[Video] "Misty" Drops Riveting 3rd Teaser 2018/01/18, Source,
Each of "Misty"'s trailers are incredibly engaging and make me look forward to the drama. The cuts are tight, the acting is excellent, and the story looks to be on point. Hopefully it lives up to the very excellent teaser material,...More
[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Supporting Cast and Character Descriptions for "Misty" 2018/01/17,
JTBC's upcoming mystery melodrama is gathering quite the ensemble for itself and we have many additions most of you can no doubt recognize. From co-workers to sidekicks and from friends to foes, everyone around Hye-ran and Tae-wook is going to get mighty busy when the grizzly deed takes place and Hye-ran becomes suspect number one for it,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Stars Go Marching In 2018/01/13,
2018 has entered with a bang and that includes some big celebrity names returning to Dramaland for ambitious projects. We have a few such news bits this week that you can read more about and I also take a look at fresh material for "Children of a Lesser God". Between casting news, trailers and a hefty dose of stills, we have another busy week in Dramaland,...More
[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Misty" Holds First Script Reading 2017/12/07,
The romantic thriller about a woman's struggle to prove her innocence in a murder case is starting to form and we have some first stills from its script reading, held in October. "Misty" marks the highly expected return of Kim Nam-joo after her last work in 2012, so I hope that her character and the series are worth said return,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Voice of a Murderer" + DVD Giveaway 2016/11/26,
The time is the early nineties. Kyeong-bae (played by Sul Kyung-gu) is a national news anchor who lives a busy, albeit largely unremarkable life with his wife Ji-seon (played by Kim Nam-joo) as they suss out generally boring domestic problems. This is all thrown into an uproar with the intrusion of a mysterious phone call from That Guy (voiced by Gang Dong-won), who makes vague unsubstantiated threats. Really, after a certain point, it seems like That Guy is just a bit of a sadistic jerk,...More
Lee Bo-young to make a surprise appearance in beauty program 2015/11/30, Source,
Actress Lee Bo-young will make a brief appearance in SBS Plus 'Stargram', which will begin on December 4th. This will be her first appearance on small screen since she gave a birth to a daughter last June.
The new beauty program will show her attending a fashion show. Lee Bo-young has been showing off her beautiful look even after she delivered a baby Girl Five months ago. In the preview of the show, she greets the stylist Jeong Yoon-gi at the venue and congratulates him, saying "Congratulations on becoming the emcee for Stargram. I'll anticipate a lot of fashion tips". Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Nam-joo and other A-list celebrities also sent out supporting messages for Jeong Yoon-gi,...More
Korean drama of the week "Queen of Reversals" 2014/08/14, Source,
Korean drama of the week "Queen of Reversals" (2010) Directed by Jeong Dae-yoon, Kim Nam-won Written by Park Ji-eun Network : MBC With Kim Nam-joo, Jung Joon-ho, Chae Jung-an, Park Si-hoo, Kim Hye-jeong, Ha Yoo-mi,... 31 episodes - Mon, Tue 21:55 Synopsis A romantic comedy that revolves around the life of a thrifty housewife who overcomes the setbacks in her life. She once believed that marrying a man she loved would bring all the happiness she could ever want in life. However, after facing a string of obstacles just to marry her boyfriend, she finds that married life is not a bowl of cherries. Nothing in life turns out the way she imagined it would. All she wanted was a steady paycheck, a reasonable mortgage that she and her husband could afford, happy children, and a devoted husband. But life has a way of throwing curve balls at you and so it goes. Unexpected events in her life push her and her family to the brink. But after hitting the pits, she rises to emerge stronger than ever,...More
G-Dragon Voted Best-Dressed Celebrity of the Year 2012/12/25, Source,
Pop star G-Dragon was the best-dressed celebrity of 2012. The Chosun Ilbo asked 25 fashion designers and stylists who they felt were the leading trendsetters of the year. The top 15 advanced to the second round of voting, where the top 10 were decided. G-Dragon of K-pop group Big Bang came first with 10 votes. He established himself as a fashionista early in his career with a wide range of styles from street fashion to luxury and is said to be capable of making any piece of clothing his own,...More
[Guest Post] Drama "My Husband Got A Family" Review 2012/10/05, Source,
"My Husband Got a Family" has been a significant cultural phenomenon in South Korea, and has brought in record-breaking ratings, nearly hitting 50% nationwide in its last episode. Even though it only finished this week, it's already being planned for use as part of an international Korean language learning program using Korean dramas.
I take some slight, smug satisfaction in that I started watching this show before it became super-popular. I was flipping channels once several months ago when I saw something that was clearly a bad date montage. In Western, bad date montages communicate that the dating world sure is crazy, and tend to do relatively little to advance the narrative or characterization. This is because the focus is almost entirely on the wacky dates. This show did something quite different- it was the heroine who was overreacting. The "bad dates" were saying normal humdrum things, and then she would seize on some specific fact to throw them out in a huff,...More
Oh Ji-ho: shrewd actor hidden behind dimples 2012/08/14, Source,
Actor Oh Ji-ho poses during an interview with The Korea Times in Samcheong-dong, downtown Seoul. / Korea Times photo by Kwaak Je-yup
By Kwaak Je-yup Ask any Korean entertainment fan about heartthrob actor Oh Ji-ho and you would most likely receive an answer related to his signature smile. The singular focus on his facial expression - as well as his even more famous dimple - has been a mixed blessing. His good-guy image led him to be typecast in romantic comedy roles for most of his 15-year career, hitting a peak in MBC drama "My Wife is a Superwoman" (2009), where he played the nice but not so bright husband to co-star Kim Nam-joo's character. Then, in 2010, he wiped out that stereotype, playing an extremely serious general in period TV series "Chuno" ("The Slave Hunters") on KBS,...More
"My Husband Got a Family" reaches 30% 2012/03/18, Source,
"My Husband Got a Familyu" re-entered the 30% on national average.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 19th, KBS 2TV weekend drama "Unexpected You" rated 32.8%. This is 5.8% more than the episode on the 17th and this record breaks the record on the 11th,...More
[User Review] Queen of Reversals 2011/12/03, Source,
The review of this drama was postponed and postponed for over half a year and when I finally gave it a green light – I forgot to bring the series with me for my vacation break. The quick re-watch was necessary.
I remember I had huge problems with starting to watch this series last year. I like (*cough*euphemism*cough*) Park Si-hoo, but the topic was absolutely out of my range of tolerance. Oh, how grave mistake! When I yielded, I was glad I started on this one.
The plot is simple and highly tricky, and it reveals nothing of the real series, so those of you who didn't have the chance to watch it or don't like spoilers, please refrain from reading, because my reviews are full of spoilers. They are also subjective, biased, and all of the insights (I hope) are based on my own personal Idaho experience, this is why I usually do reviews only of those dramas/movies that somehow "clicked" with me. If they don't, I drop them mercilessly, like I did with "Secret Garden" and "City Hunter". This is why I pour so many thoughts into them and maybe this is why I over-interpret them. But, as Umberto Eco said once, if an over-interpretation can be proven, it's not over-interpretation,...More
Find The Hidden Jokes and Puns In Korean Dramas 2011/01/10, Source, These days, there's more to drama watching then drooling over the good looking characters and getting immersed into the intricate plots. There's now the fun of looking for the hidden messages or puns that the writers and directors are throwing into the mix. Drama viewers have been enjoying the art of deciphering these hidden codes. All in all, it's been creating a closer relationship between the viewers and the creative minds behind each project: directors, writers, producers, and of course the actors,...More
"Athena" scores 3rd win on Monday and Tuesday nights 2010/12/29, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS' series "ATHENA" came on top of the Monday and Tuesday prime time slot, according to surveys by two media research firms on Wednesday.
Data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that "ATHENA", a spin-off to KBS' blockbuster hit series "IRIS", posted average viewership ratings of 18.8 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, both dropping by one percent compared to a week ago,...More
Korean Companies Benefit from Free Celebrity Marketing 2010/12/25, Source,
Rio Ferdinand's tweet
Confectionary maker Orion is having a happy time as its Choco Pie has reached the U.K. without any advertising money spent. Footballer Park Ji-sung's teammate Rio Ferdinand at the Manchester United recently wrote on his Twitter, "Just opened another package sent to Park... these taste like wagon wheels.. me+my lil men devoured them!" with a picture of Choco Pies,...More
SBS "Athena" leads for 2nd week on primetime chart 2010/12/22, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS series "ATHENA" scored the highest among Mondays and Tuesdays prime time TV series for the second week in a row but saw a considerable drop in its ratings.
According to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS), spy-action thriller "ATHENA" posted an average rating of 20 percent this week, a 6.5 percent plunge from its previous two episodes,...More
SBS "Giant" completes run after ruling TV charts for 10 weeks 2010/12/08, Source,
SBS drama "Giant" [SBS]
SBS series "Giant" finished its run on December 7 while remaining the nation's most-watched Monday and Tuesdays show for 10 consecutive weeks, according to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) on Wednesday.
TNmS' statistics showed that "Giant" marked an average viewership rating of 36.7 percent this week, posting a mark of 40.1 percent in particular for its finale episode yesterday, the first time for the show to breach the 40 percent mark. AGB Nielson Media Research said "Giant" scored an average score of 35.4 percent,...More
"Giant" dominates TV charts for 7th week 2010/11/17, Source,
TV series "Giant" [SBS]
SBS TV series "Giant" remained the No.1 choice for viewers of Monday and Tuesday prime time dramas for the seventh consecutive week in a row.
According to findings by National Multimedia Statistics (TNmS), SBS "Giant" ranked first with an average viewership rating of,...More
[REVIEW] MBC TV series "Queen of Reversals" - 1st Episode 2010/10/21, Source,
Poster for MBC TV series "Queen of Reversals" [MBC]
The first episode of every TV series is supposed to give a recap of its characters' past and their view on the world while also providing a heads-up to the actual incident that will occur in the drama. But this may be too grand of a mission for the first episode of "Queen of Reversals" to accomplish. The characters in the planning and development team of Queens Group, executive director Han Song-i (played by Ha Yoo-mi) who has never been in a relationship, and the elements of comedy which should push forth the overall story, failed to find any sincerity and hung in the air,...More
Kim Bum named PR ambassador for Hallyu Dream Festival 2010/08/02, Source,
Korean actor Kim Bum
Several Korean stars including actors Kim Bum and Yoon Sang-hyun have been appointed PR ambassadors for the upcoming Hallyu Dream Festival to be held next month in the city of Gyeong-ju in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
The event's organizing committee announced in a press release on Monday that they have named Kim Bum as the publicity ambassador for the festival while giving the same title to actor Yoon Sang-hyun, idol group Choshinsung and singer Hong Jin-young to promote North Gyeongsang Province,...More
Kim Nam-joo wins grand prize at award ceremony in China 2010/06/21, Source,
Korean actress Kim Nam-joo poses with her grand prize trophy from China Entertainment Television(CETV)'s "Top 10 Asian Actors" award ceremony held at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in Shenzhen, China on June 19, 2010. [Wellmade Star M]
Korean actress Kim Nam-joo, who was voted one of the top ten Asian actors by Chinese viewers last week, has won the grand prize at an award ceremony held by Chinese Entertainment Television (CETV) over the weekend, according to her agency Wellmade Star M.
Wellmade Star M announced in a press release that the "My Wife is a Superwoman" actress stole the show as she took the top prize of the event, which took place at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center on June 19,...More
Gong Hyo-jin makes top ten Asian actors list in China 2010/06/18, Source,
Korean actress Gong Hyo-jin [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actress Gong Hyo-jin has been selected one of the top ten actors of Asia by China Entertainment TV (CETV), according to her agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Friday.
N.O.A. announced through a press release that the actress will be leaving for China today to attend the award ceremony, to be held Saturday evening at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in Shenzhen, China,...More
Kim Nam-joo voted top ten Asian actors in China 2010/06/17, Source,
Korean actress Kim Nam-joo [Wellmade Star M]
"My Wife is a Superwoman" actress Kim Nam-joo has been named one of the top ten actors of Asia by China Entertainment TV (CETV), according to her agency Wellmade Star M on Thursday.
Wellmade Star M announced through a press release that the actress will be attending the award ceremony, to be held at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center on June 19, as well as a press conference with some 100 Chinese media outlets,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wed on May 2 2010/05/02, Source,
Actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young at their wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young got married in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, ending months of media frenzy over their 18-year friendship and romance.
The star couple, dubbed Korea's equivalent of Brangelina, held a photo and Q&A session several hours prior to the ceremony, answering questions by reporters about the wedding and their baby -- Ko is four months pregnant,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Stars all dressed for the red carpet! 2010/03/26, Source,
Baek Sang Arts Awards best dresser is Kim Nam-joo!
This last week of March brought many stars on the red carpet for this Awards festival.
Many stars did not disappoint the fans for their beautiful looks.
Kim Nam-joo received 5 stars for her green dress. Her colorful look with trendy accessories made her look classy and glamorous.
Shin Se-kyung has 4 stars for her one shoulder dress with a flower on her shoulder for a great colorful green point.
Son Ye-jin gor 4 stars for her feminine look with the orange one shoulder dress. She looks sophisticated and bright!
Ko Hyun-jung wore a simple black tube dress with the sexy see through look. Sun-Woo Sun wore a bold necklace with her blac,...More
The Luxury Properties Owned by Korean Stars 2010/03/18, Source, Sports, TV and movie stars are the envy of many, and that has if anything increased with the revelations of their vast real estate holdings. Although such cases are limited to only the highest-paid st,...More
Yoon Sang-hyun to promote Korea on Japanese TV 2010/03/17, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun [MGB Entertainment]
Hallyu star Yoon Sang-hyun will be promoting Korea on a Japanese television show next week, according to his agency MGB Entertainment on Wednesday.
MGB said in a press release that the actor will be attending the "Hallyu! Language Joy Night" event, to be held March 25 in Tokyo, where he will introduce the Korean language and culture to his Japanese fans,...More
Yoon Sang-hyun to release two more dramas in Japan 2010/03/09, Source,
Actor Yoon Sang-hyun [MGB Entertainment]
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun seems to be making headway in expanding his presence in Japan with two more of his dramas set to air in the country starting next month, according to his agency MGB Entertainment on Tuesday.
MGB explained in a press release that in addition to MBC TV series "Winter Bird" currently being broadcast on BS Asahi, Yoon's hit shows "Queen of Housewives" ("My Wife is a Superwoman") will show on LaLaTV beginning April 24 and "My Fair Lady" on an all-Korean drama channel in Japan two days ahead.,...More
Kim Seung-woo says "Win Win" gave him hardest time in life 2010/02/11, Source,
Scene from "Seungseungjanggu" [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
First, there was rumor it would be the "Kim Seung-woo show". But viewers began to wonder what role Kim would play on show when the names of the supporting show hosts were revealed -- namely TV personality Choi Hwa-jung, comedienne Kim Shin-young, 2PM member Woo Young and Girls' Generation member Taeyeon. But people then started taking interesting in the talk show "Win Win" when it became known that Kim Seung-woo played the traditional jjanggu in the middle of downtown Myeong-dong one day to 'keep the promise' he made with viewers. Then when it premiered on February 2, the show left a not-so-bad impression, showing promise of becoming competition for other shows aired in the same time slot. Below are exercpts from a joint press conference attended by the cast of the show and producer Yoon Hyun-jun.,...More
[Review] KBS talk show Seungseungjanggu 2010/02/03, Source,
MC Kim Seung-woo on "Seungsungjanggu" [KBS2]
"Seungseungjanggu" - First Episode, KBS2 (Tue, 11:05 P.M.)
The first episode of talk show "Seungseungjanggu" presented viewers with 'talk' and much more. A song which was sung by the emcees at the opening of the show, was sung again with revised lyrics and at the end of the show. And those who made surprise appearances in the show started with main show host Kim Seung-woo's friend from army to those related to Kim Nam-joo, the first main guest of the show.,...More
Yoon Sang-hyun verbally agreed to join "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun verbally agreed to appear in the new season of variety show "Family Outing",, according to his agency MGB Entertainment.
An official at MGB told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Wednesday the actor has "given a verbal agreement to do the show with the producers of the show".
However, the official went on to say, "But it literally is only a verbal agreement, not a commitment. We didn't sign the contract yet. We'll have to see what happens in the future".
The agency had explained yesterday that "nothing has been set" after news broke out that Yoon was considering to appear on the second season of "Family", one of the most popular variety programs in Korea which will soon end its first season run.,...More
Yoon Sang-hyun considering new season of "Family Outing" 2010/01/06, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun is reportedly considering to appear in the new season of variety show "Family Outing", according to his agency MGB Entertainment. An official at MGB told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Tuesday that Yoon has been asked to appear on the show's second season, but also explained that they were "baffled the news had been printed in the media". "Yoon Sang-hyun is scheduled to work in Japan and looking into new projects so nothing has been set", the official said. "But he is discussing the matter on a positive note". The entire cast from the first season of "Family", including the show's host Yoo Jae-suk and singer Lee Hyori, are set to leave the show.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Best and worst dressers! 2009/12/31, Source,
The award ceremonies have come and gone with a lot of celebrities stepping on the red carpet showing off their makeovers!
The best and worst dressers were also picked for this year end events.
There were many bright colored dresses this year also with fur and edgy styles.
Kim Nam-joo was picked as the best dresser of this red carpet walk because of her sophisticated dress like a queen. The worse dresser was picked as Ku Hye-sun who did not wear any dress,...More
Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at MBC Acting Awards 2009/12/31, Source,
Korean actress Ko Hyun-jung [MBC]
Top Korean actress Ko Hyun-jung won the grand prize at the MBC Acting Awards, held at MBC's Open Hall on Wednesday.
Ko, who won rave reviews for her portrayal of royal concubine Mi-shil in historical drama "Queen Seon-deok", won the year's top crown while many of her co-stars also collected their share of awards.
"I believe there was a moment when Mi-shil really came to life [during the show]", said Ko in her acceptance speech. "I was very nervous because I had never done a traditional drama before, but thank you for giving me the opportunity to wear a dress like this". The actress got teary and emotional when she added, " I hope my kids are watching this... "
"Queen Seon-deok" -- which was also voted Drama of the Year -- was handed a total of 12 awards, winning the count over another hit drama "My Wife is a Superwoman", which won 7 in total. Writers of both dramas were awarded Writer of the Year at the event.,...More
Government names Kim Nam-joo top actor of 2009 2009/12/23, Source,
Korean actress Kim Nam-joo [Wellmade Star M]
Korean actress Kim Nam-joo has been awarded "Actor of the Year" by Korea's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, according to a press release by her agency Wellmade Star M on Wednesday.
The actress received official commendation from the government at the "2009 Motion Pictures Broadcasting Grand Prix Ceremony", held at Seoul's Press Center Wednesday afternoon. She was handed the award by Yu In-chon, a Korean veteran actor who became the head of the Ministry in 2008.,...More
'Seoul International Drama Awards 2009' to be opened on Sept. 11 2009/07/17, Source, The awarding ceremony of the 'Seoul International Drama Awards 2009' is held at Olympic Park on 11th of September. It attracted 169 entries from 37 countries, which is the largest in the history of the event. They came from Asia, America, Europe, and the Middle East.
In its 4th edition this year, t,...More
In conclusion, the interrelationship is inverse proportion according to the trend in 2007 box-office success in Korean film industry. Among the 100 movies released this year, only 4 movies had more than,...More
Being Mom 2007/01/18, Source, "I had a vague sense of confidence that I would act well, because I'm also a mom. Above all, I liked the intention of the film in catching the criminal. I felt that I'm participating for a good cause",...More
The number of films produced last year was 108, the most ever in Korean cinematic history, and many of them were feature debut works by emerging directors. But more familiar names will be seen at the box office this year as many renowned directors are preparing to,...More
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