[Orion's Drama News] Do Fear the Reaper 2017/09/23,
Even I cannot keep up with the torrential flow of drama news this week, but I have plenty to share and some of it is very exciting. Two dramas are premiering in the upcoming week and I take one last look at their pre-release goodies before wishing them and their viewers good luck and a good time. I also share the first glimpse into "Mad Dog" and thrilling new information about "Black". Join me for love, crime and smoke monsters,...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
Choi Ji-woo confirmed for tvN's new weekend drama, 'Twenty Again' 2015/07/09, Source,
tvN has announced the next drama after currently running 'Oh My Ghostess' will be "Twenty Again", of which title was originally, 'Our Heaven' and the female lead of the drama has been decided to be Choi Ji-woo.
According to tvN on July 9th, Choi Ji-woo has been cast as the female lead of the drama.
"Twenty Again" is a romantic comedy about Ha No-ra, a woman, who has been living as an ordinary mom for the last 20 years since she became a mom at the age of 19 unexpectedly, and goes to university as a freshman for the first time in her life. It depicts her first time campus life and her efforts to adapt to the new environment and communicate with her young fellow students in their 20s,...More
Ko Hyun-jung Launches Own Fashion Brand 2014/10/01, Source,
Star actress Ko Hyun-jung has branched out into the fashion business, launching her own brand atti.k in Seoul on Tuesday afternoon. "You look the best when you wear the right clothes in the right place. Something that's not too modest but not too over the top", she says. "We're working very hard to make classy products that will boost the confidence of our customers",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 16 (Final) 2013/08/04,
Here we have it folks, the end of "The Queen's Classroom". It was quite a mixed watch for me. Let's deal first with the final episode itself, then we'll delve into the drama as a whole. The last episode focused on tying up loose ends with all of the characters plot threads. And by all, I mean every single character with more than four lines. It was so much information about all of the students and teachers and parents that the episode was bogged down by details. The students explained how Ma's teaching and caring influenced them to change their lives. While the message is good, an voiced-over narrative over a visual montage would've been much more effective and much less draggy. But that's what happens when there just isn't enough plot material to span sixteen episodes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 15 2013/08/03,
Teacher Ma Yeo-jin has fallen ill from overworking and stress and left her class in a state of confusion. The kids actually miss their teacher because they know that despite her terrifying teaching methods, Ma truly cares for them. They fight the vice-principal who is ecstatic to allow the school board to put Ma on probation for inadequate teaching. They want Ma to stay. I'm really not sure how I feel about this. I know that Ma's good intentions to make the kids strong and self-sufficient are the heart of the story. Ma sacrifices herself as the common enemy so that the kids can fight and grow because of it. But the method is so truly horrible that it just isn't worth all of the suffering,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 14 2013/07/28,
It's all about repercussions this episode. Ma Yeo-jin has decided to teach her class in a very questionable manner and despite being given many chances to change her ways, she does not change. At the behest of Na-ri's power hungry mother and the ladder climbing vice principal, the school board has sent it's most morally sound member to investigate Ma. The investigator finds her unacceptable, which is not a surprise. However, the investigation process is the heart of the episode. We've seen glimpses of humanity in Ma that become more frequent as the drama has progressed. During those moments, Ma genuinely seemed to enjoy the happiness of the children. But then she proceeded to break them down again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 13 2013/07/27,
The Wednesday episodes are much weaker than the Thursday episodes. It's frustrating to sit through the choppy pacing and plot changes of the Wednesday episodes while knowing that the Thursday episode will probably be stronger. Music was a strong point of this show. The composition fo the soundtrack is crisp. Song choice matches the mood. However, the music is starting to foreshadow emotional changes much too soon and sapping the tension scenes. Also, the habit of Korean dramas to reuse the same music for the entire drama makes timing extremely important when it comes to playing the songs. Badly timed entrances make the soundtrack sound like a broken record rather than something that enhances the drama,...More
Director of 'Hourglass' commits suicide 2013/07/23, Source,
By Kim Tong-hyung Kim Jong-hak, a drama director whose 1995 miniseries "Sandglass" was a groundbreaking moment in Korean television, was found dead at a boarding house Tuesday in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, in an apparent suicide. He was 62. Kim was investigated by police in May on suspicions of embezzlement after the cast and crew of the SBS series "Faith" filed a complaint against him over unpaid wages. He had denied any wrongdoing"",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 12 2013/07/21,
How does this show do it? I was so unimpressed last episode. The ending of this one had me biting my nails on edge and hankering for more. And the reason I liked it is a paradox. The cyclical storyline was and is wearying. But when the cycle is suddenly broken, it's absolute magic.
Episode 11 introduced a new character, Kim Do-jin, that is normally one a viewer would empathize with. He has severe abandonment issues that cause him to lash out as a manipulative and violent bully - a very pitiful creature,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 11 2013/07/19,
"The Queen's Classroom" episode 11 was good, but it wasn't great like the last half of episode 10. It's struggling for material and to retain the intensity and momentum it had during the first half of the drama. A new character appeared, which always brings variations in relationships and tone, but this character, Kim Do-jin (Kang Chan-hee), was misused and therefore doesn't help perpetuate the story. (Kang Chan-hee is a fabulous actor, though.) Do-jin is basically Ma Yeo-jin's mini-me. This show doesn't need a second Ma Yeo-jin and it doesn't need to have her best yet another child. Sure, he's a power-hungry boy with abandonment issues who is out for class domination; but he's still a child in need of guidance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 10 2013/07/17,
When this show is good, it is really good. It doses out just enough suspense, horror and mind games to keep us coming back for more. Now that it's in the later stages of story development, it's finally giving us insight into Ma Yeo-jin's character, which is absolutely fascinating. Her reactions to classroom events are starting to change, especially those that involve injury and friends banding together. She probably didn't expect the children to break her down as she does them. Also, we finally see some emotional vulnerability in Ma when Ha-na sees a scar on her neck and she covers it up in a panic; or when she watches a mother with her young son and she smiles,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 8 2013/07/12,
There was a huge tone shift in episode 8. The tension that flowed through the show and made it riveting died. I kept anticipating Teacher Ma Yeo-jin's next mind-boggling move, and while her actions were surprising, they were not mind-boggling. It was a let down. On top of that, there was a lot of character exploration that, while interesting and well-acted, was very oddly put together and stilted. It was information that should've been given to the viewers in small doses during the first 7 episodes. The incident with Na-ri trying to burn down the school takes about half an episode to be resolved and from the resolution I gathered two things,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 7 2013/07/10,
It happened. Someone broke. Na-ri completely snapped and went off the deep end. It was horrifying, yet amazing. Lee Young-yoo as Go Na-ri carried this episode on her small, but very capable shoulders. Na-ri has been bullying Ha-na and Bo-mi in attempt to take the limelight off of herself. She stole one friend's wallet and took secret swimsuit photos of another and blamed both incidents on Ha-na. As a result, Ha-na has been wrongfully terrorized and ostracized. I've been waiting for Ha-na's name to be cleared, but I've also feared it, just as Na-ri has. If Na-ri comes clean, the animosity of the kids will turn on her. Her rich, demanding, school board mother will be disappointed. Ma will inflict some unknown punishment. Ha-na's name does get cleared near the end of the episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 6 2013/07/08,
What happens when a child is trapped in hell and has to make choices? What happens when that child knows she has made the wrong choice? What happens if she doesn't know whether or not she made the right choice? In the case of "The Queen's Classroom", the child sticks by her decision no matter the consequences. In hell, she has to give it her all or perish. To admit an error is fatal. Such is the case with Na-ri, Ha-na's former best friend and current enemy. To save herself, Na-ri leads the classroom in bullying Ha-na. She coerces Bo-mi into helping her by promising social sanctuary. The more Na-ri's conscience whispers in the back of her mind, the crueler she becomes to drown it out. It's a vicious cycle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 5 2013/07/03,
How far can you push someone before they crack? It's a question whose boundaries are tested by The Queen's Classroom. This show pushes it's characters to their breaking points, then once they are broken, pushes them some more. It kicks them when they are down and doesn't give them any time to get up. Our heroine, Shim Ha-na, learns what it means to be loyal to a friend who is terrified. That friend, Ha-ni, who is scared of her mother, her classmates, her teacher, will betray Ha-na to save her own skin. Teacher Ma Yeo-jin tells Ha-na that her faith in friendship foolish, but Ha-na won't listen. At the end of the episode, she is locked in a gym locker and left alone. Will Ha-na continue to keep her dogged faith in her friends?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 4 2013/06/26,
"The Queen's Classroom" continued to grow even more intense this week. Kids are getting desperate and no longer want to fight an enemy as powerful as Ma Yeo-jin. There is outright betrayal and a heightened sense of animosity towards the person who keeps stirring up trouble: Ha-na. It's so interesting how self-preservation trumps sincerity and justice in this show. It's a theme not often explored in K-drama. The shows J-dorama roots are definitely showing through. This is not easy content to digest and J-dorama loves to take it on. It's good to see K-drama delve into it as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 3 2013/06/24,
"The Queen's Classroom" will make you think. It will make you doubt. It will make you question what you believe is right and what you believe is wrong. The lines will blur between the two.
And you'll enjoy every minute of it.
A classroom shouldn't be a battle ground, but Ma Yeo-jin's classroom is. In order to survive, the children must quickly learn to cope. They come together and break apart and then form new alliances, searching for the best way to live through the school day. Ha-na, the plucky student who stands up to Ma, encourages the children to band together against Ma's tyranny. Her honest, fervent desire to be treated right and for the kids to be friends is touching to see,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 2 2013/06/16,
"The Queen's Classroom" is absolutely riveting. It has a magnetic emotional draw that is created by a combination of excellent writing, music, directing and acting. Especially the acting, which is essential in a character-driven drama. These kids are simply amazing. Most dramas rest on the shoulders of adults, but this one rests firmly on the shoulders of a classroom of twelve-year-olds. That's quite a task for such a young cast. Their leader, Ko Hyun-jung, brings frightening life to her well-written character, the mysterious and cruel Ma Yeo-jin. Ma is darkly clever and uses that to terrorize her students. When one student, Go Na-ri (Lee Young-yoo), takes courage and tells her school board mother about the things happening in the classroom, the kids take hope that their school situation will improve,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 1 2013/06/14,
Going into "The Queen's Classroom", a re-make of the popular Japanese dorama, Joo no Kyoshitsu, I really wasn't sure what to expect, but I had high hopes. The cast boasts of seasoned child actors who are led by acting powerhouse, Ko Hyun-jung as the world's strictest, scariest teacher, Ma Yeo-jin. Ma Yeo-jin, queen of the classroom, is a cross between Matilda's Trunchbull and Roald Dahl's witches. I half expected Yeo-jin to pull off her wig and expose a bald head. She believes in the school of hard knocks: you get what you earn and if you don't, suck it up. On the first day of school, she gives privileges based upon test scores,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Woman on the Beach" 2013/03/22,
The beach, particularly an empty beach, is a very romantic locale. Film director Joong-rae (played by Kim Seung-woo) thinks it's just the location he needs to recharge his creative juices. While it soon becomes clear that the beach itself isn't what he was expecting, Joong-Rae finds another inspiration in the form of Moon-sook (played by Ko Hyun-jung), a woman who, much like him, is looking for an excuse to just get out and do something,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Great Queen Seondeok" 2012/12/23,
Origin myths can tell you a lot about a country. It's not the literal truth of the stories that's really important- rather, it's what people remember about their culture and have decided to pass along to their descendants. The heroes of our pasts are who we want future generations to emulate. In the United States, for example, the Founding Fathers are considered nigh immaculate philosopher kings who produced the Constitution through the sheer force of combined genius. This isn't even remotely true (and the Founding Fathers themselves would be quite disturbed if they knew we remembered them like this), but this simple fact in itself tells you a lot about the United States' current national character,...More
Kim Nam-gil does homework he's held back for two years 2012/07/01, Source,
First schedule, Japanese Fan Meeting
Actor Kim Nam-gil who finishes his National Service duty on the 14th, starts the engine to Hallyu. He has been getting various love calls from movies and dramas as well as other entertainment programs. However, he needs to finish an old homework first. He has to meet his Japanese fans. He couldn't even finish the second episode of the drama "Bad Man" when he joined the military service. NHK aired the drama and was agreat hit but he wasn't there at various events. He is going to make it up to Japanese fans once he comes out.
He is planning on meeting with fans in various forms and come back as an actor at the same time. He is thinking hard between two dramas and a movie. He is also going to star in the SBS talk show, "Go Show" hosted by Ko Hyun-jung whom he has starred in "Queen Seon-deok" with,...More
Movie Debuts At No.1 At Box Office 2012/06/26, Source,
Ko Hyun-jung has done it again. Another hit of a project under her belt, this time in the form of the movie . I According to the Korean Film Commission on June 25th, attracted 268,622 movie-goers from June 22-24th. This has clinched it the number one spot at the box office, in the first weekend of its debut. So far, the total number of people that have watched the movie stands at 331,514 people,...More
Art and Culture 2012/06/22, Source,
It's Friday and it's the weekend. So this is the time to sleep in, eat lots, and get some rest. While doing all of this, why not go out and find some art and culture events, like exhibitions, movies, or concerts to see with your family and friends
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'The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser' pokes fun at corporate Korea 2012/06/19, Source,
Actor Song Sae-byeok's character Dong-sik observes a Buddha sculpture's facial expression to master an effortless fake smile in a scene from the film "The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser". The satire on the Korean corporate culture by director Jung Seung-koo opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide. / Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup After a rather quiet weekend without any strong releases, this week sees major Korean efforts vying for the box office throne. Among them, it appears only "The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser" by Jung Seung-koo has any chance of achieving that feat. Despite its relative lack of star power, the satire on Korean corporate culture should resonate with virtually anyone who has had to resort to flattery at work,...More
Hong Sang-soo Film Retrospective @Museum of the Moving Image March 17, 18, and 23, 2012 2012/03/05, Source,
The Korea Society film fans celebrate Asia Week with a screening of works by celebrated director Hong Sang-soo ("The Day He Arrives", "Ha Ha Ha"). Since he debuted with 'The Day a Pig into the Well' in 1996, all of his films were invited by prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, and New York Film Festivals, and began to receive worldwide attention. We present highly acclaimed 5 films and they will be shown at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image, home to New York City's finest, state-of-the-art screen. This retrospective is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,...More
Big-budget films to open in 2012 2012/01/05, Source,
A scene from "The Thieves", which is expected to wow movie fans this year with its A-list cast. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won While 2011 saw the release of some novel, genre-defying works, not many local films aside from "Sunny - 2010" and "War of the Arrows" (a.k.a. "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon") managed to draw crowds at the box office. This year, a lineup of big-budget films featuring the return of big stars await moviegoers,...More
Who's the busiest actor of 2012? 2012/01/02, Source,
Who is going to be the busiest actress or actor in 2012?
Looking at the movies that are being released or are planning to go into production this year, we can see several names that appear often,...More
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
Ko Hyun-jung attempts for a new historical drama 2011/08/10, Source,
While top stars are getting ready to star in general service channel dramas, Ko Hyun-jung is as well.
Ko Hyun-jung has currently confirmed drama B from broadcasting company A on the inside and is tuning later schedules. The drama she will be in is a historical which company A is grandly preparing for the national founding day. It is known that she has been offered the best there is.,...More
Actress' skin care secret: Don't fret 2011/04/26, Ko Hyun-jung'You don't have to latch onto the latest skin product'.
Actress Ko Hyun-jung, 40, has published a book about her skin care know-how, "Beauty Docu - Ko Hyun-jung's Texture". Ko recorded her daily life skin care secrets with photos and writing. The book's contents are mostly about beauty but she also talks about her daily life as well. On the day of the interview with JoongAng Ilbo, Ko said she only applied skin emulsion, lotion and facial cream,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Drama and Director of the Year 2010/12/31, Source, Just like the results on year-end awards ceremonies, no choice will be supported by everyone. A drama cannot be considered 'better' just because more people have seen it nor can it be considered 'proper' just because more people like it. The drama, director, writer and actor of the year picked by the reporters and critics of 10Asia are strictly based on personal taste. The value of KBS TV series "The Slave Hunter" will not diminish just because KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" beat it out by one vote to take the title of drama of the year. And the fact that while last year, actress Ko Hyun-jung received an overwhelming number of the votes for her role in MBC's "Queen Seon-deok" for best actress, but that this year Jang Hyeok and many other names were mentioned, may be proof that the Korean drama industry depicted on a larger variety of people. But one thing 10Asia can tell you for sure is that our writers have observed and loved Korean dramas during the past year like no other. So please, just sit back and enjoy.
―― TV Series of the Year: KBS "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" ――
From left, main cast of KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" Yoo Ah-in, Song Joong-ki, Park Min-young and Micky Yoochun. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" may be "not the most well-made drama but most meaningful drama" (Yoon Hee-seong) of the year,...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] KBS TV series "PRESIDENT" 2010/12/10, Source,
From left, KBS TV series "President" cast members Jay, Ha Hee-ra, Wang Ji-hye, Ha Hee-ra, Sungmin, Choi Soo-jong. [KBS]
"SBS TV series 'Daemul - Big Thing' bothers you, right?" This was the first question the production team for KBS drama "President" received at a press conference held ahead of the drama's premiere on December 15. It was not that hard to guess that question would come up sooner or later. After all, both dramas are about politics with both main characters striving to become presidents and to top it off, they will air on same day and time slot. This practically stole attention to the fact that it will be the first time in 19 years that actor Choi Soo-jong and actress Ha Hee-ra, married in real life, have come together as couple in the upcoming show as well, as president and the first lady, to be more precise. But Choi, who will play the role of Jang Il-joon assures that the two dramas "are entirely different dramas". So how will the two differ? "Daemul - Big Thing" versus "President" and President Seo Hye-rim (Ko Hyun-jung) versus President Jang Il-joon. Which candidate gets chosen will be up to the voters, no, the TV viewers,...More
Star couple shows presidential life 2010/12/10, Source,
Actor Choi Soo-jong, left, and his wife, actress Ha Hee-ra
By Han Sang-hee
The evening news these days has been quite a show, literally, with politicians throwing fists and chairs at one another regarding next year's budget. While it seems as if television doesn't need any more political drama, a new soap on KBS is aiming to captivate viewers with the man in the middle of the political chaos, discussion and controversy: the president,...More
Daemul failed again to pass the 30% wall 2010/11/24, Source, Ko Hyun-jung, Kwan Sang-woo Cha In-pyo's SBS 'Daemul – Big Thing' is experiencing constant decreasing, making it hard to enter the 30's.
According to AGB Nilson Media Research, 15th episode of 'Daemul – Big Thing' recorded 25.7%, which is 0.5% less than 14th episode's 26.2%. This is also 2.5% less than 1st episode's 28.3%. 'Daemul – Big Thing' had to delay breaking 30%.,...More
SBS series "Giant" maintains grip on weekly TV charts 2010/11/01, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "Giant" [SBS]
SBS TV series "Giant" topped TV charts again last week, remaining the most-watched show in the country for a month now.
According to ratings disclosed by TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Monday, the Monday and Tuesday primetime drama scored an average viewership rating of,...More
'Daemul' is expriencing the aftereffect of PD/Writer change...3% lower viewer rating 2010/10/27, Source,
According to AGB Media Nilson Research, SBS's Wed-Thurs drama 'Daemul – Big Thing' recorded only 25.5% viewer rating on 25.5%; this is 2.8% less than last episode's 28.3%.
On the episode which went air on the 27th, Seo Hye-rim (Ko Hyun-jung) attended a discussion as the representative of the ruling party; she met people with tears, then she was able to drew clapping and cheering from the audience. But the setting was too unreal for the viewer; that might be the reason for the decreasing in viewer rating.,...More
Korea wins four Asia Broadcast awards 2010/10/21, Source,
Official logo of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union 47th General Assembly [Offical ABU site]
Korea won four top honors at the 47th Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) award ceremony on Tuesday, in a competition against over 172 radio and television programs from 25 countries.
According to the official ABU site, Korea won the Radio Infotainment Prize for the "At Cheongju Women's Correctional Institution" segment on MBC's radio show "Women's Generation" and took the TV Drama prize for MBC's historical series,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" 2010/09/30, Source,
From left, actors Cha In-pyo, kwon Sang-woo, Ko Hyun-jung and Lee Soo-kyung pose during a photocall of a press conference for SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" held at the Lotte Hotel in Jamsil of Seoul, South Korea on September 29, 2010. [SBS] Anchorwoman Seo Hye-rim (played by Ko Hyun-jung), who gets fired while protesting about her husband's undeserved death, enters politics by proposal of Kang Tae-san (played by Cha In-pyo) who is a member of the ruling party and a strong candidate for the next presidential elections. With the help of Ha Doya (played by kwon Sang-woo) he had known since her childhood days, Seo Hye-rim eyes the position of president as well and Kang Tae-san, who has no thoughts of yielding to Seo, become rivals and clash against each other,...More
Drama Tackles 'Presidency' 2010/08/26, Source,
A drama is about to tackle the topic of the presidency.
Korean dramas about politics and historical stories had featured the president mainly as a background character so far, but these days the president has been the protagonist of a few mini-series dramas in a row, and the president has suddenly stood out as a "popular job" in dramas.
SBS TV's new drama "Daemul - Big Thing", which will begin airing from October, and KBS 2TV's new drama "President", which will begin airing from December, are stories of politicians who run for the presidency. Both dramas will focus on the process to run for the presidency, and the stories happening after being elected as the president will be unfolded as well,...More
The Seoul International Drama Festival, to be held from Sept. 1 to 10, will likely provide drama lovers a little bit more than just enjoying the storylines and characters.
First launched in 2006, the annual event will bring various events, showcases and a red carpet event invi,...More
"Slave Hunters" top 'Hallyu' content at Seoul Drama Awards 2010/08/23, Source,
Official logo for Seoul International Drama Awards 2010 [Seoul Drama Awards]
Last year's smash hit MBC TV series "The Slave Hunters" will receive the most recognitions for its contribution to the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, at this year's Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA).
The Seoul Drama Awards Organizing Committee announced through a press conference on Friday that the drama itself, its producer Kwak Jeong-hwan and the show's main star Jang Hyeok played the largest role in contributing to the spread of Korean content overseas,...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
Court orders Kwon Sang-woo to pay 7 mln won fine 2010/07/29, Source, kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo has been fined seven million won by a court for fleeing the scene of an accident in which Kwon collided into several vehicles in mid-June.
Judge Kim Se-jong of the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday handed a summary order of seven million won, equivalent to nearly 6,000 dollars, to the 33-year-old actor for the incident,...More
Kim Nam-gil bids farewell to fans upon entering military 2010/07/15, Source,
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil makes a salute before entering the military on July 15, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Kim Nam-gil bid farewell to fans as he entered the Korean military today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory army duties.
The actor, who arrived at Nonsan training camp in South Chungcheong Province around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, was greeted at the site by some 300 local and overseas fans from China, Japan and Taiwan,...More
Kwon Sang-woo fined 5 mln won for car accident 2010/07/13, Source,
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo, who was indicted on charges of fleeing after colliding his car into several vehicles over a month ago, has received a fine of five million won for the incident.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office announced Tuesday that they have summarily indicted the actor for violating traffic laws on the count of not taking immediate action after an accident,...More
Kim Nam-gil to enter Korean military next week 2010/07/12, Source,
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil [Star J Entertainment]
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil, currently starring in SBS TV series "Bad Man", will be enlisting in the army next week to fulfill the country's mandatory two-year military service.
According to a press release by agency Star J Entertainment on Monday, the actor will be entering the Nonsan military training camp on July 15 where he will receive four weeks of basic training and then work as a public service worker,...More
Kim Nam-gil receives military draft notice for July 15 2010/06/29, Source, Kim Nam-gil in a scene from TV series "Bad Man" [SBS]
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil, who is currently starring in SBS TV series "Bad Man", has been notified to enlist in the army by July 15, as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory two-year military service.
"It is true that Kim Nam-gil received a draft notice for July 15", an official at the show's production company Good Story said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Tuesday. "But he is in the middle of shooting the drama... We cannot say that he will be going to the military on July 15 no matter what",...More
Kwon Sang-woo to stay on TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" 2010/06/28, Source,
Actor kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Despite speculation that actor kwon Sang-woo will pull out from his upcoming TV series tentatively titled "Daemul - Big Thing" after coming under fire for colliding his car into several vehicles and then leaving the scene, producers have reaffirmed their position to keep the actor on the show.
"kwon Sang-woo will not step down [from the show] -- it is our CEO's conviction that we will go with whoever we decided on in the first place", an official with producer Lee Kim Productions told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Monday,...More
The Seoul Seobu District Public Prosecutors' Office seized and,...More
Ko Hyun-jung: 'Fans Are Reliable Because They Trust Me' 2010/06/15, Source,
Star actress Ko Hyun-jung had a fan meeting on June 13 for the first time in 21 years since she has debuted.
Ko held a press conference before the fan meeting started at CGV Art Hall in Yeongduengpo Time Square and she said, "I wanted to have this fan meeting, but now that it has actually taken place, I am little nervous".
She appeared at the venue with a rather anxious look and said, "I have always received something from my fans, and it seems to lack sincerity that I always only show myself to my fans by appearing in works. Before it is too late, I wanted to say thank to my fans, so I prepared and held this fan meeting",...More
Ko Hyun-jung to meet with fans on June 13 2010/05/25, Source,
Korean actress Ko Hyun-jung [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Ko Hyun-jung will hold her first-ever fan meeting on June 13, according to her agency on Tuesday.
"This will be the first official fan meeting for the actress who made her debut 21 years ago. The event will be held at the CGV Art Hall located at the Times Square shopping center in Yeongdeungpo", an official at DE CHOCOLATE E&TF explained to Asia Economic Daily over the phone,...More
New Ko Hyun-jung, Kwon Sang-woo series to air Oct 6 2010/05/19, Source,
Korean actress Ko Hyun-jung [Asia Economic Daily]
A new TV series starring top Korean stars Ko Hyun-jung and kwon Sang-woo is scheduled to begin its run on October 6, according to the drama's production company Lee Kim Productions on Wednesday.
An associate from Lee Kim explained, "The new drama with Ko and Kwon tentatively titled "Big Thing" ("Daemul - Big Thing") will join the Wednesday and Thursday night primetime line-up during the latter half of the year", explained an associate from Lee Kim.,...More
Ha Jung-woo's paintings shown at Seoul art fair 2010/04/27, Source,
Painting by Korean actor Ha Jung-woo [Seoul Open Art Fair]
Korean actor Ha Jung-woo is currently showing three of his paintings at the Seoul Open Art Fair 2010 (SOAF), the biggest art event in Korea.
The actor, who held his first individual art exhibition last month, is featured in a special exhibit titled "With ☆ Invitation" along with several Korean celebrities such as actors Uhm Tae-woong, Go Ah-sung, pop artist Nancy Lang and singer Bbaek Ga of K-pop group Koyote,...More
Kim Nam-gil to visit Japan for charity event next month 2010/03/30, Source,
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil will be visiting Japan next month to appear at the 3rd "Korea-Japan Friendship Festa", according to his agency Star J. Entertainment on Tuesday.
Star J. explained in a press release that the actor has recently decided to appear for free on the show, which celebrates the 45 years of normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries,...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
"Cinderella's Sister" is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (1) 2010/03/25, Source,
Actress Seo Woo attends a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "Cinderella's Sister" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 24, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: You must be quite determined since this is the first drama you're taking on since being discharged from the military.Chun Jung-myung (Cheon): While I was in the military, I had mentioned to Jo In-sung that I would like to take on a certain type of drama and it was similar in certain ways with "Cinderella's Sister". So I was happy when I got the part. I do feel pressured because reports have been saying I'm making a comeback for the first time in four years. I'm just focusing on my acting for now. Q: What was it about "Cinderella's Sister" that worked for you? Cheon: I personally had wanted to do a film but had told Jo that it may be better to do a drama first since the reaction comes faster. After I made up my mind to take on a drama, I thought hard over which I should do. I didn't think I would be ready to take on genres outside youth romance so "Cinderella's Sister" worked for me in that aspect too. And more than anything, I liked the producer and scenarist. My close actor friends, such as Ko Hyun-jung and Jo In-sung, had been in dramas by Kim Gyoo-wan. They said I'd have a hard time because my lines would be long but they told me it would be great and it would be an honor for me. Gi-hoon wasn't supposed to play such a big part in the drama. That's why I thought a newcomer would play the female role opposite me. But the script got changed the more I talked with the scenarist and my role got better,...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
Sul Kyung-gu, Song Yoon-ah sign with new agency together 2010/02/25, Source,
Korean actor Sul Kyung-gu and actress Song Yuna [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor couple Sul Kyung-gu and actress Song Yoon-ah have signed with talent powerhouse De Chocolate E&TF (E&TF), according to the company on Thursday.
"Seol is known as one of the most successful actors in the business so his joining the company, combined with our professional management skills, is expected to bring about a synergy effect", a representative from E&TF said.,...More
Eight Korean films to show at Berlin film fest 2010/02/10, Source,
Korean films "Actresses" (left) and "The Naked Kitchen" (Right)
Eight Korean films -- including "Actresses", "The Naked Kitchen" and "A Brand New Life" -- are up for presentation at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, which kicks off in Germany on Thursday.
This year, the film festival -- which is considered one of the most prestigious film events in Europe alongside Cannes, Venice and Rotterdam -- will show more than 400 films from around the world.
In addition to the following Korean movies invited to the film fest, two Asian productions have also been selected for the opening and closing films; "Apart Together", directed by Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan'an to open the event while Japanese film "Younger Brother" by Yoji Yamada will close the festival on February 21.,...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
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
Ko Hyun-jung to turn 1st female president in new drama 2009/12/31, Source,
Actress Ko Hyun-jung [Asia Economic Daily]
Actress Ko Hyun-jung, who played a charismatic royal concubine in smash hit TV series "Queen Seon-deok", will expand her grasp on such realm of acting by taking on the role of Korea's first female president in a new MBC drama.
An official at Ko's agency told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Wednesday that the 38-year-old actor has decided to take on the lead role in "Daemul" ("Daemul - Big Thing"), a drama adaptation of the comic book of the same name by famed cartoonist Park In-gwon.,...More
(10 FOCUS) 10 Awards - Top 10 People of 2009 2009/12/22, Source, Top 10 People of 2009
In the entertainment industry, the end of a year is a season about watching and talking about "people". Many media outlets select their "person of the year" and people flock to year-end awards shows to hear a quote from stars that they do not get to see often. 10Asia picked our own figures of the year, but there is no red carpet or photo spotlights for the stars to enter upon. Our selection of "persons of 2009" are not top stars who attained the most popularity from the public, but people who changed the landscape of Korea's entertainment industry and stimulated the public with experiences that we had not had before. Here are ten people who showed us a new direction for upcoming 2010.,...More
The nation's top actress and actor have been sued for alleged contract breach.
A drama production firm filed a lawsuit against Ko Hyun-jung, starring MBC's hit soap opera ",...More
[ChanMi's take] Ko Hyun-jung lost weight during "Queen Seon-deok" 2009/08/04, Source, In comparison to her face from the first and second episodes, the femme fatale charismatic actress Ko Hyun-jung has changed! She has the power to persuade and rule over the people in the drama. As much as she has changed into her character so perfectly in the scenes, she has also lost weight!
Her face has definitely slimmed! Now after 20 episodes of "Queen Seon-seok" we can,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Like You Know It All" 2009/06/04, Source, Last May 14th, this film, "Like You Know It All" has been released and has hit 30,424 viewers around the nation.
It has only hit 25 movie theaters around nation but receiving this many viewers is a miracle!
This artistic film is an entertaining film with wit and humor that has been popular verbally among fans. Many are planning to see this film even a month after its quiet release! There is a never ending laughter for the audience in the theater for this film.,...More
Korea and Japan have been at center stage when it comes to television dramas, and the Korean Broadcasting Institute has revealed the differences of the two close yet distant countries' drama production.
According to the report "Comparison on Drama Making of Jap,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Ko Hyun-jung has a true Queen's pose 2009/04/10, Source, Many are predicting the success for the new historical drama "Queen Seon-deok" starring Ko Hyun-jung as the main character. The filming has begun and many are applauding at Ko's acting as the Sin-la era's greatest femme fatale and queen, Seon-deok.
There was great investment taken into this drama for the arts, palace set, bamboo forest, costumes, and more.
This drama is to be 50 episodes and will be aired in May!,...More
Top actress Ko Hyun-jung surprised fans not only by appearing on a TV entertainment show for the first time,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Ko Hyun-jung in a model shoot for 'Vogue' 2009/01/21, Source, Ko Hyun-jung has started her active celebrity life through modeling in Vogue magazine this year of 2009.
Ko could take the image of a nun, queen, manequin, statue and more!
In the magazine, she revealed her life during her failed marriage and after it.
You will be able to see her interview and magazine shoot in the February edition of Vogue!,...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
Actress Ko Hyun-jung will return playing the role of a female president in a new drama to be aired on SBS,...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
TV Producers Vow to Curb Exorbitant Fees for Stars 2007/03/06, Source, TV production companies are joining hands to curb spiraling fees for acting stars, which they say take up the lion's share of production costs and damage overall quality and competitiveness. Altogether 31 production companies including KimJongHak Production, Olive Nice, Logos Film and PAN Entertainm,...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source, Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
This Week's Movie Releases 2006/09/01, Source, Time now to check on the week's new releases.
A Korean romance film and a Japanese sci-fi blockbuster are among what's showing at theaters in Korea.
But before we get to that there's the first Hollywood remake of a Korean movie.
Son Heekyung reports.
"The Lake House", the Hollywood remake of t,...More
Hong Sang-soo Shoots 7th Feature 2006/04/25, Source, Prominent Korean art-house auteur, Hong Sang-soo began shooting his seventh feature film "Woman on the Beach" this month. The director is widely appreciated internationally with retrospectives of his work held in France, throughout the US, an,...More
The show business is always on the search for fresh faces. Kate Moss was discovered standing in line at JFK International Airport and actress Nam Sang-mi was working at a fast food restaurant in Seoul when a t,...More
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