Korean Cultural Center New York : Master Series: Lee Joon-ik
We had a very happy reunion with Director Lee Joon-ik during his visit to New York City this summer. Following his return after five years to the New York Asian Film Festival to present his latest movie, "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet", Director Lee was given the honor of becoming the first subject of the Korean Cultural Center of New York's Master Series retrospective of his films.
I chatted with Director Lee about his cinematic successes, his disappointments, his filmmaking process and his future...More
This week I share news about the expanding cast of "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and lament its lack of mermen. JTBC maybe-bromance drama about a hallyu star and his bodyguard now has its main creator duo and I am a bit torn, but mostly hopeful. "Incarnation of Jealousy" piles on the love triangles and said jealousy, which will surely create one big and hopefully entertaining romantic mayhem. Let us take a look at Dramaland's past week...More
Actor Lee Jin-wook who is being accused of rape, is claiming that 'A' is a con artist.
According to the report by Channel A, Lee Jin-wook reported to police that 'A' gave him her house address and password under the pretense of asking him to fix something for her. He also submitted evidence of their conversation...More
After delivering some fun and original dramas like "Bad Guys", "Missing Noir M" and "My Beautiful Bride" in the last few years, OCN was well on its way to placing a love of gimmicks and repetitive concepts aside. Sadly for the channel and for viewers, "Vampire Detective" is a return of those issues simultaneously plagued by lack of vision and bad writing. Perhaps its few good elements can be used better in the future...More
The first person to have sued Park Yoo-chun for rape asked for a billion won (~US$1 million).
Channel A exclusively reported that the accuser asked Park Yoo-chun's agency for a billion won in settlement...More
The bar, which Park Yoo-chun visited a few days ago, is a hot and expensive members-only place.
A waitress from the bar was interviewed by Channel A and she said it was expensive for an average person to visit...More
Song Joong-ki is getting paid by the billions.
The Channel A TV show "Heard It Through the Grapevines" discussed top stars and PPL...More
Revenge has been taken in all manner of ways in a genre very favored by Korean drama. The basics of these premises remain very similar, something which sadly extends to their entire plots sometimes. Worry not, however, because a new type of revenge has arrived. An apron is his cape and a rolling pin his weapon. It sounds funny, but do not underestimate "Master - God of Noodles"...More
AOA's Seolhyun encouraged fans to watch "Channel AOA".
Seolhyun posted a picture on her Instagram promoting "Channel AOA" at midnight...More
Song Joong-ki was mentioned in the Channel A TV show "Heard It Through the Grapevines".
Hong Jin-yeong said, "Song Joong-ki has had a new girlfriend in every movie or drama"...More
Kim Hye-soo was almost been kidnapped by a stalker.
Channel A TV show "Heard It Through the Grapevines" MC Kong Hyeong-jin, singer Hong Jin-yeong and panels Hong Seok-cheon, Lee Ji-hye-I and others talked about stars who were bullied by their stalkers...More
- Artist & Contents Production Management Company 'RYU Ent.' will open its official website 'RYU GENERATION (aka. RYUGEN)' again on March 1st after its renewal.
- 'RYUGEN' is the official website of 'RYU Ent.' as well as a brand channel and a market platform for contents distribution of its artists...More
New Feature for DramaFever Premium Subscribers Brings Best Korean Films, On Demand, to Fans in the U.S. and Canada
DramaFever (dramafever.com), the leading online destination for international television shows, movies and concerts, and the leading Asian pop culture producer and distributor CJ E&M have announced the launch of DramaFever's "CJ E&M Movie Channel".
Created as part of a previously-announced, multi-year licensing deal between the two companies, the CJ E&M Movie Channel will debut today, with two dozen films immediately available on demand to premium subscribers of DramaFever's OTT digital video network. Fans can access the channel at dramafever.com/movies, and for the first three days...More
One blogger reflects on her two-week trip from west to east coast, get some great tips for travelling around South Korea, watch a documentary about Korea's food and travel sector, and find out how to make the most of The Land of the Morning Calm while you're studying abroad...More
Sin Eun-kyeong revealed why she doesn't see her child in person.
Channel A TV show "Lee Eon-kyeong's Straightforward Talk" interviewed actress Sin Eun-kyeong...More
Dramas flooded this year from the 3 broadcasting stations: SBS, KBS, and MBC as well as JTBC and tvN.
The drama market gained life again as it withstood the years 2014 and 2015 which were called the years of 'unusual failures'. This is thanks to "My Love from the Star" 2 years ago. Dramas from E Channel and Drama Cube also stood out. One example would be "Riders: Get Tomorrow" which cost 300 million won to make. Drama H also presented the drama "You Will Love Me" starring Lee Tae-im. Dramas continued to spring up from everywhere and despite the poor viewing percentages, those involved in broadcasting say "Although there is the rise and fall in entertainment shows ranging from 5~7% in the weekdays, the contents that has the power to exceed this are dramas"...More
The 2015 Dong-A Sports Awards ceremony will take place at Four Seasons Hotel in central Seoul on Tuesday. The ceremony will honor sports stars who shined out during the year in mens professional baseball and soccer, and mens and womens pro basketball, volleyball, and golf, and winners will be voted in person by teammates who played together throughout the season.
The annual event, hosted jointly by The Dong-A Ilbo, Sports Dong-A, and Channel A, marks the seventh year, and its awards are presented to athletes of Korean nationals. In order to ensure fairness in selection of winners, officials from associations of each sport have formed the Dong-A Sports Awards steering committee, to select candidates. A total of 288 athletes, comprised of 30 to 50 players each in respective sports, have participated in the vote...More
Actor Shin Hyeon-joon and singer Hong Jin-yeong are co-hosting the new Channel A program "Heard It From Hearsay".
"Heard It From Hearsay" is a show where currently active reporters are featured and talk about celebrities and everything about them that people wanted to know...More
The mystery thriller genre is not one we see often outside of cable television in Korean drama. This is for good reason, as will be explained shortly. More and more shows are injecting mystery and suspense into their stories, however, and this means that the genre is evolving and hopefully improving. "The Village: Achiara's Secret" has a very interesting premise and could be a great success with some proper care...More
Hallyu star Lee Min-ho has influenced the Philippines too.
The Filipino global clothing brand BENCH signed a deal with Lee Min-ho for the fourth year since 2012...More
TvN might be best known for its romantic comedies, but the station has offered more genres during its run. Shows like last year's "Incomplete Life" or 'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' have been well received while attempting a new approach for the channel and Korean drama in general. The new addition to this variety comes with crime drama "Hidden Identity", which might not sound exciting yet, but has all it needs to succeed...More
Finger Soul, a versatile composer who has been participating in numerous projects such as TV commercials and popular sitcom, came out with a new digital single, "Ddororororong", delivering the sweet scent of spring.
Prior to selling the single album, the music source has been released through Vivian SNS channel and Sony Music Facebook. Jo In-Seong, an online novelist takes a girl into his house as a housemate and then the romantic relationship begins. The romantic vibe delivered via the soft and delicate video images is attracting attention online...More
KBS2 has a unique talent, if it can be called that. It chooses some very original premises to give timeslots to and sometimes, those do really well in developing into very refreshing shows. That is until something goes wrong and these shows end up horrible disappointments, which does seem to happen often to this network lately. 'Spy - Drama' is about to fight a big battle with its timeslot, audience and channel and it needs all the luck it can get...More
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Food Chain"'s page to HanCinema database...More
It is three men against a "Big Man" for the Monday and Tuesday 21:55 slot this spring, as 'Triangle - Drama' is bringing its share of male angst, separation and quite possibly revenge to the table. Facing some tough competition, even more so with 'Doctor Stranger' starting at the same time, and being the follow-up to this past half year's top drama ("Empress Qi"), the series has a lot to prove...More
Formats of 'Super Diva', 'Crazy Market', "Yellow Boots", and "Crazy Love" sold to countries in Europe and Latin America
Seoul, Korea (February 20, 2014) - Leading the globalization of Korean entertainment contents beyond Asia, CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com], Asia's No.1 Contents Company, announced today that it has sold formats of its audition program Super Diva, quiz program Crazy Market, revenge drama "Yellow Boots", and romance drama "Crazy Love" to partners in Europe and Latin America. The successful deals for formats of these shows reflect CJ E&M's leading and effective push to introduce Korean entertainment contents beyond Asia where they are already massively popular...More
Singaporean in South Korea, Goes Viral
- Available on INSITE TV's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/insitetv
- Sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization to showcase K-Culture to foreign fans
The new online reality show "Miss Korea – I'm Mae" from INSITE TV, an online content channel operated by CJ E&M, has been a hit with fans worldwide. With the first episode recording close to 270,000 views, the show features 18-year old affluent Singaporean fashionista, Mae, exploring various aspects of K-Culture during a fun and chaotic two-month journey around the country...More
Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jeong) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyeok). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010"...More
Yoo Jin, 32, in a hot pink blouse, walked in with a bright smile on her face. She was outspoken unlike Min Chae-won, a reserved character that she played in "A Hundred Year's Inheritance", a weekend drama recently ended with a viewership of over 30 percent.
I feel so free. I think I played such an introvert...More
Entertainer Kang Ye-bin has been bullied since she was young because of her body.
She spoke about the disadvantages of having a glamorous body on the Channel A TV show "Anger King" which she appeared with Ahn So-yeong...More
Actor Ha Seok-jin and Lee Honey have been cast for the upcoming KBS 2TV drama "Shark".
"Shark" is about a man who points a knife at his lover for revenge and a woman who is weakened by her first love and is in pain. This drama is the third revenge story in addition to "Revenge" and "Yawang"...More
Actress Hwang Bo-ra took a self-cam looking very innocent.
She posted this picture on her mini homepage saying, "Happy Lunar New Year"...More
Actress Ji Yoo has joined SBS drama "Jang Ok-jeong Lives in Love" according to Fox and Lion Entertainment.
She takes on the role of Ja Kyeong, the head of the fashion world and will be rivals with Ok-jeong (Kim Tae-hee) from the beginning. She also is in love with Hyeon Chi-soo (Jae Hee) who loves Ok-jeong...More
JYJ's Micky Yoochun attended a Chinese event and proved his popularity.
Park attended a Chinese media party on the 11th in Beijing. This event was reciprocated for the high popularity of his dramas, "The Rooftop Prince" and "Missing You"...More
Samsung unveiled a shipload of innovative products from laptops, cameras to fridges at the 2013 CES. But it's the company's TVs that are stealing all the attention.
Samsung announced its 85-inch S9 UHD TV. It wasn't enough for Samsung to make the world's largest ultra-high def 4K TV, they also had to include a bunch of other high-end features.
Samsung clearly focused on high quality for its latest TV. The powerful 2.2 channel audio is built into the frame and offers 120 watts of sound. It has Precision Black Pro technology that makes blacks look even darker and white and colors more vibrant. Aside from its stunning size, the S9 UHD TV itself is a work of art because it was designed to look like it was floating in its frame.
While exact pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed, the S9 UHD TV is also expected to come in 110 inches sometime later in 2013...More
Singer Chae Lina spoke for the first time since the death of Kim Sung-su's ex-wife on the Channel A TV program "Live Open Studio".
She said, "I thought, if only I would've been hurt too. Then maybe it would've hurt a little less but it was agonizing"...More
Lee Soo-jeong-I's S-line
Former racing model and current entertainer Lee Soo-jeong-I revealed a fantastic backline...More
Actress Hwang Bo-ra is becoming the leading lady of a romantic comedy.
Hwang has been cast for a weekly sitcom on Channel A called, "Something Shocking"...More
Fujii Mina struck the viewers with her doll-like beauty.
New SBS drama "The King of Dramas" on the 6th starred Fujii Mina as Akiko, the young wife of Japanese business man Watanabe (Jeon Moo-song)...More
Actress Yoon Seung-ah has been seen with her script constantly in her hands.
In the pictures revealed, Yoon is on the set of Channel A weekend drama "Panda and Hedgehog" practicing her lines...More
Actress Yoon Seung-ah is doing very well in her first romantic comedy.
Yoon takes on the role of Panda in the Channel A weekend drama "Panda and Hedgehog". She tries with all her might to save the Panda Café which only brings her negative profits...More
Actress Yoon Seung-ah treated the members of the Channel A "Panda and Hedgehog" to dinner.
Yoon took on the role of 'Panda' a cake shop owner who never profited from her business but always remained positive and bright in the drama "Panda and Hedgehog" that was aired for the first time on the 18th. She treated the staff and crew of the drama to dinner in celebration of the drama's first broadcast...More
In the beginning there were City Ville, Farm Ville, Fish Ville, Pet Ville and so many more… Beyond the "Ville" naming scheme, they all have one thing in common – they were games played via Facebook's social platform.
These games have become incredibly popular in a short time, causing many industry watchers and gamers to wonder about the secret to their success. All of the games are available through Facebook, but more than their predecessors, they were very successful at using social elements to attract more players and encourage people to play more often...More
People wait to enter the Korean Music Wave in Google concert co-organized by YouTube and MBC at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on Monday (top); All of the performers appear on stage at the end of the concert. /Yonhap
Some 20,000 American K-pop fans gathered at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Monday evening to watch a concert dubbed "Korean Music Wave in Google". It was co-hosted by Google's YouTube and terrestrial Korean broadcaster MBC. The fans lined up for about 1 km to enter the venue...More
Girls' Generation (SNSD)
SHINee is the new Beatles of Asia. The Wonder Girls made their debut on Nickelodeon. Girls' Generation (SNSD) brought "The Boys" song to Late Night with David Letterman and Live With Kelly. 2PM became the new sexy icons in Japan. What do all these artist have in common? They have brought K-pop to the global scale.
South Korea began expanding its entertainment industry with the release of dramas like "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" in the early 2000s. Television stations airing these dramas began appearing all over the United States...More
Actress Kim Ga-yeon who is in a relationship with pro-gamer 8 years younger than her for the fourth year confessed that she proposed to him but was rejected on the Channel A TV program "Show King".
MC Kim Soo-mi asked her if she was getting married this year and she answered back, "I always want to get married"...More
Actor Ryoo Si-won's Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife" plummeted down in just two episodes.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 9th, the second episode of "Goodbye Dear Wife" rated 0.375%. This is 0.465% lower than the previous episode...More
Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife" started off poorly despite it being the first drama in four years for Ryoo Si-won.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 8th, "Goodbye Dear Wife" aired on the 7th for the first time rated 0.84%...More
General Service Channel JTBC drama "Sydnrome" ended with a viewing rate of almost 2%.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 18th, "Syndrome" on the 17th ended with 1.890%...More
Ryoo Si-won, 40, an actor and singer who is wildly popular in Japan and Korea, is in the midst of a divorce.
Various media outlets reported that Ryoo's wife filed for divorce last month with the Seoul Family Court...More
The Korean Broadcasting System and Vietnam's state media group VCT have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in production and distribution of media content.
Under the agreement signed on Friday at the headquarters of KBS in Seoul, the two broadcasters plan to jointly create and invest in a television channel and its content of drama, music and sports...More
"Hanbando - Drama" ended bitterly.
According to the AGB Nielsen Media Research, the final episode of the TV Chosun "Hanbando - Drama" rated 0.841%. This is 0.3% lower than the previous seventeenth episode....More
jTBC is becoming the drama kingdom.
According to AGB Nielsen Media research on the 3rd, the fifteenth episode of jTBC drama "Syndrome" rated 1.885%. This is 0.566% higher than the previous episode...More
JTBC "A Wife's Credentials" hard working alone.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on he 29th, the ninth episode of the drama increased 0.396% from 2.011%...More
General Service Channel JTBC drama "Syndrome" is maintaining its position in top place.
According to AGB Nielson Media research on the 28th of March, the fourteenth episode of "Syndrome" rated 1.319%. This is 0.161% lower than the thirteenth episode...More
JTBC drama "Syndrome" is continuing its stable viewing percentage.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 21st, the twelfth episode of the drama "Syndrome" rated 1.351%. This is 0.196% higher than the previous 1.155%...More
Singer and actress Park Ji-yoon is coming back as a bad girl with fatal appeal.
She has been cast for the role of Oh Hyang-gi, Ryoo Si-won's first love on the Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife" which is being broadcasted on the 7th of May...More
JTBC drama "Syndrome" is now unstoppable.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 20th, "Syndrome" on the 19th rated 1.155%. ...More
General Service Channel MBN notified the poor start off of drama "Can Love Become Money".
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the first episode of MBN weekend drama "Can Love Become Money" rated 0.443%. It's usually a good job if a GSC drama hits 1% but this isn't even half of it...More
Would JTBC drama "A Wife's Credentials" be about to save its own pride?
According to AGN Nielson Media Research, the episode of JTBC drama "A Wife's Credentials" on the 1st of March rated 1.259%. This is 0.189% higher than the previous 1.070%....More
Can the "Queen of Ratings" Kim Hee-ae bring her power to the new general service channels?
According to AGB Neilsen Media Research, the first episode of "A Wife's Credentials" (written by Jeong Seong-joo, directed by Ahn Pan Seok), aired on February 29th, averaged 1.07% viewership nationally...More
Actor Kim Yeong-gwang's extreme jealousy put Ji Chang-wook in danger.
On the latest episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", aired on February 23rd, it turned out that it was Lee Seul-woo (Kim Yeong-gwang) who put the vegetable shop's sing-sing man at risk...More
General service channel JTBC drama "Fermented Family" ended successfully, with both forgiveness and reconciliation.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 24th, the February 23rd episode of "Fermented Family" took in 0.694% of viewers...More
General service Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" increased its viewing percentage.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 23rd, the nineteenth episode of "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", aired on February 22nd, took in 0.877% of viewers. This is 0.496% higher than its previous 0.381%...More
JTBC drama "Fermented Family" decreased in viewing percentage.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research aired on the 17th, the twenty-second episode of "Fermented Family" rated 0.799%. This is 0.042% less that the previous episode...More
JTBC drama "Fermented Family" fell slightly in viewing percentage.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 16th, the twentieth episode of "Fermented Family" aired on the 15th rated 0.842%. This is 0.13% less than the previous 1.005%....More
Comeback in 3 years as thoughtless husband.
Hallyu star Ryoo Si-won (40) is coming back for the first time in 3 years with the Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"...More
Wang Ji-hye and Park Soo-jin tensed up around Ji Chang-wook.
On the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" broadcasted on the 8th of February, the two women met each other at the hospital they took their mother's to. ...More
JTBC drama "Fermented Family" broke through 1%.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 9th, the nineteenth episode of "Fermented Family" rated 1.005%. This is 0.021% more than the eighteenth episode....More
Ratings for JTBC mini series "Fermented Family" are constantly rising with its conclusion coming near.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 3rd, the eighteenth episode of "Fermented Family", aired on February 2nd, rated 0.984%. This is 0.107% higher than the previous seventeenth episode...More
Ratings for JTBC drama "Fermented Family
" have increased.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 2nd, the seventeenth episode of "Fermented Family
" rated 0.877%. This is 0.066% higher than the sixteenth episode#.#
" is unraveling its storyline as it heads into the latter half of the drama and it see...More
JTBC drama "Fermented Family" maintained its upward trend besides a ratings drop.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's report on January 27th, the sixteenth episode of "Fermented Family", aired on January 26th, rated 0.811%. This is 0.009% less than the previous episode's 0.820%...More
The viewing percentages for JTBC drama "Fermented Family" have gone up.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on January 26th, the fifteenth episode of "Fermented Family", aired on January 25th, rated 0.820%. This is 0.178% more than the previous episode's ratings...More
Chang-wook's passion towards sprouting vegetables shone brightly.
The latest episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", aired on January 25th, told the successful story of bachelors who attempted to discover new sprout vegetables...More
Updated cast and added stills for the Korean drama "Happy and"...More
JTBC mini series "Fermented Family" rated the lowest score.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 13th, the twelfth episode of "Fermented Family" on the 11th rated 0.531%. This is 0.136% lower than the previous 0.667%...More
Actor Seong Ha
, also known as the next Hyeon Bin
showed himself in the drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" for the first time.
Actor Seong Ha
appeared for the first time in the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" on the 11th.
saved Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook
) and his friend's from a group of gangsters.
A group of gangsters paid a visit to Tae-yang who had officially started selling fruits and vegetables and making a success. Him and his friends try with all their might to stop them but all in vain. Just as they were feeling danger, Ki-yeong (<...More
(Above picture: Protesters urge lawmakers to settle the conditions for the new channels under the media representative bill in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul, on Dec. 28. / Yonhap)
Just as in any turf war, a clear hierarchy exists among TV channels. KBS, MBC and SBS are indisputably placed higher than any cable channels. So far and for the near future, the new comprehensive programming channels affiliated with Korea's major dailies are likely to remain at the bottom, for viewers and aspiring media personas.
After much fanfare and controversy, four TV channels began service on Dec. 1. After a month, their overall ratings remain under 1 percent. According to a rating survey institute TNmS, the average rating for December was 0.42 percent for jTBC, 0.34 for MBN, 0.32 for TV Chosun and 0.30 for Channel A...More
(Above picture: Sung Kyung-hwan, president of Traffic Broadcasting System (tbs), speaks to The Korea Times at the radio station in Seoul on Dec. 27. / Korea Times photo by Noh Hyun-gi)
"I think it's problematic to think that K-pop is all of hallyu". Everyday life of Seoul or the traditional aspects of the culture that tbs aims to feature, can be part of hallyu for curious outsiders.
It is easy to assume that Traffic Broadcasting System (tbs)'s programs only deliver news on traffic congestion and accidents. Surprisingly, traffic news makes up only about 20 percent of the content on tbs' two radio channels (FM and eFM) and its lesser known TV channel according to the newly inaugurated president, Sung Kyung-hwan...More
Actress Min Ji-ah has been cast for the movie "I Am A Murderer".
She will be taking on the role of Kang Soo-yeon, who has a lead on a serial killer case that detective Jeong Jae-yeong (Choi Hyeong-goo), her ex-boyfriend, is working...More
JTBC special drama "Fermented Family" still recorded less than 1% despite a small increase in its ratings.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 29th, the seventh episode of "Fermented Family" rated 0.952%. This is 0.149% higher than the previous 0.803%...More
JTBC establishment special drama "Fermented Family" dropped to 0% again.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 23rd, the sixth episode of "Fermented Family" on the 23rd rated 0.803%. This is 0.259% less than the fifth episode on the 22nd...More
The first episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" ended with excellent performances by kid actors.
Starring handsome actors and other cast members, "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" is determined to unravel serious subjects like youth unemployment in a pleasant way...More
jTBC's foundational mini-series recovered, going over 1% in the ratings.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 22nd, the fifth episode of "Fermented Family" that aired on December 21st rated 1.062%. This is 0.267% higher than the 0.795% earned by the previous fourth episode...More
Actor Shim Ji-ho showed his muscles through a gown he wore after a shower.
On the sixth episode of Channel A "Color of Woman" on the 20th, Shim Ji-ho got out of the shower wearing a gown. He displayed his firm chest and muscles through where the gown parted...More
YouTube has opened a separate section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, Google, which owns the video-sharing website, said on its official blog on Wednesday.
YouTube divides music into pop, rock, R&B, rap and other genres. But this is the first time it has created a separate genre for a particular country's music...More
Actor Jeong Joon-ho spoke about the time he was humiliated next to Lee Byung-hun.
He appeared in the Channel A talk show "Show King" and spoke about an incident that occurred during the drama "IRIS"...More
General S=service channel JTBC's drama "Fermented Family" succeeded in rebounding.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 15th, the December 14th episode of "Fermented Family" rated 1.222%. This is 0.544% higher than the previous 0.678%...More
JTBC drama "Queen Insoo", which maintained a 1% rating for a while, is now dropping.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's December 12th report, JTBC drama "Queen Insoo" rated 0.892% of the national average, showing a decrease from the episode on December 10th, when it got 1.064%...More
"Fermented Family" had an exciting start with an acceptable viewing percentage for a general service program.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's December 8th report, the first episode of JTBC drama "Fermented Family" on December 7th collected 1.563% of viewers. This was the best percentage among all general service channel programs...More
Actor Jae Hee returns as the lady-killer director of HQ in "Killer of Woman".
He will take on the role of director Yoon Joon-soo in the Channel A drama "Killer of Woman"...More
TV Chosun (Daily Chosun), JTBC (Daily Joong Ang), Channel A (Daily Dong A) and MBN (Mae Il Economy) opened all channels on the 1st of December but none of them could collect more than 1% of viewers.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 2nd, all four channels were below 1% except for one program; JTBC "News 10" rated 1.215%...More
Since the media reported on Kang Ho-dong's involvement with the Japanese Yakuza, people around him have been pleading.
Channel A showed a video of Kang Ho-dong at a Yakuza gathering 23 years ago on their news...More
Four comprehensive programming TV channels and one news-only channel were launched in South Korea on Thursday.
The four TV channels are JoongAng Daily's JTBC, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun, Dong-A Ilbo's Channel A and Maeil Business Newspaper's MBN. The all-news cable channel is "news Y" of Yonhap news agency...More
Kim Sae-ron attended the press release event for Channel A establishing special drama "Heaven's Garden" on the 28th at the Palace Hotel in Seoul, seemingly taller. ...More
HyunA, 2NE1 and Super Junior member, "Lee teuk" Image source here
What is it that has aided in the K-pop and Korean Wave sensation spread so fast? In terms of K-pop, it is no doubt that YouTube has been a key influence in the global success K-pop has seen.
Both Asia-Pacific Google/YouTube representatives made a visit to Korea this summer and held an invitation only forum for SNS professionals. At the forum, YouTube representatives stated how they were shocked as to how popular K-pop was on their channels. Low and behold, a few months later, earlier this month on November 7, Google made the official announcement to make an official K-pop channel that will essentially hub together all the K-pop related channels on YouTube, to be in one spot...More
Actress Yoon Soy has been chosen as the leading actress in the drama "Color of Woman".
In the Channel A drama, she is going to take on the role of Byeon So-ra, who is fiery and passionate about succeeding fairly through her hard work and skills...More
Added the upcoming Korean drama "Happy and"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Actor Jae Hee (31) is going to star in the Channel A mini-series "Color of Woman". This is the first time in three years that he will appear in a drama, the last being KBS 2TV's "Evil Twin".
He takes on the role of business executive Yoon Joon-soo who has looks, education, talent and everything else. He is manly and pure. He is naïve enough to protect something with his life and takes responsibility for his words and actions. However, there is a loneliness inside him that no one knows about...More
Actor Jo In-Seong was on the Channel A talk show "Show King".
He was the first guest in this program, which was shot in a studio in Paju. This is his first talk show ever since his debut. Being evaluated as a 'blue chip' after his national service, he had been denying all the requests to star in programs. This, he said, is thanks to Kim Soo-mi...More
Actress Yoo Jin has stepped down from her drama.
Her management announced on November 13th, "Yoo Jin stepped down from the drama she was to be in after her marriage"...More
Coming back with general service channel dramas.
All those actors and actresses who were in theaters are now returning to TV...More
OCN's "God's Quiz"
Up until a few months ago, when I first caught sight of "God's Quiz", I was not aware of cable channels in South Korea. Not even of their existence, let alone the works they produce. Which meant that the aforementioned series came as quite a shock to me. For one thing, it wasn't a melodrama, a romantic comedy or a sageuk, as it feels that public television does not know any other genres, save for the occasional exceptions. Or at least they don't get promoted as well as the same ol' same ol'.
This was a crime/medical series. Not only that, but it didn't feature a cast comprised of hot men and women sporting the most expensive and fancy clothes and being the center of everything simply because of their looks...More
Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Girls' Generation will release an album in the U.S. through a Universal Music Group label. The top Korean girl band will launch a maxi single of their new song "The Boys" in November on Universal's Interscope Records, whose artists include Lady Gaga, Eminem and Black Eyed Peas...More
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move.
First target: star broadcast TV producer
General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch...More
While top stars are getting ready to star in general service channel dramas, Ko Hyeon-jeong is as well.
Ko Hyeon-jeong has currently confirmed drama B from broadcasting company A on the inside and is tuning later schedules. The drama she will be in is a historical which company A is grandly preparing for the national founding day. It is known that she has been offered the best there is....More
By Kim Rahn
Announcer Song Jee-seon killed herself by jumping from her apartment building in southern Seoul, police said Monday. The suicide comes about two weeks after she posted messages implying suicide on her Twitter account.
According to police, the 30-year-old announcer at MBC Sports Plus was found dead outside her studio apartment in Seocho-dong around 1:46 p.m. Rescuers of the National 119 Rescue Services transferred her to a nearby hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival.
An apartment guard who found the body said he heard a thud and found Song bleeding on the ground of the outside parking lot. The window of her home on the 19th floor was open, and police suspect she killed herself by jumping from the apartment.
On May 7, the cable channel announcer hinted at suicide by saying on her Twitter, "Please give me strength if you can't take me. It is so painful. I took three sleeping pills", and "God, please help me. I was going to jump but was frightened. I was to hang myself but it hurt. I said good...More
The Dong-A Ilbo's "Channel A" will begin general TV programming from the second half of the year.
The Korea Communications Commission approved the application submitted by Channel A at a general meeting Wednesday. The commission`s broadcast policy director Kim Jun-sang said, "The Dong-A Ilbo paid 407.6 billion won (376 million U.S. dollars) in capital and completed the establishment of a programming unit. Inspection by the advisory board of outside experts found no reason for disqualification".
The commission will issue a letter of approval to Channel A Thursday. Approval will expire after three years and the channel must start general programming within a year upon receipt of the approval letter.
Thanks for staying with us.
The Korean wave, or Hallyu, has been hitting all parts of the globe from Southeast Asia to the Middle East to Europe.
And Arirang TV has been delivering the most up-to-date news of Korean stars to overseas fans.
And this Sunday, April 10th that is, marks the 15th anniversary of Arirang TV.
To thank the viewers around the globe, we thought it would be nice to meet up with some of the viewers ourselves.
Reporter Hwang Sung-hee just returned from Nepal after meeting with some of the fans there and she joins us in the studio now.
[Reporter : ] Namaste, Sean, Conn-young. How was your trip[Reporter : ] It was great.
I just got back from Nepal only a few hours ago, and I miss it already.
You would think that Nepal would be very different from Korea in terms of its culture and tradition, and while that may be true, I felt at home in Kathmandu because I found so many traces of Korea there.
In even the most rural parts of the city, there were stores selling Korean movies and dramas.
That's very nice to hear.
And we hear that there are also many Arirang viewers in Kathmandu
[Reporter : ] Right.
One of the main reasons behind my trip was to meet up with viewers of Arirang TV in Nepal in celebration of our 15th anniversary.
A majority of Nepal's younger population is crazy about Korea's pop culture, watching almost all Korean dramas and movies and even dressing like Korean celebrities.
And most of them are avid viewers of Arirang TV as they say they can get the latest news on their favorite stars.
But don't get me wrong, because the channel seemed to be enjoyed by all age groups.
Why don't we take a look.
Nepal a country nestled between China and India with more than 80 percent of its population following Hinduism.
Nepal has maintai...More
Korean-Content.Com's Mark Russell Talks To JYP President Jimmy Jung
Jimmy Jung, president of JYP Entertainment, one of Korea's biggest music companies, had a dilemma – how could his company be successful making music when young people no longer buy music? After all, the Internet killed off physical music sales in Korea years ago, and the rest of the world since then. Endorsements and reality programs can only take you so far. The company needed something bigger...More
The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K, was a hot issue in 2010 in Korea. Superstar K first started in 2009 summer on cable music TV channel Mnet. It had a highest viewer rating (8.47%) for a cable channel as of then. However, in 2010, the second season of Superstar K broke that rank and made a new highest viewer rating with 14.5%. It was aired only from July till October but the whole process took about seven months. Among 1,340,830 applicants, the final 11 people were selected to be aired on TV...More
The Dong-A Ilbo has been designated as an operator of four new general cable TV broadcasters set for launch in next year's second half.
The Korea Communications Commission in a general meeting Friday approved four operators from six bidders that applied for a business license for general cable TV broadcast stations. The four are Channel A, whose majority stakeholder is Dong-A, JTBC (JoongAng Media Network), CS TV (The Chosun Ilbo) and Maeil Business TV (Maeil Business Newspaper).
The commission also selected Yonhap News TV (Yonhap News Agency) as a specialized news broadcaster out of five companies that applied for a news broadcast license.
The review to select the operators of the general and news broadcasters was conducted Dec. 23 to Friday. Those selected earned 800 points or higher of the possible 1,000 points according to the principle of absolute ratings.
A general TV broadcaster is...More
The Dong-A Ilbo submitted Wednesday a general TV programming business plan to the Korea Communications Commission to start the tentatively named "Channel A".
A Dong-A-led consortium will be headed by Ahn Kuk-jung, the head of the daily`s Broadcasting Promotion Committee and a former president and vice chairman of SBS.
Dong-A submitted the application spanning 200 pages at 2 p.m., and will submit additional documents by Wednesday next week, the deadline for final documents.
Having dedicated itself to media, education and cultural content over the past 90 ...More
Lee Joon-ki, who is on the active list, will meet his fans as radio DJ of Army Channel.
According to an official, Lee Joon-ki will join Army Channel as a radio DJ from December, and will introduce the life in army to soldiers and civilians....More
The 2010 World Korean Language Broadcasters Conference hosted by KBS opened on Tuesday.
The five-day conference, in its 16th year, will take place at the KBS headquarters in Seoul and also in Chuncheon City in Gangwon Province.
Attending the conference are 80 representatives of Korean language broadcasters from 12 countries including the U.S., China, Austr...More
K-pop idols Girls' Generation (from left to right): Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung [SM Entertainment]
Top Korean agency SM Entertainment unveiled the final teaser images of the members of Girls' Generation today.
The latest photographs revealed members Yoona, Yuri (Kwon Yoo-ri) and Sooyoung dressed in the style of retro power girl for their upcoming mini-album "Hoot", which will go on sale on October 27...More
Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for couch potatos and film buffs, the perfect chance to camp out in front of the screen. A couple of date movies open the autumn lineup for the box office while TV networks are offering a colorful array of
programs for the big holiday and travelers can even tune into fun programs en route through IPTV, to make the long road trip less grueling.
By Han Sang-hee
Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for couch potatoes, the perfect time to camp out in front of the screen. TV networks are offering a colorful array of programs for the big holiday and travelers can even tune into fun programs en route through IPTV, to make the long road trip less grueling.
Major television networks KBS, MBC, SBS, EBS and the English channel Arirang TV are gearing up for one of the biggest holidays in Korea, albeit amid lingering doubts whether they are properly prepared for the annual occasion. Some have, while others simply repackaged their shows into a bundle of Chuseok specials.
While cable channels steal the spotlight with smart and original programs, it takes more these days to captivate viewers and hopefully, networks will learn some lessons after the holiday season is over.
KBS is aiming to schedule programs fit for the whole family, from middle-aged mothers, seniors, students and children, a clever distinction from other networks. The documentary "Mother and Daughter" (Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.) will reeva...More
Official poster for Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus FNH]
Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" will be shown to U.S. audiences later this year, according to the film's distributor Sidus FNH on Tuesday.
Sidus FNH announced in a press release that production company Miro Vision, which handles overseas distribution for "Housemaid", has closed a U.S. distribution deal with IFC Films on July 16 (U.S. time)...More
Members of new girl group miss A [official miss A website]
The official website and video channel for new girl group miss A have opened, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Tuesday.
A press release from JYPE announced that the girls' website is available at www.aq-ent.com and the video channel site on YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/missa...More
The action blockbuster drama "IRIS" has been spotlighted as it has broken new ground for Hallyu in Japan.
The drama has been recorded as the first Korean drama scheduled to be aired in prime time on Japanese terrestrial TV, and the flight route between Akita and Seoul--which was about to be eliminated--has been reinstated, as the place where the drama was filmed gained popularity as well. Also, many Japanese local governments competitively wanted to support the second season of the drama "IRIS" as soon as it became known that a second season would be produced. In addition, the OST concert of the drama was a great success. In this way, the drama has created great influence a little bit at a time...More
4 newspapers in all-or-nothing fight for cable channel licenses to secure next business model
By Kim Tong-hyung
President Lee Myung-bak is aiming for a drastic change in the current mass media structure in two ways ― the creation of mega-media groups encompassing newspapers and television channels and the privatization of KBS and MBC.
For whatever reason Lee is determined and one of the most considerable changes is on the horizon ― picking winners among the established newspaper companies to establish two new "comprehensive" TV channels.
Although there are pros and cons regarding the profitability of such new channels, three big newspapers ― Chosun, Joongang and Donga all controlled by a major stakeholder ― as well as Maeil Business Daily hope that this opportunity will provide them with a new business model that will take them beyond what is widely seen as the impending demise of print news media.
The government has been pushing an ambitious plan to deregulate the media industry during the past two years, eliminating the traditional ban on media cross-ownership, which prevented a single company from owning both a newspaper and a television station.
The ownership restrictions involving television stations were eased to lure bigger companies to invest in the broadcasting sector. Previously, only companies with less than 3 trillion won (about $2.6 billion) in assets were able to own television news channels, but the revision of the broadcasting law last year raised the ceiling to 10 trillion won.
Critics are concerned that the compromised diversity in media ownership could hurt discourse, especially when they see the line between profit and reporting becoming blurry at traditional news organizations in a tightening advertising market.
In response, government officials maintain that deregulation is critical for the growth of the media industry and to enable the creation of globally-competitive companies that could hold their own against the likes of Disney and Fox.
But it doesn't appear that Korea will be getting its own Rupert Murdoch anytime soon, as the country's corporate heavyweights don't seem convinced that a full-blown television operation could turn into a golden goose.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC), the country's converged regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications, will allocate an undetermined number of licenses for new cable channels, allowing them to provide comprehensive programming including news and entertainment, by the end of the y...More
By Han Sang-hee
The Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and it is planning to hold exciting events and programs for its viewers.
The main event will take place at the Peace Square at Olympic Park, southern Seoul, April 28, where anyone can attend and enjoy the fun.
Visitors will get to watch the characters, children and hosts perform in the show "EBS Character Festival", and also see the 500th episode of "Let's Get Together Ding Dong Deng".
Children will be able to take photos with their favorite characters, including Bbungbbungi and the little penguin Pororo, among others from various sh...More
New services that blur the boundaries between on-air and online media are gaining ground as profit models for program providers, including cable TV.
According to an industry statement made on February 4, the marketing strategy of converging on-air and online services by animation channel Tooniverse, music channel MTV, and game channel Ongamenet has appealed to viewers. Recognizing that it was difficult to make viewers pay for content, these channels offered free VOD and invited viewers online to make separate purchases for related products.
Tooniland (www.tooniland.com), the Tooniverse homepage managed by Onmedia, offers animation VOD and related online games free of charge. Tooniland recorded 200 million page views for December and 300 million this Januar...More
Gone are the days when young attractive women were the sex symbol of society in a mainly male-led society. Now, even a heavily Confucius-indoctrinated Korean society is not an exception.
Women in South Korea today enjoy watching the young male celebrities with six-pack abdomens on the popular series such as "The Slave Hunters
". Switch the channel and there you see young, handsome male cooks on another TV hit, Pasta.
That's not all. There is now a new term, "honey thigh", popular among women to described the well-sculpted muscular body of Song ll-gook in yet another TV hit, "A Man Called God
So, men, how do you feel all about this, Donga Ilbo's editorial writer, Chung Sung-hee, poses this question Saturday in a column. Chung is, yes, a woman.
"The popular equation `women's beauty, men's money', may...More
By Han Sang-hee
Korea's English-only channel Arirang TV will have a facelift starting next year.
The network announced that it is increasing the number of news programs and also developing new shows to promote the nation's image around the world.
"We have decided to specialize our channel (depending on region) ― the channel aired in Korea through cable, satellite and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) will carry various programs that highlight multicultural families; while the channel that is aired overseas will feature programs that focus on introducing and featuring Korea", said Lee Sung-wan, the vice president of Ariran...More
By Han Sang-hee
The "Chuseok" weekend is just around the corner and both major and cable broadcasters have prepared various programs for friends and family to enjoy.
KBS is traveling back in history to explore the ancient boat that carried celadon porcelain a thousand years ago with their special program "Goryeo Celadon Porcelain; Temptation of Green Celadon". The program searches for the ancient route the famous porcelain traveled, along with the reason why it was so popular in China and Japan. "Goryeo" will air Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. on KBS.
"A Lecture from Heaven" will feature violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill
's trip to a small village in South Chungcheong Province. The students live in a small village where it is hard to visit even a museum, let alone a music concert. O'Neill teaches them the basics of classical music and holds a small concert with them. "A Lecture From Heaven" will air Oct. 2 at 11:15 p.m.
Meanwhile, SBS is offering "Tasting Japan", a culinary journey to the neighboring country with hostess Jo Hye-ryeon
. SBS visited the area to figure out the charm of Japanese food that has attracted the taste buds of the world. Comedienne Cho, who is also a well-known celebrity in Japan, takes viewers to the narrow streets of a ...More
Domestic TV animation 'Metajets' will debut on Disney Channel Asia. Disney is the largest animation channel in the world.
Sunwoo Entertainment (CEO: Kang Han-young) announced that Disney will air Metajets at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday in 15 Asian countries such as China, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos from late June.
'Metajets' is about a high-flying competition and combats of jet pilots. Sunwoo Entertainment has worked on joint investment, production, and distribution of it with Cookie Jar Entertainment from the stage of planning with the aim of its worldwide distribution.
The writer of TV drama '24' also wrote scenarios for 'Metajets', which created buzz. 'Metajets' enjoys popularity across various age groups with its rapid progress of the story and action scenes of jets. 7 billion won ha...More
Consistently popular among children through broadcasting and the internet, Dooly made its comeback to TV screen in 21st years. Dooly is now airing on SBS and Tooniverse, an animation channel after it debuted on Christmas as 'Dooly the Baby Dinosaur' (26 episodes). On SBS, it is broadcast every Thursday 4.p.m. which is not a prime time. However, it records viewership of about 2% per every episode and has its highest rating of 4.4%. It is rebroadcast at the same time every Wednesday. On Tooniverse (Monday 5.p.m. and Friday 8.p.m.), it has maintained 2~3% ratings with its first episode recorded 3.4 % of rating in Feb., the highest among cable TV programs broadcast at the same time.
Choi Song-hyeon has been an announcer for KBS channel and has been in a TV program titled, "Imagine Plus" where she was the MC.
Now, this new film, "Insadong Scandal" will be her debut film as an actress!
She has changed her image into a femme fatale who loves to wear leather jackets! Her character's name is Kong Soo-jeong who is stylish and tough!...More
By Han Sang-hee
The Internet offers a wide range of entertainment options and now it has become one of the major windows to stardom. That was what happened to Natalie White. The 28-year-old musician from the United States who posted her videos on YouTube singing K-pop was "discovered" by local Internet users and was invited here to appear in SBS' popular program "Star King".
"I'm still trying to believe it. I always wanted to visit Korea but it all happened so fast, I can't actually believe I'm here now", she told The Korea Times during an interview last week.
White shot to stardom online with her distinctive voice and versions of popular songs like Girls' Generation
's "Gee", TVXQ's "Mirotic" and one of her favorites, Maydoni
"I was working on my own songs and I was having writer's block. I love ...More
Asian superstar Rain
(Bi) will be featured in a documentary produced by the Discovery Channel about the rising stock of Korean pop culture.
The "Hip Korea" program will focus on the entertainer's significance as a representative for Korean pop on the world stage.
"As the foremost leader and face of Korean entertainment, Rain
will be introduced and featured as the program's primary subject and will be described as an entertainer who was successful as a result of the nation's growth as a pop cultural hub in the Asian region", said a J. Tune Entertainment representative Friday.
J. Tune is an entertainment and media company formed by ...More
The Discovery Channel in the United States will broadcast a documentary about the main attractions in Seoul.
Seoul City officials said the production team from the Discovery Channel had completed filming of the Han River, Namsan, Myeong-dong, Hongdae, and other popular sights. The documentary will be included in a series of documentaries about travel destinations set to begin in January of next year.
The documentary titled, "Hip Korea", will be divided into two parts and will feature Rain
and Lee Byung-hun
The first segment, hosted ...More
KBS World has been named one of the official channels for the Beijing Olympic Games.
The organizing committee of the Beijing Olympics is currently providing the Korean channel at all Olympic sports facilities and stadiums, as well as the Olympic village an...More
's latest film "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" (Joheun Nom, Nappeun Nom, Isanghan Nom) will open in the U.S. in the first half of 2009, according to its distributor CJ Entertainment. The Korean flavoured western will play in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and three more major U.S. cities.
New York's Independent Film Channel agreed a deal with CJ Entertainment about Korea's most expensive film (US$ 17 million). Previously, "...More
KBS daily drama "Likable or Not
", which had ratings up to 40%, ended on the 2nd.
This drama started with the intention to rethink the true meaning of family through the story of a remarried family from different bloodlines, backgrounds, and moral values.
But in the last episode, Baek-ho's (Kim Ji-seok
) secret of his birth was revealed, and that purpose faded, leaving emptiness behind.
All the characters rounded off with forgiveness and reconciliation, and it couldn't escape the conventional aspects of the daily drama, which was pointed out as a limitation.
Even with the limitati...More
In the last few years, Korean films, TV dramas and pop music have become immensely popular abroad, a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave. This is the 33rd in a series of essays by a select group of scholars and journalists looking at the spread of Korean pop culture in Southeast Asian countries and beyond. - Ed.
Following is an email interview with Tom Larsen, president of YA Entertainment, the largest distributor of Korean TV drama DVDs in the United States. - Ed.
The Korea Herald: What is the current market position of Korean TV dramas in the U.S. market? How are they perceived in comparison with mainstream U.S., Chinese and Japanese programming?
Tom Larsen: Like most other TV programming from international markets, Korean TV dramas are generally considered a specialty entertainment niche here in the United States. Having said that, the popularity of Korean TV dramas in the United States has grown dramatically over the past five years. Korean TV dramas are now widely recognized in the United States as a leading entertainment option within the growing Asian entertainment category.
Several major U.S. cities now have a "second-tier" TV station which often broadcasts various Korean TV drama programs during primetime hours. Some of these smaller-scale TV stations have recently started to include English subtitles when they broadcast Korean TV dramas. However, the majority of avid Korean TV drama fans usually watch Korean TV dramas on DVD rather than on TV. (These TV stations are relatively few, and their schedules are too unpredictable.) My company, YA Entertainment, has been releasing Korean TV dramas on DVD with English subtitles since 2003. We now have over 60 individual titles in our DVD catalog.
When compared to Chinese and Japanese TV programming, I believe Korean TV dramas are by far the most popular among mainstream Americans. Even in the Chinese-American community, Chinese-language TV stations will air Korean TV dramas dubbed in Mandarin or Cantonese. Korean TV dramas are perceived as higher quality and more entertaining than Chinese TV programming and definitely more accessible than Japanese TV programming.
KH: Which Korean dramas are popular in the United States (in terms of genres, themes, character or title)?
TL: Our best selling titles over the past five years include "Stairway to Heaven
", "Dae Jang Geum
" (Jewel in the Palace), "My Name is Kim Sam-soon
", "Princess Hours
", "All About Eve
", "The Snow Queen
", and "My Girl".
As the list above shows, Americans enjoy all types of Korean TV dramas: love stories, comedies, and historical epics. It's all about the storylines, cast (acting), production values, and soundtracks. If those four core elements are done very well, then it doesn't matter if the TV drama is a comedy or a tragic love story. Americans will like it.
My personal all-time favorites include "Sandglass
", "Glass Slipper
", "All About Eve
", "Save the Last Dance for Me
", "Dae Jang Geum
", and "Love Letter"
Some of the most popular actors include: Bae Yong-joon
, Kim Rae-won
, kwon Sang-woo
, Jang Dong-gun
, Kim Min-joon
, and Lee Byung-hun
The most popular actresses include: Choi Ji-woo
, Lee Da-hae
, Ha Ji-won
, Lee Young-ae
, Son Ye-jin
, Bae Doona
, Kim Ha-neul
and Yoon Eun-hye
KH: Who is watching Korean dramas in the United States? Why do they choose to watch Korean dramas and how do they respond?
TL: We have conducted multiple surveys over the past five years, surveying thousands of Korean TV drama "fans" in the United States. Interestingly, only 5 percent of survey respondents described themselves as "Korean". Therefore, roughly 95 percent of the people purchasing our Korean TV drama DVDs are not of Korean descent. The majority are Caucasian, Japanese-American, Chinese-American, and Filipino-American. And we are also finding strong growth in the Vietnamese and Latino/Hispanic communities.
As for gender, our surveys show that over 65 percent of Korean TV drama fans are female. However, based upon the dozens of e-mails I receive everyday from fans, the breakdown seems to be more like 50 percent male, 50 percent female.
Americans choose to watch Korean TV dramas for many different reasons. Korean TV dramas have many strengths (some of which I describe below), and each strength attracts certain subsets of viewers. More often than not, the response is positive. People describe Korean TV dramas as "addicting", "powerful and engrossing", and "highly entertaining".
Over the past few...More
In the last few years, Korean films, TV dramas and pop music have become immensely popular abroad, a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave. This is the 32nd in a series of essays by a select group of scholars and journalists looking at the spread of Korean pop culture in Southeast Asian countries and beyond. - Ed.
Korea - both North and South - has long been unfamiliar to most Spaniards. Rising tensions between the two Koreas, derived mainly from nuclear development by North Korea, were the only news we heard from Korea. Before that, we knew a little about the Korean War in the 1950s, but did not know the cause of it.
In the 1960s, a famous comic depicting the war led by the "good" Americans against the "bad" communists was published and accepted by the anti-communist regime of Franco. This is how Spanish people of that era remember the Korean War.
But the majority of Spaniards may still have difficulty finding Korea on a world map. High-level visits from the King of Spain, politicians and members of parliament to Korea usually get little attention in the national media. However, Korea appeared on the front page of several major newspapers in Spain only a few months ago when then-President Roh Moo-hyun visited Madrid.
So, it is not surprising that there has not been a great deal of trade relations between Spain and Korea. Spain is the world's eighth-largest economy, while Korea is the 12th. Yet these economic figures are not enough to represent any particular relationship between the two countries, not to mention that our cultures do not have much in common.
Meanwhile, Korean companies chose not to label their products as "Made in Korea", instead veiling them among well-known Japanese products in Spain. This all combined to keep Korea a mystery, except to those few who found the culture interesting.
Building relations with Korea
In 1996, the Autonomous University of Barcelona expanded its number of Korean language classes, which had been developed by the School of Languages of Barcelona years prior. This effort was supported by Samsung, which iinitially helped introduce Korean studies to Spain. Later, Doosan also provided financial support to the UAB to promote Korean activities, in particular enabling the university to establish an exchange program between Korean and Spanish students. These Korea-related activities slowly succeeded in introducing Korea to Spain.
Furthermore, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, headed by President Antoni Negre, was one of the early pioneers in promoting business relations between Spain and Korea. Then the Hispanic-Korean bilateral committee was established, and the two countries engaged in various activities in connection with each other.
In 1999, the first Congress of Korean Studies was held by Spanish Korea experts, in Spanish, at the UAB, which included sessions on topics such as Korea in Catalonia. This Congress led to the official launch of Korean studies at the Center for International and Intercultural Studies of the UAB.
The Korea Foundation also played a crucial role in promoting Korea in Spain. By that time, numerous activities regarding Korea had been in place - for example, official coursework for studying the Korean language, economy, politics and history, as well as exhibitions on Korean art and cinema and two symposiums of Spanish sculpture in Korea.
In 2001 and 2003, Gyeonggi province organized the symposiums at a ceramic museum in Ichon. At least 40 Spanish sculptures, along with pieces from Koreans and foreign sculptors were displayed in the so-called Spanish Sculpture Park in Ichon. The open-air surroundings of this park, although affected by ...More
The photos of Yoon Eun-hye
, which were taken while she was at New York, were released. Already these pictures became a hot topic among the public.
The account of Yoon Eun-hye
's visit in New York will be broadcast on a cable channel and is already gaining a huge interest from the public. The photos show Yoon Eun-hye
's typical cuteness and vivacity, who went to New York with her best friend.
In her pictures, she maintained simple but stylist attires. While she displayed a sophisticate look with glasses and a camera in her hand, taking photos of New York; the photos of her jogging in short and hood T-shirt and play with a dog she met on the way reminds us of Eun-chan from her latest drama, "...More
On 2nd January, the first episode of a comic historical drama 'Hong Gil Dong
' was televised, starring Kang Ji-hwan
and Seong Yoo-ri
The baton is now handed over to the Hong Sisters, Hong Jeong-eun
and Hong Mi-ran
. The KBS miniseries department, which fall into a slump last year hold their hopes to KBS miniseries hit script writers, Hong Mi-ran
and Hong Jung-eun sisters. The Wed-Thu miniseries 'Hong Gil Dong
' (Directed by Lee Jung-seob
) is a fusion drama, which adopted a comic historical drama. The first episode was televised on 2nd January and is captivating the viewers with a unique script written by the Hong Sisters and the appearance of top stars including ...More
[DVD Review] You Il-han's horror short given a lackluster adaptation
Kyu Hyun Kim (qhyunkim)
"4 Horror Tales" was the 2006 summer season's top-line experiment of producing four horror movies based on Yoo Il-han
's short stories on the cheap in high definition video. The tab was picked up by CJ Entertainment and TV station SBS. Yoo himself was involved as executive producer, teaming up with Korea's resident horror specialist Ahn Byeong-ki
, among others) and giving opportunities to four young directors to scare up the audience in theaters as well as on TV screens.
The first installment "February 29 - 4 Horror Tales
" might be of interest to the fans of "Dae Jang Geum
" ("Jewel in the Palace"), a mega-hit Korean TV drama, since two among its main cast members, Im Ho
(who played the Choseon monarch Joongjong) and Park Eun-hye
(Jang-geum's friend Yeon-saeng), star in the movie.
Park plays Ji-yeon, who we first see in a padded cell claiming to a skeptical journalist that a ghost of a female serial killer is responsible for a slew of killings on February 29, four years ago. In the main story, we find her working as a tollgate attendant. First she encounters a cryptic driver who keeps giving her blood-soaked tickets, and then someone who is dressed just like her be...More
By Lee Hyo-won
MTV, one of the world's largest and influential television network, has launched "End Exploitation and Trafficking" (EXIT), a global campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. Along with Thai star Tata Young, Korea's pop singer Rain
has joined in the action as the front man for the Asia Pacific region.
"This is a form of slavery that still exists today, and I don't think enough people are aware of that", said Simon Goff, 30, campaign director for MTV EXIT, told The Korea Times at MTV Korea in central Seoul, Friday.
Individuals are denied their basic human rights and are usually tricked or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude or other labor, according to the United States Trafficking Victims Protections Act (TVPA). After drugs, it is the second largest illegal trade in the world, and generates about $10 billion every year. Its total market value is around $32 billion.
The U.N. International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 2.5 million people worldwide are victims, of which over half live in Asia Pacific. The majority of them are women and children, most of whom are sexually exploited, Goff said.
"It is shocking and sad that the majority of these trafficked and exploited people are women and children. I hope I can be of help to those battling for these people", Rain
was quoted as saying, according to MTV Korea.
Goff explained that the issue "was getting some attention from the media but certainly not directed toward young people… We're the biggest broadcaster in the world so we have the ability to target messages and target our audience, so on a pro-social level it works very well...More
By Seo Dong-shin
From an all-girls ice hockey team in the Himalayas initiated by a Buddhist teen ("Thin Ice"), to a passionate Australian artist whose life was tragically cut short by a mysterious illness ("Girl in a Mirror"), to the cheerful Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio in Italy ("The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio"), life's stories from around the globe are colorful. And audiences can soon catch a glimpse of them all at the upcoming EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) scheduled Aug.27-Sept.2.
The annual festival, the fourth of its kind, will take place under the theme "People to People, Communication for Coexistence" this year.
A total of 292 documentary films from 74 countries will be screened in categories such as "Festival Choice", "Forefront of Documentary", "Meaning of Family", "Challenge of Hope", "Art and Life", "Portrait of an Era", and "Korean Independent Documentaries".
A special focus is given to five Asia-Pacific rim ...More
The Animax Awards, hosted by animation channel Animax (CEO: Hong, Seung-Hwa), announced winning animations in Korea.
Having started in 2002 in Japan to discover original and fresh animated works, Animax Awards has now expanded to seven Asian countries including Korea.
From March 22 to May 31, the organization committee selected 31 from about 100 scenarios considered for their excellent qualities, one of which was hailed as having the best scenario in the Korean preliminaries.
The jury unanimously selected "Nuri is Helping..". by Won, Jong-Ik.
The winning work tells the story of Nuri, who is born with supernatural powers. Nuri suppresses his powers until one day, he is forced to use it during an unexpected event. After the incident, he travels all over t...More
The documentary about the current activity of singer Jang Nara
, who is gaining great popularity in China, has been made.
A cable TV channel about Chinese culture will broadcast a special documentary commemorating 15 years of amity between Korea and China, "Beautiful Jang Nara
", on July 14th.
This is the first documentary about Jang Nara
which contains footages of her passion and her down-to-earth personality. It will cover closely her activities starting from her first individual concert in Beijing in June, filmed from the Incheon airport, concert practice, Beijing lifestyle, rehearsals, and the live concert.
This concert showed ...More
Officiating in Los Angeles at the opening of the first representative office of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) outside Korea, Chairperson Ms. An Cheong Sook today announced the line up of Fellows and Mentors for the second KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab aimed at emerging filmmakers of Korean and Korean descent in the diaspora.
The Filmmakers Development Lab chooses five emerging filmmakers from submitted scripts. These Fellows are matched with individual Mentors drawn from the film industry in Korea and the United States. The Fellows and Mentors spend a week in Hawaii in one-on-one sessions developing their scripts. The Fellows and their projects are then presented to producers, financiers, production companies at the Independent Feature Film Market in New York in September, and at the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea, in October. The Lab and its activities are wholly funded by the Korean Film Council, and held in partnership with the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, and the Independent Film Project in New York, and CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) in San Francisco.
"The first Filmmakers Development Lab held in 2006 was successful in encouraging and focusing the Fellows on developing their scripts and skills to help realize their projects and nurture their professional careers", said Chairperson An. "We are pleased to support and organize this second Lab to build on the success and experience of last year's effort. As a demonstration of our strong support of the Lab, and our wish to help filmmakers of Korean descent, we will also be awarding US$40,000 to the most meritorious Lab script or scripts later this year".
The Five Fellows for the Filmmakers Development Lab 2007 are:
NATHAN ADOLFSON – "MODEL AMERICAN" a Korean American adoptee from the Mid-West now based in Los Angeles, Nathan graduated from UCLA with a Spotlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking, Editing and Screenwriting, and the Directors' Guild of American (DGA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Motion Picture Direction for his personal diary documentary PASSING THROUGH which was also shown at Cannes International Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS. He has written scripts for independent feature films and is currently in preproduction on his directorial debut THE HELP.
CHRISTINA CHOE – "GUESS WHO'S COMING FOR KIMCHEE?" is a documentary filmmaker, video artist, TV editor and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. Her short films, TURMERIC BORDER MARKS and UNITED NATIONS OF HIP HOP have screened at film festivals worldwide, including AFI, Seattle, and Palm Springs. She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grant in Video, and as worked as editor in TV for ABC, VH1, HBO and History Channel.
JEYUN CHOI " GRAND ISLAND" ...More
SBS Production, an affiliate of the Seoul Broadcasting Station, is to set up a 24 hour-run Korean channel in Taiwan early next month.
The channel, which will be operated in cooperation with the Gala Television Corporation, Taiwan's biggest cable TV station, will air Korean TV programs including dramas, variety shows and documentaries, the company said.
All of the programs will be dubbed into Mandarin Ch...More
Hanaro Telecom announced last November 23 that it had signed an MOU with SK COMUNICATIONS, who runs CYWORLD, to enter into a business collaboration endeavor with the company so as to give HANA TV, its TV portal, a competitive edge.
With this MOU, HANA TV will soon launch a new CYWORLD channel, in which it will present the works selected at "STAGE" ( http://stage.cyworld.nate.com ), an open cultural space in CYWORLD, to HANA TV viewers starting early December.
The contents that will be featured on HANA TV...More
Shanghai Media Group will broadcast five MBC programs during June 22nd to 27th.
Recently, Chinese government stopped importing Korean dramas, while Korea Wave is in critical moment, Korean documentary film program will be introduced to China.
MBC said on 21st "Shanghai Media Group(SMG) as the biggest channel in Shanghai will broadcast MBC's popular documentary programs during 22nd to 27th.
According to the broadcasting schedule, 'The village only old people live', 'Glacier', 'Four fingers piani...More
Korean singers Se7en
and Park Yong-ha
each received an award at the Japan Gold Disc Award on Thursday evening.
's agency YG Entertainment said that it had been told by the host organization that Se7en
would receive a special award given to mark the Year of Korea-Japan Friendship. At the ceremony, Se7en
sang his second single "Style"...More
Korean Movie Stars KIm Yoo-jin
and Korean-American Actor Daniel Dae Kim have been honored with the 'Asian Excellence Awards" by the American cable channel AZN Television which serves the growing Asian American community in the United States.
AZN Television announced on January 19 that it has selected Korean actor Daniel Dae Kim and actress Kim Yunjin as the outstanding male and female TV performers for 2005 at the AZN TV`s fifth annual "Asian Excellence Awards".
The two Kor...More
The innovative new American cable channel AZN Television, dedicated to serving the burgeoning Asian American community, announced on January 11 2006, its nominees for the 2006 Asian Excellence Awards. A large number of Korean actors appeared on the nominee list, showing once again the power of the Korean wave.
The Asian Excellence Awards, featuring the Remy Martin X.O Honors, is intended to highlight the outstanding achievements of Asian Americans in the fields of entertainment, sports, film, music fashion and science.
The Remy Martin X.O Honors are non-competitive categories and awards will be bestowed for Lifetime Achievement, Inspiration...More
"Dae Jang Geum
" has been now telecasted in the public broadcasting after NHK satellite channel and following "Winter Sonata
" it hits Japan with the rating of more than 20%. NHK started to re-air two episodes one day intensively since December through BS2 satellite channel.
With its special airing, NHK drew up of the one-hour special programs like "Daejanggeum came", "We want to know more! Dae Jang Geum
", "Looking for the mind of Dae Jang Geum
", "Start from actress Lee Young-ae
K-pop star Rain
's ambitions to take on the world became international news on Saturday when he announced them on CNN's "Talk Asia".
Rain told the cable news channel about his ambition to make it on the world stage after sweeping in Hong Kong, China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The 23-year-old star said his personal motto was, "Be humble, be patient, and do my best".
"Talk Asia", hosted by Lorraine Hahn, who was bo...More
Film festival challenges viewers to reconsider the current commercialistic broadcasting environment
Cho Keon Ho (keonman)
The EBS International Documentary Festival 2005 is on now in Seoul to Sept. 3. The festival was launched last year by EBS, the leading Korean public broadcaster, and is dedicated to the cultivation of documentary films.
Among the 98 documentaries from 30 countries, 94 will be broadcast by EBS channel and 31 pieces will be shown at the EBS-SPACE in the EBS main office.
EIDF will be presented under the the...More
Millions of fans across Asia began tuning to South Korean soap operas in the late 1990s. Now, the dramas are winning over devotees in the United States such as Honolulu, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
While covering the filming set in the Chung-Ang Hospital for one of MBC dramas, the newspaper reported that the soaps also boosted the popularity of South Korean movies and singing acts, and even her culture.
The "Korean wave" of pop culture-also known as 'hallyu'-helps introduce the country to the world and breaking down historical grudges with its neighbors.
Already big hits in other Asian countries, Korean soap operas are now grabbing audiences in North America. In the San Francisco Bay Area alone, "Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum
)", a television series about a royal cook, was viewed by more than 100,000 people, U.S. daily San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sunday.
The figure exceeds that of ABC's "Extreme Makeover", the WB's "Starlet" or PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center", which are in a...More
"My Heart Will Go On", the theme song to "Titanic", was chosen as the top movie song in Korea, according to a new poll released yesterday.
The cable movie channel OCN, along with the portal site Naver and cable music channel MTV Korea, surveyed 18,366 people from June 7 to 30 to compile a list of 100 favorite movie songs of Koreans.
A total of 41,327 votes were cast, with each person allowed to vote for five different songs.
"My Heart Will Go On", sung by Celine Dion for the blockbuster 1997 film, received the most votes with 3,955, or 9.5 percent of th...More
The martial arts action channel ABO will air the 33-episode Chinese epic drama "Tiger Brothers", starring Korean actress Chae Rim
, from April 19. The drama ranked first in terms of viewer ratings when it was shown in 2004 in Taiwan by CTV and in Hong Kong by ATV. ABO will show "Tiger Brothers" Monday through Friday at 11:10 p.m.
The plot of this drama, regarded as a Chinese version of "Romeo and Juliet", revolves around two rival family clans, the Yangs and the Bans. But despite all the hatred and hostility between the families, a son from the Yang clan falls in love with a daughter from the Ban clan, and the two begin a heart-wrenching romance. The lead roles of this drama were played by the famous Taiwanese actor Alec Su You Peng and South Korean...More
KBS drama 'First Love - 1996
', which was aired for the first time by means of Japan NHK satellite channel on Mar. 31, showed an audience rating of 2% level in its first broadcast rarely for foreign dramas.
Such a program rating of Korean drama 'First love' is an exceptional result in a reality in which foreign drama on the air in NHK satellite channel right now, is difficult to exceed ordinarily a popurarity rating of 1%.
Korean drama 'Winter Sonata
' also, which heated the TV audience in Japan last year, was no more than a popularity rating of 1-2 % level in NHK satellite channel at the opening part of the drama.
KBS Global Strategic Team said that a program rating of drama '...More
Fresh from just completing their first season run at the end of last month on a U.S. cable channel, the production team of "Egg WestCoast", a video magazine program for Korean-Americans, is confident it has played a role in breaking the stereotypes about Korean-Americans.
The program, produced by the California-based Choice Entertainment, aims to introduce Korean culture to second and third generation Korean-Americans who have scant knowledge about their parents' homeland, while at the same giving exposure to notable figures in the Korean-American community.
The idea for the show had been brewing in the mind of the program's executive producer Gary Choi for several years but it wasn't until last year that he...More
Local English cable channel Arirang TV will start its broadcasting service in Malaysia. It will be aired for 24 hours a day from next month.
As the contract was made in November with MiTV, a newly created...More
British documentary director Daniel Gordon said that his documentary films don't have opinions, just facts.
Gordon is one of the most noticeable directors in this year's Pusan International Film Festival, which will end on Friday. His work, "A State of Mind", vividly shows the life of the North Korean people through mass calisthenics, a symbol of North Korean collectivism. The film has drawn so much attention that it sold out even before the film festival opened.
Gordon is puzzled by the popularity. He said that he had merely seen, filmed and talked about what actually happens.
Gordon's work, however, presents many scenes that have not been seen in other documentaries about North Korea. His film depicts the everyday life of North Koreans by telling the s...More