[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 8 2017/12/26,
After his humiliation at the Best Boss Awards, Chi-won is understandably upset and not in the mood to talk to Yoon-i about information she should never have known about in the first place. Unfortunately Chi-won is so understandably upset I had a very hard time empathizing with Yoon-i's position. Chi-won is Yoon-i's boss. If he doesn't want to talk to her, that's it. As a professional I would expect Yoon-i to know better,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 7 2017/12/25,
Other characters are curiously oblivious to Chi-won's motives, even when he's explaining them pretty explicitly. Chi-won doesn't like it when people harass his secretary. Chi-won probably doesn't like it when any of his subordinates are harassed, really, yet Mr. Bong and Chang-soo both get extended sequences where they are confused as to why Chi-won is singling them out for rough treatment when all they did was make Yoon-i severely uncomfortable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 6 2017/12/19,
Chang-soo (played by Min Jin-woong) is Yoon-i's ex-boyfriend. No, he's not the ex-boyfriend that abandoned her at the hotel in the first episode. That guy was a jerk, too, but his presence would at least have presented an interesting conflict about how Yoon-i's dedication to work has had deleterious effects on her social life. His presence would have been especially relevant in light of the fake news about Yoon-i being romantically involved with Mr. Bong, since that would have given him a valid reason to break up with Yoon-i,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 5 2017/12/18,
Bo-yool (played by Lee Won-geun) is the boss of the sports department of the big corporation where everyone works. As usual I'm not at all sure what Bo-yool's job actually is. All I know is that he acts in a constant childish jovial manner and even has child-sized arcade cabinets in his office. Also, Jeong-ae has become his secretary, despite the obvious mismatch in their personalities. Well, actually, it would be more accurate to say that they're too well-matched, on account of their both having frivolous personalities,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 4 2017/12/12,
Chi-won has this habit of quickly getting annoyed with people and promptly ending conversations before they've even really started. Narrative-wise this habit is frustrating, since it prevents Chi-won from getting involved with any kind of actual plot. But at the same time it's actually fairly refreshingly comical to watch a hero be completely immune to the villain's various schemes because the villain is such an obvious dork that listening to them at all is obviously a total waste of time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 3 2017/12/11,
Jeong-ae (played by Kang Hye-jung) is a married woman and Yoon-i's friend. Her husband recently disappeared without explanation, and it appears that he owed money to gangsters. So Jeong-ae ends up struggling to find a job. She fails at nearly every single task she attempts, mostly due to inappropriate soft-heartedness. Eventually Jeong-ae becomes a secretary. I know this because it is in her character description, which oddly enough does not mention anything about her family or gangster debts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 2 2017/12/05,
Chi-won (played by Choi Daniel) is an up and coming executive who is exceptionally cold to nearly everyone around him. Even the fleeting moments of kindness he has shown to an obviously distraught Yoon-i have always been performed under the attempted guise of anonymity. Chi-won is impatient for results and doesn't tolerate slacking off. So you'd think Yoon-i would be the perfect secretary for him except that "Jugglers" is still in the evading the premise stage of the story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jugglers" Episode 1 2017/12/04,
Yoon-i (played by Baek Jin-hee) is an exceptionally competent secretary. Unfortunately, she's just a little too competent. Her boss Mr. Bong (played by Choi Dae-chul) constantly has Yoon-i on-call, even when Yoon-i is is trying to have a cute romantic montage with her boyfriend Kyeong-joon (played by Sung Hoon). Worst of all, Yoon-i doesn't express any kind of discretion when it comes to the kinds of jobs Mr. Bong assigns her, which ends predictably poorly,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Lucid Dream" 2017/03/11,
Dae-ho (played by Go Soo) is a reporter with legal troubles who struggles to make time for family. Then, one day at the amusement park, Dae-ho loses something very precious to him and is haunted by nightmares, slowly being driven mad. That is, until he learns about neurology researcher So-hyeon (played by Kang Hye-jung), who is working to unlock the power of the "Lucid Dream" to reconstruct in fuller detail the mysteries of the subconscious,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017/02/13,
"Fabricated City" ends "Confidential Assignment"'s three-week run at the top...
After three weeks as Korea's number, Kim Seong-hoon-III's action film "Confidential Assignment" was supplanted at the top of the chart by a new local entry over the second weekend of February; Kim's sophomore feature added 543,401 admissions (22.9%) during its fourth week out, moving its total tally now to 7.2 million ($51.6 million), but it was not enough for country's highest-grossing film of the year to secure a fourth-straight weekend at the top of the pile,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Herb" + DVD Giveaway 2016/02/06,
Sang-eun (played by Kang Hye-jung) is twenty years old, but under that normal pretty visage lies a mind that is a tad mentally challenged. It can be kind of hard to tell sometimes, because even though Sang-eun has elaborate fantasies about princes, these fantasies are so elaborate they end up becoming hip and post-modern. We all just want to meet our prince, after all. And in this case, the prince is rookie cop Jong-bom (played by Jung Kyung-ho) who has a bit of an attitude problem but that's OK, because so did Beast in Beauty and the Beast.,...More
Korean movie of the week "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" 2015/11/19, Source,
Korean movie of the week "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" (2014) Directed by Kim Seong-ho With Lee Re, Lee Ji-won-I, Hong Eun-taek, Kim Hye-ja, Choi Min-soo, Kang Hye-jung,... Synopsis A modern-time fairy tale glowing with wits, reality and heartwarming feelings. Ji-so is a 10-year old living with her mom and a little brother, Ji-seok, in a pizza truck. With her dad out of contact after their pizza truck business went bankrupt and her mom lacking a sense of reality, Ji-so and her friend, Chae-rang, decide to get a house on their own. They naively believe five thousand dollars can buy a house and Ji-so finds a missing dog poster with a five thousand dollar reward. Now, their scheme is to find a rich dog, steal it and then return it back to its owner by pretending to have found it,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Rules of Dating" 2015/07/11,
Yoo-rim (played by Kang Hye-jung) is a new teacher. Because she doesn't have a prior employment record, Yoo-rim is placed under the care of fellow teacher Hong (played by Park Hae-il). They both have significant others. So, naturally, Hong proceeds to sexually harass Yoo-rim at every possible opportunity. On one occassion this escalates into explicit rape. So obviously "Rules of Dating" is a...romantic comedy?,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" 2015/01/10,
From a literal perspective, "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" is just a kid's heist movie. What's surprising and particularly joyful about the product is the way it works very serious personal and societal issues into this simple concept, creating a complex tapestry that puts most similarly minded adult films to shame. Usually the ragtag band of thieves is just interested in using their ill-gotten cash to buy shiny baubles. By contrast, Ji-so (played by Lee Re) wants a home, so she doesn't have to live in her mom's car like a homeless person,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Is Spike Lee out of his depth with "Old Boy"? 2013/04/27,
Although its official release date is still a long way off (early October 2013), Spike Lee's "Oldboy" has finally given us something to look at. A poster teaser was recently released that shows little more that twenty red scratches, along with the controversial titling: "A Spike Lee joint" (whatever that means). Indeed, since it was announced that Park Chan-wook's award winning film was to be given the Hollywood 'bump', fans and critics alike have been very vocal in asking the very simple and obvious question-Why?,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
Epik High Signs With YG & Prepping For September Comeback 2012/07/26, Source, Epik High is back! Or they soon will be. After frontman Tablo signed with YG Entertainment September of last year, the remaining members Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz, have followed suit. The signing process has already been finalized and the three have finished the recordings for their next album. The release of a new album will be the first from the group since "Epilogue" in March of 2010,...More
New York Special Screening, Old Boy on July 1st 2012/06/25, Source,
The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik, one of Korea's most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of our ongoing "Korean Cinema Now" program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image).
Choi Min-sik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in "Shiri" (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea's finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma,...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
Tablo to Release Solo Album 2011/09/29, Source,
Singer Tablo of the boy band Epic High has signed up with YG Entertainment to release a solo album in November.
The agency is run by former Seo Taiji & Boys member Yang Hyun-suk.
Tablo stopped performing in 2009 after the Stanford University graduate was faced with accusations that he forged his academic credentials,...More
Tablo Signs With YG For November Comeback 2011/09/27, Source, Tablo is back. Or he soon will be.
The Epik High front man recently signed on to a four year contract with the same company that his wife Kang Hye-jung is signed under: YG Entertainment. His new album can be expected on November 1st. This is the first time in 20 months that the singer will be re-hitting the scene, following the number one hit on iTunes' Hip Hop Chart "Epilogue",...More
Love, ambitions & lies in 'Miss. Ripley' 2011/05/24, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Liars are dominating the small screen in the Monday/Tuesday time slot. Gong A-jeong of "Lie to Me on SBS is faking a marriage to defend her pride, while Lee So-yeong of "Babyfaced Beauty" on KBS lies about her age to get a job.
Another impostor is joining the race for fake lives - actress Lee Da-hae stars as Jang Mi-ri in MBC's new soap "Miss. Ripley", and this heroine is a woman of large caliber compared to other leading ladies.
Jang grew up in an orphanage and was adopted by a family in Japan. However, she had to survive on the streets before escaping to Korea. Life in Korea proves to be tough as well, as she finds employment difficult with just a high school degree, and she even gets sexually molested by an executive during a job interview,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
[ChanMi's star news] 30th birthday for Bong Tae-gyu and Lee Eun 2010/05/25, Source,
The star couple Bong Tae-gyu and Lee Eun have revealed their couple ring!
The two celebrated the 20th birthday for Bong Tae-gyu and they posted pictures of themselves.
Lee Eun said "My love, by best friend's 30th birthday! A birthday party for two of us, met at 20 and celebrated the beginning of 30s together this year. My love's birthday celebrated with me is such a thankful and happy event. I'm so happy to have this precious person to be by my side. Love and love ag,...More
Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei
Wednesday, April 21 at 2030
Thursday, April 22 at 1130
Saturday, April 24 at 1,...More
YG Entertainment records biggest profit in history 2010/04/12, Source,
Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment [YG Entertainment]
YG Entertainment (YG) -- considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside SM and JYP Entertainment -- saw its most successful business year to date last year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.
According to the annual audit report YG submitted to Korea's Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) on Friday, the agency recorded operating profits of 7.39 billion won last year with a net profit of 4.16 billion won, the company's biggest profit yet,...More
[INTERVIEW] "High Kick Through The Roof" Actress Yoo In-na 2010/03/19, Source,
"I was chosen? Thank you so much", is was what Yoo In-na said after receiving news she was selected as our next interviewee. The public have started to become curious about her, not just because of her role in MBC sitcom "High Kick Through The Roof", but because they are curious to find out more about this actress whose popularity has been increasing. She had been in training under her agency YG Entertainment for over a year to make her acting debut at the not-so-young age of 27 so we asked her the recent change in her life means to her.
Actress Yoo In-na [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Your popularity right now is uncomparably high from when you first made your debut. Do you get treated differently for that? Boy band 2AM said their meals have changed since reaching No.1 on music programs,...More
Kang Hye-jung's Movie Picks 2010/02/18, Source,
Korean actress Kang Hye-jung [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Kang Hye-jung has experienced quite a curve during her career as a movie star. The unpredictability in her career shows how eventful the journey was from her starting point leading up to the present. Watching her play the role of Yuki in her debut film "The Butterfly" -- it was directed by Moon Seung-wook and showed Kang's potential as an actor -- makes it hard to think of anyone better for the part. The film "Old Boy", which implanted her name in peoples' minds, also falls into the masterpiece category. Her character Mido in "Old Boy" proclaimed that Kang cannot be fit into a stereotype that had been established by previous Korean actresses and Kang earned a name value of her own. She continuously used that value in her consequent movie roles -- as the beautiful wife of a kind-hearted filmmaker in "Three, Monster" and portraying the character Hong in the impossible-to-describe film "Rules of Dating". Kang Hye-jung was an intense actor and her movies were like powerful punches on the hearts of moviegoers.
After the film "Welcome to Dongmakgol", however, Kang little by little started going off the predictable path that public expected her to take. She played the adorable and cute girl parts in "Love Phobia", "Herb" and "Kill Me" -- also something the public did not expect to see from her. And in the film "Girlfriends", she played the ordinary twenty-something woman who goes through growing pains at the age of twenty-nine. "I actually went through some things that other people have not experienced or need not experience pretty early in my life. And I was able to create an aggressive and independent character in my early twenties based on such experiences. I was a kid who either ignored pain or let it burst, like my characters in "Old Boy" and "Rules of Dating". But after a while, the ups and downs in my life started getting less frequent and less noisy".,...More
Convergence of movie and TV drama continues to evolve 2009/11/05, Source, Simultaneous production of drama and its theatrical version increases efficiency
Generalization of digital shooting breaks down barriers of human resources & technology
Respect of different ways of producing broadcast programs and movies brings higher efficiency
Seung Ri – a member of the popular boy band Big Bang – has been cast in the upcoming war film "71". The story about 71 young soldiers in training who held their own against hundreds of North Korean,...More
"71" is based on a real life story of 71 student soldiers who fought hundreds of North Korean commandos outside a Pohang girls' middle school on Aug. 10, 1950,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Tablo and Kang Hye-jung in love! 2009/02/04, Source, Another movie star and artist couple has been born!
Movie star, Kang Hye-jung and the rapper Tablo are enjoying their love relationship!
Kang and Tablo have met on a casual dinner last year through friends and have become lovers!
Kang has confirmed this rumor recently through Star News!
The two share similar taste in music and have become great friends through this.
The two are open about their dating and go to public areas to have fun not caring about people around them.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kang Hye-jung in Hollywood 2008/10/31, Source, Actress Kang Hye-jung has been invited to the 12th Hollywood Awards.
She is starring in "Wedding Palace" a new movie costarring with Brian Te.
The awards was held at Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. This awards ceremony is considered the Oscar films awards showcase where many world stars such as Angelina Jolie, Camilla Bell, Diane Rain, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Dustin Hoffman, Christine Scott Thomas, and many other stars and directors have attended.,...More
Boy band Big Bang seems to have it all, from loving fans, stylish fashion trends, easy-to-memorize songs and the members' distinctive characteristics. Now, the ambitious group is expanding their talents in ot,...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
When celebrities start dating or fall in love, they usually take pains to hide their relationships from the public eye. It's hard enough having a relationship, but it's even harder when the media is following your every move.
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
Actor Rain 2006/11/16, Source, In his latest film, director Park Chan-wook has chosen love as his subject matter instead of his usual theme of revenge. The main actor of th,...More
43rd Crowns King and the Clown 2006/07/26, Source, The 43rd annual Grand Bell Awards ceremony, held July 21st at the COEX Convention Hall in southern Seoul, presented its top prize for Best Film to The King and the Clown as indeed almost everyone expected. The film grew into a colossal local hit when it was released in December of last year, attract,...More
UDINE, Italy ㅡ With 13 recent films mostly unreeled in their international and European premiere, Korean cinema is once again under media spotlight at the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) taking place in Udine, a North East Italian city.
Usama Cho Seung-woo sweeps Japan 2006/04/05, Source, "Jekyll and Hyde", a novel by British writer Robert L. Stevenson, has been highly popular among readers for a long time. Dr. Jekyll, who thought one could separate the instinct of good and evil inherent in humans, injects a substance he formulated into his own body, but ends up transforming himself,...More
What nude scenes mean for actresses 2006/03/27, Source, Just two decades ago, it was rare for movie fans to see actresses do nude scenes because of strict censorship and most stars were hesitant about undressing for the camera.
But as the domestic moviemaking trend took an innovative turn towards liberal expression, nude scenes no longer made much new,...More
Korean Wave Crosses the Pacific 2006/03/22, Source, The Korean Wave is hitting hard the shores of American West coast. Many cities such as Los Angeles have shown that Korean movies and dramas are currently receiving more attention from not only ethnic minorities, but also Americans.
As a result of the growing interest in the Korean culture shown b,...More
"Welcome to Dongmakgol" has become the most commercially successful local film this year, attracting over 8 million moviegoers. But how "welcome" will it be at two upcoming domestic film award,...More
Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star 2005/10/20, Source, Who is the most popular star in Chungmuro, Korea's Hollywood? The Chosun Ilbo asked the country's 12 most influential film producers, who are thought to be the most realistic in evaluating the commercial value of actors and actresses, "How many viewers do you think a movie will attract across the co,...More
Directed by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon, the 2004 documentary tells a story of two female North Korean gymnasts who dedicate themselves to the Mass Games. Gordon, the first foreigner to shoot a documentary in Pyongyang, sheds l,...More
'Dongmakgol' Hits 6 Mil. 2005/09/05, Source, "Welcome to Dongmakgol" enjoyed its fifth consecutive week at the top of the box office last weekend pulling in more than 192,000 people in Seoul alone and going on to break the 6.3 million viewer mark making it the fourth most,...More
The movie "Welcome to Dongmakgol" has two magical aspects. One is the magic of time and the other is of language. These two magical aspects converge into a point quietly and skillfully. That point is a moment,...More
Director Park Chan-wook has been acclaimed for his previous films about revenge, but he says he believes revenge is meaningless and his coming film, the last in his revenge trilogy, takes a new look at the,...More
What is the purpose of dating? Is it to satisfy a physical desire, to feel companionship or get married? It's probably quite difficult to find the right answer to this tricky question, but the new film ",...More
"Three, Monster", a compilation of short films by East Asian directors, is probably the most aesthetic of horror films to open in theaters this year. The three directors who participated in this projec,...More
Would you be able to kill an innocent child to save your wife's life? Although it sounds like a really bizarre or even ridiculous question, "Old Boy" director,...More
Dramatic impact of 'Old Boy' 2004/07/01, Source, With the media frenzy over "Old Boy"'s Grand Prize of the Jury triumph at the Cannes Film Festival finally beginning to die down, it should come as no surprise that this week's DVD review features - yes, you guessed it - "Old Boy" (2003). After all, how often does a psychological drama as good as More
Rising to the challenge 2003/12/23, Source, Kang Hye-jung, 23, won the prestigious Blue Dragon award for Best Supporting Actress earlier this month, for her role as Mido in "Oldboy", joining the ranks of the stars in Korea.
Mido is a young Japanese seafood chef and the love interes,...More
Surprise winner for best picture 2003/12/13, Source, Director Kim Ki-duk's "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring", a quiet meditation on a Buddhist monk's quest for truth, was named the best picture of the year at the Blue Dragon Film Awards on Thursday.
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