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American Actor Carves Niche Out of Korean Soaps 2016/09/03, Source, Sean Richard is the latest American performer who has carved out a niche for himself on Korean TV. The actor came here in the mid-2000s looking for work but took things into his own hands. "In Korea, a role suitable for somebody like me comes around once every five years", he said. "So I decided to create roles myself",...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Chuncheon" July 7th-9th 2016/07/29, The Robot Studio is an annex to the Chuncheon Animation Museum, which I personally thought to be rather more informative. Though neither have histories written out in English, the history detailed at the Chuncheon Animation Museum mostly just deals with American animators whose stories I'd already heard before. Whereas the Robot Studio discusses lesser well known Japanese pop culture icons, like Tetsujin 28, aka Gigantor, asisstant to boy detective Shotaro, aka Jimmy. The American name changes were to help preserve the illusion that American invented all pop culture, everywhere,...More
"Winter Sonata 2" starts filming soon? 2016/07/13, Source,
There have been reports that the making of "Winter Sonata 2" has begun, but the production company claims there hasn't been any progress.
Pan Entertainment told Star Today that there haven't been any specific plans regarding the making of "Winter Sonata 2" and that the report about it beginning later this year isn't true,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites 2016/06/18,
Discover classy cigar lounges Seoul, a Korean Air flight attendant shares her beauty secrets, a new app helps pregnant women secure a subway seat, and have you visited Nami island on the Han river?,...More
'Descendants of the Sun' Ends on a Massive High 2016/04/15, Source,
Election fever made no dent in the ratings of KBS hit soap "Descendants of the Sun" on Wednesday, whose penultimate episode easily outclassed election coverage on all three terrestrial channels with 34.8 percent to 23.2. The soap mesmerized Korea and China for the last three months and came to an end on Thursday. And while the figures speak for themselves, there are some gripes, chiefly about the incoherent plot. So when all is said and done, what are viewers taking away from the series?,...More
Han Hyo-joo, Cheon Woo-hee and Kim Ok-bin, the muses that took over the screens 2016/03/09, Source,
'God! Thirty diva' is the term referred to actresses or singers who have outstanding talents. Those divas who were born in 1987 are turning thirty or have turned thirty already this year.
These 'girls' build on their filmography all these years and have become legit actresses. They have come past their 20s and have settled in their 30s now which allows them more room,...More
Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin, why the rush? 2015/05/17, Source, Bae Yong-joon proposed to Park Soo-jin on the 100th day of their relationship and they are getting married. They started seeing each other this February and he proposed to her on the 100th day. They even met each others' families.
The two of them knew each other from work and started having feelings for each other since February this year. Bae Yong-joon was attracted to Park Soo-jin's bright personality and consideration and she was attracted to his warmth and caring heart,...More
'Winter Sonata 2' synopsis to unveil next month 2015/04/15, Source,
'Winter Sonata 2' is being planned. Its synopsis will come out next month.
A staff from the production company of "Winter Sonata", PAN Entertainment said on April 14th during the phone conversation with OSEN, "'Winter Sonata 2' is being planned. Producer Yoon Seok-ho will be responsible for the overall production and writers Yoon Eun-kyeong and Kim Eun-hee, who wrote the previous sequel, are in charge of the screenplay again. Director has not been decided yet. The first draft of the synopsis will be out next month",...More
When are Bae Yong-joon, Won Bin and Lee Young-ae coming back? 2014/07/15, Source,
When can we see them?
Several writers and directors have been sending their calls of love but the actors remain silent. Top stars who are highly wanted have been gone for far too long. Lee Young-ae is one of them. They have been gone for a maximum of 9 years, enough for a mountain to change its form. They are on the top of the list but they are hard to see and now it's becoming frustrating,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk's shift in generations 2014/02/12, Source,
A shift is quickly occurring amongst Hallyu Stars.
Actors Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are the four top Hallyu actors and they have been evolving at a rapid rate. They are leading the shift in generation from the primary Hallyu generation, which would be Bae Yong-joon and others. These new Hallyu stars have been expanding their fan population like LTE, which make them global stars because of their limitless boundaries between international and domestic fans.
A person in the media claims, "Unlike the Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo generation, the newer Hallyu stars have been appealing to the world with a more friendly approach in various works. They have been able to expand their fan base with real time VOD and development of technology and the Internet, as well as SNS services",...More
Bae Yong-joon Still Adored by Japanese for 'Winter Sonata' 2013/10/21, Source,
Fans cheer as Bae Yong-joon appears on the stage during a Korean entertainment awards ceremony in Chiba, Japan on Saturday.
Japanese women young and old flocked to a Korean entertainment awards ceremony in Chiba on Saturday despite the current wave of anti-Korean sentiment in the country. Early in the afternoon, teenagers sporting miniskirts and stickers pasted on their faces were seen pouring out of nearby subway stations en route to the Makuhari Messe convention center to catch glimpses of their favorite stars,...More
Over 1,000 Fans Gather for Memorial Service for Park Yong-ha 2013/07/01, Source,
Over 1,000 fans, including family members, of Park Yong-ha showed up for an event in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday marking the third anniversary of the death of the actor and singer, who shocked the nation by taking his own life in 2010. In the afternoon, a photo exhibition was held elsewhere in Seoul in commemoration of his achievements, during which clips from his concerts and dramas were screened,...More
Hallyu dramas to be used for overseas language education 2012/09/08, Source,
From next month, foreigners will be able to more easily learn the Korean language through a television lecture program in which scenes from popular TV programs, including "Winter Sonata", will be used as teaching materials, the culture ministry said Monday. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it will develop a new TV language lecture program jointly with national broadcaster KBS, using footage from local TV dramas and music programs highly popular among foreigners as basic materials,...More
'Hallyu' - Korean teaching tool 2012/07/21, Source,
^K-pop fans stage a flash mob performance in London's Trafalgar Square, Tuesday. They are called "K-supporters", who are giving life to the "All Eyes on Korea" promotion ahead of the Summer Olympic Games. / Yonhap
Super Junior, 'Winter Sonata' as new primers By Jane Han NEW YORK ― For learners of Korean in the U.S., it's goodbye to rote memorization and dull drills; hello to Super Junior and Bae Yong-joon. A new curriculum is set to revamp the traditional teaching method of Korean, a much-needed update aimed at giving the language a more fun and practical appeal,...More
'Lost' Star Daniel Dae Kim Meets Fans in Yeosu 2012/07/05, Source,
Daniel Dae Kim
Star of the hit TV series "Lost" on ABC, Daniel Dae Kim visited Korea as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Pavilion at the Yeosu Expo. Even though he claims to speak Korean poorly, Kim greeted his fans with a fluent accent, unlike the character he portrayed in the TV series that ran from 2004 to 2010. Kim was born in the southern port city of Busan and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two. He debuted in Hollywood playing a bit part in the 1991 movie "American Shaolin" and went on to play minor roles in other movies and TV dramas,...More
Japan fans pay tribute to late Park Yong-ha 2012/06/27, Source,
The late Park Yong-ha
By Kwaak Je-yup Thousands of Japanese fans of the late entertainer Park Yong-ha marked the two-year anniversary of his death with memorials in Tokyo and Seoul. According to press reports, the temporary seven-day memorial set up until Tuesday drew nearly 8,000 visitors to its location at the Space Shower TV in the popular Shibuya neighborhood in the Japanese capital,...More
Japanese actress shows enthusiasm in learning Korean 2012/06/01, Source,
When a teacher explained the meaning of woe", the Korean word for "why", some 10 middle-aged Japanese women said, aha. This was in the beginners class at Sejong School, a school teaching Korean, on the fourth floor of the Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo. The women said this because they finally understood the meaning of a word that they heard a lot in Korean dramas. One of the students was veteran Japanese actress Kumiko Akiyoshi, 57. She asked a lot of questions to the teacher whenever she could not understand. After the class, she and a Dong-A Ilbo reporter moved to a room next to the class room,...More
(37) 'Yonsama': Korean love god captures Japanese hearts 2012/05/30, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon waves upon his arrival as Japanese fans gather at Tokyo International Airport in Narita on Nov. 25, 2004. Bae, a main actor of the mega-hit Korean soap opera "Winter Sonata", was on a promotion tour of Japan. / Korea Times file
Actor Bae Yong-joon leads 'hallyu' (Korea wave)
Some years ago, this writer climbed into a taxi in Seoul. As is commonly the case, the driver asked where I was from. On hearing "the United Kingdom" he responded, "Aha! Beckham!" Then, in excellent Konglish, he continued, "U.K. ― David Beckham! Korea ― Bae Yong-joon!",...More
"Hallyu", Korean wave, will not last 5 years 2012/05/18, Source,
Top, Girls' Generation, a popular K-pop group, pose with actor and co-guest Bill Murray on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on January 31. / Bottom left, K-pop girl group T-ara take part in a photo shoot. / Bottom right, Lee Byung-hun poses for the cameras at a press launch for a TV drama.
"'Hallyu' will cool down in four years".
Six out of 10 foreigners believe the recent fad for Korean culture - K-pop, movies and TV dramas and soap operas - will decline over the next few years,...More
Culture Minister Speaks on Korean Wave : "Korean Wave Is Key to Tourism, Exports" 2012/05/09, Source, Mr. Choe Kwang-Shik Calls It "Road of Korean Wave"
South Korea's Culture Minister Choe Kwang-Shik
"South Korea's cultural influence is now spreading across Asia and to the rest of the world", said South Korea's Culture Minister Choe Kwang-Shik at a recent forum in Seoul.
The breakfast forum was held on May 3 (Thursday), 2012 by Chairman Chang Man-Key of Korea Human Resources Development Institute (KHDI) at Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul.
Minister Choe said that the Korean Wave had been limited to mostly Asian countries including Japan and China until last year.
"The Korean Wave was limited to Asia and its contents were mostly dramas up until last year", he argued,...More
Current Status of Korean Pop Culture 2012/04/20, Source,
In today's "In the Spotlight" segment, we take a closer look at the phenomenon of Hallyu , or the Korean Wave. Now garnering attention globally, the Hallyu really got its start in the mid-1990s, When Korean dramas like "Winter Sonata", and "Dae Jang-geum" caught on first in Korea, then throughout Asia.
Now, of course, when we talk about Hallyu the dramas are only part of the story. K-pop, Korean food and Korean movies are all part of the growing Korean Wave. Arirang News correspondent Park Ji-won joins us live from our newsroom to give the latest on this key Korean export.
Good evening to you, Ji-won. Let's talk about Hallyu,...More
Korea-Arab Society actively builds up cultural bridges 2012/04/07, Source,
Korea-Arab Society Secretary-General Choi Seung-hoh discusses the role of the foundation he has headed since 2008 during an interview with The Korea Times at his office in southern Seoul, Feb. 28. / Korea Times photo by Philip Iglauer
By Philip Iglauer
Although Korea and the Arab world have had links through the Silk Road for more than 1,000 years, in modern times, they have been restricted to the Arab construction boom in the 1970s and '80s and, more recently, to Korea's energy dependency on Middle East oil.
A joint partnership led by a retired Korean diplomat is working to change all that,...More
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source,
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
South Korean actress Son Ye-Jin 2012/02/25, Source,
South Korean actress Son Ye-jin appeares in front of the camera in a movie preview of "Love Fiction" held at Mega Box theater in Seoul's Samsung-dong on Feb. 20, 2012.
Son Ye-jin has taken on a variety of roles in her career to date, propelling her to fame both in Korea and in other Asian countries. She first appeared in a supporting role in Park Ki-hyung's film "Secret Tears" in 2000, and then went on to take the lead in TV dramas such as "A Delicious Proposal", "Sun-hee and Jin-hee", and "Daemang". Her first high-profile role in cinema was in Im Kwon-taek's "Strokes of fire", which screened at Cannes and took home a Best Director award in 2002,...More
'Why not take a trip?' 2012/02/06, Source,
This is the first in a series of interviews that feature individuals who help promote Korean culture overseas. - ED.
By Jane Han
NEW YORK - Koga Hyon-cha knows the famous hilltop church from the hit TV drama series "All In" like the back of her hand. In fact, she knows all the filming sites of popular dramas from "Winter Sonata" to "Full House" inside out.
Not surprising - after all, she only visited them more than a dozen times,...More
This Week's Cultural News VCR1 2011/12/30, Source,
In 2011, Korea was filled with performances to see and enjoy, and original Korean performances received accolades abroad.
In August, the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, invited more Korean performances than ever before. They included those by the theatre troupe Mokhwa[목화] and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Chung Myun-whun [정명훈].
The popular movie "Black Swan" and a comedy corner centered on the ballerino costume has helped ballet come closer to audiences of all ages,...More
Top Korean News of 2011 2011/12/30, Source,
Freak weather and upheavals in Korea's political landscape punctuated a year of uncertainties that ended with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il just before Christmas. But Koreans also took pride in their burgeoning exports, not only of electronics and cars that are increasingly prized around the world but also of the pop music generated by leading talent factories, which cheered up listeners worldwide in gloomy times,...More
English book on Korean TV dramas published 2011/12/12, Source,
A new book on the development of Korean TV dramas has been published in English, the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) said Monday.
"K-DRAMA: A New TV Genre with Global Appeal" is a comprehensive guide to the past and present of Korean television dramas, which have been gaining popularity outside Korea as well, particularly since 2000.
The 114-page book covers a wide range of topics related to the genre,...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
Musical "Winter Sonata" 2011/10/28, Source, The Hallyu milestone TV drama "Winter Sonata" is back for the first time in 10 years as a musical.
[Interview : Oh Yeong-jin, Producer] "While groups like Girls' Generation are leading the current Hallyu phenomenon, we thought that bringing back "Winter Sonata", the original trigger for Hallyu, as a musical would be a good idea".
Both the TV drama and the musical versions have the same storyline. However, the kind of charm each version presents is different,...More
Why does Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok surpass Bae Yong-joon? 2011/09/18, Source,
There is one star in particular who media from Japan and other countries visit when they come to Korea to cover news. That is Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok. The Japanese media spell out his daily life and documentary programs on him are being produced. His advertisement value in Japan is rising everyday.
The DVD rental number for "You're Beautiful" has exceeded "Winter Sonata", and other movies and dramas with Jang Geun-seok are getting massive responses. His fans are not the symbolic middle-aged class like typical Hallyu fans, but more of the younger 10~30s that lead the consumption of pop culture,...More
US teen placed second in Korean speech contest 2011/07/18, Source, Alyssa Donovan, 14, of Maine became the first person of non-Korean heritage to win the second prize in the Korean speech contest on July 16 hosted by the U.S. National Association for Korean Schools in Burlingame, Calif.
Donovan placed second in the competition after cruising through the regional preliminaries ― she was first in the preliminaries of the New England Chapter. She beat over 300 participants to claim victory,...More
"Since it is Yong-ha's day, it rained without fail". (,...More
Remembering Park Yong-ha 2011/06/27, Source,
To commemorate the first anniversary of the late actor Park Yong-ha's death, various memorial events are being held in Japan. / Korea Times file
Memorial wave for late hallyu star continues
By Chung Ah-young
Although the late hallyu star Park Yong-ha died a year ago, his popularity is not waning in Japan,...More
The term "Korean Wave" was coined in 2003 when the hit soap opera ",...More
'Green' spearheads Korean animations 2011/06/09, Source,
Directors Ahn Jae-hoon and Han Hye-jin-I bring a hand-drawn 2D animation, "Green Days: Dinosaur and I". The film opens in theaters on June 23 after touring film festivals. / Courtesy of A1 Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
Pushing on for 11 years with the painstakingly old school method of using hand-rendered drawings - 100,000-plus sheets by just 14 artists - is striking to say the least, especially in this age where everything is 3D,...More
More celebrity donors rush to help Japan quake victims 2011/03/15, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon donated 200 million won for emergency relief in earthquake-stricken Japan. / Korea Times file
By Lee Hyo-won
An increasing number of local artists and cultural organizations, including "hallyu" celebrities and religious groups, are making donations to earthquake-struck Japan.
On Monday evening, actor Song Seung-heon, popular in the neighboring country through TV soaps, donated 200 million won for emergency relief to the Salvation Army Korea Territory, said the organization,...More
Park Yong-ha's Mother Releases Memoir of Her Son 2011/03/11, Source,
The late actor and singer Park Yong-ha's mother has published a memoir about her son. Published through a contract with a Japanese publisher, Park's mother Oh Young-ran's 260-page book details the family's close relationships and love for Park, Japan's Sankei Sports reported,...More
It was 2003, and Japanese viewers – by the droves – were enchanted with ",...More
Dreaming of "Dream High" 2011/02/18, Source, 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
Success of 'Secret Garden' Continues to Grow 2011/01/21, Source,
The massive popularity of the SBS hit drama "Secret Garden" is still reverberating even after the weekend series came to an end. Deals have been worked out to export the drama to several countries, and it is expanding its reach to other fields including music, film and theater,...More
'Rabbit' celebrities to make leaps in 2011 2010/12/31, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are considered skillful and diligent, though not very patient in Korean traditional beliefs, following the traits of real rabbits, a small but clever animal.
The hottest rabbit star could be singer and actor Lee Seung-gi who was born in 1987, turning 24 this year,...More
N.Korean TV Viewers Favor American Shows 2010/12/18, Source, Young North Koreans apparently prefer American soaps and films to South Korean ones, and they can now watch both easily. A defector who gave his name as Kim (43) and used to sell TV sets in the North said, "Used color TVs imported from China have both PAL and NTSC options, so there's no problem rece,...More
Bae Yong-joon takes photo with 5,000 fans in Japan 2010/12/16, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon has taken his first picture for his new photograph project this week, according to his agency KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that Bae, known for calling his fans his 'family', met with 5,000 fans to take his first 'family photograph' for the event titled "Family Photo Project - We're a family" on December 15,...More
Book on Korean Wave adopted as textbook for universities abroad 2010/12/09, Source,
Cover of "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption:Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" [Hong Kong University Press]
A new book on the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, has been adopted as a textbook for universities abroad.
The English book titled "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" was selected as one of the main textbooks for the media classes at Goldsmiths, University of London in England and the University of Melbourne in Australia,...More
Bae Yong-joon starts new photograph project in Asia 2010/11/26, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon will begin a new photograph project throughout Asia, according to his agency KEYEAST on Friday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that Bae, known for calling his fans his 'family', will begin an event titled "Family Photo Project-We're a family" where Bae will take 'family photos' with his fans, starting in Korea and into Japan and other countries in Asia,...More
Big Bang and Kara to Appear in Biggest Music Festival in Japan 2010/11/23, Source,
The Japanese media continuously delivered the news that star Korean groups Big Bang and Kara would appear on NHK's 61st White vs. Red Fest. Sports-Nippon reported the news on November 21 with a caption saying, "Big Bang and Kara to Have Hallyu Competition in the White vs. Red Fest", and it delivered the news that Big Bang had already decided to appear in the festival, and that Kara was finalizing conditions for appearing on the program,...More
Bae Yong-joon to hold photo session with fans in Japan 2010/10/19, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon has invited his Japanese fans to a photo session in December.
According to a report in a Japanese newspaper today, Bae invited 600 fans to the official photograph session of the first of the "Miso Project" series titled "Message! to Asia" established by Japan's DATV (Digital Adventure TV), set to be held at the Tokyo Dome on December 14,...More
TV Stars' Fees Keep Spiraling 2010/07/31, Source, TV production companies have long been complaining about the exorbitant fees charged by top stars, which drive production costs up to the point where even a hit series no longer guarantees profits for the producers. But their complaints have curbed neither the stars' demands nor the public's appetit,...More
The next serving of 'hallyu'? 2010/07/28, Source,
A poster for MBC drama "Pasta" / Courtesy of MBC
By Han Sang-hee Staff reporter
The word "hallyu", or Korean wave, first appeared in the late 1990s, and it has been growing within the local entertainment industry over the years.
The word, which referred to the popularity of Korean culture around the world, has now become a representative term when explaining and defining Korean culture. It refers to almost all cultural aspects_ from drama, music, food to fashion_ and as much as Korea would like to see some effects in other parts of the world, it certainly impacts the entire region of Asia,...More
Park Yong-ha still not let go by Japanese fans 2010/07/21, Source,
The late Korean actor Park Yong-ha [photographed by Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
Japanese fans have still not let Park Yong-ha go
"We pray for the soul of Park Yong-ha from the bottom of our hearts. We are truly grateful for your bright smile". As Japan still continues to commemorate late Korean actor Park Yong-ha who took his own life on June 30, TBS' television show "KinSma" hosted by Nakai Masahiro, the leader of popular J-pop group SMAP, featured a special one-hour episode for Park on July 9. The relationship between the actor and the show began in July 2006 when Park stepped in as a temporary emcee for "KinSma". The special episode featured interviews with Japanese celebrities who had been close to Park, including producer Tsunku who created [J-pop girl band] Morning Musume and popular emcee Utsumi Midori who is famous for her connections with Korean stars, as well as showing Park's activities in Japan. A video letter from the late actor's fan Ishibashi Etsuko, who is suffering from an incurable disease, made viewers eyes well up with tears,...More
Park Yong-ha memorial service to be held in Japan next wknd 2010/07/09, Source,
Portrait of the late Hallyu star Park Yong-ha [YTREE MEDIA]
A memorial service for the late Hallyu star Park Yong-ha, who took his own life last Wednesday, will be held in Japan next weekend.
According to a press release by Park's former publicist YTREE MEDIA, a commemoration service for Park will be held at Tokyo International Forum on July 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with fans and close friends in attendance. The actor's family members are unlikely to participate in the event,...More
The death of Park Yong-ha came as a shock to everyone. Park was a well-known actor and singer in the South Korean entertainment,...More
Japanese Fans Mourn Park Yong-ha 2010/07/02, Source,
Japanese fans of the Korean actor and singer Park Yong-ha, who was found dead in an apparent suicide Wednesday, are devastated, according to press reports. Tower Records in Tokyo's Shinjuku, Shibuya and other districts, set up memorial corners in their stores for Park. "Fans inquired all day long whether we had Park Yong-ha's albums", said a Tower Records spokesman.
Many fans stopped to offer their condolences at the Shibuya store, which exhibited a photograph signed by Park. The Sankei Sports reported a flood of messages on the Internet,...More
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
Park Yong-ha's coffin borne out of St. Mary's Hospital 2010/07/02, Source,
Korean actor So Ji-sub carries a photograph of the late actor Park Yong-ha during the coffin-bearing ceremony held at St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, Korea on July 2, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
The coffin for the late Korean actor Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide two days ago, was borne out of St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul earlier this morning amidst a sea of celebrities and fans attending the ceremony.
Actor So Ji-sub, a close friend of Park, led the coffin-bearing procession while carrying a photograph of the deceased, followed by Park's parents, family members and fellow actor friends. Several celebrities broke out into tears and started sobbing loudly,...More
Police announce Park Yong-ha committed suicide 2010/06/30, Source,
Chief investigator Kwak Jeong-hee at Gangnam Police Station gives a briefing on singer and actor Park Yong-ha's death on June 30, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.
Police have officially announced suicide is the cause of singer and actor Park Yong-ha's death. Park was 32.
Chief investigator Kwak Jeong-hee at Gangnam Police Station gave a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, declaring that Park died of suffocation early in the day after hanging himself from the cord of his camcorder's charger that he had hung to the top of his bedpost,...More
Popular actor and singer Park Yong-ha, 33, was found dead at home in southern Seoul Wednesday morning after,...More
Park Yong-ha discovered dead at home 2010/06/29, Source, By Javabeans
Breaking news: Park Yong-ha was discovered dead at his Nonhyun-dong, Seoul, home on the morning of June 30. I'll update with details if/as they become available.
I (Javabeans) am in utter shock. WHAT?
Park Yong-ha died at the age of 32, having debuted fifteen years ago in youth shows like KBS's 1995 "Love Blossoms in the Classroom" and 1996's "Start". He shot to fame with 2002's "Winter Sonata", which made him a household name and a "Hallyu star". He used that fame as a springboard a singing career in Japan, where he enjoyed quite a lot of popularity. He had a successful drama hit in 2008's "One Air", and totally stole my heart in 2009's "The Slinghsot", which is one of my (Javabeans) favorite dramas EVER,...More
Bae Yong-joon to make donation for Japanese project 2010/06/17, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon for the "Miso Project" [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon will take part in a Japanese project to help out the future of children in Asia, according to his agency KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that Bae has decided on taking part in the philanthropic "Miso Project" which has been established by Japan's DATV (Digital Adventure TV),...More
"Winter Sonata" musical to open in Korea in December 2010/06/16, Source,
Poster for the Japanese version of "Winter Sonata" musical [White Company]
Drama turned musical "Winter Sonata" will open in Korea in December, according to a press release from the musical's producer White Company on Wednesday.
White Company announced in a press release that the musical adaptation of the 2002 hit series "Winter Sonata" will run at Busan's Citizen's Hall from December 23 to 26 and then at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul from February 9 to March 6 of the following year,...More
Choi Ji-woo attends "Africa in My Heart" exhibit with fans 2010/06/14, Source,
Hallyu star Choi Ji-woo receives a thank-you award from an official at World Vision Korea. [World Vision]
Hallyu star Choi Ji-woo attended a charity photo exhibit titled "Choi Ji-woo, Africa in My Heart" with her fans over the weekend, according to global non-profit organization World Vision on Monday.
World Vision explained through a press release that the actress showed up at the exhibition on Saturday, which displayed a collection of photos from her week-long trip to Swaziland last March,...More
Drama 'IRIS' To Create New Hallyu Boom in Japan 2010/06/11, Source,
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
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 3 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: You're well-known as being a producer who works closely with the actors. There are many actors who like you or you get along with and you run a management agency too. Jeong Tae-won: I always think of myself as their older brother. And that I should make the sacrifices for them first since I'm their older brother. But when I make new attempts, I expect them to engage in them for their faith in me rather than for the money. On the outside, Taewon [Entertainment] is perceived as a company which is overflowing with money but our organs are the only things that aren't held [as security]. (laugh) Every project is difficult in the beginning but the actors have always helped since they know their older brother is going to make a movie, not buy land, by making money. (laugh) Both "IRIS" and "71-Into the Fire" are also productions which would have been difficult to make without that trust. When a movie doesn't do well, the actors are the first people I feel sorry for. I wheedled them into doing it but I would leave a scratch in their life due to that film. It remains a debt in my heart. And I want to do whatever I can to repay that debt,...More
Bae Yong-joon promotes Korean learning with Nintendo DS 2010/05/27, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon in an advertising campaign for Nintendo DS [Nintendo]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon will be reprising his role as a virtual Korean language teacher for Nintendo DS, a popular hand-held game console created by the Japanese maker.
Bae's agency KEYEAST announced in a press release Thursday that the actor collaborated with Nintendo for the second time to follow-up on their hit software creation named "Learning Korean with Bae Yong-joon DS",...More
Bae Yong-joon visits Tokyo for hotel launching and charity 2010/04/07, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon visited Japan for a hotel launching party and charity work this week, according to his agency KEYEAST on Wednesday.
KEYEAST said in a press release that the actor flew into Japan on Monday, although not through Tokyo Narita Airport for security reasons, to attend the opening party for the Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho, held in Tokyo the following day.
At the event, Bae is said to have gifted the new hotel with a white porcelain pot made by a Korean artist, which will later be displayed at the site,...More
Choi Ji-woo to hold autograph session in Seoul this week 2010/03/23, Source,
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo will be holding an autograph session in Seoul on Friday, according to cosmetics brand Shiseido on Tuesday.
The actress will be meeting fans and signing autographs at a fan event, to be held at Seoul's Lotte Department Store on March 26.
The event, sponsored by Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido which Choi endorses, will celebrate the launch of "Jiwoo Serum", a new product named after the actress,...More
Bae Yong-joon Visits Fans in Hospitals 2010/03/17, Source, Bae Yong-joon visited hospitals to see his fans injured from an accident on the set of the drama "Winter Sonata".
The Hallyu star went to the hospitals to visit 30 fans who had been hospitalized. They had been injured from a sudden gust of wind while they visited the film set of the animated version of "Winter Sonata" in Jeongdongjin, Gangneung in Gangwondo province on March 12,...More
major events in Korea's modern history from 1884 till now. The project is part of the 60th anniversary of The Korea Times, which falls on Nov.1.
For South Korea, the last three years of the millennium,...More
Choi Ji-woo to reach out to less fortunate in Swaziland 2010/03/03, Source,
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo will be visiting the Kingdom of Swaziland in South Africa to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate.
Documentary producer With Culture explained in a press release that Choi traveled to Swaziland for a week-long stay starting Tuesday to help install a hand pump as part of her effort to help children undergoing difficulties in the drought-stricken region.,...More
Bae Yong-joon's Keyeast profits up three-fold 2010/02/16, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon's company Keyeast Co., Ltd. saw its profits surge three-fold last year, proving it is a strong player in the entertainment industry which has been hit hard by the economic downturn.
Keyeast, a provider of Korean cultural content of which Bae is a major stockholder, announced through a press release Friday that the firm posted profits worth 10.5 billion won in 2009, a 303.5 percent increase compared to the previous year.
An official at Keyeast explained that the reappraisal value of Digital Adventure (DA), worth about 10 billion won, accounted for a majority of the gain. DA, a Japanese digital contents distribution company, had merged with BOF Entertainment, another subsidiary of Keyeast in May.,...More
Bae Yong-joon to promote Korea in TV commercial 2010/02/08, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
An official television commercial featuring Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon in a Korean tourism campaign is set to air in Japan and throughout the world, according to his agency.
The actor, who last October was appointed PR ambassador to promote Korean tourism, appeared in a special commercial to promote Korea and the "2010-2012 Visit Korea Year" campaign, KEYEAST said in a press release.,...More
Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo reunite for Winter Sonata anime 2010/02/01, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon (left) and actress Choi Ji-woo [KEYEAST]
Top Hallyu stars Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo will be reuniting as co-stars in the final scene for Japanese animation "Winter Sonata~ Another Story~", according to a press release by Bae's agency KEYEAST.
KEYEAST explained that the two actors -- who provided voice-overs for their famous fictional characters in "Another Story~"-- are set to make an actual appearance in the ending scene for the animated version of their hit TV series "Winter Sonata".
"More Japanese viewers are becoming interested in the animation with every episode", an executive at the animation production company was quoted as saying. "So the producers and actors agreed to shoot an actual [non-animation] ending scene to repay the viewers for their support of the series".,...More
Bae Yong-joon's new wine drama gets cancelled 2010/01/06, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Bae Yong Joon's much-hyped drama adaptation of famed Japanese comic "Waterdrops of God" has cancelled production, according to his agency KEYEAST. KEYEAST, where Bae is one of the major shareholders, explained yesterday that they "had no choice but to cancel production of the TV series because it seemed difficult to produce the show with the current product placement (PPL) market conditions in Korea". The main reason for cancellation appears to have been Korea's strict regulations regarding PPL in television dramas. According to current regulations, specific wine brands and product names are prohibited from showing on network TV. This creates a problem in delivering the story since all the wines that appear in the original comics are authentic.,...More
Hallyu superstar Bae Yong-joon, who has been actively promoting Korean food and culture recently, will open,...More
Korean Wave Aims at New Horizons 2009/10/22, Source, When Lee Eun-hye, 24, a college student went on a trip to South America she certainly didn't expect this. Every time she introduced herself as a Korean, the locals would greet her eagerly, mentioning the Korean drama "Dae Jang Geum" (En,...More
[Policy] Hallyu under threat? Taiwan is exception! 2009/06/16, Source, 'Hallyu in Taiwan, No problem!' The Hallyu (Korean wave) has been under threat while in Taiwan the popularity of the Korean culture is on the surge. TVXQ gave concert in Taiwan and received warm welcome. The concert was scheduled to be performed but canceled due to,...More
Korea and Japan have been at center stage when it comes to television dramas, and the Korean Broadcasting Institute has revealed the differences of the two close yet distant countries' drama production.
According to the report "Comparison on Drama Making of Jap,...More
Hallyu or the Korean wave is leading the way to a modern-day Silk Road. The Korean Culture & Information Service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Silk Road Foundation will open a Korean Culture Festival in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tur,...More
The economy looks gloomy, and a dark cloud is casting a shadow over the local drama industry. But producers and networks alike are striving to keep up with demands from viewers, with support in and out of the country.
Local television network SBS will offer a n,...More
Is Korean TV Losing its Competitive Edge? 2008/12/29, Source, Korean soap operas were the pinnacle of the Korean Wave that swept Asia. According to the Korean Broadcasting Institute (KBI), soap operas are still the most popular exported Korean TV program, accounting for 90 percent of TV programs exported in the first half of this year or US$53 million.
"Four Seasons House" is the place that displays various drama props and sets used in famous scenes, as well as photos of filming locations.
The "Four Seasons" TV drama series, directed by More
Seoul becomes a movie set 2008/11/27, Source, This is the third in a series of articles highlighting tourism spots in Seoul. The useful guide for planning weekend trips in the capital city will help readers rediscover Seoul. - Ed.
Seoul is full of beautiful and charming spots and streets where thousands of beautiful scenes in movies and TV d,...More
Various video and audio productions from capitalist countries are becoming more widely available in North Korea, with the authorities becoming more lenient on those enjoying such contents. Previously North Koreans could be subject to life-long jail terms or even ca,...More
When National Treasure No.1 Namdaemun burned down in a fire in February this year, Koreans emotionally fell down with it. Although the government vowed that it will restore the beloved treasure, it was evident that cultural assets needed more attention. Followed b,...More
Korea Global Media Group will launch "Korea TV", a "hallyu satellite broadcast", to spread Korean cultural contents throughout the Middle East and North Africa this coming July. The broadcaster will be the first private media group to advance into the area.
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
The new artist awards are given to ten artists who debuted in the previous year and ranked top ten in the album sales and revenue category. SS501 was placed under the spotlight when the group releas,...More
Stars aligning for the Year of the Rat 2008/02/06, Apart from being famous worldwide, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Al Gore and Zinedine Zidane have one other thing in common -- they were born in the Year of the Rat, according to the traditional zodiac system still widely used in Korea.
With the first day of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, rats, the first a,...More
Born in the Year of the Rat 2007/12/31, Source, In the Year of the Rat, Korean pop culture is led by those born in another, in 1972. Coincidence or cosmic determination? Readers may decide for themselves. Known as the "president of culture" in the 1990s, Seo Taiji releasef his 15th anniversary,...More
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
The Internet has become an increasingly influential medium throughout East Asia. In this article we examine the case of Kenkanryu ('"Hating 'The Korean Wave'"), a manga published in 2005 in hard copy, bu,...More
The long awaited drama, "Taewangsasingi" (The Four Guardian Gods of the King, "The Legend"), starring hallyu icon Bae Yong-joon, finally met its audience on television Monday. A "Taewangsasingi Special" was,...More
According to the forecast report based on the Korean dramas recently shown in Japan, conducted by Korea Broadcasting Institute (KBI, C,...More
Yedang, Reborn Into A Comprehensive Content Company 2007/09/07, Source, Active both in its advance into the film business and the expansion of its media business this year, Yedang Entertainment (CEO: Yang, Hee-Jong) is seeking to widen its scope to include the performing events and drama industry.
Yedang announced that Lobbyist, an SBS' special drama scheduled to be,...More
Sidus Enters US Cable Market 2007/08/27, Source, Major South Korean entertainment company Sidus Corp. has bought a US $20 million slice of ImaginAsian TV (IA TV), a 24-hour Asian-American cable network in the US. The network reaches about 4 million subscribers nationwide and is the first of its kind in the US. Under the agreement, Sidus will pro,...More
Top Korean film company Sidus and U.S.-based broadcasting company ImaginAsian TV signed an agreement for the distribution of Korean entertainment contents in the United States, it was announced on Tuesday.
Under the memorandum of understanding, Sidus wil,...More
'Forever, Asian Star Culture Expo In Japan' Opens in Tokyo 2007/08/02, Source, The opening ceremony for the second FACE In Japan:Forever, Asian Star Culture Expo In Japan, was held in grandeur on the 1st at the Tokyo Dome City Freedom Hall. This expo is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, and the Korean National Tour,...More
Andre Kim holds fashion show in Wuxi 2007/07/12, Source, WUXI, China -- Korea's top designer Andre Kim staged his 10th fashion show on Thursday, 160 kilometers west of Shanghai. It was attended by an audience of 6,000 spectators.
Under the title "Fantasy of Four Seasons", Kim presented a total of 170 works that highlighted the beauty and color of each,...More
Beauty Queen Honey Lee to Captivate Japan 2007/06/14, Source, Beauty pageant winner Honey Lee will play the traditional Korean instrument gayageum at the "Love Sonata 2007 Revival Japan" concert to be held at the Super Arena Stadium on July 24th.
Her performance in Japan is particularly meaningful, as she will be joined by her mother, a master singer design,...More
Why Are Korean TV Channels Hard to Find Abroad? 2007/04/03, Source, More and more Koreans travel abroad, and many of them wonder why there are no cable TV channels like the BBC or CNN they can watch there in their own language. Even in Asia, where Korean soap operas are hugely popular, Korean channels are rare. Experts say exporting popular programs like ",...More
An academic discussion on hallyu and its broader geopolitical implications will be held on Feb. 16 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in the United States.
Jason Lim, the event organizer and a mid-car,...More
Recently Chongdong Theater, an official Korean theater group performed in three metropolitan cities of India. The public responses to these performances were jam-packed auditorium and cheering crowd. Hardly has any fore,...More
He will receive the prize at the 2006 Korea Model Festival Award on Friday evening at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Seoul. The event is being hosted by the Kor,...More
Seoul to make Hallyu map to entice tourists 2007/01/14, Source, Surrounded with hip-hop clubs, some Latin bars and live band clubs, Hongdae (the area around Hongik University) is a famous spot with young Koreans and foreigners, especially on weekends. This area is popular not only for those who love clubbing but also for the Korean drama ",...More
Big dreams for K-dramas 2007/01/13, Source, "CSI", "24" and "Lost" -- if a show's a hit in the U.S., it will likely be a hit in Korea, too. Korean dramas are trying to make the formula work in reverse but still are unable to replicate Hollywood's success -- for now.
Major hits in the U.S. cost studios about 3-4 billion won per episode. In,...More
Seoulites Take Trip 'Round World via Teddy Bears 2007/01/08, Source, Koreans are getting a rare opportunity to take a trip around the world through teddy bears.
One of the largest teddy bear exhibitions in the world is in Seoul, offering a wide range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
Chang Yeojeong has more.
Musical Korean Wave Expected This Year 2007/01/04, Source, Amid the rapid growth of the domestic musical market, more Korean productions are heading overseas. This year is even expected to see the export of creative musicals with royalty payments.
Japan to set to buy the copyrights of PMC Production's creative musical "Dalgona" for local staging.
"Duelist" Released in Egypt 2006/12/14, Source, A Korean film has been exported to Egypt for 10,000 dollars for the first time in Korea's film history. Egyptian film distributor Good News Group held a preview of ",...More
Korean wave arrives in Central, South America 2006/11/27, Source, Newspapers have published reports about the recent Korean culture boom, or hallyu, sweeping over East Asian countries. Though some critics claim hallyu works only in Asia, such phenomenon, however, is not solely based on the similarity or common feelings that Asians share.
[HERALD INTERVIEW]Singer presents his version of 'Winter Sonata' 2006/10/01, Source, It sounds like a cliche, but for Koreans, Japan is a country that is close yet distant. And an opportunity to present what we have to them through a performance is meaningful in itself. "It is an opportunity that was hard to pass", said Im Tae-kyeong, the lead actor of the musical version of the all,...More
Akie Abe is known to be an avid Korean Wave fan, and in keeping with her stature is a heroine with a big heart,...More
U.S. Daily Reports on Asia's Drama-fed Korea Obsession 2006/09/04, Source, Leading U.S. paper the Chicago Tribune has belatedly caught on to the receding tsunami that is the Korean Wave. On the paper's Metromix website on Monday, an article titled "In Japan, a yen among women for 'Seoulmate'" took a good look at the phenomenon that is drawing infatuated Japanese women to K,...More
Korean Wave Hits Asia and Beyond 2006/08/31, Source, The latest fad in Asia, and soon to hit the American shores, dubbed "Korean Wave", have sprouted growing interests in Korean males among the female counterparts in the region according to the Washington Post on August 31.
The article, entitled "Japanese Women Catch the 'Korean Wave'," reports the,...More
The Japanese Education Ministry on Thursday said it will insert in spring next year a photo of Bae's arrival at Tokyo's Narita International Airpor,...More
'Korean Wave' Attracting Female Tourists to S.Korea 2006/03/29, Source, The popularity of Korean celebrities, TV dramas and movies in Asia, is helping to bring in the foreign tourists.
A study by Korea's tourism authority shows the number of female visitors have grown at the fastest rate.
Chang Yeo-jeong has details.
"Hallyu", the Korean Wave, or the remarkable pop,...More
Korean Film Sets Sights on the World 2006/03/28, Source, In 1988 the Korean film industry was on the verge of failing. In accordance with trade liberalization, United International Pictures (UIP) announced the direct distribution of films in Korea. Due to the direct distribution, Hollywood films in Korea have increased twice as much as the previous year (,...More
It is not too much to say that 2005 was the year of Daniel Henney. The model-turned-actor gained the status of a national heartthrob by playing angel-hearted doctor Henry Kim in last year's mega-hit televisi,...More
The Los Angeles Korean Cultural Service and the Korea Culture and Content Agency (KOCCA) announced on February 23 (Thursday) that Korean animation and games have become immensely popular in the U.S Market among all e,...More
The concept of mankind's cultural heritage is currently changing from tangible to intangible. "Tangible cultural heritage" was defined by the UNESCO's Convention Concerning the Protection of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1972 as being "irrepl,...More
The Korea Foundation for Asian Culture Exchange on Thursday said its poll found some 60 percent of Singaporeans have seen a Korean drama, followed by 44 percent of Malaysians and 40 percent of Thais.,...More
Korean Soap Operas Debut on U.S. Network TV 2005/12/01, Source, "Imagine Asian TV", a 24-hour cable TV station that specializes in Asian programs as a part of Imagine Asian Entertainment, was established in June of 2004 as the first 24-hour Asian American television network in the U.S.
On November 30, 2005, Imagine Asian TV announced plans to broadcast two of,...More
Art exhibition boosting Korean Wave 2005/11/29, Source, The Korean Wave, the Asian craze for Korean pop culture, seems unwavering. Korean sculptor Jeong Jin-hong's "The Central Exhibition of the Korean Wave" is a success in Osaka, Japan.
Korean Wave seminar held at University of Hawaii 2005/11/17, Source, The culture of excellence inherent in Korea yet latent for over 2,000 years is coming out of its long seclusion at the turn of the 21st century, on the strength of the country's political and economic stability, triggering Hallyu in its progress across Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Calling Bae a cultural ambassador who is enhancing his nation's image, the daily on Wednesday ci,...More
'Yonsama' to try his luck in China 2005/11/01, Source, With the slightest smile or a subtle wave of the hand, "Yonsama" Bae Yong-joon may have hundreds of Japanese women fainting with lust. But China is an unpredictable land even for the "Korean Wave Prince", as he sets off next week to meet his,...More
KBS Media, an affiliate of KBS in charge of the export of KBS content, has tallied the total export volume of KBS content at 24 million dollars (about 24.2 billion won) for the period between January and September this year. Thi,...More
Hallyu stars to appear at One Korea Festival 2005/10/28, Source, Japanese sources have reported recently that many hallyu stars will make appearances in Japan at the One Korea Festival slated for Oct. 30 at the Sun Plaza in Osaka Park. The festival aims to promote the national reunification of the Korean Peninsula and peace in Asia as well as bring together Korea,...More
Organizers Tighten Security at PIFF 2005/10/05, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ Organizers of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) said Tuesday they have increased security for the festival following bombings in London and Bali, Indonesia that left hundreds of people killed or injured.
Twenty security checkpoints will be installed inside and outside,...More
Following the career of a celebrity is part of the fun of being a fan. However, one of the consequences of falling for a 20-something celebrity is having to part with him when it comes that time in a,...More
'April Snow' sticks to Yonsama's image 2005/08/25, Source, Love, betrayal and guilt are some of the feelings movies are particularly adept at conjuring, but things get tricky when the three elements are lumped together solely for one big star. How do you evoke the inner life of a deeply troubled man and his equally distressed, secret lover when what the aud,...More
Kim Jong-hak, president of Kimjonghak Production, revealed in the latest press conference that distributors for 'Tae,...More
'Hallyu', Korean Wave to flow on in the Middle East 2005/08/10, Source, Now that the most influential broadcaster in the Middle East, Egypt National TV is stepping forward to import Korean TV dramas, the region is expected to be hit by the "Korean Wave" of cultural exports in the wake of rising popularity of TV dramas.
AP news recently quoted Al-Akhbar as saying tha,...More
Egyptian TV to Import New Korean Drama 2005/08/08, Source, According to Egyptian daily Al-Akbar on August 7, Egypt's state-run TV station ERTU, which wields considerable influence in the Middle East, is interested in importing a new Korean TV drama.
ERTU's TV Channel-2 will import a new Korean drama in compliance with requests from Arabic-speaking viewer,...More
The television commercial will feature Bae, who, since the broadcast of the soap opera ",...More
Korean Values Key to Success of the Korean Wave 2005/07/19, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ Identification with Korean values is a major reason for "hallyu", or the Korean wave of pop cultural products that has swept through parts of Asia, South Korean scholars said Monday.
But the popularity and star power of Korean celebrities now poses a serious threat to the continu,...More
Choi Ji-woo to Stage Solo Concert 2005/06/10, Source, Actress Choi Ji-woo will hold a solo concert entitled "Ji-woo's Secret Garden" on June 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Little Angels Art Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. A person close to Choi said on June 10 that the actress has been rehearsing for,...More
The Hallyu Forum Committee will hold the "2005 International Sympos,...More
Winter Sonata to Be Aired in Iraq 2005/05/25, Source, The popular Korean drama "Winter Sonata", which was a hit among viewers in Asia, will be shown in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. That's where some 3,000 Korean troops are stationed on a peace and reconstruction mission.
The South Korean hit soap opera "Winter Sonata" will broadcast in Irbil, Iraq, where Korean troops are stationed.
The Korean Overseas Information Service (KOIS) announced yesterday that Iraqi satellit,...More
"Hallyu" Movies Shown in Fukuoka 2005/05/23, Source, The Mainichi newspaper wrote on May 21 that the "Special Movie Festival - Korea/Japan" had kicked off in Fukuoka as part of the Year of Korea-Japan Friendship. The festival, which is being held at the Skushinoshi Culture and Arts Center in Fukuoka, featured several Korean movies including "Taegugki",...More
'Hallyu' Boom Sweeps Uzbekistan 2005/05/11, Source, The popularity of Korean pop-culture is skyrocketing in Uzbekistan as popular Korean television dramas are being aired to mark President Roh Moo-hyun's visit to the country. Uzbek people have much in common with Koreans such as Ural Altai linguistic roots, and Uzbekistan regards Korea as its third m,...More
'Yonsama' Stamps to Debut May 15 2005/04/26, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) - Postage stamps featuring Bae Yong-joon, a South Korean actor who has become a heartthrob for many Japanese women, will be marketed in Japan starting from May 15, according to Bae's agency on Tuesday.
Bae Yong-joon, a Korean actor who is popular in Japan, announced his opinion on the worsening territorial row between Korea and Japan through his official Internet Web site on Monday, after showing reluctanc,...More
SAMCHOK, Kangwon Province - The normally peaceful and quiet park Chuksoru in Samchok was crowded on Thursday with unusu,...More
Yonsama Fever Rages On Amid Korea-Japan Chill 2005/03/17, Source, Oblivious to the worst crisis in Korea-Japan relations in the 40 years, the curiosity of Japanese tourists in the grip of the Korean wave continues unabated in the small east coast town of Samchok, Gangwon Province.
Over 100 Japanese tourists have been visiting Samchok a day since last month, whe,...More
Movie Theme Park Opens in Seoul 2005/02/23, Source, There's a new tourist hot spot smack in the heart of Seoul. It's a mock studio where visitors can experience scenes from some of Korea's recently acclaimed films and TV dramas.
It began with the hit 1998 action film "Shiri". "JSA - Joint Security Area", followed two years later, delving into new,...More
A group of foreign residents who meet to watch and discuss local movies for entertainment and as a way of learning about Korean culture are also using their biweekly gatherings to help charities in Korea.
Titled "Charity Movie Coffee Mornings", the event invites,...More
"Korea Fever" Translates as Commercial Success in Japan 2004/12/03, Source, TOKYO -- Products that fall within the "Korean Wave" umbrella have been nominated as this year's commercial hits in Japan, according to an established annual report.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp affiliate SMBC Consulting, which makes a regular habit of announcing Japan's hit products in early Dece,...More
Three different Asian languages can be heard among the shouts of joy, as fans flash their cameras continuously at local actor Bae Yong-joon, who has captured the hearts of many women in neighboring countries,...More
Korea Wave contributes to the nation's exports 2004/08/30, Source, Korea has always been proud of its culture. Until now, culture has been considered something that required money and efforts to develop and preserve -- not something that could be a source of income. But the country has come to realize that, in fact, culture can indeed be a money-maker for the natio,...More
Keeping the 'Korea Wave' washing onto Asian shores 2004/08/26, Source, When President Roh Moo-hyun invited Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and his delegation for a luncheon meeting last September, something unexpected happened. After a moment of calm, the Vietnam officials stood up one by one and started to line up in front of a woman, asking her to sign their,...More
Film Studio Creates Realistic Environment 2004/06/14, Source, By Kim Tae-jong
NAMYANGJU, Kyonggi Province - Have you ever wondered how the movie "JSA (Joint Security Area)" was shot in the truce village of Panmunjom located in the middle of the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Koreas? Or how the film "Chihwason (,...More
Bae Yong-joon's bedroom scenes are igniting controversies in Japan because the Japanese Film Ethics Commis,...More
'Korean Culture' According to Foreigners <1> - Mr. Sanae (Japan) 2004/03/15, Source, Korean cultural products such as TV series, movies, music and games are entering market abroad one by one. Korean Wave, popularity of Korean popular culture, which started in China and Southeast Asia, is continued in Japan, and Korea has become a contents exporter. We should be proud of our cultural,...More
my name is rawand ilive in kurdistan iwatched the drama sonata wenter its very nice more over its better than other drama all the actor its beauteful special yujin and jon sang and sang hoek in the end i hope you socced to all the group sonata wenter yours rawand
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