[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-Hole" 2017/11/25, "Man-Hole" is not the kind of work one would expect a lot from. Having promoted itself as the wacky, comedic tale of a man who believes in the imaginary friendzone a bit too hard and seeks to undo it made it seem like a light story about a romantic man-baby. Surprisingly, the series is much more complex and it is as mixed as my feelings for it, touching upon greatness and failure alike,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 16 (final) 2017/10/04,
Despite the dip below 2.0% in ratings according the Nielsen Korea, the last two episodes were actually the strongest of "Man-Hole"'s run. Pacing was brisk, characters had direction, and a few answers were delivered. Sadly, a few interesting elements were only pulled in during the last episodes, but it is what it is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 15 2017/10/03,
Insight is finally given into the inner workings of our villain, Jae-hyun, but also into Pil, who has too long just been a crazy many chasing a woman who is not quite sure she wants to be with him. It definitely feels as though the show is trying to wind up as people start mobilizing once they believe Pil is correct about Jae-hyun,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 14 2017/09/30,
Jae-hyun may not yet be outed to the world, but Pil, Soo-jin and Goo-gil see him for the monster that he is. The problem is no longer about who believes Pil's claims that Jae-hyun is a nut job; it's how to stop the nut job who everyone in the neighborhood believes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 13 2017/09/30,
Jae-hyun's true nature cannot be contained by his kind facade and his world starts to crumble. While bad for him, it's good for Pil and the gang and the good citizens of the neighborhood because Jae-hyun is a violent sociopath. Now if only the rest of the drama was as exciting as catching Jae-hyun currently is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 12 2017/09/23,
Things are a bit of a jumbled mess in the land of "Man-Hole". Pil is stuck in the future, in 2018, with a married Soo-jin, a violent offender in the neighborhood, broken up couples, and a Seok-tae who is on the brink of discovering Pil's truth about the manhole. And yet, despite all this excitement, the drama isn't all that exciting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 11 2017/09/23, "Man-Hole" endeavors to break from its slump, but has a hard time doing so. The mechanism of action isn't quite as solid as it once was with traveling all throughout the time line, not just from past to present. Reasons behind changes in behavior are muddied and Pil still hasn't quite grown up as much as he should,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 10 2017/09/20,
Although Pil is still spazzy, it is in this episode that we see that he is learning to care for more than just his own love. He cares about Jin-sook even if that caring doesn't equate to the same kind of love that she feels for him. But these two aren't the only ones who suffer from love woes and we see that love lines are still as complicated as ever,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 9 2017/09/13,
What "Man-Hole" lacks is depth. We are told that the characters are sincere in their feelings, but those feelings are conveyed well to the audience. Jae-hyun is the most effective character and that is only because he is a menacing figure,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 8 2017/09/04,
There is good and bad to every relationship and what is wrong between the couples and friends surfaces in episode 8 of "Man-Hole". Part of the reason for the reveal is that Pil has grown up throughout his time travels. He's a little less thoughtless in his actions and more considerate not only towards Soo-jin, but his friends. He still has a long way to go, but it's a start,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 7 2017/08/31,
The affection that I'd started to build for "Man-Hole" last week has waned this week. Watching Pil and Soo-jin hem and haw over confessing their feelings to each other is getting old. Adding Jin-sook's unrequited love compounded that sentiment. What the manhole had built in terms of anticipation last week it dissipated this week,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 6 2017/08/30,
Episode 6 of "Man-Hole"wasn't as impactful as episode 5 was, perhaps because the change in tone had already been made. Or perhaps it was because it was more of Pil running around. What did happen was that another set of manhole rules came into play and Pil's friends witnessed the magic of the manhole,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 5 2017/08/30,
Feelings are often realized when it's too late and when words and hearts can no longer be shared. This is what Pil, Soo-jin, and their friends realize in the latest reality that the manhole has wrought,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] Man-hole Episode 4 2017/08/22,
Bong Pil has gone down the rabbit hole - er, manhole - once again. With a new set of time travel rules piled atop the old, we have even more factors at play, including Pil's growing determination to take care of and win his woman,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] Man-hole Episode 3 2017/08/22,
Bong Pil may be a lazy son-of-a-gun in his original life, but he's clever enough to quickly figure out how the manhole affects his life. It's not always for the better as episode 3 proves. Rather than a lazy neighborhood bum, time travel through the manhole has changed him into a dangerous thug, feared by his friends, disowned by his family, and estranged from the woman he loves,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Man-Hole" 2017/08/19,
Do you ever come across a drama which is "bad", but in a good way? A drama which is a big mess, but one that is self-aware and wears its identity proudly? "Man-Hole" is this odd type of drama and whatever it lacks in production, story and character quality it makes up for in zaniness and pure, glorious fun. Perhaps we have something nice here after all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 2 2017/08/11,
The nervous energy that pervaded the first episode of "Man-Hole" was dialed back in the second. Although Pil ran around like a chicken with his head cut off in this episode's past, it is Soo-jin that we take a look at and her teenaged feelings for our spastic hero,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Man-Hole" 2017/08/05,
Time is cruel and human insecurities crueler, as the hero of "Man-Hole" and his unique relationship with his best friend are about to show us. Time travel is everywhere in Korean drama, but what if it were not as convenient and built for fixing things as we are used to? "Man-Hole" is about to show those pitfalls.
Bong Pil (Kim Jae-joong) is an unemployed man who has been harboring a one-sided crush on his best friend, Soo-jin (UEE) for 28 years. When he discovers he can travel through time using a manhole, he tries to use its unpredictable powers to stop his crush's upcoming wedding,...More
The 'Kim Jae-joong Farewell Tour' 2015/03/17, Source, JYJ member Kim Jae-joong has a headache.
According to sources, various local travel agencies have been selling illegal 'Kim Jae-joong Farewell Tour' packages to fans which takes place during March 30th to April 1st. The package includes going to see the artist entering base on the 31st of March and visiting a few of his relevant places,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" 2015/03/14,
The Korean drama industry is going through a period of change in the content, format and genres of its productions. KBS2 now seems determined to use its newly created Friday drama timeslot for experimenting with these elements. 'Spy - Drama' was promoted as a blend of a family and a spy show, two different and challenging to connect types. The series ultimately fails in this, but it does not fail as a whole,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 16 Final 2015/03/06,
The crescendo of the conflict is, like the previous episode, a fairly easy to understand affair. The characters here fight to hold on to any possible advantage they can find at any given moment. When the first stage of Gi-cheol's plan goes wrong, it takes quite a bit of quick-shooting and hot-headed negotiation before the scene finally ends with one character taking a prop from a previous scene out of nowhere. Unfortunately for Gi-cheol, keeping track of everything that's going on at once is pretty hard,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 15 2015/03/06,
As the shootout indicates, the time for negotiation is over. Seon-woo being, of course, the doof that he is, attempts to further negotiate anyway, and the results are predictably bad. Right to the end both he and Hye-rim are determined to make sacrifices for each other, and right to the end Gi-cheol takes advantage of this fact to make sure all his enemies are more focused on ethical discussion than they are the actual long-term goal,...More
JYJ Kim Jae-joong to enlist in national military service on March 31st
The first batch of advance ticket sale for JYJ member Kim Jae-joong's solo concert was sold out in five minutes while news broke out he would enter military on March 31st.
His agency, C-JeS Entertainment said on March 4th, "The first batch of advance ticket sale for Kim Jae-joong's solo concert, 'The Beginning of The End', scheduled from March 28 to 29th in Hwajeong Gymnasium of Korea University, went on Interpark starting 8 PM. The online traffic increased instantly and all of the tickets were sold out in five minutes",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 14 2015/02/27,
I don't feel comfortable calling the pacing in "Spy - Drama" bad because it tends to be really unusual. The episodes are twenty minutes shorter than the standard for the format, and they also air back-to-back. Be that as it may, this episode got to be really long and tiring, mainly because we had to run around in circles with motivation cross-checks before finally getting to the big confrontation of the cliffhanger, where all the various spy faction manage to coalesce into a single location,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 13 2015/02/27,
Seon-woo is his usual fumbling self here, making threats he knows he can't deliver on while handcuffed to a woman he knows full well will split at the first opportunity. It's surprising then, that Gi-cheol is the one who manages to come off as not really in control here. The strain of having to juggle so many moving pieces is getting to the man. Hye-rim even manages to get a late stab at his psyche- although overall I'm afraid she doesn't have that much to do,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 12 2015/02/13,
The story pivots away from family somewhat and back to action. Yoon-jin, contrary to the other characters in "Spy - Drama" has dedicated almost all of her energy to trying to escape the spy world. So it should come as little surprise that there was a bit more going on in the last episode's cliffhanger than was implied. In the immediate sense this is interesting because of the way it affects the spy interplay. In the melodramatic sense, though, I liked the exploration of the Seon-woo / Yoon-jin relationship better,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 11 2015/02/13,
All this time later and the good guys still can't get their act together. Seon-woo and Hye-rim come so, so close to actually getting on the same page and swapping notes on what's going on- but both are determined to go it alone for the sake of sacrifice. Note particularly the scene where Hye-rim chases after Seon-woo- this is very nearly a parallel of when Woo-seok did the same with Hye-rim, but ultimately, Seon-woo and Hye-rim are too heavily locked into the spy mindset to take their emotional relationship all the way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 10 2015/02/06,
The focus still remains on Seon-woo, although perhaps not quite as emotionally. The episode is bookended by confrontations with Gi-cheol, and it's surprising how unintimidating Gi-cheol seems when faced by Seon-woo, even though the older spy acts the same with Seon-woo as he does with everyone else. The chief problem is that Gi-cheol is used to dealing with people who can be reasoned with. Seon-woo, as much as he tries to hide it, is pretty clearly freaked out about everything he's learned,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 9 2015/02/06,
Seon-woo slowly starts to build up a case implicating his mother as a spy, as well as the entire conspiracy she's apparently involved in. The pacing is still pretty on-track, though, partially because "Spy - Drama" episodes are short, but also due to the larger theme of emotional conflict. Almost all the evidence pointing to Hye-rim is circumstantial- enough so that Seon-woo could choose not to believe it if that was what he wanted to do,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 8 2015/01/30,
Disappointingly, most of this episode is just a dinner party with too many spies. It seems like everyone has come to Hye-rim's home with a rather convoluted agenda in mind, and at times it's difficult to sort this out from self-parody. Really, what's most remarkable here is that more characters aren't found out. Then again, everyone is so determined to make sure that nobody else knows they're a spy to wonder what exactly everybody else is doing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 7 2015/01/30,
Almost the entirity of the focus this episode is on Yoon-jin- specifically, her motivation. Surprisingly enough this isn't just a simple clichéd case of the seductress spy falling in love with her mark. Yoon-jin has, in fact, been using her true personality for pretty much the entire time we've seen her on screen. And finding out that this is all legitimate really underscores the woman's true character conflict- circumstance has forced Yoon-jin into being a spy when this entire attitude runs completely contrary to her personality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 6 2015/01/23,
It's another episode of conversations this time- interesting conversations, for what that's worth. Hye-rim's snooping into Yoon-jin's backstory finally comes up with some concrete plot points, and further cements the status of "Spy - Drama" as a story about negotiation, character relationships, and information management. The cumulative effect is an odd one. These are the spy games of a John le Carre novel fused with the social elements of a melodrama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 5 2015/01/23,
Everyone has screwed up, and now they have to face the consequences for that. Interestingly, even Gi-cheol has to make an apology. While it remains unclear what the greater plan is for Gi-cheol or his bosses, the lethargic pace at which the drama is moving isn't putting him in a much better mood than anyone else. He even apparently gets serious with Hye-rim this time. But once more, he loosens his grip at the last minute,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 4 2015/01/16,
Storyline progress is mostly slow here. Certain facts became obvious to us as viewers last episode, and it's only through continued exposure that the characters themselves are able to figure this out. Hye-rim remains determined to try and save Seon-woo without actually explaining to him what's going on, and predictably only really succeeds in uncovering details of her son's healthy personal life. Apparently Seon-woo's strategy to avoid blackmail is to not have any dark secrets he can be blackmailed over,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 3 2015/01/16,
Apparently the emphasis "Spy - Drama" has put on romance was deliberately in the service of the story. This is in fact a battle between the power of spying and the power of love. A battle which so far love is mostly losing. While Hye-rim and Woo-seok are perfectly capable of communicating with each other, in terms of the spy world their success here is pretty limited. At best, they can manage a negotiation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 2 2015/01/09,
Gi-cheol (played masterfully by Yoo Oh-sung) is exactly the bolt of energy "Spy - Drama" needed. From the man's very first confrontation with Hye-rim, it's obvious that Gi-cheol means business. Gi-cheol knows that he's operating from a superior ethical and tactical position, and milks these advantages for all they're worth. The man's just so deliciously smug- he even manages to make the old facial deformity trope feel fresh,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 1 2015/01/09,
The set design for "Spy - Drama" feels kind of...off. Take the very first scene. It took me a minute to figure out this event was taking place in China. But even after that point the place just looked kind of oddly dirty and clean at the same time. No litter or trash or graffiti anywhere. And yet it was exactly the kind of random dingy alley where you'd expect sneaky spy antics to go down. Perhaps this unsettling cleanness was part of the point, given how we soon see the entire situation was staged,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Spy - Drama" 2015/01/03,
KBS2 has a unique talent, if it can be called that. It chooses some very original premises to give timeslots to and sometimes, those do really well in developing into very refreshing shows. That is until something goes wrong and these shows end up horrible disappointments, which does seem to happen often to this network lately. 'Spy - Drama' is about to fight a big battle with its timeslot, audience and channel and it needs all the luck it can get,...More
"Spy - Drama" Kim Jae-joong in a suit 2014/12/30, Source, Kim Jae-joong takes on the role of government agency Seon-woo who follows the rules in the new KBS 2TV drama "Spy - Drama". He's cool and level-headed when it comes to work but he's loveable to his mother Hye-rim, played by Bae Jong-ok. He gets into romance with Ko Seong-hee in the role of Yoon Jin.
Kim Jae-joong appeared neat in a suit holding a briefcase. His expression is serious as he looks around him in the dark alleyways. He looks tense as he plays the role of genius agent Seon-woo,...More
[HanCinema's Idol Actors] Kim Jae-joong and Yoon Kye-sang 2014/08/09, Kim Jae-joong
Breakthrough roles are very difficult to predict for a rookie actor. Those who are not natural talents that dazzle from their very first work go through a process of development and often need more help in finding roles they can handle at their level, but also evolve through. For Kim Jae-joong, who has so far been tolerable, but also uninspiring, Heo Yeong-dal of 'Triangle - Drama' was that role.
Kim has been around in the acting industry for almost a decade, but only really made his presence more known with 2009 film 'Postman to Heaven' and also made a more solid drama debut in Japan, with 'Hard to Say I Love You'. Still not having made it big in movies, with 'Jackal is Coming' being the only one out so far, Kim has had more work in dramas, starring as the second male lead in 'Protect the Boss', as a tortured concubine's son in 'Dr. JIN', before he got his first leading drama role in his latest and aforementioned drama, 'Triangle - Drama',...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" 2014/08/09,
There are a lot of reasons why some dramas just go wrong. They range from lacking material or creators to schedule issues to extensions and really remind us how difficult the current system is to create in. To create something good and have it remain good. It is also often impossible for outsiders to know exactly what went wrong aside from seeing the bad result of it. Sadly, 'Triangle - Drama' has been plagued with many issues, lacking material being what ultimately makes it all fall apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 26 Final 2014/07/29,
The drama's last interesting storyline question is resolved almost immediately. So, now that Yang-ha has been taken care of, how does "Triangle - Drama" spend its last hour? Not doing a whole lot I'm afraid. Bok-tae hides in a hole for awhile as the other characters try to figure out where he is. And I really do mean awhile- every possible trick is extended to stretch out this search, including a subplot about a minion Bok-tae has apparently been abusing this whole time?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 25 2014/07/28,
The stage is set for the final engagement in the last episode, and it occurs to me, I'm not sure there ever was a plan. Ever since getting out of prison Dong-soo and Yeong-dal have mostly just been running counter-attacks instead of actually pitching their own operation. I'm not sure we ever actually even got to the part that made it clear why it was necessary for Dong-soo to learn casino stuff. It's just more Bok-tae. Hard to imagine he used to seem like a credible threat,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 24 2014/07/22,
It's fortunate that the goons working for the good guys are more competent than the ones working for the bad guys. Honestly it's pretty ridiculous- it took an entire episode of bloviating for them to manage one incompetent assassination attempt. By contrast, Yeong-dal's team is immediately on the case for an effective retaliation that pretty much nips most of the gang-related conflict in the drama right in the bud,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 23 2014/07/21,
I think I've finally figured out what Sin-hye is bringing to the team. She delivers all the messages. No, seriously, I paid close attention to see if Sin-hye ever actually does anything aside from just sit at a table, talking to one person, then to appear again later sitting at another table (or the same table) talking to a different person about what she just talked about to the last person in the line,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 22 2014/07/15,
I hope you liked Yeong-dal's ambivalence about his new brotherly bonds last episode, because this time it's pretty much the exact same thing all over again with Yang-ha. I do appreciate that the script itself admits it's hard to know what to call these guys anymore. I've been sticking with their new names since those are the ones that are used most of the time, but at the same time, their being brothers is pretty much the whole point of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 21 2014/07/14,
After some vagaries Dong-soo makes clear to Yeong-dal that Yang-ha is the last brother, and from this point Yeong-dal spends most of the episode sulking. This is pretty understandable, given that they've spent most of the drama being horribly antagonistic to each other. Although I did find it curious that the scene where Yang-ha sent Yeong-dal to jail wasn't included. Personally I'd think that was the most humiliating put down in the relationship, not the one where the little brother mocks Yeong-dal's English,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 20 2014/07/08,
And once again, gambling makes up the dramatic stakes on which the hopes of our characters are hinged. Given the narrative set-up this was probably inevitable. The bad guys were going to have to take on some sort of counter-move in order for there to be any kind of dramatic tension. At the same time, though, when the outcome is quite literally determined at random, it's difficult to take any kind of reassurance in the ability of the heroes to save the day,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 19 2014/07/07,
Yeong-dal gets to work on organizing some quality schemes here. It's the kind of gangster style corporate warfare I can really get behind- it's sneaky, and taking advantage of various character's personalities. But most significantly, it's not a direct attack against any of the antagonists. They're clearly tense and waiting for team Dong-soo and Yeong-dal to pull something. However, the immediate offensive objectives are vague, so for the most part everyone's caught off guard,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 18 2014/07/01,
The bad guys really need to have a meeting about the terrible quality of their plans. First an assassination attempt, and now a kidnapping? Really? All of this just to counter Dong-soo and Yeong-dal's plan? It bears repeating here- we barely even have any idea what their plan actually is. These are desperate actions taken by men afraid they're about to lose everything. It's absolutely nonsensical for the story to go this direction when hardly anything has even happened yet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 17 2014/06/30,
And now this is a revenge drama. Granted, we always knew that Dong-soo had a specific grudge against Bok-tae, but for the most part Dong-soo has been pretty good about having that just be one bullet point on the giant list of terrible things Bok-tae does on a daily basis. This opening of this episode clearly demonstrates, though, that it's what Bok-tae did to Dong-soo's family that really makes him a bad man. The other criminal enterprise stuff not so much. Dong-soo only just recovered from an assassination attempt and that on its own was apparently not a good reason for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 16 2014/06/24,
Plenty of time is spent at the hospital this episode, as characters agonize over whether or not Dong-soo is going to make it. Thankfully that question is resolved at the end, so hopefully we don't have to endure any more of these extremely sad regretful lengths of the soundtrack which establish how awful the whole situation is. I'm upset that Dong-soo was stabbed less because I care about the character and more because these scenes are so obnoxiously overwrought,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 15 2014/06/23,
Well, huh, apparently the incompetent out-of-nowhere assassination attempt really was as stupid an idea as it looked. I had expected the drama to just gloss over the details of the assassination so we could pine over Dong-soo for awhile. And for a fair amount of time that's exactly what "Triangle - Drama" does. We get a full flashback of all the big story events between Dong-soo and Yeong-dal and oh, it's all so terribly terribly sad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 14 2014/06/17,
Yeong-dal's melodramatic memory recovery session is actually pretty effective, all things considered. Presented at the beginning here without context, all I see is a crushed child who's lost his entire family. Then we get back to the rest of the drama and I'm left remembering that even though the unknown relationship between the three brothers is the entire hook of "Triangle - Drama", it doesn't seem to actually have anything to do with the revenge / romance plot currently in session,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 13 2014/06/16,
As determined as "Triangle - Drama" was to skip past the prison stuff, in this episode it falls right back to the same slow pacing we'd seen up until this point. There's not even any gambling. Mostly it's just meetings where the bad guys discuss how suspicious it is that Dong-soo is obviously up to something, or where the good guys discuss the plan in just vague enough terms that we'll still be surprised whenever it finally gets around to happening,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 12 2014/06/10,
This episode marks a shift to a radical new direction for this drama. Specifically, a more generic one. Dong-soo and Yeong-dal now have to work together, unambiguously in the cause of justice, to take down Yang-ha and Bok-tae. You might be thinking that this will be somewhat difficult, what with Yeong-dal being in prison and Dong-soo with his hands tied in a similar fashion. Well, the drama helpfully skips a whole year just so we can get right back to this plot thread,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 11 2014/06/09,
There's a nice contrast here between the physical appearance of the prison and Yeong-dal's attitude. So far as we can see, it's a relatively pleasant place. Outside people are playing soccer, and inside they're playing Go. Then Yeong-dal shows up and starts a fight for no reason. The man is deadset on living out his gangster fantasy wherever possible, and quickly learns that while prisoners aren't as vicious as they are in the movies, they still have very little patience for rude aggressiveness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 10 2014/06/03,
The best laid plans are all toppled down thanks to unforeseen circumstances. Well they're not really unforeseen circumstances. We know who all these characters are, we know they all have their own agenda, and we know that they like to keep secrets from one another because why not? But they don't know that about each other. So when an opportunity comes up for one to betray the other to help another, inevitably most of the cast gets blindsided,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 9 2014/06/02,
There's a fair amount of irony this time- let's start out in the romantic department. Yeong-dal makes some fairly standard loverly inroads on Jeong-hee. He's got himself a little money, so he treats her to a nice night, all that stuff. And all this time I kept wondering about Yang-ha. That guy's made of money. So why is it that Yeong-dal's pretensions at a high class life come off more impressively than Yang-ha's being the real thing?
Well, the drama doesn't go into a lot of detail in that department, which I appreciate honestly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 8 2014/05/27,
The gambling scenes in this drama are a bit inexplicable without the context of the rules. For the poker game that makes up the opening, what you need to know is that one character has about an 87% chance of winning, and the losing character either needs a straight, a flush, or four-of-a-kind in order to beat his rival. As far as baccarat goes forget it. Even if I knew how that game works there's no way I could explain it succintly in a single sentence.
The essential thing to understand about these games is that they're played according to rules, and that outside of cheating, there's no such thing as perfect play,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 7 2014/05/26,
Until this episode I don't think I fully appreciated how many characters there really are running around here and how surprisingly interconnected everyone is. This isn't really a recap episode, but it's an excellent one to watch if you want to get a hold of how they're all related to each other. Nearly all of them have some sort of direct personal or business relationship with at least two other characters directly and clearly defined.
It's an interesting conceit taken in concert with the drama's core concept- these three men are brothers, but they don't know it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 6 2014/05/20,
Last episode Yeong-dal's crazy scheme exploded right in his face. This episode, undeterred, he continues to come up with more terrible ideas. Yeong-dal really does not have the slightest clue. The guy genuinely believes he's at the center of this story where destiny is going to be made. The shame of it all is that Yeong-dal's got decent enough charisma. There's so many good things he could be doing with that. But Yeong-dal chooses to to buttress his pride and act like a gangster instead.
Unreasonable pride is the main calling card of "Triangle - Drama", and it's only accentuated by the fact that none of our three leads even have anything to be proud about,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 5 2014/05/19,
Yeong-dal's plan predictably ends in disaster. Well, actually, not really. Compared to what gangsters normally do to people who try to steal from them, I'm surprised Yeong-dal got off as lightly as he did. In typical form, though, the mancompletely fails to appreciate how incredibly lucky he is that things did not go much, much worse, and spends most of the rest of the episode sulking in his injured pride.
The funniest part about Yeong-dal is that he often makes right decisions but for really dumb reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 4 2014/05/13,
Taken out of context from the rest of the drama, the first scene here actually looks pretty mainstream. You've got the rough guy from the wrong side of the tracks running from gangsters, holding his love interest by the hand, then there's an epic fight scene and a rather fuzzy intermittent period where we're left wondering, what exactly happened to Yeong-dal? It's a question that lingers over the rest of the episode.
From the few snippets we do get of the guy, the impression is pretty clear that he's not doing well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 3 2014/05/12,
Somehow this drama still doesn't have a plot. I was sure after the last cliffhanger we'd get some sort of conflict or tension, but after an extended brutal opening it's pretty much right back to business as usual. The three brothers continue to persist in their apparently purposeless lives. Even events that seem like they should be important, such as Yeong-deol running into Yang-ha, lack any kind of real urgency.
Again, it's pretty obvious that this is all part of the point. These are characters who make bad decisions mostly because it takes a really long time for the consequences to actually set in,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 2 2014/05/06,
The ambience takes an odd turn this episode. It's actually almost kind of optimistic. Granted, there's only so far mood can take us when events are this bleak. Yeong-dal (played by Kim Jae-joong) very nearly gets killed, and survives his brush with death entirely thanks a supporting word from one of his superiors. He has, naturally, learned pretty much nothing from this experience.
What makes Yeong-dal a bit strange here is that he's not particularly arrogant,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Triangle - Drama" Episode 1 2014/05/05,
This drama is quite sleazy. That shouldn't be too surprising, given how much sex, gambling, and anger issues factor in to the plot- but it's really all in the presentation. Directors Choi Jeong-gyoo and Yoo Cheol-yong portray a world of basically pathetic people who are only barely scraping by on their emotional and physical needs. Choi Jeong-gyoo also directed last year's "Two Weeks", and the tone here is quite similar. Whatever minor successes and failures our lead characters achieve here, they're all largely emblematic of purposeless lives,...More
JYJ Donate Revenues to UNICEF 2013/03/13, Source,
Boy group JYJ (Kim Jae-joong, Park You-chun and Kim Jun-soo) donated the whole of their revenue from their activities as promotion ambassadors for a Hallyu Expo in Japan to UNICEF in a fund donation ceremony held at the UNICEF Korea Committee office in Changsong-dong, central Seoul, on March 5.
JYJ donated the revenue from their work as promotion ambassadors for the '2012 Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo (KBEE)' held in Osaka last November,...More
JYJ Makes Generous Donation As Ambassadors of KBEE 2012 2013/02/27, Source,
The popular trio has once again displayed their generosity by donating a large sum to UNICEF. The three were appointed as ambassadors for the Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo 2012 (or KBEE 2012), and have been doing a lot of good since then to use their fame for good. They've even recently received the Commendation of the Minister Award,...More
JYJ Kim Jae-joong returns to Twitter 2012/12/02, Source,
JYJ's Kim Jae-joong left a picture on Twitter to prove his come back.
He created a new Twitter ID and told his fans he was back. Kim had up to a million followers and communicated with fans all over the world but continuous hacking incidents caused him to shut it down,...More
Art and Culture 2012/11/19, Source,
It's the start of a new week and we have our Michelle Kim with us for our regular arts and culture segment. Today, she has an exhibition preview and two movie previews for us. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] There is a collection of rare photographs of the Korean Imperial Family on display this month at the Deoksu Palace Museum. The photos provide valuable insight into the personal and political life of the emperor and his family,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.16 ~ 2012.11.18
2012/11/18, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.16 ~ 2012.11.18)
Despite its fanatical global following the much anticipated "Breaking Dawn: Part II" was not able to outdo Jo Sung-hee's "A Werewolf Boy" as the top seed this past weekend. An extremely tight race saw Sung-hee earn its third weekend at the top with 901,841 admissions (34.4%), helped along with 678 screenings around the country. Bill Condon's vampire and werewolf sensation was tantalizingly close to jumping straight to the top, but was forced to settle for second as it entered the chart with 880,696 (34.6%) admissions. In addition to this clash of mythological love tales, this week saw the start of another Korean film in the form of Bae Hyeong-joon's "Jackal is Coming", as well as an interesting new horror called "Sinister" by the American director Scott Derrickson,...More
More Young Singers Migrate to Movies 2012/11/01, Source,
From top, Kim Dong-jun, Kim Jae-joong and Seulong
Idol singers no longer seem satisfied with merely appearing on stage and in TV dramas. Recently, more idol group members are getting involved in moviemaking, with Kim Dong-jun of boy band ZE:A currently receiving the most attention for his supporting role in "A Company Man", which was released on Oct. 11. Viewers have heaped praise on the 20-year-old for his movie debut, posting comments on local movie websites about how he was able to acquit himself well in both action scenes and those that require emotional depth. They say he deserved more on-screen time beyond that of a supporting role,...More
[Guest Post] Heaven's message about love 2012/09/28,
By Karen K. Kremes
Television movie released on both television and in cinema, "Postman to Heaven" (천국 의 우편 배달부) is a production between South Korea and Japan.
The film tells the story of JaeJoon (Kim Jae-joong), an angel messenger that has the ability to travel between the real world and heaven delivering letters of people to their deceased loved ones. Character in a fairy tale, he is known as "Postman to Heaven" and can only be seen by those who suffer the loss of someone he loved,...More
JYJ Wraps Up Its Fan Membership Week 2012/07/04, Source,
The group JYJ -- made up of Junsu, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Jae-joong - wrapped up their 2012 JYJ Membership Week, after running from June 28 to July 1, signing on 22,000 official fans. The event was held free of charge for the fans, though it cost JYJ's management roughly 2.7 billion won. The event was held at three exhibition centers at SETEC, featuring many different sights to see,...More
"Dr. JIN" Kim Jae-joong, why his spiteful eyes look sad 2012/06/11, Source,
There is an actor who rings the heart with his eyes rather than his lines. Someone who is the bad guy but can't be disliked and is always thought about. That is Kim Jae-joong who takes on the role of Kim Kyeong-tak from the MBC weekend drama "Dr. JIN".
Kim Kyeong-tak is elite with outstanding martial arts skills and education but is insulted for the reason that he is the offspring of a concubine. He has to call his father 'my Lord', endure the insults he gets from his half-brother and never says no to what his father tells him to do even if it's something bad in fear of being abandoned,...More
JYJ Kim Jae-joong's charismatic eyes 2012/05/29, Source, Kim Jae-joong's picture has everyone talking about it.
In the picture corner of the MBC TV drama "Doctor Jin" homepage, a picture was posted with the title, "Don't lose a single one!" It was a picture of Kim Jae-joong dressed up as Kim Kyeong-tak in the drama with eyes that look like they're about to penetrate the heart of whoever is looking,...More
Song Seung-heon returns to small screen 2012/05/15, Source, Song Seung-heon walks down a street during a visit to Vietnam to shoot a television program this January.(Courtesy of Korea Foundation)
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon is coming back to his fans through the small screen.
Despite 16 years passing since his debut, Song, 35, remains as handsome and single as ever, coupled now with better acting ability. As one of the pioneers of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, his popularity continues to the rise, both in Korea and overseas,...More
Lee Kim Productions causing legal problems with SBS's "Faith"? 2012/04/05, Source,
Lee Kim Productions, of the drama "Time Slip Dr. JIN", announced that they will firmly handle a conflict with the SBS drama "Faith". Lee Kim Productions has already submitted a certification of contents to the producers of "Faith" and is also considering submitting an injunction that would prohibit the drama from being broadcast.
The problem at hand is that the contents of the two dramas, "Faith" and "Time Slip Dr. JIN", are alike. The dramas are based on time travel and they also feature a modern day doctor traveling back in time. Lee Kim Productions has signed a contract with the creators of the original Japanese story and is producing "Time Slip Dr. JIN",...More
Arts and Culture 2012/03/12, Source,
It's the beginning of another week and to help you plan a week full of arts, culture and fun, we have our very own arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim in the studio to give us the inside scoop on the latest events. Hello, Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young and hello to all of you watching.
[Reporter : ] First off, I have news from overseas, to start off this week. JYJ, the famous Korean idol group, finished two successful concerts in Peru and Chile,...More
JYJ: 'We Have Lived in Prison Without Bars' 2012/03/12, Source,
JYJ held a press conference at a hotel in Santiago, Chile on March 8 (local time) and explained the meaning of their concert tour in South America.
The group members apologized for the controversy regarding making abusive statements to their fanatical fans and expressed their feelings,...More
Kpop minefield 2012/03/10, Source,
Following text expresses writer's opinion, it may be bitter for some, it may be unnerving for some, and some may send me to Hell. It's fine, I'm accustomed to hate on the internet.
First, I will present you a short story. There is a very famous guy. And there is another guy who is stalking him, well, not exactly stalking, sasaeng-ing him, meaning - he has double keys to this famous guy house, he left blood notes, he has ID number, phone number etc. One day this guy comes to the famous guy house and gets slapped. No one cares - it's man to man, mano-a-mano. Another story - there is this girl, very famous, she has a stalker guy who breaks into her house, wears her underwear and lefts some 'personal fluids' on her bed. One day she comes back and the guy is waiting so she kicks him in the groins making sure he'll never be a father. Brave girl, right? Applause, applause, applause,...More
(28) Ahn Jung-geun: patriot, assassin, hero 2012/03/10, Source,
This calligraphy with the stamp of a hand was known to be done by Ahn Jung-geun himself sometime in February 1910 in his prison cell. He was executed one month later. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon In an exchange between two characters in a Jack Higgins World War II novel, a Frenchman tells an Englishman, "You are fortunate that your country has not been occupied. It is not an experience I recommend",...More
Kim Jae-joong of JYJ to Appear in Historical Drama 'Time Slip Dr. Jin' 2012/02/22, Source, Kim Jae-joong of the star Hallyu group JYJ will appear in the drama "Time Slip Dr. JIN" The PR company 3HW said on February 21 that Kim Jae-joong will challenge himself with his first appearance in the historical drama by playing a competitive military officer with strong self-esteem in the Joseon Dynasty named Kim Kyung Tak. He is a top military officer who was born into a family of master martial artists, and he holds single-hearted devotion to a woman whom he has loved from his childhood,...More
The entertainment business: a statistical analysis of what happens after stars find trouble 2012/02/19, Source,
A mother with a large brood never has a peaceful day. It's the same for the entertainment business. There are drugs, drunk driving, violence, gambling, education fraud and more. The patterns for those stars who find themselves in trouble are similar. They take some time of to self reflect and return.
The period of self reflection differs according to the severity of the problem and the star's profession. Drunk driving can be seen as needing the shortest period of self reflection. The average turned out to be only about 6.6 months. Drug cases take more than 20 months to recover from. Only after about two years could stars come out in front of fans with their heads down,...More
Which Idol Star Owns The Most Expensive Home? 2012/01/25, Source,
Top stars in Korean entertainment work hard, and earn quite large sums for their hard work. Reports on some of the most successful stars living in the most expensive homes have been revealed in the past. Legendary singer Cho Young-nam has been rumored to be at the top of the list with a villa worth $5.2 million. However, what about the younger generation of idol stars?,...More
K-pop stars to tour overseas in 2012 2012/01/10, Source,
A JYJ fan from Peru holds a poster that says "Peru loves JYJ". Fans in South America have been actively requesting K-pop groups perform in their countries through various media outlets. / Courtesy of C-JeS Entertainment
By Noh Hyun-gi
With seemingly unstoppable momentum, K-pop stars are advancing across the globe.
Many fans have asked the artists to visit their home countries through innovative methods like uploading flash mob videos online. Moved by these active and sincere requests, K-pop stars will hold concerts around the world and are planning additional gigs to accommodate the enthusiastic fans,...More
TOP Korean Dramas of 2011 2011/12/31,
Are you left all alone on New Year's Day and don't know what to do? Or, maybe some besties are hanging around at your place and looking for some activities to do in the first day of 2012? If yes, then follow this instruction : 1. Hurry and go buy popcorns of your favourite flavor ; 2. Change to your most comfortable clothes ; 3. Prepare tissue on your side so it will be readily available if needed!,...More
Double standards in K-Entertainment 2011/11/05, Source,
Some time ago, when Korea was in a frenzy of banning Kpop songs, I joked that maybe they should ban also the dramas. I take back my bad, bad joke.
It's been on my mind for a while, but was wondering whether I should bother and cause another stir. But since it's my evil nature, I decided I should. K-entertainment is full of double standards, and non-equal treatment. We got accustomed to it to the point of numbness. I guess we all remember the "Han Ye-seul gate", so to those who somehow slept through whole summer - short recapitulation. Shooting of the drama in usual korean circumstances - 2 hours of sleep per week, 4 meals per week but 100% efficiency. You may ask how actors do it? I have no idea, frankly,...More
JYJ Becomes First Korean Artist to Hold Concert in Spain 2011/11/01, Source,
Around 3,000 fans who came from all over Europe chanted, "JYJ, Te Quiero".
One of the representative tourist attractions and example of Spain's traditional architecture, Poble Espanyol, which has a 80-year history, was shaking with all the cheering of 3,000 audience members on October 29 (local time). JYJ (Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Junsu) held a solo concert in Spain for the first time among Korean artists, and the huge cheers at the venue were for them. The audience from countries all over Europe including Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Finland chanted "JYJ" even before the concert began while holding red luminous glowsticks. Italian fans came to the venue one day before and lined up after pitching tents,...More
JYJ - what's next in the future? 2011/10/15, Source,
We witness many groups birth moments. Some of these groups are successful, some are less successful. Some are hyped to the absurdity level, and some are hardly recognized. The recent success of JYJ's first Korean-language album, that is In Heaven, prompted few companies to line up with CF offers. Not only companies. They are faces for many other organizations (including infamous now Jejudo promotions) and spokespersons for various activities that take place around Korea.
I praised this trio countless times, and even if someone is not a fan of their music, it's simply impossible not to cheer for them nonetheless,...More
JYJ: 'We Are Still Idol Group' 2011/10/05, Source,
The idol group JYJ (Kim Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Jun-soo), who recently released their special album entitled "In Heaven" with their own songs, expressed their feelings about releasing their new album, saying, "We used to color sketches that were drawn by others, but now we are trying to draw those sketches by ourselves for creativity. As we try to contain what we would like to deliver in our songs, we seem to come much closer to music itself".,...More
Korean Drama OST evolution 2011/10/01, Source,
Some time ago (with stressing this some part) we had this talk with friends about how it is possible that Korean movies OST rock (most of them) and how Kdrama OST... well, not that much. But since two years there has been a terrific improvement in that department as well. Of course, there are soundtracks more or less memorable, it is something we cannot avoid, but the improvement is visible.
It is nothing new to have classical music as the score. And by classical I mean what people usually perceive as one – Western classical music (Beethoven, Pachebel and the merry bunch),...More
JYJ to perform in Europe 2011/09/07, Source,
K-pop group JYJ
By Kwon Mee-yoo
K-pop group JYJ will head to Europe for concerts in Spain in October and Germany in November.
The boy band, composed of Kim Jae-joong Je-jung, Micky Yoochun and Jun-su, will hold their first European concert at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Oct. 29.
Then JYJ will then travel to Berlin to for their second concert in Europe on Nov. 6,...More
Yun takes musical Kim Jae-joong to New York 2011/08/10, Source,
Yun Ho-jin, producer and director of "The Last Empress" and " Hero ", speaks during an interview with The Korea Times at the office of Acom International in Seoul, in July./ Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
This is the third in a series of interviews with the heads of Korea's top theatrical companies. - ED. By Kwon Mee-yoo,...More
K-pop group JYJ to hold photo exhibition 2011/08/08, Source, Poster of JYJ photo exhibition
Photos taken by members of the K-pop group JYJ will be on display from Aug. 12 to 21 at Insa Gallery in Jongno-gu, Seoul.
Titled "Mine", the exhibition will feature photos of the three members ― Kim Jae-joong Je-jung, Micky Yoochun and Jun-su ― taken during their world tour and during regular daily life. The photos were taken by all three to offer a glimpse of how they spend their time and of their lifestyles,...More
JYJ Holds Charity Concert in Japan with 20,000 Fans 2011/06/13, Source,
The group JYJ (Kim Kim Jae-joong Jae Joong, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Joon Soo) held a charity event at Yoyogi National Theater in Tokyo on June 7 to help earthquake victims, their agency C-Jes Entertainment (hereafter referred to as C-Jes) announced on June 8.
According to C-Jes, their two concerts with around 20,000 audience members were held as a part of their "JYJ World Tour", which they had already finished in other Asian countries and North America,...More
JYJ to hold concerts in North America 2011/04/26, Source,
JYJ sings during their concert on April 3 in this file photo. The group will tour North America in May, holding four concerts. / Courtesy of Prain
By Kwon Mee-yoo
K-pop group JYJ will head to North America in May after finishing its Asian tour, appearing in Vancouver, Newark, Los Angeles and San Jose,...More
JYJ Begins World Concert Tour 2011/04/06, Source, Kim Jae-joong presented his own song he wrote himself on the stage where he had prepared as a stage director. A daughter of Thailand's prime minister attended as an audience member.
As JYJ (Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Jun-soo) began singing their song entitled "Be My Girl", around 11,000 audience members stood up from their seats as if they had promised to do so in advance. Fans enthusiastically provided a flash mob performance by dancing along to the song together. This happened during the first performance that was held as a part of the "JYJ World Tour Concert 2011" at Bangkok Impact Arena on April 3,...More
The main vocalist was Kim Jae-joong of Korean boy band JYJ. When he visited Bangkok to promote the group`s worldwide album last,...More
JYJ's management agency accused of fraud 2011/03/17, Source,
K-pop boy band JYJ
By Park Si-soo
K-pop boy band JYJ's agency executives stand accused of fraud involving the cancellation of overseas concerts, the prosecution said Thursday.
An investor in the band's overseas projects filed a complaint with the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office against five executives of the agency C-JES Entertainment, claiming he suffered damages due to the cancellation of the concert and fraud by the management agency,...More
Stars joining donation rush 2011/03/16, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Singers and actors are eagerly joining the ongoing donation rush to help Japanese victims hit hard by the recent devastating earthquakes.
Actors Lee Byung-hun donated 700 million won and Ahn Jae-wook gave 100 million won to the Korean Red Cross,...More
JYJ to Hold World Concert Tour 2011/02/28, Source,
Idol group JYJ (Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Jun Su) will hold a world concert tour in ten cities in seven countries from April. Their agency C-JeS Entertainment made the announcement on February 25. The agency said, "JYJ will hold a concert tour entitled 'JYJ WORLD TOUR CONCERT in 2011' starting with concerts in five Asian countries including Thailand on April 2 to April 3, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, and five cities in North America: New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Vancouver,...More
It takes more than gifts and fan letters to express your support and affection to stars these days. The fans of pop group JY,...More
Idol Groups Conflict with Agencies Over Contracts 2011/01/20, Source,
Following Dong Bang Shin Ki and Super Junior, Kara has become involved in an agency contract conflict for various reasons including profits distribution, which is projected to damage the Hallyu wave.
Star idol groups have requested to terminate their agency contracts one after another, and it is expected to make a large impact on the music industry.
Four members of Kara (Han Seung Yeon, Jeong Nichole, Koo Ha Ra, and Kang Ji Young) made the announcement on January 19 through their legal representative, the law firm Landmark, saying, "Kara's agency misused their authority and made members hold activities when they did not want to perform, and the agency desecrated their human dignity",...More
K-pop groups hamstrung by contracts 2011/01/20, Source,
By Park Si-soo
The revolt against their management agency by three members of the popular K-pop girl group Kara laid bare once again the vulnerability of idol groups tied by what have been known as "slave-like contracts" to their agencies, analysts and industry officials said.
The latest dispute also underscores the lack of guidelines governing contracts in the Korean showbiz industry although the government has unveiled a series of steps to improve what they called unfair contracts,...More
TVXQ: 'We Will Keep Dong Bang Shin Ki and We Want JYJ to Come Back' 2011/01/17, Source,
TVXQ released a new album entitled "Why - Keep Your Head Down" after a two year and three months break. The two-member group TVXQ (Yunho Yun Ho, 25 and ChangminLee Changmin, 23) explained why they had formed this two-member group again, saying, "We had decided to continue this group only to keep the group, TVXQ. This is the second stage of our groups and it will be the third stage when the other three members come back to the group after settling the problem with the agency (SM Entertainment)".
They had to take a break after three members, Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Jun Su, had had a legal conflict with their agency in 2009, had left the group, and then formed a new group named JYJ. People in the music industry and their fans in Asian countries had felt disappointed about the breakup of the top star group,...More
Idol Groups to Have Showdowns in New Year 2011/01/05, Source,
Idol groups are fighting fierce battles from the start of the new year by releasing new albums. Many idol groups including star idol groups such as TVXQ, Seungri from Big Bang, and JYJ, and newcomer groups such as MBLAQ, Secret, Dalmatian, Infinite, and Dalshabet will release new albums. Usually, singers do not release new albums in January and February after finishing their activities at the end of the last year, but this year will be different because star singers and new singers are all beginning to have showdowns from the beginning of the year. The team leader of the Music Business Department at Mnet Media said on January 2, "Singers tended to release new albums in September or October in the past, but recently they are actively performing all year round by releasing single albums and mini albums. Idol groups regardless of their popularity all think that they will be forgotten if they do not have activities, so they release new songs one after another without taking a long break",...More
TVXQ to unveil title track from new album on Jan 3 2010/12/30, Source,
Boy band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ will unveil the title track from their upcoming album next week ahead of their comeback, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM announced in a press release that TVXQ will reveal the song "Keep Your Head Down" on January 3 on various online music sites, two days before their album of the same name goes on sale, while the teaser video for the song will be available on their official website and YouTube channel tomorrow,...More
TVXQ to unveil teaser video today 2010/12/29, Source,
Male duo band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ today will finally unveil the teaser video for their upcoming comeback, according to the group's agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.
A press release by SM said that TVXQ's new video in the format of a commercial, will be disclosed for the first time at MBC's entertainment awards and SBS' music awards, both scheduled to go on air tonight,...More
JYJ to unveil teaser of upcoming songs from special album today 2010/12/28, Source,
Korean idols JYJ [Prain Inc.]
Korean idols JYJ will unveil teasers of their upcoming songs from their special album today, according to the group's promoter Prain Inc. on Tuesday.
Prain announced in a press release that the snippets of songs "Mission", "Puppet", "I.D.S", "Nine", "Fallen Leaves" and "Nameless Song part. 1" will be available on their official webpage,...More
TVXQ to release special edition of new album next month 2010/12/24, Source,
Cover of TVXQ's new album "Keep Your Head Down" [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ, composed of members Changmin Lee Changmin and Yunho Yunho, will release a special edition of their upcoming album next month.
SM Entertainment announced through a press release Friday that the special edition of their new album titled "Keep Your Head Down" will go on sale on January 5. It will feature a total of 10 tracks and include a 100-page photo booklet of both members,...More
JYJ official website opens today 2010/12/24, Source,
Still cuts of JYJ members' Christmas wish to their fans [Official JYJ webpage]
Korean idols JYJ have opened their official website (www.c-jes.com), according to the group's promoter Prain Inc. on Friday.
Prain announced in a press release that JYJ's management company C-JeS have created the official webpage through which Jaejung, Yuchun and Junsu will be able to communicate with their fans,...More
Jeong portrays patriot Ahn's humanity on stage 2010/12/24, Source,
A scene from the musical " Hero ", which portrays patriotic icon Ahn Jung-geun (played by Jeong Seong-hwa, center) in a humanistic light. The production will travel to the United States next year. / Courtesy of Acom International
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Jeong Seong-hwa has independence activisit Ahn Jung-geun down pat - down to the trademark moustache. The 35-year-old portrays the national icon in the homegrown musical " Hero ", which seeks to share the patriot's life with an international audience next year,...More
TVXQ to unveil teaser video ahead of comeback 2010/12/23, Source,
Male duo TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ will release a teaser video, in the format of a commercial, ahead of their comeback to the music scene, according to SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM announced through a press release that TVXQ's teaser video, produced in two versions, will air during major year-end shows such as music festivals and drama award ceremonies on Korea's top three major public broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS starting December 29 till 31,...More
JYJ: 'We Are Dong Bang Shin Ki Now and Forever' 2010/12/21, Source,
▶ Three former members of Dong Bang Shin Ki (Junsu, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Jae-joong) have formed a three-member group, JYJ.
They said, "There are many reasons that made us decide to leave SM, but we always think about reuniting all five members of Dong Bang Shin Ki again. We had been members of Dong Bang Shin Ki, we still are now, and we will be forever". During a recent interview with Yonhap News, they were asked what Dong Bang Shim Ki meant to them, and they all said with one voice, "It is not about a meaning or something. We are Dong Bang Shin Ki. Even though we have to go different way, there is no reason that we cannot call ourselves Dong Bang Shin Ki anymore". Three members of Dong Bang Shin Ki, Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Sunsu, who had been members of the most popular star idol group for the past seven years in the Asian region, had been involved in an exclusive contract dispute with their agency, SM Entertainment, and then formed a new group, JYJ, last October and began taking their own path,...More
TVXQ to release music video for song from SBS drama 2010/12/20, Source,
Korean duo TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols TVXQ have released the music video to a song from SBS drama "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the song and music video titled "ATHENA" from the soundtrack to the show of the same name was unveiled today on various online music websites including MelOn, Dosirak, Bugs and Cyworld,...More
JYJ starts touring Korea for autograph sessions 2010/12/20, Source,
JYJ [Prain Inc.]
Singing trio JYJ started touring Korea yesterday to hold autograph sessions promoting the release of their worldwide album "The Beginning".
A press release by the boys' promoter Prain Inc. said Friday that purchasers of the limited edition of "The Beginning" will be able to take part in autograph sessions set to be held in five cites across the nation including Seoul, Daegu, Busan, Incheon and Gwangju,...More
TVXQ members to grace cover of Marie Claire Korea 2010/12/17, Source,
TVXQ members ChangminLee Changmin (left) and Yunho Yunho (right) on the cover of Marie Claire Korea magazine. [Marie Claire Korea]
K-pop idols Yunho Yunho and ChangminLee Changmin will grace the cover of a special edition of fashion magazine Marie Claire, according to the boys' agency SM Entertainment on Friday.
SM announced in a press release that the two members of TVXQ will be on the cover of the January issue of a star special edition of Marie Claire Korea. It will include a 10-page spread of the boys showing a sophisticated and masculine look,...More
TVXQ becomes the third most-searched artist in Japan 2010/12/17, Source,
Korean boy band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols TVXQ were the third most-searched artist in Japan this year.
According to Yahoo! Japan, the Korean boy band came in third on the website's annual most-searched artist list after popular Japanese bands AKB48 and Arashi,...More
Jaejoong, The Most Popular Idol Star Abroad 2010/12/17, Source,
In an industry saturated with young, beautiful, and charming talents, is it even possible to name the "best" one?
Pop, a Taiwanese entertainment magazine, attempted it by ranking the most popular entertainers in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and America today. Kim Jae-joong of JYJ was the highest ranked Korean star,...More
TVXQ's new single ranks No.1 on pre-order charts in Japan 2010/12/16, Source,
Male duo band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean boy band TVXQ's new single has received the most pre-orders in Japan, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM revealed in press release today that TVXQ's new album, set to go on sale in Japan on January 26, took first place on the daily and weekly pre-orders list of HMV Japan, a major online shopping and information sites for music, DVD, games and others goods,...More
TVXQ to sing soundtrack for "Athena" 2010/12/15, Source,
Teaser image for TVXQ's upcoming release set for January 5, 2010 [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ will take part in the soundtrack for new SBS TV series "ATHENA", announced the drama's promoter Vidan Co on Wednesday.
Film marketing company Vidan stated through a press release that boy band TVXQ will sing a soundtrack to spy thriller "ATHENA", joining the list of big names in the Korean music scene including Park Hyo-shin, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Brown Eyed Soul, who have already sung and released soundtracks to the new show,...More
TVXQ's new single to appear in Japanese drama 2010/12/14, Source,
TVXQ's new album jacket [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ's new single has been selected as the theme song of new Japanese drama which will go on air starting next month, according to the group's agency SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
SM announced today that boy band TVXQ's new Japanese single will be tied up with Fuji TV's new drama "Beautiful Neighbors (美しい隣人) that will show every Tuesdays at 10 p.m. starting January 11,...More
JYJ Junsu to star in musical "Tears of Heaven" 2010/12/13, Source,
Singer Xiah Junsu [10Asia]
Korean singer Junsu of boy band JYJ will play the male lead of new musical "Tears of Heaven" which will be staged in February of next year, according to Core Contents Media on Sunday.
"Tears of Heaven", an original musical participated by noted Broadway artists such as Frank Wildhorn, the renowned composer of many musical pieces including songs from "Dr. Jekyll and Hyde", and Gabriel Berry who produced film "Sweeney Todd",...More
TVXQ to release comeback album on January 5 2010/12/12, Source,
Teaser image for TVXQ's upcoming release set for January 5, 2010 [SM Entertainment]
Boy band TVXQ, originally a five-member group which will make a comeback to the music scene next year as a duo formed of members Yunho Yunho and Changmin, will release their new album on January 5 of next year, according to their agency on Monday,...More
JYJ likely to perform at 2010 KBS Drama Awards 2010/12/08, Source,
Korean boy band JYJ [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejung (Kim Jae-joong), Micky Yoochun and Junsu, will likely take the stage at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards, making it the first time they will perform on television since debuting as a trio.
"It's not 100% confirmed as of yet but we in currently in talks with JYJ for a congratulatory performance during the 2010 KBS Drama Awards", a high-ranking official from KBS said. "It would be great if they performed the song 'Calling You' from the drama 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal' since Micky Yoochun gave such a memorable performance in the drama",...More
JYJ holds concert in Seoul over weekend 2010/11/29, Source,
Boy band JYJ performs at the group's first concert titled "JYJ Concert in Seoul" at the Main Stadium of the Olympic Park in Jamsil of Seoul, South Korea on November 27, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"Getting struck by wind is said to happen only to those who are flying. I believe that the many winds that we are being struck with are blessings in disguise, meaning that we will fly high up". That is what JYJ member Junsu during their two-day concert titled "JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul" held on November 27 and 28 at the Main Olympic Stadium in Jamsil. And the 'wind' he spoke of did not refer to the hail and strong wind that took down the large tent that was installed over the roof of the stadium ahead of the first day of the concert. Former TVXQ members Jaejung (Kim Jae-joong), Micky Yoochun and Junsu left the band after filing a lawsuit against SM Entertainment last summer asking their exclusive contract with the agency to be nullified after which SM filed for injunction on the three's release of their worldwide album "The Beginning" in October although they later withdrew it. While the lawsuit regarding the contract with SM is ongoing, TVXQ's two remaining members Yunho Yunho and ChangminLee Changmin are set to resume their singing careers next year under the name of TVXQ,...More
[PHOTOS] JYJ performs at concert 2010/11/29, Source,
JYJ [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Boy band JYJ performs at the group's first concert titled "JYJ Concert in Seoul" at the Main Stadium of the Olympic Park in Jamsil of Seoul, South Korea on November 27, 2010,...More
JYJ's first concet signals rough, chilly start 2010/11/28, Source, Micky Yoochun from three-piece band JYJ smiles during the group's first concert "JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul" at the Olympic Main Stadium, Sports Complex, Saturday evening. Despite the chilly weather, some 30,000 fans cheered on for the band, but JYJ failed to fully satisfy high expectations due to poor preparations. Insets: JYJ performs during their first concert. /Yonhap, Courtesy of Prain
By Han Sang-hee
Members of boy band JYJ may have made headlines with their departure from one of Korea's most popular bands, TVXQ, and with their efforts in broadening their fan base, but it seems they will need to work on the basics: professionalism and consideration to the audience,...More
Avex promises full-fleged support of SM Entertainment artists 2010/11/25, Source,
SM artists Super Junior (top) and f(x) (bottom) [SM Entertainment]
Top Japanese talenthouse Avex has promised its full-fledged support of the careers of Korean agency SM Entertainment's artists.
The announcement was made on Avex's official website today, stating that they will continue to back the singing careers of SM's artists such as BoA, J-Min "and TVXQ who will resume their activities as a two-man band formed of members Yunho and Changmin",...More
JYJ performs final show for global showcase in Los Angeles 2010/11/22, Source,
Korean boy band JYJ performing at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on November 19. [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong), Micky Yoochun and Junsu, performed in Los Angeles last week, the final stop of their global showcase tour.
A press release from the group's publicist Prain Inc. announced Monday that the boys sang in front of 6,000 fans at the Galen Center located in U.S.C in Los Angeles on November 19 (U.S time),...More
JYJ performs in Las Vegas for global showcase 2010/11/16, Source,
JYJ members Jusu, Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong) and Micky Yoochun at their showcase in Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong), Micky Yoochun and Junsu, rocked in Las Vegas last weekend for the second stop of their U.S global showcase tour.
A press release from the group's publicist Prain Inc. said Tuesday that JYJ performed in front of some 7,000 fans on November 14 (U.S. time) at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino,...More
JYJ performs in New York for global showcase 2010/11/15, Source,
JYJ performs during the showcase for their first global album "The Beginning" held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, U.S.A on November 12, 2010. [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejung (Kim Jae-joong), Micky Yoochun and Junsu, performed in New York last week, the first show for the U.S. leg of their global showcase tour.
The group's publicist Prain Inc. announced Monday that the three singers sang in front of some 3,000 fans at the event held at Hammerstein Ballroom on the evening of November 12 (U.S. time),...More
The three-member JYJ was scheduled to perform in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles starting Friday (local time), but their applications for P,...More
JYJ unveils music video for "Ayyy Girl" 2010/11/02, Source,
A scene from JYJ's music video for "Ayyy Girl" [Prain Inc.]
The music video for boy band JYJ's song "Ayyy Girl" was released on their official website yesterday.
The song, from the group's first global album "The Beginning" released in mid-October, was produced by 14-time Grammy Award-winning rapper Kanye West and is being promoted at the same time as Rodney 'Darkchild' Jenkins-produced "Empty", both as title tracks for the boys' new release,...More
JYJ performs in front of 5,000 fans for showcase in Taiwan 2010/11/01, Source,
Korean boy band JYJ at their showcase in Taiwan [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong), Micky Yoochun and Junsu, were in Taipei over the weekend for the Taiwan leg of their worldwide showcase.
The group's publicist Prain Inc. on Monday revealed photographs of the group, who performed in front of about 5,000 fans, at their showcase in Taiwan held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center on October 30,...More
First round of tickets for JYJ's concert a quick sell-out 2010/10/20, Source,
Korean idols JYJ [Prain Inc.]
The first round of tickets for boy band JYJ's "JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul" sold out in 20 minutes of going on sale yesterday.
Online shopping mall Interpark had opened up its reservation page for the first 20,000 seats out of the total 50,000 seats for the November 27 show,...More
JYJ to hold concert next month 2010/10/18, Source,
JYJ members (from left to right): Junsu, Yuchun (Micky Yoochun) and Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong) [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong), Yuchun (Micky Yoochun) and Junsu, will hold a concert next month promoting their first worldwide album "The Beginning" which was released last week.
The group's publicist Prain Inc. announced through a press release Monday that JYJ will hold a two series of shows titled the "JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul" at the Main Olympic Stadium in Jamsil on November 27 and 28,...More
JYJ's new album "The Beginning" goes on sale today 2010/10/14, Source,
JYJ members (from left to right): Junsu, Yuchun (Micky Yoochun) and Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong) [Prain Inc.]
Korean idols Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong), Yuchun (Micky Yoochun), Junsu, former members of boy band TVXQ, released their first album today as group JYJ.
The group's publicist Prain Inc. announced through a press release Thursday that the regular edition of the boy's album "The Beginning", which features eight tracks recorded in English, went on sale today, while the special edition will hit stores four days later,...More
JYJ members perform at Korea leg of worldwide showcase 2010/10/13, Source,
JYJ members Yuchun (Micky Yoochun), Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong) and Junsu perform at their showcase held at Korea University's Hwaseong Tiger Dome in Seoul, South Korea on October 12, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Jaejoong (Kim Jae-joong), Yuchun (Micky Yoochun) and Junsu, former members of boy band TVXQ, performed in front of their fans yesterday for the first time as JYJ, their newly-formed trio.
They met with thousands of local and foreign fans at the Korea leg of their worldwide showcase held twice at Korea University's Hwaseong Tiger Dome,...More
JYJ vows brand new beginning to fans 2010/10/13, Source,
The three former member of the hit group TVXQ ave returned as JYJ. The new band performs during a showcase held at Korea University, Tuesday. From left, Micky Yoochun, Kim Jae-joong and Jun-su. / Courtesy of Prain
By Han Sang-hee
The end usually opens the door for a new beginning. For boy band JYJ, however, a new beginning reflects many things: the past, the present and the future.
JYJ is comprised of Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Jun-su, the former members of one of Korea's and Asia's favorite boy bands TVXQ. After a long feud with their former agency SM Entertainment regarding "slave contract" issues, the three idol stars have finally launched a brand new band, poised to leap again with a new album and a showcase in Seoul,...More
JYJ to hold global showcase kicking off in Korea next week 2010/10/05, Source,
From left, JYJ members Junsu, Micky Yoochun, Kim Jae-joong [Prain Inc.]
Singers Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu of five-member boy band TVXQ, will set off on a global tour next week showcasing an album they have recorded as their new singing trio JYJ.
Prain Inc., the group's publicist, announced through a press release Monday that the three singers, back as Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu of group JYJ, will promote their new worldwide album "The Beginning" through a series of showcases kicking off in Korea on October 12,...More
3 TVXQ members to make comeback as JYJ next month 2010/09/29, Source,
From left, JYJ members Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu [Prain Inc.]
Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, whose singing careers as members of group TVXQ have been on a halt since being involved in a legal dispute with agency SM Entertainment, will make a comeback to the music scene next month as a trio named JYJ.
The group's publicist Prain Inc. announced through a press release Wednesday that JYJ, representing the first letter of each singer's name, will release their worldwide studio album titled "The Beginning" on October 12,...More
The Supreme Court upheld a ruling that long-term contracts between entertainers and their agencies are unfair and therefore invalid.
The top court Friday invalidated a contract p,...More
Yunho Yunho graces cover of HK's men's magazine 2010/08/12, Source,
Korean singer and actor Yunho Yunho [SM Entertainment]
Korean singer and actor Yunho Yunho has graced the cover of this month's issue of men's magazine men's uno, according to a press release from SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM said that Yunho Yunho has been featured on the cover of the Hong Kong edition of the publication's August issue, which was shot in the country in mid-May,...More
TVXQ to release special Japanese album on July 15 2010/07/07, Source,
Korean boy band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idol group TVXQ will be releasing a special Japanese DVD album on July 15, according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports on Wednesday.
Sankei reported that the group, despite having halted all group activities, will release a special album in DVD format with highlights from the upcoming Japanese film "Kimi Ga Odoru, Natsu" which also includes an advance ticket for the movie,...More
Park Yong-ha discovered dead at home 2010/06/29, Source, By Javabeans
Breaking news: Park Yong-ha was discovered dead at his Nonhyun-dong, Seoul, home on the morning of June 30. I'll update with details if/as they become available.
I (Javabeans) am in utter shock. WHAT?
Park Yong-ha died at the age of 32, having debuted fifteen years ago in youth shows like KBS's 1995 "Love Blossoms in the Classroom" and 1996's "Start". He shot to fame with 2002's "Winter Sonata", which made him a household name and a "Hallyu star". He used that fame as a springboard a singing career in Japan, where he enjoyed quite a lot of popularity. He had a successful drama hit in 2008's "One Air", and totally stole my heart in 2009's "The Slinghsot", which is one of my (Javabeans) favorite dramas EVER,...More
TVXQ members file 3 bln lawsuit against SM 2010/06/29, Source,
From left, Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu [SM Entertainment]
Three members of boy band TVXQ, namely Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, have filed a lawsuit worth three billion won, equivalent to nearly 2.5 million dollars, against major talenthouse SM Entertainment.
According to the Seoul Central District Court on Monday, the three singers brought suit against SM, demanding that they be confirmed their 13-year exclusive contract with the agency had been nullified, along with one billion won each, part of their share of profits they claim to have failed to receive,...More
Yunho Yunho promotes "No Limit" DVD in Japan 2010/06/28, Source,
Korean signer and actor Yunho Yunho of TVXQ [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Yunho Yunho of boy band TVXQ promoted his TV series "No Limit" in Japan over the weekend, visiting the country for the first time since TVXQ halted its musical activities there last April.
The singer attended a fan event to celebrate the DVD launch of MBC TV series "No Limit", held at Tokyo International Forum on June 26,...More
Yunho Yunho shoots spread for Marie Claire Korea 2010/06/21, Source,
Korean singer Yunho Yunho poses for his spread in the July issue of Marie Claire Korea [Marie Claire Korea]
Korean star Yunho Yunho's spread for the Korean edition of a global fashion magazine will be released in several Asian countries, according to his agency SM Entertainment on Monday.
SM announced in a press release that a pictorial that Yunho Yunho shot for the July issue of Marie Claire Korea, which hit stands last Saturday, will be released in Hong Kong, Thailand and several other Asian countries in August,...More
TVXQ trio to record album with Kanye West, Timbaland 2010/06/17, Source,
TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on November 21, 2009. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The newly-formed trio from TVXQ, consisting of members Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, is gearing up for a splashing debut with a new album which will be produced by prominent U.S. musicians Kanye West and Timbaland.
1990s boy band SOLID member Jae-yoon, now working as a record producer in Taiwan, said in an online posting that he has been writing songs for "DBSK, or better known as TVXQ in Japan" whom he described as "the best selling group in Asia basically crushing everyone's sales",...More
Local agencies eager to sign on SS501 Kim Hyun-joong 2010/05/06, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong is reportedly keeping local talent agencies on their toes as his contract nears its expiration date with DSP Entertainment next month.
The singer has become the hottest recruit in the entertainment business as he will be a free agent when his contract with agency DSP Entertainment expires on June 8,...More
Yunho Yunho featured in Shanghai Expo video 2010/05/03, Source,
Korean idol Yunho Yunho star of "Chorus City" [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop idol Yunho Yunho has been featured as the main star in a video to be shown throughout the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, according to his agency SM Entertainment on Monday.
The video, a 12-minute long clip titled "Chorus City", has been showing at the South Korea pavilion of the Expo which kicked off on Saturday, delivering the message of friendship and harmony between Korea and China,...More
Korean Wave: The New Generation 2010/04/23, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "Shining Inheritance" [SBS]
Korean dramas stir new waves in Japan
Fuji TV's program "Hallyu Alpha" (Mon-Fri 2:07~3:00), which started airing on January 11 in hopes of creating 'a new Hallyu generation', has been receiving positive feedback. Back in 2004, Fuji TV had arranged a program called "Saturday Hallyu Wide Hour", airing dramas such as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Sad Love Story" but had cancelled it due to low ratings. This time, "Hallyu Alpha" tried to differentiate itself from other programs by playing uncensored versions of dramas, providing bilingual broadcast (in Japanese and Korean) and adding special features such as exclusive interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes footage. MBC TV series "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" kicked off the program, followed by KBS' "Women in the Sun" in February,...More
Kim Jae-joong makes successful acting debut in Japan 2010/04/19, Source,
TVXQ member Kim Jae-joong (far right) in Japanese TV series "Hard to Say I Love You" [Fuji TV]
Kim Jae-joong of Korean idol group TVXQ has made a successful acting debut in a Japanese TV series which premiered on Fuji TV last week.
According to statistics released by a local research firm, the first episode of drama "Hard to Say I Love You" scored a 11.9 percent viewership rating, coming in second behind Asahi TV's popular crime drama "Omiya-san" with 15.4 percent.
"You", which airs every Thursday evening at 10 p.m., is a story of friendship between five young men and women who became acquaintances through Twitter, a popular social networking and micro-blogging service around the world,...More
TVXQ's Xiah, Micky, Kim Jae-joong form new group 2010/04/15, Source,
From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band TVXQ members Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, currently embroiled in a legal battle with major talenthouse SM Entertainment, have formed a separate group through which they will pursue their singing careers.
"Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu have formed a new unit and they have signed with us to carry out their musical activities", Japanese management firm Avex stated on its official website on Wednesday.
"They have also decided to hold dome events in an expression of gratitude toward their fans...... We will update you on further details as soon as they are set", Avex added,...More
SM sues TVXQ members for 2.2 bln won 2010/04/15, Source,
From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Asia Economic Daily]
Three members of boy band TVXQ, namely Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, have been sued a total 2.2 billion won, equivalent to nearly two million dollars, by major talenthouse SM Entertainment.
SM, in charge of discovering and managing the five-member band, had taken legal action against the three singers on Monday, filing an objection against a court's decision ordering provisional disposition of their working contracts as well as a lawsuit reclaiming their validity.
"We are demanding compensation for damages the agency and the remaining two members have suffered from the cosmetics business the three have undertaken and them also cancelling a concert in Shenzhen", SM stated in its complaint,...More
SM takes legal action against TVXQ members 2010/04/14, Source,
From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
SM Entertainment, the talent powerhouse in charge of discovering and managing boy band TVXQ, has taken legal action against three of the group's members whose exclusive contract with the agency was nullified last year.
"On April 12, we filed an objection against the court's decision ordering provisional disposition of the contracts as well as a lawsuit to reclaim their validity", the agency stated through a press release Tuesday,...More
Yunho Yunho to star in J.Rich's music video 2010/04/09, Source,
Still shots of Yunho Yunho and Park Soo-jin for J.Rich's music video "Goodbye, My Love" [M.Root Entertainment]
Korean idol star Yunho Yunho is set to star in the latest music video for three-member R&B group J.Rich, according to J.Rich's agency on Friday.
M.root Entertainment explained through a press release that Yunho decided to play the male lead in the video for J.Rich's song "Goodbye, My Love".
This will be the first time that Yunho is appearing in another artist's music video. The teaser video featuring Yunho will be unveiled on April 12 through various online music sites,...More
Micky Yoochun to star in TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" 2010/04/07, Source,
Micky Yoochun [YTREE MEDIA]
Micky Yoochun of Korean idol group TVXQ has been set to star in an upcoming television series tentatively titled "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", according to the show's promoter YTREE MEDIA on Wednesday.
YTREE announced in a press release that the pop idol has been cast in the historical drama, set in the Chosun Dynasty, to play a Confucian scholar named Lee Seon-joon who falls in love with a woman in disguise as a man.
"I had so much fun reading the synopsis", the singer-turned-actor was quoted as saying. "It is an honor to play such an attractive character for my first acting role",...More
TVXQ apologizes to fans for halting activities in Japan 2010/04/07, Source,
Korean pop boy band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idol group TVXQ has apologized to fans for ceasing their musical activities as a group in Japan last weekend.
Speaking for the first time since announcing their decision, the five-member boy band on Tuesday posted a message on the website of their official Japanese fan club Bigeast, saying that they are "sorry to have caused various concerns to fans and relevant people".
"Right now, each member is working hard toward his own development and we ask for your support in the future", the group added, confirming that the members will continue to pursue individual careers,...More
TVXQ rewrites Oricon chart history with new single 2010/04/02, Source,
Korean idol group TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idol group TVXQ has re-written music chart history in Japan, becoming the first foreign artists in 15 years to place their single and album simultaneously within the top three slots of Oricon's singles and albums chart.
Oricon News, which reports about the prestigious Oricon chart, announced that the group's 30th Japanese single "Toki Wo Tomete" has topped its weekly singles chart by selling 195,000 copies,...More
Hero Jaejoong to grace cover of Japanese magazine 2010/03/12, Source, Hero Jaejoong of Korean idol group TVXQ [Asia Economic Daily]
Hero Jaejoong of Korean idol group TVXQ has been selected to grace the cover of Japanese weekly magazine "Anan", according to various media reports.
After news of the pop idol's April cover feature spread through Korea's Internet portals Thursday, the websites of online bookstores which specialize in selling Japanese magazines, including IchigoIchie and Nepic, reportedly crashed several times due to an explosive number of visitors,...More
Kim Jae-joong to appear in Japanese TV series 2010/03/03, Source,
TVXQ member Kim Jae-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Kim Jae-joong of Korean idol group TVXQ will appear in a Japanese television drama, according to a source close to the singer.
The source said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Tuesday that "it has recently been confirmed that Kim Jae-joong will appear in a drama to air on Fuji TV".
The pop idol will be starring in the TV series titled "Sunao ni narenakute", written by popular television writer Kitagawa Eriko.,...More
[10LINE] Lee Byung-hun 2010/02/15, Source,
Clockwise from top center, actor Im Chang-jung, actor Song Seung-heon, actress Choi Ji-woo, director Kim Jee-woon and actress Kim Tae-hee [10Asia]
Lee Byung-hun He grabbed people's attention as soon as he made his acting debut. And he did great. He would then encounter a crisis but everytime, he would somehow find his way back. And he went around the world to look for new work. This is the life of this top star whose life is like a drama or drama turns out to be what his life is.,...More
[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "Woman Who Still Wants to Marry" 2010/01/15, Source,
Actresses Eom Ji-won, Park Jin-hee and Wang Bit-na [MBC]
Sometimes, a title will speak for itself. MBC TV series "The Woman Who Wants To Marry", received strong support from women in 2004 by comically yet realistically portraying the life of 32-year-old TV reporter Lee Shin-young (played by Myung Se-bin) who is worried about work, dating and marriage. A 34-year-old and still single Lee Shin-young, played by Park Jin-hee this time, appeared at a press conference for "The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry" (tentative title) held at the Sherton Grand Walkerhill hotel on Thursday.
Shin-young receives a wedding invitation from co-pilot Sang-woo (played by Lee Pil-mo) whom she almost got married to until he had to leave for Washington to undergo training. She also spots her was-seemingly new perfect boyfriend with another girl on the scene of a fire at a motel after having received the most glamorous proposal to be his girlfriend. And her relationship with blind date Na Ban-suk (played by Choi Chul-ho) ends up fizzling out after a few misunderstandings. After going through a series of several more such unfortunate incidents, Shin-young declares she will never marry. But she unexpectedly falls into love with Ha Min-jae (played by Kim Bum) whom she runs into at a college she went to give a lecture at.,...More
The tiger may well be Korea's most beloved animal throughout its history. The country was once dubbed the "nation of tigers" as it has mountainous areas that provi,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
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