army Korea Territory, said the organization,...More
Song Seung-heon: 'I Feel More Responsibility About Acting' 2011/03/02, Source,
"I have to continue to strive to improve my acting ability". - Song Seung-heon
Actor Song Seung-heon is one of the so-called "Hot People" because he is a representative "pretty man" and Hallyu star, who is very popular in the Asian region. And he became a romantic actor with his appearance in the MBC TV drama "My Princess", which had finished airing on February 24, by playing an elite diplomat and heir of a chaebol named Park Hae Young. Song came to a restaurant located in Nonhyundong for an interview the very next day after the drama aired its last episode, and talked about many things regarding himself, now 16 years after his debut.
Q: Did you have a good sleep? I heard that you had a killer filming schedule for "My Princess".
A: On February 24 when the last episode aired, I filmed the drama until six in the evening and then we had a culminating party right away. Even though I did not drink a lot of alcohol, I was completely out of it, maybe because I was too tired. I heard that my manager had tried to wake me up in front of my house for almost one hour. But today I woke up early at seven in the morning. I could not get enough sleep for the last two months, so I could not sleep more in the morning. Since I could not watch the last episode yesterday due to the party, I just watched the last episode,...More
South Korean Actress and Model Han Ji-Hye 2011/02/19, Source,
The South Korean actress and model Han Ji-hye was born on June 29, 1984. She made her debut in 2001 in dramas before taking up a lead role in Sweet 18.
Born Lee Ji-hye, she used the stagename "Han Ji-hye" upon learning that her real name would cause confusion among fans with an older actress, Lena Lee, who has the same Korean name as Han,...More
"Sign" VS "My Princess" tight match... winner? "Sign" twice in a row 2011/01/27, Source,
A tight match is being held for the lead in Wednesdays and Thursday night dramas with just 1%.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 28th, SBS drama 'Sign" took the lead yet once again with the rating percentage of 17.7% on the 27th. Just the day before it had lead the competition once in three weeks with 17.6%.,...More
Find The Hidden Jokes and Puns In Korean Dramas 2011/01/10, Source, These days, there's more to drama watching then drooling over the good looking characters and getting immersed into the intricate plots. There's now the fun of looking for the hidden messages or puns that the writers and directors are throwing into the mix. Drama viewers have been enjoying the art of deciphering these hidden codes. All in all, it's been creating a closer relationship between the viewers and the creative minds behind each project: directors, writers, producers, and of course the actors,...More
[REVIEW] MBC TV series "My Princess" - 1st Episode 2011/01/06, Source,
A scene from MBC TV series "My Princess" [MBC]
KBS TV series "My Princess" - Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:55 p.m.Kim Tae-hee is a princess -- something that we can easily agree with. But she has become an expert at loving guys one-sidedly, is quite the idiot, is nosy and also so stingy that she will go a long way even to save just a single penny. This is where things become odd. "My Princess" start by dressing main female character Kim with clothes that suit her the best but not with a role we are sure will befit her,...More
S. Korean Actress Lee Da-hae 2011/01/05, Source,
The 26-year-old South Korean actress Lee Da-hae (李多海) is seen attending "2010 KBS Grand Acting Award Ceremony held at the lcal TV's Hall on Seoul's Yoido Island on Dec. 31, 2010.
Recently Lee has drawn a number of Chinese fans. She boats of 200,000 followers for her Chinese-language Twitter site, her management company recently told local media.
The company said that it took four weeks for her to gather over 200,000 Chinese fans on Wei-Bo site,...More
[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "My Princess" 2011/01/04, Source,
Actors Song Seung-heon, Park Ye-jin, Kim Tae-hee and Ryu Su-young poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming MBC TV series "My Princess" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 3, 2011. [MBC]
The 'cheerful and nothing-can-bring-me-down' female character meets the grandson of a conglomerate. He tries to turn her into a princess and the two fall in love. That is how you could summarize MBC's "My Princess". To add on just a little more detail, Lee Seul (played by Kim Tae-hee) is a stingy female college student who is of royal descent and diplomat Park Hye-young (played by Song Seung-heon) becomes her tutor to make her a princess per the request of his grandfather (played by Lee Soon-jae) in order to restore their imperial family,...More
"A Better Tomorrow" shines over "Troubleshooter" 2010/09/19, Source,
Movie poster for "A Better Tomorrow" [CJ Entertainment]
Korean action movie "A Better Tomorrow" bowed into the No. 1 spot on the local box office over the weekend, outshining previous winner "Trapped" during the fourth week of September.
According to the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) on Monday, "A Better Tomorrow", which opened in theaters on September 16, placed in first with,...More
Kim Tae-hee: 'I Wanted Changes in My Acting' 2010/09/14, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee, who played the female jockey Seo Joo Hee in the movie "Grand Prix", has been very busy lately.
Right after filming the drama "IRIS", she had begun filming "Grand Prix" and she will also begin filming the drama "My Princess", in which she will appear with actor Song Seung-heon. In this way, she has actively performed without taking a rest so far.
In the past, she seldom appeared in many works at once. She explained, "I usually decided on works to appear in after careful consideration before". Even though ten years have passed since her debut, she has appeared in less than ten different works,...More
Jo Han-seon will "miss baby daughter a lot" in military 2010/09/09, Source,
Korean actor Jo Han-seon speaks to reporters at the Nonsan training camp in the South Chungcheong Province of South Korea on September 9, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Jo Han-seon, who entered the Korean military today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory two-year services, has said he will greatly miss his baby daughter.
"I couldn't bring a picture of my daughter because we aren't allowed to bring in any personal possessions into the camp", he said during an interview with reporters ahead of entering the Nonsan training earlier today,...More
Song Seung-heon to promote show "Fanta-stick" 2010/08/24, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon [Asia Economic Daily]
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon has been appointed a promotional ambassador of Korean non-verbal theater performance "Fanta-stick".
After attending a commissioning ceremony on Thursday, Song will start promoting the Korean traditional musical composed of cultural content representing Korea to audiences throughout Asia,...More
The film, "A Better Tomorrow", starring some of the top Korean actors --,...More
SS501 Kim Hyung-joon may sign with Kang Ji-hwan agency 2010/08/19, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon [DSP Media]
Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon is looking into signing with actor Kang Ji-wan's agency S Plus Entertainment.
An official at S Plus told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Wednesday that they are reviewing whether to sign an exclusive contract with the singer which will support his activities in Korea, although emphasizing "nothing has been decided",...More
Song Seung-heon denies dating Son Dam-bi 2010/08/17, Source, Song Seung-heon (left) and Son Dam-bi [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean heartthrob Song Seung-heon has said he does not mind being involved in a scandal with popular songstress Son Dam-bi but that a report alleging that the two are an item are "unfortunately not true".
The 33-year-old actor made the remark Tuesday during a press conference for his upcoming movie "A Better Tomorrow", responding to the news published in local daily Seoul Shinmun yesterday,...More
Andre Kim was considered the first male Korean designer, and an unofficial ambassador of Korean fashion to the world.
At a young age, Kim said he was always interested in the art,...More
Jo Han-seon to enter military next month 2010/08/11, Source, Jo Han-seon [Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Jo Han-seon will enter the army next month as part of fulfilling the country's two-year mandatory military service.
Starting September 9, the 29-year-old actor is expected to undergo four weeks of basic training at Nonsan training camp in South Chungcheong Province and then work as a public service worker for his remaining period of service,...More
Hallyu Stars Accused of Ignoring Korean Fans 2010/07/23, Source,
It has continuously been pointed out that Hallyu stars who are actively performing overseas rarely arrange performances and events for Korean fans.
Hallyu stars reportedly consistently neglect Korean fans and usually do not have much contact with fans in Korea; on the other hand, they have adopted friendly images to the public overseas by holding large-scale fan meetings and releasing photo and music albums.
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo, who evoked criticism with a hit-and-run last month, has raised controversy because he delivered a message of apology on his official Japanese fan website before his Korean website. After the news on his hit-and-run was spread, he just made a brief apology in Korea on the following day, which was June 25, simply by using the press release that his agency had distributed, but he still had not personally expressed an apology officially in Korea for three weeks after the accident. On the contrary, his agency had urgently left apology messages on the board of his official website in Japan on the very next day, which was on June 25,...More
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
Park Yong-ha's coffin borne out of St. Mary's Hospital 2010/07/02, Source,
Korean actor So Ji-sub carries a photograph of the late actor Park Yong-ha during the coffin-bearing ceremony held at St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, Korea on July 2, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
The coffin for the late Korean actor Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide two days ago, was borne out of St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul earlier this morning amidst a sea of celebrities and fans attending the ceremony.
Actor So Ji-sub, a close friend of Park, led the coffin-bearing procession while carrying a photograph of the deceased, followed by Park's parents, family members and fellow actor friends. Several celebrities broke out into tears and started sobbing loudly,...More
[10LINE] Actress Moon Geun-young 2010/05/06, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Im Soo-jeong, actor Kim Rae-won, actor Park Geon-hyeong, actor Kim Joo-hyeok and actress Lee Mi-sook [10Asia]
Moon Geun-young Star. Icon. Nation's little sister. Now we call her by her name "Geun-yeong".
Shin Ae-dukMoon Geun-young's grandmother. As a child, Moon began her day watching morning dramas with her grandmother and at nights would fall asleep while talking with her grandmother on what happened during the day with her parents being busy working. Her grandmother told her, "In life, people go through various ups and downs but I don't want you to think about that too much and rather work on refining yourself and grow up to become an intelligent actress". Moon Geun-young's mother told her that the money she makes "is not our money" and suggested in donating it as "a way of investing your love to society". One of the biggest reasons that Moon was able to act from a young age until now without faltering is because of the unconditional support she received from her family,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wed on May 2 2010/05/02, Source,
Actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young at their wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young got married in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, ending months of media frenzy over their 18-year friendship and romance.
The star couple, dubbed Korea's equivalent of Brangelina, held a photo and Q&A session several hours prior to the ceremony, answering questions by reporters about the wedding and their baby -- Ko is four months pregnant,...More
Kim Beom's Movie Picks 2010/02/08, Source,
Actor Kim Beom [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Kim Beom has grown as an actor everytime we see him. The young boy that first appeared in 2006 TV series "Rude Women" as a child who takes good care of his single mom, made himself known to the public through MBC sitcom "High Kick!" and made his presence more prominent through just a few series of appearances in the beginning of "East of Eden" playing the child part of Hallyu star Song Seung-heon. It became certain last year that he had secured a position on the small screen when he made the hearts of many female viewers flutter through KBS drama "Boys over Flowers". Kim then showed how he had finally become a 'man' and one that is ready to play a lead role through SBS TV series "Dream - Drama". "Expressing a character is similar to trying on different clothes. The characters I played in 'Boys over Flowers' or 'Dream - Drama' were articles of clothing I tried on as a hanger or mannequin. They may not fit me initially since they may be too long or short but there comes a point when it fits you just right after some adjustment. That is when you look at yourself in the mirror and start being evaluated by others too for how you look in that item of clothing. Taking on a new role is like adding a new piece of clothing to your wardrobe so I must say that I'm very eager when it comes to work".,...More
Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo start filming "Love for Sale" 2010/01/20, Source,
Korean actress Song Hye-kyo [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
Top Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo have started shooting their feature segment for the Asian omnibus pic "Camellia", according to the film's producer BAL CON on Wednesday.
The two actors started filming "Love For Sale" on Friday, playing former lovers who forget their memories about each which later leads them to a fatal destiny.
"Camellia" is an omnibus pic made up of three feature films directed by three Asian directors. Each episode will be set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan, Korea.,...More
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
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
Even before K-pop, Filipinos were long fans of imported dramas.
Soap operas and drama series have become a staple for daytime and primetime viewing in the Philippines.
In the 1990s, Mexican telenovelas became the mania, with huge hits like "Ro,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Song Seung-heon in "W" magazine 2009/08/17, Source, On this photoshoot, Song Seung-heon will be in a fashion magazine for the first time wearing Louis Vuitton '09 Fall/Winter male apparels.
Song has been on the set for 3o hours for this photoshoot. He has been crawling in rough sand, jumping over wires, and has been in deserted factories to get the full concept of the,...More
Korea and Japan have been at center stage when it comes to television dramas, and the Korean Broadcasting Institute has revealed the differences of the two close yet distant countries' drama production.
According to the report "Comparison on Drama Making of Jap,...More
Is Korean TV Losing its Competitive Edge? 2008/12/29, Source, Korean soap operas were the pinnacle of the Korean Wave that swept Asia. According to the Korean Broadcasting Institute (KBI), soap operas are still the most popular exported Korean TV program, accounting for 90 percent of TV programs exported in the first half of this year or US$53 million.
The global economic crisis and corresponding local business sentiments are spreading over to the entertainment sector. Planned dramas are being dropped from production while top celebrities are willingly reducing their paychecks.
[ChanMi's movie news] Lee Yeon-hee in a new movie 2008/10/31, Source, Her last movie was "My Love" where she was the cute girl who was too shy to reveal her affections for her college upperclassman.
Now, she is a bold and daring young girl who is unafraid of falling in love in "East of Eden".
And soon, she will be in a new film called "Hello Schoolgirl" where she is returning as a high school girl.
Lee's faults have been pointed out by the viewers of the drama saying that her modern look doesn't fit with the 50s set in the drama and that her pronounciation was unclear. In addition, they have criticized her inability to act well!,...More
Action movies show the human body twisting in unimaginable ways and engage the audience in the art of primal combat. Here come two films, one about the making of an unconventional action movie, and the other which documents the stuntmen who help make such films pos,...More
The designer announced on May 11 that he will hold a fashion show on May 26 at Cheongnamdae, a former country villa,...More
[How Much?] – Stars' pay 2008/04/17, Source, We're curious about the highest paid stars. How much money do Korean stars really make? We'll reveal it all.
The salary of the stars that come out in "On Air" is not just a story in a drama. We'll go through the best top 7 high paid stars.,...More
Body Exposure of Actors – how much? 2008/04/10, Source, The exposure of actresses in Korean movies has been a hot issue. Everyone wondered how much women expose themselves and if they acted without fear according to their role.
Now, the interest is to the exposure of actors. As much as the female body is beautiful, the male body is too. In promotions,...More
The two actors will be shooting a fight scene at an Apgujeong-dong club for the music video for "20,...More
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source, Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More
Some fans send presents and letters to their favorite stars, shouting their names and wishing they could get a closer look at them. But little they may know about the special meanings to the names of their favorite stars hold.
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
OSAKA, Japan - It took about 50 minutes for the first performer to appear on stage at this charity concert titled "Hallyu Festival in Osaka", but Japanese fans of Korean pop culture never got bored while waiting.
More than 20,000 devoted fans of Korean pop and film s,...More
Seoul to make Hallyu map to entice tourists 2007/01/14, Source, Surrounded with hip-hop clubs, some Latin bars and live band clubs, Hongdae (the area around Hongik University) is a famous spot with young Koreans and foreigners, especially on weekends. This area is popular not only for those who love clubbing but also for the Korean drama ",...More
Korean stars to join fundraising concert 2007/01/08, Source, Korea's glitterati will participate in a concert to raise funds for the International Vaccine Institute, which is to be held at the Osaka Dome in Osaka, Japan, on Jan. 23.
The Seoul-based institute is a non-profit organization established in 1997 under the auspices of the United Nations Developme,...More
Song's agency said the site was officially to be launched at 1 p.m. on July,...More
Forbidden love in 'One Fine Day' 2006/07/17, Source, If Romeo and Juliet had not been the son and daughter of mortal enemies, and if their families had given their blessing to these young lovers - Romeo might have found himself a prettier girl, and Juliet would possibly have tired of her shilly-shally lover anyway. Consequently, the love story that ha,...More
An official from the music group's agency, GM Planning, said on Mar. 22, "SG Wannabe will give its first solo concert in Japan. The concert will be held at the Stellar Hall of Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on Ma,...More
Heartthrobs head for Army service 2006/01/17, Source, To the great disappointment of many female TV fans, several Korean heartthrobs are preparing to enlist in the Army this year, ready to serve their country as the "virile sons of Korea".
After the 2004 draft-dodging scandal involving several popular entertainers including Korean Wave star,,...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
This attraction of foreign capital can be exercised after one year as it is the BW (bond with warrant) by the way of foreign subscription. It is due on 15th Nov. 201,...More
Won Bin to join military in late November 2005/10/20, Source, Actor Won Bin, 28, will join the military on Nov. 29, as was originally planned. His agency reported on Oct. 20 that though the actor has yet to receive his enlistment orders, he will join the military on Nov. 29 if everything goes as planned. The,...More
As many as 500 people, including fans from Korea, China and Japan and press personnel, were on hand at the military boot camp in Chunchon, Kangwon Province, Tuesday, to watch Song Seung-heon, a popular actor,...More
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