Each Korean Drinks 366 Cans of Beer a Year 2017/11/19, Source,
Koreans' alcohol consumption has increased, with per-capita consumption now exceeding 9 liters a year. Per-capita consumption of alcohol by people over 15 stood at 9.14 liters as of 2015, according to a joint study by researchers at St. Mary's Hospital in Uijeongbu and Inje University,...More
Who's Your Favorite Historical Drama Goddess? 2017/06/29,
Being in a historical drama is more challenging than it seems. Specially for the actresses, being able to look good in the traditional clothes, Hanbok, and the center parted hair-dos can be a bit of a difficult look to pull off if your proportion is not right. Moreover, the tone of the voice and languages used in the historical dramas are very different from that of a modern drama,...More
From Rain from Fan Club to Bad Boy and to Kim Tae-hee's man 2017/02/13, Source,
Singer and actor Rain and actress Kim Tae-hee have become the 'couple of the century'. They had a secret wedding on the 19th of January and everything about their wedding became a trending topic.
They were spotted shopping after the wedding and they were also spotted in LA. This proves why people say they are the 'couple of the century',...More
Kim Tae-hee's comeback and dilemma 2017/02/13, Source,
When will Kim Tae-hee return? She recently married Rain on the 19th last month and there has been speculation on her comeback in the future.
She had an open window to try something new in 2015 after "Yong Pal". It seemed that she was going to experience another peak season in her life. However, it wasn't easy. The historical movie she was supposed to star in fell through. The ground-wave broadcasting company that was going to cast her for a drama changed its mind after learning she was getting married,...More
Kim Tae-hee and Rain getting furnishings 2017/02/05, Source,
'Spotted at Nonhyeon Furniture Street' on SNS
The Rain and Kim Tae-hee couple is getting ready to furnish their honeymoon home. They got married on the 19th of January and they have been looking around for furniture ever since they returned from their honeymoon in Bali. Witnesses have been saying they were spotted at the Nonhyeon Furniture Street recently,...More
Bridal Fashions Get Simpler, More Individual 2017/02/05, Source,
Bridal fashions are getting simpler and more individualistic thanks to the stars of screen and stage.
Actress Kim Tae-hee surprised label addicts when she wore a custom-tailored mini dress to her wedding to K-pop superstar Rain in Seoul on Jan. 19. Kim, who majored in clothing and textiles at Seoul National University, designed the dress herself,...More
TOP 5 stars who look good in military uniforms 2017/01/30, Source,
The 'military look' is everywhere in dramas, movies and TV shows. In the movie "Operation Chromite", Lee Jung-jae, Lee Beom-soo, Liam Neeson and others all appeared in military. Song Joong-ki, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-won and more were all soldiers in "Descendants of the Sun". A TV show that ended last year was also all about military life.
However, the reason why the military look is so popular these days is because the figure of the soldier depicted in the movies and dramas is unique compared to other characters. First of all, the image of a soldier symbolizes strength and sharp charisma. Whatever adversity and hardships will not be an obstacle to them. There's also the military look that makes viewers' hearts beat faster. Who look the best suited up?,...More
Kim Tae-hee and Rain en route honeymoon 2017/01/22, Source, Kim Tae-hee and Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) smiled.
The two headed for Incheon International Airport to Bali on the 22nd. Many thought they would leave for Bali in secret as they had their wedding under complete secrecy but they didn't. They stood right in front of the reporters,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
Rain and Kim Tae-hee, quality time 2016/06/26, Source,
Singer and actor Rain and his girlfriend Kim Tae-hee spent a meaningful birthday.
Rain who turned 34 on the 25th, had a good time with his girlfriend Kim Tae-hee. He was abroad for a long time because of his world tour and Kim Tae-hee was busy with her advertisements so they weren't able to get together for a while. The trip to Jeju Island in May was also a tough one to fit their schedules,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Yong Pal" 2015/12/26,
"Yong Pal" is a medical romance drama that centers around how a talented mercenary doctor known as Yong Pal ends up helping a 'sleeping beauty' chaebol heiress in distress, and thereby changing both of their lives forever. The drama takes place at a hospliital full of corrupt, power hungry people that our heroes must navigate around to save themselves,...More
SBS Drama Awards, quality or popularity? 2015/12/03, Source,
Who will be the last one to laugh at the SBS Drama Awards?
SBS maintains its reputation for being one of the most powerful drama broadcasting stations in 2015. It entertained viewers with various dramas and so did actors and actresses with their various transformations,...More
[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "Jeju Island with Rain?" - Part 3 2015/11/04, Source, Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.
The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20% but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of an odd character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores",...More
[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "I can't possibly be prettier than this" - Part 2 2015/11/03, Source, Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.
The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20%, but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged, then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of a very stranger character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores",...More
[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "Laying down? I almost got bedsores" - Part 1 2015/11/02, Source, Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.
The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20%, but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of a very stranger character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Yong Pal" 2015/10/31,
'Makjang' is a term which describes the use of highly unrealistic, sensationalist elements in order to make a drama packed and attention-grabbing. Since this often means delivering cheap thrills and bad writing, it is a phrase frequently used in a derogatory manner. Whatever one's opinion on the value of 'makjang' dramas, "Yong Pal" is a series which quickly becomes one very messy work in its writing. At the same time, it does what 'makjang' is about well,...More
How Kim Tae-hee escaped from being the scapegoat 2015/08/24, Source,
In the past, Kim Tae-hee's sister worked at Namoo Actors for 2 years. It was a permanent position with insurance. She was helping the managers and her sister who was making 5 billion won a year. There was no reason for anyone to stop the sister from coming into work and helping out.
However, there was a lot of noise about this as there is no case where a celebrity and his or her family worked out well together. There was also the question of how well a blood-related family could be rational when it came to making decisions about work and money matters,...More
[In-depth] "Yong Pal" Joo Won does the job 2015/08/18, Source, Joo Won did it. He debuted in 2010 with "Bread, Love and Dreams" and it's been 5 years since then. He's been busily starring in dramas and movies until now and it's all paying off. He started off as a promising actor and now he's made it big. He's got plenty more to show.
The SBS drama "Yong Pal" is flying high at the moment. It started off well with the first episode and then made it to 16.3% in just four episodes. It is the first drama this year to have reached such numbers in a situation where most can't even make it to 10%,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Yong Pal" 2015/08/15,
Drama fans who follow the domestic ratings for shows will know that the numbers have not been doing well in the last few years. Because of this slump, "Yong Pal" has been quite the pleasant surprise, with ratings most shows of its kind can only dream of nowadays. There is good reason for those ratings. The series has appealing drama and an intriguing story. Even so, there are issues which will cheapen it if continued,...More
"Yong Pal" reveals Kim Tae-hee sleeping 2015/08/02, Source, The new SBS drama "Yong Pal" is preparing a whole different world in the VIP floor in which heiress Han Yeo-jin, played by Kim Tae-hee, is asleep.
Only for the highest of classes, the Hansin Hospital VIP Floor is more like a hotel with the best security and quality. Only a few people are allowed in here and in this world where money is everything, people from the higher classes are shown their weaknesses here in the name of medical treatment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Yong Pal" 2015/08/01,
The Korean drama industry is at a time where productions desperately try to mix every element imaginable in order to cover as many needs as possible. With ratings having severely declined over the past few years, many shows end up a mix of genres, tone and ideas. Occasionally that works, but some just become convoluted beyond repair. "Yong Pal" might be in danger of this, but its premise does have potential,...More
Kim Tae-hee... PR before Filming? 'Odd priorities?" 2015/07/28, Source, Kim Tae-hee (35) seems to be more active with pre-promotion than actually filming the show. It is an odd behavior. She will be returning to the small screen with SBS' Wednesday-Thursday drama "Yong Pal" after a 2 year absence.
However, cracks in the show have been showing during this early period of filming. Starting on the 27th, Kim Tae-hee is going around media outlets to promote herself prior to her scheduled comeback,...More
Rain and Kim Tae-hee seen entering China together
Hallyu couple, Rain, 33, and Kim Tae-hee, 35, entered China together. They returned to Korea together after attending a promotional event. This is their first time to attend a same event since they announced their relationship officially. The event they attended took place in Hainan, China for the 10th anniversary of cosmetic brand, JVJQ,...More
Kim Tae-hee's slit dress 2015/03/31, Source, Actress Kim Tae-hee recently modeled for fashion magazine InStyle.
In a background of palm trees and blue skies in Mexico, the goddess sported a spring color yellow dress looking sexy and mesmerizing,...More
[Photos] Kim Tae-hee's visual shocks Cancun, Mexico 2015/03/16, Source, Kim Tae-hee was in Cancun, Mexico for the collaboration with fashion magazine "InStyle". She posed in colorful dresses at the Cancun Paradisus Resort. Kim Tae-hee said, "It feels nice to be standing under the hot sun and warm wind after being in Korea where it's so cold".
In the following interview, Kim Tae-hee said she'd always wanted to visit Cancun to go diving in a cave called Senote. She's had a diving license for 3 years now and says she's been to Jeju Island, Kangwondo and the Philippines to dive. She'll never be able to forget the shiny school of sardines she saw underwater. She was lucky to see the phenomenon of fresh water meeting with sea water to create a haze,...More
Hallyu's two face in China? 2014/12/14, Source,
50 million, 120 million and 200 million won per episode; this is the cost of the Korean drama publication rights in China.
The entertainment industry is smiling at the breeze of Hallyu in China. The enormous Chinese market is no doubt an attraction compared to the limited Korean market.
The more Hallyu enters the Chinese market, the dependence on Chinese capital is rising. When the breeze turns into a chilling wind, no one will know how the situation will turn out,...More
Kim Tae-hee gets lessons from famous Chinese calligrapher 2014/06/04, Source, Kim Tae-hee is getting calligraphy lessons from a famous teacher in China for the movie "Wang Hee Jee".
The teacher is known to be the wife of the best calligrapher in the world, Wang Ji-hee. She's responsible for influencing his work. Kim Tae-hee has been getting lessons 4~5 hours a week since May from professor named Park Dong-gyu, who is well known for having a doctorate in calligraphy,...More
Kim Tae-hee to Appear in Chinese Drama 2014/06/03, Source, Kim Tae-hee has landed the lead female role in a 40-episode Chinese drama about one of the most famous Chinese calligraphers. The drama portrays the life of Wang Xizhi. Chinese actor Wang Renjun has been cast in the title role and Kim will play his wife. More than just his partner and assistant, she helped Wang become the unrivaled calligrapher of the ages,...More
Kim Tae-hee these days 2014/03/20, Source, Kim Tae-hee posted pictures on her Weibo on the 20th saying, "I'm in the middle of a shoot now. I am drinking bubble tea while my hair is being done".
In the picture, she is wearing a white down and drinking bubble tea. Also, her eyes are wide open, making a cute face,...More
Kim Tae-hee's close up selfie 2014/01/06, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee took a close-up selfie of herself.
She started the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo on the 6th and posted, "My Chinese fans, I'm so happy to meet you like this. I don't really take interest in SNS so I'm pretty slow with these kind of things. I hope to communicate with you better through this",...More
Rain Makes Comeback with New Album 2014/01/03, Source,
K-pop superstar Rain has made an official comeback with his sixth album "Rain Effect" after he was out of limelight for about two years for his compulsory military service. Since his debut in 2002, Rain has broken several records for Korean pop stars and even performed at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he has also been embroiled in a number of scandals, most prominently by abusing his privileges during military service to go on dates with his girlfriend, the actress Kim Tae-hee,...More
Rain, charged for poor duty? 2013/11/28, Source,
Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) and his agency explained the rumors about him being charged for poor duty as a soldier.
Cube Entertainment spoke with Sports Dot Com on the 28th and said, "They say indictment has been submitted but we haven't got any calls yet. It's too early to say anything",...More
[Photos] Kim Tae-hee, lady of fall 2013/10/17, Source, Kim Tae-hee became a goddess yet again for the fashion magazine Cosmopolitan's November issue.
This photo collection was taken in Berlin, Germany and in the concept of a messy and casual 'street look'. She wore biker jackets, printed tops and other layers,...More
Kim Tae-hee, "I was happy for 5 months" 2013/06/25, Source, Kim Tae-hee posted on her Me Today on the 25th, "The last scene finished just now and I was happy for the five months that I was with Ok-jeong. The last episode won't be watchable without tears. I am grateful to all those who watched the drama until now".
The picture she posted along with it was of her practicing her lines for the final shoot. Even though she's so engrossed in the script her beauty still remains and so is her passion for her work,...More
Kim Tae-hee, 9 years ago 2013/06/16, Source,
Pictures of the actress Kim Tae-hee were posted online recently and they are a big issue for her never changing beauty.
The pictures are of her from the 2004 "F Concert" 9 years ago,...More
Kim Tae-hee, "Am I that bad in acting?" 2013/05/02, Source, Kim Tae-hee spoke about the issue on her acting skills.
During an interview with the actress in Seoul on the 30th of April, she spoke her thoughts regarding the criticism about her acting.
She said, "This kind of issue will go on forever. I don't know how well I can do in the future but even if I do my complete best, there will be someone who criticizes me,...More
Film Audiences Favor Grown-Up Experience 2013/04/30, Source, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Hye-soo have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in a poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the country's biggest ticketing site Maxmovie. But Hwang Jung-min and Jeon Do-yeon were named as the best actor and actress. ◆ Mature Actors, Mature Audiences Remarkably, most of the top 10 most popular actors and actresses are in their 30s to 50s, the only exception being Han Hyo-joo, who is in her 20s. The average age for male and female actors is 42.7 and 34.1. Of the actors, only four are in their 30s, including Ha, Gang Dong-won and Won Bin. A large proportion of the entrants on the popularity list starred in hit movies over the past two years, but Won, Kang, Lee Na-young and Kim Tae-hee managed to stay popular by only appearing in commercials,...More
Kim Tae-hee Wows Students at Seoul National University 2013/03/15, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee was greeted by hundreds of smitten students at Seoul National University on Thursday. She was there to take part in a recruitment drive by the Hanwha Group, one of Korea's major conglomerates. The venue opened at 10 a.m., 30 minutes before the event started, and some 600 students were already waiting in line and all 200 seats were filled instantly. Many students had to sit on the floor and stairs. Hanwha had prepared only 400 booklets introducing the group, and all of them had been snapped up even before the presentation started,...More
Seoul National University students see Kim Tae-hee up close and… 2013/03/14, Source,
"I felt my exhaustion go away seeing my juniors at school".
Actress Kim Tae-hee visited her university for the first time after she graduated. She attended the Han Hwa Group Rookie Recruitment Briefing on the 14th. Currently modeling for the Han Hwa Group, Kim Tae-hee graduated from the Department of Apparel at the Seoul National University in 2005. Students of the school lined up outside the hall long before it started to get good seats to see her. Two-hundred seats were filled and six-hundred students took up the space on the stairs and halls,...More
Kim Tae-hee's recent commercial 2013/03/07, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee's recent commercial shoot was captured and posted on an internet community. In the pictures, Kim Tae-hee's hair is trailing behind her and she has a thrilling expression on her face. She stares into the camera with a voluptuous look and created a sexy atmosphere,...More
Rain, appointment not possible 2013/01/16, Source, Rain's re-appointment of post won't happen.
A source at the Ministry of National Defense said that Rain would remain as a celebrity soldier or the remaining 7 months or so at the army and that re-appointing him was impossible,...More
Contrite Rain 'Sought Frontline Posting' 2013/01/16, Source,
Singer and actor Rain, who has been grounded for bunking off military duties to meet his girlfriend, sought to be transferred to the frontline when the scandal came to light, the military claimed Tuesday. Rain voiced the wish in a meeting with his senior officer after the scandal emerged", a military spokesman said. But the military denied the request despite growing public pressure to act, on the grounds that a conscript cannot apply for completely different assignment. Rain, who serves with the entertainment corps, has spent over 90 days off base, vastly more than ordinary conscripts can hope for,...More
Rain to Face Disciplinary Committee Next Week 2013/01/04, Source,
The Defense Ministry on Thursday said it confirmed that singer and actor Rain bunked off military duties to meet his girlfriend, actress Kim Tae-hee. The ministry said it considers this a violation of military regulations and will put him in front of a disciplinary committee. Rain, who is serving in the Army entertainment corps, left his military base citing official duties on Nov. 23, Dec. 2 and 9 to work on a song for a military event at a recording studio in Gangnam. On all three occasions Rain met up with Kim between 9 and 10 p.m. after working on his music. Kim apparently drove him back to his base in the ministry compound every time, and Rain reported back at around 10:30 p.m,...More
Rain Under Fire for Bunking Off Military Duties 2013/01/03, Source,
Singer and actor Rain, who is serving his mandatory military service, has provoked controversy over the privileges enjoyed by star conscripts by taking unusually frequent holidays. The star attracted the latest unwelcome publicity after it was reported that he is dating actress Kim Tae-hee. Rain began his service in October 2011 as an assistant instructor at a boot camp on the front line but was transferred to Seoul in March last year to serve in the Army's entertainment corps. According to the Defense Ministry, Rain got 17 days off as a reward and took another 10 overnight vacation days since March. He spent another 44 days outside his military base on official business such as morale-boosting performances, recording sessions and dance practice for military events. In July, Rain spent four days at one studio in Gangnam,...More
Kim Tae-hee admits to relationship with Rain 2013/01/01, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee admitted to being in a relationship with singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon).
Kim's agency reported through media, "It's true they have been seeing each other but they are currently in the stage of getting to know each other. It's been about a month since they've started seeing each other",...More
Get T.O.P in the New Years 2012/12/03, Source,
Big Bang T.O.P comes back with drama in four years
To choose from 4 projects
Big Bang's member and actor T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) is coming back as an actor in 2013. This is his first come back in 4 years after the 2009 "IRIS" so everyone is curious to see what he comes back with. He is currently in concerning happily about 3~4 other projects besides "The Graduate",...More
Actor Song remains calm on Japan's entry denial 2012/08/27, Source,
By Kim Ji-soo Hallyu actor Song Il-gook responded matter-of-factly to a senior Japanese official's comment that he may not be allowed to enter Japan. Appearing on a cable network Japanese Senior Vice Foreign Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said that it's regrettable but Song may find it difficult to visit Japan in the future because that's the state of Japanese sentiment right now,...More
Make-A-Wish Korea Makes 2,000th Dream Come True 2012/08/10, Source,
Kim Do-young poses with singer Younha (second left) and a guitar at the Han River Park in Seoul on Thursday.
Make-A-Wish Korea, which grants wishes for children with incurable diseases, received an e-mail on June 2 from the mother of an 18-year-old who has been bedridden for the last three years. "My son really likes Younha and his only joy in life seems to be listening to her daily evening radio broadcasts", his mother Choi Hae-young (46) wrote. "Would it be possible for him to meet her just once?" The youngster has lived with his hearing-impaired mother all his life,...More
Beauty contestants believe 'leg line' most important :survey 2012/07/08, Source,
By Shin Na-yun "Leg line" is the most cared about body part by beauty contestants who are participating in the 2012 Miss Korea Pageant. The contest will be held on July 6 in the Hall of Peace at Kyung Hee University. In a survey by the organizer of the pageant, 33 out of 54 contestants replied that they believed the leg line was the most important part of their bodies,...More
Liquor Adverts Rely on Star Power 2012/06/18, Source,
More and more top stars are appearing in ads for alcoholic beverages, which critics say could be one reason for Korea's cavalier attitude to heavy drinking. Women are especially sought-after for soju commercials, which have featured pop diva Lee Hyori and actresses Shin Min-a and Kim Tae-hee, to name just a few, making the commercials an increasingly reliable gauge of a female celebrity's marketability,...More
Japanese Activists Held for Threatening Kim Tae-hee 2012/05/11, Source,
Osaka police on Thursday arrested Hitoshi Nishimura, the head of a right-wing nationalist group, and three others for threatening a Japanese cosmetics company that hired Korean actress Kim Tae-hee as an advertising model. The group, established in 2007, led rallies protesting against a flood of Korean TV programs on Japan's Fuji TV,...More
Kim Tae-hee decreases in quantity of ad due to anti-Hallyu in Japan 2012/05/07, Source, Kim Tae-hee's Japanese advertisements have changed a little bit due to the anti-Hallyu wave.
Kim Tae-hee had been selected as the model for a Japanese cosmetics brand called Yugiko Kochi in February and was planned to attend a press releasing event. However, riot by the right-wing organization outside the headquarters in Tokyo lead to the cancellation of the press release right before it was supposed to start,...More
Actor Lee Wan Released From Military 2012/04/24, Source,
It's already been two years since actor Lee Wan went off to serve his military duties. You know what that means. He's out.
Hundreds of his fans, most notably from Japan, gathered at Lee's discharge ceremony in Yongsan on April 23rd,...More
[special article] He's in the Army now, but not out of sight: Rain's commercial ads & projects shine on. 2012/03/03, Source,
- Written by: Stephe Thornton, Cloud USA Managing Editor ^@@^
Earlier this month, on February 11, South Korean singer, actor, and mega-entertainer Rain (a.k.a. ROK Army Private First Class JiHoon Jung) completed four months of service in the Republic of Korea military. In those four months, he has established himself as a serious super soldier at one of the toughest training camps (near the DMZ), as more physically fit than recruits ten years his junior, and as a loyal squadron leader and top sharpshooter of the 5th Division. No one can say he has used his celebrity and taken the easy road when it comes to doing his duty for his country.
Rain has never taken the easy road at anything. He's always taken the one he knew was right, worked very hard, and weathered whatever storm it may have entailed,...More
Overkill Could Damage Korean Wave, Oricon Chief Warns 2012/02/24, Source,
A senior figure in the Japanese entertainment industry has warned against the flood of Korean singers, manufactured bands and actors who rush to perform in Tokyo, which has become something of a rite of passage for entertainers who made it in Korea. "I'm afraid that the rotation of Korean acts [through Japan] is too fast", said Koh Koike, the CEO of Japan's Oricon, which supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry,...More
Furor Scuppers Kim Tae-hee Promotional Event in Japan 2012/02/22, Source,
The launch of an advertising campaign in Japan featuring Korean actress Kim Tae-hee has been cancelled due to anti-Korean sentiment.
Japanese daily Nikkan Sports said Kim was set to appear at the launch of a new cosmetic product by Rohto Pharmaceutical but organizers called off the event citing safety concerns after spiteful comments criticizing Kim's selection as the model appeared on the Internet,...More
Actress Kim's commercial event cancelled in Tokyo due to anti-Korean sentiment 2012/02/22, Source,
Korea's top actress Kim Tae-hee was unable to hold a commercial event in Tokyo, Tuesday, due to harsh anti-Korean sentiment in Japan amid the wide spread of the Korean wave into every corner of the world.
Kim was scheduled to show up in a new commercial presentation on basic cosmetics for Rohto Pharmaceutical. The Japanese sports newspaper "Sponichi" reported Monday, just one day before the event, that it was cancelled because of hateful comments on Internet community boards,...More
Stars Being Released From The Military In 2012 2012/02/17, Source,
Following the discharge of actor Lee Joon-gi from the military, much attention is being focused on other male stars expected to make their returns this year.
Lee first enlisted back on May 3, 2010, having served in the public relations department in the Ministry of National Defense. He was recently discharged on February 16th, and has already been busy with a fan meeting on the same day at Sang Myung University. 2,000 of his fans came out to greet him,...More
2012 discharges and comebacks 2012/02/13, Source,
There are several stars who are being discharged from National Service this year.
Lee Joon-gi is first. He is going to be completing his duties at the National Public Relations and is being discharged on the 16th. He will start working in Korea as soon as he is out.
There is going to be a fan meeting in Seoul Samg Myeong Art Hall on the day of his discharge and he is going to release his new single "Deucer" in Japan next month. Another fan meeting titled, "Coming Back Lee Joon-gi" will be held in Japan,...More
The ultimate Korean beauty 2012/01/15, Source,
Pictures of 'the ultimate Korean beauty', created by synthesizing the pictures of beautiful actresses and girl group members, have created a stir.
Two pictures titled 'The Ultimate Korean Beauty' popped up online recently. One is an imaginary face made up with the faces of beautiful actresses and the other of girl group members',...More
Toyota Hopes Kim Tae-hee Can Give Camry New Lease of Life 2011/12/13, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee has been picked as the face of Toyota's new Camry, which is set to hit the domestic market in January, the Korean unit of the carmaker has announced.
Having launched print ads featuring the popular TV star on Monday, Toyota hopes Kim can help revive the company's flagging sales as it rolls out the latest version of its flagship sedan following a six-year absence from the market,...More
K-Pop Artists Dominate Online Searches In Japan 2011/12/04, Source,
If the internet's search rankings are any indication of the top trends in Japan, k-pop is one of them.
According to the search rankings for the top male and female entertainers and sports athletes for January 1 to October 31st 2011, 18 of the top 20 spots were dominated by k-pop artists,...More
Kim Tae-hee's 'rare' photo collection 2011/11/11, Source, Kim Tae-hee's rare photo collection is causing great popularity amongst netizens. Pictures of her from the past for an advertisement have been spreading throughout the internet. These pictures of her include her looking Into The Mirror, admiring herself wearing shorts or in the shower with closed eyes and giving off voluptuous beauty,...More
Kim Tae-hee takes picture of gift, "Thanks!" 2011/10/30, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee showed the evidence of a present she received from fans.
She posted a picture on her 'Me Today' site on October 28th saying, "It's been a while! There was a gift waiting for me as soon as I returned to Japan from Korea after filming an advertisement. Thanks so much! I am going to cheer up with this! Now I am outside shooting the drama!",...More
VCR1 Weekly Star Scene 2011/10/28, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
Our #5 news of the week is the fan meeting of sexy diva More
"Kim Tae-hee be gone" Tokyo week-end riot 2011/10/17, Source,
"Let's get rid of the anti-Japanese actress Kim Tae-hee!"
The backlash towards actress Kim Tae-hee in the Japanese Fuji TV drama "99 Days With the Star" is very strong. The netizens who used to attack her online for stating that Dokdo was part of South Korean, suddenly started to pour out on the streets in riot.,...More
Kim Tae-hee answers to 'anti-Japanese feelings' 2011/10/09, Source, Kim Tae-hee spoke about 'anti-Japanese feelings'.
According to Sankei Sports on the 9th, in an interview for the upcoming Fuji TV drama "99 Days with the Star", she understood all the questions in Japanese and even tried to answer them all in Japanese and surprised the reporters,...More
Kim Tae-hee Sings for Charity 2011/09/16, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee, 31, recorded a song called "Make-A-Wish" especially for patients with incurable diseases on Thursday.
She worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation's chorus of 55 members, consisting of 25 child patients and 30 volunteers,...More
Kim Tae-hee's jewelry worth 20 billion won? 2011/09/14, Source,
Goddess Kim Tae-hee put on jewelry worth 20 billion won.
In a photo collection from a magazine that was released on September 15th, she wore the only two original items of Cartier that exist in the world. The ring and the necklace by Cartier were worth 6 billion and 10 billion won. Her sexy black dress added to the luxury of the jewelry.,...More
Actresses' graduation pictures, who looks the best? 2011/08/29, Source,
A post about the actresses' graduation pictures is an issue.
A combined picture of several actresses' graduation pictures was posted online recently under the title, "The best graduation pictures of those who were outstanding in the past as well".,...More
Kim Yuna, Most Memorable Ad Model For First Half of 2011 2011/08/18, Source,
World-renowned figure skater Kim Yuna leaves deep impressions not only on the ice, but through her many advertisements.
According to a report on the most memorable ad model for the first half of 2011 conducted by government organizations, Kim came out on top with 10.5% of the votes. This is her third win after being number one in 2009 and 2010,...More
Nominees For The 2011 Seoul Drama Awards 2011/07/20, Source,
The preliminaries for the 2011 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA)have been conducted and the results are out!
The organizing committee for the SDAs announced on July 20th at 11 AM, the results of the preliminaries through a press conference. Under the theme of "Drama Road", this year's SDA ceremony has been confirmed to cover 204 works from 37 different countries,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
VCR2 weekly star scene 2011/04/27, Source, Show transcript
Kim Tae-hee, one of Korea's most beautiful actresses, has now become the model for a refrigerator brand.
She attended the launching show along with Jung Woo-sung, her partner in the commercial.
[Interview : Jung Woo-sung, Actor] "There was one scene in which Tae-hee leans into me, and she kept on laughing sheepishly. I think she was feeling very shy because it's been a while since we last met, and she had to lean into me in such a seductive pose",...More
Kim Tae-hee before straightening teeth 2011/04/06, Source,
The MBC special "Rediscovering Kim Tae-hee" showed Kim Tae-hee in her younger college days.
Kim Tae-hee's college days were revealed on the MBC Special "rediscovering Kim Tae-hee". Having once confessed she had her teeth straightened on another program, she looked as beautiful as ever. Netizens say, "She was pretty then and is still now", "She was a goddess from a long time ago", "I don't think the men would've let her be" and more.,...More
Soo Ae, No. 1 actress to pull off a dramatic change 2011/03/31, Source,
Actress Soo Ae was chosen to be the one actress that might go along with a dramatic change.
With the release of movies "Paris, the Days We Loved" and "Emmanuel Vear" in which she dramatically exposes herself, a survey under the title, 'Which Korean actress could pull off a complete change?' was carried out. The first place was given to Soo Ae.,...More
A survey was conducted by a public servant,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/03/30, Source,
Next we have our segment of with Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Today on WEEKLY STAR SCENE, we're going to take a look at the issues that have heated up the entertainment industry during the week! First, we have some good news! On Monday, March 28th, one of Korea's most well-known bachelors, actor Jung Joon-ho, tied a knot with TV announcer 이하정, who is by the way, nine years his junior! Without further a do, let's take a closer look,...More
Kim Tae-hee's new side 2011/03/29, Source, [Focus Newspapers] One-day MBC special "The Rediscovering of Kim Tae-hee" – "Acting was a burden, now I'm thankful"
Kim Tae-hee's life behind the veil will be revealed. First being broadcast next month on the 1st, Kim Tae-hee pours her heart out on the heart aches she's been through and her different style of acting on "MBC Special".,...More
Kim Tae-hee consents with eye doctor 2011/03/27, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee finished off the lawsuit with ophthalmic clinic that started last year. She claimed compensation against the ophthalmic clinic in Gangnam for false advertisements on the hospitals homepage and café. She hadn't had rectification but they advertised that she did and sued Eom, the person in charge of the clinic. Investigators found out that she didn't undergo any surgery of any sort in the 'n' clinic Eom was running but had a laser surgery in the 'd' clinic he ran before and Eom was acquitted.,...More
Song Seung-heon: 'I Feel More Responsibility About Acting' 2011/03/02, Source,
"I have to continue to strive to improve my acting ability". - Song Seung-heon
Actor Song Seung-heon is one of the so-called "Hot People" because he is a representative "pretty man" and Hallyu star, who is very popular in the Asian region. And he became a romantic actor with his appearance in the MBC TV drama "My Princess", which had finished airing on February 24, by playing an elite diplomat and heir of a chaebol named Park Hae Young. Song came to a restaurant located in Nonhyundong for an interview the very next day after the drama aired its last episode, and talked about many things regarding himself, now 16 years after his debut.
Q: Did you have a good sleep? I heard that you had a killer filming schedule for "My Princess".
A: On February 24 when the last episode aired, I filmed the drama until six in the evening and then we had a culminating party right away. Even though I did not drink a lot of alcohol, I was completely out of it, maybe because I was too tired. I heard that my manager had tried to wake me up in front of my house for almost one hour. But today I woke up early at seven in the morning. I could not get enough sleep for the last two months, so I could not sleep more in the morning. Since I could not watch the last episode yesterday due to the party, I just watched the last episode,...More
Definitely IN for the season – Project Runway Korea Season 3! 2011/02/23, Source, "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next day, you're out".
Does this sound familiar? Yes, and many of us are probably reminded of Heidi Klum in a sleek cocktail dress and skyscraper heels. And similarly in this country, there's the acknowledged first supermodel of Korea, Lee So-ra, the host of "Project Runway Korea".
Picture of the show : Lee So-ra with 15 new challenging designers for the new season.
After months of silence following two very successful seasons, (the second season winning the "Best Adaptation of An Existing Format" at the 15th Asian TV Awards held in Singapore) "Project Runway Korea Season 3" kicked off on January 29,...More
Kim Tae-hee Wins Over Viewers with 'My Princess' 2011/02/03,
Her stunning beauty is beyond dispute, but actress Kim Tae-hee has always been criticized for her wooden acting. She struggled even more in films than on TV, and none of her movies, including "The Restless", "Venus and Mars" and "Grand Prix", were a success at the box office.
But the soap "My Princess", currently on MBC, seems to have changed all that, and viewers have taken to Kim's adorable but comic character in a big way. They seem to enjoy seeing the inelegant side of someone who seems to have it all. And criticism of her acting skills seems on the wane,...More
"Sign" VS "My Princess" tight match... winner? "Sign" twice in a row 2011/01/27, Source,
A tight match is being held for the lead in Wednesdays and Thursday night dramas with just 1%.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 28th, SBS drama 'Sign" took the lead yet once again with the rating percentage of 17.7% on the 27th. Just the day before it had lead the competition once in three weeks with 17.6%.,...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
[REVIEW] MBC TV series "My Princess" - 1st Episode 2011/01/06, Source,
A scene from MBC TV series "My Princess" [MBC]
KBS TV series "My Princess" - Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:55 p.m.Kim Tae-hee is a princess -- something that we can easily agree with. But she has become an expert at loving guys one-sidedly, is quite the idiot, is nosy and also so stingy that she will go a long way even to save just a single penny. This is where things become odd. "My Princess" start by dressing main female character Kim with clothes that suit her the best but not with a role we are sure will befit her,...More
[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "My Princess" 2011/01/04, Source,
Actors Song Seung-heon, Park Ye-jin, Kim Tae-hee and Ryu Su-young poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming MBC TV series "My Princess" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 3, 2011. [MBC]
The 'cheerful and nothing-can-bring-me-down' female character meets the grandson of a conglomerate. He tries to turn her into a princess and the two fall in love. That is how you could summarize MBC's "My Princess". To add on just a little more detail, Lee Seul (played by Kim Tae-hee) is a stingy female college student who is of royal descent and diplomat Park Hye-young (played by Song Seung-heon) becomes her tutor to make her a princess per the request of his grandfather (played by Lee Soon-jae) in order to restore their imperial family,...More
Heo Yi-jae's husband-to-be is singer 'A den' of 'A.PRISM' 2010/12/20, Source,
Actress Heo Yi-jae's husband-to-be, who was only known to be a 7 year older businessman at first, was found out to be the ex-member of group 'A'prism'. His name is Lee Seung-woo, and he used 'A den' for his music career.
Last year, A den, who debuted as a member of A'prism , went to take business administration training to inherit his father's business; he also runs a vocal training academy business among the study.,...More
Actresses Choosing To Be Managed By Family 2010/12/13, Source,
Many of today's top actresses are choosing to keep business and family mixed together. Rather than entrusting the management of their careers to professional, already established companies, they've been employing their family members.
Take top actress Ko Hyun-jung, who set up her own entertainment agency with her brother Ko Byung-cheol, called IOK Company. There's also Hallyu star Choi Ji-woo who set up C,JW Company with her brother as the CEO,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Athena" 2010/12/03, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "ATHENA" [Taewon Entertainment]
"I don't want "ATHENA" to merely surpass "IRIS". I want it to stand up to comparison in the global market", production company Taewon Entertainment chief Jeong Tae-won said of the difference between KBS TV series "IRIS" and its spin-off "ATHENA" at the press conference for the latter held on November 30. But it is impossible not to compare the two to explain what sort of drama "ATHENA" is since it is based on the sucess of "IRIS", as well as the trial and error it went through, and the story itself takes off where "IRIS" left off,...More
Movie version of TV series "IRIS" to be released next week 2010/11/19, Source,
Poster of TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
The movie version of Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" will be released next week.
A press release from the show's producer Taewon Entertainment announced Friday that "IRIS: THE MOVIE" will be available for download through contents distribution company cine21i on November 22,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Secret Garden" - Episode 1 and 2 2010/11/15, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "Secret Garden" [SBS]
SBS TV series "Secret Garden" - Episode 1 & 2
After the arrogant and thoughtless department store CEO Kim Ju-won (Hyun Bin) falls for the ordinary stunt woman Gil La-im (Ha Ji-won), he even ends up confessing, "To me, this woman is Kim Tae-hee and Jeon Do-youn [top Korean actresses]". That too in just two episodes of going on air.
In "Secret Garden", the main male character's emotion develops to its peak at a pace that is extremely fast compared to the usual romantic dramas, showing that it will not be the typical love story between a rich man and poor woman,...More
Kim Tae-hee movie picks 2010/11/02, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee [10Asia]
Actress Kim Tae-hee was told that she was a bore in one talk show. The person who said that was actor Yang Dong-geun who played the male lead opposite her in film "Grand Prix". He was telling the truth. Kim is far from other celebrities who are funny and skilled with their words, the latest trend in entertainment. God may have bestowed Kim with beauty -- the most important quality to be on screen, after all -- but not a brilliant talent and sense of the stage to go with it. Although her looks and intelligence continued to attract people's attention there was always something about her performance that left the audience somewhat unsatisfied. Well, Kim is not like those talkative travelers who can go on and on about interesting twists, the unexpected u-turns or the nostalgia she has felt during her life because she is closer to a pilgrim, simply treading her way forward step by step, never digressing,...More
SHINee Jonghyun girlfriend Shin Se-kyung shuts down website 2010/10/28, Source,
Actress Shin Se-kyung [10Asia]
Korean actress Shin Se-kyung has shut down her personal website which was apparently attacked by fans of boy band SHINee's lead vocalist Jonghyun who are angry that Sin is dating their favorite idol star.
Reps for Sin and Jonghyun, both high-profile celebrities in their respective fields, had admitted on Wednesday morning that two have been romantically involved for about a month now after a report by a local daily sports paper exposed photographs of the couple strolling hand-in-hand in a park,...More
Korean TV series "IRIS" to win honor at Japan drama fest 2010/10/15, Source,
TV poster for "IRIS" [KBS]
Korean TV series "IRIS" will be receiving a special honor at a drama awards festival in Japan this month.
The show's producer Taewon Entertainment announced in a press release that "IRIS", which recorded viewership ratings of 10.1 percent for its premiere episode in Japan, will be honored with the foreign project award at the Tokyo Drama Awards 2010 to be held at the Meiji Memorial Hall on October 25,...More
Star Power Not Enough To Create A Hit Movie 2010/10/11, Source, It's safe to say that the success of Korean movies used to be mainly dependant on star power. Regardless of how original a plot line was, how well the production was made, and how cleverly written a s,...More
Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for film buffs, the perfect time to camp out in front of the big screen.
The cinema lineup this year was mostly marked by hardb,...More
Kim Tae-hee: 'I Wanted Changes in My Acting' 2010/09/14, Source,
Actress Kim Tae-hee, who played the female jockey Seo Joo Hee in the movie "Grand Prix", has been very busy lately.
Right after filming the drama "IRIS", she had begun filming "Grand Prix" and she will also begin filming the drama "My Princess", in which she will appear with actor Song Seung-heon. In this way, she has actively performed without taking a rest so far.
In the past, she seldom appeared in many works at once. She explained, "I usually decided on works to appear in after careful consideration before". Even though ten years have passed since her debut, she has appeared in less than ten different works,...More
[INTERVIEW] Kim Tae-hee - Part 1 2010/09/13, Source, Kim Tae-hee [Beck Una/10Asia]
Do you know Kim Tae-hee? Well, of course you know her. It is the name of she who has been endowed with beauty as well as intelligence, attending Korea's top school Seoul National University. To some she has been the object of admiration while to others, the goddess who must be worshipped unconditionally. And at the same time, she is also the one who has been publicly bestowed the harsh and pitiless judgement that she is pretty but without appeal or smart but bad at acting. But alas. The nearly hour-long conversation with the actress in person revealed that she is not the Miss Perfect from another town but closer to being the frank and honest girl from next door. She was not needlessly modest, did not set forth any ungrounded pride, talked in a straightforward manner with a simple personality which knew what to acknowledge and what to admit to, proving she was not a unicorn which exists only in imaginations and myths, but rather a healthy stallion which had just started to gearing up her horsepower. This is just the first record of the first step we have taken in getting to know about this lady whom we had said we know so well but did not actually know much about,...More
[INTERVIEW] Kim Tae-hee - Part 2 2010/09/13, Source, Kim Tae-hee [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: In "Grand Prix", the woman who always seeks victory first goes through the hardship of losing the horse she loves in order to discover the joy of spending time with her horse. Ultimately, nothing that is precious comes free. What have you probably lost from the point you started acting to now where you have just started to feel the joy in acting?Kim Tae-hee: What you've lost is probably ultimately what you've gained. I wouldn't know as much as I do now or be as strong if I had been hurt less and led an easy life. What I have lost is... privacy? (laugh) Beck: Well it's true that as much as your life has become abundant, it has become tiresome as well.Kim Tae-hee: I'm not the type that regrets easily. I think I'd take this road again, even if I could go back into my past. Should I call it fate? Always. I like how I've gotten where I am right now. I really don't have moments where I regret wishing I had done something in the past or reminisce that a certain point in my past was great. I'm the type that forgets everything and my memory isn't that great either,...More
Song Seung-heon to promote show "Fanta-stick" 2010/08/24, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon [Asia Economic Daily]
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon has been appointed a promotional ambassador of Korean non-verbal theater performance "Fanta-stick".
After attending a commissioning ceremony on Thursday, Song will start promoting the Korean traditional musical composed of cultural content representing Korea to audiences throughout Asia,...More
Kim Tae-hee: 'Since the hit IRIS, I Feel Greedy about Success' 2010/08/22, Source,
"I did not care much about the number of viewers and the viewer ratings before, but as the drama "IRIS" gained huge success, I began to feel greedy about being successful". -Kim Tae-hee
At the production presentation of the movie "Grand Prix" (to be released on September 16) held at Megabox in Dongdaemun on August 19, the female protagonist Kim Tae-hee revealed both the pressure about the movie's success and her desire to be successful. Kim Tae-hee said, "Usually I become very comfortable after I finish filming, but this time, I sometimes became nervous and worried, and it meant that I might be feeling pressure about this movie",...More
The success of the blockbuster TV series "IRIS" seems to have prompted,...More
Song Seung-heon denies dating Son Dam-bi 2010/08/17, Source, Song Seung-heon (left) and Son Dam-bi [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean heartthrob Song Seung-heon has said he does not mind being involved in a scandal with popular songstress Son Dam-bi but that a report alleging that the two are an item are "unfortunately not true".
The 33-year-old actor made the remark Tuesday during a press conference for his upcoming movie "A Better Tomorrow", responding to the news published in local daily Seoul Shinmun yesterday,...More
Photo of Lee Wan in military revealed 2010/08/04, Source,
Actor Lee Wan [Republic of Korea Army website]
A new photograph of actor Lee Wan, in his third week of training as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory military duties, has been revealed on the Korean Army's website.
The Nonsan military camp in South Chungcheong Province on Tuesday posted a photo of the 26-year-old actor on a section titled 'Search for Faces We Miss' on its official website (http://www.army.mil.kr),...More
TV Stars' Fees Keep Spiraling 2010/07/31, Source, TV production companies have long been complaining about the exorbitant fees charged by top stars, which drive production costs up to the point where even a hit series no longer guarantees profits for the producers. But their complaints have curbed neither the stars' demands nor the public's appetit,...More
Where Do Stars Who Advertise Apartments Live? 2010/07/15, Source, Developers have been hiring celebrities to advertise their apartment brands to borrow a little of the stars' glamour for their properties. That leads inevitably to the question: where do these stars themselves live? As it turns out, none of them live in the apartments they advertise.
Lee Wan enters Korean military today 2010/07/12, Source,
Korean actor Lee Wan makes a salute before entering the military training camp in Nonsan, South Korea on July 12, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Wan, the younger brother of top Korean actress Kim Tae-hee, entered the Korean army today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory military services.
"I am not trembling or nervous", the actor told reporters prior to entering the Nonsan military training camp around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. "I was scared even up until two days ago but now I feel calm",...More
Lee Wan to enter military next week 2010/07/06, Source,
Korea actor Lee Wan [Logos Films]
Korean actor Lee Wan will be joining the army next week to fulfill Korea's two-year mandatory military service, according his agency Logos Film on Tuesday.
Logos announced that the actor will serve in the Korean military for 20 months starting with a five weeks of basic training at Nonsan camp on July 12,...More
Big Bang reveals 4th Japanese single 2010/06/09, Source,
Big Bang's 4th Japanese single "Tell Me Goodbye" [YG Entertainment]
Korean boy band Big Bang released their fourth Japanese single today, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Wednesday.
YG announced in a press release that their single "Tell Me Goodbye", featuring the combination of their signature vocals and rap with a calming piano melody, went on sale in Korea today,...More
"IRIS" soundtrack concert attracts fans in Japan 2010/06/03, Source,
The cast of TV series "IRIS" attend its celebratory concert in Japan [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" recently confirmed its popularity in Japan at sold-out concerts featuring the main cast and singers who participated on the drama's soundtrack.
According to a press release by the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday, major Japanese broadcaster TBS had organized a series of concerts titled "Dramatic Live Stage" as part of promoting the show's current prime-time airing in the country,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 1 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Some say he is a ruthless producer. Some evaluate him as an intelligent businessman. Some consider him as a brother who knows what being loyal is about. After fearlessly stepping into Jeongmuro [where the history of Korean film started] in his early twenties as a film importer, he later placed his name on the power list of commercial film producers. He also was the chief of an entertainment company which sees large profits from importing major films such as "The Lord of the Ring" series by utilizing his innate business mindset and close relationship with Hollywood's major film studios.
Then he successfully wrapped up production of blockbuster drama "IRIS" last year and in June is set to start filming "ATHENA", a 20-billion won spin-off of the series starring top Korean actors Cha Seung-won and Jung Woo-sung,...More
T.O.P says visits amusement parks wearing masks 2010/05/25, Source,
Korean singer and actor T.O.P at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire" [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Choi Seung-hyun, better known as T.O.P from idol group Big Bang, has said that he sometimes visits amusement parks with his bandmates wearing masks.
Speaking at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire", held Monday at Seoul's Lotte World Garden Stage, the pop idol remarked, "When I feel stifled, I come [to amusement parks] to have a good time without people knowing. People don't recognize me because I wear a mask when I come",...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Lee Joon-gi's problems with previous film 2010/05/16, Source, Lee Joon-gi has stopped all filming for his new film and has entered the military service. The staff say that they are preparing to sue him for this abrupt exit in filming. And Lee's staff say that they are trying to reach compromise.
Lee's quick enter to the military has been very unexpected and the company for the movie he was participating are hurt by this.
"Grand Prix" was the film and it was greatly anticipated by all bec,...More
Yang Dong-geun to make comeback in film "Grand Prix" 2010/05/12, Source,
Korean singer and actor Yong Dong-geun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Yang Dong-geun will be making his acting comeback through film "Grand Prix", according to the film's producer Sidus FNH on Monday.
Sidus FNH announced in a press release that Yang has been cast as the film's male lead which had originally been set to be played by Hallyu star Lee Joon-gi before he dropped out to go to the army last week as part of fulfilling Korea's mandatory military duties,...More
"IRIS" starts melting Japanese viewers' hearts 2010/04/30, Source,
Actors Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee in a scene from TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
TV series "IRIS" starts melting Japanese viewers' hearts
TV series "IRIS", which made headlines prior to its airing for being assigned a prime time, 9 p.m. slot on TBS, has finally started conquering Japan. TBS, which had been involved with "IRIS" since its early planning stages, appears to be putting all its energy into promoting the series. The show's lead actors, Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee, visited Japan together prior to its premiere on April 21 and appeared on various variety shows on TBS over the next couple of days. The two stars made so many TV appearances that you could see them almost every time you turned on the television set,...More
Lee Joon-gi says is looking forward to life as average man 2010/04/30, Source,
Korean actor Lee Joon-gi [JG Company]
Korean actor Lee Joon-gi has revealed his feelings about going to the military next week, saying he is "looking forward to spending time [in the military] as any average man who has to fulfill his mandatory military duties".
Lee was quoted as saying the remark in a press statement released by his agency JG Company on Thursday, the response following the decision which has forced him to drop out of film "Grand Prix" and TV series "Faith",...More
Lee Byung-hun promotes "IRIS" in Japan 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun in an official poster for "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun took Japan by storm last week while on promotional tour for blockbuster TV series "IRIS", according to a press release by his agency BH Entertainment.
The actor flew into Tokyo on Saturday, where he was greeted by some 1,000 fans at Narita International Airport, and drew large crowds at various media and public appearances during his visit.
When he appeared as a guest on popular TBS television program "Akko ni Omakase!" on Sunday, several Japanese actresses reportedly paid a visit to Lee's waiting room to see the Hallyu star including Kuroki Meisa, who lent her voice for the drama's female lead, originally played by Korean actress Kim Tae-hee,...More
"IRIS" season 2 starts pre-production 2010/04/20, Source,
Official poster for KBS TV series "IRIS" Season 1 [Taewon Entertainment]
Pre-production work for the second season of blockbuster TV series has kicked off amidst much hype and anticipation among fans, according to production company Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon explained in a press release that "IRIS" producers have started the casting process for the next season, even talking with agents for the actors from the first season such as Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon and considering a new face to appear in the series as well,...More
Big Bang to sing Japanese soundtrack for "IRIS" 2010/04/16, Source,
Big Bang members Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang will sing the main theme song for the Japanese release of the hit TV series "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports on Friday.
Sankei reported that the boy band will be singing a ballad titled "Tell Me Goodbye", which will be featured in the show's broadcast next Tuesday on Japanese channel TBS,...More
Actress Soo Ae has been cast as a heroine in the upcoming,...More
Top Japanese actors provide voice-overs for "IRIS" 2010/04/05, Source,
Official poster for Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Two of Japan's top actors are on board to provide voice-overs for the local version of Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports over the weekend.
Sankei reported Saturday that noted Japanese actors Fujiwara Tatsuya and Kuroki Meisa will lend their voices for the shows' two main characters, originally played by top Korean stars Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee,...More
Choi Ji-woo to hold autograph session in Seoul this week 2010/03/23, Source,
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo will be holding an autograph session in Seoul on Friday, according to cosmetics brand Shiseido on Tuesday.
The actress will be meeting fans and signing autographs at a fan event, to be held at Seoul's Lotte Department Store on March 26.
The event, sponsored by Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido which Choi endorses, will celebrate the launch of "Jiwoo Serum", a new product named after the actress,...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
IRIS set to air during prime time in Japan 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS" is set to air during prime time on Japanese television, according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.
Taewon said Japanese broadcaster TBS announced the Korean TV series will run Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m., a slot usually assigned to domestic TV dramas.
Artist View, the show's marketing promoter in the country, explained that such programming is proof that Japanese people are looking forward to watching a Korean blockbuster action drama, not just Hallyu fans expecting to watch a Korean dramas and its cast.,...More
Lee Wan denies rumors of entering military in March 2010/01/25, Source,
Korean actor Lee Wan [SBS]
Korean actor Lee Wan has denied rumors that he will be entering the Korean military in March, according to his agency Logos Film on Monday.
An official at Logos explained that talks of Lee voluntarily taking up the two-year military service is "not true" and that he is actually planning to hold a fan meeting in Japan in March. He also added that the 26-year-old is "in considering joining the army sometime around the end of this year or early next year".,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 3) 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una (Beck): "Haeundae" is actually on weird coordinates in terms of your filmography. In comparison to your past films which had a single main character, "Haeundae" was a film which didn't necessarily need you to be part of. On top of that, director Yoon JK is known for creating commercial films. So I've been curious to know how you got to work on this film. Seol: I was once asked which director I work best with. To that I answered, "None of them". I make things work. "Haeundae" seemed like a movie calling for trouble. Like it would become a massive hit or flop horribly. Director Yoon may seem smart and clever on the outside but he seemed innocent in my eyes. I didn't see any murkiness in his eyes. And I am great with directors. Ryoo Seung-bum was surprised at me while shooting "No Mercy". He said I listen to well to the director. But what would I do? I'm not the director. The actor should listen. Of course, it gets annoying when my actions become limited. It's tough when the director limits my actions within the camera's angle. As long as I'm not trapped inside an angle, I can listen to what the director wants.
Beck: I felt from interviews that you were a hard time especially while shooting "Voice of a Murderer" -- that you were feeling lonely. Seol: I was having a hard time personally. And it peaked during the times I shot "Cruel Winter Blues" and "Venus and Mars". To an extent I felt bad for my manager. I'm usually not the type that lets my personal life interfere with my work. But I felt that I failed to cut off my emotions in front of the camera during those days. Couldn't hide it in the expression -- it would all show. I feel very bad for director Han Ji-seung and actress Kim Tae-hee. I really was at my worst during "Venus and Mars"! The phrase I used often back then was that I had hit rock bottom. But I feel much more at ease after hitting rock bottom. The phrase I use most often nowadays is to 'go with the flow'. In a way, I might be even more bold than I used to be. (laugh),...More
Dae-sung to replace T.O.P. in new Song Ji-na drama 2010/01/04, Source,
Big Bang member Dae-sung [Asia Economic Daily]
Dae-sung, member of popular boy band Big Bang, will replace T.O.P., the rapper of the same group, to star in a new TV series by famed writer Song Ji-na.
"Dae-sung will take off his acting career starting by making an appearance in 'Zero Plus'", an official at the group's agency YG Entertainment told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Monday.
T.O.P., whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, had originally been tapped to play the main character but decided to withdraw from the drama due to a conflict of schedule. He had made his acting debut in 2007 drama "I Am Sam" and last appeared in hit blockbuster drama "IRIS" alongside Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee.,...More
Lee Byung-hun scores triple wins at KBS Acting Awards 2010/01/04, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun at 2009 KBS Acting Awards [KBS]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun won three awards -- including the grand prize -- at the 2009 KBS Acting Awards, held at KBS Open Hall on December 31. Lee was awarded the top acting prize of the year for his role in blockbuster drama "IRIS" and also won the Best Couple and Netizens' Choice awards. "I started acting at KBS", said the actor in his acceptance speech. "When I had just debuted at KBS I heard about the acting awards.. I wondered if I would ever be able to go up on that stage. The very next year, I won the Best New Actor award". He went on to say, "And now I've won Grand Prize on this stage. I'm very touched". He thanked the staff, actress Su-ae who -- believing Lee would win -- sent him a congratulatory text message in advance and his mother.,...More
The past year represented hope and revitalization for Korean cinema. While problems such as piracy linger on, the forecast for 2010 cinema appears promising with diverse projects in the making.
Cineastes are finding inspiration from the past and are bringing rem,...More
Kim Tae-hee says was "lifeless" before taking up acting 2009/12/21,
KBS TV series "IRIS" ended its run last week while viewers were left to wonder why main character Hyun-joon (played by Lee Byung-hun) die. And Choi Seung-hee (Kim Tae-hee) mysteriously remains standing at the center of this story which ended with an open ending. She turned out to be the unexpected twist at the end of the drama which helped her character leave a stronger impression rather than ending up being the typical passive female who yields to her man's wishes. Kim talked to reporters last Friday, the day after the blockbuster spy drama aired its final episode. Q: You must feel quite different about this drama compared to your past works.Kim Tae-hee (Kim): Actors usually say they feel mixed emotions of both joy and sadness when they're done with a film or drama. I had felt more relief with my past roles but I think the sadness is greater this time. I think it's because we had been in shoot for a long time and I had been active in laying forth my own ideas for the drama too while monitoring my scenes in the editing room. I was very stressed while working on it but I have a deep affection for it.,...More
When Stars Bank on Advertising Only 2009/09/05, Source, Despite numerous box office bombs and once-in-a-blue-moon TV soap appearances, some actors and actresses enjoy wild successes as commercial models, firmly establishing an aura of mystery even among ce,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Cell phone commercial film star Kim Tae-hee 2009/03/13, Source, Kim Tae-hee has been in a ner commercial film for his new Spring season.
She is modeling for the LG Cooky touch screen cell phone.
Kim has also recently been in a ICECREAM Phone2 commercial with the hit boy group, Big Bang. She was a sophisticated and hard to get kind of girl in that one.
But here, she is a cute greedy girl who is so into this new phone!
Her commercial will be released today!,...More
The economy looks gloomy, and a dark cloud is casting a shadow over the local drama industry. But producers and networks alike are striving to keep up with demands from viewers, with support in and out of the country.
Local television network SBS will offer a n,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Go Ara, Swiss friend! 2008/08/19, Source, Actress Go Ara has been appointed as the '5th Swiss Friend' to promote friendly relations between the two nations.
Swiss Ambassador Christian Hauswirth was at the ceremony appointing the actress for amity between Swiss and Korea.,...More
Kim Tae-hee 'Eyes', Han Ga-in 'Nose', Song Hye-kyo 'Mouth' 2008/06/26, Source, It's a world full of beauties. If you turn on the television, the screen is vividly filled with well-defined faces. The internet is full of regular people who are known for their beautiful faces or bodies. Beauty marketing is everywhere, and it has been a long time since beauty has become a way to j,...More
Hite Beer Premium Stout held a poll on their homepage and 1701 male,...More
Stars' Campus Life? Students before entertainers 2008/04/03, Source, Stars are wonderful and handsome. They seem to be fantastic inside or outside the TV. However, away from the camera, they are just normal people. Especially entertainers who go to school are simply students.
For these stars, pictures of their school life are becoming big news. The reason is becau,...More
Various origins of female stars… 'Miss Korea' group falters 2008/03/13, Source, On a breezy spring day in March 2008, the entertainment investigation team of Sports Khan sensed an emergency. The argument between female stars about their influence has become fierce, almost to the point of battle. Accordingly, under the supervision of Detective Choi, the entertainment investigati,...More
A number of top female stars are now giving up their titles of CF Queens to the new generation of top female stars. Since the end of last year, the ad,...More
I want to have the nose of Han Ga-in and the eyes of Kim Tae-hee!! 2008/02/07, Source, "Challenge, 8 vs 1", the follow up of SBS entertainment show, "Ya-shim-man-man" is becoming a hot hit since last week with its unusual survey topics. Last week's topic was "Which body parts of celebrities are most commonly chosen by aesthetic plastic surgery patients?" which was answered by 50 plast,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Takes a Big-Screen Gamble 2008/01/25, Source, Many Korean star actresses of the small screen have dismally flopped in movies although they achieve brilliant success and earn astronomical amounts of money in TV commercials. Now,...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
Two Korean Movies & A Hollywood Blockbuster 2007/12/17, Source, Time now for our weekly list of movies premiering in the cinemas.
Will Smith stars in a Hollywood blockbuster and a Korean romantic comedy shows new dimensions of two well-known actors.
Also on our list is a Korean-version of the "American Pie" trilogy.
Here is Lee Jeewon.
First is an action fli,...More
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon that refers to the discomfort felt when what you already know clashes with a new interpretation. "Venus and Mars" feeds off this idea from beginning,...More
Korea's 20-somethings Being Sidelined 2007/11/07, Source, It's tough being in your 20s in Korea. With youth unemployment hovering at 7 percent for four or five years running, 20-somethings are being squeezed between hyper-energetic teens and those in their vigorous 30s. The Twens are variously described as the "No Graduation Generation" -- because students,...More
BUSAN _ The Korean Peninsula is sizzling up with not one but two hot spots. Deep south in Korea's largest port city, the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) turned into a cinephile's playground as the festive opening event unrolled Thursday night.,...More
The blockbuster film "D-War" topped the nation's No. 1 search engine Naver's most searched keyword list again last week, showing that people are still interested in the monster movie 26 days after its release. ,...More
Rain, Jun Ji-hyun Top on Fantasy Spouse List 2006/12/30, Source, A recent survey to uncover the number-one heartthrob for unmarried people shows that single men would most like to marry actress Jeon Ji-hyun and single women would sooner be hitched with singer Rain than any other man.
In the poll of 437 (217 men, 220 women) single members of the matchmaking fir,...More
Arirang Surveys Popularity of Korean Celebrities 2006/12/27, Source, Thanks for staying with us.
We at Arirang just recently conducted a global survey on the popularity of Korean celebrities.
The survey in mid-December asked 775 people from 46 countries with whom they'd like to watch the first sunrise of the new year.
Topping the female chart were actresses,...More
New Korean Releases; 'The Restless' and 'Old Miss Diary' 2006/12/22, Source, Good news for James Bond fans.
The 21st film starring the world's favorite secret agent is out this week in Korea.
We also have two contrasting Korean releases out this week, a fantasy action and the other, a romantic comedy.
Son Heekyung reports.
The fantasy action epic "The Restless" (Chungchon) is one of the most anticipated films slated for the Christmas season. Its main actors said that they were overwhelmed by the film's superb computer gra,...More
The fantasy-action epic "Jungchun" ("The Restless") won't hit theaters until December, but the,...More
Korea Film Festival to Be Held in China 2006/10/20, Source, The Korean Film Festival will be held in Beijing and Shanghai from Friday through Sunday, after the CJ China Film Festival was held in the two biggest Korean cities of Seoul and Busan last month. The,...More
PUSAN _ The 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will finish tonight its nine-day festival. Thousands have enjoyed a range of films and avidly greeted the stars when they saw them walking on the red carpet or even bumped into them on the streets.
Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) at the Yachting Center in Haeundae, southeastern port city of Pusan, Thursday. More than 6,000 festivalgoers and celebrities packed the venue. The nine,...More
Fans Bet Kim Tae-hee's the Marrying Kind 2006/08/07, Source, As Kim Tae-hee's demure image suggests, her fans feel the actress would take to married life like a duck to water. In a poll on the homepage of the Sports Chosun, a sister paper of the Chosun Ilbo, asking which celebrity was most likely to enjo,...More
Kim Tae-hee Goes After Online Slanderers 2006/06/09, Source, Police are going after people who allegedly spread a rumor that the star actress Kim Tae-hee married into one of Korea's big family-owned corporations or chaebol as well as Internet users who commented on the rumors with derogatory posts.
Korean Stars: a Metabolism to Die For 2006/01/25, Source, Korean stars seem blessed with a metabolism that allows them to laugh at portions which would make others blanch. China's Sina.com ( http://www.sina.com ) website under the heading "Female Korean Stars Eat a Lot" claims Jun Ji-hyun,,...More
Lee Joon-gi is currently one of the hottest stars in the nation. The actor plays a charming, androgynous jester from the late Choson Kingdom,...More
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
Fans of Snubbed Beauties Up in Arms 2005/04/06, Source, With the cable TV channel m.net selecting a list of Korea's 10 most beautiful women to mark the company's 10th anniversary, fans of stars who were left off are launching severe protests on the Internet. Using Internet balloting and expert opinion, m.net selected a list of Korea's 10 representative b,...More
36 Reporters to Go on 'Halyu' Tour 2005/03/04, Source, A group of Taiwanese reporters will visit Korea to meet "hallyu (Korean wave)" stars at the invitation of Korea Foundation for Asian Culture Exchange (KOFACE), an organization to boost cultural exchanges among Asian countries.
In the tour co-hosted by the foundation and Video Land, one of Taiwan',...More