[Video] "Go Back Couple" has a new name and funky new trailer 2017/09/25, Source, "Go Back Couple", formerly known as "Confession Couple", has dropped its first trailer and it's fun as all get out. We see the couple in question, Jang Nara and Son Ho-jun, who tough it out as parents and failing workers. Struggles result in divorce - but never fear! An earthquake seems to be just the thing to take them back to 1999, their youthful faces, bodies, and situations. Presumably, it is in 1999 that they will learn to love and accept each other again, but it seems like quite a few antics are in store before that happens. I'm excited. Bring it on,...More
[Orion's Drama News] New Season Adventures 2017/08/19,
Our collective HanCinema eyes may be on KCON this weekend, but there is plenty of news to share from the source of this beloved Hallyu. This week I give you goodies from the dramas which will mark the upcoming change in seasons. I also briefly talk about the casting changes of "Age of Youth 2" and share new promotional material from it as well. Additionally, I bring you casting news and a video from two short youth dramas along with other news,...More
The List of Teachers in the School Series History 2017/07/23, Source,
In the last post, we took a look at the top stars who took a part in the School Series as students. Now, it would be quite upsetting if we forget the teachers! As much as the stars who played students became famous, there are many who played in this long time show as teachers, some strict, some loving, and some friend-like,...More
[Funcurve Review] "One More Happy Ending" 2016/08/27,
One More Happy Cliche
"One More Happy Ending" is your average romantic comedy that presents us with the problems women face in marriage and divorce. Ex-pop stars and girl group members traverse through uncertainties of life while finding their soulmates, saving their marriages, or putting up with forced ones. The story kicks off when our leading lady's classmate makes a re-entry into her life, and bringing with him, her Prince Charming - or so it seemed,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Remember You" 2016/02/27,
"Remember You" is an interesting mystery thriller with a captivating story told almost to perfection with great dialogue and an even better cast. This story is particularly good because it isn't built solely on the romance between our lead characters. Instead, it uses them as devices to help answer the many questions raised by the main premise of the drama - mysterious murders and how those murder cases are all connected,...More
[Spoiler] 'One More Happy Ending' Jang Nara loses her fiance to Sandara Park
On the first episode of MBC's new Wednesday & Thursday drama, "One More Happy Ending", Kim Jeonghoon (Lee Dong-ha-I) left Han Mi-mo (Jang Nara) and proposed to Goo Seul-ah (Sandara Park).
A divorced single lady, Han Mi-mo was expecting to marry Kim Jeonghoon for her second marriage. When she found out about Kim Jeonghoon's plan to propose to someone, Han Mi-mo was so happy while dressing up and putting on makeup. However, she received a text message from him saying, "Let's break up. Sorry". Ha Mi-mo became furious and called him to say "How can you end our two year relationship with only two lines of text message",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 16 Final 2015/08/11,
The essential conflict in "Remember You" boils down to feelings and logic. Hyeon is a man without feelings who struggles when memories of past events force him to come to term with feelings. The detectives, by contrast, are perfectly at ease with feelings but have always needed help when it comes to dealing with the basic logic necessary to make deductions and come up with effective plans for catching criminal perpetrators. "Remember You" is able to achieve convincing catharsis on one of these points,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 15 2015/08/10,
The conflict this episode is mainly philosophical as the resolution of last episode's cliffhanger centers around motive. It's interesting watching the characters themselves try to puzzle this information out. We've already been made privy to Joon-young's thought process- but how exactly are the other characters supposed to be able to suss this out? Ji-an's conclusions, while obviously wrong, make sense given the information that she has access to. So Ji-an ends up trying to find more information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 14 2015/08/04,
The walls seem to be closing in on Joon-young. And yet the man himself doesn't even seem to notice what's happening. Or maybe he just doesn't care. It's hard to tell the difference. Joon-young doesn't act like a man who literally knows everything that happens at every time. Even his internal monologues have less to do with actually killing people and more to do with motivation. Which, as per usual, is totally incomprehensible yet weirdly logical at the same time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 13 2015/08/03,
The cliffhanger from last time was naturally a fake out- although there's still plenty of high stakes danger in the opening portion. Right now Hyeon is struggling with whether he should be his normal haughty self, or give into emotions and admit that the person Hyeon cares the most about is in trouble. It's a fascinating contrast because Hyeon really is at his most effective when playing socipathic mind games. But what's the point of sociopathic mind games if there's no deep emotional hook?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 12 2015/07/28,
How does a man who doesn't feel react when hit with emotional discoveries? The question kind of sounds like a riddle, which makes the experience of watching this episode of "Remember You" a somewhat odd one. Watching Hyeon cry is, well, a little awkward. On one level I want to criticisize Seo In-guk's performance. But then on the other end I remember that he's been perfectly capable so far as the man with the unchanging, steel cold expression,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 11 2015/07/27,
After a brief bit of flirtation establishes that no, Hyeon hasn't suffered a major personality shift just because of romantic chemistry, "Remember You" gets into some pretty serious stuff. The subtitle this episode is "birth of a monster", and the ensuing backstory is stone cold primarily because of the philosophical issues it raises. Everyone knows that abuse can turn a child into a monster, but sheer indifference?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 10 2015/07/21,
One of the reasons why "Remember You" takes an unpredictable amount of time to get through any given case is because the difficulty the detectives have solving any given case is directly proportional to how difficult the case is. That sentence probably seemed kind of long-winded and repetitive- but for formatted drama television this is genuinely a really unusual concept. And in "Remember You", it completely messes around with any sort of expectations we can have for any given episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 9 2015/07/20,
The last case was apparently resolved just as quickly as it looked. This is another one of the more uneven qualities of "Remember You"- it really is impossible to tell how long any given investigation is going to last. Right away we're given more hints as to another incoming crime, and sure enough, it isn't too long before the situation heats up until we get to a cliffhanger that just gives off a portent of disaster,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 8 2015/07/14,
Hyeon isn't really in love with Ji-an just yet. We can tell because throughout the entire crisis at Ji-an's apartment, Hyeon continues to think logically and ask reasonable questions about the suspicious occurrences on their date. Naturally these questions carry over into the apparent attack- what motive could anyone have to put Ji-an in danger? And more relevantly, why would Seon-ho be nearby? It's like Hyeon says- there's never really any such thing as coincidence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 7 2015/07/13,
The first two mysteries in "Remember You" didn't have much of an emotional catharsis, but that's not an option this time. As Hyeon himself admits in narration, his involvement in this case isn't a matter of curiousity or justice. Hyeon sees himself as the accused murderer, and is completely unwilling to acknowledge the prospect that biology is destiny. It's for this reason that Hyeon keeps making missteps. His deductive mind is as powerful as ever, but Hyeon wants a specific conclusion. And more importantly, he's admitted that to himself,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 6 2015/07/07,
Apparently enough clues have surfaced that Hyeon has bee able to identify the true culprit behind the cases we've seen to date. It certainly didn't seem that way to me, but then I'm not a genius criminal investigator. And as per Hyeon's usual disregard of proper narrative structure, his explanation of how he unraveled the mystery comes at the beginning of he episode rather than the end. The true villain begrudgingly gives Hyeon a few more inexplicable clues before making a quick getaway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 5 2015/07/06,
Ji-an and Hyeon continue their secret investigation. This entire plotline invokes a lot of ambivalent feelings for me. On one end, it's wrong for Hyeon to hide from the police. On the other end Hyeon is fairly obviously doing this simply because it's more fun to work against the police than it is to work with them. Considering how easily bamboozled they are it's hard to blame him. Ji-an delivers a plausible explanation in a very implausible way and her co-workers still don't bother to question it,...More
The uprising of actresses older than their counterpart actor in recent dramas 2015/07/02, Source,
Dramas are full of couples where the female is older than the male. The percentage of this case has grown over the last 2~3 years and it's become a boom lately. This reflects the social change but a lack of 'variety in age range' is also seen as a cause for this.
There are currently 3~4 dramas that have 'older couples'. It's becoming a trend for mini series that represent each broadcasting station,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 4 2015/06/30,
Normally I really dislike it when a nominally sympathetic character in a story works unfailingly to prop up a lie. What makes Ji-an different in this regard is, in the first place, she knows full well that Hyeon won't cooperate if she just tells him the truth. Hyeon's willingness to be helpful is directly proportional to how much he gets to act like an uncooperative, mean-spirited jerk in the process. This is what Hyeon's personality has been like since childhood, and that's not going to change any time soon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 3 2015/06/29,
The culprit apparently apprehended, the police team comes up against a very serious problem- there's not much real evidence. For Hyeon that doesn't pose a problem. This isn't because Hyeon is a super detective who can pull evidence out of nowhere to bring criminals to justice. It's quite the opposite really. Hyeon's interest in crime is directly proportional to how interesting the crime is. And sadly, Hyeon simply isn't impressed by the current villain,...More
[Spoiler] 'Remember You' Seo In-guk asks Jang Nara, Who are you
On the third episode of KBS' 2TV's Monday & Tuesday drama, "Remember You", Lee Hyeon (Seo In-guk) suspected Cha Ji-an (Jang Nara).
Cha Ji-an became upset when Lee Hyeon sent an official document under her name without any permission to China to make the serial killer Yang Seong-hoon (Tae In-ho) to be charged for drug crime. However, it was because Cha Ji-an had once mentioned that she would want to separate the serial killer from the society by fair means or foul and Lee Hyeon made her wish to be accomplished for her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 2 2015/06/23,
The chain of events that explains how Hyeon came into his present-day position as an eccentric professor are mostly clearly defined. His motivations are what's more difficult to grasp. In most dramas the death of a father and the disappearance of a younger brother would be the spur to a lifetime of seeking revenge. Yet bizarrely, Hyeon doesn't even seem to be taking these events all that personally. It's the psychology of motivation that keeps Hyeon engaged rather than any kind of emotional attachment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 1 2015/06/22,
Hyeon (played by Seo In-guk) is a strange man who investigates unusual events just for the fun of it, and likes to mess around with people without ever changing his eerily vacant expression. Ji-an (played by Jang Nara) is a perky detective who is easily provoked by actions obviously intended to stupefy her. Together they...don't actually fight crime just yet. After a rather peculiar opener most of the runtime is dedicated to Hyeon's backstory,...More
Star Focus to hold 'Korea Movie Stars Award' 2015/06/15, Source,
It is anticipated that Korea's top movie stars will show up at one location on June 15th.
To celebrate the start of Star Focus, an official magazine by The Korea Film Actors' Association and MGM Media, publisher of Star Focus, 'Korea Movie Stars Award' will be hold in Grand Ballroom of Conrad Seoul Hotel at 6 PM on June 18th,...More
Choi Won-young to star in upcoming KBS drama"Hello Monster" 2015/03/16, Source, Actor Choi Won-young is starring in the upcoming KBS drama "Hello Monster".
He takes on the role of a science researcher from a foreign company which supplies chemicals and machinery to all police investigative teams and experimental labs in universities. He's familiar with the ongoing criminal cases and is friendly with the investigators that go in and out of the lab. He's also in the position to manipulate evidence. He's got no family or friends and has an unusual past,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mister Baek" 2015/01/24,
Prime time dramas have a hard task to perform. They need a genre like any story, but they also need to be profitable. With a system where failure to reach a certain quota of success has immediate effects on the fate of a show, taking risks with it is not something many are willing to do. 'Mister Baek' had a lot of potential and heart, but trying to cling on to progress without a solid focus sullied it,...More
Jang Nara's 5000th day since her debut, present shower 2015/01/12, Source, Actress Jang Nara celebrated the 5000th day of her debut. She took pictures proving the messages and presents she received from her fans.
While she was taking profile pictures in a studio, her fan club "Nara Sarang" sent her surprise messages and presents to congratulate her 5000th day since debut,...More
Hallyu's two face in China? 2014/12/14, Source,
50 million, 120 million and 200 million won per episode; this is the cost of the Korean drama publication rights in China.
The entertainment industry is smiling at the breeze of Hallyu in China. The enormous Chinese market is no doubt an attraction compared to the limited Korean market.
The more Hallyu enters the Chinese market, the dependence on Chinese capital is rising. When the breeze turns into a chilling wind, no one will know how the situation will turn out,...More
"Rosy Lovers" Kim Min-seo gets support 2014/11/18, Source, Kim Min-seo and Jang Nara proved they were indeed best friends.
Kim Min-seo, who is currently in the middle of making the MBC weekend drama "Rosy Lovers", posted on her Twitter, "She's someone who's always thinking of me and pouring her love on me. She's always on my side. Nara sent me a snack and coffee truck. I felt like a little girl handing out burgers to my classmates. What can I do for her in return?",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Festival - Old Goodbye" 2014/11/09,
Soo-hyeok (played by Jang Hyeok) is a battered man who's made his livelihood by fighting others. Note that outside from one short action scene and a few brief snippets in flashback Soo-hyeok never actually acts violent at all. In the present day, at least, his attention is consumed entirely by his ex-wife Chae-hee (played by Jang Nara). Chae-hee is dying, and Soo-hyeok is all that she has left. Soo-hyeok, too, appears to be alone in the world for mostly unexplained reasons. We do, at least, eventually get a good idea why Chae-hee is alone,...More
Jang Nara in "Mister Baek" 2014/10/09, Source, Jang Nara has decided to star in the MBC drama "Mister Baek", which is scheduled to start filming soon.
Eun Ha-soo is the leading character of this drama who's sensitive about even the slightest change in her part-time job pay. Then one day her father passes away and she has to work night and day to maintain life for her and her family. However, she's super positive and doesn't complain at all about the situation she's in and is grateful for her family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" 2014/09/09,
Romantic comedy has seen better days in Korean drama. The last couple of years have really been disappointing, with shows going overly dark for the genre and even going as low as to falsely advertise themselves as something with a lighter tone. That is not to say romantic comedy shows in the past have not had their issues, but they were also more realistic, as realistic as this type of work can be, and mostly light in tone, as the genre should be. 'Fated to Love You' brings some of those issues back, but it also brings back the sorely missed lightness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 20 (final) 2014/09/08,
"Fated to Love You" has come to a heartwarming end. It was very neatly concluded. This finale's ending was the victim of a lack of material as it crawled along to the finish. Despite that, it was still satisfying to see Geon and Mi-young get their happy ending and live as a family with everyone who is important to them. The finale does not reflect the rest of the drama, which, in general, moved along at a decent clip. The episode was packed with sappy romantics and a reliving of the Macau incident that began the fated relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 19 2014/09/06,
This episode was very slice-of-life in that it focused on a narrow scope. It dealt with two issues: Geon's illness and how it affected and continues to affect his family; and, Mi-young's mother inability to approve of their marriage. The simplicity of the plot made screen time for some very sweet interactions of our main couple with each other and with their loved ones. It could also be indicative of very little plot left to be had, but "Fated to Love You" is always at its best when it is adorable and winning. While having a parent oppose a marriage is nothing new to drama, having a mother as level-headed, open, and caring as Mi-young's mother is rare indeed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 18 2014/09/02,
Misunderstandings work themselves out in this episode of "Fated to Love You". All that is left is raw emotion and the core issues that spawned the misunderstandings. It's time for everyone for everyone to come to terms with Geon's inherited disease and what that disease has done to his family. With a little help from her friends, Mi-young has learned of Geon's illness and why he pushed her away,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 17 2014/09/01,
This episode of "Fated to Love You" really proved how strongly written the two main characters are written. Despite mistakes that they make and misunderstandings that they have, they retain the traits that make them endearing. It is those traits that will bring the estranged lovebird back together. It is this couple, and their supportive families, that carry the show. They are its core and strength when the secondary plot lines fail. It is also the incredibly ability of Jang Hyeok and Jang Nara to emote that keep the show emotionally tethered to its audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 16 2014/08/24,
This episode was the last episode of Geon's charade as Kim Young-ja, the "woman" who bought Mi-young's painting and gave her emotional support. It is also the end of this stage in this stage of their relationship, the stage where they're forced to reckon with lingering emotions and the repercussions of splitting so suddenly. While the relationship between Mi-young and Geon is full of nuance and development, the other relationships stall in wait for the last phase of the drama. It is good that Geon's Young-ja charade ended as it was just about to reach the end of its useful life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 15 2014/08/24,
Mi-young and Geon are dancing around each other now, trying to make heads or tails of their ill-defined relationship while everyone else watches and waits for the fated couple to work things out. Words are what trip the couple up along with their messy past. Both Mi-young and Geon are in denial about their feelings for each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 14 2014/08/24,
"Fated to Love You" is in the midst of re-establishing the relationship between Geon and Mi-young - that is to say, they really don't have a relationship anymore. It is also now that we see that not all is well with Mi-young, and that Geon cannot seem to let her go. The episode is inwardly turned as it explores the troubles of not only Mi-young and Geon, but of their families and Daniel. Se-ra is still conspicuously underdeveloped. The biggest revelation this episode is the fact that Mi-young has a decided aversion to all things related to Geon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 13 2014/08/20,
"Fated to Love You" has come full circle since its beginning and is now continuing forward. The main couple has been molded by their experiences and they have come out stronger and a little wiser. Not only is there character development this episode, but the humor was brought back detracting from the gravity of the tragedies Mi-young and Geon have experienced. In the three years that have passed, Mi-young has become a famous artist, but still keeps her humble, kindly demeanor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 12 2014/08/19,
"Fated to Love You" has taken a complete turn into darkness. The intensity of the turn was shocking, but very well executed. The episode could have been overworked and overly dramatic. Instead it was timed with finesse that maximized the major events as well as the smaller moments. The pacing and cinematography of the episode were its strengths,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 11 2014/08/16,
All the happiness in "Fated to Love You" wasn't fated to last any longer. Episode 11 was as heart-wrenching and intense as the Mi-young/Geon couple has been sweet for the past ten episodes. It was a difficult turning point based on the wearied plot trope of amnesia, but it was well-played. Geon loses his memory and spends the hour struggling to get it back and greatly hurting Mi-young in the process,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 10 2014/08/11,
Circumstances take a turn for the worst for the blissfully happy married couple. Although they are Happy Together, it is the world that refuses to leave them to their own devices. If it did, this wouldn't be quite as dramatic a drama. What is beautiful about this main coupling is the genuine affection between them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 9 2014/08/11,
"Fated to Love You" is too cute for its own good. It feels like the calm before the storm. Geon has seemingly dealt with his past, choosing Mi-young and their baby. Mi-young is growing stronger as well, bringing the couple closer. The only negatives in the show now are Yong and his scheming mother, and that the build up to the adorable happenings is ridiculously formulaic. The show follows very predictable routes to get to the warm and fuzzy adorable scenes, but when they arrive, the moments are very rewarding,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 8 2014/08/08,
"Fated to Love You" is a modern day Cinderella with more depth and a prince who is dashing because of how well he treats his princess. He can't protect her from everything, but the protection and support he does give bolsters her and gives her strength to go out on her own. She in turn softens his heart and shows him what true kindness is, giving him the strength and will go protect her. There has been no doubt, for some episodes now, that Geon and Mi-young are attracted to each other and enjoy being together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 7 2014/08/07,
"Fated to Love You" keeps up a lively pace into this seventh episode - it's also a lot of fun. Mi-young and Geon learn more about each other, learn that they like spending time with each other, and learn about the process of parenthood. They have a lovely partnership forming that will no doubt be trampled with with Se-ra comes back into the picture. While this episode began with a big misunderstanding, through humor and Geon's earnestness, not only do Mi-young and Geon grow closer, but Geon earns the respect of his in-laws,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 6 2014/08/04,
Family is key to "Fated to Love You". It is what brings the characters closer and makes this show hit so close to home for every viewer. Cohabitation hjinks have begun as well as burgeoning feelings on the part of the most reluctant character: Gun. He and Daniel warm to the kind-hearted Mi-young as she becomes more involved with becoming a mother. Gun has grown up in a broken family with dead parents, his father's mistress and son, and a very demanding extended family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated To Love You" Episode 4 2014/07/28,
"Fated to Love You" has hit a sweet balance between laugh-out-loud humor and the very serious matter of having a child. It confines the humor to transitional scenes and gives the heavier moments room to expand and then settle. Last episode dealt with the immediate reactions to pregnancy while this episode focused on the aftermath - the decisions a man and a woman face when a baby is created as the result of irresponsible behavior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 3 2014/07/27,
"Fated to Love You" gets cuter by the episode. What makes it so fun is the mix of the serious and the goofy ways the characters deal with problems. The Korean drama's take also is more concise than the original, shortening some of the drawn out sequences that Taiwanese dramas prefer. This gives the show a brisk pace that suits the startling discoveries made this episode. What adds to the urgency of the pace is that the fun Geon/Mi-young pairing is not only full of chemistry, but that they are on opposite sides of a political battle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 2 2014/07/27,
From hijinx to understanding, "Fated to Love You has worked it's way across the emotional spectrum to bring the main couple into a commiserative friendship. Both of them have been hurt by love, and both of them find comfort in sharing that hurt. In order to make the couple sleep together, all sorts of things go wrong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated To Love You" Episode 1 2014/07/25,
The first episode of "Fated to Love You" was fun, whimsical, and full of the zany Taiwanese drama style while still remaining true to Korean drama style. The characters were wacky, but endearing, and the plot moved quickly towards the event that sets of the main couple's journey. From the get-go, "Fated to Love You" bolted out of the gates, giving us some over-the-top humor with male lead Lee Geon (Jang Hyeok) that was a milder version of the drawn out scenarios that Taiwanese dramas favor,...More
Jang Nara in a pure white wedding dress 2012/07/23, Source, Jang Nara showed off her feminism in a pure white wedding dress.
Movie "Flying With You" showed Jang Nara getting married. In the picture, she is holding her fathers hand and walking into the wedding. What draws attention the most is how elegant she looks. Her slim waist-line brings out the dress even more and her fair complexion blends in so well with the white dress.,...More
Jang Nara makes a triumphant return to music 2012/03/27,
A track from Jang Nara's first domestic EP release in four years, "Can Only Think of You", has secured the top spot on various music charts online after being released on Monday.
"It's been a while since Jang released a song and so she was careful and gave it her best" a representative from Jang's agency said. "She's stoked that it's been received so well by fans",...More
Yoo Ah-in: 'I Can Do Everything in Front of Camera' 2011/10/17, Source,
Actor Yoo Ah-in, who played the protagonist named Wan Deuk in the movie "Punch", said during an interview on October 13, "There are things that I have to give up simply because I am an actor, but I can do everything and I can give up everything in front of a camera while filming. I do not feel scared even though I am actually a timid person. I can even die as an actor". He looked very serious while saying, "Attitude and viewpoint are important".,...More
Jang Nara Hoping to Take on More Bold Roles with Sexy Appeal 2011/07/05, Source,
Actress Jang Nara said she has been overwhelmed by the level of support that fans have shown after she returned home to star in KBS 2's "Babyfaced Beauty" following her long absence as she focused on her acting career in China.
"I didn't have high expectations, because I had been away for so long", said the 30-year-old, who made a successful return to the Korean TV series after departing for China six years ago. "So I was so nervous and worried, but I am grateful for the support and love that viewers have shown me",...More
[Spoiler] "Babyfaced Beauty" Jang Nara wins 2011/06/28, Source,
With the handicap of education and age, a normal old-Miss (Jang Nara) won a complete victory against the wicked ladies and stood right up. Around her are a few Daddy Long Leg's with the exact opposite attraction as her.
The set up of this drama is genuine like the 1990s trendy dramas but there is nothing that emphasizes catharsis more than this. When a bold and earnest woman hits a home run, the viewers will cheer along.,...More
Ryu Jin, perfect visual 2011/05/11, Source,
Actor Ryu Jin's pictures from his younger days have been revealed.
Recently on an online community, a mass amount of pictures of Ryu Jin's growing up was put up. The pictures date from his baby days to his teenage days until he's a full grown up showing the changes in his appearance in one glance.,...More
'Lie to Me': new spin on rom-coms? 2011/05/08, Source, Kang Ji-hwan, left, and Yoon Eun-hye pose for a photo at a press conference for the new TV drama "Lie to Me" at the SBS headquarters in Mok-dong on May 3. The romantic comedy will premiere Monday to compete with other love stories showing on the small screen. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
May sees an influx of romantic comedies decorate the small screen, and "Lie to Me" throws its hat into the ring as it premieres tonight on SBS,...More
Debut 10 years Jang Nara, "Nothing has changed..." 2011/03/29, Source, Jang Nara is looking forward to her 10th year anniversary since debut and she says thanks to fans.
She uploaded some writing on her homepage saying, "I bury my face in tears, it feels like the day I made my debut was yesterday but now 10 years have gone by. Nothing has changed but 10 years...To think about, there have been foolish, silly and useless happenings but the past 10 years have been great because of you fans and because of you I bravely walked through the 10 years".,...More
Jang Nara, red dress at Hong Kong awards 2011/03/22, Source, Jang Nara is promotional ambassador for the first Rainbow Drama Awards in Hong Kong that was held on the 22nd.
She wore a red dress this day and said at the opening, "Although the level of it is different, many places all over the world is suffering from disasters. Especially in China and Japan where many people have lost lives and homes, I am truly heart broken. I hope they overcome their sorrows and stand up once again".,...More
Ryu Soo-young discharged from military today 2010/09/06, Source,
Korean actor Ryu Soo-young speaks to reporters and fans after he is discharged from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea on September 6, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Ryu Soo-young has been discharged from the military after serving as a riot police for two years at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency,...More
Ms Viola Rainam hurriedly fed her children that evening. "There will be electric power from 6:00pm – 9:00pm today. I have to watch the Korean movie ',...More
Mourning Over Andre Kim's Death 2010/08/16, Source,
The late Andre Kim is talking with the actress Kim Hee-sun at the fashion show held in Seoul in 2001.
People in the entertainment industry were mourning over the news of Andre Kim's death while saying, "A great star in Korea has fallen".
The late Kim had been involved in the entertainment industry and formed close family-like relationships with many stars during his life. In particular, actors such as Kim Hee-sun, Cha In-pyo, Jang Seo-hee, Choi Ji-woo, Ryu Si-won, and Cha Seung-won had shared special affection for Kim and each other for a long time, and they had been loved by fans for appearing on the catwalk at Kim's fashion shows, and they looked deeply shocked by the news that Kim had passed away on August 12,...More
Jang Nara to be associate professor at university in Beijing 2010/07/02, Source,
President of Beijing Huajia University and Korean star Jang Nara [JNdivertisseme]
Hallyu star Jang Nara has been appointed an associate professor at a university in Beijing, according to her agency on Friday.
Her agency announced in a press release that Jang received a letter of appointment from the president of Beijing Huajia University at a press conference in front of 100 media reporters, held at the Beijing International Convention Center on June 30,...More
Jang Nara graduates college after 10 years 2010/02/19, Source,
Hallyu star Jang Nara at her graduation [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Jang Nara graduated from Korea's Chung-Ang University today, receiving her long-overdue college diploma since entering the school as an acting major in 2000.
The singer and actress attended the graduation ceremony held Friday morning at Chung-Ang University Seoul campus, where she was also handed a special award for her contribution to the school.
"I feel more nervous, maybe because it took me ten years to graduate" the 28-year-old singer said. "If I were to grade myself, I think I would give an F".,...More
[Music] Korean 'Hot' Music & Fashion Light Up Shanghai's Night 2009/12/18, Source, Shanghai Becomes Stage for 'Feel Korea, K-Pop Night & K-Fashion Show' on the 24th-25th
Cultural Exchanges and Mutual Understanding between Korea & China to Commemorate 2010-2012 Korea-China Cultural Exchange Shanghai will stage Korea's most representative contents including pop music and fashion. ,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Sky and Sea" low rank but good film! 2009/11/01, Source, Actress and singer Jang Nara has returned after a 6 years break and has been in the film "Sky and Sea".
First week, the film has been ranked as 9th in the charts. It seems as though this film is not a hit.
However, the film being released in 198 theaters has been simply moved down by films with stronger actors.
Other movies are experiencing similar effects.
The film is about a child musical genius, Sea who left her home and her father, and a,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Sky and Sea" stars Jang Nara as a 6 year old? 2009/10/11, Source, She is good at both singing and acting. Jang Nara is working hard for her new film "Sky and Sea" which is about a genius child who can play the violin but is mentally challenged at the same time.
The character is called Ha-neul meaning sky. She is talented in many instruments like the piano, flute, and violin. She plays these instruments professionally in great concert halls!
Jang had to learn to play the violin for four months and was able to show off her skills as the weak patient Ha-neul.
[ChanMi's movie news] Jang Nara is 41kg! 2009/10/08, Source, For a character in the film, Jang Nara has been only 38kg only! However, she has gained a bit more weight of 41kg!
At the press conference for the upcoming movie, "Sky and Sea" she told the press her weight.
Usually she had been 45 kg which is still a very low weight.
However, while filming she was 38kg!
Her characer, Ha-neul meaning Sky is a weak girl who has always been inside her home. She had to be a character who was very frail and fragile. Ha-neul has a disability, a syndrome which her b,...More
China's Food Safety Law Means Caution for Korean Stars 2009/06/26, Source, Korean stars who appear in Chinese food advertising will have to check whether the advertiser's food is safe after a new food safety law came into effect this month. The aim is to prevent further international embarrassment after a string of scandals such as the deadly baby milk scare brought Chines,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Jang Nara 2009/02/14, Source, Singer and actress Jang Nara is returning in 6 years to the screens! The new film, "Sky and Sea" is to be released this fall starring Jang!
For the last couple years, Jang has been actively working in China through dramas and music.
She has released "Dream of Asia" album last March and has been touring China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Malaysia.,...More
Do celebrities come from a special family, where all of their siblings are talented as well? Fans who wonder have had the chance to get a glimpse of some celebrities' family members through various programs. More are coming soon.
[ChanMi's star news] Go Ara, Swiss friend! 2008/08/19, Source, Actress Go Ara has been appointed as the '5th Swiss Friend' to promote friendly relations between the two nations.
Swiss Ambassador Christian Hauswirth was at the ceremony appointing the actress for amity between Swiss and Korea.,...More
Stars Come Together for Earthquake Victims 2008/05/29, Source, Korean stars have come together to help out the victims of a devastating earthquake in China. Celebrities who joined the recording of "I Love Asia", a joint earthquake relief project, at a studio in southern Seoul included singer/producer,...More
Star siblings, different as sun and shade 2008/04/10, Source, If there is shade, there is also a sunny spot. The entertainment industry also has its share of light and shade. It is especially prominent where siblings are both in the industry.
Japanese actor Takuya Kimura won the Best Actor Award at the 2007 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA) held Monday night in Seoul. He won the award for his role in the Japanese TBS-made drama "The Grand Tribe", which a,...More
On its official homepage, Jang's agency said on June 1, ",...More
Japan’s Miyazaki Tries to Attract Korean Film and Drama Companies 2006/04/27, Source, Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture is making utmost efforts to benefit from the Korean Wave, or Korean pop culture craze, sweeping the Asian region. The prefecture is trying to attract Korean film and TV program production companies to the region as a way to promote its own tourism industry.
In a poll conducted by China's largest portal site, sina.c,...More
Jang Nara cancels press conference in China 2006/01/02, Source, Singer/actress Jang Nara, 25, cancelled a press conference on Dec. 31 in China where she was scheduled to announce the release of her second album, entitled "Kung Fu". Jang notified organizers of her decision shortly before the conference was to,...More
Kangta honored by Ban 2005/12/09, Source, Pop singer Kangta was awarded a plaque of appreciation by Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon yesterday for his participation in the ASEAN tour by Korean Wave stars to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Korea-ASEAN Dialogue.
Korean Soap Operas Debut on U.S. Network TV 2005/12/01, Source, "Imagine Asian TV", a 24-hour cable TV station that specializes in Asian programs as a part of Imagine Asian Entertainment, was established in June of 2004 as the first 24-hour Asian American television network in the U.S.
On November 30, 2005, Imagine Asian TV announced plans to broadcast two of,...More
If everything we read in the papers were true, actress Song Hye-kyo would be leading a double life. In one, she makes appearances every so often at press showings of her feature works donning pretty dresses a,...More
Jang Nara Wins Chinese Golden Disc Award 2005/06/13, Source, Singer/actress Jang Nara won the Most Popular Artist Award in the "mainland China" category at the 2nd Chinese Golden Disc Awards, which was held yesterday in Beijing, China under the auspices of the Chinese Music Council.
Jang Nara Popular with Chinese Police 2005/05/24, Source, Singer/actress Jang Nara, who is filming the 150-episode Chinese epic drama "Tricky Rough Princess", has captivated the hearts of the Chinese security police typically known for their discipline and strictness. A person from the drama's productio,...More
Jang Nara Stages Showcase in Beijing 2005/03/28, Source, Singer Jang Nara staged a showcase of her Chinese debut album on March 26 at 3 p.m. at the Wietan Stadium in Beijing, China. More than 5,000 of her Chinese fans flocked to see their favorite singer on that day.
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