[HanCinema's News] Messages Threatening Kang Ji-hwan's victims unveiled
The KBS2 Entertainment news program Entertainment Weekly has revealed messages sent to Kang Ji-hwa,...More
Song Hye-kyo, Stunningly Beautiful, Moves to a New Place
Actress Song Hye-kyo seems to be doing alright after the divorce, and she's even moved to a new pl,...More
Girl group TWICE have added a dozen shows in Japan to their ongoing world tour...More
Visitors have fun at the annual mud festival in Boryeong, South Chungcheong Province on Friday...More
Dramaland is once again pulling out all the stops with "The Method", a woman-centric drama of epic credit proportions. Aside from courting the ever wonderful Uhm Ji-won, the upcoming tvN drama is set to be written by "Train to Busan" writer and director Yeon Sang-ho, and to be helmed by PD Kim Yong-wan, who wrote and directed the movie "Champion"...More
"Parasite" has been invited to the Perlak section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. It will compete with seven other international films for the San Sebastian Audience Award among others in the Spanish film festival, which will run from September 20th to September 28th...More
The KBS2 Entertainment news program Entertainment Weekly has revealed messages sent to Kang Ji-hwan's victims. The messages appear to be from Kang Ji-hwan's company, and warn of negative consequences as the Kang Ji-hwan story becomes familiar in the press...More
A new trend is emerging of young women aiming for professional goals in Korean dramas. "Search: WWW" has been the main drama as of late on the subject, and it has just been joined by "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", a historical drama where the focus is not on great battles, but rather a young woman's determination to become a proper scholar in the face of prejudice...More
"Exit - Movie" - South Korean Disaster Film - Hits Theaters in Los Angeles on August 2nd and Across the U.S on August 9th
Directed by Lee Sang-geun and stars Jo Jung-suk, Yoona, Go Doo-shim, Park In-hwan, Kim Ji-young
Lee Sang-geun makes his directorial debut with the fast paced, disaster action film "Exit - Movie". Lee wrote "Exit - Movie" in addition to directing. The film will open on August 2nd at CGV Cinemas in Buena Park and Los Angeles and will be available nationwide on August 9th...More
New trailer and stills added for the Korean animated movie "Shining Star - Theater Version: The Birth of A New Lunaqueen!"...More
The film industry saw record attendance and profits in the first half of this year, thanks to a couple of hit films which drew over 10 million viewers...More
Children eat watermelons during a field trip in Seoul on Thursday...More
People escape the heat at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "My Secret Romance" (2017)
Directed by Kang Cheol-woo
Written by Kim Ha-na-I, Kim Yeong-woon
With Sung Hoon, Song Ji-eun, Kim Jae-young, Jung Da-sol, Kim Jong-goo, Park Shin-woon,...
13 episodes - Mon, Tue 21:00
A romantic comedy about Sung Hoon, and Song Ji-eun who has been single all her life...More
OCN comes in for the kill once more, and it's bringing quite the army. Jang Hyuk is back on the channel and although it's not for more "Voice", we'll be getting a reunion with its PD, Kim Hong-seon-I. On the recruitment process gunning for our hearts with him are Jin Seo-yeon and Choi Soo-young...More
Actress Kim So-hyun fell off a horse.
Park Seo-joon plays Park Sae-roy, a young man who doesn't succumb to injustice. He enters Itaewon with a fire in his heart and attempts something new. He is planning to show a relentless counterattack on 'Jangga', a major food business...More
"Doctor Detective" came in first.
On July 18th Lee Jung-eun won the best supporting actress award for her role in "Parasite" at the 24th annual Chunsa Film Festival. In her acceptance speech, Lee Jung-eun spoke warmly of her mother's references to success from the festival, saying that it put her in a good mood for the night...More
Ahead of the premiere of "Doctor Detective" the cast of the drama had a chance to discuss their work on the drama as well as each other. Rie Young-zin said that, having heard of Bong Tae-gyu since her debut long ago, it was a pleasure to start working with him and discover he still had much youthful energy as well as ideas for how the drama should go...More
Police have announced that in addition to sexual assault charges Kang Ji-hwan is also under suspicion for the use of illicit substances. The reason for this is that when police arrived at Kang Ji-hwan's home in response to an emergency call, he was acting very strangely and they were surprised to learn that he was the alleged assailant...More
Ahead of "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"'s premiere the cast and crew have discussed what they were trying to do with the drama. Director Kang Il-soo has described the story as one of personal growth for women in the nineteenth century who worked in the palaces. He described having heard about women who pretended to be illiterate so as to avoid written advances, and thought this was a good foundation for a fun story...More
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Winners for 24th Chunsa Film Art Awards 2019...More
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Korean movies opening today 2019/07/18 in Korea: "Master and Man - Movie", "Shining Star - Theater Version: The Birth of A New Lunaqueen!" and "Youngest Aunt"...More
A model promotes beach outfits in a department store in Daejeon on Wednesday...More
Visitors pack a fried-chicken festival in Daegu on Wednesday...More
"Rainbow Playground" is a human comedy drama about a homeless man named Tae-seong (Oh Ji-ho) who meets various people at the playground. Yoo Da-mi plays Hee-jeong, a character who seeks true love, although she bickers with her boyfriend all the time...More
Actress Song Hye-kyo seems to be doing alright after the divorce, and she's even moved to a new place.
Although about 75% of the staff working on production sites of popular TV dramas such as KBS 2TV's "Mother of Mine" are actually workers, they signed freelancer contracts and became subject to the government's corrective measures.
The Minsitry of Employment (ME) announced the results of the labor supervision on four KBS drama productions such as "Mother of Mine", "My Fellow Citizens", "Doctor Prisoner" and "Left-handed Wife"...More
Horror dramas are creeping back now that it's summer.
While the horror genre becomes popular during the summer every year, this year a new kind of horror is coming to home screens. The usual ghosts and the unusual devils will be spreading goose bumps all around this year...More
Nowadays, with the changing social attitudes regarding women, the sexist settings and scenes that used to be taken for granted in dramas and movies are showing signs of decreasing gradually. However, among them, there are dramas that have been criticized by internet users even before the show was aired due to the gender consciousness that failed to keep up with social trends.
"Doctor John", an SBS drama about anesthesiology and pain medicine doctors coming this 19th, had to revise its character descriptions, as it was criticized for introducing the head nurse as an 'ajumma' on its homepage...More
The second quarter of 2019 has been a significant improvement over 2018 for the domestic South Korean box office. From the period of April to June, 2019 saw a 20% increase in viewers, from 45.1% in 2018 to 54% in 2019...More
The Happy Married Company has released photos of the wedding ceremony between Sun-Woo Sun and Lee Soo-min-IV, which took place in July 14th. The black-and-white and color pictures show the couple on the aisle at their ceremony...More
Following allegations that he raped staff at his management company, Kang Ji-hwan was forcibly removed from his still airing drama "Joseon Survival". As the drama was as yet unfinished, the production company had to replace him with Seo Ji-suk. Though direct actor replacements are rare, at times they have been unavoidable in recent years...More
The new Good Data Report is out for the second week of July. In the report, "Hotel Del Luna" takes a commanding lead in its first week with a total of 25.87% of all social media references to major dramas surveyed. This is the highest opening week for a drama on the Good Data Report this year, and the second highest of all time. IU and Yeo Jin-goo are also number one and two for entertainers on the report...More
Singer and actress Hye-ri recently donated W100 million to UNICEF Korea to help children in need, her agency said Tuesday (US$1=W1,179)...More
Vintners work in a vineyard in Wanju, North Jeolla Province on Tuesday...More
Visitors have fun at a beach on Jeju Island on Tuesday as it starts opening at night...More
Following Kang Ji-hwan's full confession to crimes of sexual assault and rape, it is clear that Kang Ji-hwan's claim of being drunken and not remembering what happened was not taken seriously by authorities. But more than simply failing to be a mitigating circumstance, an attorney working for the victims has argued that Kang Ji-hwan was not drunk at all...More
Actor Jung Hae-in's pictorial is out.
A fashion magazine released pictures of him on the 16th. Jung Hae-in recently starred in the drama "One Spring Night" as a deep and emotional character. The pictorial was taken one late night in Hannam-dong and it looked like he was acting for the pictures...More
Actor and model Lee Soo-hyuk is being discharged on the 17th.
His discharge will take place at 6PM at the Yongsan Senior Welfare Center in Seoul...More
Yeo Jin-goo posted pictures on his Instagram saying, "What a surprise! Soo-hyun! Thank you so much! I'll take all that energy to work harder!"
Actor Lee Sung-jae, who was born in 1970, is becoming a young grandpa before even hitting 50.
Koom Entertainment announced on the 16th that his eldest daughter is currently five months pregnant and is due this fall...More
Actress UEE is settling in King Entertainment.
King Entertainment announced this news on the 5th...More
The new KBS 2TV weekend drama "Love Is Beautiful, Life Is Wonderful" is a life-rehabilitation drama about ordinary people who struggled to become something, but couldn't. The drama looks back on life and enjoys the simple happiness life brings...More
Three ground-wave dramas with different casts and genres are beginning on the 17th and competing with each other. Three of the main cast members are Son Hyun-joo the devilish, Cha Eun-woo the handsome prince, and Bong Tae-gyu the laughter instigator...More
"Investigation Partners Season 2" broke the record.
According to Nielsen Korea, the MBC drama "Investigation Partners Season 2" rated 6.7% - 9.3%. The figures increased up to 1.1% compared to previous episodes, and 0.3% more than its existing record...More
At a press conference for their wedding Lee Soo-min-IV made some brief statements on why he was marrying Sun-Woo Sun. Their relationship has attracted much attention since its initial announcement due to the eleven year age gap between the couple...More
On July 16th the SBS entertainment news program 'Access Showbiz Tonight' interviewed Sun-Woo Sun on her marriage to martial arts director Lee Soo-min-IV, who is eleven years younger than her. The interview took place on her wedding day, July 14th...More
Following the announcement that Seo Ji-suk will replace Kang Ji-hwan in the leading role on "Joseon Survival", TV Chosun also announced that the episode run would be reduced. "Joseon Survival" was planned to run for twenty episodes, and will now only run for sixteen...More
While "The Beast" is still playing in (very few) theaters, Next Entertainment World has already released the film on On Demand Services in South Korea domestically. The crime thriller is the latest film from Lee Jeong-ho, who also directed "Broken" and "Bestseller" and has long worked in the South Korean film industry adapting scripts...More
Children cheer at an elementary school in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province as their summer vacation starts on Monday...More
People shelter from the rain in front of a building in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Monday...More
The jTBC drama "Chief of Staff" ended and anticipation builds for the second season.
Baro, Cha Sun-woo, is going off to the military.
Rain showed his appreciation for the snack truck.
The drama "Chimera" has suspended filming due to staff sexual harassment allegations.
Sources say, "It's true. The victim, who is a scripter, has dropped off the team and the perpetrator was let go. We are currently in control of the situation and we hope to resume filming as soon as everything is clear"....More
Kang Ji-hwan (Jo Tae-gyu), who was arrested for sexually abusing two female co-workers, admitted to his charges and apologized for having inflicted such harm to the victims. It's been six days since his arrest from his house on the 9th.
"Investigation Partners Season 2" dropped in viewing percentage.
Park Shin-hye set off a big stir earlier when she changed her haircut and with it, her entire look. For "Abyss" Park Bo-young similarly tried to rework her image (to limited success) by using short hair to emphasize her character's more action-oriented lifestyle. Jo Yeo-jung has shown diametrically different kinds of housewives with her own short haircut for the film "Parasite" and the drama "Beautiful World"...More
Following the disappointing performance of the first two parts of "Arthdal Chronicles" tvN has been hungry for an obvious win with "Hotel Del Luna". So far indications for the drama are strong. While "Arthdal Chronicles" closed out at 6.771%, "Hotel Del Luna" picked up 7.327% and 7.653% ratings in its first two outings...More
One of the ways "Hotel Del Luna" has managed to quickly distinguish itself among currently airing dramas is its peculiar fashion sense. The styles of the clothes the characters wear, while not always consistent, tend to hue to a 1930's aesthetic, with colorful gloves, vests, and even cumberbunds being the norm...More
Human Art, the company responsible for the set team on "Hotel Del Luna", has been under attack for failing to pay back wages. On social media a person claiming to have worked for the set team in "Encounter" has said that employees are still owed approximately two hundred thousand dollars for work done on that drama...More
Poster added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Hello Carbot Theater Version: Save the Moon Land!"...More
People walk in a movie theater in Seoul on Saturday. /Yonhap
Disney's musical fantasy film "Aladdin" has surpassed the 10-million viewer mark, becoming the 25th film and seventh foreign film shown in Korea to reach the milestone...More
Children have fun at a fountain in Dadaepo, Busan on Sunday...More
A Korean team takes part in an artistic swimming preliminary at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju on Sunday...More
Visitors pack a camping fair in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday...More
"Mother of Mine" showed an increase this weekend.
The number one movie this week is "Spider-Man: Far From Home"...More
Kim Yun-seok had a successful career as a stage actor long before he started to appear in films and television. His big screen breakthrough was "Tazza: The High Rollers, with his acclaimed supporting performance as a ruthless gambler. This was followed by his leading role in Na Hong-jin's "The Chaser" (2008) as the morally ambiguous ex-cop-turned-pimp after a serial killer for which he won several awards...More
A growing number of Koreans are emigrating, citing the sputtering economy and poor education. According to the Foreign Ministry, 2,200 people emigrated last year, up around five times from 2016 and the most since the financial crisis in 2008. The wealthy blame political and economic woes at home, while middle-class Koreans cited difficulties educating children here...More
Daegu's annual festival featuring Korean-style fried chicken served with beer will open next week. It will be held in and around the city's Duryu Park for five days starting next Wednesday...More
Hyundai on Thursday unveiled its new small SUV at a press event in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.
The carmaker said it aims to sell the new entry-level SUV named "Venue" to young customers in their 20s and 30s...More
Four out of 10 CEOs at Korea's top 500 companies graduated from the top three universities in the country, a significantly smaller proportion than only two years ago...More
Some 1.64 million out of 2.13 million subscribers to the 5G network in the world were in Korea as of the end of June, nearly 100 days since after the service was rolled out here.
According to the Global System for Mobile Communications, four out of five 5G users or 77.5 percent are in Korea, about 10 times more than the 150,000 in runner-up U.K., and 16 times more than 100,000 in the U.S., which began the 5G service an hour after Korea...More
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of migrant wives of Korean men who want to stay here after divorcing their husband.
The ruling comes amid outrage at the brutal beating of a Vietnamese woman by her Korean husband and speculation that she was afraid to divorce him in case she was kicked out of the country...More
More and more young children learn how to use a smartphone before they can even stand up, and many parents are stumped how to prevent them from spending all their time staring at a screen.
The Chosun Ilbo asked experts what parents can do to prevent terminal brain melt in their children and found that the only way is to keep them on a short leash...More
The growing number of single households is changing the way companies package and market goods and services.
One industry that is benefiting from the rise is food deliveries. Mister Pizza has joined hands with food delivery app Yogiyo to market a new smaller pizza for singles which is only the size of around two slices of an ordinary pizza. Delivery is available in areas of Seoul where singles are concentrated like the financial district of Yeouido and Gwanghwamun in downtown Seoul...More
Royal palaces in Seoul saw more than 5 million visitors in the first half of this year...More
Samsung will release a new budget smartphone, the Galaxy M20, in Korea on July 15...More
A shark swims in waters off Hamdeok Beach on Jeju Island on Monday. /Newsis
Sharks were reported in waters off Hamdeok Beach on Jeju Island on Monday. Beachgoers were evacuated and nobody was eaten...More
Credit ratings firm Moody's on Monday kept Korea's sovereign credit rating at Aa2 with a stable outlook. But Moody's pointed out that Korea's economy could slow down further due to Japanese export restrictions on materials vital for Korean IT giants...More
The Byeongsan Seowon /Courtesy of the Cultural Heritage Administration
Nine Seowon or historic Korean Confucian academies have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List despite initial quibbles that they lack a coherent identity.
The decision was made at the 43rd session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday...More
Korea remained the world's 12th largest economy last year.
According to the World Bank on Sunday, Korea ranked 12th among 205 countries in 2018, posting a US$1.619 trillion nominal GDP...More
In the first segment of "Two person at the same town SE2" a man tries to sell a bicycle to a woman who answered his ad. The scene's interplay is weird. The two are strangers, engaged in a monetary transaction. But the story quickly degenerates into ambiguous flirting- because when dealing with the opposite sex, flattery is one of the surest ways to get a good deal. The single shot story is mundane yet nearly documentarian in its realist depiction of how people buy and sell secondhand bicycles...More
Though director Lee Seung-hyun is only thirty years old, he draws on a wealth of footage taken from his own lifetime to put together "A Long Way Around", a documentary depicting various comfort women as they emerge from obscurity in the early nineties. The reason why they pop up then is because that's when the experience of wartime prostitutes under the Japanese Empire became a nationalist issue in South Korea. And by that time, they were already starting to die of old age...More
Photo by Brent N. Clarke
Park Noo-ri was an assistant director on Ryoo Seung-wan's "The Berlin File" (NYAFF 2013) and "The Unjust" (NYAFF 2013). "Money", her directorial debut (and screenplay) is a crime drama based on dangerous stock market scams, portraying a person's transformation via finance...More
Upcoming Korean animated movie "Hello Carbot Theater Version: Save the Moon Land!" added to HanCinema database...More
A performance is staged at the opening ceremony of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju on Friday...More
Im Si-wan's protagonist is about to experience a severe case of stranger danger in OCN's upcoming "Hell Is Other People". The drama is the next installment in the channel's 'Dramatic Cinema' project, so we can expect some hefty work put into its production quality...More
Following its Palme d'Or victory at the Cannes Film Festival "Parasite" has had successful mainstream releases in a large number of territories. The film has nearly hit ten million viewers since its May 30th release in South Korea and has also broken records for Korean films released in Vietnam, France, Indonesia, and New Zealand...More
With Jun Ji-hyun's children getting older, and Song Hye-kyo's divorce fresh in the news, the former actress is making something of a comeback in cosmetics promotion. While Jun Ji-hyun has always had a strong profile as a brand promoter, lately she has not had as much exposure...More
With the airing of "Chief of Staff" and "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" the profile of political dramas in the South Korean market is rising. While both dramas are currently hovering in the 4% range for overall ratings, only average in the current market, such genre fiction was almost never seen locally up until now...More
Six Oceans Agency has confirmed that Kim Hyun-I, an actress they represent, will be appearing in "The Great Show" later this year. In a statement, they said she had been cast as Mi-sook, and anticipated she would bring much fun to the production...More
New posters added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Shining Star - Theater Version: The Birth of A New Lunaqueen!"...More
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High stakes and fast talk are the game in the Korean crime caper, "The Swindlers", that brings together an all-star cast (Yoo Ji-tae, Hyun Bin, Bae Sung-woo, Park Sung-woong, Nana) as unlikely allies from different sides of the law, working together to achieve their common goal - trapping the world's most legendary con man...More
BTS ranked 43rd on Forbes magazine's latest list of top-earning superstars. In the annual ranking of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrities released on Wednesday, BTS shared the spot with U.S. actor Bradley Cooper with US$57 million...More
Foreign students eat samgyetang or chicken soup with ginseng at a university cafeteria in Seoul on Thursday...More
Overseas Korean students take a surfing lesson at Songjeong Beach in Busan on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "The Great Battle" (2017)
Directed by Kim Kwang-sik-I
With Jo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Park Sung-woong, Bae Sung-woo, Um Tae-goo, Seolhyun,...
Formerly known as "Ansi Fortress"
A historical film about the siege of Ansi Fortress and the epic eighty-eight day battle that Yang Man-chun and his Goguryeo troops fought against 500,000 invading Tang dynasty men to defend it...More
Upcoming mystery rom-com drama "I Wanna Hear Your Song" is making one cutesy entrance, wooing yours truly with fluffy sheep and a fresh and unconventional start to this oddball romance. The newly released posters as well as the previously released teaser are simple and all charm...More
Paris Baguette is supporting the production of "Love Playlist - Season 4". It plans to place various products throughout the drama that will be needed for the main characters to tell the story.
In particular, Paris Baguette's 'Strawberry Latte Flower Bingsoo' is one of the most important mediums for storytelling in the drama and is nicknamed 'Some-Bingsoo'...More
"When Camellia Blooms" is a romcom-mystery drama that revolves around Dong-baek (Gong Hyo-jin) and her daily interactions with The Good Man, The Bad Man and The Petty Man as she manages her bar called Camellia...More
"MEMORIES - Short" is a fantasy drama about an illustrator named Hyeon-oh (Kim Moo-yul) who has special skills to remember dreams and leaves on a journey of dreams with a memory chip that contains them all...More
The husband of the late actress Han Ji-sung who passed away in a car accident when the car was pulled over on a highway, has been charged with abetting in drunk driving.
SBS is releasing two medical dramas. However, beside the fact that there are doctors in both, they seem to be showing a completely different direction.
Actor Kang Ji-hwan, who has been arrested for sexual assault (rape) and sexual harassment, has been dishonored and kicked out of the weekend drama he's currently in.
"One Spring Night" set a record.
Since its release on June 28th "Parasite" has done reasonably well in the Taiwanese market. It has made thirty five million Taiwanese dollars at the local box office and placed third in the overall box office rankings for both weeks. However, confusion began on July 5th with the release of the Japanese film 'Parasitic Wave'...More
A recently rediscovered interview from 2016 has put recent sexual assault allegations against Kang Ji-hwan in a new light. The interview was conducted on November 24th of that year by Ilgan Sports, who uploaded it to YouTube...More
While Ku Hye-sun has been absent from traditional venues of the South Korean entertainment industry as of late, she has still been active creatively. On May 27th she published the novel 'Heart Shaped Tears', a humorous difficult to hate love story about a luckless woman named Soju who can't say no and the man, Sangsik, who she falls in love with...More
On July 11th Park Seo-joon and the rest of the cast of "The Divine Fury" appeared for a special showcase at Lotte World. Director Jason Kim, Ahn Sung-ki, and Woo Do-hwan were also in attendance. South Korean press was on hand to document the event...More
On July 11th Watcha Play released the results of its Killing Eve fantasy casting event. The BBC spy thriller starring ethnic Korean Sandra Oh in the leading role has been highly acclaimed, and while there are no current plans for a South Korean version, Watcha Play nonetheless was curious who would be the most popular picks for the leading roles...More
A lengthy legal battle surrounding Korean-American singer Yoo Seung-jun, also known as Steve Yoo, shows no sign of ending.
The Supreme Court on Thursday sent the case back to a lower court, overturning rulings which banned him from Korea because he took U.S. citizenship to dodge mandatory military service here...More
Volunteers pose at a rehearsal for the FINA World Championships in Gwangju on Wednesday, two days ahead of its opening...More
People walk in the rain in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Wednesday...More
People line up for a table at a restaurant serving samgyetang or chicken soup with ginseng in Seoul on Wednesday, two days ahead of Chobok, one of the hottest days of the year....More
"Joseon Rom-Com Mung Bean Chronicles" announced on the 5th that Yoon Yoo-sun was offered the role of Cheon Haeng-soo in "Joseon Rom-Com Mung Bean Chronicles". No decisions have been made yet, and both sides are considering the offer in a positive light...More
The teaser poster of "Doctor John" is out.
Stars in their early 30s get discharged from the military. Lee Min-ho, Im Si-wan, Kim So-hyun come back. Lee Min-ho stars in Kim Eun-sook's "The King: Forever Sovereign". Im Si-wan, Kang Ha-neul and Ji Chang-wook to come back in August - September. Joo Won and Kim Soo-hyun aim for a comeback early next year...More
The fans said, "Kim Hye-soo debuted in 1986, has filmed several movies to date, and she is one of the best actresses of the Republic of Korea. We deeply regret the actions of her mother, who exploited her daughter's status and reputation"....More
Actor Kang Ji-hwan, who was arrested on the charges of having sexually assaulted two staff members, got out of 2nd questioning.
According to the Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency and Gwangju Police Station, Kang was questioned twice for 3 hours from 6 to 9PM at the Sungnam Bundang Police Station...More
On July 10th Kang Ji-hwan's agency Hwai Brothers Korea announced that they were canceling all events involving the actor. This comes in response to his arrest on July 9th for alleged sexual assault...More
In its sixth week "One Spring Night" finally broke through the top of the Good Data report, which measures the popularity of dramas on social media. Its overall percentage of 11.84% just barely won out over "Arthdal Chronicles", which had 11.62% of the total comments surveyed for the first week of July...More
The new Channel A drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has attracted a lot of attention for its racy title. However, now that the drama has started airing "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" takes on a functional meaning, rather than a metaphorical one...More
Though Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo have announced their intent to divorce and filed proper paperwork, it is somewhat awkwardly still not correct to call them ex-spouses. Legal technicalities prevent them from being able to make a fast, clear break. Legal experts have suggested that three months from now is the earliest the divorce can come through...More
Korean actor Kang Ha-neul will leave current management agency, SEM Company.
According to Korean media outlet joynews24, Kang will not be renewing his contract with SEM Company. He will establish a one-man agency instead...More
Lee Min-ho poses after being appointed as a promotional ambassador for the King Sejong Institute in Seoul on Tuesday.
The annual Jecheon International Music Film Festival will be held in Jecheon, North Chungcheong Province from Aug. 8 to 13...More
Ryu Su-jeong of girl group Lovelyz poses at a press junket for her new TV show in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Models promote summer accessories in a department store in Seoul on Tuesday...More
People enjoy a water ride in a river in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday...More
International students attend a traditional tea ceremony at a summer camp in Daegu on Tuesday...More
"Metamorphosis" is coming out this August, and it heralds a new world of horror movies.
The new KBS2 drama "When Camellia Blooms" is a romcom-mystery drama that revolves around Dong-baek (Gong Hyo-jin) and her daily interactions with The Good Man, The Bad Man and The Petty Man as she manages her bar called Camellia...More
Actress Go Joon-hee made a statement regarding the rumors going on around her.
She posted on her Instagram on the 9th saying, "I've had recruiting offers from C-JeS, WIP and many other agencies over the last few months"....More
Japanese, American and even English dramas are being remade in Korea. However, as cultural differences are evident, failure to reduce the gap will cause them to be completely shunned.
"Entourage" was one of the first American dramas to be remade. It started off with a viewing percentage of 2.5%, then 1%, and finally 0%. The story of Yeong-bin, a rising star, his management director who went all-in on him, and Yeong-bin's friends who depended their life on the top star was portrayed by Cho Jin-woong, Seo Kang-joon and other big stars, but the drama failed miserably, even in terms of popularity...More
Actor Kang Ji-hwan has been arrested on the charges of sexual assault and harassment. The Gyeonggi Gwangju Police arrested the actor in his house at Opo-eup, Gwangju at 10:50PM on the 9th for charges of rape under the Special Act on Punishment.
Kang Ji-hwan is being accused of drinking with A and B, two female employees from his management company, and while they were sleeping, having gone into their rooms and raping A and harassing B. After a company dinner, there was an after party with A and others in his house...More
Will "Investigation Partners Season 2" make it to 10%?
New character posters and music video added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Shining Star - Theater Version: The Birth of A New Lunaqueen!"...More
Following news of Lee Yeol-eum leading the performers of 'Law of the Jungle' in eating endangered clams, many have wondered how likely she is to face prison time for her actions. Under Thai law eating endangered claims can catch a penalty of up to five years in prison. On July 9th reporter Jang Yong-jin appeared on the KBS radio program 'Kim is the Best' to discuss likely outcomes...More
On July 9th at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaze Hotel in Seoul Lee Min-ho officially became an ambassador for Sejong Korean Language Schools. The event was held at the 2019 World Korean Educators Conference...More
At a press conference for "Investigation Partners Season 2" held on July 8th cast and crew for the drama have suggested that there is strong interest at MBC for a third season and that they are expecting a decision soon. "Invesigation Partners Season 2" was itself teased before the original "Investigation Partners" had finished, lending plausibility to the suggestion...More
With a navy blue jacket, grey pants, a solid colored necktie, and a cleric shirt, Lee Jung-jae's wardrobe in "Chief of Staff" has been attracting a lot of attention. But in contrast to "Her Private Life", where leading man Kim Jae-wook's outfit was appealing emotionally, Lee Jung-jae's outfit stands out for its sheer practicality...More
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Chunsa Film Art Awards 2019 nominees list...More
IU poses at a press junket for her new TV series in Seoul on Monday.
Thousands pack Madison Square Garden for the KCON K-pop concert in New York on Saturday. /Courtesy of CJ E&M
The world's biggest K-pop concert by CJ E&M started its U.S. leg in New York's Madison Square Garden last weekend. The annual KCON event is held in Asia and the U.S...More
Contestants take part in a hairstyling competition in Suwon on Monday...More
Visitors take a picture in a sunflower field in Haenam, South Jeolla Province on Monday...More
Actors Lee Ki-woo and Lee Chung-ah have apparently broken up. Kings Entertainment announced on the 7th that the couple broke up last year and that they will support each other as good friends moving forward. They starred in the tvN drama "Flower Boy Ramyun Shop" in 2011 and admitted they were seeing each other in April of 2013...More
Dramas with a variety in subject matter are filling up the small screen. It's even more fun watching the actors' performances. Among other things, the performances of actresses who have returned from a long hiatus stand out.
Kim Ha-neul from jTBC's "The Wind Blows", Jeon Hye-jin-II from tvN's "Search: WWW" and Cha Ye-ryun from the KBS 2TV drama "Perfume" all share the common factor of being working moms. They have all found places in the dramas as key figures and opened a second chapter of their acting careers...More
The Queen of Cannes is slowly revealing the outline of her next piece of work.
"The Game: Towards the Final Hour" is about a prophet named Tae-pyeong who sees the moment right before death and a homicide detective named Joon-yeong getting embroiled in a mysterious series of murders...More
"Investigation Partners Season 2" decreased in viewing percentage, but it remains in first place.
On July 6th Song Hye-kyo made her first public appearance following the divorce announcement concerning her and Song Joong-ki. The event was to promote the brand of cosmetics Sulwhasoo for the Chinese company Hainan...More
KBS2 has confirmed that they are considering Park Hae-mi for their upcoming drama "Love Is Beautiful, Life Is Wonderful". If confirmed, this would be Park Hae-mi's first drama since her divorce from her husband...More
On July 17th Cha Eun-woo's new drama, "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", is set to begin. In contrast to the more aggressive male leads that have featured in South Korean dramas as of late, Cha Eun-woo will be playing more of a supportive role in regards to the title character's scholarly ambitions in the Joseon period. Other dramas soon to begin will also feature softer male images...More
Figures released by South's Korea Broadcasting Staff Union have shown just how bad shooting conditions are for laborers in South Korean dramas. "The Last Empress" and "Arthdal Chronicles" have long been criticized for bad working conditions, but more exact figures drawn from the workers themselves have shown the shooting hours to be appalingly long...More
Over the weekend the Sing Tao Daily of Hong Kong published a picture of Song Joong-ki hanging out with persons associated with his upcoming film "Victory". In the picture Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, and other less famous persons whose faces are removed for privacy appear to be having a good time...More
An actress who appeared on SBS' survival reality show "Law of the Jungle" could face jail for catching endangered clams in a marine reserve in Thailand...More
Disney's musical fantasy film "Aladdin" continues to attract a herd of moviegoers...More
Fans queue for a BTS concert in Osaka, Japan on Saturday. /Yonhap
Boy superband BTS' concert on Saturday in Osaka was packed to its 50,000 capacity despite growing political tensions between Korea and Japan.
The fans of the boys, also known as BTS, queued up for hours to buy merchandise at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai and were excited to take pictures with life-sized cutouts of their idols...More
SBS talk show host and former news anchor Kim Sung-joon on Monday resigned over an upskirting scandal...More
Children have fun at an outdoor swimming pool in Seoul on Sunday. /Newsis
A heatwave gripped the entire nation over the weekend at what would normally be the height of the rainy season, with temperatures soaring to around 35 degrees Celsius...More
Participants enjoy a water gun fight in Sinchon, Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors pack Haeundae Beach in Busan on Sunday...More
Pedestrians walk in Yeouido, Seoul on Sunday...More
"Mother of Mine" came in first this weekend.
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Steak and asparagus
When you head down to Common Ground near Kongkuk University, you're not only in for a fun day of shopping in the bright blue mall made out of blue containers filled with fashion-savvy shops, but there are an assortment of tasty restaurants ready to welcome you...More
The number one movie this week is "Spider-Man: Far From Home"...More
Kia on Thursday unveiled a new financing plan for buyers of its Morning subcompact to lure more young customers...More
Only one in 10 Korean women still believe the man should always pick up the bill on dates, according to a poll...More
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Son Heung-min has published his first autobiography, which will hit bookstores next week...More
A girl cools off in a fountain in Daegu on Wednesday. /Newsis
The monsoon season has officially started but there has been hardly any rain for the last four days...More
Ryu Hyun-jin (3rd from right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his wife Bae Ji-hyun (2nd from right) pose at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday. /Courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Bae Ji-hyun, the wife of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, threw the ceremonial pitch for the Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Monday...More
Alejandro Agag, the founder of the Formula E race, speaks at a press event in Seoul on Tuesday. /Yonhap
The Formula E Championship, the world's biggest electric vehicle racing competition, will take place in Seoul in May 2020.
The organizers on Tuesday unveiled the race course and other details of the competition aimed at overcoming the image of EVs as slow and underpowered in performance...More
The Seoul Metropolitan Government's raffle of W100,000 for elderly people who voluntarily turn in their driver's license has proved more popular than anyone had imagined (US$1=W1,161)...More
As a growing number of people raise pets, travel agencies are quick to cash in on the trend by offering tour packages for those who wish to travel with their dogs.
Hana Tour, Korea's largest tour operator, started to offer a package tour in May that includes return tickets to Jeju Island and a three-day coach tour program for pet owners and their dogs...More
Workers take down billboards for Kia on Beijing's Changan Avenue on Saturday.
Beijing authorities abruptly took down all billboards for Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors on the major thoroughfare of Changan Avenue overnight on Saturday.
The billboards were the Korean conglomerates' property, but they were taken down without notice or offer of compensation...More
In the first short film of the omnibus "A Daytime Picnic" director Kang Dong-wan plays with an interesting idea- about how little musical taste matters. When first we see the main family, they are recoiling in disgust about loud music on the way to their family picnic. But then they get to the campsite, and observe a younger couple dressed up in full punk rock costumes take out their baby and move into the neighboring site. This younger couple is actually quite nice and well-adjusted for their strange appearance...More
You know how in a lot of romances the guy seems like an indifferent jerk, but as we get to know him, we see that his inner thoughts are actually quite complex? "Someone Special" subverts this idea right away when its lead character Chi-seong (played by Jung Jae-young) gets some bad news, and while he looks stoic on the outside, on the inside, we can see that he wants to throw a temper tantrum. This character trait recurs as Chi-seong is thrown into increasingly frustrating and implausible contrivances. Even meeting I-yeon (played by Lee Na-young) is of little help...More
People say that opposites attract and the phrase could not be mirrored more eloquently than in the relationship between the Fauvist painter Bon-woong and Lee Sang, a poet and writer, which occurred during the period of Japanese Imperialism in Korea. "My Dear Keum-hong" is the story of this friendship that eventually became an unfulfilled love triangle...More
A shadow is being cast over Korea's first big-budget sci-fi flick by star Song Joong-ki's divorce from Song Hye-kyo, which hit the headlines a week ago not only in Korea but also other parts of the world...More
Pedestrians shimmer in the heat haze as they cross a road in Yeouido, Seoul on Friday...More
On July 18th the Chunsa Film Art Awards ceremony will be held. The Chunsa Film Festival is the most prestigious of the various South Korean award ceremonies. In contrast to the other ones, which have broader voting bodies and focus principally on mainstream films, the Chunsa Film Festival's nominations are decided by five highly respected local film critics and voted on by South Korean film directors...More
Following Choo Ja-hyun's wedding, interest in her relationship with Chinese actor Yu Xiaoguang has been perking up. A Chinese variety show has featured Choo Ja-hyun talking about her mother-in-law in events dating back to 2014...More
Saetbyeol and Guseul were recently in a car accident. The incident happened on July 2nd. The members of the girl group Girls' Alert were on their way home at around 8:40 PM. The cause of the accident was determined to be carelessness on the part of the other car's driver...More
While overall drama viewership is down, some individual titles are bucking the trend and proving to be quite popular. At the same time, there is no obvious commonality between these many titles, distorting the drama marketplace. Ambitious big budget productions are being left behind as more offbeat unusual topics attract stronger interest...More
New stills added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Shining Star - Theater Version: The Birth of A New Lunaqueen!"...More
New poster added for the upcoming Korean-Japanese-American documentary "Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue"...More
Children eat watermelon at an agricultural museum in Seoul on Thursday...More
People escape the heat at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Last" (2015)
Directed by Jo Nam-gook
Written by Han Ji-hoon
With Yoon Kye-sang, Lee Beom-soo, Park Won-sang, Seo Ye-ji, Park Ye-jin, Gong Hyung-jin,...
16 episodes - Fri, Sat 20:30
A fund manager who was on the road to success fails at a stock plan and becomes a homeless person overnight...More
"Justice" is a social thriller about Lee Tae-kyeong (Choi Jin-hyuk), a corrupt lawyer who has joined hands with the devil for revenge, Song Woo-yong (Son Hyun-joo), a man who chose to become evil for the sake of his family, and reveals the dark underbelly of Korea's VVIPs...More
Coffee brand Coffee Bay is gaining popularity ever since it appeared in the jTBC drama "Chief of Staff".
Monthly magazine Woman Sense revealed an interview with the actress. Pictures are of her looking so refreshing as she poses in various outfits...More
Actor Son Hyun-joo is working hard this year.
Son Hyun-joo represented Korea at the Moscow International Film Festival by winning Best Actor for his 2017 movie "Ordinary Person". Two years later, he comes out with the entertainment documentary "Back Home", a drama called "Justice" and a movie called "Jesters: The Game Changers"...More
The competition is about to get fierce with Wednesday / Thursday dramas. MBC drama "One Spring Night" and KBS2 drama "Angel's Last Mission: Love" are struggling for first place at the moment, but dramas of various genres are making a grand entrance this July.
First is the new KBS2 drama "Justice" starting this 17th. "Justice" is a social thriller about Lee Tae-kyeong (Choi Jin-hyuk), a corrupt lawyer who has joined hands with the devil for revenge, Song Woo-yong (Son Hyun-joo), a man who chose to become evil for the sake of his family, and reveals the dark underbelly of Korea's VVIPs...More
Director Choi Dong-hoon says casting for his latest film is currently up in the air.
"One Spring Night" came in first.
In addition to success on the film festival circuit and the domestic box office "Parasite" has also proven surprisingly popular in other markets as well. The Palme d'Or winning film from director Bong Joon-ho has just passed the two million dollar mark in the Vietnamese market, beating the previous record of 1.86 million dollars made by "Train to Busan" in 2016...More
Reports from persons connected to "Joseon Rom-Com Mung Bean Chronicles" have confirmed that as of July 4th, the drama has been suspended in response to Jeon Mi-sun's death. The drama is expected to begin shooting soon, but is currently behind schedule, as the production team is still grieving Jeon Mi-sun...More
The South Korean television network HighlightTV has started rebroadcasting "Princess Aurora - Drama". The infamous 2013 daily drama was a ratings hit, but its reputation is almost entirely due to prolonged popular mockery of its bizarre, generally nonsensical storyline. The drama was the source of the infamous line about how cancer cells are also alive, and thus worthy of respect...More
Now that "The Secret Life of My Secretary" is finished, Song Jin-woo, who played the part of Detective Woo, has gone back to Japan to be with his wife and daughter. Lee Si-eon, who was visiting the couple, became the subject of criticism on social media for posting pictures of himself in Japan in the midst of a trade war between South Korea and Japan...More
On the latest episode of the second season of 'Same Bed Different Dreams' new footage from Choo Ja-hyun's wedding with Chinese actor Yu Xiaoguang appears. In the footage Han Ji-min is preparing to give welcoming remarks for the ceremony. Han Ji-min tells Choo Ja-hyun not to cry, but she does anyway, and they end up hugging...More
Footballer Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur attends a promotional event for a watch brand in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his wife Bae Ji-hyun walk off the field after throwing the ceremonial pitch at a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles on Tuesday...More
Models promote watermelons at a superstore in Seoul on Wednesday...More
MBC ON is broadcasting old dramas that viewers picked to watch again.
MBC ON announced, "We've received votes on over 1,000 dramas and TV shows that viewers want to watch again through the 'Audience Drama Entertainment Summoning Event' that was held in May and June. Starting this 3rd, the company decided to air the top five dramas and entertainment programs, except for those that are restricted to cast members and broadcasting reviews"....More
Lee Sung-jae is one of Korea's leading actors and he's appeared in numerous dramas and films, ranging from mellow to comic and to being the villain. Even now, he is constantly pursuing new challenges without putting any limits on acting.
His potential stands out once again in the tvN drama "Abyss", in which he plays Oh Yeong-cheol, a serial killer who goes from genius surgeon reborn into an old man in his 60s. Lee Sung-jae endures special make-up that takes over 1 hour to get done and he's got all the action and the duality of a psychopath...More
TvN drama "Emergency Love Landing" is a top secret love story about a commission officer named Lee Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin) who hides and protects a chaebol heiress named Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) after she lands in North Korea in a paragliding accident, but eventually ends up falling in love with her...More
Ground wave dramas all showed a drop in viewing percentage.
According to a report from Variety, Yim Soon-rye and Hong Kyung-pyo have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Members of the Academy, as it is more informally called, are responsible for voting for the best pictures of the year in the United States centered Academy Awards ceremony...More
On July 3rd Park Yoo-chun's brother, Park Yoo-hwan, posted an English message on Twitter. The tweet reads, "Hi 바보 [fool]s! Today... I will not be streaming, going to spend time with hyung! Catch up with everything... Sorry! Will be streaming tomorrow though, I promise! Thank you again everyone"...More
On July 5th the second season of the popular tvN Digital Drama "Chubby Romance" is set to begin. "Chubby Romance - Season 2" will continue the story of Soo-rin (played by Saetbyeol), a high school student who is learning to love herself no matter what she thinks she looks like...More
In the wake of her death more attention is being paid to the sheer depth of Jeon Mi-sun's long career in the South Korean entertainment industry. She started working in dramas in 1989 and films in 1990. When the Korean Wave took off in the early 2000's, she was a well-established name...More
Following the first two episodes of "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" Kang Han-na has made a big impact as a special agent, going from wedding dress to cool collected professional in barely an instant...More
Women pick peaches on a farm in Imsil, North Jeolla Province on Tuesday...More
Visitors enjoy flowers at a festival at the Taejongdae park in Busan on Tuesday...More
Parallel worlds are trending in Dramaland again, and MBC's upcoming "Welcome 2 Life" introduces its concept of them with an emotional bang. Rain and Lim Ji-yeon's characters have several obstacles to overcome, and if one life is a challenge, two make for a brutal wake up call...More
Actor Hong Jong-hyun was featured in the July issue of W Korea.
He recently posted a picture from the men's fashion magazine Arena on his Instagram...More
Actor Oh Chang-suk and Lee Chae-eun are official. They are the second couple from "Taste Of Love 2".
Oh Chang-suk's agency announced on the 3rd that Oh Chang-suk and Lee Chae-un are seeing each other. Although the specific date is unknown, they were apparently drawn to each other while filming "Taste Of Love 2". They aren't thinking of getting married just yet....More
The webtoon "True Beauty", also known as "Descent of A Goddess", is back and the heat isn't dying down.
"True Beauty" has come back on Naver after a two-month break. Despite its absence, "True Beauty" managed to stay in top charts, and it's being serviced in other Asian countries as well. The webtoon belongs to the top 3 in local charts...More
TvN explained the report that PD Sin Won-ho is making a badminton drama.
Shin Min-ah's beauty pictorial in ELLE was revealed in its July issue.
Her agency states she's been offered a role and is reviewing it with a positive mindset...More
Kang Hong-suk plays a reaper who guides spirits from Hotel Del Luna to the Other World. "Hotel Del Luna" is a horror-romance drama about an elite hotelier becoming the hotel's owner following a fateful incident...More
Hallyu star Park Hae-jin's love for his staff is undying.
"Investigation Partners Season 2" topped the ground-wave charts.
In two weeks "Long Live the King" has scored over a million admissions at the box office. The results are reasonable for a gangster themed action comedy, but far below expectations. Director Kang Yoon-Sung instantly became a big name in South Korean film thanks to "The Outlaws" in 2017, which made nearly seven million by comparison...More
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On July 1st the Non Governmental Organization Plan Korea made a post on SNS praising the late Jeon Mi-sun. The post praised Jeon Mi-sun for her dedication to doing charity work, noting her personal presence at Plan Korea's various meetings and events, and how she would personally sell products brought in for donation...More
On July 2nd Jeon Jong-seo 's agency, My Entertainment, confirmed that Jeon Jong-seo would be playing the lead role in the upcoming film 'Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon' from director Ana Lily Amirpour. While Jeon Jong-seo joined the cast of the movie back in April this is the first report that she is playing the lead role, rather than a supporting one...More
"Arthdal Chronicles" has topped the Good Data report for five straight weeks. The latest report, which covers the fourth week of June, is also the first one to feature data following Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's divorce announcement. However, "Arthdal Chronicles" has actually lost some ground on raw metrics, and Song Joong-ki's position as a performer is unchanged at number three...More
On July 2nd Nanok Publishing filed an injunction to prevent the film from screening later this month. In a statement Nanok Publishing said that "The King's Letters" is based on a book for which they currently hold adaptation rights and for which they were not consulted...More
30s trailer added for the upcoming Korean-Japanese-American documentary "Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue"...More
Singer Park Yoo-chun talks to reporters as he leaves a remand prison in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. /Newsis
Actor Kim Soo-hyun salutes his fans at Imjingak Pavilion near a military base in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Monday.
Girl group GFriend pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Monday...More
Lotus flowers are in bloom in a pond in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Monday...More
Choi Soo-young steals the show with modern and chic appeal.
"Stairway to Heaven" is drawing attention.
She posted pictures on her Instagram on the 1st of July saying, "Thank you, sis"....More
Actress Lee Bo-young signed on with J-Wide Company.
J-Wide Company made an announcement on the 1st of July saying, "We plan on supporting her so that she can expand her spectrum and be active at what she does best. In addition, we plan on emphasizing Lee Bo-young's appeal via good dramas and movies based on trust and communication"...More
Netizens picked Kim Nam-gil as the star who would succeed with his drama profession.
Exciting DC City, run by community portal site DC Inside, and a taste search company called My Celeb conducted a survey on 'Stars Who Would Succeed With Their Profession From Dramas' and Kim Nam-gil was #1...More
Cable has braved some drastic challenges to differentiate themselves from other channels. The settling down of season dramas was a change led by cable. Thus, other seasonal dramas are being created, and eyes are on whether other changes and development can be made.
Cable introduced season dramas first. The flexible production environment of cable has become the backdrop for new challenges...More
"Investigation Partners Season 2" topped the charts.
Over the weekend "Parasite" passed the nine and a half million viewer mark and looks poised to break the ten million benchmark soon. While much of "Parasite"'s success is attributed to the Cannes Film Festival, these domestic numbers are unprecedented compared to previous South Korean films that competed there...More
In the wake of Jeon Mi-sun's death actor Han Sang-jin has posted pictures of the departed woman in costume on Instagram. The pictures were taken while Jeon Mi-sun, Han Sang-jin, and others were filming scenes in 2015 for then current drama "Six Flying Dragons"...More
Following reports by a person close to "Arthdal Chronicles" that the filming of the drama did damage to Song Joong-ki's scalp, Internet searches for corroborating photos of this have spiked. Many of the pictures turned up by such searches are misleading. One of the more misleading ones is actually a photo taken of Song Joong-ki during his military service...More
With two new dramas in July of very different tone, tvN continues to reenforce its reputation as a leading creative drama network. While "Hotel Del Luna" as a high concept fantasy romance is well in line with the network's brand, it will be joining the workplace minded "Search: WWW" and the political thriller "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" in a fairly broad genre slate...More
A representative from the upcoming drama "Joseon Rom-Com Mung Bean Chronicles" has released a statement saying that the cast and crew of the drama feel empty following Jeon Mi-sun's death. The reason for this is that Jeon Mi-sun had been cast in a minor role for the drama that had yet been unannounced...More
A statue of the stars of the 2016 TV series "Descendants of the Sun" in a park in Taebaek, Gangwon Province /Yonhap
A local festival in Taebaek, Gangwon Province themed on the 2016 mega-hit TV series "Descendants of the Sun" has been canceled on news that its stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are divorcing...More
Disney's musical fantasy film "Aladdin" continues to cast its spell over Korean moviegoers.
According to the Korean Film Council, the film has drawn over 8 million viewers as of Sunday, some 39 days after its release here in late May...More
Footballer Lee Kang-in takes the ceremonial kick-off at a match between Incheon United and Gangwon FC in Incheon on Sunday...More
Surfers have fun at Songjeong Beach in Busan on Sunday...More
Kim Soo-hyun is being discharged from military service on the 1st. The discharge ceremony will be held behind closed doors within the first search party of the first division where he served. Later, he will deliver greetings to fans and reporters in front of the Imjingak Peace Bell near the unit...More
Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suspected suicide.
The showbiz is in mourning. Fellow actors and actresses who have known the deceased and her fans can't hide their sorrows.
The late Jeon Mi-sun's funeral has been arranged at the Seoul Asan Hospital on the 30th of June at 11AM. Visitors have been paying their respects, and according to the bereaved family, reporters are nowhere near the funeral room in the basement...More
Actress Jeon Mi-sun's funeral is being held at the Seoul Asan Hospital.
According to B O A Entertainment, the funeral is being held in Room 1 from 11AM onwards...More
The viewing percentage of "Mother of Mine" climbed up once again.
The number one movie this week is "Aladdin"...More
A quarter of older people in their 50s and 60s consider divorce perfectly acceptable as a kind of "graduation from marriage" or "sotsukon" in Japanese, a poll suggests...More
At 76 Choi Soon-hwa is one of Korea's oldest catwalk models, looking elegant with her silver hair at Seoul Fashion Week last year. A staffer at the Seoul Design Foundation said it was the first time that a model in her 70s appeared on stage but she proudly stood out among younger models in their 20s and 30s...More
Seoul's population is expected to fall below 9 million by 2034 as residents flee to the suburbs, Statistics Korea forecast Thursday.
Ten years later the working-age population of most major cities will start to fall, except for the administrative city of Sejong...More
Lee Ki-heung /Newsis
Lee Ki-heung, the head of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, was voted as a new member of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday...More
Gymnast Yeo Seo-jeong executes her eponymous vault move at the Korea Cup on Jeju Island on June 19...More
Pedestrians walk in the rain in Gwangju on Thursday. /Newsis
This year's first monsoon rains fell across the country on Wednesday, starting in southern parts as the weather front moved north...More
Lawyers for Korean victims of wartime forced labor talk to reporters in front of the Seoul High Court on Wednesday. /Yonhap
The Seoul High Court on Wednesday upheld a district court's decision ordering Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay seven victims of wartime forced labor W100 million each in compensation (US$1=W1,157)...More
Visitors will be able to wear Hanbok or traditional Korean dress, corresponding to either gender and still enter Seoul's royal palaces for free starting next month, regardless of their own gender....More
Nexon chairman Kim Jung-ju is expected to scrap plans to sell his company after failing to narrow differences over the price and other terms with potential buyers...More
The rest of a shipment of garbage that was smuggled to the Philippines last year is expected to return to Korea in the second half of this year...More
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speaks at a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of the Korean War in Seoul on Tuesday.
An estimated 4,000 people took part in an event in Seoul on Tuesday to honor those who fought for South Korea in the Korean War...More
The number of double-income families in Korea increased four percent last year as many older women found jobs to help make the ends meet amid a prolonged economic slump...More
Korea's economy grew only around one percent last year if semiconductor exports are excluded, according to a state-run economic think tank.
There have been concerns for some time that Korea's economy is too dependent on microchips, and the think tank is the first to put a figure on the extent to which that is true...More
BTS practice their dance moves in a scene from Netmarble's mobile game "BTS World".
The huge commercial success of boy superband BTS is having a vivifying effect on several sectors of the Korean economy.
The direct and indirect effect of BTS on Korea's tourism industry as well as markets for computer games, apparel, cosmetics and food is estimated at more than W5 trillion a year (US$1=W1,158)...More
Koreans now have to wait until an average age of 42 before they can afford to buy their first home. They borrow an average of 38 percent of their home value from banks...More
Hyundai vice chairman Chung Eui-sun (left) poses with ComfortDelGro chief Yang Ban Seng (center) in Singapore in this undated photo. /Courtesy of Hyundai Motor
Hyundai's Ioniq hatchback is continuing its success with Singapore's top taxi operator...More
People caught driving after even one drink will face punishment as tougher regulations come into force Tuesday.
The new regulations slash the permissible blood alcohol level from 0.05 to 0.03 percent, according to the National Police Agency on Sunday, while the level for license cancellation is bolstered from 0.1 to 0.08 percent...More
Multi-talented Instagram star Peggy Gou is enjoying global popularity among young music fans. The energetic 28-year-old, who is based in Berlin, visited Korea recently to film a video for her new song "Starry Night".
Samsung has sold over 1 million of its first 5G phones in just 80 days after the Galaxy S10 hit store shelves, the company said Sunday. That boils down to 12,500 of the 5G smartphones being sold every day...More
Hyundai and affiliate Kia's electric vehicles have been included in the top 10 electric cars with the longest range in the U.S.
In a recent ranking of EVs based on the distance they can travel on a full battery charge by U.S. auto website HybridCars, the Korean automakers followed only industry leader Tesla, which swept the top three spots...More
In the third part of the "Let Us Meet Now" omnibus Jeong-eun (played by Lee Jung-eun of "Parasite" fame) is an older woman working two jobs to support her even older mother, who is suffering from dementia. The irony of such a story appearing in an omnibus that's ostensibly about North Koreans is dripping. It's little surprise that this story, 'Hello', came from director Boo Ji-young who made the union-driven film drama "Cart" a few years back...More
I was reading an article recently about cost-effective philanthropy. The way it works is, that in some circumstances, making lots of money and then donating it is more efficient than trying to volunteer work yourself. I thought about this idea a lot during "Love As Much As Pain", a documentary about the missionary doctor Park Nu-ga, a man who offered free medical checkups and vitamins to obscure villages in the Phillipines. I thought about how ridiculous the base idea was- that the mere promise of money would be enough to get doctors out to these underserviced areas...More
In a cinema such as the Korean, where the masters (Park Chan-wook, Lee Chang-dong, Bong Joon-ho) and the crime thrillers dominate the narrative, it is always a pleasure to discover films such as "Move the Grave", who justify the title "hidden gem" entirely. Let us see what this is about though...More
Women remove weeds at a park in Busan on Friday...More
People have fun at an outdoor swimming pool in Ttukseom, Seoul on Friday...More
SBS's upcoming 'industrial accident mystery investigation' drama "Doctor Detective" reveals its three leads in its premiere teasers, and it paints the very real world where their struggles will take place. Park Jin-hee, Bong Tae-gyu and Lee Ki-woo are about to throw down, and lives are at stake...More
Following the news of Song Hye-kyo's divorce from Song Joong-ki, past photos of her wedding ring, or lack thereof, have been given new attention. Song Hye-kyo's wedding ring was noted to be absent during a November promotional event for "Encounter" as well as during a cosmetics launching event in March...More
While accepting the best KBS acting award in 2016 Song Joong-ki described Song Hye-kyo as his most beautiful and lovely partner deserving of all honors. Song Hye-kyo responded in kind during her acceptance speech. There was more to their kind words then than just professional respect...More
While "Emergency Love Landing" is expected to appear on tvN by the end of the year details about how it will be broadcast are still being worked out. The highly anticipated drama will star Son Ye-jin as a South Korean heiress who lands on the wrong side of the demilitarized zone by accident, where she runs across a North Korean played by Hyun Bin...More
On June 27th various online communities have called attention to social media images which suggest that Kim Jae-wook and Lee El may be in a relationship. The posts consist of photos of their hands with very similar rings, possibly couple rings...More
New poster added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Shining Star - Theater Version: The Birth of A New Lunaqueen!"...More
Korea's largest genre film festival kicked off in Bucheon, west of Seoul on Thursday. The 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival features 284 films from 49 countries during its 11-day run...More
A mobile game featuring K-pop boy band BTS has taken the world by storm, becoming an instant success upon its release...More
A visitor looks at the relics of Prince Hyomyeong of the Chosun Dynasty at the National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul on Thursday...More
A thick sea fog hangs over Gwangan Bridge in Busan on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Ode to the Goose" (2018)
Directed by Zhang Lu
With Park Hae-il, Moon So-ri, Jung Jin-young, Park So-dam, Lee Ok-hee-I, Park Yeong-I,...
Yoon-yeong has been harboring feelings for Song-hyeon, a friend's wife. When he finds out that she is divorced, Yoon-yeong and Song-hyeon take a trip to Gunsan on a whim...More
July is coming in hot, particularly for those who have sold their soul to the prince of Hell himself. Upcoming tvN drama "When the Devil Calls Your Name" has released its first scorching teaser, giving us a pretty clear idea of the protagonist's fiery predicament...More
Park Ji-hyun plays Choi Wooshik's fiancée in the movie "Puppy", the latest by director Jason Kim from "Midnight Runners", which aims to release after his other movie, "The Divine Fury". Choi Wooshik and Gong Myung are headlining and Mega Box Plus M is in charge of distribution...More
Actor Kam Woo-sung's acting doesn't need explaining. It seeps into you. From last year's SBS drama "Shall We Kiss First" to the current jTBC drama "The Wind Blows", the home theater is filled with Kam Woo-sung's melodramatic sensibility...More
"WATCHER", the latest OCN original drama that's coming on the 6th of July, is a psychological thriller that delves into the reality of power. It follows the story of three men and women who join a special anti-corruption police investigation unit after their lives are shattered by a dramatic event. Seo Kang-joon takes on the role of Kim Yeong-goon, a policeman who witnesses a murder. Kim Yeong-goon is warmhearted and kind, but he acts cold and blunt purposely while he's in the police station. Due to a coincidence, he joins the anti-corruption police investigation unit after an acquaintance with Do Chi-kwang (Han Suk-kyu) and Han Tae-joo (Kim Hyun-joo), who are involved with a dramatic event...More
Blossom Entertainment declared on the 27th that the company will take legal action against malicious slander, false information and various rumors and defamatory postings related to its artists...More
"One Spring Night" stayed on the throne.
On June 26th the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) held a reception celebrating "Parasite"'s Palme d'Or win at the Cannes Film Festival. The purpose of the event was to act as a rewards bonus for those who had supported the film's production and distribution...More
On June 27th the DCInside gallery for domestic South Korean dramas released a statement about Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki's planned divorce. This gallery was deemed the most appropriate venue to make a statement as "Descendants of the Sun", having finished three years ago, no longer had its own exclusive gallery...More
Shortly after Song Joong-ki's legal team announced that they filed divorce papers for the actor, Song Hye-kyo's agency came out with their own statement on the issue. They stated that both parties to the divorce had ultimately been unable to work out their differences and requested extensive speculation to be kept to a minimum...More
In the wake of Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's divorce announcement Park Bo-gum and "Encounter" have been rumored as possible causes. "Encounter" was Song Hye-kyo's first drama following her marriage to Song Joong-ki, and Park Bo-gum himself has been known as an old colleague to Song Joong-ki...More
Main trailer and first still added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Shining Star - Theater Version: The Birth of A New Lunaqueen!"...More
BTS set a new Guinness record for the best-selling album ever in Korea on Tuesday...More
Former YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk leaves a police station in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis
Children react at a dinosaur-themed exhibition in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Women look at raincoats at a department store in Busan on Wednesday...More
People walk in the rain at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Wednesday...More
The actor posed with stunning eyes and natural poses in a dark-lit room. He even pulled off a Hawaiian-looking suit...More