Added the upcoming Korean drama "Holy Land"'s page to HanCinema database...More
By Han Sang-hee
Investigation dramas are the trend on cable television screens. But instead of the ordinary cat-and-mouse plots, various headways are under way.
Korean fans have been loyal to these programs ― from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", and "Cold Case" to "Without a Trace". MBC Dramanet's "Byeolsoongeom" also caught the eye of local and overseas fans with its distinctive investigation plots carried out in the Joseon era (1392-1910) last year. The program was recently nominated in the television drama section of the 48th Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Now, more local productions are joining in. OCN's "Don't Ask of my Past" (working title), tvN's "My Cop" and Super Action's "KPSI (Korea Police Scientific Investigation): Season 2", are gearing up for a season of sexy, funny and serio...More
What is the DNA of the monster movie "D-War
", which has sold over five million tickets in just 11 days after its release?
Cable channel Super Action will air "Yeonggu and Space Monster Bulgoeri", and "Dragon Tuka", director Shim Hyeong-rae's early sci-fi movies that gave birth to "D-War
", one after the other at 8 a.m. on August 15.
Even before Shim directed "Yonggari (1999)", he had already explored the potential of Korean science fiction (SF) films by making films like "Yeonggu and Dragon Zzu-Zzu (1993)", "Tirano`s Claws (1994)", "Yeonggu and Space Monster Bulgoeri (1994)", and "Dragon Tuka (1996)".
stars in "Yeonggu and Space Monster Bulgoeri" as Yeonggu who battles with Bulgoeri, which is sent to earth to conquer it. The appearance of B...More
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Chris Shin, a 34-year-old graduate student in Seoul, watches "Grey's Anatomy" on her personal media player, every morning while riding the subway to go to school.
"I'm really Addicted
to the show. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the show that I almost miss my stop", she laughs.
Shin has been a huge fan of the show for the past few months, downloading the latest episodes of Grey's Anatomy" from the Internet.
Even though "Grey's Anatomy" is currently airing on KBS2 (dubbed in Korean) and CGV (subtitled in Korean), Shin prefers watching it at her own leisure. "There are times when I go home too late to watch it on TV. So I just download it and watch it whenever I can", she said.
Like Shin, more and more Koreans are now hooked on American shows, which they download from the Internet and watch on cable channels and DVDs. The latest episodes of hit shows like "Prison Break", "C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation", "24", "Alias", "Lost", "Desperate Housewives", "House" and even old shows such as "Sex and the City", and "Friends" are easy to find if you know where to look.
"Midjok" (미드족), a term which combines the Korean words for American drama and clan, is used to describe the craze.
On the Internet, there are dozens and dozens of fan cafes and online communities dedicated to American shows. Some of the biggest Internet fan clubs for American dramas boast over 100,000 members.
Online communities offer a place for fans to share their views about their favorite dramas and actors. Fans also share information on where to download the latest episodes. Some of the show's episodes are already uploaded on file-sharing Web sites, only a few hours after it aired in the U.S.
Fans themselves spend hours translating the English scripts into Korean, and add subtitles to the video files. The subtitles help fans who cannot speak English well, or who are trying to learn English.
American dramas have always been around, but lately i...More
Crystal Fairy Z-Squad by Enemes, a star project by the Korea Culture and Content Agency (KOCCA, CEO: Suh, Byung-Moon) won the grand prize (the President Award) in the fourth quarter of the 2006 Digital Content Grand Award hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication.
An animation set in earth and Z-Nation, a planet in a twin universe 200 million light years from earth, Z-Squad tells the story of three girls, Chaney, Haemi, and Jeanie, who accidentally break the seal of Zoots, gods governing everything in the universe, while performing a magical spell to get the most powerful magic. The animation depicts the ensuing universal chaos and how the three girls fight to solve the crisis.
Nominated as one of the best children animations at Cartoons On The Bay 2006, an international animation festival, Z-Squad is currently on screen at Seoul Ani-Cinema. It is scheduled to be broadcast ...More