[HanCinema's Film Review] "Confidential Assignment" 2017/02/04,
Cheol-ryeong (played by Hyeon Bin) is a good North Korean officer who plays by the spirit of the rules. That is, until he fails to heed the literal words of commander Gi-seong (played by Kim Joo-hyeok), and ends up stuck in a disastrous firefight. Although that situation was rather preventable. Why is it that the good guys in the movies always give up their guns in a Mexican standoff? I mean yeah it's an obvious cinematic device, but in the real world no one ever does that for some fairly predictable reasons,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Conclusion of the First Annual HanCinema Awards 2017/01/08,
The First Annual HanCinema Awards has concluded successfully thank to you, HanCinema Readers! With over half a million votes in fifteen categories, you let your voices be heard and we couldn't be more pleased! Thank you so much for joining us on this great adventure into film and drama!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss - And the Winner Is... 2017/01/02,
There were so many amazing kisses in 2016 to make us melt and swoon. It's time to see which of the couples had your favorite kiss! Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/31,
The couples that powered 2016's romantic inertia with their sweet interactions received your votes. It was a fierce competition and now it's time to reveal the winning couple. Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss in a Drama 2016/12/17,
The turning point and highlight of many-a-drama is the kiss. If we're lucky, there are more than one. But a kiss defines the boiling point of a K-drama relationship and is a beautiful thing to watch. There were many fine kisses in 2016. Vote for your favorite from December 17 to December 24. The results will be announced the last week of 2016!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/15,
A drama that can make its audience root for a couple, ship the couple, love the couple, cry with the couple, and laugh with the couple is a strong drama indeed. Romance is a huge driving factor in K-drama and it is only right to take a look at the best K-drama couples of 2016. From December 15 to December 22 vote for your favorite drama couple!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" 2016/11/19,
Writer Jang Hyeok-rin enjoyed great success with drama "Yong Pal", but the work was an incredible mess in terms of overall quality and especially writing. Armed with a cable station and more time to work with, the writer makes a return with "The K2". The action and suspense series is a definite improvement from the disaster called "Yong Pal", but is that enough to call it good,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 16 Final 2016/11/13,
The finale is here and "The K2" ends with a bang, meaning the bang of Seong-won's unwisely picked bomb. The USB drive keeps changing hands, the truth of Uhm Hye-rin's death is revealed directly to Ahn-na by Yoo-jin herself and Je-ha tries his best to salvage the situation and save as many as he can from Seong-won's poor choice of partners,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 15 2016/11/11,
If there is one good thing I can say about the messy plot writing of "The K2" at the moment is that it at least goes all out on grand concepts and this is currently the bomb. No, this is not the idiom indicating superiority and greatness, but the actual bomb Seong-won borrowed from a shady source in order to stupidly wave in front of a woman who eats grabby hands for breakfast and currently holds a powerful tool hostage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 14 2016/11/06,
Je-ha is out of commission during episode fourteen of "The K2" and you would think that he is secretly the President, because everything collapses around him. All of our antagonists gather like panicked, hungry vultures over our hero and the new plot device USB, new obstacles appear and Ahn-na is left temporarily exposed, alone and defenseless against Yoo-jin and her desire to see Ahn-na gone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 13 2016/11/04,
The time has come when our antagonists' masks give way to reveal the ugly faces underneath in episode thirteen of "The K2". Everyone falls into a trap designed by our villain, Yoo-jin and she has big plans for those involved. The episode confirms some things for Je-ha, Ahn-na and us, bringing us closer to the final battle with the several enemies our heroes have to deal with,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 12 2016/10/30,
I am intrigued and confused by episode twelve of "The K2", but I call that an improvement after a boring time lately. A major attack against Yoo-jin is launched by brother dearest, Je-ha gets a major Cloud Nine promotion and Yoo-jin opens up about Hye-rin's death. It is this last part which confuses me, but at this point I will take anything I can get in terms of forward movement,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 11 2016/10/30,
The attempt to kill Gwan-soo fails and Je-ha finds himself trapped with his target and unable to kill him. Tough negotiations begin and Je-ha manages to get out and at the same time form a powerful, but false alliance. Our hero returns to his lady, but things are still falling apart around them. Yoo-jin has reached a breaking point and physical violence from Se-joon which pushes her off the edge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 10 2016/10/23,
Hope is often a punishing concept in Dramaland. The appearance of Seong-won as a possible antagonistic force gave me hope in light of a passive and lacking in focus Gwam-soo. Seong-won has sadly proven but an instigator of temporary drama. The series is at a point where it struggles to find a lifeline, be it in the form of forced romance and angst, unnecessarily extended scenes and dead-end conflicts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 9 2016/10/22,
If Gwan-soo has not met your quota for constant giggling annoyance, Seong-won proudly takes it upon himself to do so in episode nine of "The K2". Yoo-jin's "brother dearest" gives everyone a scare with Ahn-na and injures a frantic Yoo-jin's authority over her staff. The romance leads to a secret confession and probably a fair amount of tears to come as the antagonists tighten their grip on Ahn-na,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 8 2016/10/16,
Je-has is a man on a mission and while he and the writer still seem undecided on what it is, at least our hero gets things done and thinks reasonably. Episode eight presents a big turning point in the story. Ahn-na has great work ahead of her and she is not as fragile or as immature as others think, which means Yoo-jin is now the one at a disadvantage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 7 2016/10/14,
Episode seven of "The K2" is not very plot-heavy, but the relationship between Ahn-na and her father is explored, which has been a long time coming. We also learn more about Yoo-jin and Ahn-na's characters, how they feel about each other and how they have been shaped by their attachment to Se-joon. Je-ha's role is shaping into that of an observer and a disruptor of the messed up reality everyone has accepted for so long,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 6 2016/10/09,
Korean dramas often make me wonder if there is a ghost writer involved and I get this feeling a lot with "The K2". We are showered in heavy subjects, great drama and layered characters, but then it all disappears with one ridiculous element, such as magical smooches which take away the swelling of severe allergic reactions. The good news is, episode six of "The K2" delivers more of the former than the latter, making it almost an hour well spent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 5 2016/10/08, "The K2" was off to quite a worrying start, but the drama has now settled in to its routine. Said routine includes some very nasty people and some generally nice people all mixed up in the former's power games. Yoo-jin gets a hefty dose of her reality when the time comes to claim her company's shares, our CCTV romance is taking its sweet time forming and the drama seems to have found a balance in its tone and flow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 4 2016/10/02,
Je-ha's encounter with someone who has wronged him in the past motivates him into accepting the job as a JSS bodyguard. Our hero has to fight through the dislike and distrust of other members as he begins his work, which is none other than keeping an eye on Ahn-na. Meanwhile Yoo-jin and Gwan-soo have the most polite confrontation over their hostilities. We get new characters, shower fights and a lightness in tone as we move into the main story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 3 2016/10/01,
The man we will now know as Je-ha is in quite a dire situation in episode three of "The K2" and he will need all the help he can get in a world of monsters. After rescuing Yoo-jin from a mysterious attack and clearly affecting her emotionally, he finds himself offered a job as her bodyguard. Meanwhile the vultures gather around the injured Yoo-jin, ready to gloat and capitalize on the event for their political gain,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 2 2016/09/25,
The action thankfully calms down in episode two of "The K2" and the necessary emotional stakes to give it meaning are added. The music is still an issue, but it sees some improvement as well. Either that or I am getting used to it, which is sad as much as it is convenient. The episode delivers a little exposition and characterization, which is also welcome. It is still not a show I would call good at the moment, but we are getting somewhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The K2" Episode 1 2016/09/23, "The K2" has promised heavy action and episode one delivers on that promise. The series starts off with a bang, continues with a bang and ends with one, which unfortunately creates a very underwhelming premiere episode. At the same time, we have some basic character introductions and some interesting people involved in what looks like a messy, sad, dark fate between them. This is not exactly fun for the whole family, but it may turn out well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "The K2" 2016/09/17,
It is time for romance, political intrigue and action in tvN's "The K2", a drama which has a promising premise, even if not yet a clear story. The series has been releasing action and drama packed teasers. The cast looks good and everything else does as well, but I will be brutally honest in saying that writer Jang Hyeok-rin of "Yong Pal" has a lot to prove with this.
Kim Je-ha (Ji Chang-wook) is a bodyguard who is hired by Choi Yoo-jin (Song Yoon-ah), the ambitious wife of presidential candidate Jang Se-joon (Jo Seong-ha) for protection. Ko Ahn-na (Yoona) is Se-joon's illegitimate daughter and she lives her life as a shut in,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Politics and Iffy Pairings 2016/08/13, "The K2" brings love for the country, the country's daughter and the country's power to our screens soon and "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is ruthlessly piling on the pretty with its new posters. "The Man In My House" is looking for leads to romance each other as newly met daughter and step dad, because Dramaland loves making us all daunted and confused. More goodies follow all of this and I close with my failure to marathon like I used to. Dramas, that is,...More
Yoona vs Ha Ji-won, bootcut jeans style match 2016/05/23, Source,
Retro style fads won't go away and the bootcut jeans are still prevailing on the street. Bootcut jeans are great when you want to enjoy the effect to make your legs look longer.
When Yoona departed to Guangzhou through Incheon International Airport on May 16th for her schedule in China, she wore a pair of bootcut jeans matched with a checkered jacket to create the refreshing look,...More
Sin Min-ah Has Given Over W1 Billion to Charity 2015/12/05, Source,
Star actress Sin Min-ah has donated more than W1 billion to charity over the years, forming part of an international trend by the very rich to give away their earnings (US$1=W1,161). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was widely said to be the latest prominent face of the trend. Announcing the birth of a baby daughter on Monday, Zuckerberg vowed to give to charity 99 percent of the shares he and his wife own in Facebook,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 8 2015/11/25,
For the final episode of "Because It's the First Time", Tae-oh ruins everything. Well, he doesn't really. Part of the point of being twenty is that you can make big mistakes and it doesn't really make that much of a long-term difference, because there's always tomorrow. As the soundtrack constantly sunnily reminds us, every day is a new day. And besides, Tae-oh will always have his friends even if he almost managed to alienate half of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 7 2015/11/18,
In this episode's first segment (eighteen by the drama's internal counting mechanism) Tae-oh makes a concerted effort to push his romantic advantage with Se-hyeon. What makes Tae-oh's efforts so adorable and endearing is that he still lacks confidence. This is mainly because Tae-oh never sees the way that Se-hyeon smiles when he makes overtures. The expression on Se-hyeon's face as she meets Tae-oh's friends for the first time is priceless. It's obvious that for all her being a coy mistress, Se-hyeon really does enjoy spending time with Tae-oh,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 6 2015/11/11,
Tae-oh somehow manages to be both completely logical and completely illogical at the same time. First he spells out to Song-yi all sorts of rational reasons how she relies on him way too much considering this is a platonic friendship and they both have significant others now. Then Tae-oh immediately does the selfless noble thing again, for no good reason. No wonder Song-yi takes advantage of him all the time. Tae-oh practically begs her to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 5 2015/11/04,
Song-yi continues to do what she does best- act as unattractive as possible. I can't help but find it rather amusing that Ji-an's attempts at depth and romantic impression are constantly foiled by, well, by the fact that Song-yi acts like a child. Because she is one. All the characters are because they're only twenty years old. I seem to mention this fact a lot but it's pretty hard to avoid because the mental age of the characters is in fact the main source of almost all the comedy in "Because It's the First Time",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 4 2015/10/28,
Do you ever remember being twenty years old and having really stupid dreams? Like, a dream where you just do something in real life that comes off real poetic and cool and romantic, like a scene in a drama? All right, I'll admit it- I have dreams like that even today, although I'm old enough and cynical enough to know they're probably not ever going to happen. But then that's the beauty of "Because It's the First Time". Its characters are young enough to still be dumb enough to believe in these dreams. And then of course an unexpected curveball makes this dream unattainable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 3 2015/10/21,
I can't decide whether "Because It's the First Time" actually wants its two leads characters to get together or not. With Tae-oh, Song-yi keeps alternating between being a jerk and being emotionally needy, all while insisting there's no mutual attraction. I've seen the whole "combative relationship is proof they should be together" countless times...in fiction. When I see it happen in real life usually they just genuinely dislike each other but don't have any better friends. Tae-oh and Song-yi look more like a real couple than a fictional one in that regard,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 2 2015/10/14,
The title cards for each episode of "Because It's the First Time" aren't really descriptive. They're more like punch lines that only make sense after the joke has been told. It's like a stand-up comedy routine where the comedian straight up tells you what the punchline of the joke is going to be, but it takes him so long to get to that point that by the punchline comes up you've forgotten that he told you the joke in advance, so it becomes funny again grabbing it from memory and realizing how the delivery of the joke was misleading,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 1 2015/10/07,
The structure of "Because It's the First Time" is, somewhat confusingly, much closer to that of a web drama that what we usually see even from cable TV dramas. This episode consists of three mostly self-contained segments, with the main running thread being the hideout and angst of Tae-oh (played by Minho), a young person who struggles with the fact that he is young and stupid. There's five friends, the main important one being Song-yi (played by Park So-dam), who acts as a love interest with her own personal angst issues,...More
Yoona and Lee Seung-gi, their special relationship sharing common academic path
On February 24th, 'Yoona' wearing a graduation cap showed up at convocation of Dongguk University in Jangchoong-dong, Seoul, where she was awarded bachelor's degree.
Since she entered Art College of Dongguk University in 2009, she has graduated the university in 6 years. As 'Yoona' had been awarded from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2010 and from Prime Minister in 2011 and played an exemplary role to enhance the image of the university as the result of her outstanding activities, she was selected as the winner of the Achievement Award at the convocation,...More
[HanCinema's Idol Actors] Ham Eun-jeong and Yoona 2014/06/21, Ham Eun-jeong
Idols who go into acting often have limited choices to begin with. Smaller roles, music-related roles and other less challenging ones. Ham Eun-jeong has had a few drama and movie parts in the 9 years she has been working as an actress and having had the chance to act in different genres and roles, her skills have matured nicely due to that variety and consistency,...More
When Fans Pay for Ads for Their Idols 2014/05/30, Source,
From left, ads promoting Yoona's new TV drama, wishing Super Junior's Eun-hyuk a happy birthday, and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of boy band TVXQ /Courtesy of Grida Partners
The Sunday edition of the Chosun Ilbo carried a whole-page color ad wishing actor Kim Soo-hyun the best of luck at the annual Baeksang Arts Awards, which was held on Tuesday. The advertisement was paid for by a lone admirer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Wrap-up 2014/02/08,
Every once in a while, and thankfully more and more often, a drama will come out which tries a progressive approach to the themes it handles and/or the very formula of Korean drama. In bigger or smaller ways, be it through their plot, their message, their characters or premise, they go for something new, even in the confines of a very limiting industry like the Korean drama one. 'The Prime Minister and I' went all out in being fresh, mature and endearing. Unfortunately and despite all its efforts and virtues, it eventually became a reminder that this industry rarely welcomes deviations and that drama writing is far from a polished art,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 17 Final 2014/02/04,
I've been thinking ever since Na-yeong came back that it seems like the drama's writers aren't doing much with her. It's only this episode that I realized in some sense there's not much for Na-yeong to do. Her brother and his wife are glad to have her back. But an adult sibling doesn't rely on or need a sister as much as a man and his kids need their wife and mother. The question of abandonment is a strong one, and I could see here how the survivors ended up feeling ambivalent.
Mind, it took a bit of squinting to get there. "The Prime Minister and I" doesn't deal much with this issue directly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 16 2014/02/03,
The drama takes a turn for the somber this time as characters mull over the latest dramatic developments and continue to prevent anyone else from doing anything. Yes, it would appear that "The Prime Minister and I" has received a single episode extension- and while nothing here is really wasted time, it still feels like the narrative is tap dancing around the the main question of what's going to happen with Na-yeong. The drama is very evasive regarding what anyone's long term plans are.
In the short term one thing is quite clear. Yool wants Da-jeong to stick around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 15 2014/01/28,
The trouble with having a climax that's about people realizing their revenge schemes were a dumb idea is that...well...there's not really much of an exciting climax. All the potentially exciting dangerous plot stuff is what the bad guys are now trying to cancel, and for the most part they're succeeding. It's honestly kind of comical watching so many cast members working so frantically to prevent anything from happening.
The exception to this is Yool, who remains blissfully unaware of anything that's going on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 14 2014/01/27,
The more vengeance related elements of the drama are starting to fizzle out. It really stinks for In-ho to have gone through all this trouble to try and set up this plan, only to find out now at the last minute that it was all for nothing. It's not that anything has actually happened to endanger the schemes or anything. There's just new information that's come up, pretty much out of nowhere, which calls the rationale of everything that's happened on the spy end of the plot into question.
Mind, there are still some unanswered questions. I can buy that Na-yeong (played by Jeong Ae-yeon) survived the accident, but why was everyone so sure she was dead when the body was never found? How has she been getting along this whole time?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 13 2014/01/21,
Strangely, even though the last episode dealt with the aftermath of an assassination attempt, it's this time that we actually see characters reacting with a genuine sense of alarm. Yool, rather than brushing off Da-jeong's confession with the brusque casualness so often seen with emotionally closed off men in fiction, actually gives a serious considered response to her statement. And he puts a lot of thought into it too. The entire scene in the theater is a very rough one emotionally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 12 2014/01/20,
No, the cliffhanger from last time has not completely changed "The Prime Minister and I" into a medical drama where everyone spends their time at the hospital. There wasn't actually a lot of drama on that point even at the time, given that the previews clearly showed Yool up and walking about. The man's still a little sore from his injury, but for the most part he's able to go about his daily life unimpeded.
So, given all this, what was the point of the attack from a narrative perspective? As of yet it's not clear who attacked Yool or why. Nor do any of the characters seem to have any idea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 11 2014/01/14,
The political and romantic edges of the plot brush up against each other here, as we've barely even started out and Yool makes a statement that appears to be completely at odds with his serenade. I really like the sense of mystery Lee Beom-soo is able to pull off here. His actions are consistently inexplicable to Da-jeong, to the point she can't really guess why his emotions keep turning around the way they do. Even we in the audience are a little befuddled until the flashback explanation comes up.
Excellent use of flashbacks here, by the way. Evidently Da-jeong has been doing lots of stuff in the Kwon household while we haven't been looking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 10 2014/01/13,
Has it really been 100 days? I'm asking that literally- I don't really remember how this drama has been keeping track of time. At the beginning there was this kind of confusing thing where we started in the present, then flashed back two months earlier, then somewhere we must have gotten caught back up again but it's hard to tell where exactly. It's a problem with the tone of the storylines, which feel urgent and unresolved so it's hard to figure out a precise timeline.
Fortunately, this kind of stuff really isn't that relevant to appreciating "The Prime Minister and I" as a whole,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 9 2014/01/07,
I guess Yool must have dismissed most of his bodyguards while we weren't paying attention- it's the only reason I can come up with for how he's able to keep popping up out of nowhere in places where no one is expecting to see him. Not to mention the rather shoddy security at the banquet which opens this episode up. That could have had rather unfortunate political implications. Not to mention career problems- even tabloid reporters know better than to try and play gotcha with world leaders,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 8 2014/01/06,
I have to admit, the romance in this drama can get pretty adorable. The cliffhanger last time honestly strained believability a bit- Yool was there in time to save her, but nobody in his security crew was? Still, it's hard to get annoyed about a story development that forces Da-jeong to play the doting wife, and also ends up with such an adorably cute little drawing on the cast.
At its best "The Prime Minister and I" has lots of neat little magical qualities that are somewhat silly but also endearing. Note the scene where Man-se greets his older brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 7 2013/12/30,
The plot kind of moves forward this episode. By the end every character has clear motivations. But more importantly, they have clear expectations of each other. This is significant, because even if we don't know exactly why Joon-gi (played by Ryoo Jin) seems to have it in for Yool, the fact that other characters believe he should be acting a certain way helps beg the question of why he's pushing so hard with the political machinations. It creates tension without wrecking the mystery.
In more general terms of characterization, we also get to see Yool in a much needed state of weakness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 6 2013/12/24,
There's more spy antics this episode, though again they're lacking much punch and excitement. Again, if "The Prime Minister and I" wants to get into this kind of territory, the drama needs to stake out a clear villain, or else the tension doesn't make any sense. I think the production team is trying to play up the motivations as being a mystery to be finally solved, but this really just doesn't work when we need somebody to root for in the meantime.
Fortunately this aspect of the plot is dropped relatively quickly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 5 2013/12/23,
Now that the wedding is over and done with, Da-jeong and Yool are in the thick of their manufactured relationship. Some fun scenes happen at home- most particularly with that ridiculous outfit Da-jeong keeps wearing. I'll admit it's pretty looking, but what's it even supposed to be? A hanbok? A dress? Some kind of weird fusion houserobe? I was quite relieved when another character straight up asked for her to explain the wardrobe.
Unfortunately, outside of this moment there's relatively little personality clash, making for a rather weak episode that fails to make good use of the strength of its cast,...More
"The Prime Minister and I" Yoona's behind cuts 2013/12/22, Source, Yoona's behind cuts have been revealed.
Pictures of Yoona behind the scenes came up online. They look like pictorials although they are just rough cuts of her. Yoona is standing with a tearful face in front of a jewelry shop. Another picture of Yoona is in her wedding dress looking like a doll with her cute features,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "The Prime Minister And I" 2013/12/21,
Between let downs and false advertising, 2013 has been a disappointing year for fans of the romantic comedy genre. While 'The Prime Minister and I' brought some hope, it also had a lot of worries attached to it. Now that four episodes have gone by and the show is settling into its routine, it is possible to make an assessment. Thankfully, for fans of rom-com, the worries mentioned are disappearing with each episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 4 2013/12/17,
We start out this time with an exploration of public face versus private face. Note how Yool is extremely rude and pushy to Da-jeong whenever they're alone together, but whenever there's an audience, he's much better at keeping himself polite and decent. Yet even in these moments he's nowhere near plausible as her lover. The crux of the entire deception lies on the assumption that they're more intimate behind closed doors. Yep, this is definitely a situation that qualifies as comedic irony.
More interestingly, we see this influence reflected in Yool's children. It's the first clear clue we're given of what kind of values he's instilled in them. Well, the older two anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 3 2013/12/16,
This drama seems to spend an awful lot of time just hanging out in Da-jeong's imagination. Her ridiculous assumptions about Yool's intentions toward her just keep getting weirder. It's a nice touch that even outside the context of tabloids, she still thinks about Yool in headline grabbing terms. Unsurprisingly, Yool considers her a massive inconvenience in the household. Da-jeong is a constant reminder that who he actually is as a person is completely divorced from how the public sees him.
Mind, this is probably a good thing. Yool is just a really mean guy. It's a nice touch that for all of Da-jeong's ridiculous fears, Yool actually ends up threatening her over something much more mundane and ridiculous,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 2 2013/12/10,
The drama's still working on justifying its rather absurd premise. For what it's worth, the escalations are convincing enough I might actually buy this storyline even if it wasn't framed by the knowledge that Yool and Da-jeong are eventually moving into a sham marriage. There's just this great sense of mounting disaster as reactions keep piling up to the latest step in the scheme that forces our leads to keep going on with the charade.
We've finally found something that Da-jeong is actually good at- making up ridiculous yet plausible stories on the spot. So far there isn't anything that could really be pinned down as an inconsistency,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 1 2013/12/09,
As far as tabloid reporters go, Da-jeong (played by Yoona) is pretty incompetent. The first we see of the woman attempting to do her job, we find that she is using what can best be described as the largest, loudest camera available for a task that requires stealth. Her sense of subtlety is practically non-existent. Da-jeong doesn't seem to appreciate that working for an outfit with a name as ridiculous as Scandal News means she can't even give out her business card without being mocked. Peers and interviewees both view her with thinly veiled disdain.
Most of the humor in this first episode comes from Yoona's ability to sell Da-jeong as an optimistic, cheerful, aggressive woman who is aiming her efforts very poorly at living a dream which she should really just give up,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Kdrama Fandom - Accepting Creative Decisions 2013/12/07,
The persistence and aversion to change of the majority of kdrama fans is nothing new. Neither is our overall preference for romance, handsome young men and the less challenging sides of entertainment. However, where one would think there are limits to how strong and forceful that behavior can get, we are often surprised to find out it gets worse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "The Prime Minister And I" 2013/12/07,
2013 has not been a great year for fluff or dramas in general. With a few exceptions garnering great love and ratings, it has been quite a melodrama-oriented and boring ride. Here to shine a ray of hope in the rom-com fluff department is 'The Prime Minister and I', which starts its run on December 9th.
Kwon Yool (Lee Beom-soo) is the nation's youngest Prime Minister. At the age of 42 and widowed 7 years ago, he is a workaholic with zero skills at being a father to his three children. Nam Da-jeong (Yoona) is a 28-year-old woman who wanted to be a writer like Jane Austen. Needing money to take care of her sick father (Lee Han-wi), that dream is put on hold and she now works as a tabloid reporter. Her latest task, stalk the Prime Minister to get dirt on his love life. When a scandal breaks out about her being his woman, they find themselves faced with some tough decisions. Enter contract marriage and hopefully, hilarity and romance,...More
Yoona reveals close up self-cam 2012/11/05, Source,
Girl's Generation Yoona revealed a self-cam of herself.
Four pictures were posted on a community bulletin. This picture is a profile picture for the UFO Town website where a star and fans communicate through messages,...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
Insatiable craving for getting thinner 2012/06/03, Source, Many young women go on extreme diets By Jung Min-ho, Bahk Eun-ji, Kim Bo-eun, Kim Jung-yoon As much as a flat stomach is every woman's wish, shedding a few extra pounds is every woman's dream. Many Korean women are on a diet of one form or another, and some of them are extreme, putting their health at risk. Kim, a 20-year-old college student, recently appeared on a popular TV show to introduce her diet "Secrets" that helped her lose 15 kilograms. Shockingly, her secrets were spitting out the food before swallowing it and hitting herself to lose fat in particular areas of the body, clearly serious self-abusive behaviors,...More
"Love Rain" rides the viewing percentage 2012/04/17, Source,
KBS 2TV drama "Love Rain" is looking for a change in atmosphere with its own breaking record.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research aired on the 18th, the eighth episode of "Love Rain" on the 17th rated 6.4%. This is 1.5% higher than the previous seventh episode and it is also its best record yet,...More
Jiyeon's the prettiest girl group member 2012/03/01, Source, T-ara Ji-yeon is the prettiest looking girl among all the girl group members.
A cosmetic surgery clinic conducted a survey on who the 'prettiest girl with the prettiest face line is' on the first of March. Ji-yeon was voted 210 votes out of 486 since the 30th of January to the 29th of February,...More
Kim Young-kwang joins "Love Rain" 2012/02/15, Source,
Former model and current actor Kim Young-kwang is going to appear in the Hallyu drama "Love Rides The Rain".
He is going to be taking on the role of senior Han Tae-seong who has had a crush on Hana (Yoona) in the year 2012 for a long time in the KBS 2TV drama "Love Rain". This drama is about love in two generations of the 1970s and 2012,...More
The ultimate Korean beauty 2012/01/15, Source,
Pictures of 'the ultimate Korean beauty', created by synthesizing the pictures of beautiful actresses and girl group members, have created a stir.
Two pictures titled 'The Ultimate Korean Beauty' popped up online recently. One is an imaginary face made up with the faces of beautiful actresses and the other of girl group members',...More
Yoona is a 1970s 'campus goddess' 2011/11/16, Source,
Photos of Girl's Generation member Yoona (21) were released.
She has recently been seen on the campus of Gyemyeong University shooting the drama "Love Rain". On site, she looked honest and innocent, just like a college girl. She emphasized feminism with a white blouse, blue jacket and plaid skirt to match. Her long straight hair and clear skin gives her a different look from when she is on stage,...More
Jang Geun-seok "busy busy" to Daegu 2011/11/03, Source,
Accrued exhaustion from movie promoting and performances...
Couldn't extend drama schedules so enforced shooting...
One of the busiest stars in the entertainment business, Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok is suffering from his murderous schedule,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/09/08, Source, : It's time for Weekly Star Scene, where we bring you the week's five hottest stories from the Korean Entertainment industry!
: Hold onto your seats, because we have our very own Dami here in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Sean and 건영~!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, we get updates about stars' everyday activities all the time, and do you guys happen to where the paparazzi find their information,...More
Korean Pop Music Continues to Hit Heights in Japan 2011/09/06, Source,
South Korean sexuality is being fused within K-pop (Korean pop music) in order to make further inroads into the Japanese market. This is a sure-fire winner in Japan and a very obvious market ploy. Alongside this traditional route you have catchy tunes and a more mature outlook with pouting looks and sexy outfits to appeal to many fashion conscious youngsters of both sexes in Japan,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/08/31, Source,
It's time for Weekly Star Scene, where we bring you the top 5 entertainment headlines of the week.
: We have our oh so unique Dami in the studio with us! Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi 건영! Hi Sean!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, up in our first story, Girls' Generation, the Hallyu stars that charmed Asia and wowed Europe, have been named PR ambassadors for the "Visit Korea Year" campaign! And actor 공유 is coming out with a new movie! Let's go check it out right now on Weekly Star Scene!,...More
Girls' Generation - it's the girls' time! 2011/07/26, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
K-pop group Girls' Generation rocked some 20,000, from children to their parents, from Koreans to overseas fans, at their "2011 Girls' Generation Tour"at Gymnastics Stadium, Olympic Park in Seoul, Sunday.
The nine girls gave a powerful performance, offering 32 songs in three hours. The seats were filled with "samchon", or "uncle fans" and followers from across the globe. As there were more males than at any other concerts, the sounds of the crowd's shouts were relatively low but their spirits were higher than ever,...More
[Star ESI 1] Star's past, since when were they pretty? 2011/05/01, Source,
"Since when were so pretty?"
There are many pretty women on TV. We wonder if they are 'pretty from birth' or 'medically pretty'. We can check the truth from their graduation or debut pictures through the Internet. Among the pretty women are those from a beauty contest or were a child actor. There are also those who fired up male students hearts in uniforms. There are also pretty women who have peculiar experiences and are favorites by the public and in online shopping malls.,...More
How Do Idol Group Members Get Paid? 2011/04/19, Source, With the plethora of idol groups out there on the scene, one can't help but wonder: how much money do these "kids" make? Sure they gain popularity through their respective groups, but it's a known fac,...More
Girls' Generation Tiffany to resume group activities 2010/12/20, Source, Girls' Generation (from left to right) Sooyoung, Tiffany and Yuri (Kwon Yoo-ri) [SM Entertainment]
Korean female idol Girls' Generation member Tiffany will resume her activities with her groupmates this week after having taken a break to recover from her knee injury.
SM Entertainment announced in a press release on Monday that Tiffany will make her comeback appearance on Japan's Fuji TV's "Mezamashi TV", a weekly news show, on December 23 to sing their hit song "Gee",...More
Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) calendars to be released 2010/11/22, Source, Girls' Generation (left) and SHINee (right) [Danal]
A 2011 calendar featuring the photographs of SM Entertainment artists Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(X) will become available for preorders tomorrow.
The calendar's creator Danal announced on Monday that they will release a desk top and wall version of the calendar featuring individual and group pictures of the popular K-pop stars. It will also be available as an application for smartphones,...More
Girls' Generation crowned winners on music shows 2010/11/08, Source, Girls' Generation's third mini-album "Hoot" [SM Entertainment]
Korean female idol group Girls' Generation was crowned winners on both weekend televised music programs during the first week of November.
The girls scored their first win on Friday's music show "Music Bank" as well as taking the Mutizen Award on SBS' "Inkigayo" with their title track "Hoot" from their third mini-album of the same name,...More
Girls' Generation sweeps mobile charts in Japan with "Gee" 2010/10/29, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Korean female pop stars Girls' Generation has continued to create a big splash in Japan, sweeping mobile music charts with their second Japanese single.
According to Japan's Recochuku's weekly mobile music chart on October 28, "Gee", which was released in the country last week, took first place, while becoming the most downloaded track on the Video Clip chart and several other charts including music.jp, Hudson, JOYSOUND and mora,...More
Girls' Generation holds sold-out concerts in Taiwan 2010/10/18, Source,
Korean girl group Girls' Generation at their first solo concert in Taiwan. [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Girls' Generation held two sold-out concerts in Taiwan over the weekend.
SM Entertainment announced in a press release Monday that the nine-member girl group flew into Taiwan last week for the concert "The 1st ASIA TOUR CONCERT - Into the New World" held at the Taipei Arena on October 16 and 17 which was attended by,...More
SM artists attract 15,000 fans to LA concert 2010/09/06, Source,
SM artists performing at the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles [SM Entertainment]
The artists of SM Entertainment made their second stop of their "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" in the United States over the weekend, drawing some 15,000 fans to the Staples Center in Los Angles,...More
[PHOTOS] SM tour 2010/09/03, Source, Lee Dong-hae, Minho and Eunhyuk [SM Entertainment]
From left, Super Junior's Lee Dong-hae and SHINee's Minho goof off in front of a sleeping Super Junior member Eunhyuk in a plane at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on September 2, 2010 as they depart for the U.S. leg of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour" to be held in Los Angeles on September 4,...More
[PHOTOS] SM talent at SM world tour in Seoul 2010/08/23, Source,
SM artists [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Singers and actors of SM Entertainment pose during a press conference ahead of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour in Seoul" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on August 21, 2010,...More
Girls' Generation claims top spot on Asia's music charts 2010/05/28, Source,
Members of Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Girls' Generation seems to be solidifying their presence in Asia, claiming the top spot on the music charts of several countries with their latest studio release.
According to a press release from their agency SM Entertainment on Friday, the girls claimed the No. 1 spot on the music charts in the Philippines and Thailand with their single "Run Devil Run" from their repackaged second album of the same name,...More
K-pop idols Key and Yoona go goofy after China show 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean pop idols Key (left) and Yoona [me2day.net/shineeshinee]
Key of Korean boy band SHINee and Girls' Generation member Yoona have been making news with a photo posted on SHINee's me2DAY account, a popular Korean micro-blogging website (me2day.net/shineeshinee).
The two young singers were seen making funny poses in a photograph posted on the boys' me2DAY page on Monday, taken after Girls' Generation's Asia tour concert held in Shanghai over the weekend where SHINee performed as special guests.
In the photo titled "Girls' Generation Asia Tour Concert - After the feature performance in Shanghai", Key is seen biting his lip and holding out his hands as if to express his disappointment with Yoona looking over at him,...More
[FASHION] Lid hair: Taecyeon vs. Yoona 2010/03/31, Source,
Lid hair: 2PM's Taecyeon vs. Girls' Generation's Yoona [10Asia]
2PM member Taecyeon's lid hair A lid is intended at covering for protection. Other idol stars have tried the lid hairstyle but the style originated from character Ho-sup in the 1989 MBC weekend drama "Happy Woman". That is why [Ok] Taecyeon is being called Ok Ho-sup. The avant garde hairstyle swept the fashion shows of Paris in 2008 but it was actually a hairdresser's accident which brought about the innovation. Ho-sup's idiotic character left an impression strong enough that he could form a troika with actors Park In-hwan and Choi Joo-bong who are well-known for their comical acting,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Stars all dressed for the red carpet! 2010/03/26, Source,
Baek Sang Arts Awards best dresser is Kim Nam-joo!
This last week of March brought many stars on the red carpet for this Awards festival.
Many stars did not disappoint the fans for their beautiful looks.
Kim Nam-joo received 5 stars for her green dress. Her colorful look with trendy accessories made her look classy and glamorous.
Sin Se-kyeong has 4 stars for her one shoulder dress with a flower on her shoulder for a great colorful green point.
Son Ye-jin gor 4 stars for her feminine look with the orange one shoulder dress. She looks sophisticated and bright!
Ko Hyun-jung wore a simple black tube dress with the sexy see through look. Seon Woo-seon wore a bold necklace with her blac,...More
The set of "Steel Heart" is where heaven is 2010/02/15, Source,
Hosts of "Steel Heart": Singer/actor Lee Seung-gi (left) and emcee Kang Ho-dong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Everyone, are you going to feel tired during today's taping? You are, aren't you?" The person who says this in the most coy yet charming way is none other than Kang Ho-dong, the main host of SBS variety show "Steel Heart". He was a former national champion in Korean wrestling and currently also plays the Knee-Drop Guru [on MBC's celebrity talk show "Golden Fishery"]. And like the male Siberian Tiger he is called, more than capable of going out far beyond Korea, his show "Two Night and One Day" is also ready to soon go on its excursion to the South Pole.
With more than twenty guests appearing on every episode, inevitably making the conversations last for over a total six to seven hours in a single sitting, the show's taping session becomes a test of one's physical strength. Hence, the host has to tend to the audience before shooting begins and Kang's partner Lee Seung-gi also greets the audience members with his generous smile. But the audience seem particularly glad to see Lee Soo-geun -- comedian and former MC of a rival variety show -- and cry out in unison "Soo-geun oppa! Great to see you!" before the taping begins. But for Lee -- who coveted Kang Ho-dong's position as show host -- such moments of glory comes to an abrupt end, lasting only five minutes as he starts to ramble during his turn to speak. Then Kang Hong-dong and Lee Seung-gi display their superb skills as hosts by keeping the conversation going and lifting up the atmosphere again,...More
Jo Kwon becomes newest member of "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/19, Source,
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon [Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon has decided to join the new cast of SBS variety show "Family Outing", becoming the latest in a string of celebrities who have agreed to appear in a revamped season of the program.
A source close to Kwon said, "We have talked with the producers of the show and he has been set to appear as a regular in the second season".,...More
The final line-up for the second season of the popular show "Family Outing" (SBS) has been revealed.
The first season garnered fans with stars including top comedian and host Yoo Jae-seok and singers,...More
2PM's Taecyeon also cast for "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM member Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM's Taecyeon has become the latest celebrity to join the new cast of variety show "Family Outing", according to one of the show's producers on Friday.
"Taecyeon has decided to appear on the second season of 'Family Outing'" said SBS entertainment producer Nam Seung-yong in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily. He added that they are "planning to cast one or two more people" but added that it is "too early to say who they will be".,...More
Kim Hyun-joong declined offer to appear on "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Leader of boy band SS501 Kim Hyun-joong has turned down the offer to appear in the new season of SBS variety show "Family Outing", according to his agency DSP Media on Thursday.
An official at DSP told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that although Kim did receive the offer, he had "decided not to take on the show due to his conflicting work schedules and other issues".,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kong Hyun-joo in a relationship! 2009/10/02, Source, Supermodel and now actress Kong Hyun-joo has confessed that she is in a relationship of 6 months!
Kong has been introduced to her recent boyfriend through a friend and were able to get to know quickly.
We can see a glimpse of her boyfriend on her main picture on her mini home page.
There is also a shadow picture of them kissing!,...More
[ChanMi's take] What do you think of this photoshoot? 2009/07/22, Source, Yoona is usually very cute and sophisticated, but here it's not so!
The young actress and singer has been in this photoshoot witha short cut wig and a white blouse.
She is expressionless and stares at the camera from a very eerie background.
What do you think? Thumbs up or down?,...More
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