Foreigners' Favorite Korean Dramas 2017/09/27, Source,
The Korean Wave used to be limited to Asia but is now reaching the shores of the U.S. and other western countries as well. MsMojo, a website dedicated to pop culture, recently published a list of the 10 most popular Korean dramas among English-speaking fans,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 16 2017/01/11,
Joon-jae's mother did not get hit by a car. Instead we get a very satisfying reunion of mother and son that results in mutual sleuthing into Ji-hyeon's mother and her shadowy past. This plot thread took up the bulk of the hour with very little interference by Cheong's and Joon-jae's romance.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 15 2017/01/06,
At last our main couple is on the same page. Cheong can be honest with Joon-jae about who she is and where she came from and feel comfortable with the fact that he loves her. While these two are growing closer, the villains are inching their way towards evil. While Ji-hyeon does become violent this episode, he is so deflated by a scolding from Dae-yeong that he loses all potency as a villain,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 14 2017/01/04,
After a pre-empted episode last week, episode 14 tore into this week at full force with heavy plot and character development. There were a few awkward changes, but for the most part, it was one of the most interesting episodes to date. Part of what made it interesting was the change in Ji-hyeon's character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 13 2016/12/29,
Joon-jae and Cheong grow closer, flirting like mad and coping with Cheong's attempt to learn about love via the internet. As they are sealed in their blissful bubble of romantic happiness, Dae-yeong and Ji-hyeon's mother continue their nefarious ways and are sadly joined by another,...More
[Spoiler] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun kiss 2016/12/22, Source,
Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho) was nice and caring to Sim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun) who had had a rough day. When she asked if they were going to be together forever, he answered, "Not forever. I rented the house for 2 years. This isn't really my house. Only the things and furniture inside the house are mine. We are going to move. Sim Cheong asked who was moving it all and he answered, "You are. You're going with me".
Joon-jae was able to read Sim Cheong's mind and he went through joy and confusion at the same time. Joon-jae thought it was cute, the way Sim Cheong spent nights up thinking about anything and everything he said but he couldn't sleep,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 10 2016/12/16,
Cheong's presence amongst the humans is causing quite a stir along with Dam-ryeong's clever intervention in Joon-jae's life. Around the couple, people are starting to cotton on that things aren't quite as they should be as the mermaid's otherworldly nature becomes more evident.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 9 2016/12/14,
Sometimes all a man needs in life is the steadfast presence of someone who doesn't leave when the going gets tough. For Joon-jae, a man who was abandoned by his family in his youth, the unwavering devotion of mermaid Cheong gives him the strength to get through the tough times.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 8 2016/12/08,
The parallels between past and present grow greater as Joon-jae experiences flashbacks of his previous life. Parallels don't just run between past and present, but between characters. In many ways such comparisons are useful, but in this drama they are belabored. That is the great downfall of this otherwise adorable drama, it overuses plot points and cute character traits until they lose their sparkle. Joon-jae's and Cheong's past romance, while sweet, doesn't have the insistence necessary to carry this story forward,...More
"The Legend of the Blue Sea" Lee Min-ho's 5 hot points 2016/12/06, Source,
With the seventh and eighth episodes coming up, the SBS drama revealed 5 points of actor Lee Min-ho who plays Heo Joon-jae. Heo Joon-jae acts cold towards the mermaid Sim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun) but actually cares for her and protects her. Everything he does and says is becoming the hottest topic online. Let's take a look at some heart-throbbing scenes.
- 2 combo "Know~ don't know~" on the snow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 3 2016/11/23,
No matter how much the mermaid tries to stay away from her Joon-jae, fate in this tightly woven fabric of fantasy always leads him to her, or she to him. Oftentimes convenient coincidences are the product of lazy writing. In "The Legend of the Blue Sea" it tells the story of two lovers who fate transcends time and circumstance. Not only is it romantic, but it's fun, cool, and full of the opportunity for Jun Ji-hyun to time and time again prove herself the genius comedienne that she is. Episode 3 is comprised of three plot threads during three periods of time in our main characters' lives or the lives of their incarnations,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Mythical Creatures and Harsh Realities 2016/11/05,
Halloween is behind us now and the only scares remaining are the news, which are thankfully rarely terrifying in Dramaland. Today I bring you more mythical goodness of the mermaid and fairy kind, but also share some information about the more human story of "Oh My Geum-bi". As usual, I share our translated news of a few shows and this includes a first look at our "Goblin" leads,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Drama Fights and Trolling Rumors 2016/04/23,
We have had quite an eventful week in Dramaland. KBS, SM C&C and SBS are getting into a fight while actors and the fate of a drama are caught in the middle, rumors become news only to be refuted and we have a casting which is already dividing viewers. As usual, upcoming drama goodies and my personal drama updates are included, so join me in a recap of the craziness,...More
Chinese Tourists Flock to Seoul Fish Market 2016/02/28, Source,
Chinese tourists look at seafood at a fish market in Noryangjin, Seoul on Feb. 17, 2016.
A fish market in Noryangjin, Seoul is teeming with Chinese tourists. In 2013, less than 100 Chinese tourists visited the market on average every day, but this year the number has risen to 1,000. Chinese visitors now account for around five percent of the 20,000 daily customers. Chinese people typically shun raw fish, but more young visitors with a newly acquired taste for sushi and sashimi have led to the surge,...More
Yoo Ah-in Voted Most Impressive Actor of the Year 2015/12/16, Source, Yoo Ah-in was voted as the most impressive actor of the year, according to a recent poll by Gallup Korea. Gallup surveyed 1,700 men and women across the country for three weeks from Oct. 29 to Nov. 21, asking respondents to choose their two favorite movies stars,...More
Will Jun Ji-hyun win Best Actress? 2015/11/25, Source,
Will it be Jun Ji-hyun or not? The public is also looking down several ways with the Best Actress at the Blue Dragon coming up.
The Best Actress, also known as the 'flower of the awards' has everyone's attention as the 36th Blue Dragon Awards is going to be the final film award of the year,...More
Red Faces at Daejong Film Awards as Stars Stay Home 2015/11/23, Source,
What was touted as Korea's most prestigious movie awards turned into a farce Friday evening as none of the nominees for best actor and actress turned up. The nine nominated stars cited a variety of reasons for their absence from the annual Daejong Film Awards, from prior engagements to being out of the country, but it looked suspiciously like an organized boycott,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] National Theater of Korea 2015/11/21, Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun stand atop the stairs of the National Theater of Korea in episode 21 of "My Love from the Star" and share a heartbreaking kiss just before he suddenly disappears. This "red carpet kiss" is one of the most famous drama kisses in recent history and it was filmed on the steps on the first national theater in Korea, a space dedicated to supporting Korean traditional arts and the arts in general. As the home of three national performance groups, the theater holds a lot of history even though it was established fairly recently in 1950,...More
Absent actors and actresses, Daejong on a two-way path 2015/11/19, Source,
The Daejong Film Awards, which has existed for half a century, is in a crisis.
A day before the day of the Daejong Awards, 9 actors and actresses called in to say they won't make it. It is a rare case for a whole list of candidates to be absent from such an event,...More
Jun Ji-hyun to Receive President's Award 2015/10/28, Source,
Actress Jun Ji-hyun will be given the top award for her contribution to promoting Korean culture around the world. The government announced 29 winners of various Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards based on their activities at home and abroad, contribution to the cultural industry and society as a whole, and popularity and reputation,...More
Viki to Co-produce First Original Series 'Dramaworld', Homage to Millions of International Fans of Asian Dramas 2015/09/18,
Groundbreaking New Show Premieres Early 2016 In Partnership with China's Jetavana Entertainment, Korea's EnterMedia Contents, Third Culture Content
Viki, the global TV site powered by fans, today announced its first Viki Original series, "Dramaworld". A 10-episode comedy-drama set in Los Angeles and Korea, the groundbreaking new show is written in English and Korean specifically for the fast-growing global fan base of Asian dramas. The show-which stars an international cast, including Korean drama actor Sean Richard and Justin Chon of the "Twilight" series and cameos from K-pop and K-drama celebrities Choi Si-won, Han Ji-min -will begin filming late September in Seoul and will debut worldwide exclusively on Viki.com and later on partner sites in early 2016,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Assassination" 2015/08/15,
South Korean media doesn't deal much with the Japanese Occupation. The main reason for this is historical awkwardness. The resistance wasn't all that effective. And after the war most major figures involved in it either joined North Korea, or they ended up in a losing political battle with the US-backed South Korean dictatorship, which was managed almost entirely by Koreans who had collaborated with the Japanese. "The Assassination", amazingly enough, actually addresses this directly. The framing device is in 1949 and the main villain in 1933 isn't a hardened Japanese soldier, but a Korean collaborator,...More
The Assassination (2015) 2015/07/25, Source, "The Assassination"
Genres: Action and Drama
Running Time: 140 min.
Directed by: Choi Dong-hoon
Starring: Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo
Synopsis: In the early 1900s Korea was under Japanese occupation and many Korean resistance activists were based in China, hiding from the Japanese authorities. The year 1933 in Shanghai, a command to covertly assassinate the Japanese Army's commander is given to Ahn Ok-yun, a top-notch sniper serving her time on death row. For this task, Yeom Seok-jin, an agent of the interim government extricates Ahn and her comrades from the prison. But the grand plan is exposed to Japan by an internal spy, and a hit man, Hawaii-Pistol is being hired to get rid of her. The assassination squad arrives in Korea without knowing hit-man's chase. Can she make the impossible mission completed?,...More
Jun Ji-hyun, "I want to act forever" 2015/07/20, Source, Actress Jun Ji-hyun was known as a 'commercial star'. Now, no one has trouble calling her an actress. It's been 18 years since she debuted in 1997 as a magazine model. Her hard work up all those years is finally getting credit. Also, she's a role model, a fashion icon and 'sold out girl' to all women single or married. However, she's still thirsty for more acting.
We met Jun Ji-hyun. It's not an overstatement to say she's the realistic version of Cheon Song-yi from "My Love from the Star" but Jun Ji-hyun is much smarter than her and her determination for acting was clear,...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
[Photos] Jun Ji-hyun looking classic with a scarf 2015/03/19, Source, Actress Jun Ji-hyun has come back as the Asian advertisement model for GUCCI accessories and featured in the fashion magazine ELLE.
Pictures of her show Jun Ji-hyun as proud and chic as ever. Her natural beauty stands out, creating a 70s mood and showing women out there how sentimentally they can style themselves with natural colors. She wore a beige blouse with 70s style pants to show off her sophistication and matched a scarf with a classic metro look. A patterned dress displayed elegance and feminism, which proves why Jun Ji-hyun is the original goddess,...More
Jun Ji-hyun steps into spring, dressed in light trench coat 2015/03/16, Source,
On March 16th, Jun Ji-hyun attended a donation ceremony by woman's clothing brand ShesMiss, celebrating the first year anniversary of its Nonhyeon-dong branch store. Jun Ji-hyun is an exclusive model for the brand.
Jun Ji-hyun handed the five hundred million won prepared by the clothing company over to the beneficiary and spent the meaningful time together. The money will be used to support children in single parent home through the "Study Room of Hope" program that ShesMiss sponsors,...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
"Get It Beauty" with Yoo In-na 2014/05/30, Source,
It should come as no surprise that Korea, especially Seoul, is a very fashionable location. With any drama or variety show that a fan watches, there are usually trends or fashion items that he or she wants to emulate. From expensive brand-name clothing, to cutting-edge hairstyles, to enviable nail art, Korean celebrities have perfected the art of looking good 24/7,...More
Jun Ji-hyun's ring, one of a kind 2014/05/28, Source,
At the Baeksang Arts Awards, actress Jun Ji-hyun wore a ring which turned out to be one of a kind.
The 50th Baeksang Arts Awards was held on the 27th at Kyeonghee University and Jun Ji-hyun won the TV Drama category Grand Prize and Best Style Award. She wore a pastel pink dress with a silver clutch and a very shiny ring,...More
[Interview] Jun Ji-hyun, "I barely expected the grand prize" 2014/05/27, Source,
Actress Jun Ji-hyun laughed and cried at the Baeksang Arts Awards. She got the Rookie Award in 1999 for "White Valentine" and this is the first time in 15 years after that. With the TV Grand Prize in her hand, Jun Ji-hyun said, "I feel my heart being heard to the public with this award". She started crying. She came back with the SBS drama "My Love from the Star" for the first time in 14 years and created the character "Cheon Song-I", which no one else will be able to replace. This character caused another Hallyu drama shockwave across the country which reached all the way to China, the first time since "Jang Geum" from "Dae Jang Geum". Jun Ji-hyun had been in the acting career for 10 years; there's never enough positive reviews about her in acting and now she's at the highest point of her life,...More
Chinese media, "Kim Soo-hyun made 18 billion won in 2 months" 2014/04/29, Source,
Hyundai Motors model Kim Soo-hyun appeared at the Beijing Motor Show for 90 seconds. About 10,000 fans gathered at the Hyundai Motors booth to see him and he greeted them with a bow and allowed them to take some pictures. Then he was gone.
A few days later he went through Vietnam to get to Hong Kong and attended the fan meeting in 5 star Hotel The Mira Hong Kong. Despite the grim drizzling weather, thousands and thousands of fans crowded at the hotel. Kim Soo-hyun only appeared for about 5 minutes,...More
Jo In-sung and Jun Ji-hyun cancel promotional plans 2014/04/16, Source,
While the whole country's mourning over sinking of the passenger ship in Jindo, actress Jun Ji-hyun and actor Jo In-sung cancelled their promotional events to express their mourning.
Winix, which Jo In-sung is modeling for reported to OSEN that the photo event scheduled on the 17th has been cancelled. It was decided that it was inappropriate to be having an event like this when the whole nation was in grief,...More
Samsung, LG Outdo Each Other in Home Appliances 2014/03/15, Source,
Actress Jun Ji-hyun poses with Yoon Boo-keun, Samsung's president of consumer electronics, at a launch in Seoul on Wednesday. /Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Competition between Samsung and LG in premium home appliances is heating up. LG last month launched the most expensive refrigerator in Korea, priced in the region of W6 million (US$1=W1,072), and just three weeks later, Samsung released a new model priced at around W7 million. The two giant companies have more products at the very top end in the pipeline, both hoping to create the image of a premium brand and lead the global market,...More
Int'l Press Picks Up on Alien Soap Craze in China 2014/03/10, Source,
A bizarre craze in China for a Korean soap opera about a 400-year-old alien has caught the attention of the international press.
The Washington Post in a piece published on Friday milks the political and cultural implications of the fad surrounding "My Love from the Star" for all they are worth.
"There is no shortage of problems facing China these days: a terrorist attack that recently left 33 people dead and 143 injured, corruption in government, a worrisome slowdown in economic growth", it begins. "So when the country's two highest governing bodies met in Beijing this week, what was the burning issue on the delegates' lips? A South Korean soap opera that has taken the country by storm",...More
Kim Soo-hyun No Alien to Success After Hit TV Soap 2014/03/08, Source, Kim Soo-hyun is taking another step further in his career as an actor with his latest mega-hit TV series "My Love from the Star". In a press event at a hotel in Seoul on Wednesday, the 26-year-old actor described the previous three months of shooting as being among the most fun and rewarding experiences of his career. The drama wrapped up successfully on Feb. 27 with viewer ratings of 28.1 percent,...More
TV Soap Revives Korean Craze in China 2014/03/07, Source, Jun Ji-hyun eats a fried chicken leg in an episode of "My Love from the Star".
Korean soap "My Love from the Star", about a woman's romance with an alien, has taken China by storm, sparking fads for anything from food to books. The Bibigo chain of Korean restaurants launched a new dish in outlets in Beijing on Wednesday consisting of fried chicken, pickled radishes and two bottles of beer, which is a popular combination among Koreans,...More
Jun Ji-hyun, the Hallyu star is back 2014/03/03, Source,
Top star Jun Ji-hyun is currently up in the throne for her popularity domestically and internationally. She met great success with the recent SBS drama "My Love from the Star" and is causing a shockwave in China.
Jun Ji-hyun has been showered with fan meetings, dramas, movies, advertisements and collections. Everything about her is becoming a trend and she is the hottest icon in China. Apparently, she's unlike other Hallyu stars and usually when a drama ends so does the popularity of a star but Jun Ji-hyun is being supported more and more,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "You Came From The Stars" Episode 21 Final 2014/02/27,
The drama wastes no time getting right to the essential conflict that defines the final episode- Min-joon's departure, and the emotional turmoil that follows for Song-I. This episode as a whole is very moody and angst-stricken. Basically, all of the emotional thrust is on making a persuasive pitch to the viewer that this drama really is going to end on a sad note, with Min-joon and Song-I permanently separated.
The twist ending that finally resolves this question permanently...leaves something to desired. It's basically technobabble,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 20 2014/02/26,
It would seem that the consequences of Min-joon coming out as a mysterious entity with superpowers are rather subdued. I can't really fault the drama for taking this path, honestly, because who knows how such an event would play out in real life. Constant media coverage and interviews? Yeah, we'd definitely have that. Which I imagine would make it somewhat difficult for a shady government entity to try to snatch Min-joon up and dissect him or something. Ironically, Jae-kyoung may have actually done Min-joon a favor by exposing him in public, as opposed to a controlled room.
But if the drama doesn't really care that much about the implications of this, eh, I don't either,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 19 2014/02/20,
Just when I had forgotten why "My Love from the Star" has a murder subplot in the first place, this episode comes along to give a reminder. It exists to make Min-joon act in a ridiculous contrived way against whatever stupid transparent scheme Jae-kyoung has come up with this week. And this one really takes the cake- the only apparent purpose of the plan is to do damage to Min-joon. It doesn't actually help Jae-kyoung at all. If anything it makes Jae-kyoung's situation worse. Who the heck makes an announcement like that at a press conference?
Scratch that. What kind of benefits plan are Jae-kyoung's henchmen getting? They're literally fighting a superhero here. It's one thing to try and get ahead in life by committing murder,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 18 2014/02/19,
It's back to comedic misunderstandings and devious secrets for the Min-joon / Song-I loveline. Fortunately this time it's at least understandable why Min-joon is staying mum about the difficulties in his life. This would be a heck of a time to start worrying Song-I with problems neither of them can do much a job solving. Especially given there's only a few episodes left and we still have to wrap up all the previously existing plotlines.
Speaking of which, Hwi-kyeong is still confronting his brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 17 2014/02/13,
Well it's back to normal I guess. The apparent romantic development of the last episode is pretty much replaced by the usual zany antics here. I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed. Yeah a crisis point was pretty clearly identified and it's understandable that these two react badly but come on. If it seems like these two lapse back into old habits at the slightest excuse it's difficult to imagine this relationship has much of a long term future. It's all right to go back into comedy staples but at this late stage of the drama we really need to be looking into a better climax,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 16 2014/02/12,
It's all about the romance at this point as "My Love from the Star" moves into the territory of explicit love confessions. Starting now, Song-I and Min-joon are a couple. Not exactly right away, but the interplay they have with each other turns explicitly playful. It's not just a matter of context or only one person being serious / silly at a time. They're on the same wavelength now, and it heightens the contrast of some of the gags.
Note, for example, that it's no longer necessary for them to play games where the first person who makes the confession is the loser,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Boosts Fashion Sales 2014/02/08, Source,
The Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics store in the Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store was baffled recently when it ran out of a line of lipstick costing a cool W40,000 (US$1=W1,078). The store brought in another 1,400 sticks of No. 52 just before the Lunar New Year holidays last week, but even those supplies were snapped up by customers who had ordered in advance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 15 2014/02/06,
The drama has once again entered a cool-down period. The initial emphasis is on Song-I making a recovery. Also her daddy issues. Which honestly seemed rather light. Partly this may be bad timing. "The Prime Minister and I" just made a point in its final episodes that a long absentee parent is not necessarily welcomed back with open arms unconditionally. So it's rather odd seeing the usually acerbic Song-I just kind of...accept the fact that the first time she has seen her father in years was after a near death experience.
Hwi-kyeong's dilemma is a far more interesting one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 14 2014/02/05,
Be forewarned- most of this episode is just a flashback. Don't worry, the drama's not screwing around with you or anything. Within the first few minutes it will immediately be clear what happened after Song-I made that jump, and how Min-joon reacted to the news. You'll be waiting until the end, though, to find out what Min-joon is doing in full, which is just as well. The man spends so much time not taking the situation seriously, I really want to enjoy it when he finally snaps,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 13 2014/01/29,
I suppose Song-I's reaction to the fact that Min-joon has superpowers was probably inevitable. Song-I's a loud forceful woman and has consistently been one throughout the entire drama- so of course she's going to try to bully more information out of Min-joon. Give an inch, take an ebb or so they say- although maybe if you give a mouse a cookie would be a more modern reference? The analogy, at least, is probably more relevant.
Bear in mind that for the most part we know exactly as much about Song-I as Min-joon does, given that we were all introduced to the character at the same time. So it comes off as reckless on his part to share anything important with her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 12 2014/01/23,
I'm beginning to think that Hwi-kyeong is the real main character here. The apparent apathy everyone else has toward the murder subplot makes a lot more sense if we look at it from his perspective. Hwi-kyeong has gotten very suspicious of his brother, yet even as his investigations bring him to more unsettling truths, Hwi-Kyeong is hesitant and reluctant to fight out in the open because, again, this is his brother. It's only slowly dawning on Hwi-Kyeong that he may be the only person in a position to stop the man. Consider the conflict this way- Hwi-kyeong is so bothered about all this he's barely even paying attention to Song-I anymore, whereas before that was his only apparent motivation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 11 2014/01/22,
The byword for this episode is curiousity. There are lots of questions posed this time that for the most part aren't answered. But then, that's the entire point. It's easy to see how Jae-Kyoung has been able to operate for so long- even though the Lee family still goes to the trouble of having family dinners they seem to react to matters of curiousity and gossip with mild disdain. I guess they just prefer eating in stony silence.
Granted, there are reasons for people to not want to engage in such trivialities,...More
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Thrillers of All-Time 2014/01/17,
One of the most popular trends we saw in 2013 was the rampant release of action-packed thrillers! It's a genre that Korean cinema favours and continues to return to, but in 2013 the industry really did pump out a number of successful hits that contributed to the record-breaking tickets sales last year enjoyed.
It's tricky to pinpoint films that are 'pure' thrillers because Korean films often blend and bend their genres in unique and creative ways. That being said, here is a quick look at the top 5 Korean thrillers that have stormed their way to box office glory,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 10 2014/01/16,
This has to rank among the slowest moving murder plotlines I've ever seen. It needs to be emphasized- nearly every character already has all the information they need about the plotline. The only explanation for their constant hesitation and dithering is...well, because we have wacky subplots to get to. It's apparently now Song-I's goal to get Min-Joon recognition as her manager. There are also various other mishaps involved, as is to be expected in the woman's daily life.
The storyline is cute and comical, sure. But it's also horribly out of joint with the rest of the narrative. I'm not even totally sure why Min-Joon is going along with this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 9 2014/01/15,
I have to wonder what kind of benefits Jae-Kyoung is offering to his minions. They seem rather nonplussed, not just at having received orders to commit murder, but also at the fact that their plans were foiled by what appears to be a superhero. Personally, that's the moment when I would start thinking that the pay probably isn't worth the risk. Min-Joon could execute all of these people easily if he wanted to. Note how the police are a lot less aggressive, even though they have actual legal authority and less knowledge concerning Min-Joon's true abilities. That's because they have a better sense of tactics and self-preservation. Or maybe it's just the writing- it's not like these characters are explored deeply enough for that to be clear,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 8 2014/01/09,
The disinterest Song-I and Min-Joon exhibit in regards to the murder attempts on her life has gotten rather absurd. Although, I don't know, maybe Song-I actually believes that she checked herself out of the hospital, drove off to a cliff in the middle of nowhere, and that her brakes by sheer coincidence gave out at the exact same time she regains consciousness of what's going on? I mean, it's possible. It just sounds really dumb.
If Song-I was at least under the assumption that this entire event was a dream sequence, her apathy regarding the situation would be somewhat understandable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 7 2014/01/08,
The drama takes a turn for the repetitive here. I don't necessarily mean in terms of things that we've actually seen, though there is plenty of that. More threats, more danger, more of Min-Joon using his powers in increasingly inefficient, increasingly easy to detect to ways rather than confronting Song-I's looming enemy directly. And Song-I, too, continues to be silly and childish in a way that is really unbecoming to a woman her age,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 6 2014/01/02,
Notwithstanding the crisis point at the last cliffhanger, this episode irons itself out without too much drama or danger. Unfortunately Min-Joon doesn't seem to have learned too much from this experience. I'm sure ice-fishing with his buddy is lots of fun, but when there's a murderer running around with good reason to kill Song-I, waiting until the last minute all the time is probably unwise. Even if the man in question has time-stopping superpowers.
While Min-Joon may not have thought through the situation fully, "My Love from the Star" as a whole is clearly making a point of holding the focus on it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 5 2014/01/01,
Up until now the characters in this drama have been almost entirely reactive. This isn't a complaint- just a sort of odd observation considering who these people are. Min-Joon has superpowers, and could choose to do practically anything- he just doesn't want to. Meanwhile, Song-I is on the top of the world as far as her career goes- yet for most of this episode she's reduced to hiding out in Min-Joon's apartment rather than going out and facing her problems.
Emotionally speaking, we get a picture of just how fragile Song-I is as she lists off a proud accomplishment to Min-Joon, and Min-Joon is later on forced to try and shield her from the worst of how her...well...lack of reaction has created a whole new host of issues,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "My Love from the Star" 2013/12/28,
Spiced-up fantasy plots in romantic works have been popular for a while in Korean drama. With 2013 having brought with it everything from mind-reading to ghosts, 'My Love from the Star' came with a bit of a more unusual, but definitely more interesting approach. So how does a romantic drama about an alien's love with a human fair? So far, for what it seems to be building itself up to, it's doing well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 4 2013/12/26,
This drama's emphasis on cynicism and negativity is the main interesting hook holding all the action together. This episode runs into a slight problem, though, in that Song-I's general unlikability makes it extremely difficult to sympathize with her when she runs into a problematic situation. Her petty actions to date have been self-destructive, and hurt the people who enable her, but the damage has been relatively easy to contain. Here, someone unrelated to the main plot has been straight up murdered and Song-I is in possession of important information relevant to that event.
For whatever it's worth, the victimized woman was probably not a good person. "My Love from the Star" gets credit for not just pretending like Song-I is a singular bad apple,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 3 2013/12/25,
I'd just like to take a moment to admire Yoo Joon-sang's role here as Section Chief Yoo. Yes, it's a fairly minor role, which for the most part only relates to the characterization of one of the secondary characters. But I just love how delightfully angry he gets! Corporate culture is serious business, and look at this new guy, failing to work himself to death for the amusement of his betters. It's funny stuff, and surprisingly relevant.
Because here's the thing- "My Love from the Star" is clearly trying to make a deliberate theme out of putting unlikable characters into sympathetic situations, which kind of confuses the emotions,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Back in 'My Sassy Girl' Mode for TV Soap 2013/12/21, Source,
From the classic romantic comedy "My Sassy Girl" to the more recent "The Thieves", actress Jun Ji-hyun has more than earned her acting stripes. She has now returned to the world of TV soaps for the first time in 14 years with a starring role in the SBS drama "My Love from the Star". Reflecting on her 16-year acting career, as well as her real-life role as a housewife, she said on Monday at a press event for the drama, which began airing on Wednesday, that she feels like she has entered a new stage of her life,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Daisy" 2013/12/20,
Every single character in this movie is a naive idiot who is incapable of learning from past experiences. As "Daisy" opens there's some hope that maybe this is actually the point. Portrait artist Hye-Young (played by Jun Ji-hyun) openly notes her lack of romantic experience in the initial voiceover. Romance in the mind of hitman Park-Yi (played by Jung Woo-sung) is kind of sweet and yet, well, also kind of incredibly creepy. It's hard to imagine these two having any kind of future when their initial expectations start out this bizarre.
Then we meet Interpol agent Jeong-Woo (played by Lee Sung-jae) and he has the same ridiculous ideas, even though this older presumably more normal man should have grown up out of this nonsense a long time ago,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 1 2013/12/18,
Min-Joon (played by Kim Soo-hyun) is an alien who seems to hate just about everything. He's not so gauche as to actually state it outright, but this is clearly someone who has seen all that there is to see of the world and is consequently completely sick of it. I'm going to guess that in his past four hundred years on Earth, Min-Joon has figured out the basics of human emotional facial expressions, and is just choosing not to use them anymore because he's just that indifferent.
His opposite number here is Song-I (played by Jun Ji-hyun) a woman who...you know, it's actually not as easy to pin her down,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "My Love from the Star" 2013/12/14,
Nuna romances are nothing new in Dramaland and given the main audience for romantic series is slightly older women, this will not be changing anytime soon. Since the type is used so often, it is necessary for each show to add a different spin on things. 'My Love from the Star' offers one with some very intriguing potential. It begins airing on December 18th,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Il Mare" 2013/10/11,
Sung-Hyun (played by Lee Jung-jae) and Eun-Joo (played by Jun Ji-hyun) are both at a crossroads in their lives. They've lost interest and ambition in their dreams, so they come alone to a beachhouse to rest and repose themselves for whatever comes next in their lives. The twist is, they never actually meet. Separated by the winds of time, they become aware of each others' presence only indirectly, continuing to reflect in solitude while receiving brief bursts of hope and optimism from one another.
"Il Mare" is a film that expertly delineates the difference between loneliness and solitude,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Uninvited" 2013/08/23,
Jung-won (played by Park Shin-yang) starts to receive visions after a random missed encounter with an event that, at the time, seemed rather irrelevant. Jung-won is not a particularly intelligent or reflective person, so his apparent delusions quickly begin to get worrisome. He pops in and out of nightmarish scenarios where no person or object is actually in motion, but mere presence alone is enough to get the heartbeat up to terrified proportions.
And after all this we get an introduction to another completely different plot with a completely different character, and the relation of this person's story to Jung-won's is rather dubious,...More
[UK] 5th Terracotta Festival 2013 Full Line-up Announcement 2013/05/08, Source,
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth edition of the annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival. Over the years the festival has seen the event go from strength to strength. This year is set to be the biggest yet, expanding to 27 films spread over 4 sections and 2 venues from 06 - 15 June 2013. The core of the festival will remain a hand-picked selection of the best CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA at The Prince Charles Cinema. This all UK Premieresectionreflects the vibrancy and energy in Asian filmmaking today. Ranging from realist dramas to romance, light comedies to spy action thrillers, swordfighting epics to gothic fairytales, the festival aims to balance the representation of Asian countries.
Terracotta Festival 2013 (TFEFF13) will open with Hong Kong action COLD WAR on Thursday 06 June 2013,...More
Star Power Wanes at Box Office 2013/03/23, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand", which was released in Korea on Feb. 21, has tanked at the box office and dropped off the list after attracting only 66,698 spectators in just under a month. The film is directed by Kim Jee-woon, who shot to fame with "The Good, the Bad and the Weird", but the combination of top director and star was unable to attract viewers. This appears to be part of a wider trend where star power is fading in favor of strong storylines. Film booking site Maxmovie asked 2,754 members of its website from Feb. 26 to March 6 what they consider when choosing a movie and found that a massive 74.2 percent said the plot is the most important factor,...More
Top actress Jun Ji-hyun to promote traditional Korean booze 2013/03/12, Source,
Leading actress Jun Ji-hyun is joining a campaign to galvanize the market for traditional Korean wine and liquor.
Kooksoondang, a Korean brewery specializing in traditional wine and liquor, said Monday that it signed a one-year contract with Jeon. She will serve as a model in ads promoting the traditional wines the company sells, starting with its flagship rice wine Baekseju from the middle of the month,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Berlin File" 2013/02/22,
Jong-Seong (played by Ha Jung-woo) is a ghost agent working for the North Korean government. When an illegal multinational weapons deal goes bad, he has to do clean-up. And part of that post-mortem involves figuring out who tipped off a third party to what was going on. This being a North Korean operation, the investigation is less genuine curiousity about what happened and more about finding an explanation that can be easily and succintly described to higher-ups in the North Korean government as quickly as possible,...More
U.S. Media Warms to 'The Berlin File' 2013/02/19, Source,
"The Berlin File", the latest movie by director Ryoo Seung-wan, has received positive reviews from major U.S. media since it was released in 21 cities in North America last Friday. The New York Times hailed its "exhilarating action set pieces", adding that Ryoo "brings his brand of muscular action and quicksilver agility to the shifting battleground of international espionage,...More
[Canada] The simultaneous North American and Korean release of "The Berlin File" (2013) 2013/02/05,
South Korea's mega action thriller by the masterful Ryoo Seung-wan Opens on Feb. 15, Cineplex Odeon Forum, Montreal CINEASIE Creatives is pleased to announce the simultaneous North American and Korean release of "The Berlin File" (2013), South Korea's mega action thriller written and directed by the masterful Ryoo Seung-wan. The film, by CJ Entertainment, centers on a battle between spies from North Korea and South Korea, with a tragic love triangle simmering beneath the surface. The Montreal public can discover the visual pyrotechnics of Korea's greatest action auteur on February 15th at Cineplex Forum,...More
'Berlin File' Off to a Roaring Start 2013/02/05, Source,
The movie "The Berlin File" by Ryoo Seung-wan ranked No. 1 at the box office by luring over 1.53 million moviegoers in the first weekend of its release on Jan. 30. The film has attracted more than 2.24 million viewers so far, hitting the 2 million mark in the shortest time of any films released in January or February, the low season for movies,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] January 2013/02/02,
It was a hard month for foreign films here in Korea as January favoured three local films that, between them, held a tight grip on the ticket sales. Lee Hwan-gyeong's "Miracle in Cell No.7" may have stolen the show in the last weekend of the month, but it was Kim Ji-hoon's fiery epic "The Tower" and Jo Jin-kyoo's 5th comedy "Man on the Edge" that held that top position until then. In the foreign corner, two adaptations stood out in the form of the musical drama "Les Misérables" and "Life of Pi". The former has grossed $38.6 million over its six week run in Korean theatres, with "The Tower" close behind on $34.4 million,...More
CJ Entertainment action thriller THE BERLIN FILE by RYOO Seung-Wan 2013/01/30, Source, Opens in Los Angeles (CGV Cinema), Fullerton (Regal La Habra) and Irvine (Edwards UTC) on Feb. 15 120 min, Korean, English, German spoken, 2013, North American premiere.
Director Ryoo Seung-wan is available for phone interviews. Screen International: "Arguably one of the most high profile South Korean releases of early 2013, Ryoo Seung-wan's "The Berlin File" continues to adopt Ryoo's visual trademark through pulsating and spectacular set-pieces".
Until now, Korean directors have been underrepresented in the Asian action genre dominated by Hong Kong masters (John Woo, Andrew Lau) and their most passionate American aficionado Quentin Tarantino. With "The Berlin File" - Korea's biggest release of 2013 - American audiences have the chance discover the visual pyrotechnics of Korea's only action auteur, Ryoo Seung-wan,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Thieves": Sunglasses, Suits, and Smokescreens 2013/01/05, Film:"The Thieves" 도둑들 (Do-dook-deul)
Director:Choi Dong-hoonStars:Kim Yun-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jun Ji-hyun, Simon Yam, Kim Hae-sook, Oh Dal-soo, and Kim Soo-hyunReview Score: 3.5 / 5
Choi Dong-hoon's colossal hit "The Thieves" laid siege to the Korean box office last July, snatching 2 million admissions in the first weekend of its nine-week presence in the top ten. This record-smashing flick earned almost 13 million admissions during that time and its profitability will surely continue as the film is set to open in China on the 15th of this month on over 3,000 screens. Its rise to fame was relentless and it was honoured by the film industry as it was nominated for its excellence across most categories from Korea's top award ceremonies.
"The Thieves", much to the distress of perhaps a few of its paying audience members, has been likened to Steven Soderbergh's 2001 film "Ocean's Eleven", but the film deviates enough from the ' heist ' formula to ward off most critics knee-jerk comparison. It's definitely one to hunt down or watch when you can but have we all been guilty of the Halo effect?,...More
What Does 2013 Hold for Korean Film? 2013/01/04, Source,
Korean films drew more than 100 million viewers over the past year, but there are a number of concerns if they are to sustain their momentum. Here are five of the top issues for this year that have insiders speculating about the future of the movie industry. ◆ Can Korean Movies Break the 100 Million Mark Again,...More
"The Thieves" Goes International 2012/08/22, Source,
Next target for the seemingly unstoppable movie "The Thieves"? Asia and Toronto! After holding down the #1 spot at the domestic box offices for the fifth week and having attracted over 11 million movie-goers in Korea, "The Thieves" will also be premiering in movie theaters across Asia,...More
Go Doo-shim graces 'Dance Lesson' 2012/08/06, Source,
Actress Go Doo-shim, right, plays the role of retired teacher Lily and actor Jun Ji-hyun her dance instructor Michael in "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" by Richard Alfieri. The play runs through Sept. 2 at Doosan Art Center Yonkang Hall in central Seoul. / Courtesy of CJ E&M
Veteran actress Go Doo-shim returned to the theater after a five-year break, dancing to her heart's desire in the play "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" at Doosan Art Center Yonkang Hall in central Seoul,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Gets Back into Groove with 'The Thieves' 2012/08/04, Source,
The Korean heist film "The Thieves" attracted 2.11 million viewers as of last week, just four days after its release, to knock "The Dark Knight Rises" off its perch at the local box office. The only other domestic movies that have drawn over 2 million viewers in such a short space of time are the sci-fi slash-monster flicks "The Host" (2006) and "D-War" (2007). Among the most-memorable characters in "The Thieves" is an agile, rope-climbing bandit called "Anycall", played by Jun Ji-hyun. The slender thief scales building walls, not unlike Spider-man, and isn't afraid to spew out profanity-laden dialogue, contrary to the star's sexy but demure image in recent years,...More
Movie "The Thieves" Attracts over 2 Million Viewers 2012/08/01, Source,
The recent movie "The Thieves", directed by Choi Dong-hoon, is dominating the box office. Already over 2 million movie-goers have visited the theatres to watch it. According to the Korean Film Council on July 30th, "The Thieves" brought in an additional 751,039 people on the 29th, 759,626 people on the 28th, and 493,567 people on the 27th, bringing the total number of viewers to about 2 million viewers. That means that after premiering on the 25th, within just five days, a total of 2.86 million people have already seen the flick. This puts the movie proudly at first place in ticket sales. It even seems mighty possible that it will hit the 3 million mark within six days,...More
Jun Ji-hyun seen as Haeundae 2012/07/23, Source,
Actress Jun Ji-hyun was seen in Haeundae.
A portal site revealed a picture of the actress recently. It was taken by a passer-by when she was out on the street during a guerilla date on KBS 2TV "Celebrity News",...More
Beauty contestants believe 'leg line' most important :survey 2012/07/08, Source,
By Shin Na-yun "Leg line" is the most cared about body part by beauty contestants who are participating in the 2012 Miss Korea Pageant. The contest will be held on July 6 in the Hall of Peace at Kyung Hee University. In a survey by the organizer of the pageant, 33 out of 54 contestants replied that they believed the leg line was the most important part of their bodies,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/04/18, Source,
Hello, everyone. I'm Jennifer filling you in with the latest K-pop news. Spring is in the air and so is love! Korea's beloved actress, Jun Ji-hyun tied the knot on April 13th in a lavish, star-studded ceremony,...More
Jun Ji-hyun to Marry Childhood Sweetheart 2012/03/05, Source, Jun Ji-hyun will marry the grandson of renowned hanbok designer Lee Young-hee at a hotel in Seoul on June 2, the actress' agency said on Friday.
The groom-to-be is currently working at a Korean branch of an American bank. The couple have reportedly known each other since they were children but only became romantically involved about a year ago. In a press release, the agency indicated that Jeon will continue her acting career after she ties the knot by stressing how much she appreciates her fans' continued support,...More
Jun Ji-hyun To Wed Boyfriend In June 2012/03/02, Source,
Hate to break it to you fellows, but Korea's beloved actress Jun Ji-hyun will be tying the knot.
According to a relative of Choi, the two have planned for their wedding at noon on June 2nd at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul. The date was picked after taking in both sides' busy schedules into consideration. Jeon will be filming her newest movie project, "In Berlin",...More
South Korean actress and model Park Han-Byeol 2012/02/25, Source,
South Korean actress and model Park Han-byul has demonstrated her beauty in a recent fashion brand photo shoot.
Park was born on Nov. 17, 1984.
As a student at Anyang Art High School, Park posted photographs of herself on the internet, becoming an online celebrity due to her close physical resemblance to actress Jun Ji-hyun,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source, With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byung-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/11, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
In showbiz, the best news is always about love.
This week, Hallyu star Jun Ji-hyun [전지현] formally announced that she's been hit with Cupid's arrow,...More
Big-budget films to open in 2012 2012/01/05, Source,
A scene from "The Thieves", which is expected to wow movie fans this year with its A-list cast. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won While 2011 saw the release of some novel, genre-defying works, not many local films aside from "Sunny - 2010" and "War of the Arrows" (a.k.a. "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon") managed to draw crowds at the box office. This year, a lineup of big-budget films featuring the return of big stars await moviegoers,...More
Who's the busiest actor of 2012? 2012/01/02, Source,
Who is going to be the busiest actress or actor in 2012?
Looking at the movies that are being released or are planning to go into production this year, we can see several names that appear often,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Dates In Premise of Marriage 2011/12/30, Source,
Hallyu star Jun Ji-hyun (30) has been going out with the Korea's representing Hanbok designer Lee Young Hee's grandson surnamed Choi on the assumption of marriage. Choi is the second son of Lee Young Hee's daughter and famous fashion designer named Lee Jeong Woo.
According to people in the entertainment industry, Jun Ji-hyun has gone out with Choi for around a year, and both families have recently begun to prepare their wedding in detail,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Dating Top Designer's Grandson 2011/12/30, Source, Jun Ji-hyun is in a romantic relationship with the grandson of renowned hanbok designer Lee Young-hee, the actress's agency said on Thursday, confirming media reports of her being romantically involved.
"Like everyone else, they have been friends and recently started dating", it said in a press release. Her boyfriend, identified only by his surname Choi, works at an American bank,...More
Year of Black Dragon 2011/12/30, Source,
The year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and the mythical animal, seen in this "Hwangnyonggi", symbolizes power and wealth.(Courtesy of National Palace Museum of Korea)
The animal has a head resembling a camel, eyes of a rabbit, the nose of a pig, ears like an ox, antlers similar to a buck, a snake-like neck, fists as fierce as those of a tiger, the sharp talons of a hawk and scales no different from a carp. There are long whiskers decorating the mouth and a bump in the middle of the head, which allow the animal to fly in the air. In this manner the mythical dragon creature is described in "Boncho Gangmok" (Classified Records of Chinese Medical Botany) originally published in 1596,...More
"The Thieves" wraps shoot 2011/12/09, Source,
Major South Korean investor/distributor Showbox/Mediaplex has announced principal photography has wrapped on director Choi Dong-hoon's highly anticipated thriller "The Thieves". The film had its last shoot on Dec. 7 at the W Seoul – Walkerhill Hotel after six months of shooting on location in Macau, Hong Kong, Busan, and Seoul,...More
Kwak Jae-yong to shoot Yang Gui Fei in China 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director kwak Jae-Yong was present at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) todaywith Chinese stars Fan Bingbing, Leehom WANG and Korean actor On Joo-wan to announce his next film "Yang Gui Fei". The project is based on the life and love of the famous Tang Dynasty consort who was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.
Kwak announced the film will be a Korea-China co-production. "It's on the scale of a US$15 million budget but preparing it in China, I've found that's not a lot of money. It costs a lot to shoot in China, and there are a lot of locations", he said,...More
2PM to tour Japan in December 2011/09/15, Source,
K-pop group 2PM
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group 2PM will give concerts across four Japanese cities in December.
The band will kick off the tour with concerts on Dec. 5 and 6 in Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka and will continue to give shows at Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Dec. 8 and Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 14. The tour will wrap up at Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Dec. 17,...More
Jun Ji-hyun's "Snow Flower" popular in USA 2011/07/24, Source, Jun Ji-hyun's American Movie "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" is doing well on the North American box office.
According to an American box office site Box Office Mojo, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by director Wayne Wang was released on the 15th of July in 24 different cinemas and increased in profits by 47%, making an accumulated number of 408,000 US dollars.,...More
[Cannes 1mm] "From poise to cutie"... Jun Ji-hyun 2011/05/18, Source,
She was 'poise Cannes girl' on the red carpet. She was cute when she first put step in Cannes. She was different during the interview. She was also seen lost in thought when she was talking about her misunderstandings and prejudice.
It is said that actors and actresses talk with their expressions. They leaves message with their eyes and send feelings through the tips of their mouth. Jun Ji-hyun at the 64th Cannes Film Festival was an actress. She had various expressions. She had a different face for different locations.,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Narrates Hollywood Trailer 2011/03/28, Source, Jun Ji-hyun has become the first Korean actor to narrate the official trailer of a Hollywood movie. In flawless English, Jeon voices the trailer of Lisa See's film adaptation of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan", in which she stars,...More
South Korean actress and model Jeon Ji-Hyeon 2011/02/19, Source,
South Korean actress and model Jun Ji-hyun appears as the official model for Guess Korea brand's "2011 Spring/Summer" event "Guess Is Back" in a Seoul event.
Biography of Jun Ji-hyun
Hyb (Jeon) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and studied in the Department of Theater and Film at Dongguk University. She began her career as a fashion model for Echo Magazine in 1997 at the age of 16,...More
Kim Tae-hee Wins Over Viewers with 'My Princess' 2011/02/03,
Her stunning beauty is beyond dispute, but actress Kim Tae-hee has always been criticized for her wooden acting. She struggled even more in films than on TV, and none of her movies, including "The Restless", "Venus and Mars" and "Grand Prix", were a success at the box office.
But the soap "My Princess", currently on MBC, seems to have changed all that, and viewers have taken to Kim's adorable but comic character in a big way. They seem to enjoy seeing the inelegant side of someone who seems to have it all. And criticism of her acting skills seems on the wane,...More
Jun Ji-hyun considering new movie role 2010/10/21, Source,
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun is considering a role in an upcoming movie by famed director Lee Jae-yong.
"Jeon is currently in talks to appear in a movie titled 'Falling in Love'," an official from her agency J&Co. Entertainment told Sports Today over the phone on Thursday, adding that the actress is looking at her role in a positive light but nothing has been confirmed as of yet with many adjustments having to be made,...More
Jeong looks to China beyond Hollywood 2010/10/11, Source,
Korean heartthrob Jung Woo-sung, right, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from John Woo's "Reign of the Assassins". Su Chao-bin co-directed the film, which is showing at the ongoing Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival, before opening in theaters nationwide on Oct. 14. /Courtesy of SBS Contents Hub
By Lee Hyo-won
As Asia's leading cinema event, the Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), whose 15th edition opened Thursday, most appropriately showcases the latest trends, including most notably the ever-expanding influence of Sino-cinema,...More
sidusHQ denies Jun Ji-hyun moving to new agency 2010/08/17, Source, Jun Ji-hyun [SidusHQ]
Rumor that Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun will leave sidusHQ, her management agency of 14 years, has surfaced once again but the agency has said no decision has been made as of yet.
A report carried by sports daily Sports Hankook on Tuesday said the 27-year-old actress' contract with sidusHQ ends in late August and she has decided to sign with a newly established agency for 1.5 billion won, equivalent to nearly 1.3 million dollars,...More
Jay Park officially signs with SidusHQ 2010/07/16, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Jay Park, former leader of boy band 2PM has signed an exclusive contract with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
SidusHQ released a statement on Friday, explaining that they signed Park on officially as of July 15, the same day that mother company iHQ's Jung Hoon-tak returned to his position as C.E.O. in the firm,...More
Jay Park likely to sign with SidusHQ 2010/07/08, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park, the former leader of boy band 2PM, is likely to sign with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
"We are currently in final stages of negotiations with Park regarding an exclusive contract", a high-ranking official at SidusHQ explained on Thursday, adding that a decision is expected to be made next week since talks are "going in a positive direction",...More
Rain's agency offically denies datings rumors 2010/06/10, Source,
Top Korean stars Jun Ji-hyun (left) and Rain [Sidus HQ / J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment has officially denied the day's earlier reports that the singer and actor has been secretly dating top Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun.
J. Tune announced in a press release Thursday afternoon -- several hours after local media Sportsseoul.com reported that the two have been romantically involved since last October -- that details of their alleged courtship, such as how and where they met, are "not true",...More
Rain and Jun Ji-hyun's agencies deny dating rumors 2010/06/10, Source,
Top Korean stars Jun Ji-hyun (left) and Rain
Agencies for top Korean stars Rain and Jun Ji-hyun have denied the romantic status of their stars, saying the recent news of the two dating, as one local media reported, is "not true" and "groundless".
Around 11 a.m. this morning, Sportsseoul.com released a shocking report that the two actors have been dating since last October along with a witness testimony that Rain had often visited Jeon's apartment in Seoul's affluent Samsung-dong district,...More
Are Rain and Jun Ji-hyun dating? 2010/06/10, Source, Jun Ji-hyun (left) and Rain [Sidus HQ/J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain and top actress Jun Ji-hyun have been dating since October last year, according to a local sports daily on Thursday.
Sportsseoul.com released a report earlier in the day, based on a three-month observation, which detailed the romantic relationship between the two including how they first met and where they date.
The paper explained that the couple had met last year through a prominent figure of conglomerate family status in Korea, who held multiple get-togethers in an attempt to matchmake the two,...More
Jun Ji-hyun dismisses rumors about going solo 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun [Asia Economic Daily]
A representative for Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun has denied recent rumors that she will be setting up her own agency after parting with her 13-year management company Sidus HQ in June.
Recent media reports said the 29-year-old actress will be going solo after her contract with Sidus expires, but an official at the agency dismissed the rumors, saying that such talks "always come up" around the time of her contract renewal,...More
Jun Ji-hyun to star in Wayne Wang film with Hugh Jackman 2010/02/03, Source,
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun [10Asia]
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun has been cast in the new Wayne Wang pic alongside Chinese actress Li Bingbing and Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, according to her agency Sidus HQ on Wednesday.
Jeon will be playing the role of Snow Flower, one of the two main characters in the film "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan", which will be helmed by "Joy Luck Club" director Wayne Wang, Sidus HQ announced in a press release.
"Wayne Wang had asked Jun Ji-hyun to work with him several times since seeing her in the film 'My Sassy Girl', which was very popular in the Chinese market", an official at Sidus was quoted as saying. "Both Jeon and director Wayne Wang are ecstatic about working together for this film".,...More
Jun Ji-hyun to appear in film with boy band F4 member 2010/01/19, Source,
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyunJun Ji-hyun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun is set to appear alongside Taiwanese boy band F4 in a new film starring top Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, according to multiple Chinese media reports.
One of the members of F4 -- currently composed of Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu and Vic Chou -- will reportedly be cast opposite Jun and Zhang, who will play the lead role in the film "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan".,...More
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