A teacher welcomes students at an elementary school in Seoul on Wednesday. /Yonhap
A total of 2.37 million children returned to school on Wednesday, accounting for 47 percent of the total.
But 561 out of the 20,902 schools that reopened on Wednesday had to send students back home after coronavirus infections surged in a warehouse by online commerce company Coupang in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province...More
Seoul's first fuel station for all types of cars from LPG to electric opens on Thursday.
The joint venture with auto giant Hyundai by GS Caltex offers gasoline, diesel and LPG pumps as well as electricity and hydrogen charging points...More
The number of babies born in Korea hit a historic low in March, down 10.1 percent or 2,738 on-year.
According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, 24,378 babies were born in the month, the fewest since data were first compiled in 1981. The birthrate has fallen for the 48th month in a row...More
Coronavirus infections are spreading in warehouses run by online commerce companies Coupang and Market Kurly. The surge at Coupang's warehouse in Bucheon has also spread to a nearby call center...More
Hyundai unveiled a publicity still of its soon-to-be-released Santa Fe SUV on Tuesday...More
The social cost of traffic jams across the country has been valued at W59.6 trillion (US$1=W1,242).
According to the Korea Transport Institute on Monday, the losses amount to some 3.4 percent of Korea's entire GDP...More
The number of passengers on domestic flights last weekend surged to the highest level since the coronavirus outbreak started.
According to the Korea Civil Aviation Association on Monday, some 137,980 passengers took domestic flights on May 23 and 24, even more than over the long weekend early this month (131,930)...More
Taxi and bus drivers can now refuse passengers who do not wear masks, and all airplane passengers will also be required to wear them.
The government's coronavirus taskforce on Monday said it made the decision to prevent the spread of coronavirus...More
Internet upstart Kakao has overtaken stolid auto giant Hyundai in terms of market capitalization, not least thanks to increased use of its apps during lockdown.
Kakao's stock price closed up four percent on May 22 at W247,000 (US$1=W1,240). That translates into a total market cap of W21.51 trillion and put it ninth among listed companies on the Korea Exchange...More
Korea can look forward to a record summer, with temperatures from June to August period on average 0.5 to 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than the usual 23.6 degrees, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration...More
Korea's professional baseball league matches can now be viewed in 130 more countries, in addition to the U.S. and Japan...More
Starting next month, bars and nightclubs will be required to adopt a QR code-based system to keep track of visitors following a resurgence in coronavirus infections in Seoul's party district of Itaewon...More
In the sleepy outskirts of Gangreung, eleven year old Bori (played by Kim Ah-song) lives happily with her family. We see from the first that Bori has some mild resentment of her younger brother Jeong-woo (played by Lee Rin-ha), but this mostly seems to just be because he's the baby of the family. "Bori" transitions softly into familial relations, with a biggle cuddle-in between family members masking the inevitable revelation that, though Bori herself can hear, the rest of her family is deaf...More
Last year Hyoja Village in Chuncheon made a noteworthy shift. Their area had over time acquired a noticably large population of street cats. Until then, Hyoja Village had been best known for its local murals. So they decided to try and rebrand themselves as a cat village. I thought this real-life local planning decision was very interesting so I was a little disappointed when "Our Cat" moves away from this topic to just become, well, another documentary about cats...More
Coming up with a film that functions like a modern version of "Pride and Prejudice" in a Korean setting and with Hollywood aesthetics is definitely not an easy task, but Lee Byung-il seems to have managed just that, in a rather interesting production...More
Volunteers tidy graves at the National Cemetry in Daejeon on Friday, ahead of Memorial Day...More
Visitors take a rest under parasols in a park in Gokseong, South Jeolla Province on Friday...More
The agency Soul and People has announced that Kwon Dong-ho, who they represent, would be appearing in the upcoming drama "United Effort to Accomplish One Thing". The drama will start airing in July in the Wednesday/Thursday slot on jTBC in the evening, following "Mystic Pop-Up Bar"...More
On May 29th distributor Lotte Entertainment of "#ALIVE" released supplementary material about "#ALIVE", which is set to be released in South Korean theaters on June 24th. The material included statements from first-time writer/director Cho Il-hyeong about the upcoming zombie movie and what kind of story the cast and crew are trying to tell with it...More
With ratings of 2.5% for the latest episode of "Fix You" and 1.6% ratings for the latest episode of "Born Again" KBS drama have entered into a depression. The television network has little to show for itself and no one to blame for the inability of their dramas to connect with viewers...More
The annual Jeonju International Film Festival, one of Korea's largest showcases of independent and art-house films, kicked off Thursday, but without audiences due to the coronavirus epidemic...More
People wait in line to get tested for coronavirus at a makeshift facility in Incheon on Thursday...More
Visitors take a photo at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Thursday...More
Korean documentary of the week "The Reservoir Game" (2017)
Directed by Choi Jin-seong
Narrated by Joo Jin-woo, Kim Eui-sung,...
A project by devilish reporter Joo Jin-woo who is out to find 'his' black money'...More
Yoo Ji-tae expressed his warm heart by donating 10 million won for disaster relief through the Hope Bridge National Disaster Relief Association on March 28th to help COVID-19 prevention and recovery from damage. Yoo Ji-tae's donation was significantly used to prevent the spread of the virus on masks and hand sanitizers, as well as to provide support for medical staff who are fighting the disease at the forefront...More
Office worker Park always writes web novels in a café after work. This is because he wants to write his own web novel about a martial arts comic, which he used to enjoy reading. He is now in the process of drawing up a basic plot framework and aims to start free-running on the web novel platform Munpia after writing a few episodes in the beginning.
With the creation of IT-based platforms ranging from writing to product sales and painting, more and more office workers are working on 'two jobs'. As IT platforms replace complex distribution, management and settlement, it has become convenient to engage in two-job activities at any time and convenient places, such as home and weekend morning cafes, after work...More
Lee Min-ho, Kim Soo-hyun and Park Bo-gum are coming back to dramas. As Lee Min-ho and Kim Soo-hyun are making their comeback after a long time since they were discharged from the military, attention is being paid to whether their appearance will become a relief for the recently sluggish melodrama.
Lee Min-ho from the KBS drama "Boys over Flowers", SBS's "The Heirs" and SBS's "The Legend of the Blue Sea" came back with the SBS drama "The King: Eternal Monarch" on the 17th of April. It's been three years since his discharge from the military. "The King: Eternal Monarch" is a fantasy romance in which Lee Gon, a science-type emperor of the Korean Empire who wants to close the door of a dimension, and Jeong Tae-eul, a Korean detective who wants to protect someone's life, people and love, cooperate across the two worlds...More
A romance that seemed to be a happy ending actually ended up as a sad ending in real life.
Stars that met through work and got married ended up splitting up. Actors Lee Dong-gun and Jo Yoon-hee announced their divorce on the 28th. Both agencies stated they filed for divorce on the 22nd. It's been 3 years since they got married and child custody belongs to Jo Yoon-hee...More
As much as the main characters, they are being cheered on for their great acting and their acting skills, rather than their visuals. Supporting actors' performances also broaden their perspectives on viewing works and add to the richness of the plot.
The main characters lead the center of the story and the supporting characters influence them. Depending on their mood and role, the mood of the work will not only depend on them, but will also influence the story's direction and change what the main character thinks...More
Wednesday-Thursday dramas decreased simultaneously.
This year's Baeksang Arts Awards have attracted strong attention for an unusually large number of strong contenders both in the film and the drama categories. Much of the interest, particularly compared to the awards season last year, has been prompted by COVID-19 and the interest being stuck inside has attracted in terms of media products. However, with the South Korean box office finally set to see new major releases in June, the Baeksang Arts Awards have also emerged as critical for building hype...More
The Baeksang Arts Awards in colaboration with TikTok opened up voting for this year's Most Popular Actor and Actress Awards on May 26th. The voting form can be accessed here and will continue until June 2nd, Korean time...More
On May 27th Park Shin-hye posted some backstage photos of herself and her "#ALIVE" co-star Yoo Ah-in messing around in front of her cell phone camera at the online press conference held for that movie that same day...More
Singer Lee Sun-hee has divorced her husband after 14 years of marriage. Her management agency said Wednesday that the couple divorced in late February.
It was her second marriage. Lee married her former manager and producer in 1992, but divorced six years later...More
Visitors enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Wednesday...More
First graders wait in line at an elementary school in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Wednesday...More
The Korean Academy of Motion Picture Arts announced this fact on the 25th. "Baseball Girl" (director Choi Yun-tae) is a female growth drama that shows Joo Soo-in (Lee Joo-young), the only woman on a high school baseball team who is nicknamed 'genius baseball girl' for her 130km/h ball, struggling to overcome the challenges and barriers of reality ahead of her graduation...More
Actor Park Hae-soo is in his prime.
Park Hae-soo played an unidentified pursuer in the movie "Time to Hunt" (directed by Yoon Sung-hyun) released on Netflix on April 23rd, creating a unique character that makes it impossible to take one's eyes off of. Park Hae-soo's acting, which filled the running time with minimal lines, gazes and facial expressions, has been praised for delivering enough suspense to tighten the heart while controlling the tension of the plot...More
He's currently in his mid-20s, but actor Yoo Seung-ho still has that image of a handsome boy from his childhood. He is a reservist who was discharged in 2014, but it may be inevitable that the remnants of the immature grandson from the movie "The Way Home" (2002) still remain.
So Yoo Seung-ho has been very careful about his work choices ever since he left the military. In an interview after the end of the recent tvN drama "Memorist", he said, "The childhood image that follows me around influences my choices in work"....More
The new tvN drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is a fantasy romantic drama about a psychiatric ward caregiver named Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) and an impulsive fairy tale writer named Go Moon-yeong (Seo Ye-ji), who suffering from antisocial personality disorder...More
Actor Seo Ji-hoon reveals the charm of a lovely younger man.
"Kkondae Intern" came in 1st.
An online press conference for the upcoming movie "#ALIVE" confirmed that the zombie flick starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye in the leading roles would open in South Korean theaters on June 24th. This appears to confirm confidence that the South Korean box office will finally reopen to film releases decisively by the end of the month...More
On May 27th Park Shin-hye attended an online press conference for the upcoming zombie movie "#ALIVE", in which she has a leading role. At this press conference she was able to talk a lot about what she considers the movie's content to be and why she took on the project...More
On May 27th Yoo Ah-in was present for an online press conference wherein he discussed his upcoming movie "#ALIVE", which is set to be released next month. In the press conference he emphasizes the seemingly unique nature of the project, centered as it is around an offbeat young man who is suffering from loneliness in the midst of a zombie apocalypse...More
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Visitors look at a flower installation in a rose park in Gokseong, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday...More
A troupe performs a traditional Korean dance as part of a campaign to promote Korea's cultural heritage in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Lanterns are on display at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Tuesday...More
The new tvN drama "Postpartum Care Center" is about a woman named Hyeon-jin who is one of the youngest board members at work and the oldest mother at the hospital, going through a distressful postpartum care center adaptation phase while getting to know her fellow patients and overcoming child delivery. While Uhm Ji-won, Park Ha-sun and Jang Hye-jin confirmed roles previously, Im Hwa-young has joined the line-up, adding strength to the casting...More
The KBS 2TV weekend drama team "Once Again" are actively participating in the KBS "Ethical Consumption Project, We Together".
"We Together" is a campaign to spread the concept of ethical consumption to help local small business owners who are in economic crisis due to the spread of COVID-19. The actors and producers of "Once Again" are cheering them on with flower baskets and bouquets in a relay format, helping flower farmers whose sales have been reduced...More
Pictures from the script reading of "Memorial" have come out.
The new KBS 2TV drama "Memorial" is an office rom-com about Goo Se-ra (aka Tiger Moth), who doesn't get a job, but is tagged 'the queen of civil complaints' who likes to interfere, protest, resolve and date at the district office...More
"Elegant Friends" is unveiled at last.
The new jTBC drama "Elegant Friends" released a teaser poster on the 26th and lit the fire of expectation. The mysterious aura of those whose expressions can't be read catches one's eye intensely...More
"Good Casting" came in first among Monday-Tuesday dramas.
With the powerful response earned by "Kingdom - Season 2" earlier this year, itself building off the hype of "Kingdom", which itself was building off the hype of "Train to Busan", more South Korean zombie media seemed inevitable. But it's only just now that production is catching up with past trends, as "#ALIVE" seems certain to leave a mark on the box office this summer...More
The South Korean box office has been devoid of new releases ever since February, with "Beasts Clawing at Straws" being the last major one. "Innocence" was once set to break this dead zone with a planned May 27th release, but even this was pushed back to June 11th following a COVID-19 resurgence centered around nightclubs. Now "Intruder" will be first up on June 4th- provided there are no more delays...More
In the first noteworthy attempt at a viral marketing campaign for a South Korean film since the COVID-19 epidemic, the character played by Yoo Ah-in in the upcoming movie "#ALIVE" now has his own social media account. The account is written in character, with its apparent author imploring other survivors to send him a direct message if they are still alive...More
56th Baeksang Arts Awards 2020 fan vote is now open on TikTok...More
Teachers prepare for the return of their students at a middle school in Seoul on Monday...More
Visitors look at books at a book bazaar in Sejong City on Monday...More
Teachers prepare gifts for first graders at an elementary school in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday...More
The film "Innocence" confirmed a release on the 11th of June.
Starring Shin Hye-sun, Bae Jong-ok and Heo Joon-ho, "Innocence" is about Jeong-in (Shin Hye-sun), a lawyer who tries to prove the innocence of her mother Hwa-ja (Bae Jong-ok), a woman who doesn't remember anything, but is accused of murder at her husband's funeral, Mayor Choo (Heo Joon-ho) and the ugly truth that the village people are trying to hide...More
Ahead of its first broadcast, "Sweet Munchies" unveiled its points of observation.
JTBC's new Monday-Tuesday drama "Sweet Munchies", which premiered on the 25th, depicts a love triangle between late night snack healing chef Jin-seong, enthusiastic producer Ah-jin and successful genius designer Tae-wan. "Sweet Munchies", which has completed preparations for the launch, is waiting for viewers with a delicious menu that guarantees fun...More
Kwon Hyun-bin is starring in a family sitcom.
"Don't Lose Your Mind" is based on the popular long-lived webtoon of the same name, which has surpassed 2 billion views in 10 years, and is a family sitcom featuring the friendly and pleasant daily life of a family walking a tightrope at the edge of sanity...More
"Sunbae, Don't Put On That Lipstick" is a romantic drama about a straightforward junior who's good looking, sexy and sincere and a senior who doesn't like younger men. It is based on a web novel of the same name, which was loved by many readers by winning the grand prize in the Hyundai-Romance category at the 2017 Romantic Collaboration Contest...More
"Dinner Mate" had a good start.
On May 25th "Dinner Mate" held a press conference. The drama was set to premiere the same day on SBS, and is based on a romantic webtoon. Actors Song Seung-heon, Seo Ji-hye, Lee Ji-hoon-I, and Son Na-eun, as well as director Ko Jae-hyeon were all in attendance...More
On May 25th "Sweet Munchies" held an online press conference, with the drama set to air its first episode that very evening. "Sweet Munchies" deals with a sexy chef at a late night restaurant. It's the first drama for lead actor Jung Il-woo since last year's "Haechi", and the first appearance for Kang Ji-young in a drama since "KARA - Secret Love" in 2014. Lee Hak-joo is a more immediately familiar face, having only just recently appeared in the highly popular "The World of the Married" as a villain...More
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Teachers prepare for the return of their students at a middle school in Seoul on Sunday. /Yonhap
The Education Ministry on Sunday announced a student dispersion plan for schools in case of an emergency as most kids return to school this week. Schoolkids will be marshalled so that fewer of them are crowded into classrooms amid fears of coronavirus infection.
Kindergarteners, elementary schoolchildren in first and second grades, middle schoolchildren in ninth grade, and high school students in 11th grade go back to school on Wednesday...More
Golfers Ko Jin-young (left) and Park Sung-hyun pose before a one-on-one charity match in Incheon on Sunday...More
Job applicants wait in line to attend a written test administered by SK Group in Seoul on Sunday...More
A drive-in concert is held in Inje, Gangwon Province on Saturday...More
Passers-by take a picture of roses in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday...More
The two have been consistently creating hits with outstanding writing skills and the joining of stars since their debut. Their recent new works, SBS's " The King: Eternal Monarch" and tvN's "Crash Landing on You", attracted many people's attention...More
Which person who shone in the past year will be picked? The competition among rookies to win the coveted Rookie of the Year trophy is fierce, as it is a once in a lifetime win during these 56th Baeksang Arts Awards, which are more intense than ever.
The competition for the Rookie of the Year award is fierce, but officials say it is especially so this year. Since the final candidates were unveiled, people are saying it doesn't matter who gets it now. Ten male and female actors with less than three casting experiences were selected as finalists...More
Kang Je-gyu's father passed away on the 21st.
According to his sources, his father, Kang Yeom-won, passed away on the 21st...More
"Once Again" broke its record.
The number one movie this week is "The Greatest Showman"...More
Actor Ong Seung-wu just earned his first magazine cover and photospread with the June issue of Cosmopolitan. The news comes ahead of the Baeksang Art Awards, where Ong Seong-wu is up for Best New Actor due to his work in "A Moment at Eighteen" from last year...More
Over the weekend "The King: Eternal Monarch" only just barely managed to avoid hitting a new ratings low, with its eleventh episode Friday broadcast of 6.6% narrowly defeating the 6.3% ratings of the ninth episode, which aired the previous Friday. The Saturday episode had similarly weak improvement, improving from 7.8% to 8.1% relative to the previous week...More
More and more couples cooped up in lockdown are getting on each others' nerves to the extent that the divorce rate is feared to spike.
In Japan, a new business has already sprung up offering people places to stay away from their pesky families. The founder of the business got the idea when he had an argument with the woman he was living with in lockdown...More
Children attend a class at an elementary school in Jecheon, North Chungcheong Province on Wednesday. /Yonhap
Elementary schoolkids will return to school next week as planned, while the annual university entrance exam will also take place on time...More
Some sectors of business have unexpectedly benefited from the coronavirus epidemic, most bizarrely perhaps cosmetic surgery clinics and bicycle makers.
According to a report by Hana Bank based on analysis of credit card spending on Thursday, the travel industry was hit hardest by the lockdown. Duty-free shops' sales plummeted 88 percent on-year in March, when infections peaked in Korea...More
Adultery only recently became legal in Korea, after decades when the law against it was haphazardly applied to make the occasional example of people. But many still grapple with the ramifications of that decision.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton famously denied he committed adultery with White House intern Monica Lewinsky because no full penetrative sex had taken place -- she had "only" fellated him...More
Some 80 days after they were meant to start the spring semester, high school seniors finally returned to their classrooms Wednesday.
They were greeted by their teachers, some of whom they had never met in person...More
Football club FC Seoul has been fined W100 million by the K-League for placing sex dolls in spectator seats during a home game on Sunday against Gwangju...More
The CEOs of Korea's top 100 companies are gradually getting a little younger and more of them come from business backgrounds rather than being parachuted in by their families.
The trend reflects nascent efforts to make their top-heavy management structures more efficient amid increasingly difficult economic circumstances...More
Mannequins sit in the World Cup Stadium in Seoul during an FC Seoul game on Sunday. /Yonhap
Professional football club FC Seoul said Tuesday that it may take legal action against a company that supplied sex dolls posing as spectators in an empty stadium during the coronavirus pandemic.
FC Seoul placed 30 mannequins in spectator seats in its home stadium during a K-League football match on Sunday against Gwangju. The aim was to entertain viewers who were watching the game on TV and make players feel less alone...More
/Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Samsung enjoyed a record share in the global TV market in the first quarter this year amid a slowdown across the board due to the coronavirus epidemic...More
Six out of 10 jobseekers support online written tests amid the coronavirus epidemic, a straw poll suggests.
According to the survey of 596 jobseekers by job-search portal Incruit, 62.5 percent of respondents welcomed Samsung's experimental online recruitment test, while 37.5 percent were against...More
Old-fashioned department stores are deserted due to the coronavirus epidemic, which has sent their revenues into freefall.
Lotte Department Store's first-quarter operating profit declined 82.1 percent on-year to W28.5 billion, while Hyundai Department Store's plummeted 65.3 percent and Shinsegae Department Store's 57.7 percent (US$1=W1,234)...More
A worker disinfects a classroom at a school in Sejong City on Monday. /Yonhap
The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on Monday issued experimental guidelines to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections as schools reopen...More
Compact and other small SUV are enjoying a boom in the domestic auto market.
Korea's five carmakers sold a combined 72,416 smaller SUVs and 52,303 midsize SUVs during the first four months of this year, outpacing sales of traditionally-favored sedans which stood at 65,107...More
A police officer asks a driver to blow into a breathalyzer during a trial run in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, in this file photo from April 18, 2020. /Yonhap
Breathalyzer tests for drivers resume on Monday, 111 days after they were suspended in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to police...More
For all the way prison is romanticized in movies as being a cruel place where mean people brutalize each other in the name of power, and only the strongest survive, real-life prison is quite a bit duller than that. Fights are less about who gets to control the illicit internal drug trade and more over failing to properly apologize hard enough after bumping into somebody by accident. Pathetic luxuries like snack food which we on the outside take for granted are prized like precious metals...More
Sang-gon (played by Chun Jung-myung) finds himself somewhat unwillingly thrust into the life of a gangster boss. He gets stuck having to maintain his illegitimate business by destroying everything he loves. Cheol-hoi (played by Jin Yi-han) is Sang-gon's loyal goon, who supports Sang-gon's noble goal of trying to reform the mafia from the inside. This is, you might have guessed, a very stupid goal. So nobody has all that much fun over the course of "Unalterable: The Untold Story - Director's Cut"...More
Based on a play by Son Ki-hyun, "The Money" is a rather strange amalgam, since the almost completely unrealistic, melodramatic premises of its narrative have the distinct purpose of criticizing capitalism...More
56th Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) 2020 nominees, winners will be announced June, 3 2020...More
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People stroll along the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Friday...More
Visitors take pictures in a flower field in Buan, North Jeolla Province on Friday...More
The agencies behind actor Song Jae-rim and T-ara singer Jiyeon have issued statements that the two are not dating. The denials come off of a report published earlier in the week stating that the two had been seen riding together on May 17th in Choongju and that they had behaved affectionately with one another at a gas station in that area...More
Cha Tae-hyun is one of the longest serving names in the South Korean entertainment industry, even if his career has been largely overshadowed by that of his most famous co-star. He was the male lead in "My Sassy Girl" from 2003 alongside the then not particularly well-known Jun Ji-hyun...More
On the most recent episode of the SBS entertainment news program 'E-news Exclusive' the program revealed old footage of Lee Yeon-hee from variety shows that have shed some light on her sudden marriage announcement. Though Lee Yeon-hee is getting married on June 2nd she had not prior to this announcement even been known to have a serious boyfriend...More
A woman takes a picture of flowers at a university in Gwangju on Thursday...More
District officials carry parasols to boost their use as part of an energy-saving campaign in Busan on Thursday...More
A fishery market in Incheon is crowded with people on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Naked Fireman" (2017)
Directed by Park Jin-seok
Written by Yoo Jeong-hee
With Lee Joon-hyuk, Jung In-sun, Jo Hee-bong, Park Hoon, Seo Jung-yeon, Lee Won-jong,...
4 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00
A fireman becomes a highly paid nude model to make money for his sick friend, then gets identified as an arsonist from 10 years ago...More
"The Flower of Evil" is a packed emotional tracing drama of a man named Baek Hee-seong (Lee Joon-gi) who hides his brutal past and changes his identity and Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won), his homicide detective wife who traces his past, and stands in front of the truth they want to turn away from. Choi Byung-mo is expected to play a character with a key point...More
Jung Jin-young meets new viewers and audiences as an actor and film director. After publicizing his face in the early 1990s, he has been spending his busiest days again.
Jung Jin-young will release his directorial debut film "Me and Me" on June 18th. He was also named as a co-producer through Danifilm, which he founded. Prior to this, he will cast his hat at an online production report meeting at 11PM on the 21st...More
Lee Joo-young was featured in a pictorial.
Netflix Original Series "Kingdom" season 1, challenges the 48th International Emmy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor in a Drama Series. Attention is focusing on whether the popularity of "Kingdom", which caused the 'K-Zombie' and 'gat' syndrome worldwide, will lead to the award.
The International Emmy Awards is an international TV program awards ceremony established to introduce outstanding programs abroad to U.S. viewers and is considered one of the world's top three broadcasting awards. The party will announce its candidates in September this year and announce its final winners at the awards ceremony on November 23rd...More
The masters of supporting roles are teasing some tremendous fun.
The new Monday-Tuesday drama "Dinner Mate" on MBC is about two men and women who have deteriorated their feelings of love, sharing dinner together, showcasing a delicious one-meal romance that makes them fall in love with each other's charms...More
There's no such thing as "I woke up a star" anymore.
The times when rookies just appeared out of nowhere is no more. Seasoned strangers are taking over dramas...More
Actress Lee Sun-bin made a statement about her legal war with former management company Wellmade Entertainment.
Her legal representative refuted on the 21st through official reports that, "Wellmade Star ENT made an official statement urging Lee Sun-bin to correct violations of the exclusive contract and abide by it, but the content is not true"...More
The newly starting Wednesday and Thursday dramas both dropped in viewership.
On May 20th Kim Hee-sun made an Instagram post featuring photos of the actress at her surprise birthday party. In her social media posting. Kim Hee-sun thanked her friends for their spy-like diligence in making the party happen...More
From 2014 to 2018 Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Dong-wan have donated over three hundred thousand dollars worth of money to the comfort woman adjacent charity House of Sharing. Their charitable contributions were noted on variety shows over the years. However, investigators now believe their donations were fraudulently diverted for a real estate investment...More
Hwang Jung-min, Lee Byung-hun, and Ha Jung-woo have long made their reputation in the South Korean media environment as movie stars. However, their upcoming projects are breaking this format as the major, older stars are coming back to television dramas. This suggests a recent improvement in the perception of scripted South Korean dramas as relates to relative industry prestige...More
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"Crash Landing on You", a hit drama series about the implausible love story between a South Korean heiress and a North Korean military officer, has been the most watched TV series in Japan on Netflix for three weeks in a row...More
Partitions are installed on tables as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus at a cafeteria in a school in Ulsan on Wednesday...More
Students wait in line to get their temperatures checked to enter a school in Gwangju on Wednesday...More
A visitor takes a picture in a barley field in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday...More
Women look at skies from Mt. Inwang in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Actor Nam Da-reum is looking for a new future with MAGIQ Entertainment.
MAGIQ Entertainment announced on the 12th of May, "Nam Da-reum signed on with us and we will give unlimited support to the actor who has been acting since he was a child, and help him settle as a grown-up actor"....More
Kim Sun-young, who pulls off any character she plays, such as in the recent "Romance is a Bonus Book", "Her Private Life", "A Moment at Eighteen" and "When the Camellia Blooms", is returning with "3 Sisters"...More
Apparently Jung Il-woo has been preparing himself step-by-step to become a 'sexy cooking man'.
JTBC's Wednesday-Thursday drama "Mystic Pop-Up Bar" is open for business at last.
"Mystic Pop-Up Bar" is a counseling drama about a bad-tempered owner lady and her innocent part-time worker who resolve the grudges of customers in their dreams. It is based on a webtoon of the same name by Bae Hye-soo, who earned a perfect score of 10 from readers. Hwang Jung-eum, Yook Sung-jae, Choi Won-young, Lee Joon-hyuk-I and Jung Daeun have personally told why viewers should head to street pubs prior to the release of "Mystic Pop-Up Bar", which received attention from webtoon fans and prospective viewers before the show...More
"Run Boy Run" starring Jang Dong-yoon confirmed its release date to May 28th and released a special poster as well as some stills. "Run Boy Run" is about Do-won (Jang Dong-yoon), who used to be a rising sprinter, transferring schools after an injury, meeting his childhood best friend Jin-soo (Seo Byuk-joon) and getting involved in unexpected cases. This hard-boiled youth noir is about the growth of youths...More
It has come to the attention of TV Daily that Choi Jin-hyuk is reviewing an offer for a new KBS 2TV drama called "Zombie Detective". No decisions have been made, but it's one of the many offer's he's considering...More
"Kkondae Intern" started off in first place.
Even following its end last February "Crash Landing on You" has shown surprising resilience in the international Netflix charts. As of May 18th, "Crash Landing on You" has now led the Japanese Netflix charts for dramas for three straight weeks while also having a notewrothy presence in other countries as well...More
On the last episode of the variety show 'Stand-Up' entertainer Kim Mi-ryeo offered an unexpected apology to popular actor Hyun Bin. The apology was not related to Kim Mi-ryeo's own actions, but rather those of her husband, Jung Sung-yoon, back during an earlier part of their career...More
Girl group Secret Number pose at a showcase for their debut album in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Workers disinfect the cafeteria of a high school in Gwangju on Tuesday...More
Visitors look at clear skies from Haengju Fortress in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday...More
Actor Park Si-hoo, who was accused of rape in 2013, said something about his co-star in his new drama and has taken a hit.
The new MBC drama "Kkondae Intern" is prepared and ready to go.
With the charm of transformative characters, they are declaring a strong war to show the true side of the 'real work drama'...More
The world's most loved beauty brand selected Han So-hee as its official model.
Actress Choi Myung-gil is bringing mystery to drama.
She's confirmed to star in the new KBS 2TV drama "Men Are Men", which is about a woman who doesn't believe in marriage stealing the hearts of two very different men and struggling to stay unmarried...More
Two doctors breaking prejudice in medical dramas are playing tug of war with the viewers.
Two currently broadcasting dramas, tvN's "Hospital Playlist" and KBS 2TV's "Fix You", are presenting a group of determined doctors who are different from what we know. They are Jung Kyung-ho and Shin Ha-kyun...More
The viewership for Monday-Tuesday dramas has dropped.
Girl group BLACKPINK will release their first full-length album in September...More
Visitors look at poppies in Milyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Monday...More
Staff move rice seedbeds at the Agricultural Research and Extension Services in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province on Monday...More
People walk in the rain in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Monday...More
"A prince on a white horse isn't a thing now"
"What kind of a female prime minister these days dreams of becoming the empress through marriage?"
These are some of the comments in the online community gallery of "The King: Eternal Monarch". Many have expressed dissatisfaction with the way female characters in the drama seem to depend on men...More
This is what the viewers of jTBC's "The World of the Married" and tvN's "When My Love Blooms" say. Both dramas are about adultery, but portrayed in different ways. They have similar subjects, but the story and genre are different in a way that it's fun to compare the two...More
TvN's new Wednesday-Thursday drama "The Flower of Evil" is a packed emotional tracing drama of a man named Baek Hee-seong (Lee Joon-gi) who hides his brutal past and changes his identity and Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won), his homicide detective wife who traces his past, and stands in front of the truth they want to turn away from...More
"Good Casting" came in 1st between Monday-Tuesday dramas.
Kim Hee-ae has been announced as the next cover model for Elle, and will appearing in the magazine's June issue this year following her impressive run on "The World of the Married". Two different covers have been announced, one featuring a slip-on dress with prominent jewelry and the other featuring Kim Hee-ae charismatically posing against a wall...More
Even as "The World of the Married" has finished its initial airing the influence of Kim Hee-ae and Han So-hee in fashion circles seems set to last for some time to come. With Kim Hee-ae appearing in Elle and Han So-hee appearing in Cosmopolitan, the two actresses are showing off two very different versions of femininity. This contrast, indeed, is a big part of what let "The World of the Married" come to prominence in the first place...More
jTBC recently released more details about the upcoming two episode special for "The World of the Married", which will air on May 22nd and 23rd. As expected, the special program will feature various interviews with actors of the drama, including Kim Hee-ae, Park Hae-joon, Kim Young-min, Park Sun-young, and Lee Moo-saeng...More
Visitors enjoy themselves in a rose garden in Busan on Sunday...More
A visitor pays tribute at a cemetery in Gwangju on Saturday, a day ahead of the May 18 democratic uprising there...More
People walk past a fountain in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Sunday...More
Children catch marsh snails in a river in Okcheon, North Chungcheong Province on Sunday...More
TV dramas under the theme of family, the most basic unit of modern society, are on air or are about to be aired.
TvN's "Oh My Baby", jTBC's "The World of the Married" and KBS 2TV's "Once Again"j which are airing in May, the month of family, look back on the changed family concepts today or point to the new meaning of this unit...More
"Once Again" increased in viewership.
On May 16th Choi Ji-woo's agency announced that Choi Ji-woo gave birth to a healthy baby girl that same morning. The news follows Choi Ji-woo making a posting on her fan website on May 8th, stating that she was two weeks from her due date...More
Having stayed largely static in ratings over the previous few weeks, "The World of the Married" pulled ahead one last time, as audiences were curious as to the fate of its central characters. The fifteenth episode did its best to leave the situation on a cliffhanger, with the son of Kim Hee-ae's character having disappeared without explanation...More
On May 17th Kim Hee-ae's agency, YG Entertainment, released the actress's closing remarks behind the drama "The World of the Married", which had just ended. In the message, she thanked viewers for their love and interest in the program. Kim Hee-ae described her character as lonesome and isolated in a difficult situation, and that this also influenced her own mood. But the intense interest from fans allowed Kim Hee-ae to brighten up some...More
The number one movie this week is "Escape from Pretoria"...More
Six out of 10 parents are reasonably happy with their kids' online classes in lockdown, but the proportion is the smallest among parents of high schoolers.
The Education Ministry said Thursday that in a straw poll of 580 parents it conducted with the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission from April 29 to May 6, some 61.2 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with online classes...More
Visitors take a picture on Mt. Inwang in Seoul on May 10.
Hiking is no longer the domain of sprightly pensioners but now appeals to younger people who are barred from gyms and other exercise and entertainment by the coronavirus lockdown.
According to the Mt. Bukhan office, a whopping quarter of a million people visited the mountain in northern Seoul in February of this year, when the epidemic started, up 25 percent on-year. There was another explosive increase in visitors in March to 427,000 people as the weather grew warmer. And last month numbers reached almost 450,000...More
May is traditionally a month of festivals in Korea, packed with major events featuring flowers and performances. But the situation has changed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Government advisories for social distancing have led to back-to-back cancellations of spring festivals...More
The Education Ministry said Thursday that it is not considering any further postponement of the opening of schools...More
Kim Myung-joong (left) with his family and Paul McCartney (center) when McCartney was on tour in Korea in April 2015.
Pop icon Paul McCartney still tours the world at the age of 78, and for over a decade he has been shadowed by Korean photographer Kim Myung-joong (48).
Kim has been accompanying McCartney on his world tours since 2008. But when he took time out recently snapping skilled craftsmen in the traditional Eulji-ro neighborhood in central Seoul, he found himself trapped by the coronavirus lockdown...More
Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong (left) and Hyundai chief Chung Eui-sun shake hands at a meeting in Seoul on Jan. 2, 2019. /Yonhap
Hyundai chief Chung Eui-sun met with Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong on Wednesday to discuss cooperation in developing rechargeable batteries for electric cars.
The lunch meeting by the heads of Korea's biggest conglomerates, which are traditionally bitter enemies, shows the urgency of tackling a rapidly changing economy exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic...More
Seoul's Itaewon district is deserted on Monday.
The once-bustling party district of Itaewon in Seoul now resembles a ghost town after a spate of coronavirus infections were traced to nightclubs there.
After a man in his late 20s who roamed about a nightclub and other bars in Itaewon over the long weekend tested positive on May 6, new infections linked to clubs there swelled to over 120 in less than a week...More
Elementary schoolchildren in Seoul will be allowed to study at home for up to 34 days without losing points for attendance even after schools reopen, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education announced Wednesday.
The exemption came amid a decision to close schools for another week after a fresh surge in coronavirus infections. It will remain effective even if the coronavirus alert level is lowered...More
Coronavirus infections traced to clubbers in Seoul's party district of Itaewon are being spreading across the country.
One 25-year-old crammer instructor in Incheon who had been to a club in Itaewon is thought to have infected at least 10 other people, including seven teenage students, one parent and one co-worker. He apparently had no or very mild symptoms himself. Two of the students then attended services in churches in Incheon with over 1,000 believers, causing concern of a fresh spike in infections...More
Korea's professional football league, which kicked off in an empty stadium on May 8, has grabbed the attention of sports-starved fans around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic...More
Samsung will administer its annual recruitment test online this year due to the coronavirus epidemic...More
NCsoft's first-quarter operating profit surged 204 percent on-year to W241.4 billion thanks to the success of its new game "Lineage 2M", and sales jumped 104 percent to W731.1 billion, it said Tuesday (US$1=W1,225)...More
A subway train is packed with passengers in Seoul on Tuesday. /Newsis
Subway passengers in Seoul will be required to wear masks in crowded trains to curb the spread of coronavirus after a resurgence of infections traced to nightclubs in the city's party district of Itaewon...More
More than half of young Koreans feel invincible in the face of coronavirus infection, according to a survey, largely because their health is good.
The findings are based on the survey of 813 adults living in Seoul by a team led by Yoo Myung-soon at Seoul National University. It found that 54 percent of respondents in their 20s and 62 percent in their 30s felt coronavirus infections depend on luck...More
Renault Samsung on Monday unveiled a special version of its XM3 small SUV that will only be sold online.
This is the first time that a domestic automaker has released a model exclusively for online sale...More
A Justice Ministry committee has recommended scrapping a law that automatically gives children their father's surname in a country where married couples keep their respective birth names. The aim is to remove another vestige of patriarchy in the family law...More
Adultery and marital strife are enjoying a vogue on Korean TV screens.
In rural Wanju, a middle school girls' soccer team aims for South Korea's National Soccer Championship. Their coach Soo-cheol (played by Jung Woong-in) is an alcoholic who formerly managed a far more high prestige team. But he's a good coach because he...um...makes the girls on the team run a lot. I'm not exaggerating, when Soo-cheol is pushed into resigning following an embarrassing performance, some girls try to speak up for him but most of them can't actually think of any reason why they should...More
The Seoul Olympics in 1988 dramatically altered the perception of South Korea worldwide, the event symbolizing the country's development. But a major internal change also took place due to the games that was unseen by wealthy outsiders. The South Korean government imported a lot of cheap labor from poorer countries to complete its Olympic facilities. Not all of them returned. One, a Nepalese man named Minu, became an advocate for his people in South Korea...More
Having a body-swap movie in '50s Korea may seem as unlikely as the actual concept, but Han Hyeong-ho managed just that, although in a whole other fashion that is usually the case...More
Park plays the country's top fortuneteller, while Ko plays a princess with mysterious powers. Set during the Chosun Dynasty, the drama depicts the couple's love for one another against the backdrop of a fierce struggle for power...More
People walk in the rain in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Friday...More
A visitor takes a selfie in a canola field in Osan, Gyeonggi Province on Friday...More
With the recent increased prominence of Kim Hee-ae's estimated appearance fee of a million dollars for "The World of the Married" attention has also turned to other major performers, raising the question of what kind of fee they can command. The estimated performance fee for Jo Jung-suk of "Hospital Playlist" has thus surprised many who see it as unexpectedly high...More
In an expected move, jTBC has confirmed that it will air special behind the scenes interview episodes of "The World of the Married" in the drama's current timeslot on May 22nd and May 23rd. "The World of the Married" will end its run on May 16th...More
Lee Yeon-hee surprised her fans on May 15th by posting a personal letter to her online cafe. The letter stated that Lee Yeon-hee had met the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with and that they are going to get married. Prior to this time Lee Yeon-hee had not even had a confirmed boyfriend...More
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Seo Jung-hee looks beautiful in a bridal gown.
The long-awaited return of moviegoers to theaters has been scuppered by a resurgence of coronavirus infections just as the film industry had hoped to emerge from the tunnel...More
Students make hearts with their hands, and their teacher responds to them during an online class at a middle school in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday, a day ahead of Teachers' Day...More
Lanterns with messages wishing for the end of the coronavirus epidemic are hung at Jogye Temple in Seoul on Thursday...More
Visitors pay tribute at a cemetery in Gwangju on Thursday, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the May 18 democratic uprising there...More
Korean movie of the week "Romang" (2019)
Directed by Lee Chang-geun
With Lee Soon-jae, Jung Young-sook, Jo Han-chul, Bae Hae-sun, Lee Ye-won-I, Yeo Moo-yeong,...
75 year old Jo Nam-bong and 71 year old Lee Mae-ja have dementia. They've been married for 45 years and they are alike in all ways, mentally and physically...More
Kim Hee-ae never stops trying. She is always starring in diverse works with different characters.
That is why she is always wanted everywhere. Her name alone has unrivaled presence. This time, she's coming back with a movie that amplifies her sentimentality...More
Actor Kang Ji-hwan, 43, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and suspended for three years in the first trial for sexually assaulting and molesting two female staff members, but prosecutors demanded a three-year prison term, saying the sentence is low.
"I sincerely apologize to those who are hurt and suffering because of me", Kang Ji-hwan said in a final statement at the appeals court held at the hearing of the first criminal division of the Suwon High Court on the 14th. "I've been working hard to show good performances to many people over the years, but I'm so ashamed of myself right now"....More
Seo Yi-sook's management, Quintum ENM, got on the phone with Top Star news and said, "Seo Yi-sook is currently in the making of the drama "Startup" and is looking forward to the making of "Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol"...More
Gwacheon City revealed on the 14th that singer and actress IU donated 10 million won for those suffering from the new COVID-19 infection.
Actress Ku Hye-sun said hello to her fans.
"Memorial" is an office rom-com about Goo Se-ra (aka Tiger Moth), who doesn't get a job, but is tagged 'the queen of civil complaints' who likes to interfere, protest, resolve and date at the district office...More
Behind the scenes pictures of Jo Jung-suk practicing his guitar were released.
Behind the scenes pictures show Jo Jung-suk's hidden efforts, which captivated viewers with his flamboyant charm in the tvN 2020 Thursday Special drama "Hospital Playlist", which is buzzing with popularity...More
A number of minor controversies have erupted over South Korean television programming in recent months. Various incidents, most notably an unexpectedly darkly violent scene in "The World of the Married", prompted a meeting of the Korea Communications Standards Commission on May 13th. The Commission publically announced that going forward new measures had to be taken to curb inappropriate content on South Korean television...More
The South Korean drama production industry has long suffered from complaints of K-Pop crossovers leading to idols being given major roles which they do not have sufficient acting talent to effectively perform...More
Golfers pose at a media event on a golf course in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday. From left, Lee Jeong-eun, Jang Ha-na, Choi Hye-jin, Park Sung-hyun, Kim Sei-young and Cho A-yeon...More
Namdaemun Market in Seoul is crowded with visitors on Wednesday...More
People wait in line outside a department store in Daegu on Wednesday after a French luxury brand announced price hikes...More
MBC's new Wednesday-Thursday drama "My Prettiest Days", scheduled to premiere in August, is about a man and woman who are in front of a taboo. It's a drama about how to understand and heal the pain of life through their fate and love. It is one of MBC's best-anticipated works in the second half of the year for the story of two brothers who loved one woman at the same time, about close and precarious wrong love and cruel fate. Meanwhile, Park Ji-young, Kim Mi-kyung, Choi Jong-hwan, Lee Jae-yong-I, Jung Eun-pyo and Shin Yi have finalized their casting, raising expectations by heralding a tight collaboration with Im Soo-hyang, Ji Soo, Ha Seok-jin and Hwang Seung-eon...More
Eight films from the crossover project "SF8" of films and dramas produced by Soo Film, joined hands by MBC, the Korean Film Directors' Association (DGK) and Wave (Wavve), have completed filming.
Writer Lee Yu-jin of OCN Dramatic Cinema "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation" stimulates the thrills of genre fanatics. She wrote the OCN drama "Missing Noir M" in 2015 about missing person's crimes and was well received for her case structures and thick message. Many fans have been waiting for her next work since then. Lee Yu-jin teams up with director Kang Hyo-jin and actor Cha Tae-hyun with "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation" to bring satisfaction.
The new OCN Dramatic Cinema projetc, "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation", is a satisfactory investigative drama about a group of eccentric outsiders from different areas using all methods necessary to solve unsolved crimes. The pre-released highlight video heralded a pleasant atmosphere that is different from Lee Yu-jin's previous work, "Missing Noir M", which had a heavy and serious atmosphere...More
"Recipe for Happiness", which was invited to numerous international film festivals, is being made into a drama for the first time ever.
"Fix You" experienced a drop in viewership.
In the recent face-to-face interview with Yoo Seung-ho from the tvN drama "Memorist", he said, "I started the drama with many concerns because it was a genre I'd never tried before. I practiced barehanded action and since I was a cop in the drama I paid attention to how I looked on the outside too. I feel better now that it's over"....More
A recent rebroadcast of the MBN variety show 'Naturally' picked up unexpected interest when the content of the program inadvertently revealed an old photo of Kim Hee-ae during her college years. In the episode, Jeon In-hwa and Byun Woo-min discuss their university lives in the nineties at Chung-ang University...More
With the success of "The World of the Married" attention is turning to veteran actresses as possible selling points in their own right. While the Kim Hee-ae led "The World of the Married" is the most obvious recent exemplar of the trend, it is only a single part of the production trend...More
"The World of the Married" once again topped the Good Data Report, making seven straight weeks that the adultery themed drama led social media metrics in reference to dramas in the South Korean market...More
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People look at goods at a charity bazaar at a shopping mall in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Medical staff pose at Soonchunhyang University Hospital in Seoul on Tuesday, International Nurses Day...More
People wait to take coronavirus tests at a community health center in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Mystery tracking movie "Me and Me" comes out on the 18th of June.
Jung Jin-young, who went from veteran actor to film director, and Korea's leading actor Cho Jin-woong are increasing expectations for "Me and Me", which recently released a poster for the first time...More
Actor Go Joon is attempting at becoming a 'rom-com king'.
Go Joon stars in the new tvN drama "Oh My Baby" as Han I-sang, a warm-hearted, but impregnable, celibate photographer who doesn't want to get married. Han I-sang doesn't care about the eyes around him and lives a YOLO life, enjoying his single living. Go Joon is raising expectations for Han I-sang, ranging from romantic eyes to masculinity and reliable physical strength...More
Regardless of the times, there are doctors in gowns appearing in most dramas these days.
There are many kind of medical specialists in weekend family dramas, genre dramas and mellow dramas that are based in hospitals, such as the tvN drama "Hospital Playlist" and KBS 2TV's "Fix You"...More
Nominees in dramas for the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards 2020, winners will be announced June, 6 2020...More
"Good Casting" dropped in viewership two episodes in a row.
Nominees in movies for the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards 2020, winners will be announced June, 6 2020...More
Singer Roy Kim is joining the Marine Corps next month.
According to his management agency on Monday, Kim signed up in March to serve in the Marines and has been admitted. He will enter a Marine boot camp in the southeastern port city of Pohang on June 15...More
The hit film, which was released in 2003 to much acclaim, has been turned into a 10-episode American TV series starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs...More
A quarantine worker disinfects a school in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap
Schools are staying closed for another week after a fresh surge in coronavirus infections traced to nightclubs and bars in Seoul's Itaewon district.
The Education Ministry made the announcement on Monday. High school seniors were supposed to go back to school on Wednesday but will now have to stay home another week...More
Models promote watermelons in a superstore in Seoul on Monday...More
People wear masks at a subway station in Seoul on Monday...More
Mothers and children decorate a library with paper butterflies in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province on Monday...More
Children look at flowers at a park in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Monday...More
Candidates for the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards have been unveiled. Among them, special attention is being paid to the hero of the honorable Best Newcomer of the Year award, which happens only once in an actor's life. In particular, various candidates, from Jeon Mi-do to Han So-hee, will compete for the award.
On the 8th, the secretariat of the Baeksang Arts Awards announced the final candidates for each category, who have been active in TV, film and theater for the past year...More
The new SBS Friday-Saturday drama "Backstreet Rookie" released pictures of its script reading.
"Backstreet Rookie" is a webtoon-based drama about a young woman named Jeong Saet-byeol coming to work at Choi Dae-hyeon's convenience store. It is directed by Lee Myeong-woo, who also helmed "The Fiery Priest" last year...More
"Good Casting" dropped in percentage.
At this point, 'no break' is their strategy.
Actors Namgoong Min, Park Hae-jin and Lee Sang-yeob have been working hard on dramas and are working on minimizing the gap between them and the viewers. With their diligence, they are also differentiating themselves from other lead actors who star in one or two dramas a year at most...More
The formula '16 episodes' has long been destroyed. From the existing system of 16 to 20 episodes, including 12 episodes, 10 episodes, 8 episodes and 4 episodes, production of works with reduced episodes is happening fast.
JTBC's "The Light in Your Eyes" (12 episodes), tvN's "The Cursed" (12 episodes), MBC's "365: Repeat the Year" (12 episodes) and OCN's "Strangers from Hell" are considered some of the representative works that succeeded in reducing the number of episodes. The reason why these works were well received by viewers was because of their speedy development and tight plot. As the number of successful cases increases, viewers are also anticipating such changes...More
Kang Tae-woo, the youngest member of the musical group The Man BLK, has been confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming TV Chosun drama "King Maker: The Change of Destiny". This will be the first historical drama for Kang Tae-woo, who has also appeared in the webdramas "Govengers", and "Bad Mistake", as well as the daily drama "Home for Summer"...More
Jeon Jin-seo and Jung Joon-won of "The World of the Married" have been the subject of harsh criticism as captured images of their Facebook pages have spread throughout the South Korean Internet...More
Following reports from an anonymous neighbor that Kim Min-kyo's dogs attacked an elderly neighborhood woman, Kim Min-kyo has come out with a full acknowledgment and apology for the event in question. The incident occurred on May 4th and was witnessed by the anonymous neighbor who was harvesting vegetables...More
Girl group TWICE will release a new single in Japan in July...More
Coronavirus infections are spiking again in Korea after 75 new infections were linked to nightclubs in Seoul's Itaewon district over the long weekend.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases traced to Itaewon clubs stood at 54 on Sunday, rising to 75 if cases outside the capital are included...More
People have fun at the Han River Park in Seoul on Sunday...More
Applicants for hospital jobs in Daegu take a written test in an exhibition hall on Saturday...More
Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul is sparsely visited on Sunday...More
The new tvN drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" released pictures of its synergic script reading, leading up to the drama.
"It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is a fantasy romantic drama about a psychiatric ward caregiver named Moon Kang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) and an impulsive fairy tale writer named Go Moon-yeong (Seo Ye-ji) suffering from antisocial personality disorder...More
The number one movie this week is "A Rainy Day in New York"...More
With "The World of the Married" coming into its final weeks and proving a smashing success many have speculated as to what lead actress Kim Hee-ae is being paid for her work on the project as its only major star. This matter was actually discussed late last month on the Channel A program 'Heard Through the Grapevine', where a reporter with sources inside the program was able to give a proper estimate...More
On May 10th a report and video originating from a surfing school confirmed that Kim Hee-ae suffered a dangerous accident during an ocean scene in the fourteenth episode of "The World of the Married". In the scene, Kim Hee-ae's character can be seen as perilously close to the ocean, her being in a very poor state of mind. The scene was also confirmed to have been filmed at an aquatic training center on the coast near Gangneung city...More
The government will stockpile 100 million face masks to prepare for a second wave of coronavirus but will also send them to about 70 countries in need...More
With the Korea Baseball Organization's regular season kicking off with no spectators allowed in the stadium, a large number of baseball fans have turned online to cheer for teams they support...More
A baseball season opener between Doosan Bears and LG Twins is played without spectators at a stadium in Jamsil, Seoul on Tuesday.
The Korea Baseball Organization started the long-awaited regular season on Tuesday, drawing unusual attention from sports fans in countries around world where professional sports leagues remain suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic...More
A staffer cleans a cafeteria at a school in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis
High school seniors will go back to school on May 13 amid fears of a fresh spike in coronavirus cases.
The Education on Monday said 12th graders will go back to school first, followed by students in first and second grade of elementary school, and kindergartners on May 20 and the rest in the following weeks...More
LG has regained the lead in the global home appliance market, overtaking Whirlpool in both sales and operating profit in the first quarter of this year.
LG outpaced Whirpool in the first half of last year but then fell back to second place...More
Yoo-mi (played by Lee Se-young) is a young adult who hails from the southwestern part of the Korean peninsula. She's never much cared for her hometown. Part of this is due to rustic rural squalor, but Yoo-mi also has deep issues relating to her mother, Eun-kyeong (played by Kim Bo-yoon), who died in mentally trying circumstances while Yoo-mi was still a teenager. So it gives Yoo-mi no pleasure to visit her mother's old friend Kyeong-seon (played by Park Ji-young) at "Hotel Lake" for a rather inconvenient errand...More
As hospital dramas go, "Last Blues, Last Dance" is surprisingly upfront about the inevitable hopelessness of existing as a terminally ill patient without dipping into melodrama or even anything that can really be called depression. The story shifts constantly between three patients who have come to term with their imminent deaths in very different ways, none of which are that effective. But then, is there really a good way to face death?...More
Billed occasionally as one of the first romantic comedies to come out of South Korea, occasionally as a thriller about a crime, "Holiday in Seoul" seems to be nothing of the two, but instead a playful if messy comedy/drama of episodic nature, whose parts though, are almost completely disconnected, both from each other and from reality...More
Son Heung-min poses for a photo after completing his three-week military training at a Marine Corps unit on Jeju Island on Friday...More
Staff look at roses at the Agricultural Research and Extension Services in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province on Friday...More
Even before the success of "The World of the Married" Kim Hee-ae has had an unusual reputation among South Korean stars because of her distinct looks. Where most well-known actresses give off a youthful appearance, and have through most of their careers, Kim Hee-ae was already in her thirties when the first Korean Wave began. And yet she has long bedazzled audiences domestic and international with her distinctly mature, elegant look...More
On May 7th the sentencing hearing for Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon was postponed until May 12th. Though the pair had been convicted relating to charges filed in November 2019, the sentence had been appealed. The presiding judge announced that the delay in sentencing had been requested due to an agreement between Jung Joon-young and the victim, which had been presented to the court in the form of a written statement...More
Choi Ji-woo recently surprised fans by going to the fansite dedicated to her and offering a personal announcement. In the post, a very pregnant Choi Ji-woo showed a recent photo of herself and announced that she was a month away from her expected due date and was currently resting at home...More
Models promote sunglasses in a department store in Seoul on Thursday...More
Hanbok-themed school uniforms are on display at an exhibition in Seoul on Thursday...More
Volunteers make paper flowers for elderly people at a community center in Seoul on Thursday, a day ahead of Parents' Day...More
People shelter from the sun in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Black" (2017)
Directed by Kim Hong-seon-I, Ko Jae-hyeon
Written by Choi Ran-I
With Song Seung-heon, Go Ara, Lee El, Kim Dong-jun, Jo Jae-yun, Lee Kyu-bok,...
18 episodes - Sat, Sun 22:00
A reaper borrows a human body and fall in love with a mortal woman who can see the shadows of death...More
The new KBS 2TV drama "Memorial" is an office rom-com about Goo Se-ra (aka Tiger Moth), who doesn't get a job, but is tagged 'the queen of civil complaints' who likes to interfere, protest, resolve and date at the district office...More
Actor Lee Dong-wook was picked to model for Coffee Bay.
King Kong by Starship announced that he is the first promotional model for the franchise Coffee Bay...More
It was known that actress Seo Ye-ji was in the ER.
She stars in the new jTBC drama "Mystic Pop-Up Bar" that begins on the 20th this month as Wol-joo who has to resolve the resentment of 100,000 souls to pay for her sins and turns into a counselor for 'the other world' with 500 years of experience. It is said that Wol-joo's struggles, from the Joseon Dynasty to the modern era, are buried in Wol-joo's styling in the drama...More
"Oh My Baby" is raising expectations this spring with a special story and different romance of a 'role model woman' who dreams of 'riding shotgun'.
The new tvN drama "Oh My Baby" is a romantic drama about a woman who doesn't want marriage, but wants a child, and three men that catch her attention. It notifies the birth of a 'must see' drama that will relate 100% with women in their 30s and 40s...More
The new miniseries "Kairos" is a fantasy thriller drama about a man who is in shock after the kidnapping of his young daughter and a woman who lives a month in the past, struggling to save the ones they love...More
"Fix You" dropped in viewership.
The new tvN drama "Postpartum Care Center" is about a woman named Hyeon-jin who is one of the youngest board members at work and the oldest mother at the hospital, going through a distressful postpartum care center adaptation phase while getting to know her fellow patients and overcoming child delivery. It is directed by Park Soo-won...More
The current South Korean drama market is filled with contradictions. For one, despite much of the country being under house arrest due to COVID-19, there's little indication that dramas have benefited much from the arrangement. As many high concept vehicles with younger stars have fallen below expectations, the current champions of the drama market are headlined by a more veteran set of actors, many of which have more name recognition than they do recent verifiable hits...More
Still from "A Wife's Credentials"
With the resurgence in Kim Hee-ae thanks to her starring role in "The World of the Married" many fans are taking a closer look at her filmography to examine her past work. And consequently many have noticed a strange pattern in recent years, where Kim Hee-ae with quite some frequency takes on the role of a woman in a failed or currently failing marriage...More
In an online interview with GQ Magazine actor Park Hae-joon of "The World of the Married" surprised many by making reference to an infamous fan reaction video that recently went viral. In the video, an older woman angrily screams at Park Hae-joon in the abstract, crankily berating his terrible adulterous behavior and demanding the drama's title be changed to 'The World of the Nutjobs'...More
K-pop boy band BTS will give speeches during a virtual commencement event along with global figures including former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and pop star Lady Gaga...More
A meme based on an image from a video clip of Lisa, a member of K-pop girl group Black Pink, has gone viral among global celebrities on Twitter...More
Son Heung-min undergoes military training at a Marine Corps unit on Jeju Island on Wednesday...More
Women shop for flowers in a market in Seoul on Wednesday, ahead of Parents' Day...More
Girls stroll at Seoul Forest in the capital on Wednesday...More
Children have fun in a fountain in a park in Incheon on Wednesday...More
The new MBC drama "Miss Lee Knows" confirmed broadcasting on the 1st of July at 9:30PM.
Nothin' but Chill revealed this fact on the 6th and introduced this exhibition as a place where the behind-the-scenes of the drama and the story of Jang Man-wol (IU) can be seen and experienced first-hand...More
The new MBC drama "Dinner Mate" begins at 9:30PM on the 25th of May.
Actress Park Ju-hyun's performance is unlike any other rookie.
She stars in the Netflix Original series "Extracurricular" as Bae Gyoo-ri. "Extracurricular" is a drama about an exemplary student committing crime to make money and the people around him who involuntarily get involved with this crime and pay a terrible price for it. As soon as the cast's lively acting skills and the unremitting developments were revealed, they gathered a lot of attention...More
JTBC drama "Sweet Munchies" is about the three way romance between late-night snack healing chef Jin-seong, passionate producer Ah-jin and popular designer Tae-wan. Jung Il-woo, Kang Ji-young and Lee Hak-joo confirmed roles in the drama ahead. The production for "Sweet Munchies" released an additional line-up of Kim Seung-soo, Kim Soo-jin-IV, Yang Dae-hyuk and Park Sung-joon on the 1st. The real lives of broadcasting people are expected to double the fun in the drama...More
In addition to strong ratings, "The World of the Married" is also continuing to lead the current South Korean drama market in terms of social media outreach. According to the Good Data Corporation, "The World of the Married" once again led social media mentions of dramas from the week beginning on April 27th and ending May 3rd...More
Across various platforms the preview for the upcoming thirteenth episode of "The World of the Married" broke 1.2 million views on May 6th. Even by the already high standards set by previous videos of "The World of the Married" this is quite high, and most likely related to the shocking conclusion of the twelfth episode...More
In the recent past, adultery-centered storylines in South Korean dramas were considered passé, and the kind of thing that only made a regular appearance in soap operas. But with "The World of the Married", a focus on adultery in South Korean dramas has become increasingly trendy. Even other dramas beyond those genre trappings are making more aggressive use of it...More
To mark Children's Day, a couple of stars donated money to help children in need...More
Cheerleaders perform at a season opening game between Hanwha Eagles and SK Wyverns in Incheon on Tuesday...More
Summer clothes are on display in a store in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Tuesday...More
Workers disinfect a swimming pool in Daejeon on Tuesday to prepare for its reopening...More
Children have fun with bubbles in a park in Gwangju on Tuesday, Children's Day...More
YNK Entertainment announced this fact on the 4th...More
As one of Korea's most loved and beautiful actresses, Jun Ji-hyun is showing her continued potential as a dancing queen.
The drama and movie actress, who still remains on top, recently showed off her dance moves in a TV commercial...More
"Good Casting" is first in Monday-Tuesday drama.
Korean webtoons (K-Webtoons) are being visualized through various platforms and are being reevaluated. From a steady stream of TV dramas to Netflix's production that is definitely increasing, webdramas based on webtoons are increasing. The recent news of the production of the original webtoon drama proves this interest...More
Currently, "The World of the Married" broke the record of "SKY Castle", which held the title for jTBC's all-time highest ratings for dramas. In the tenth episode of "The World of the Married", which aired on April 25th, it showed 22.92% nationwide and 25.9% in the Seoul metropolitan area (based on Nielsen Korea's paid households). It surpassed the ratings record of "SKY Castle" (24.6%) in the Seoul metropolitan area, and has also broken the national record since then...More
A worker cleans a stadium in Seoul on Monday, a day ahead of the opening of the regular baseball season...More
Children enjoy a ride at an amusement park in Seoul on Monday, a day ahead of Children's Day...More
Haeundae Beach in Busan is shrouded in fog on Monday...More
The actor said, "Thank you everyone for watching "Memorist". Goo Kyeong-tan was a charming character who did everything he could to solve a crime and stood by Yoo Seung-ho (Dong Baek) at all times. I think the drama was appreciated more because of the teamwork of the 'Dong-vengers' amidst mysterious and intense situations. I had a good time making the drama with good people"....More
"Once Again" is on the verge of breaking through 30%. Not only the main characters are contributing to the popularity of the drama, but the supporting actors are as well.
KBS 2TV weekend drama "Once Again" started on the 28th of March. "Once Again" is a fun and heartwarming drama about the gap between parents and their offspring when it comes to divorce and finding their own true happiness...More
"Mothers - 2020" is the drama version of the SBS Culture Foundation Contest Best Short Film. The story begins with a tragic accident to a family and working-mom Jeong-eun, who lives an ordinary life raising her daughter with the help of her own mother. "Mothers - 2020" is the image of the remaining people and delivers the true meaning of 'family'. "Mothers - 2020" will be broadcast on the 4th and the 5th at 9PM...More
Yook Sung-jae announced his enlistment date. It's the 11th.
BTOB member Yook Sung-jae stated on his social media on the 3rd, "I thought hard about how to bring this up, but I think it's best I let my fans know in person, so here I am. You may be surprised, but I will be joining the military on the 11th of May"....More
Myung Film announced the crank in of "Shining Moment" in the backdrop of Jeju Island starring Go Doo-shim and Ji Hyun-woo on the 4th. "Shining Moment", helmed by director So Joon-moon is about Jeju's greatest female diver, Jin-ok, and a documentary producer named Kyeong-hoon who comes from Seoul to film her...More
Since its premiere on April 29th worldwide on Netflix, "Extracurricular" has earned noteworthy attention from viewers worldwide for its curious genre mix of high school antics and serious crime drama. Director Kim Jin-min-I has specifically cited the innovative design of "Extracurricular" as his inspiration for making it...More
As part of its latest record-breaking episode, "The World of the Married" featured a scene where in the lead characters played by Kim Hee-ae and Park Hae-joon engage in a highly passionate kiss...More
An old photo of Park Hae-joon has gone viral. Captioned as being the younger version of his character from "The World of the Married", the picture dates from Park Hae-joon's time as a student at the Korean National University of Arts. His distinctly younger and wavier looks have spiked interest among various fans on the Internet...More
Upcoming Monday-Tuesday dramas combine laughter and heart-warming feelings, while Wednesday-Thursday dramas combine food and romance.
Along with the warm spring breeze, various new dramas are in full swing...More
The long weekend starting with Buddha's Birthday on April 30 seems to have prompted moviegoers to return to theaters as the coronavirus epidemic shows signs of slowing down...More
People enjoy warm weather at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Sunday. /Yonhap
Korea will ease social-distancing rules and start a slow return to normal this week, some 45 days after it imposed the lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus epidemic...More
BTS won the Favorite Music Group award at this year's Kids' Choice Awards. The ceremony was held online on May 2.
BTS won the Favorite Global Music Star award at the same event in 2018...More
A mall in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province is bustling with people on Sunday...More
People arrive at Seoul Station on Sunday...More
People wait in line for a table in front of a restaurant in Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors have fun in an amusement park in Seoul on Sunday...More
"Once Again" increased in viewership.
Chae Soo-bin recently made an Instagram post where she announced her participation in the Gratitude Challenge and also encouraged others to do like wise. The Gratitude Challenge is a social media event in South Korea wherein people make use of their platforms to express thanks to the medical personnel taking care of people during the COVID-19 epidemic worldwide...More
While Jo Se-ho is best known for his reputation as a heavyset performer, the man has undergone a rejuvenation. Where just three months ago he weighed in at a portly 85.2 kilograms, he has lost over ten kilograms of that weight and now met his target goal 74.5 kilograms...More
With ratings of 24.3% in its twelfth episode, "The World of the Married" is now officially the highest rated jTBC drama of all time, passing the 23.8% record set by "SKY Castle" last year in its finale going by Nielsen Korea metrics...More
The number one movie this week is "Trolls World Tour"...More
An artist's impression of Hyundai's new headquarters to be built in Samseong-dong, Seoul
Automotive giant Hyundai will break ground in the next couple of months on a new headquarters building in Samseong-dong, Seoul...More
The outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in Korea marks its 100th day on Tuesday. At present, the only way to prevent infection is by social distancing until there is a vaccine or cure.
This has resulted in new entertainment and leisure trends like drive-in concerts, balcony performances and online "travel"...More
A spectacular goal last year by Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur was chosen as the "Goal of the Year" by the U.S. sports website The Athletic on Sunday...More
The first coronavirus patient in Daegu and the Shincheonji sect was released from hospital on April 24 after some two months of hospitalization.
The 61-year-old woman had been admitted to Daegu Medical Center on Feb. 17. She infected possibly hundreds of others in the sect, making her a so-called superspreader. She also holds the record for the longest hospital stay for coronavirus...More
A parking lot is full of cars at Seoul Grand Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday. /Newsis
Traffic increased nationwide over the weekend as the government eased lockdown rules after new coronavirus infections declined...More
Yeong-boon (played by Jung Eun-kyung-I) is an older woman who contrives an excuse to return to her hometown of Taebaek on South Korea's eastern coast. Taebaek not a highly populated area, although "The Hill of Wind" is somewhat vague on this point since so much of the action takes place at night. "The Hill of Wind" is similarly ambiguous when it comes to Yeong-boon's relationship with her daughter Han-hee (played by Jang Sun)...More
In 2008 South Korea held its first jury trial. It was a big psychological jump for the country's legal culture. After all, when you think about it, the entire idea of a criminal being judged by their peers is pretty strange. How would a bunch of random idiots know what does or does not constitute a crime? Our lead character Nam-woo (played by Park Hyung-sik) is one such idiot. Joon-gyeom (played by Moon So-ri) is by contrast the presiding judge of the nation's first jury trial, with thinly veiled scorn for the whole concept...More
"The Wedding Day" was a landmark for Korean cinema, since, apart from being quite successful in the local box office, it also won an award for Best Comedy at the Fourth Asian Film Festival, thus beginning Korean cinema's emergence to international audiences. The script is based on the comic fable "A Happy Day of Jinsa Maeng", written by O Yeong-jin in 1942 and originally performed as a stage play in 1944. The success of the movie resulted in two more adaptations, one in 1962, and one in 1977...More
Visitors have fun at a tulip festival in Taean, South Chungcheong Province on Friday...More
A shopping district in Insa-dong in Seoul is crowded with visitors on Friday...More
On May 1st Han So-hee opened her Instagram account to find it loaded with comments from Indonesia. This is thanks to strong distribution and popularity in regards to her currently airing drama, "The World of the Married", in that region. However, not all comments have been positive. Some commenters appear to be confusing Han So-hee with the character she plays in the drama, referring to her as a harlot who steals others' men...More
On May 1st news reports revealed that much of the filming for "The World of the Married" takes place in the American village in Pyeongtaek commonly known as Humphrey's Landing. This, in spite of the fact that in continuity the action is explicitly stated as taking place in the city of Gosan. This confirms what many had already suspected, as such distinctive housing in South Korea is rare and typically only appears near American military bases...More
The full cast for the upcoming drama "Backstreet Rookie" is finally coming into focus as the drama is confirming its final cast members. "Backstreet Rookie" stars Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung as employees at a franchise convenience store. The drama has been billed as a romantic comedy, though there is a noticeable age disparity between the two leads...More
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Five Reasons Why You Should Watch "When My Love Blooms" on Viu Episodes 1 and 2 of the newest romance drama are now available for Premium Users
"When My Love Blooms", the newest romance drama by tvN, premiered last weekend and the ratings show it did not disappoint. Its first episode received an average rating of 5.4%, claiming the top spot in its time slot across cable channels...More