Visitors take a picture at Changgyeong Palace in Seoul on Thursday. The night tours of the palace, limited to only for 70 days annually, are now available all year round except Mondays...More
A woman reads a book under a tree at a park in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Lost to Shame" (2016)
Directed by Nam Yeon-woo
With Nam Yeon-woo, Ahn Sung-min, Hong Jeong-ho, Han Myung-soo, Yang Jo-a, Choi Yong-jin,...
Song-joon is an unknown actor who often has to borrow money from his brother to get by. On one of his grim days, Song-joon is cast as the lead in a play about homosexuality...More
There's melodrama, makjang, and then there's über-makjang, but SBS's upcoming "Secret Boutique" is aiming right for that sweet spot before the tense turns to the extreme in its first teaser. Joining the ranks of works like "Misty" and Kim Sun-ah's very own "Woman of Dignity", "Secret Boutique" is dropping its 'soapy noir' thriller goodness on us without mercy...More
The cast and crew of the tvN drama "Hotel Del Luna" earned themselves a reward vacation.
Sources told Newsen that they are going on a vacation, but are not yet sure about the when and where...More
JTBC drama "Itaewon Class" is based on an original webtoon about a 'hip' revolt by stubborn and courageous youths living in this unfair world. It contains the starting of businesses of those who pursue freedom with their own values on a small street in Itaewon...More
First in place at the Box Office on the 21st was Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham's "Hobbs & Shaw". Next came Jo Jung-suk and Yoona's comedy film "Exit - Movie", 3rd was "The Battle: Roar to Victory", 4th was "The Secret Life of Pets 2" and 5th was "Hello Tyrano: Together Forever".
Actor Lee Joon-hyuk broke his character record as Oh Yeong-seok in "Designated Survivor: 60 Days". It's a continued history of being the bad guy since "The Equator Man", "Secret Forest" and "Along with the Gods".
"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" showed an increase in viewing percentage.
After its first day at the South Korean box office the new horror film "Metamorphosis" has a slight lead over its bigger budget competitors with 97,416 viewers. This makes "Metamorphosis" the first domestic horror film to lead at the South Korean box office since "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" in 2018...More
On August 22nd the South Korean cosmetics company Merbliss announced via its Instagram page that they were suspending Ahn Jae-hyun's contract as a model for the firm. The announcement follows the public airing of marital grievances by Ku Hye-sun concerning her husband, who has been attempting to obtain a divorce...More
Following pronouncements by Ku Hye-sun that her husband was not expressing sexual interest in her and was talking to other women, the question has naturally arisen as to whether that alone is grounds for divorce. Legal experts have confirmed that under South Korean law such a statement is not meaningfully binding...More
Following the release of its final episode on August 11th "Love Playlist - Season 4" has now been confirmed to be a major success. The web-drama, which aired entirely on streaming platforms, earned over 30 million views over its sixteen episode run this summer...More
A Chinese fan has spotted Song Hye-kyo in France. The fan uploaded various pictures of Song Hye-kyo wearing a simple bucket hat and tube top incognito while engaging in various tourist activities...More
Children attend a ballet class in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday...More
Visitors take part in a guided tour at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Wednesday...More
This pictorial was done in Amsterdam, the Netherlands against the backdrop of a beautiful canal and exotic streets. Unlike her character Cha Hyeon in the drama, Lee Da-hee appeared chic and elegant in this pictorial...More
Actor Jung Woo signed on with BH Entertainment.
Actor Yeon Jung-hoon took a picture of his 100 day old son's feet.
MBN drama "Graceful Family" is a mystery melodrama that tells the story of an owner-risk team, which removes the secrets and flaws that permeate the daily lives of chaebol families without a rumor, further solidifying its impregnability...More
Park Sung-woong continues to change.
He created a solid character for himself as a cold blooded villain in the movie "The New World" that came out in 2013, but he runs between good and evil, the strong and weak, striking back and forth amidst his intensity...More
A BTS drama is being produced by Green Snake Media.
President Bang Si-hyuk from Big Hit Entertainment held a presentation on the 21st and revealed that a drama of BTS's outlook will go into production and be released in 2020...More
The three ground-wave dramas are competing neck and neck.
On August 21st "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" finally appeared on South Korean on-demand services. The animated film was released in theaters on July 25th and obtained over seven hundred admissions domestically...More
On August 20th the SBS program Access Showbiz Tonight went over the known facts of the acrimony between Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun. In addition to publically known information Access Showbiz Tonight also went over what was known about their public schedules...More
Following their acclaimed chemistry on "Life on Mars" and the currently airing "When the Devil Calls Your Name" Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong have signed up for a third project - the recently announced feature film "Daemuga: Sorrow and Joy"...More
HB Entertainment has announced that Ahn Jae-hyun will not appear at a public exposition for "Defective People" on August 22nd. In an additional statement they have stated that the reasons for his lack of attendance are not related to stress or personal problems...More
The upcoming drama "Psychopath Diary" has added two new names to its cast list - Choi Tae-hwan and Hwang Sun-hee. The two will play minor roles in the tvN drama which deals with the experiences of Yook Dong-sik (played by Yoon Si-yoon) who inadvertently recovers the diary of serial killer Seo In-woo (played by Park Sung-hoon)...More
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JYP Entertainment has teamed up with YouTube to produce an original show for girl group TWICE, the agency said on Tuesday...More
Farmers pick apples on a farm in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday...More
People queue for advance train tickets for Chuseok or Korean Thansgiving at Seoul Station on Tuesday...More
Kakao Page will start full-scale IP (Intellectual Property) imaging from the second half of this year.
Kakao Page said that the webtoon IP-based drama "Love Alarm" will be released on the 22nd as an original Netflix series. The original webtoon was so popular that it recorded 470 million views. It is written by Chun Gye-young, who is well known for "Audition". Prior to the release of the drama, a live chat will be held on the 20th in the evening, involving leading actors such as Kim So-hyun and Jung Ga-ram...More
She is lovely. She's got soot all over her face and she's been running all around throughout the whole movie, but she still looks lovely. Even when she's crying because she wants to live and even when she survives and gets asked out, she's lovely.
Actress Yoona came to theaters this summer with her first leading film, "Exit - Movie". The movie that came out on the 31st of July, is about an unemployed young man named Yong-nam and his college junior Eui-joo who have to find a way out of the city that is covered in unknown poisonous gas...More
"It seems like everything precious in the world is ceasing to exist. It's like an empty cocoon left behind after the butterfly flies away".
This is what Park Ha-sun (Son Ji-eun) narrates in the first episode of the Channel A drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" as her husband (Jung Sang-hoon) leaves for work in the morning, kicking her shoes aside. She sees him off with coffee in a tumbler, but instead of nice words for her, he leaves after telling her to bathe his bird. There's no love in this dry relationship that they have. Meanwhile, a new man (Lee Sang-yeob) comes along and he's so much warmer and too humane to dismiss as an affair...More
"Designated Survivor: 60 Days" broke through 6%.
On August 20th So Yoo-jin posted a photo to her Instragram of her husband's birthday party. She mentions how one of their children gave him a card for a gift and another gave him a word puzzle while she worked hard since daybreak to make him a cake. In the picture So Yoo-jin's children and her husband can be seen blowing out the candles on the cake...More
Following news of Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun's apparent movement toward divorce, their words on the 2017 variety show 'Newlyweds Diary' have been given new focus. The reality focused variety show was filmed during their ninth month of marriage, when they were living through winter in Gangwon province...More
On August 18th Ku Hye-sun released messages relating to a likely divorce with her husband Ahn Jae-hyun. Ku Hye-sun has since deleted the relevant messages, but their contents are already known. Ku Hye-sun starts by describing her husband as being changed into an aloof version of his former self and that she plans to protect her family from what she describes as false information set to be released next week...More
Lee Jung-eun has been confirmed to star in an upcoming episode of "Doctor Detective". The actress best known for her appearance in the popular film "Parasite" has appeared in promotional material for the eleventh episode wearing a rumpled suit with gaudy accessories and braided hair...More
Reports of Jung Kyung-ho and Choi Soo-young being publically sited at a screening for "Exit - Movie" starring Choi Soo-young's Girls' Generation partner Yoona has reignited attention to the couple's long standing relationship. Some two years ago on the variety program 'Life Bar', Jung Kyung-ho talked about their relationship when they had been together for five years...More
Girl group Red Velvet's new mini album is available on various music-streaming sites and also at local stores on Tuesday...More
Jisoo of girl group Black Pink poses at a promotioanl event for a luxury fashion brand in Seoul on Monday...More
Children greet their friends at an elementary school in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday as they retrun from their summer vacation...More
Visitors take a stroll at Haneul Park in Seoul on Monday...More
Jang Shin-young showed her love for her son and her husband.
"The Night of the 8th Day" is a mystery thriller about people who have to fight 'it', which is freed from being sealed, and survive in a world of chaos because of 'it'. The number '8', which means complete, immortality and rebirth, represents a symbol of infinity.
The new tvN drama "Man Who Toasts Bread" fell through.
Hello Venus's Kwon Nara was in a pictorial.
CJ announced that the film "The Guest - 2019" is not falling through.
He will be making a special appearance in the 1st ~ 2nd episodes of the drama. He filmed all of his scenes on the 18th and this special appearance was possible thanks to his friendship with Park Seo-joon...More
"Designated Survivor: 60 Days" set a record.
There are high expectations for "Love Alarm", the short drama soon to be released on Netflix. The drama is based on the popular Daum webtoon of the same title by Chon Kye-young, who has expressed support in comments from the project. The last drama adaptation of Chon Kye-young's work was "Pretty Boy" back in 2013...More
Over the weekend Ku Hye-sun surprised her social media followers with the statement that her husband, Ahn Jae-hyun, wanted a divorce and that she was planning to protect her family. Ku Hye-sun attached communication logs between herself and her husband discoursing over the subject as proof. The shocking news has done much to put recent rumors about problems in their relationship in a new light...More
While the four major big-budget films of the summer have been released three relatively high profile genre films with well-known casts remain on the August release calendar. The horror film "Metamorphosis" and the historical era comedy film "Jesters: The Game Changers" will release on August 21st, while the multi-year romance "Tune in for Love" comes out on August 28th...More
Starting on August 19th online and offline bookstores will start accepting preorders for Bong Joon-ho's upcoming book with script and storyboarding details for "Parasite". Bong Joon-ho is writing the book personally. He has written similar books for "Mother - 2009", "The Host", and "Memories of Murder"...More
Three major films will compete for Chuseok weekend [Korean Thanksgiving] this year with another to follow in the next week. While Chuseok has always been a big time for movies, this aggressive marketing push by major studios follows a surprisingly disappointing 2018 Chuseok season, where only "The Great Battle" put out a respectable performance with five hundred thousand admissions...More
According to the Korean Film Council, the disaster film attracted 7.3 million viewers as of Sunday...More
Korea's only mountain film festival is set to kick off its fourth year in the southern city of Ulsan next month.
The Ulju Mountain Film Festival is dedicated to promoting films about mountains, adventure and exploration, nature and the environment...More
Models promote highland watermelons in a supermarket in Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors look around a dessert fair at SETEC in Seoul on Sunday...More
People enjoy themselves at Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Sunday as it closes for the summer...More
"Mother of Mine" has gone through a slight increase in the ratings.
The number one movie this week is "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"...More
The market for so-called home meal replacements is heating up in Korea as more and more Koreans stay single or have no energy left to cook after their working day.
Last year, CJ Cheiljedang racked up W1.9 trillion in revenues from instant meals (US$1=W1,212). Sales in the first quarter of this year surged 43 percent on-year, leading to expectations that full-year revenues will reach W2.6 trillion...More
Skateboarding enthusiast Ko Hyo-joo has become popular among Instagrammers. Her viral skating videos, which show her skillful movements and dance-like stunts on the elongated skateboards, first came to public attention overseas, as she has collaborated with a number of luxury labels such as Cartier, Chanel and Gucci, and even appeared in a music video by British music band Clean Bandit...More
Travel agencies specializing in tours of the easternmost islets of Dokdo have seen their business booming amid anti-Japanese sentiment on the occasion of Liberation Day.
Tickets for ships bound for Dokdo via Ulleung Island were nearly sold out for Wednesday to Friday, according to ferry operators. But in reality ships were stuck in port on Wednesday and Thursday due to typhoon Krosa...More
A widening boycott of Japanese products has started to bite.
According to the Financial Supervisory Service on Thursday, credit card transactions through KB, Lotte, Samsung and other major financial companies at Japanese retailers like ABC Mart, Uniqlo, Muji and DHC in Korea halved from W10.2 billion in late June to W5 billion in late July (US$1=W1,214)...More
Songdo in the western port city of Incheon will host its annual summer festival at the end of this month. Outdoor concerts will entertain visitors as they enjoy ice-cold beer and fireworks from Aug. 23-31...More
The annual premium nighttime tours of Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul will return late this month.
The Cultural Heritage Administration said Wednesday that the tours will run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 11 and from Oct. 6 to 19...More
Hyundai's three major sport utility vehicles earned top safety ratings from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...More
A statue of a girl is displayed at an art exhibition in Aichi Prefecture, Japan on Aug. 4. /Yonhap
A statue of a Korean woman forced into sexual slavery by imperial Japan in World War II, which was removed from the Aichi Triennale art exhibition in Japan last week, has been bought by a media business owner in Spain...More
About a half of Korea's young people said they are unhappy, a poll suggests.
The poll released early this week was conducted among 2,500 men and women nationwide aged between 15 and 34 by the Korea Labor Institute in September last year...More
The proportion of middle-class households has fallen to a record low as income polarization grows.
Middle-class households took up just 58.5 percent in the first three months of this year, the lowest since statistic began in 2006, according to Statistics Korea...More
Tourism from Japan has increased in recent months despite an escalating spat between the two governments that has spilled over into a boycott here.
A total of 850,453 Japanese tourists visited Korea from May to July, up 21.6 percent from the same period of last year, according to the Justice Ministry on Tuesday...More
Fans queue for a K-pop concert in Seoul on Sunday.
It seems that nothing can stop Japanese fans' love of K-pop, as it remains intact amid growing tensions between Korea and Japan over trade and historical issues. K-pop stars and music continue to thrive in Japan, with concerts sold out and album sales setting new records...More
A growing number of young workers intend to prepare for a second profession, according to a straw poll by job search portal Saramin.
Some 88 percent of 554 respondents in their 20s and 30s said they are willing to prepare for a second profession, while 46 percent said they are already taking steps...More
Buying food online could lead to a poor diet, a study suggests. The study based on a survey of 410 women conducted by Kongju National University revealed that nearly 90 percent of respondents had bought food online, with the most frequently purchased items being instant or frozen food...More
Korea will outpace Japan in terms of per-capita purchasing power parity four years from now. Per-capita PPP gauges the purchasing power of each person considering inflation and currency values of each country...More
Promotional information for "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has been somewhat misleading. The movie does indeed contain the Battle of Fengwudong. There's even a subtitle that helpfully pops up to tell us that this particular random mountainous area the characters have just wandered is the one the movie's named after. But up until that point, the characters just wander into a wide variety of other generally random mountainous places getting into shootouts as necessary, nothing being that well organized. Because that is, in fact, the central defining element of guerrilla warfare...More
Eun-mi is an American citizen of Korean descent. In 2011 the then-fifty year old Eun-mi took advantage of her American nationality to take tours of North Korea, an action which at the time was banned for South Koreans, and wrote about her experiences for the South Korean press outlet OhMyNews. Her articles were later published into a book. Eun-mi would do book tours in South Korea to coincide with further visits to North Korea. As relations between the Koreas deteriorated during 2014 so too did Eun-mi's experiences take a turn for the strange...More
In a time when Kim Ki-duk seems to be moving towards a direction that has made him a "persona non grata" in the movie world, it is always good to find directors that have been influenced by him and actually carry his artistic legacy. However, in this case, in a more contemporary/not so decadent fashion, and with a humor that seems to draw much from Park Chan-wook, while one could also find some elements of Takashi Miike's style, from "Visitor Q". What is even more impressive is that "The Uncle" is actually a debut...More
Since Korean indie cinema seems to struggle to get away from the "rules" set by Hong Sang-soo, it is always reinvigorating to discover productions that take an effort to distance themselves from the particular style. Lee Sang-deok's "Film Adventure" is one of those efforts, which actually succeeds, at least to a point, in a film that won Best Korean Fantastic Film and Fantastic Best Actor at BIFAN...More
Students take a selfie after a graduation ceremony at a University in Ulsan on Friday...More
Children fly kites at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Friday...More
After 22 days of release "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" has broken 700,000 admissions. This follows the movie hitting 300,000 viewers after 6 days, 400,000 viewers after 9 days, 500,000 viewers after 11 days, and 600,000 viewers after 15 days...More
Lee Jong-hyuk and Jun have been confirmed to be appearing in "Good Casting" later this year. The November drama from SBS is a comedy dealing with spying missions and corporate espionage, with Choi Kang-hee, Kim Ji-young, and Yoo In-young in the leading roles as the three field agents of a fairly dysfunctional agency team...More
Following popular acclaim for her role in "Parasite" Jang Hye-jin has been cast in "Shouts of a Father". The film stars Krystal of the girls' group f(x) in the leading role. She last appeared in the leading role for "The Player" last year...More
On August 15th Cha Seung-won was interviewed on the MBC entertainment program 'Section TV' about his upcoming film "Cheer Up Mister Lee". The actor confessed to having felt a bit strange having appeared in a comedy for the first time in twelve years. Cha Seung-won's last comedic project was "Small Town Rivals" back in 2007...More
Director Bong Joon-ho has come out in support of "The House of Us". The upcoming film by writer/director Yoon Ga-eun is the follow-up to her widely acclaimed 2016 film "The World of Us", which dealt with similar subject matter - namely the joys and sorrows of children who are left to mostly look after themselves...More
Actress Song Hye-kyo and Prof. Seo Kyoung-duk of Sungshin Women's University have donated 10,000 guidebooks in Korean and Chinese to the old Korean Provisional Government building in Chongqing, China...More
Singer Park Bom poses on the red carpet at a K-pop festival at Olympic Park in Seoul on Thursday...More
Participants pose with a giant taegeukgi or national flag at an event marking Liberation Day in Uleung, North Gyeongsang Province on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Solomon's Perjury" (2016)
Directed by Kang Il-soo
Written by Kim Ho-soo
With Kim Hyun-soo, Jang Dong-yoon, Seo Ji-hoon, Seo Young-joo, Cho Jae-hyun, Nam Jung-hee,...
12 episodes - Fri, Sat 20:30
A group of junior high teenagers search for the truth of a fellow teenager's fall to death during Christmas...More
"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" continues to lead among Wednesday-Thursday dramas.
People practice yoga at the Lotte World Tower observatory in Seoul on Wednesday...More
National flag-themed pinwheels are set up at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday, ahead of Liberation Day...More
"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" ranked no.1 among ground wave dramas.
According to the Nielsen Korea numbers released today, episodes 17 and 18 of MBC drama "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" (writer Kim Ho-soo, PD Kang Il-soo) rated 4.1% and 6.2% on the 14th based on national household standards...More
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Korean Horror Action Movie "The Divine Fury" To Release in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia Cinemas
With the announcement of "Farmer's Academy Season 2" so too have new cast members been announced to supplement the actors and characters from the first season. Lee Jong-won-I of the web-dramas "Ghostderella" and "Our Baseball" will join the existing cast headlined by Lee Tae-hwan, Yoon Bo-mi, and Lee Min-ji...More
"Designated Survivor: 60 Days" shocked viewers in its thirteenth episode with its frank discussion of anti-discrimination laws. Internet commentary around the episode made ironic note of the fact that the fake television president of the drama would make a direct appeal for laws that are generally considered verboten in South Korean politics by all except the most far left politicians...More
With the four major summer releases now out and only one of them even hinting at hitting the fabled ten million mark, speculation is already rampant as to which of the September releases have the best chance of turning into a sleeper hit. Much as with the summer films, there's a surprisingly great deal of genre variety...More
In anticipation of the Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival's opening night on August 16th, the festival has released a list of the various South Korean entertainment industry professionals who will be in attendance. This is the festival's first year, so making a good impression on the red carpet will prove critical...More
Song Kang-ho poses with the Excellence Award trophy at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland on Monday. /Yonhap
Actor Song Kang-ho received the Excellence Award at this year's Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland on Monday, becoming the first Asian actor to earn the honor.
The award is given to internationally acclaimed actors who have enriched the cinema with their work and talent...More
/Courtesy of National Museum of Korea
Korea's oldest national flag will be exhibited to the public to celebrate Liberation Day on Thursday...More
Members of girl group TWICE pose at a promotional event for a cosmetics brand in Seoul on Tuesday. From left, Tzuyu, Jihyo and Nayeon...More
Children make the taegeukgi or national flag with clay at a kindergarten in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday, ahead of Liberation Day...More
Children cool themselves in a fountain in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Tuesday...More
Kim Dong-wan takes on the role of a member of the pansori crew who goes through the process of relieving the hardships experienced while living in Joseon, consoling the people who are devastated by the extortion, and becoming one with the members of the people he meets along the way...More
Lee Joon-hyuk's performance of a villain is something to see in "Designated Survivor: 60 Days". The bone-chilling act of Oh Yeong-seok, a power-oriented villain brings up Lee Joon-hyuk's past performances as the bad guy. We take a look at the evolution of bad guys Lee Joon-hyuk played in "Secret Forest", "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds", and "Designated Survivor: 60 Days"...More
Well-made dramas are still in high demand even after a long time.
PD Kim Won-seok and writer Kim Eun-hee-I's tvN drama "Signal", which made everyone listen carefully to the sound of the radio in 2016, and PD Sin Won-ho's "Prison Playbook" are still counted as masterpieces...More
"Little Forest" decreased in viewing percentage.
According to Nielsen Korea, the SBS TV show "Little Forest" rated 3.5% and 5%. It is more than 1% lower than the last week's episode of 5.1% and 6.8%...More
On August 13th the Korean Film Council released figures showing that on August 12th "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has beaten "Exit - Movie" in daily ticket sales for the second day in a row. The difference between the two is minor - 219,947 tickets for "The Battle: Roar to Victory" compared to 212,312 tickets for "Exit - Movie"...More
On August 13th Choi Ye-seul posted on Instagram about herself and her fiance G.O going to Jeju Island. In the post she discusses driving around in a convertible but having to put the top back up owing to the extreme heat...More
Sung Dong-il's new movie "Metamorphosis" is opening on August 21st. The veteran actor frequently appears in a wide variety of projects and in promotional interviews for "Metamorphosis" he's been talking about hanging out with V, Park Bo-gum, and Jo In-sung...More
More context behind Kim Si-hoo's character in "I Wanna Hear Your Song" has been unveiled. While he had always been identified in official materials as the younger brother of Yeon Woo-jin's character Jang Yoon, he now has a full name - Kim I-an...More
Following Lee Jin's frank discussion of her early marriage on the JTBC variety show 'Camping Club' interest has been drawn as to who her husband is. For privacy's sake the man's name has not been revealed, as he is not a celebrity, though his voice did appear on the program, however briefly, during a phone call...More
K-pop sensation BTS are taking some time off from hectic schedules that have taken them all over the world...More
Girl group ITZY pose before taking part in a sports festival in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on Monday to celebrate the upcoming Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving...More
Divers perform at an aquarium in Seoul on Monday, ahead of Liberation Day...More
Pedestrians walk in the rain in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Monday...More
Actress Lee Il-hwa was featured in the women's fashion magazine Woman Sense with the catch phrase "All Women Are Beautiful", celebrating the magazine's 31st anniversary.
He made a post on Instagram saying, "Monday / Tuesday drama at 9.30PM. It's finally over. Good job everyone, I had a great time. Thank you"....More
Actress Jo Yeo-jung is considering a drama comeback.
The all-round talented Kim Seul-gi is starring in her first sageuk film. "Jesters: The Game Changers", is a historical film about a group of people during the Joseon Dynasty who play with the media, crafting news...More
Actor Woo Do-hwan expressed his thoughts on the nickname 'leading rookie'.
Despite his not so big role in the film "Master", Woo Do-hwan made a good impression of himself and became a rising star with further appearances in dramas "Save Me" and "Mad Dog". He even earned the nickname 'sexy villain' for his role in the movie "The Divine Fury". Herald POP interviewed Woo Do-hwan in a café in Seoul...More
"Welcome 2 Life" is still in the lead despite a drop in viewing percentage.
The highly anticipated match up between "Exit - Movie" and "The Battle: Roar to Victory" took place last weekend. "Exit - Movie" just barely edged out a win with a margin of under fifty thousand tickets. The disaster flick's cumulative total closed Sunday out at 5,785,252 admissions. The movie is almost certain to break the six million mark...More
Hwang Seung-eon's agency Big Picture Entertainment has confirmed that the actress has finished a photoshoot and interview with Korean fashion magazine 'Bellboy'. 'Bellboy' has confirmed that the photoshoot and interview took place and that the pictures released by Big Picture Entertainment were from that shoot...More
On the jTBC variety show 'Camping Club' former members of the girl group Fin.K.L dish about their lives as now older married women in the context of camping trips. A frank husband discussion on the August 11th broadcast between Lee Jin and Lee Hyori has caught a lot of attention in that regard...More
In its second week, with screenings now sharply reduced, "The Divine Fury" has only managed about 1.5 million box office admissions. This is a far cry from the surprise 2017 hit "Midnight Runners", also from writer/director Kim Joo-hwan and starring Park Seo-joon in the leading role. That buddy cop film managed over 5.5 million admissions...More
On Instagram Seo Kang-joon posted a photo of a coffee car that had been sent to the set of "WATCHER" in his name. The surprising part of the picture was the source of the car - the Seotarbucks vehicle was apparently sent by Thai fans...More
New music video released for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Hello Carbot Theater Version: Save the Moon Land!"...More
The film, which is scheduled for release in Korea in November, has been invited to the "Discovery" section at this year's Toronto International Film Festival next month...More
Another music video by BTS surpassed 500 million views on YouTube on Sunday...More
Girls try to shield themselves from the sun at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors have fun at a media art show in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Saturday...More
Participants paddle across the Han River at a recycled plastic boat race in Seoul on Sunday...More
"Mother of Mine" barely jumped over 30%.
Royal palaces and historic sites nationwide will be open to the public for free for two weeks...More
Japanese cosmetics are surging ahead in the Chinese market as affordable Korean products lose their luster.
According to a report by the International Trade Centre, Japan exported US$770 million worth of cosmetics to China in the first quarter of this year to take the No. 1 spot. Next were France with $730 million and Korea with $720 million...More
Total housing loans in Korea have surpassed W1,000 trillion, but the pace of growth has slowed considerably over the past year, according to the Bank of Korea on Thursday (US$1=W1,210)...More
Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung's mobile division, introduces the Galaxy Note 10 at the Barclays Center in New York on Wednesday. /Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Samsung unveiled the latest "phablet" in its Galaxy Note series in New York on Wednesday.
The Korean giant hopes sales of the Galaxy Note 10 will help it overcome the impact of Japanese export curbs on key high-tech materials and the escalating U.S.-China trade war...More
As Korea's birthrate has dropped to one of the world's lowest, obstetric clinics and kindergartens are disappearing at a rapid pace as well...More
Hyundai and affiliate Kia were among the world's 10 best-selling electric vehicle makers in the first half of this year.
Market researcher SNE Research said on Tuesday that Hyundai sold 26,804 EVs in the first half to rank 10th in global EV sales for the first time. Its small Kona electric SUV drove sales with 23,247 cars...More
An intense heat wave that has gripped the country this summer is taking the lives of people and livestock...More
The college-age population has declined drastically as the country's birthrate dropped to one of the world's lowest.
By 2024 there will be 124,000 or a quarter fewer freshmen than at the moment, according to a projection from the Education Ministry on Tuesday...More
LG will unveil its new flagship smartphone at the IFA electronics show in Berlin next month. The electronics giant on Tuesday sent out press invites for the launch scheduled for Sept. 6...More
Samsung is ranked the world's fourth most innovative tech brand in a survey by U.S. market research consultancy Brand Keys...More
Japanese automakers' sales have plunged 30 percent in Korea as a result of a boycott of Japan here.
According to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association on Monday, 2,674 Japanese cars were sold here in July, down 32 percent from June, before the boycott started, and 17 percent on-year. Their market share here dropped six percentage points to 14 percent...More
More Koreans are looking for alternative travel destinations to Japan like China and other Asian countries.
Korea's largest tour operator Hana Tour said that since July 1, when a boycott of Japan started here, bookings of package tours to Chiang Mai in Thailand went up 119 percent compared to a year ago...More
The government will select 100 key goods that are urgently needed by manufacturers here after Japan removed Korea from a "whitelist" of preferential trade partners.
The government will invest W1 trillion in research and development and relax overtime restrictions and other red tape to allow the parts and materials to be manufactured domestically (US$1=W1,200)...More
Those who cannot afford a lengthy vacation this summer seem to be finding respite from the heat in Seoul or just taking day trips to nearby areas, recent data suggests...More
The main stand-out quality to "Exit - Movie" is, weirdly enough, how quintessentially Korean it is. The ethnic overtones aren't super obvious. I mean sure, Yong-nam (played by Jo Jung-suk) is introduced working out at a playground- a ridiculous endeavor, but South Korean playgrounds have high quality exercise equipment. His sister first appears bugging her mom late at night for kimchi. And a ridiculous amount of action takes place at a traditional ceremony party venue...More
Hye-jeong (played by Han Hae-in) has a depressingly meaningless existence. We see her lumbering about day by day, refusing any interest in any kind of normal conversation. Even a love confession ends on a surprisingly somber note, as we see Hye-jeong looking out the window, as if she was hopeful the guy might actually stick around. Hye-jeong has no money and no future. So it's oddly enough not much of a transition for her die and become a ghost...More
Among the overwhelming plethora of crime films coming from S. Korea, it is always a pleasure to find works that manage to present the themes of the category in a different fashion. Lee Don-ku does exactly that and with style, by shooting a Tarantinoesque movie set as a stage play, that also features a female character, who, for once, is not a cliché. Let us take things from the beginning though...More
The latest disaster film "Exit - Movie" is perhaps on its way to becoming this summer's biggest box office hit, as it has already drawn over 4 million viewers in eight days since its release on July 31.
Makeup artists apply makeup to participants at a horror-themed festival in Daegu on Friday...More
People walk through an arch tunnel during a night tour at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Friday...More
South Korea actually has a thriving animation industry. However, this is not common internationally, because the main domestically produced animations are produced for the children's television market. Last year's "The Haunted House: The Secret of the Cave" was based on the popular cartoon of the same title...More
On August 8th Lim Ji-yeon and other stars attended the press conference for the upcoming film "Tazza: One-Eyed Jacks". South Korean media was on hand to cover the event, including one telling shot where leading man Lee Kwang-soo is whispering something into his old schoolfriend's ear while she muffles her own laughter...More
Following the apparent banning of a screening of "Parasite" at a local Chinese film festival, "Parasite" is now appearing on Chinese sites as an illegal download. The release appears to be connected with "Parasite" being released on on-demand services in South Korea, which is the first time a digital version of the movie has been made available to the general public...More
While "The Divine Fury" did not do as poorly as "The King's Letters" at the South Korean box office, its presence in South Korean theaters is significantly diminished this weekend. At this point the movie owes most of its admissions to dedicated repeat viewers and late night screenings. But how did such a hotly anticipated movie with a popular leading star in Park Seo-joon and equally strong first day sales manage to do so poorly in the long haul?...More
On August 9th a Seoul court ruled on Son Seung-won's second trial and concluded that the first one had already come to the correct decision. Son Seung-won will spend one year and six months in prison and he will not be allowed to do his mandatory military service during this time...More
People enjoy a water gun fight at Everland in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
Girls take a selfie at Dongnimmun or Independence Gate in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Keys to the Heart" (2017)
Directed by Choi Seong-hyeon
With Lee Byung-hun, Youn Yuh-jung, Park Jung-min, Moon Sook, Choi Ri, Hwang Suk-jung,...
Started filming : 2017/06/06
Wrapped up filming : 2017/08/27
Also known as "That's Only my World"
"Keys to the Heart" is the story of a boxer and his brother, who is a brilliant pianist with mental disabilities, reconciling through their mother...More
The highly anticipated Korea Summer Release, "The Divine Fury" is set to release in theatres in Australia and New Zealand on 8 August 2019. "The Divine Fury" is a supernatural horror action stars heart throb Park Seo-joon together with Woo Do-hwan and Ahn Sung-ki, they are set to battle the evil forces...More
Ahn Sung-ki explained that he stars in movies only because he likes them.
TvN drama "Emergency Love Landing" is a top secret love story about a commission officer named Ri 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
"Prosecutor Civil War" is an office drama about prosecutors and it's based on the original best seller by Kim Woong-I. It depicts the story of ordinary prosecutors living day by day in the local city, not the glamorous legal professionals in the media...More
It's a bumper year for male new actors.
"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" maintained first place.
On August 8th "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" broke six hundred thousand viewers at the South Korean box office. The all-Korean film is now seeking to edge out "Pororo, Treasure Island Adventure - Theater Version" as the number one Korean animated film at the box office this year. The latest Pororo movie earned 766,264 admissions during its theatrical run during May...More
In a couple of months David Cho's new film "The Skill of Remarriage" will see domestic release. The movie has attracted some interest in South Korea, because the shooting locations of the movie were seen in May episodes of 'My Little Old Boy'. As the title suggests, the movie is a comedy about men trying to do a better job in their second marriages, having failed in the first ones...More
In the second quarter of this year CJ ENM collected an estimated eighty million dollars in profits. This represents a 22.3% increase over the second quarter of 2018...More
Director Kim Joo-hwan has now seen Park Seo-joon through "Midnight Runners" and "The Divine Fury". Consequently, the director has many praiseful thoughts toward Park Seo-joon's skills as an actor. In particular Kim Joo-hwan has praised Park Seo-joon's leadership and communication skills...More
On August 8th Lim Ji-yeon made some comments at a press conference for "Tazza: One-Eyed Jacks" about working with Park Jung-min. The issue came up because they both attended the same school (The Korean National University of the Arts) at the same time...More
Children look at gourds at a farm in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Wednesday...More
Flowers are in bloom under clear skies in Sejong City on Wednesday...More
It's a good day in Dramaland when seasoned actors team up with inspired creators. It's a good day for yours truly when the premise sounds this exciting. Uhm Ji-won, Sung Dong-il and Jo Min-soo are officially on board "The Method", tvN's upcoming drama written by "Train to Busan" director and writer Yeon Sang-ho...More
"The Divine Fury" revealed 3 of its most impressive possessed.
"The Divine Fury" is the story of martial arts champion Yong-hoo (Park Seo-joon) meeting exorcist Father Ahn (Ahn Sung-ki) and fighting evil that puts the world in peril. "The Divine Fury" has been a box office hit with diverse visual effects and interesting perspectives, revealing 3 of its best possessed...More
Ryu Jun-yeol talked about his favorite pastime.
Seo Ye-ji is aiming to become queen of cinema this summer.
PD Lee Jong-jae from "100 Days My Prince" and writer Ryoo Yong-jae from "Liar Game" and "Time Between Dog and Wolf - Drama" collaborate on tvN's latest, "Psychopath Diary", a story of naive Yook Dong-sik (Yoon Si-yoon) who witnesses a murder and runs from it, accidentally losing his memory. He doesn't know who he is, but he picks up a psychopath serial killer's diary and thinks he is the person who wrote it...More
"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" topped the ranks amidst competition.
On August 7th tvN released script reading photos of "The Great Show" ahead of the drama's August 26th premiere. "The Great Show" stars Song Seung-heon as parliamentary representative Dae-han, the title character (his full name is a pun for 'great') who gets embroiled with family troubles regarding four siblings as he prepares for a big political move...More
The short drama "Everything and Nothing" premiered on August 5th. Though planned to run for only four episodes with no major stars, the youth melodrama has gained surprising traction. The main characters are normal high school students who are poor communicators. Though the premise is simple, director Jo Young-min has admitted to worrying about whether he's been showing it correctly...More
"Welcome 2 Life" has attracted strong positive attention for the chemistry between its leads. In the drama Rain plays Jae-sang and Lim Ji-yeon Si-on, ex-lovers and law professionals who have become bitter rivals at court. But once the drama's fantasy conceit kicks in, we also see an alternate version of the couple that never split up and is raising a daughter together...More
While "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has been selling itself as a war epic, the last major blockbuster of the South Korean summer season has an unlikely leading man - Yoo Hae-jin, who's pushing fifty and does not look like a movie star...More
Singer HyunA poses at a promotional event for a fashion brand in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Visitors take a photo at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Children have fun in a fountain at the Han River Park in Yeouido, Seoul on Tuesday...More
People struggle against wind and rain in Haeundae, Busan on Tuesday as the port city comes under the influence of typhoon Francisco...More
They will be hosting the event on the outdoor stage of the Pyeongchang Olympics Stadium on the 16th from 6PM...More
Behind-the-scene pictures of Jang Nara were released.
Jang Nara plays a deputy in charge of VIP clients that make up the top 1% of the department store, leads her juniors, and meets the needs of her clients in the drama "VIP", which comes out in October...More
Cinemas are ready for Chuseok.
While "Exit - Movie" got in the way of Disney and is in the midst of a flurry of success along with "The Divine Fury", there are films that are coming out this Chuseok with high expectations. Chuseok this year is about 10 days earlier than last year, therefore movies will be out that much earlier as well...More
"Welcome 2 Life" increased slightly.
In a drama marketplace where anything with under ten percent ratings is increasingly seen as a failure, it's easy to lose track of the lower profile releases. But some cable dramas have been focusing more on story and concept than broad appeal. These dramas have built reliable audiences, albeit not exceptional ones, in part on the power of their subversive takes on specific genre standards...More
Back in May of 2009 the concept of death with dignity made its first big appearance in South Korean culture with a court case which ruled that next of kin had the right to terminate medical care to loved ones who were technically alive, but had no hope of recovery. An elderly man who had become a human vegetable was the point of contention in that case. At a press conference on August 5th "Doctor John" director Jo Soo-won talked about how this idea inspired the creation of "Doctor John"...More
Rain made his first big appearance as an actor in the 2004 drama "Full House". At the time this was seen as mainly being a tie-in for his musical career. But in recent years Rain has been more aggressive in pursuing acting projects. First with "Please Come Back, Mister", then "Sketch - Drama", and now "Welcome 2 Life", which just had its first episode premiere on August 5th...More
The South Korean blockbuster was born with "Shiri" in 1999, which had a then unprecedented two million dollar budget and a powerful enough box office return to justify the extent. The later success of "Silmido" in 2003 and "The Host" in 2006 proved that "Shiri" was not a one-off event, and in subsequent years studios started aggressively budgeting movies in the hopes of obtaining another cultural landmark...More
With the surprise success of "Parasite" Bong Joon-ho has jumped to third place in the all-time list for most admissions by a South Korean director at the South Korean box office. Though Bong Joon-ho's reputation is mainly as an artistic director, his films have enjoyed widespread appeal thanks to blockbusters like "The Host" and "Snowpiercer"...More
Main trailer released for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Hello Carbot Theater Version: Save the Moon Land!"...More
Kang Daniel (left) and Jihyo
Visitors enjoy an ice slide at an ice gallery in Seoul on Monday...More
Tourists shield themselves from the sun in Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Monday...More
"My name is KIM Bok-dong" is a documentary about a Japanese sex slave victim named Kim Bok-dong who was also a peace activist and the 27 years she fought for the apology of the Japanese, from the year 1992 to January this year when she passed away. It is the third movie by Newstapa directed by Song Won-geun-I and narrated by Han Ji-min. Rapper Yoon Mi-rae and her coed group called Rocoberry also wrote a song for the movie called "Flower"...More
Song Seung-heon made an update.
Woman + Romance, hence 'womance' is better than romance. The tvN drama "Search: WWW", which ended on the 25th last month, was a thrilling yet intense drama about womance. This drama, which is about real romance between women who work at a trendy portal site and men who steal their hearts, perfectly portrayed the bold and amazing career life of working women.
The three leading ladies of the portal industry are Im Soo-jung in the role of Bae Ta-mi, Lee Da-hee as Cha Hyeon and Jeon Hye-jin-II as Song Ga-kyeong. They bound together in womance and left a deep impression through the small screen...More
"Welcome 2 Life" had a steady start.
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After just six days at the box office "Exit - Movie" has amassed over three million viewers. The July 31st premiering movie cracked the milestone on the morning of Monday August 5th. "Exit - Movie" had previously hit one million viewers on Saturday and two million viewers on Sunday. The movie's rate will probably slow down considerably at least until the next weekend...More
The first three major releases of the summer season have come out. "Exit - Movie" has handily outperformed "The King's Letters" and "The Divine Fury", but now faces a bigger test with "The Battle: Roar to Victory", the final major release of the summer season...More
Following Park Seo-joon's brief appearance in "Parasite", Choi Wooshik returned the favor by having a small role in "The Divine Fury". However, according to writer/director Kim Joo-hwan, there was more to Choi Wooshik's character than just fanservice...More
On August 5th Seoul Police held a press conference wherein they confirmed that an investigation into bribery allegations against Park Yoo-chun was taking place. Allegedly the head of a rape investigation against Park Yoo-chun visited his home back in 2016 and was offered some sort of incentive to make four rape charges against the fallen idol go away. After a monthlong investigation those charges were indeed cleared...More
People enjoy a concert at a plaza in Seoul on Saturday...More
People cool themselves at Heaundae Beach in Busan on Saturday...More
Visitors have fun at a beach on Jeju Island on Sunday...More
A rumor that popped up online on the morning of the 5th, that celebrity news portal Dispatch reported news about Kim Nam-gil and Jang Nara but deleted it right away, had the internet in an uproar. According to captures of this news, it reported exclusively that actors Kim Nam-gil and Jang Nara were finally getting married this November after a 7 year-long relationship...More
"Hotel Del Luna" hit the 9% mark for the first time.
The biggest proportion of burglaries occur in the fourth week of July, when most schools close for the summer, according to security firm S1 on Friday.
Many people leave their homes vulnerable during this time as they go away on their summer holidays...More
Affordable cosmetics shops are shutting down one by one due to dwindling foreign customers and a gradual switch to online shopping. For now they are being replaced by shoe or sports apparel shops in Seoul's major shopping districts like Myeong-dong and Hongik University areas...More
The Seoul Botanic Park will open at night from Aug. 7 to 10 for the first time since its grand opening in October last year. The special nighttime experience will be limited to just 90 minutes from 7:30 p.m. over four days...More
Samsung will outsource the manufacture of low-cost home appliances to other companies amid dwindling profits from the business.
Industry insiders said Samsung is looking for factories to outsource the production of low-end refrigerators, air purifiers and other home appliances. Samsung will handle research and development, product design and marketing, but the actual products sold under its brand will be manufactured elsewhere...More
Motorists in their 50s were the biggest customer base for cars here in the first half of this year for the first time, overtaking customers in their prime.
People in their 30s and 40s kept their wallets shut amid a tough job market and dwindling disposable income...More
Participants in Mnet's "Uhak Sonyeo: Ticket to K-Pop" pose in this undated picture. /Courtesy of CJ E&M
Korea has become a popular destination for wannabe pop stars from all around the world. The worldwide success of bands like Bangtan Boys, also knwon as BTS, TWICE, Black Pink and Red Velvet made Korea an attractive place to get training in the twin arts of pouting and hopping about...More
Mt. Nam in Seoul will open for nighttime walks over the summer with a guide to explain the various sights along the way up to an amazing night view of Seoul from the summit...More
LG ranked first in terms of global home appliance sales in the first half of this year, beating Whirlpool of the U.S. The figures exclude TVs...More
Korea's birthrate is estimated at 0.89 to 0.9 this year. Last year the birthrate fell below one child per woman over her lifetime for the first time at 0.98, and now it could drop below 0.9...More
I have to admit I have a soft spot for films that unfold as stage plays, and this particular one, whose synopsis portrayed it as an Agatha Christie-style story, made me really eager to watch it. At half point, though, the narrative changed completely and the movie became something very different. Let us see if this change actually benefitted it...More
Hyeon-jae (played by One) is helping his female friend Soo-min (played by Kim Bo-ra) make an interview video for prospective colleges. In the summer heat of Anyang, we can see that their friendship is one of remarkable steadiness, patience, and synchronization. So why aren't they actually a couple? Well, Hyeon-jae has a lot of not particularly convincing answers for that. Oddly enough none of them have much to do with Hyeon-jae being very sick...More
For all its fairytale pastiche setting, "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" is a surprisingly earnest animted movie. There's no ironic commentary about fairy tale tropes or obnoxious pop culture references. The first twist is surprisingly straightforward. Our noble heroes follow up something heroic with something stupid, because they're idiots who put too much stock in appearance. The second twist barely even qualifies as a twist at all. What if Snow White was fat?...More
Visitors escape the heat in a cave in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province on Friday...More
Participants aboard their own cardboard boats race across the Han River on Friday...More
The relentless, but also somewhat hopeless effort of Korean genre films to create new stories that incorporate, though, the elements that have brought the country's cinema to the top of the continent (commercially and internationally at least), has resulted in a plethora of big-budget, commercially successful movies on the one hand, of dubious quality and rather repetitive on the other. "The Divine Fury" takes this concept a step even further, since it seems to incorporate all these elements into one, visually impressive package, of... well you are going to have to read ahead to get to the quality part...More
Lee Dong-wook's doctor is in and every cell in my body wants out. The dentist from hell does absolutely nothing abnormal in the latest teaser of OCN's "Strangers from Hell", but I still want to call some form of emergency services on him for the distress caused by his performative friendliness and his blank, predatory stare...More
By morning of Friday August 2nd "Exit - Movie" had already racked up an exceptionally impressive one million admissions. The movie is currently on track to have a monstrously successful opening weekend even in the face of stiff competition. CJ Entertainment has released a silly picture of lead actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona to commemorate the event...More
On August 2nd Jung Kyung-ho's management company made an official statement saying that the actor is still in the process of considering an offer for "A Wise Doctor's Life". This confirms earlier reports that Jung Kyung-ho has been contacted about appearing in the drama...More
Lee Yeon-hee has been confirmed as the female lead for "The Game: Towards the Final Hour". With Ok Taecyeon already having been cast for the male lead, "The Game: Towards the Final Hour" will mark a reunion of sorts for the two actors, who co-starred in the 2013 romantic omnibus film "Marriage Blue"...More
The production company behind "By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" has confirmed that scenes in the movie were filmed in the Burning Sun nightclub. The news comes after protracted online speculation related to the recently released trailer for the movie, where scenes that appear to take place in Burning Sun are visible...More
Girl group TWICE attend a red carpet event for a music awards in Seoul on Thursday...More
Children have fun at the annual tomato festival in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province on Thursday...More
Visitors enjoy paragliding on Mt. Mangun in Namhae, South Gyeongsang Province on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Drama Special - Slow" (2017)
Directed by Lim Se-joon
Written by Kim Joo-man-I
With Kwak Dong-yeon, Jung Soo-ji, Ki Do-hoon, Nam Tae-boo, Choi Kwang-il, Heo Goo-yeon,...
1 episode - Sun 22:40
Part of the "Drama Special" series
The story of an unknown batter overcoming the odds...More
"Pegasus Market" is the comical story of an elite manager who tries to revive the low-quality, no-statement mart. The store is lagging behind traditional commercial districts, while a 'human bulldozer' owner tries to run it down...More
When news of a webtoon adaptation comes up, there are those who conduct an imaginary casting of stars who are exactly like the characters from the webtoons. This culture is so popular that portal sites are full of related postings, and this kind of 'imaginary casting' leads to actual casting.
OCN's "Strangers from Hell", coming on the 31st, is one example. It's a thriller by writer Kim Yong-ki about the lead character, Yoon Jong-woo, moving to Seoul only to live in a run-down gosiwon where creepy events happen. With its intense level of immersion, this webtoon has always been in the top rankings of Naver webtoons...More
It was something new, to see a handsome man take off his 'pretty boy' image and become a secret multi-character. Actor No Min-woo played a physician named Jang Cheol, who is quiet and always seems to be hiding something, and serial killer Doctor K without a sense of difference in the MBC drama "Investigation Partners Season 2".
"When I first saw the synopsis I felt greatly pressured, because my character had three personalities including Jang Cheol, Doctor K, and Jang Cheol's mother. The PD advised me to watch some psycho killer movies so I watched up to three or four movies up to the day we started filming. I watched "Memories of Murder" and even "Dexter". I watched dramas and films about doctors until I got to a point where the violence didn't disturb me at all"....More
"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" took over the throne.
New poster and stills added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Hello Carbot Theater Version: Save the Moon Land!"...More
To commemorate "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" receiving three hundred thousand viewers at the domestic box office, participating theaters offered a limited run 1+1 event for new reservations. The encore event sold out almost immediately, demonstrating surprising staying power for the domestic animated film even in the face of overwhelming competition...More
Actor Kim Eui-sung has confirmed that he is the new Cooperational Chairperson for the Busan International Film Festival. Straightaway Kim Eui-sung has also announced new plans to expand the festival in a way chiefly designed by viewer request...More
Court filings show that the first attorney representing Kang Sung-wook last year when he was arrested was only the attorney of record for six days. But even more surprising is the attorney's identity. Jang Cheon was not just Kang Sung-wook's lawyer, but his best friend. We know this because he appeared on 'Heart Signal', the variety show Kang Sung-wook was appearing in at the time...More
On its first day at the South Korean box office "The Divine Fury" earned 380,166 admissions. This extremely strong opening puts it above the already impressive 308,298 admissions set by Park Seo-joon's previous blockbuster, "Midnight Runners", which went on to earn over five million admissions at the South Korean box office...More
Girl band Black Pink's "Ddu-du Ddu-du" became the first K-pop music video to ratchet up over 900 million views on YouTube...More
Foreign students demonstrate taekwondo skills at a youth camp in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Pedestrians walk in the rain in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Wednesday...More
Visitors pack a water park in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday...More
The production of "Hyena" is not playing around, and while viewers will not get to enjoy Song Hye-kyo's return just yet following the actor's rejection of the offer, Kim Hye-soo is currently up for the role alongside Ju Ji-hoon...More
The three of them are dressed in red, pink and blue, showing them with their own sense of style. It looks like they are becoming very close and friendly during their time making the drama...More
Actor Choi Tae-joon and B.A.P's Bang Yong-guk are off to the military.
"Melting Me Softly" tells the story of a man and a woman who participate in a 24-hour human cryogenic freezing project, only to wake up 20 years later due to a mysterious scheme. Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah, and Yoon Se-ah are a few of those previously cast...More
OCN was just a channel for movies in the beginning. Now it's the go-to spot for 'genre dramas'. It's been presenting mystery, school, and legal dramas unlike ground-wave channels and it has been successful so far. These dramas have gone multi-season right away and succeeded in securing a firm market by securing even hardcore fans...More
A-Man Project announced that the news about them being a thing is not true, and that they are just close senior-junior friends...More
"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" made a record.
Following the arrest of Kang Sung-wook for sexual assault Channel A has announced that they had canceled on demand services for the variety show that he had prominently starred in back in the summer of 2017, 'Heart Signal'. Because Kang Sung-wook was primarily an actor in stage musicals there is relatively little content that can be suspended in the wake of his arrest...More
It's highly unusual for two major releases to open on the same day in South Korea. It's bad business, as most people will just end up choosing one or the other. Yet that's exactly the current situation with "Exit - Movie" and "The Divine Fury", which elected against each other this weekend, rather than "The King's Letters" and "The Battle: Road to Victory" on either side of the high summer season...More
Following surprise ten million plus viewer hits with "Extreme Job" and "Parasite" CJ is now looking toward more deliberate success with "Exit - Movie". The film opened at 11 AM on July 31st with 25.2% of reservations. This was a slight uptick from the previous day, when "The Divine Fury" held the edge in reservations, and that gap has continued to widen...More
When "Life on Mars" was broadcast on OCN last year expectations were low. The drama was coming off of "Mistress", a drama which did quite poorly in ratings. Though based on a British drama, the time traveling conceit of "Life on Mars" inevitably resulted in its being compared to "Signal". Nonetheless, "Life on Mars" was a hit in its own right thanks in large part to the strong chemistry and performances of Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong...More
It's hard to believe that medical dramas were once a serious staple of South Korean entertainment. But after the high profile failures of "Blood" and "Medical Top Team" several years back, the genre fell into a slump. That was cast off though, by the surprising success of "Doctor Prisoner". Well, perhaps not so surprising given the popularity of leading actor Namgoong Min, but then that's what gave the genre such a fresh spin...More
1st music video released for the upcoming Korean animated movie "Hello Carbot Theater Version: Save the Moon Land!"...More
Butterfly and Statue of Peace [Sonyeosang] trailers added for the upcoming Korean documentary "My name is KIM Bok-dong...More
A cheerleader shoots a water gun in a baseball game between Hanwha Eagles and KT Wiz in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday...More
Korean rescuers arrive at Incheon International Airport from Hungary on Tuesday after wrapping up their search for survivors in the Danube pleasure boat tragedy...More
People have fun in a water park in Gwangju on Tuesday...More
A six-episode SBS drama based on hip hop is coming out in August.
"Hip Hop King - Nasna Street" is the story of youths growing up in the phenomenon of hip hop and traditional hip hop music starring singer and actor Lee Ho-won, Cross Gene's Shin Won-ho, model Han Hyun-min and April's Lee Na-eun...More
Actress Shin Dong-mi confessed her painful past of a malignant tumor and the failure of having a test tube baby.
She appeared on the SBS TV show "You Are My Destiny" and got on stage for the first ever lecture in her life. She spoke about many things...More
Actor Ryu Deok-hwan is getting ready for a new drama.
A media reported on the 30th that Ryu Deok-hwan is coming back with the latest SBS drama "Nobody Knows", which is due in January. However, Ryu's agency clarified that he is currently reviewing the offer. He was offered the role of Lee Seon-woo, a science teacher at Sinsung Middle School...More
Choi Jin-hyuk was featured in the membership magazine The Neighbor.
Masterpiece writer Noh Hee-kyeong is preparing another one.
"Designated Survivor: 60 Days" went up in the ratings.
"The Divine Fury" only just came out in South Korea, but even before the movie was available in theaters anticipation for the supernaturally themed action film was strong. The movie accrued over one hundred thousand reservations before its official release...More
While "Parasite" still has a small presence at the Vietnamese box office, having smashed most records for a South Korea film in that market, another South Korean film has emerged to take a surprisingly strong share of the market. That film is "Romang", a melodrama earlier this year about an elderly couple (Lee Soon-jae and Jung Young-sook) grappling with Alzheimers...More
With the release of "Exit - Movie" the history of South Korean disaster movies is in full focus. Because of the budget requirements for the special effects necessary to make disaster movies, new ones only come out every few years. With the last spurt of disaster movies occurring in 2016, enough time has passed to make the genre seem fresh again...More
The Good Data Corporation has released its latest report for the fourth week of July and "Hotel Del Luna" has topped the list once again for its third straight week, with 26.47% of social media comments relating to dramas being tracked to that specific title...More
For miniseries running from January 1st to July 14th Nielsen Korea has determined that "The Fiery Priest" was the best performing drama of the first half of 2019. The top rating for "The Fiery Priest" was 24.7%, but other relevant designations include the drama's average rating, which was determined to be 18.1%, also the highest. "The Fiery Priest" also had the highest rating from advertisers, at 7.63%...More
Actress Kim Ah-joong will return to the big screen in September after about a two-year absence.
Girl group ITZY pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Monday...More
Visitors cool off in the mist at the hanok village in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Monday...More
People look at thick fog shrouding a mountain in Busan on Monday...More
Having a Japanese director helm a Korean animation sounds a bit unusual, but considering Takahiro Umehara's CV, which includes animation for titles like "Dragonball Z", "Claymore" and "Iron Man", it sounded like a really good idea. The result is a film that looks much like a Japanese anime but still includes a distinct Korean flavor. Let us see what it is about...More
JTBC drama "SKY Castle" is Drama of the Year 2019.
These three actresses already have a reputation for their impressive performances in previous works and this summer, they are out to lead a generational change...More
"Anarchist from Colony" has been aired on TV.
The drama department is blooming with actors in their 30s.
Will there be a third season of "Investigation Partners"?
My official review for "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" will come out later this weekend. However, for those wondering how the final movie compares to the widely panned 2016 trailer, I can give details right now. Be warned that this article contains mild spoilers for the film...More
While "The Battle: Roar to Victory" and "My name is KIM Bok-dong" have been in production for quite some time, the very different films, one a major blockbuster and the second a documentary, are being released in a highly charged cultural moment. In a time where buying Japanese products and going on Japanese vacations is frowned upon, both movies stoke that sentiment...More
"Parasite" was set to be the closing film of the thirteenth annual FIRST International Film Festival in Xining this year. However, just one day before the film was set to screen on July 28th the screening was canceled due to technical difficulties. There are suspicions about whether this was the actual reason, or whether the real problem was the film's content...More
A representative for Noh Hee-kyeong confirmed on July 29th that while the screenwriter's new project does not have a synopsis or dialog, it does have relevant actors under consideration for the roles. Nam Joo-hyuk was specifically named as an actor who had been asked if his schedule was clear...More
Dancers perform at the closing ceremony of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju on Sunday...More
Incheon International Airport is crowded with travelers on Sunday...More
Vacationers pack Haeundae Beach in Busan on Sunday...More
The number one movie this week is "The Lion King"...More
"Mother of Mine" broke through 30% once again.
Self-harm is on the rise among Korean teenagers, suggesting that stress levels are rising in the country's brutally competitive education environment.
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family analyzed records from 230 youth counselling and welfare centers across the country and found that counseling for self-harm rose from 4,000 in 2015 to 28,000 last year...More
Samsung will finally start sales of its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone in September after ironing out initial screen troubles that rocked the company's reputation...More
The number of Koreans opting to check into luxury hotels in Seoul instead of vacationing abroad has more than doubled this year compared to last year...More
Korea ended the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with little to celebrate, and the prospects are not looking much brighter for next year's Olympics in Tokyo.
Winning only nine gold, three silver and nine bronze medals in 2016, it was the country's first single-digit gold haul since the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The total medal count of 21 was also the lowest since 1984, when Korea won 19 medals...More
Visitors look at an array of curved OLED screens at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. /Courtesy of LG Electronics
LG Display on Tuesday announced a massive investment plan to boost its OLED panel business...More
Some 1.48 million foreigners visited Korea in June, up 15.1 percent from 1.28 million in June last year, the Korea Tourism Organization said on Tuesday...More