[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 1 2016/09/05,
Jeong-seok (played by Ha Seok-jin) is an educational lecturer of wide repute. He despises people. And bizarre though this may seem, "Drinking Alone" does not seem terribly interested in disagreeing with him. When Jeong-seok describes how wonderfully ideal it is to spend an evening drinking by oneself, there's a real Yoon Doo-joon quality to how absolutely devoted Jeong-seok is to this idea of good food and liquor. It's just that, in stark contrast to Dae-yeong of "Let's Eat", Jeong-seok does not believe this is a sentiment that can or should be shared,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bring It On, Ghost" Episode 16 Final 2016/08/30,
The true ending to the huge fight is a slight improvement to what closed out the last episode, since it at least involves proper use of the artifact. But overall I still felt a pretty strong general sense of emptiness at the close of "Bring It On, Ghost". A few sympathetic encounters with his mother can't change the fact that Hye-seong did some pretty horribly evil things, spiritual posession or not,...More
[Spottoon Review] Cat and Dog Drama Dream Cast! 2016/02/07, Source,
The webtoon Cat and Dog is set to be made into a drama this year on MBC and it's time to starting dreaming of the perfect cast to embody these characters!
The plot centers around an brooding actor named Seul Woo and young girl named Young Woo who were arranged to be married when Young-Woo was just a baby. Now all grown up, the time has come for their marriage to take place even though they are essentially strangers and total opposites of each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Splash Splash Love" Episode 2 2015/12/20,
I tried watching the second and final episode of "Splash Splash Love" with more of a relaxed mind. As tempting as it is to attack the drama for illogical character reactions, the premise is a high school girl who teleports by jumping through puddles. One of the highest-tier Korean kings is being played by the leader of Beast. High school textbooks are presented as a literal metaphor for saving your life. Gangnam Style pops up in an educational context. There are rape jokes that are funny mainly because they're being accompanied by silly sound effects,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Splash Splash Love" Episode 1 2015/12/13,
Dan-bi (played by Kim Seul-gi-I) is a normal high school student who, after some brief exposition, ends up thrown into the Joseon era where King Lee Do (played by Yoon Doo-joon) is desperate for knowledge, specifically of the mathematical variety. As time travel set-ups go this is in fact one of the better ones- Dan-bi's high-school level education may be of little obvious practical use in the present day, but in the distant past this fundamental knowledge legitimately makes her one of the smartest people alive in the world,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 17 2015/06/01,
To further emphasize the way "Let's Eat - Season 2" is moving into conclusion mode, there's actually more character relationship montages than food porn sequences this episode. What makes this particularly weird, though, is the two of the chaarcter relationship montages appear to be ironic. It's like writer Lim Soo-mi is explicitly telling us- no, as a matter of fact, these two particular storylines never actually went anywhere, and the only reason these characters are waxing on romantically on the subject is because they're just kind of lonely,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 16 2015/05/26,
Last episode was such a huge flash in the dramatic department that "Let's Eat - Season 2" was more-or-less fully destined to let itself down this episode, if only because of the disappointing reality of characters having to face consequences for their actions. In light of everything that's happened there's not really much to do except sulk in front of the police and hope that eventually everything manages to take a turn for the better. Everyone else is just trying to stretch the plot out. With food porn, when possible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 15 2015/05/25,
The tonal shift this episode is to serious drama- we're not looking at anything super-weepy or anything, but the immediate reactions of the characters are fairly appropriate. While Jeom-i has never been a terribly important character, she's always been friendly and likable in her own way. And this was just in dealing the other residents of the building. There's something humbling about realizing that Jeom-i actually has an actual family- and that of course, every other character has an actual family too. That they don't talk to as much as they should,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 14 2015/05/19,
As if to reprimand me for doubting its seriousness, the mystery plot of "Let's Eat - Season 2" ends on a pretty shocking cliffhanger, particularly so coming right after a super cute date sequence. Not just shocking, either, but overall well-integrated, because the mystery plot and the main Soo-ji plot share one important commonality. Both are being interrupted by unnecessary snooping. Of course Jeom-i is snooping- that's what old ladies do. But why is Soo-ji so obsessed about Dae-yeong's imaginary girlfriend?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 13 2015/05/18,
No, nobody is actually moving around dead bodies in briefcases. Again, "Let's Eat - Season 2" might have fooled me on that point except that the first season of "Let's Eat" tried to pull the exact same stunt. Although admittedly the question of what's going on with all that money is a pretty potent one. It's not really all that interesting compared to the question of how Soo-ji is planning to manage all her financial affairs. But it's decent as far as subplots go,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 12 2015/05/12,
Contrary to what was implied by the preview, Dae-yeong and Sang-woo actually just start out by discussing their problems like adults and giving honest answers. It feels absurd for me to be surprised by this- of course that's what non-crazy friends do in that kind of situation. It's just...you know, the wacky plotting of television dramas is usually more prone to contrived misunderstandings. Writer Lim Soo-mi is above all that, though. She focuses on the important stuff in life. Like balancing checkbooks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 11 2015/05/11,
This episode opens up with an extended mountain hike- that naturally ends with food porn. I'm surprised "Let's Eat - Season 2" doesn't do this more often really. Just have a completely random datelike activity end in food porn because that's what the viewers wants. But then again, Soo-ji never really pays attention to food because she's too head-over-heels with Sang-woo to actually notice her first love in life. With Dae-yeong, though, food and petty arguments is what they're all about,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 10 2015/05/05,
The humor this episode consists primarily of callbacks- namely to the entire incident with the bike. The extent to which the characters are willing to tell ridiculous lies for reasons that don't really make much sense is the larger thematic point. Sure it's fun to watch everybody squirm in the near term. But in the long term, why are they lying exactly? What exactly is the end game for a bunch of relationships that are founded upon the idea of silly deceit?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 9 2015/05/04,
In a mildly genre-bending twist, last episode revealed that Soo-ji's goal of a relationship with Sang-woo was actually much easier to accomplish then was expected. So...what exactly are the characters supposed to do for the remaining ten episodes? It soon becomes clear that from this point on, rather than being about Soo-ji being terrible at romance, we're now going to get a story about Soo-ji and Sang-woo being mutually terrible at romance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 8 2015/04/28,
Now that Dae-yeong has accidentally exposed the drama's premise to Sang-woo, there's not really any getting around the general sense of awkwardness. I like how Sang-woo seems generally perplexed at the idea that women would have any romantic interest in him. To be entirely honest I'm kind of confused on that point too, but then it's not like love is supposed to be easily understood or anything like that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 7 2015/04/27,
The slow pace of the plot catches up to the characters here. I can't help but find it rather inherently amusing that Dae-yeong and Soo-ji are acting like they have all the time in the world to get her together with Sang-woo, when from the very beginning every single work meeting Soo-ji and Sang-woo have had has referenced the blind date that Sang-woo keeps trying to avoid. Well, that's the problem with romantic fantasies really. They're a lot more fun than actually trying to date,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 6 2015/04/21,
Soo-ji's incremental progress toward a relationship with Sang-woo here is foiled by...rental payments. Good, good, more absurdity. I mean it's not really that absurd. Pretty much everybody has to struggle with the rent, especially in the wake of a dumb impulse purchase. But this isn't the kind of real-life issue that normally shows up in dramas. Fiction tends to focus on concept rather than reality. Yet as "Let's Eat - Season 2" shows here, a lot of mileage can be accomplished just by watching Soo-ji squirm over the rent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 5 2015/04/20,
The mystery of the person who lives on the roof of the building is resolved appropriately- with a revelation as to the very serious financial penalties involved in building an illegal add-on to an apartment building. All right, that's somewhat ridiculous- which is good, because self-ridicule is always where "Let's Eat - Season 2" has been at its strongest. Most of the characters are at their most amusing when their perception of reality is challenged by their own apparent cluelessness.
Except for Dae-yeong. He knows that he's clueless, and doesn't really care. Which makes it all the more easier for him to identify where other people are going wrong. I'm really kind of impressed at this point seeing how little Soo-ji understands of men. Every time the three leads of this drama are together it's just Dae-yeong hurriedly trying to run damage control before Soo-ji accidentally reveals how unattractive she really is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 4 2015/04/14,
The main interesting thing to happen this episode is that the love triangle is established. Weirdly, the center of this triangle is not Soo-ji, which would make logical sense, but rather...well, nobody in particular because again, it's not clear whether Dae-yeong and Soo-ji are supposed to be getting together or not. Bizarrely, it's the platonic relationship between Dae-yeong and Sang-woo that ends up being the focus. Sang-woo doesn't appear to be gay. But at the very least, he's definitely queer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 3 2015/04/13,
This episode jumps right away to the finer more important points of the plot- Dae-young teaching Soo-ji how to act like an attractive woman. I'm not sure which part's funnier actually. There's the apparently sexless Dae-young being a complete master of romantic interaction. And then there's Soo-ji not having the slightest clue about what he's talking about. She completely whiffs Dae-young's softball attempt to try and get her alone in the same general area as Sang-woo,...More
Hit Muk-bang Themed Drama "Let's Eat" Returned For Second Season 2015/04/10,
CJ E&M's hit Muk-bang (eating scene) themed drama "Let's Eat" has returned to the small screen for a second season. Its premiere episode was aired Korea's general entertainment channel tvN on April 6. Hailed as one of the country's popular cable TV dramas in 2014, "Let's Eat" has propelled the "Muk-bang" (eating scene) TV trend. It is a romantic comedy about a single guy who loves to browse his favorite foods on the blog site called '"Let's Eat"' to relieve stress from work,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 2 2015/04/07,
The first season of "Let's Eat" only aired one episode a week. "Let's Eat - Season 2", by contrast, is airing by the more standard two episode per week schedule. And it's this episode I quickly saw one of the more obvious disadvanatages of the more standardized intensive drama schedules- it kind of messes up the pacing. Whereas the first season of "Let's Eat" had to accomplish basic facts rather quickly, "Let's Eat - Season 2" mostly just runs in place. There's a lot of filler here- and we've only just established the basics of the premise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 1 2015/04/06,
Dae-yeong (played by Yoon Doo-joon) has been forced to escape from Seoul due to his usual bizarre habit of managing to obtain unwanted extreme emotions from women he only wants to know casually. While we get several memorable flashbacks indicating part of what happened, the big question of why he broke up with Soo-kyeong remains unresolved. Whether it will ever be answered is unclear- although the implication is definitely that it was an interesting story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 16 Final 2014/03/13,
The drama dedicates most of its energy this time to resolving the crisis with Jin-hee- which isn't really that much of a crisis so the seriousness is a bit off-putting. It would seem that for all the hullabaloo about the danger posed, there's not really much here that's terribly interesting. Waiting for this plot point to resolve is rather tiring, even if at this point it's the only thing that could reasonably be called a narrative direction anymore.
Then that's all settled with and "Let's Eat" moves in to what has to be the most extended epilogue I've ever seen,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 15 2014/03/06,
Well, the question of the point this drama has been getting at has been clearly resolved. Within the first few minutes of this episode the ending is more or less clearly established. I mean, it's possible that writer Lim Soo-mi will pull another screwball out at that last minute, but I kind of doubt it. The big strength of "Let's Eat" has always been its ability to mess around with us in the moment, not get overly witty with the overall narrative thrust.
And there are definitely some good moments here. There's the brief but memorable evil team-up, which looks so outrageously staged I'm surprised Soo-kyeong even falls for it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 14 2014/02/27,
There's a sudden tonal shift in the first segment of this episode, as "Let's Eat" tries to be something akin to a horror story. It feels a bit weird, considering that for the most part this drama is a comedy so to all of a sudden have characters in serious physical danger is, well, a little off-putting. Don't we get enough paranoia in the actual scary shows? Especially since that guy's crazy face is just plain frightening, especially if the lights are out.
Then we get to the punchline. Yes, there is somehow a punchline that turns all of those preceding events into a comedic farce,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 13 2014/02/20,
I don't know how this drama is able to do such a good job consistently escalating awkward situations. Oh wait yes I do. Since when has anything become less awkward after a love confession? Sure there's the big romantic scene, the adulation, the culmination of a dozen episodes worth of sexual tension- but that stuff's not real. It's a desperately wishful fantasy. Thank you "Let's Eat" for crushing my spirits, giving a hard reminder of why people avoid making love confessions in the first place.
There's gotta be something else here to hook on to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 12 2014/02/13,
Somehow I had failed to notice that Valentine's Day was this week. Thank goodness "Let's Eat" was here to remind me of all those wonderful emotions we associate with Valentine's Day. Like, the fear of rejection, the sense of crippling loneliness, the realization that you're going to have hurt peoples' feelings or everything is just going to continue to be weird and awkward. Oh wait, love? Valentine's Day is supposed to be about love? Gee, could have fooled me.
There's a real dark touch to this episode. At first I was kind of annoyed because Jin-I and Do-yeon are still engaging in their game of petty romantic one-upsmanship, but it quickly became clear that was the point,...More
Exploring the Isolation of Modern Korean Society and Food as a Medium to Connect, CJ E&M's Recent Drama "Let's Eat" Records Hit Ratings 2014/02/13,
- Connecting with a new generation of viewers, show has ranked as one of nation's top two cable programs among 20-49 year olds in each of the 11 weeks it has aired to-date - Show has also propelled the "Muk-bang" (eating scene) TV trend in Korea where viewers, inspired by scenes of characters enjoying delicious meals, hunt down these foods in real life Seoul, Korea (February 13, 2014) - Exploring the isolation of modern Korean society and food as an important medium to connect, CJ E&M's [http://en.cjenm.com] recent drama "Let's Eat", starring actress Lee Soo-kyung and Yoon Doo-joon from K-Pop group BEAST, has been a hit with a new generation of Korean viewers. According to Nielson, the drama has ranked as one of the nation's top two cable shows among 20-49 year olds in each of the 11 weeks it has aired to-date. The show has also propelled the "Muk-bang" (eating scene) TV trend in Korea inspiring a food craze as viewers passionately watch and hunt down the foods they see on episodes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 11 2014/02/06,
At the beginning of this episode we almost instantaneously get the idea that Soo-kyeong is a changed woman. She's just so bright and happy and cheerful and why is she wearing that ribbon in her hair she's not a child. And this is immediately questioned as being a bad thing. I love the sheer agitation in Soo-kyeong's attitude when the possibility that she's romantically interested in Dae-yeong is brought up.
I also love that the drama actually goes to the trouble of addressing this point, to the extent that Soo-kyeong is worried about what she has become,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 10 2014/01/30,
This drama is hitting the perfect blend of comedy, forward progress, and effective characterization. "Let's Eat" also benefits a lot from just being so self-aware. Note how Dae-yeong goes into one of his ridiculous food speeches on a regular predictable basis. This time he does one on a topic only tangentially related to food. And the other characters have started to notice when he's about to get into speech mode and react accordingly.
The music deserves special mention. It really sells the food porn- makes it seem somehow majestic and noble when in reality I just remind myself- this is food. It's not that amazing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 9 2014/01/23,
Like the title card says, this episode is all about Soo-kyeong's mother. On a basic level we're just taking a look into Soo-kyeong's psyche. A lot of the habits that we've seen so far as being quintessentially Soo-kyeong appear to be inherited. Soo-kyeong's mother is similarly hostile to the people around her, interpreting mild irrelevant actions as enmity. So naturally she responds in kind.
This creates an interesting dynamic with Soo-kyeong, as she appears to simultaneously be emulating and rebelling against her mother by refusing to emphasize the things in life that mom thinks are important,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 8 2014/01/16,
Hak-Moon seems to be on a mission to do everything possible to sabotage any hope he has of ever scoring a relationship with Soo-Kyeong. It's hard to make any other sense of his actions. Yeah, you saw her a couple of times with this other guy. But she's not going to like him less or you more because of an increase in stressful aggrandizing behavior in her life. Does this guy even have a plan?
Well of course not. That's because Hak-Moon's kind of dumb. Most people are, honestly, which is a big part of how the humor in "Let's Eat" is able to ring so true,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 7 2014/01/09,
This episode answers the essential question- what exactly does Soo-Kyeong's life look like without the influence of Dae-Yeong? The answer...pretty pointless actually. As usual, she's stressed out and resorts to angry munching to vent out her stress. But in terms of the actual good stuff, the actual good food, it turns out that making bad with Dae-Young has substantially limited her access to it. Soo-Kyeong knows she's messed up- if not on the empathetic level, then certainly in terms of direct benefit.
The other people in her life make a poor substitute for a quality meal. We start out with Hak-Moon trying to pull off a Pretty Woman montage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 6 2014/01/02,
Soo-Kyeong discovers an essential bit of information that puts Dae-Young's entire character into question, and the rather unconvincing way he addresses her complaints only seems to bring credence to the idea that he is, in fact, that guy who keeps running around smacking women on the head. This isn't something she just sits on either- Soo-Kyeong makes a direct effort to find the truth when she finds Dae-Young's response lacking.
And then...the drama just sort of subtly points out that maybe Dae-Young isn't a violent thug,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 5 2013/12/26,
I'm beginning to get impatient with the lack of progress in the actual storyline. For the most part "Let's Eat" continues to ride on its strengths. If you were hoping for more food porn this time around, don't worry, that shows up pretty much immediately. Jin-I appears to have discovered the secret that will make Soo-Kyeong do basically anything- just present the woman with food and she almost immediately starts salivating.
The trouble is that we already knew all this already. The episode writ-large just retreads the same basic jokes and set-ups of character-based humor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 4 2013/12/19,
There's pretty much no plot progress this episode. Everything that could possibly shed some light on what the deal is with Dae-Yeong playing the knockout game ends up turning into a false start. The lack of progress on this front is a bit annoying, since it's the closest "Let's Eat" has to an actual plotline. Everything else is, for the most part, just character-based jokes along the same lines we've already seen.
We do get some relevant backstory about the history of Hak-Moon's interactions with Soo-Kyeong. I'm kind of amazed that he's known her for this long and yet still hasn't grasped the fact that she will do basically anything for food,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 3 2013/12/12,
I really like the attitude this drama takes toward Soo-Kyeong's misanthropic demeanor. A more typical narrative would be about Soo-Kyeong learning the joys of friendship. And sure, we get the occasional moment where she's glad to have met certain people in her life. But for the most part, Soo-Kyeong's interactions justify her attitude. It seems like Soo-Kyeong can hardly go a minute in her moments relaxing alone before some people-related crisis comes in and disrupts everything.
It was only this episode that I realized that co-worker Hak-Moon (played by Sim Hyeong-tak) is actually supposed to be a potential love interest. That's how effective "Let's Eat" is at portraying events from Soo-Kyeong's point of view,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 2 2013/12/05,
We still seem to be in the process of getting to know the characters, so not too much exciting happens over the course of this episode. Soo-Kyeong has a dog that seems to be a lot more trouble than it's worth, managing to find ways to start trouble if Soo-Kyeong turns her back for even a minute. Jin-I (played by Yoon So-hee) is continuously bright, bubbly, and naive. To some people that might be cute, but it's easy to see why Soo-Kyeong is rather wary of her new neighbor. And Dae-Yeong (played by Yoo Doo-Joon) is possibly an axe murderer.
I'm getting the impression that this last bit is the twist that's supposed to make the context of this drama, because this part of his characterization is just so bizarrely out of nowhere that it's actually pretty easy to understand why no red flags are running up for Soo-Kyeong and Jin-I,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat" Episode 1 2013/11/28,
The first important thing to know about this drama is that there's a lot of food porn. I was confused when it started because I thought I was watching a coffee commercial. Then actual characters show up. People who do not seem to actually like other people very much, but looove food. Lee Soo-kyeong (played by...Lee Soo-kyeong?) seems to have little interest in men except as a vehicle to gain better social access to better quality food.
Soo-Kyeong isn't exactly the most sympathetic woman. Her social life is low quality, but the main culprit for it seems to be her own bad attitude, as well as the fact that she clearly likes food more than she does people,...More
[Guest Post] Beast Shadow Music Video Review 2013/08/30,
The six member band Beast from South Korea made an exciting comeback on 19th July with their new song Shadow. Based on a dark, creepy theme, the track went viral among fans on the release day and didn't take long in topping the charts. Shadow showcases the kind of music that suits the band pretty well. Beast went away from usually summer hippie style and it worked well for them because the track reached number 1 on major Korean music websites,...More
On a different scale "Iris 2" 2012/12/27, Source,
Pictures of the drama "IRIS 2" from different foreign locations have been coming up online recently.
The actors and actresses in the pictures look like as if they are taking photos for a collection,...More
More Young Singers Migrate to Movies 2012/11/01, Source,
From top, Kim Dong-jun, Kim Jae-joong and Seulong
Idol singers no longer seem satisfied with merely appearing on stage and in TV dramas. Recently, more idol group members are getting involved in moviemaking, with Kim Dong-jun of boy band ZE:A currently receiving the most attention for his supporting role in "A Company Man", which was released on Oct. 11. Viewers have heaped praise on the 20-year-old for his movie debut, posting comments on local movie websites about how he was able to acquit himself well in both action scenes and those that require emotional depth. They say he deserved more on-screen time beyond that of a supporting role,...More
K-celebrities now 2 2012/02/09, Source,
[SOV] [Interview : Yang Yo-seop, Member of BEAST] "From now on, BEAST is going to get a bit more wild! Here we go!"
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Breathe in, breathe out! Jang Hyeon-seung!"
[Interview : ] "Breathe in, breathe out! Yong Jun-hyeong!"
Now let's go meet the powerful boy band BEAST at the opening concert of their world tour,...More
Winners of 2011 Melon Music Awards 2011/11/25, Source,
The 2011 Melon Music Awards took place on November 24th at the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium, awarding some of the hottest acts in k-pop. After its first run in 2009, the MMA has established itself as one of the biggest music award ceremonies in the country, up in the ranks of the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards. Winners are determined through a calculation of 80% digital sales and 20% online votes,...More
S. Korean Singer "G.NA" in NYC 2011/11/14, Source,
Korean-Canadian singer "G.NA" showed her near perfect body in a recent photoshoot held in New York City.
Gina Choi (최지나), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Korean Canadian singer under Cube Entertainment, born on Sept. 13, 1987. She released her first mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School,...More
K-Pop Idols Participate in Fashion Show in Japan 2011/02/25, Source,
Idol group members were invited to the biggest wedding fashion show in Japan and presented live performances.
Korean idol group members and a Japanese star designer created a splendid performance. Members of Supernova, Beast, and 4 Minute participated in the biggest fashion show stage entitled "YUMI KATSURA PARIS 2011 GRAND COLLECTION IN TOKYO" held twice at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on February 23 and appeared both as models wearing costumes designed by the world renowned wedding fashion designer, Yumi Katsura, and as singers,...More
BEAST's Yo-seop asks fans to apologize 2011/01/07, Source,
BEAST member Yo-seop [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean boy band BEAST member Yo-seop has asked fans to apologize for their hateful comments.
Yo-seop posted a comment on his Twitter (http://twitter.com/helloimys) saying, "It takes time for people to get over thoughtless remarks that others say. It doesn't matter how or who it's done to but it's just not right to hurt someone deeply. You should apologize or should I?",...More
BEAST to hold encore concert next month 2011/01/06, Source,
Concert poster for boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
Boy band BEAST will hold a series of encore concerts for the first concert they held in Korea last month, according to the boys' agency Cube Entertainment on Thursday.
Cube announced through a press release today that BEAST will put on two encore concerts at the Gymnastics Stadium of the Olympic Park on February 18 and 19 in response to the heated attention they had received by fans at their December concert,...More
2011: Year Of Male Idol Duos? 2011/01/05, Source, It's safe to say that 2010 was dominated by girl groups and female solo singers. Well, that trend may be coming to an end with the new year of 2011.
Already, two duos have been sweeping the music c,...More
Yoo Jae-seok wins grand prize once again at MBC Entertainment Awards 2010/12/30, Source,
Korean variety show host Yoo Jae-seok [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainment show host Yoo Jae-seok won the grand prize for the second consecutive year at the MBC Entertainment Awards held last night.
At the awards ceremony held at MBC's Dream Center located in Ilsan, Gyeong-gi Province, Yoo was awarded the top honor for his role as emcee for MBC's variety shows "Infinite Challenge" and "Come Over", making it his seventh award during a year-end program,...More
BEAST unveils final track from digital album "My Story" 2010/12/24, Source,
Boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
The final track from boy band BEAST's digital album "My Story" will be unveiled today, announced Cube Entertainment on Friday.
According to Cube, the full version of BEAST's song "Lights Go On Again" will be available on numerous online music sites later on today. The short version of the song was released on the group's fourth mini-album of the same name in early November,...More
BEAST releases 2nd track from new duo unit album 2010/12/22, Source,
Pictures of BEAST members Jun-hyung and Yo-seop for "Thanks to" [Cube Entertainment]
Korean boy band BEAST, set to pursue their singing activities as three separate duo units, have released the second track from their new album today.
Cube Entertainment announced in a press release on Wednesday that Jun-hyung and Yo-seop's hip-hop track "Thanks to" from their upcoming album "My Story" will be revealed along with a video preview, in the format of a drama, on their official fan webpage and YouTube channel,...More
1st track from BEAST duo unit album revealed 2010/12/21, Source,
Picture of BEAST members Yoon Doo-joon and Dongwoon for "When the Door Closes" [Cube Entertainment]
Boy band BEAST, set to pursue their singing activities as three separate duo units, will reveal the first track from their new album today.
An official from their agency Cube Entertainment told 10Asia over the phone, "The first track from their upcoming album 'My Story' is the ballad whose translated title is 'When the Door Closes' from Yoon Doo-joon and Dong-woon. The other songs from other units Hyun-seung and Gi-kwang and Yo-seop and Jun-hyung will be unveiled later this week",...More
BEAST to launch activities as duo units 2010/12/20, Source,
Boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
Boy band BEAST will launch their activities as duo units starting tomorrow, according to the band's agency Cube Entertainment on Monday.
A press release by Cube announced that members Yo-seop and Jun-hyung's hip-hop number "Thanks To" will be released at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by Hyun-seung and Gi-kwang's R&B number "Let It Snow" the next day, and Yoon Doo-joon and Dong-woon's ballad duet whose title can be translated as "When the Door Closes" another day after,...More
BEAST holds first concert - Part 1 2010/12/14, Source,
Boy band BEAST performs at their concert "WELCOME TO THE BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 12, 2010. [Cube Entertainment]
"From a recycled group to a rediscovered group". This was the phrase written on the video shown at boy band BEAST's first-ever concert titled "WELCOME TO THE BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Park in Seoul on Sunday. Every member of the group composed of Yoon Doo-joon, Hyun-seung, Jun-hyung, Yo-seop, Dong-woon and Gi-kwang experienced all sorts of mishaps before debuting as BEAST in October of last year -- from debuting in a different group which failed to see success to being booted off a reality show to the agency closing its doors due to failed business,...More
BEAST holds first concert - Part 2 2010/12/14, Source,
Boy band BEAST performs at their concert "WELCOME TO THE BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 12, 2010. [Cube Entertainment]
Q: Is there anyone you talked to or received help from when you were having a hard time while preparing for the concert since you were all very busy? Yo-seop: We always talk to each other a lot rather than talk to anyone else in particular. Yo-seop: The members of our group talk to each other a lot and we were eased of a lot of our worries after talking with our dancing teachers about the concert so I think we tend to talk and resolve things amongst ourselves,...More
[PHOTOS] BEAST first concert 2010/12/14, Source,
BEAST [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
BEAST poses during a photocall of a press conference held ahead of their first concert titled "WELCOME TO BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 12, 2010,...More
Yoon Doo-joon says will "somehow manage with nude scenes" - Part 1 2010/12/08, Source,
Official poster for MBC sitcom "All my Love" [MBC]
At the press conference for MBC sitcom "All my Love", each of its cast members told their own stories to the romantic relationships they get involved in within the show. Brown Eyed Girls member Son Ga-in and boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon, who played a make-believe couple in reality show "We Got Married" have re-united in "All my Love" as brother (Ok-yeop) and sister (Geum-ji), while actor Kim Kap-soo's lost daughter Yoon Seung-ah is set to get romantically involved with Jo Kwon. And Geum-ji will get entangled in a love triangle with Kim Kap-soo's mysterious assistant Jeon Tae-soo and Ok-yeop's friend Yoon Doo-joon. Below are excerpts from the press conference where they detailed the difficulties about shooting a sitcom and the incidents on set. Q: You appeared in movie "Closer to Heaven" but this is your first time trying your hand at a sitcom. How has the acting been? Son Ga-in: I wanted to try my hand at a traditional drama after I've really honed my acting skills when I'm older but I had no idea I'd appear in a sitcom. And the story didn't develop much in the beginning so I wasn't able to immerse myself into my role as Geum-ji or the incidents since I don't know what sort of person she is. But I think my acting has become more natural after trying to be more of myself. I've been having fun starting from the 15th episode and I think I'll be more natural from the 20th episode onward,...More
Yoon Doo-joon says will "somehow manage with nude scenes" - Part 2 2010/12/08, Source, Yoon Doo-joon [MBC]Q: There was a scene where you're laying down just in your underwear at home after being discharged from the military and you're mistaken as a pervert. Were you wearing your own underwear? Yoon Doo-joon: A brand provided it for me. (laugh) When I saw the script I thought I would at least wear shorts but I really wore just boxers although I wore two. 10: We heard there's also a scene where you take up a part-time job as a nude model. Yoon Doo-joon: I model for a college art class. We'll be shooting that scene tomorrow. I don't know what I'm going to do -- I didn't know I'd be taking off all of my clothes. I don't have time to sleep days to start with but I haven't been able to sleep at all because I'm so worried about the scene. Oh well, I guess it'll pass somehow,...More
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