[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 20 (final) 2015/08/23,
Despite the neatly tied ending, "Mask"'s finale didn't truly end cleanly. There are too many "could-have-beens" and ideas that were proposed, but never seen through to fruition. So much of the ending was smiling at the camera for ages or making sure that each villain received his just deserts. What it did do right was show Ji-sook and Min-woo living mask-free and as themselves without being fettered by lies and deceit. Ji-sook decided to come clean and reveal the truth, to remove the "Mask" for which the show is named,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 19 2015/08/23,
Episode 19 of "Mask" felt like an attempt to prolong the inevitable end. Each scene went on a bit too long. Each emotional scene was irreverently dramatic in order to fake a few feels and create a tension that had long since seeped away. The Min-woo/Ji-sook couple has become a representation of love rather than telling their own story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 18 2015/08/23,
Some of this episode was cleverly wrought while the rest of it was reused material that was weaker with the repeated use. The development of Mi-yeon and Seok-hoon continues to be riveting while the contrived behavior of Ji-sook and the battles between family members and the money-hungry grow wearier. Let's get the overused stuff out of the way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 17 2015/08/16,
Sabotage is the name of the game. Seok-hoon attempts it out of need for revenge; Mi-yeon attempts it out of emotional despair; both Min-woo and Ji-sook battle the powerful emotional tide of the unhappy Seok-hoon and Mi-yeon. The others of their family and work place are dragged along with the roaring tide. "Mask" juxtaposes the Min-woo/Ji-sook and Seok-hoon/Mi-yeon couples to great effect this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 16 2015/08/16, "Mask" still has secrets floating around, but they are no longer the focus. The focus is on what the characters choose to do with their knowledge. They dance around feelings and play games of noble idiocy or vicious ignorance. The heart of this episode was the relationship between Min-woo and Ji-sook as herself, not as Eun-ha,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 15 2015/08/16,
The struggle to adapt to secrets is often as difficult for characters as it is to keep those secrets. Now that Ji-sook's major truth has been made known to Min-woo, other truths have begun to leak, dragging down loved ones as the secrets attempt to remain hidden from the world. Ji-sook's truth causes Min-woo to real for most of the episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 14 2015/08/16,
As I said in the last review, it really is the calm before the storm. Ji-sook's truth has been revealed to all major players. The next episode will tell us how Min-woo reacts, but the build up in this episode was well-wrought. Mi-yeon is on a vengeful path fueled by the pain of loss and betrayal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 13 2015/08/09,
As truths are slowly revealed to key players, the weather grows quickly stormy and as unstable as an electrical storm. In the eye of the storm Ji-sook and Min-woo slowly grow their love, and although it's sweet, this is truly just the calm before the storm for their relationship. The burgeoning love between Ji-sook and Min-woo is made possible because first Min-woo, and then Ji-sook, allowed him and herself to open up to love and the fact that they must trust another person,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 12 2015/08/09, "Mask" continues to barrel forward, uncovering surprises along the way. Ji-sook is turning into a formidable opponent not only for Seok-hoon, but also for the greedy loan shark who trails behind their family like a starving dog. What this episode reveals is that Seok-hoon is completely fallible and his wife, Mi-yeon, could become the newest opponent. It also shows us that romance can be both beautiful to watch and useful as a plot tool. Now that Ji-sook has found strength of will and realized what she can do in her new position of wealth and affluence, she is now more open to Min-woo's charms and affections,...More
[Spoiler] "Mask" Soo-ae - Joo Ji-hoon get a happy ending with a daughter and a home together 2015/07/30, Source,
The feeling of something stuck down one's windpipes is now gone. The SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama "Mask" which received complaints from its fans because its slow pace, has now ended with refreshing turn of events.
In its final episode broadcasted on the 30th, "Mask" shows Byeon Ji-Sook (Soo-ae) and Choi Min-Woo (Joo Ji-hoon) finally getting some payback after being punching bags for the whole time. Byeon Ji-Sook, who was imprisoned on charges that she pretended to be someone else, continued to grow her love by exchanging letters with Choi Min-Woo. After she is released 4 years later, she opens the restaurant which was her mother's dream and made a home with Choi Min-Woo. She also gave birth to a daughter,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 11 2015/07/26,
For the first time we see the potential in Ji-sook actualized. She is a fierce woman to be reckoned with, which is not at all what Seok-hoon expected. Watching the power balance between them even had is not only satisfying, it's great writing. Seok-hoon has had such overwhelming power over all the characters in "Mask" that it was beginning to feel infinite and real. Now we see he is just a very clever, very evil, very selfish man. Seok-hoon is the pivotal character of the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 10 2015/07/19,
Despite the melodrama in this melodrama, this episode of "Mask" was particularly fantastic. The character writing is so strong that it pulls the hectic storyline together. Characters who have taken longer to build up, like Mi-yeon, have begun to blossom and we can expect to see some definite action from them in the future. Normally in a drama like this, betrayal and power struggles overwhelm any sort of character development. "Mask" seems like it will be overtaken by the melodrama, and those many moments when a new problem surfaces can get exasperating, but I find myself eager to see how characters will handle these new situations,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 9 2015/07/17, "Mask" has taken a turn for the epically dramatic. And despite the fact that it has become a little ridiculous, it still has that special something that makes it a great watch. The characters are so well-planned that the incredulous amount of bad luck that befalls Ji-sook can almost be overlooked. So much stacks up against our heroine that it's difficult to digest,...More
[HanCinema Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 8 2015/07/12,
Drama tropes are used in abundance in this episode. They are merely tools to vamp up tension in this already high-tension drama. That said, the outcome of the trope usage has cleverly accelerated plot motion. A melodrama is not a melodrama with tears and a sick person, but "Mask" uses them well, as well as Seok-hoon uses Ji-sook. The two major tropes that played a major role in this episode were family illness and a person from the past making an all-too-convenient reappearance in order to stir up a main character,...More
[Spoiler] 'Mask' Contract marriage ends
On the 13th episode of SBS' Wednesday & Thursday drama, Choi Minwoo (Joo Ji-hoon) proposed to Byeon Ji-sook (Seo Eun-ha played by Soo-ae) for real.
As Choi Minwoo's heart towards Seo Eun-ha deepened, he prepared to propose to her. While they were already married on contract, he wanted to overcome the contracted relationship. Choi Minwoo amended the marriage contract with Seo Eun-ha and went on a trip in order to propose to her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 7 2015/07/06,
Min-woo has completely fallen for Ji-sook and that brings cuteness and jealousy into tonal tapestry. To counter the levity of Min-woo's burgeoning first love is the fact that Ji-sook's secret is slowly leaking to those who knew her and creating new troubles for Seok-hoon's master plan. Joo Ji-hoon is completely winning as the rigid Min-woo who falls in love with the only person in his life who is genuinely kind to him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 6 2015/07/05,
There was a lot of development in episode 6 of "Mask". It was all for the better. We got to see inside the hearts of many of the characters and that shaped all the elements that had the potential to be overly dramatic into effective plot moments. The most important aspect of the episode was that we got to see past the veils of many of the characters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 5 2015/07/02,
Romance starts in earnest in episode 5 of "Mask". It is the catalyst for change in Min-woo's brickwall personality and it is the one small happiness for Ji-sook in her new, masked life. Surrounding that romance is the darkness of intrigue, deceit, and the hunt for more money and power. Seok-hoon is a master manipulator and revels in his conquests,...More
The uprising of actresses older than their counterpart actor in recent dramas 2015/07/02, Source,
Dramas are full of couples where the female is older than the male. The percentage of this case has grown over the last 2~3 years and it's become a boom lately. This reflects the social change but a lack of 'variety in age range' is also seen as a cause for this.
There are currently 3~4 dramas that have 'older couples'. It's becoming a trend for mini series that represent each broadcasting station,...More
[Spoiler] 'Mask' Soo-ae, Joo Ji-hoon, "You're my best gift"
On the July 2nd episode of SBS "Mask", Ji-sook (Soo-ae)'s birthday party took place. Min-woo (Joo Ji-hoon) told her "You're radiantly beautiful' and even sang a birthday song for her. The family was surprised by his unusual act.
When Min-woo came inside the room, he gave Ji-sook flowers. Ji-wook said, "I've never realized flowers are this pretty before". Min-woo asked her, "Do you like your gift" and Ji-sook responded "The best gift for me is you, Min-woo". It made Min-woo's heart flutter,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 4 2015/07/01, "Mask" keeps the tension high as Ji-sook and Seok-hoon butt heads. Min-woo skirts on the fringes of their tense relationship, struggling with his illness and his ambition. Already the effects of Ji-sook's presence in his life are obvious, but they are not yet strong enough to distract for the incredible tension between Ji-sook and Seok-hoon. As with any melodrama, Ji-sook is faced with scheming in-laws and never ending misfortunates,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 3 2015/06/29,
What makes "Mask" unique is the view that each character has of his or herself. There is the villain, Seok-hoon, who sees himself has deserving the fruits of his evil deeds. Ji-sook must pose as another woman and battles with herself to accept the new reality. These views are the most typical in the melodrama genre. But then there is Min-woo, mentally unstable, but highly ambitious. He is the wild card that stimulates intrigue in the plot and fuels the actions of other characters. The fable of the scorpion and the frog outlines the relationship between Min-woo and Ji-sook,...More
[Spoiler] 'Mask' Betrayal creates tears and distrust
On the 10th episode of SBS Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Mask", Choi Min-woo (Joo Ji-hoon) found out about Byeon Ji-sook (Seo Eun-ha /Soo-ae)'s betrayal.
When sleeping pills were found in Choi Min-woo's room, in which Byeon Ji-sook sneaked, he started suspecting Byeon Ji-sook. Choi Min-woo asked Byeon Ji-sook, "Let me ask you one question. You are not the one who put the sleeping pills in the room, are you?",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 2 2015/06/24,
The second episode of "Mask" is nothing short of melodramatic. This isn't a bad thing. In fact, it brings the events from the first episode full circle and propels the plot forward at breakneck speed. All the trappings of a self-respecting melodrama are present and they are, if not novel, at least interesting. This could be due to stellar acting on the parts of the three leads: Soo-ae, Joo Ji-hoon, Yeon Jeong-hoon, and Yoo In-yeong. In particular, Yeon's acting stands out because he is better known for his brooding heroes than for his scheming villains,...More
[Spoiler] 'Mask' Surprise kiss and revelation
On the seventh episode of SBS Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Mask", Choi Min-woo (Joo Ji-hoon) gave a surprise kiss to Byeon Ji-sook (Soo-ae).
When the two went out for dinner, Choi Min-woo accidentally eavesdropped on the conversation between Byeon Ji-sook and Kim Jeongtae (Jo Han-seon). Kim Jeongtae, who recognized Byeon Ji-sook first, talked to her, "If you need money, I'm willing to help you any time. Let's meet once in a while. If things don't work out with the man you're seeing, can't you see me again?",...More
[Spoiler] 'Mask' Yeon Jeong-hoon has been monitoring the couple's private life
On the 6th episode of SBS Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Mask", it showed how Min Seok-hoon (Yeon Jeong-hoon) had been monitoring the private life of Choi Min-woo (Joo Ji-hoon) and Byeon Jisook (Seo Eun-ha played by Soo-ae) couple.
Byeon Jisook felt guilty because she had ignored her younger brother, Byeon Ji-hyeok (Hoya) when the two had encountered. When Byeon Jisook was looking into her wardrobe, she felt ashamed of herself all of sudden, She said, "I'm not sure if I deserve all these clothes". Choi Min-woo, who misunderstood the relationship of the two, exploded in jealousy and he made a mess with all of the clothes out of the wardrobe,...More
Soo-ae in "Take Off 2"? 2015/06/09, Source, Whatever rumor that said Soo-ae is going to be in the movie "Take Off 2" is not true.
She's positively considering it but didn't make up her mind yet,...More
[Spoiler] 'Mask' Joo Ji-hoon and Soo-ae in tearful wedding without love
On the third episode of SBS' Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Mask", Seo Eun-ha (Soo-ae), who was actually Byeon Ji-sook, got married to Choi Min-woo (Joo Ji-hoon).
Byeon Ji-sook was forced to become Seo Eun-ha by Min Seok-hoon (Yeon Jeong-hoon). And the pre-nuptial family meeting was held for Seo Eun-ha and Choi Min-woo. At the meeting, Choi Min-woo announced he could not get married to Seo Eun-ha. It was because he believed that he had tried to strangle Seo Eun-ha, and he was going to give up on getting married to her for the reason,...More
"Mask", Soo-ae claims publicity? 2015/05/18, Source, Golden Thumb Pictures announced its stance regarding SBS drama "Mask" actress Soo-ae's claim for publicity.
Golden Thumb Pictures told Star News, "The rumor that Soo-ae asked for her name not to be used without permission based on her rights to publicity, isn't true".,...More
Soo-ae returns to small screen in 'Mask' 2015/05/12, Source, Soo-ae will return to the small screen with the leading role in SBS' new Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Mask" beginning on the 27th of this month.
Soo-ae is drawing much of public attention while the news she landed the leading role in "Mask" allowed the related words to be ranked top on primary portal search sites,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Warm and Cozy" 2015/05/09, Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran are among the most beloved Korean drama writers, especially for foreign fans. Their romantic comedies offer star power and successful pairings, lively and unique characters and a writing style many love. Despite a few bumps along the way, their shows are entertaining and well received. Their latest installment is "Warm and Cozy", a phrase which will hopefully describe viewer sentiment throughout,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Sword With No Name" + Giveaway 2014/04/21,
Moo-myeong (played by Jo Seung-woo) is a vagabond who's quite good with his rather awkwardly proportioned fish head cutting sword. His excellent fighting skills make Moo-myeong a valuable hire in the assassin's trade, but it's an offhand job with Myeong-seong (played by Soo-ae) that ends up permanently changing his life. Moo-myeong suddenly decides that he's good enough for bigger or better things. In reality, of course, he just wants to get closer to Myeong-seong, who mostly reciprocates his affections though she's just married the king.
"The Sword with No Name" doesn't really get into who these characters are, except as opposite ends of a doomed love affair set against the backdrop of late nineteenth century Korea,...More
Korean actresses no longer pretend to be pretty, weak, ingenuous 2013/11/11, Source,
Korean actresses have changed. They are giving up pretending to be pretty, weak and ingenuous.
Kim Seon-ah, model-turned actress who is 170 centimeters (near six feet) tall plays the role of a woman paralyzed from waist down in the movie "The Five" that will be released Thursday. Instead of showing off her slim legs, she rides an electric wheelchair with both legs tied up. A woman who lost her husband and daughter by a murderer, she is a vengeful person. To show such emotions, Kim has disheveled hair, and her face is bruised since she fights with the murderer.
Jeon Do-yeon in "Way Back Home" plays a woman who is falsely accused of carrying drugs and is locked up in a jail in a foreign country. She doesn`t give off charm of a femme fatal. Ha Ji-won performs a swordsmanship action at "Chosun`s Angels" that will be released in early next year,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.09.06 ~ 2013.09.08 2013/09/09, Lee Seung-joon-I's action comedy "The Spy" displaced the French-American caper thriller "Now You See Me See" as Korea's top film this past weekend. "The Spy", Lee's debut feature, claimed 842,457 admissions over 786 screens around the country, dominating proceedings by snatching 44.81% of the weekend's ticket sales. The film was unchallenged at the top, with second place, held by Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me", scoring just 265,347 (14%) over 414 screens. "The Spy" may be Lee's first feature in the director's chair, but he has worked on a number of successful films in the past, including the disaster epic "Haeundae" and the fast-paced action flick "Quick". Other Korean features such as "Hide and Seek", "Snowpiercer" and "The Flu" continued to stockpile ticket stubs, while Kim Ki-duk's disturbing domestic drama "Moebius" managed to secure a top ten finish in its first weekend out,...More
HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.08.16 ~ 2013.08.18 2013/08/19,
It was an all Korean affair at the box office this past weekend, with the top four performers all boasting Korean origins. Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer", last week's number one, fell to third in what was a highly competitive weekend at the top. But it was Huh Jung's thriller "Hide and Seek" that came away with the highest honours, opening its account with 1,353,185 (34.2%) admissions. Following Huh's debut effort with 970,229 (24.4%) was the disaster movie "The Flu", director Kim Seong-su's third major feature. "Snowpiercer" and "The Terror Live" filed in at third and forth respectfully, ultimately making the top four an exclusively Korean affair that held almost 90% of all the ticket sales,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Flu" 2013/08/18,
Kang Ji-Goo (played by Jang Hyeok) is a rescue worker obsessed with talking to and about women. His latest target is Kim In-Hae (played by Soo-ae), a divorced doctor who is doing some very important medical work of some kind but also has a daughter. This daughter, Kim Mir (played by Park Min-ha) is an object that exists to get in trouble and create crisis. What these characters all have in common is that they are horribly obnoxious and unlikable.
I guess technically speaking they're also connected to "The Flu", a dangerous disease that soon gets out of hand in the city of Bundang. But, the only part I really noticed was how obnoxious these characters are,...More
The Flu (2013) 2013/08/16, Source,
Genres: Drama and Disaster
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Kim Seong-su
Starring: Jang Hyeok, Soo-ae, Yoo Hae-jin
Synopsis: A man is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a hospital in a small city. In less than 24 hours since the death of the first patient, more similar cases are reported all over the city. Fatalities rise rapidly even before the government can react properly to the virus. The airborne virus turns the city in utter chaos and as a desperate measure the government shuts the city down to prevent further outbreaks that could spread to rest of the country and the world,...More
"Yawang" ends in success 2013/04/02, Source,
SBS drama "Yawang" ended with the highest viewing percentage yet.
According to Nielsen Korea, "Yawang" on the 2nd rated 25.8%. This is 2.9% higher than the previous episode of 22.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Yawang" Lee Jae-yoon-I surrenders himself for Soo Ae 2013/03/20, Source,
On the twentieth episode of the SBS drama "Yawang", stepbrother Joo Yang-heon (Lee Jae-yoon-I) surrendered himself for his sister Joo Da-hae (Soo-ae).
As Joo Da-hae remained silent, the police asked her, "Just say yes or no. Joo Da-hae was about to order her step brother Joo Yang-heon to purchase a vehicle wired with a bomb to kill Cha Jae-woong. Right or wrong?" Joo Yang-heon showed up and said, "She's innocent. I did the whole thing",...More
U-Know, "Drama after drama" 2013/01/10, Source,
Two dramas fail
Plutocrat son in "Yawang"
TVFXQ leader Jeong Yoon-ho (U-Know) stood as an actor once again. He takes on the role of Baek Do-bin in the upcoming SBS drama "Yawang" and hopes to recover his poor grades as an actor,...More
Actress Soo-ae Joins Prestigious Charity 2012/12/26, Source, Soo-ae is pictured beside the handprints of people who have donated W100 million or more to the Community Chest of Korea at its headquarters in Seoul on Monday.
Actress Soo-ae became the 200th member of the Community Chest of Korea's Honor Society on Monday after she made a donation of W100 million (US$1=W1,074). This is the minimum sum required to join the donors' club that was established in 2007,...More
"Yawang" Soo-ae and Kwon Sang-woo's first day 2012/12/12, Source, kwon Sang-woo and Soo-ae experienced their first day of "Yawang".
The first scene of "Yawang" was taken in front of Seo Kang University on the 12th. Soo-ae in the role of Da-hae was dressed in skinnies and a beige coat with ugg boots, trying to look like a 19 year old. She had to give up going to university because of her family's financial situation so she goes to find a friend to look for a tutor job. It was early morning but those who recognized Soo-ae waved and acknowledged her with cheers. Soo-ae woke up in the wee hour of 4AM in a weather temperature of -10 degrees but still managed to look elegant,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I Sets Endorsement Record 2012/05/08, Source,
These days, it's hard to land on any channel that isn't playing something related to the "it" guy, Kim Soo-hyeon-I. This may be a drama, interview, variety show, or commercial.
After becoming a household name due to the hit drama "The Sun and the Moon", Kim has snagged 17 new endorsement deals. This tops even the record of figure skating queen and Korea's national darling, Kim Yuna. Kim Yuna had amazed the public for boasting 15 endorsement deals in 2009,...More
Goddess's swearing? It's alright in the movies 2012/03/14, Source,
Actress Han Ga-in surprises you in the movie "Introducing Architecture". She gets drunk and swears, "This is bullX, this X" and cries. Of course this situation is closer to a self-lamentation that brings out sympathy for her and there is a difference from just swearing and acting.
However, looking at it closely, movies are a special space for actresses. Even those who are called 'goddesses' are allowed to swear in movies with the excuse of 'trying out something new'. Actress Jeong Ryeo-won characterized into the granddaughter of a great company chairman with red hair and heavy make up, swearing all the time in the SBS drama "Salaryman" but they were all censored,...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
Fear No Barrier for Actress Soo-ae After All 2012/01/07, Source,
Actress Soo-ae is a "brave coward", in her own words. The 33-year-old is quiet and timid by nature but feels a fire kindled in her heart when facing a challenge. "I have lived my whole life in such a way where I become courageous at decisive moments while being always afraid of everything", she said.
On Wednesday, the Chosun Ilbo met with Soo-ae after she wrapped up filming the TV drama "A Thousand Days' Promise". She played a woman in her early 30s who suffers from Alzheimer's, forcing the actress to show a range of emotions shifting between extremes as she evoked the daily life of a patient with dementia,...More
"A Thousand Days' Promise" Ratings bounce back 2011/12/13, Source,
"A Thousand Days' Promise" found its place in the ratings again. According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 14th, the December 13th episode of the SBS drama "A Thousand Days' Promise" rated 16.9%. This is 1.5% higher than the previous percentage of 15.3%,...More
Soo-ae's shocking past 13 years ago 2011/11/10, Source,
A picture was recently posted on a beauty blog saying, "Is this really Soo-ae?"
This picture is of her 13 years ago in 1998. She is wearing a black shirt with a bashful smile on her face. Unlike her today, she has a very plump face and her facial features make one suspect.,...More
Writer Kim Su-hyun "I also got mad" 2011/10/26, Source,
Writer Kim Su-hyun said the spot in the sun was terrible.
A netizen pointed out to Kim Su-hyun through Twitter on October 26th, "The episode on Monday showed frozen garlic being taken out of the freezer but it was scooped up so easily. It's a bit ironic for someone who spots other people's defaults easily don't you think?,...More
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today at the MoMA 2011/09/16, Source, Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today will start on Sept. 22 and last through Oct. 2.
This year, we are pleased to welcome back Lim Soon-rye, South Korea's most highly regarded female filmmaker, to The Korea Society for the Opening Night's screening of "Rolling Home with a Bull" (2010), which follows a young man's forlorn life as a failed poet and unemployed bachelor who winds up taking an unexpected journey throughout the country with his father's cvherished bull and making a series of peculiar run-ins.
This year's Yeonghwa series will also have a special focus on director Jeon Kyu-hwan, whose Town Trilogy films--"Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010)-examines various human lives that exist in Seoul's urban landscape, including those of an African laborer, a Russian exchange student, a reformed pedophile, a North Korean defector, and a dejected print-shop owner. Jeon's Town Trilogy critiques the "town" of Seoul from a sociological auteur's perspective,...More
Writer Kim Su-hyun's worries are over 2011/08/04, Source, Kim Su-hyun returns to home screens with a mellow drama in four years and says she thought "My worries are over" after the second reading.
She uploaded on her Twitter on the 1st saying, "I returned home thinking there's no way it's going to fail after six hours of reading the script until the fifth episode. The middle aged actors were good and the younger ones did quite better than the first reading".,...More
Historicals take over the later year 2011/07/18, Source,
The drama market in the start of the year was a depression. According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 26th, the only dramas that rated over 20% were KBS 1TV "Smile, Dong-hae", SBS "Secret Garden" and KBS 2TV "Believe in Love".
However, great masterpieces have been prepared for the later half of the year. Every broadcasting company has a historical and they are aiming for a counterattack. Return of star producers and writers also upgrade the anticipation.,...More
[15th PiFan] Never changing 'dress Soo-ae' 2011/07/14, Source,
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival opening event was held on the 14th in Puchon at 6PM.
Soo-ae attendee the red carpet event and received focused flashes for her shining self. Her chic all black dress made her look like a goddess like her nickname 'Dress Soo Ae'.,...More
[15th Pifan] "Black VS White" beauty stars 2011/07/14, Source,
The trend was black and white. The colors were simple and flat and not striking. The colors were contrasted to the red carpet and emphasized more on the beauty of the female stars.
The 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival took place in Puchon on the 14th at 6PM. Those female stars who attended this event wore dresses well suited to their personal characters.,...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
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
Soo-ae, No. 1 actress to pull off a dramatic change 2011/03/31, Source,
Actress Soo-ae was chosen to be the one actress that might go along with a dramatic change.
With the release of movies "Paris, the Days We Loved" and "Emmanuel Vear" in which she dramatically exposes herself, a survey under the title, 'Which Korean actress could pull off a complete change?' was carried out. The first place was given to Soo-ae.,...More
"Athena" scores 3rd win on Monday and Tuesday nights 2010/12/29, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS' series "ATHENA" came on top of the Monday and Tuesday prime time slot, according to surveys by two media research firms on Wednesday.
Data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that "ATHENA", a spin-off to KBS' blockbuster hit series "IRIS", posted average viewership ratings of 18.8 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, both dropping by one percent compared to a week ago,...More
SBS "Athena" leads for 2nd week on primetime chart 2010/12/22, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS series "ATHENA" scored the highest among Mondays and Tuesdays prime time TV series for the second week in a row but saw a considerable drop in its ratings.
According to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS), spy-action thriller "ATHENA" posted an average rating of 20 percent this week, a 6.5 percent plunge from its previous two episodes,...More
TVXQ to release music video for song from SBS drama 2010/12/20, Source,
Korean duo TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols TVXQ have released the music video to a song from SBS drama "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the song and music video titled "ATHENA" from the soundtrack to the show of the same name was unveiled today on various online music websites including MelOn, Dosirak, Bugs and Cyworld,...More
TVXQ to sing soundtrack for "Athena" 2010/12/15, Source,
Teaser image for TVXQ's upcoming release set for January 5, 2010 [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ will take part in the soundtrack for new SBS TV series "ATHENA", announced the drama's promoter Vidan Co on Wednesday.
Film marketing company Vidan stated through a press release that boy band TVXQ will sing a soundtrack to spy thriller "ATHENA", joining the list of big names in the Korean music scene including Park Hyo-shin, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Brown Eyed Soul, who have already sung and released soundtracks to the new show,...More
[REVIEW] SBS series "Athena" 2010/12/14, Source, Jeong Woo-seong in SBS series "ATHENA" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
SBS TV series "ATHENA", Monday & Tuesday 9:55 P.M.
Efficient change of shape and the structure in order to adapt to the environment is called evolution. That is why new SBS action series "ATHENA", the spin-off to KBS series "IRIS", has evolved somewhat from its predecessor. Contrary to earlier expectations that the drama would start off by boasting its large scale, the opening was rather uneventful, laying forth the missions to be accomplished. Then came the action scenes skillfully arranged to gradually intensify and overall, heightening the tension,...More
Goodbye 'Giant'... Best viewer rating was 38.2% 2010/12/07, Source,
SBS Mon-Tue drama 'Giant; ended recording its own best viewers rating.
According to AGB media Research, the last episode of "Giant", which aired on the 7th, recorded 38.2% national viewers rating. The first episode recorded only 10% and average rating was 21.9%,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Athena" 2010/12/03, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "ATHENA" [Taewon Entertainment]
"I don't want "ATHENA" to merely surpass "IRIS". I want it to stand up to comparison in the global market", production company Taewon Entertainment chief Jeong Tae-won said of the difference between KBS TV series "IRIS" and its spin-off "ATHENA" at the press conference for the latter held on November 30. But it is impossible not to compare the two to explain what sort of drama "ATHENA" is since it is based on the sucess of "IRIS", as well as the trial and error it went through, and the story itself takes off where "IRIS" left off,...More
Lee Ji-ah says did not use double for action sequences 2010/11/30, Source,
Actress Lee Ji-ah takes part in the press conference for upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" held at the Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 30, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has said she has not used a body double for any of the action scenes in the upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" so far.
The remark came on Tuesday during a press conference for the action-packed drama which is a spin-off to last year's hit blockbuster series "IRIS" as she responded to a reporter's question on shooting her action sequences,...More
'ATHENA' revealed blockbuster-like posters 2010/11/16, Source,
Two blockbuster-like posters of drama 'ATHENA”, which will be on air in December, are released.
The posters that were released on 17th show how big this blockbuster spy drama will be. This is the first poster shoots that mobilized a helicopter.,...More
Soo-ae: 'I Want to Show a Strong Image' 2010/10/15, Source,
The name of actress Soo-ae has always been followed by words such as "graceful" and "pure". But she does not seem to really like those modifiers according to an interview she gave at a hotel located in Sogongdong on October 14.
Soo-ae said, "I do not want to be defined as a 'graceful' actress even though I suppose I have to appreciate those modifiers. I just began my career as an actress and I still have a long way to go",...More
Will 'Athena' Exceeds Popularity of 'IRIS'? 2010/09/01, Source,
The spy-action drama "ATHENA", in which actor Jeong Woo-seong and actress Soo-ae will appear as the male and female protagonists, will be broadcast from this coming winter in December on SBS. The drama is a spin-off of the original "IRIS" drama and it is based on the original story of the KBS drama "IRIS", which had aired last year on KBS. "ATHENA" is very similar to the original "IRIS" as the production company Taewon Entertainment, which had produced "IRIS", will also produce this drama, and it has been equipped with an all-star cast and large-scale action and melodramatic storyline. But the backdrop of the drama has been expanded from the Korean peninsula and Asian countries into the whole world, and the relationships among cast members have become more complicated,...More
BoA to make special appearance in TV series "Athena" 2010/08/11, Source,
Korean pop star BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop star BoA will be making a special guest appearance in the spin-off of last year's blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to her agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.
SM announced in a press release that in upcoming action drama "ATHENA", BoA will be playing the role of a top female singer who will be faced with a hostage situation by terrorists before her concert, while being protected by her bodyguard Jung-woo (played by Jeong Woo-seong),...More
Kim Seung-woo joins TV series "Athena" cast 2010/08/03, Source,
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo in an official poster for TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo, who starred in blockbuster TV series "IRIS" last year, has joined the cast of its upcoming spin-off series "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the actor will be reprising his role from the original series, playing North Korea's top intelligence agent Park Chul-young who holds the key secrets to solving the mysteries left behind by "IRIS",...More
Lee Ji-ah graces cover of both Korea and China CeCi 2010/06/24, Source,
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah on the cover of fashion magazine CeCi [CeCi]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has simultaneously graced the cover of the July issue of a fashion magazine in Korea and China, according to a press release from KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that the July issue of CeCi and CeCi China both featured Lee on the cover page of the magazine as well as a photo spread inside,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 1 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Some say he is a ruthless producer. Some evaluate him as an intelligent businessman. Some consider him as a brother who knows what being loyal is about. After fearlessly stepping into Jeongmuro [where the history of Korean film started] in his early twenties as a film importer, he later placed his name on the power list of commercial film producers. He also was the chief of an entertainment company which sees large profits from importing major films such as "The Lord of the Ring" series by utilizing his innate business mindset and close relationship with Hollywood's major film studios.
Then he successfully wrapped up production of blockbuster drama "IRIS" last year and in June is set to start filming "ATHENA", a 20-billion won spin-off of the series starring top Korean actors Cha Seung-won and Jeong Woo-seong,...More
Free Screenings of Korean Films in NY 2010/05/25, Source, In the run up to the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival the Korean Cultural Service is currently showing free screenings of Korean films. This is the third series of free screenings that the Cultural Service has held and this year focuses on some traditional Korean summer blockbusters. The series k,...More
"IRIS" season 2 starts pre-production 2010/04/20, Source,
Official poster for KBS TV series "IRIS" Season 1 [Taewon Entertainment]
Pre-production work for the second season of blockbuster TV series has kicked off amidst much hype and anticipation among fans, according to production company Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon explained in a press release that "IRIS" producers have started the casting process for the next season, even talking with agents for the actors from the first season such as Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon and considering a new face to appear in the series as well,...More
Actress Soo-ae has been cast as a heroine in the upcoming,...More
Korean actress Soo-ae cast as female lead in "Iris" sequel 2010/04/09, Source,
Korean actress Soo-ae [Star J Entertainment]
Korean actress Soo-ae has joined the cast of upcoming action TV series "ATHENA", the sequel to last year's hit blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Friday.
"ATHENA", named after the Greek goddess of war strategy, will be about terrorist acts and threats against the Korean Peninsula and the whole world.
"Soo-ae will be playing Yoon Hye-in, the lead female character who is a double agent working for both the National Intelligence Service and as a spy for a secret organization", a producer from Taewon explained,...More
[ChanMi's take] Soo-ae and Eom Ji-won, same dress 2010/02/01, Source,
Calm and elegant image are carried by a few stars. These shy stars are always being a hot issue when they wear sexy dresses because they are showing off a different side of their look.
Soo-ae and Eom Ji-won are wearing such dresses! The sexy tube minidress with beads are worn by Soo-ae at the 17th Korean Culture Star Awards in November and Eom at the MARIE CLAIRE's February p,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "You're a Pet" cast to be determined! 2009/11/30, Source,
Actress Soo-ae has been nominated for the main character of "You're a Pet" along with Kim Hyun-joong!
Soo-ae is contemplating as to whether she should take the role or is fit for the role.
The character she would take if she were to agree is of a fashion editor.
"You're a Pet" is originally from the Japanese cartoon anime that is about a talented fashion magazine editor who lives with a handsome young man. The episodes of their life tog,...More
The Seoul government is offering foreign moviegoers a chance to enjoy the latest Korean films with foreign subtitles at a discounted price. Cinema Week continues through Saturday at major theater chains in the city as part of Seoul Grand Sale 2009.
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
[ChanMi's movie news] Soo-ae at press conference for her new film! 2009/09/16, Source, "The Sword with No Name" stars the lovely movie star, Soo-ae!
There has been a press meeting for the releasing film for which she attended.
Doesn't she have the smile of a queen? Her modernized traditional dress looks great on her as if it was made for her.
Her character is the last queen of Korea names Min Ja-yeong also known as the Royal Myeon-seong Queen. Just the fact that she was the queen excited her and overwhelmed her according to the interviews. She is costarring with Jo Seung-woo,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ji-min can be sexy, too! 2009/04/22, Source, LG fashion suit brand Mastro's summer line 'Gelato' picked Han Ji-min as their model!
The lovable and feminine image has been Han Ji-min until now, but this new challenge for her brings great interest by fans. How will she change?
Since 2006, the Maestro brand has picked Soo-ae as their female model to partner with a male model. Her change has been a hit, also!,...More
The movie theater always provides escapism, and can be a haven ― air-conditioned and entertaining ― from the sultry summer heat. But don't hide from the sun ― why not enjoy a break filled with cinema,...More
Korean filmmakers bet on large-scale projects 2008/01/03, Source, Many local movie productions suffered setbacks last year, due to increased costs and the strengthened position of Hollywood blockbusters. In 2008, leading filmmakers are betting on large-scale projects to turn things around for the embattled local film industry.
BUSAN _ The Korean Peninsula is sizzling up with not one but two hot spots. Deep south in Korea's largest port city, the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) turned into a cinephile's playground as the festive opening event unrolled Thursday night.,...More
If you take a look at the posters of upcoming movies, you may be struck by the similarities. If you read their plot summaries, you may even get the impression that you have read the same outline twice.
It's true that movies in the same genre share many similarit,...More
Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) at the Yachting Center in Haeundae, southeastern port city of Pusan, Thursday. More than 6,000 festivalgoers and celebrities packed the venue. The nine,...More
The upcoming film "Wedding Campaign (Naui Kyolhon Wonjonggi)" sheds light on the difficulty for male farmers to find their soul mates for marriage. But the film's actors say that despite the serious,...More
Foreign Correspondents to Visit KBS's Drama Production Center 2005/04/12, Source, Members of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club will visit KBS's Drama Production Center in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on the afternoon of Apr. 12. The foreign correspondents' visit to the KBS's drama production center has been arranged to allow them to cover a Korean television drama whose genre has,...More
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