Ku Hye-sun Unpaid for 6 Years 2017/12/06, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun was unpaid for starring in a drama several years ago.
News 1 reported that Ku Hye-sun hasn't been paid 260 million won by a drama production company for a drama in 2011. The court issued an order for payment, but she remains unpaid after six years,...More
Foreigners' Favorite Korean Dramas 2017/09/27, Source,
The Korean Wave used to be limited to Asia but is now reaching the shores of the U.S. and other western countries as well. MsMojo, a website dedicated to pop culture, recently published a list of the 10 most popular Korean dramas among English-speaking fans,...More
Which Actors/Actresses Joined YG Entertainment? 2017/06/27, Source,
For people who are a fan of with K-pop industry, YG Entertainment is a familiar name to your ears. From Big Bang to Psy, Winner, Blackpink and more, YG Entertainment is one of the top agencies in South Korea for the K-pop groups. Now, did you know that YG Entertainment is also a home of many great actors and actresses? Many new/veteran actors/ actresses have signed a contract with YG Entertainment and they are part of the YG Family,...More
Top Stars Couple Chemistry in Advertisements 2017/06/26, Source,
Sometimes the couple chemistry we see in the advertisements can be even more impactful in our mind than the ones we see in a drama or a movie. Perhaps it's because of the short moment we see them together, it lingers in our head, wanting to see more of them, but some of the advertisement couples have been famous for their chemistry,...More
Ku Hye-sun still in hospital 2017/03/28, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun is still in the hospital.
YG Entertainment announced that she's being watched over by doctors and getting appropriate treatment but she will be able to receive treatment from home if it seems right,...More
Versatile Actress Holds Painting Exhibition 2017/01/05, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun poses for a photo at a gallery in Seoul on Wednesday, a day ahead of her painting exhibition.
Actress Ku Hye-sun on Wednesday offered a sneak peek at her exhibition of over 50 paintings. The exhibition runs from Jan. 5 to Jan. 29 at Seoul Arts Center in Seoul.
Koo had similar exhibitions eight times already and released several music albums whose popularity led her to hold a concert in 2015. The versatile actress even directed seven independent films,...More
[Interview] Listening to Ku Hye-sun's music 2015/06/17, Source, Ku Hye-sun is out with her newest new age album called "Breath 2" for the first time in 6 years. But that's no surprise because Ku Hye-sun has been very busy as an actress, film director, hosting exhibitions and publishing novels. There have been people who looked at her with jaundiced eyes and the reasons being that she released mostly repertoires and her acting skills. However, her music is comfortable enough for anyone to hear. Listening to them with closed eyes releases a field of imaginations. Her music makes one liberal and so did the interview with her. The discussion was mainly her album and the talk of music soon became talk of people,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" 2015/04/25,
Gaining the love of audiences is quite easy when those audiences feel their needs are a priority. "Blood" received a lot of criticism for its two leads' acting skills and that criticism is accurate. However, it would be unfair to say that this is the only problem of the series. It would also be unfair to say there is nothing good here to be found. It all comes down to balancing the bad with good. Unfortunately, that is where "Blood" fails,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 20 Final 2015/04/21,
This episode opens up with Ji-sang making one last random, pointless violent attack against Jae-wook's forces. Which inevitably comes down to nothing, and inevitably results in Ji-sang being let go. I guess this one was just for old time's sake- "Blood" has been pretty dedicated to its rather arbitrary format, and there's no reason for that to end in the last episode. It's just that this time the second half rampage actually manages to accomplish something, mostly because the drama has to end somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 19 2015/04/20,
I'm not sure there's really much left to say about "Blood" at this point. The drama has overstayed its welcome- I mean that literally more than subjectively. Take away all the filler and there's maybe about ten episodes worth of actual interesting plot here. But even the filler could have been potentially interesting if it actually led up to something. Again, I would have cared a lot more about Seok-joo's depth if we'd ever gotten any meaningful detail about his relationship with Ri-ta. Instead, it was just his continuing to get involved in Jae-wook's obviously bad research idea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 18 2015/04/14,
You know, let's never mind the henchmen for the moment. Why do the regular hospital employees continue to work for Jae-wook under these conditions? Does it actually say in their contracts that they're obliged to continue their employment even if their lives appear to be in imminent physical danger? The patients are so out-of-control that I'm surprised they aren't straight up handcuffed to the gurneys. Even the security guards must be pretty weirded out by now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 17 2015/04/13,
Try as I might I can't stop wondering where Jae-wook is getting all these henchmen. This just seems like a really lousy job that's more likely than not to result in a premature death to their presumably immortal lives. And the real kicker is that these henchmen aren't even any good at their job. I suspect Jae-wook could have saved a lot of time and effort by just hiring a hacker instead. Or he could have just stolen the information himself during a dinner party. That's always a pretty fun trope,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 16 2015/04/07,
This episode opens up with another apparently dangerous cliffhanger rather nonchalantly solved, and we proceed from there to yet another cliffhanger that initially seems to be dangerous but...somehow I have trouble feeling the dramatic tension. "Blood" is rather surprisingly repetitive considering that theoretically this is supposed to be a long-form narrative. It would actually be much less repetitive if it had just gone with the standard patient-of-the-week format typical for medical dramas. Now there's a weird thought,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 15 2015/04/06,
The format at this point is pretty much to be expected. After an apparently daring cliffhanger where it seems like Ji-sang is just about to really get into it with Jae-wook...the younger vampire just leaves. I can't quite recall the last time I saw a drama go through so much deliberate build-up only to not actually be working up to anything. Ji-sang's strategy, to the extent he can be said to have a strategy at all, just seems to be to slowly wear down Jae-wook's weaknesses by being kind of a pest,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 14 2015/03/31,
Ji-sang learns a valuable lesson this episode- talking to people is actually a very good way to move the plot forward. The video by his mom stops being an exercise in showing off how Ahn Jae-hyun isn't that good at emoting and instead is used for its substantial information regarding the infection. For Ji-sang to just be willing to share such private information with other people at all marks a long-needed improvement in his character arc,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 13 2015/03/30,
Ji-sang has this rather odd determination to solve all his problems with violence, even though he's not actually all that good at fighting. In all fairness Jae-wook is equally determined to have his goons provoke violent confrontations, again not for any particularly good reason. I get the impression that writer Park Jae-beom-I doesn't really have any idea how vampires could react to each other short of just fighting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 12 2015/03/24,
The main dramatic event this episode that inspires worry is the fate of the Dracula doll. Will Ri-ta step on the Dracula doll? All right I know other stuff happened but for whatever reason that's the only visual interesting enough to linger on in my memory. Maybe it's because I understand where the doll is coming from- it had to be manufactured somewhere. Whereas "Blood" the actual drama tries to up the stakes by introducing another vampire, from nowhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 11 2015/03/23,
After a shockingly violent cliffhanger where a furious Ji-sang physically accosts Jae-wook, this hard-hitting action is followed up by...their going into Jae-wook's office to discuss the finer points of ethics in regards to using terminally ill human test subjects for dangerous experimental treatment. This is why you have trouble making friends Ji-sang. That really should have been your first reaction. Although admittedly the cliffhanger probably would not have been quite so exciting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 10 2015/03/17,
Let's consider for a moment what the actual plot of "Blood" would be if vampires were not involved. Jae-wook would just be a somewhat ruthless researcher who resorts to somewhat underhanded techniques to procure test subjects. But, the test subjects already had questionable hopes for recovery to begin with. So the dilemma is really only an ethical one. Is it acceptable to use desperate people for scientific research?,...More
[Spoiler] 'Blood' Ahn Jae-hyun asks Ku Hye-sun out for dinner 2015/03/17, Source,
On the March 17th episode of KBS 2TV's Monday & Tuesday drama "Blood", Park Ji-sang (Ahn Jae-hyun) sneakily asked Yoo Ri-ta (Ku Hye-sun) out.
Park Ji-sang went to back to the hospital while he was going home after work as if he had forgotten something. He stepped in Yoo Ri-ta's office and asked her "You haven't had dinner yet?" Yoo Ri-ta bluntly said, "It's only been 10 minutes out of the operating room". Park Ji-sang said "It's office dinner meeting" and took her to a restaurant,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 9 2015/03/16,
...Well, add car accidents to the list of things that "Blood" has somehow managed to make uninteresting. You know what would have been nice? If Ri-ta could have figured out this vampire stuff through inductive reasoning, or snooping, or an unrelated medical investigation. The fact that it's taken her this long to figure out what's wrong with Ji-sang when there have been so many obvious clues just makes her look kind of dumb,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 8 2015/03/10,
It seems like most of the energy in "Blood" is just spent recapping stuff we should already know. The irony is that the pacing and lack of clear emphasis is such that all these reminder points are actually pretty necessary. Ri-ta herself manages to totally forget about one serious chat she had with Ji-sang, and has to be reminded by another character into provoking the flashback that better contextualizes the current situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 7 2015/03/09,
We finally find out why Jae-wook has spent the entire drama playing practical jokes on Ji-sang instead of doing something more purposeful- whatever Jae-wook needs from Ji-sang, it requires that the younger vampire at least be alive in one form or another. This plot point could have happened in the third episode and we would not have lost anything of signifiance. I know that to some extent I should really be grateful that "Blood" finally has an actual point but it is way, way too late for the drama to still be establishing basic facts regarding the premise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 6 2015/03/03,
Ri-ta's principle motivation this episode is to prove decisively that Ji-sang has a better-than-average ability to recover from flesh wounds. Why..? Uh...I guess because she just really dislikes Ji-sang? This is exactly the kind of scale problem I'm talking about. When half of the action in "Blood" is drawn-out brawls between superpowered vampires, it's a bit of an awkward transition to go from that to petty office politics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 5 2015/03/02,
There's an awful lot of recapping in "Blood" considering the drama doesn't seem to have any actual plot. I'm really not sure why we keep getting reminded of Ji-sang's basic motivation. I thought the entire point, of dedicating the first episode to his origin story was that we wouldn't need to keep referring to it again and again. By contrast, the main interesting hook of the first episode (how vampire powers can help to make a better surgeon) is barely even explored at all here. We just get more banal conversation about how Ji-sang is probably a psychopath,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Blood" 2015/02/28,
Korean drama has its hits and misses in all aspects, including acting. Yet this specific aspect is rarely as prominently criticized and discussed as it has been for "Blood". It is important to remember that even bad flaws do not always diminish the overall quality of a work, unless they exist in a place and form which make their influence crucial. Sadly for "Blood", its problems exist in two very important aspects of it. Its leading pair and unclear plans for the future. Is all hope lost? For a quality experience, probably. For entertainment? Not just yet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 4 2015/02/24,
Writer Park Jae-beom-I appears to have a rather curious fixation with not allowing the vampire part of the drama and the medical part of the drama to actually interact in any way. It's a perplexing creative decision- what's the point of having a vampire surgeon who can use his vampire powers to affect surgical outcomes if he never actually does it? Would "Good Doctor" have been entertaining if its main character only acted autistic outside of the operating room? Granted, that drama had its problems. But at least it was structurally sound,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 3 2015/02/23,
The theme this time appears to be on the social skills of vampires- or lack thereof. OK, I can work with that. In the first place this does explain why Ji-sang is, well, so rude. Before I was worried that maybe this was the acting inexperience of Ahn Jae-hyun, but no, Ji-sang really doesn't seem to have any idea how to convincingly talk to people. I imagine that even absent vampire practical jokes the other staff would have still started up rumors about him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 2 2015/02/17,
The origin story is still being explained here...to the point of boredom, unfortunately. About the only relevant information we get here in regard to Ji-sang's quest is the broader motive. Ji-sang is trying to explore the notion of vampirism as a medical condition which may or may not have possible long term benefits. Ji-sang's entry into the hospital scene appears to be directly related to this inquiry for information, which if nothing else certainly gives the plot some potentially interesting direction. Then the robot shows up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 1 2015/02/16,
The marketing for "Blood" has been so across-the-board I had no idea what to expect in the first episode. Even granting that, "superhero origin story" was pretty far off from anything I would have guessed. Ji-sang (played by Ahn Jae-hyun) is a vampire who, in true familial tradition, has dedicated himself to saving human lives. It thus comes off as little surprise that there are other vampires out there who find Ji-sang's very existence to be ethically offensive,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Blood" 2015/02/14,
The thematic shift for dramas is already happening and the new topic is vampirism. An interesting topic, certainly and one which has done well for Korean television before, most recently and notably through OCN's "Vampire Prosecutor" series. "Blood" is being brought to viewers by KBS2 and there are certainly a few less than promising elements about it, but also some encouraging ones. For better or for worse, it is kicking off the vampire trend,...More
Ku Hye-sun in "Blood" 2015/01/22, Source, Actress Ku Hye-sun is a cute doctor in the new KBS 2TV drama "Blood".
Pictures of her in stills show her in a white gown, looking charismatic. She takes on the role of Yurita. Koo's dark hair emphasizes her fair skin and the white gown makes her look confident,...More
[Interview] Ku Hye-sun, "To those who reject me" 2014/12/08, Source,
There's no knowing her. She's been successful as an actress, producer, composing, conversation and more. It's hard to regulate her in one category. Ku Hye-sun always stimulates the curiosity with her ways of releasing her desires with various ways.
However, her ways of expression don't always agree with the public. Criticisms that she's an unrecognized but pretty actress who is caught up in her world and just branching out through various methods, is always bothering her. Why is she dealing with all these criticisms and still struggling to fulfill her desires?,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/01, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Fire in Hell": A Buddhist monk succumbs to sin and is cruelly cornered by fate on his way to redemption. (11/06)
★★★★ "Entangled": A family of four are put under pressure after the youngest daughter's child dies as a result of the mother's deteriorating mental condition. (11/06)
★★★★ "Daughter": A woman struggles to free herself from her strict ascetic upbringing and wonders what the future holds for her own family. (11/06)
★★★ "Fashion King - Movie": A high school student plans to become a fabulous fashionista in order to attract the attention of the prettiest girl in school. (11/06)
★★★★ "Glory For Everyone": A touching documentary that follows a young soccer team and accounts their struggles against poverty and class. (11/06),...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Daughter" by Ku Hye-sun 2014/10/11,
In the present day San-i (played by Ku Hye-sun) frequents wide open spaces. Somehow the perspective feels immensely claustrophobic. The immediately following flashback initially does little to explain why. Young San-i (played by Hyun Seung-min) is on an outing with her mother (played by Shim Hye-jin). There's lots of picture-taking- a very tedious process some fifteen years ago, back before everyone did it with cell phones spontaneously. And as it turns out, that's not the only part of San-i's life that's heavily regimented,...More
Ku Hye-sun's selfie 2014/10/07, Source, Ku Hye-sun tweeted a picture of herself saying, "Thank You".
She's wearing something black and leaning in a sofa. Her long wavy hair and eyes stand out as she reminds everyone why she was chosen as the good-looking girl,...More
Ku Hye-sun's "Pieces of Memory" 2013/09/24, Source, Ku Hye-sun's short feature film "Pieces of Memory" advanced into the 6th Seoul Senior Film Festival.
She is expected to receive an award from the Park Won-soon Seoul City Mayor at the opening ceremony on the 30th,...More
Ku Hye-sun Joins Jury for Jecheon Music Film Festival 2013/08/03, Source,
Actress and director Ku Hye-sun has been appointed a jury member for the 9th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival. JIMFF announced on Thursday that Ku Hye-sun has been selected as a juror for the competition category. She will watch nine films in the "World Music Film Today" competition category and recommend one for the Grand Prize,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] September and the Aftermath of the Summer Hits
2012/10/06, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.09)
It took ten long weeks at the weekend box office to see off Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves", a monumental run that earned the film a recording-breaking 13 million admissions during that time. August was indeed the month its sales caught fire, and the month of September was just a glory lap as it gracefully bows out of the limelight and into the history books.
In addition to the re-writing of the history books, September showed a wavering level of enthusiasm for some of this month's foreign inclusions. Although, "The Bourne Legacy" was able to enter the second weekend on top, snatching 29.3% of the ticket sales in the process. This was the first time a foreign film had held the weekend number one since "The Dark Knight Rises" some seven weeks earlier. In fact, the shelf life for foreign films was on average 2~3 weeks in the top ten,...More
Actress Ku Hye-sun Sues Netizen For False Rumors 2012/10/02, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun refuses to sit back as people spread false rumors about her. She has chosen to take the matter to court. According to a tweet from Koo on September 28th, she said, "If you spread groundless rumors, you may be punished". Along with those words, she attached a screen shot of the rumor she was referring to. It said, "Ku Hye-sun filmed a movie in the past, where she had apparently thought Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the same Mary as Mary Magdalene, the prostitute,...More
Korean actress cancels visit to Japan amid tension over Dokdo 2012/09/03, Source,
A Korean TV actress has canceled her plan to visit Japan, her entertainment agency said Monday, after a Japanese network suspended the broadcast of a television drama starring her amid heightened diplomatic tension over the Korean islets of Dokdo. Ku Hye-sun planned to visit Japan on Monday and Tuesday to attend events to mark the release of a DVD set of "Absolute Darling", a Taiwanese TV drama in which she took a lead role,...More
K-celebrities now VCR2 2012/01/05, Source,
On January 3rd, a drama for the spotlight, one which is set to excite all of Korea, the drama "Take Care of Us, Captain" held its production announcement conference.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "We will now begin the production announcement conference of "Take Care of Us, Captain", which will begin airing on January 4, 2012". A drama about dreams that come true in the skies,...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
The 13th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul (IWFFIS) invites moviegoers of all gender orientations to — as its slogan shouts — see the world through women's eyes this month.
From April 7 to 14, a total of 110 films from 30 countries will be on offer, including 34 feat,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2 2011/03/02, Source, I was really excited that the weather is finally getting warmer, but today, we're hitting the negatives again.
I really enjoy spring myself, and i can't wait till it comes. Dami, what else have you prepared for us today.
[Reporter : ] Well, as March commences the season of spring, many stars are entering schools as well. has captured these stars at their entrance ceremonies. Let's go check out which stars have turned into this year's university freshmen.
Beautiful star Ku Hye-sun always pursues changes. She has changed from an actress to an artist, and again to a film director. Now she is a university freshman,...More
Ku Hye-sun, directs Seoul International Female Film Awards official trailer 2011/01/25, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun has been appointed to direct the official trailer for the 13th Seoul International Female Film Awards.
The Seoul International Female Film Awards office revealed 26th morning, "It is expected that lively and bubbly Ku Hye-sun, who is the perfect match for the theme 'Freedom' for this years Seoul International Female Film Awards, will fill the trailer with various images of women with Sinchon as a background".,...More
Lee Min-ho to release DVD of past year activities 2010/12/21, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho will release a DVD which sums up his activities from last year to 2010.
An official from his agency Starhaus Entertainment told 10Asia over the phone that Lee's DVD titled "Lee Minho 2009-2010", which was produced in Japan, will go on sale for fans in Japan and Korea starting December 24,...More
Ku Hye-sun's 1st feature "Magic - 2010" invited to Tokyo film fest 2010/10/29, Source,
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun at the Tokyo International Film Festival [YG Entertainment]
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun's first feature film "Magic - 2010" was invited to the 23rd annual Tokyo International Film Festival, according to her agency YG Entertainment on Friday.
YG announced that "Magic - 2010" was screened at the fest yesterday under the "Winds of Asia-Middle East Film Panorama of Asia-Middle East" category featuring films from Korea to Israeli, as well as being nominated for Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film Award,...More
YG Entertainment artists to hold joint concert in Dec 2010/10/15, Source,
Poster for the "2010 YG Family Concert" [YG Entertainment]
Korean singers from major talenthouse YG Entertainment will hold a concert in December.
YG announced in a press release Friday that Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy and Psy will perform at the two-day "2010 YG Family Concert" to be held at the Olympic Park Stadium located in Seoul on December 4 and 5,...More
[PIFF] Hoping that moment will be about Busan 2010/10/08, Source,
Actor Won Bin, actress Kim Sae-ron and director Lee Jeong-beom of film "The Man From Nowhere" walk the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan, South Korea on October 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Second visit to Busan and first time covering the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). It is experience that is embarrassing to even be considered short. But instead feeling discouraged by the Busan natives and reporters who cover PIFF every year, the fireworks which went off at the start of the festival were watched with ease and excitement. It was probably from the anticipation felt from getting to meet directly with actors and directors who turned up at the show with their films as precious as their own child, and the satisfaction felt from being amongst the huge crowd seated at the venue,...More
BUSAN ― The hours leading to the long-awaited opening of the 15th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) Thursday night saw traffic slow to a crawl along Haeundae Beach,...More
Five Korean films invited to Tokyo 2010/10/08, Source, This year a total of 5 Korean films will get the green carpet treatmentat the environmentally friendly 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival. Not to be confused with Toronto, the other 'TIFF', Tokyo is one of the biggest international film festivals in Asia, vying for attention with Pusan and Hong,...More
[INTERVIEW] Korean actor Jeon Tae-soo 2010/09/14, Source, Interview with Korean actor Jeon Tae-soo
Korean actor Jeon Tae-soo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name is Jeon Tae-soo. I had thoughts of using a stage name like my sister but I decided to use my real name because people say Jeon Tae-soo has a good vibe to it. I was born on March 2, 1984. I have three older sisters. My second oldest sister is Korean actress Ha Ji-won and my other two sisters are both married. My oldest sister's son is in second grade and is quite fond of me. I think it's because I have a lot of video and computer games in my room. I used to play soccer on the Suwon Samsung Youth team. I was right wing and I sometimes moved to the top. I was the kind of player that would dribble the ball and score a goal rather than being a striker. And then I had to quit when I was a freshmen in high school because my father was strongly against it,...More
Kim Hyun-joong to release pictorial book on Sept 15 2010/09/06, Source,
Korean actor and singer Kim Hyun-joong on the cover of "READY, ACTION!" [SBS Contents Hub]
A pictorial book featuring photographs of Korean idol Kim Hyun-joong's travels in Spain will be released in Korea in mid-September, according to the book's creator SBS Contents Hub on Monday.
SBS announced that the booklet titled "READ, ACTION!" will be released in the country on September 15, while preorders for the book began on September 1 in Korea and was pre-sold in Japan last month,...More
miss A shoots spread for clothing brand with actor Kim Bum 2010/08/18, Source,
K-pop girl group miss A and Kim Bum for the Fall/Winter 2010 Collection for Korean casual clothing brand Edwin [Edwin]
K-pop girl group miss A has shot a photo spread for a local clothing brand with actor Kim Bum, according to the clothing brand's promoter Yookky Communication on Wednesday.
Yookky announced in a press release that miss A shot the spread for the Fall/Winter 2010 Collection for Korean casual clothing brand Edwin with actor Kim Bum on July 28,...More
Lee Min-ho reveals pics from Maldives vacation 2010/08/09, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho on his Maldives vacation [Official Lee Min-ho Cyworld and Twitter]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has uploaded pictures from his recent vacation in the Maldives on his official Cyworld webpage and Twitter.
Last Friday, Lee posted several photographs of himself including one of himself on the beach sporting a navy blue t-shirt and white pants, a close-up shots from a swimming pool and another of himself talking on his phone while sitting on a bench,...More
Kim Bum attracts thousands to fan event in Thailand 2010/08/05, Source,
Korean actor Kim Bum at his fan meeting in Thailand [King Kong Entertainment]
Korean actor Kim Bum, who is currently holding a fan tour throughout Asia, met with his fans in Thailand last week, according to his agency King Kong Entertainment on Thursday.
King Kong announced in a press release that Kim held a press conference attended by some 3,000 fans and reporters at Siam Paragon in Bangkok on July 30 and signed autographs as well as performing in front of about 1,500 fans at the official fan meeting the following day,...More
Kim Bum named PR ambassador for Hallyu Dream Festival 2010/08/02, Source,
Korean actor Kim Bum
Several Korean stars including actors Kim Bum and Yoon Sang-hyun have been appointed PR ambassadors for the upcoming Hallyu Dream Festival to be held next month in the city of Gyeong-ju in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
The event's organizing committee announced in a press release on Monday that they have named Kim Bum as the publicity ambassador for the festival while giving the same title to actor Yoon Sang-hyun, idol group Choshinsung and singer Hong Jin-young to promote North Gyeongsang Province,...More
2NE1 and Lee Min-ho to attend makeup brand concert 2010/07/15, Source,
Official poster of Etude's "Pink Play Concert" [Etude House]
Korean female idols 2NE1 and actor Lee Min-ho will be attending a concert for a make-up brand next month, according to concert host Etude House on Thursday.
Etude House announced in a press release that 2NE1, spokesmodels for Etude, and Lee will be attending the "Pink Play Concert" to be held at the Walker Hill Hotel Riverpark on August 20,...More
Ku Hye-sun's Movie Picks 2010/07/06, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"I had to pay attention to everything, take responsibility for everything, and I was able to show the pictures, music and story I like all at once, but what was most important was that I wasn't doing it alone. Drawing or writing you may do alone a lot but you need many people to make a movie. Eighty people coming together to produce a single product -- I think that is what's most attractive about movies. I could have never done it alone. I was able to get a better outcome than I had expected to because I did it with them",...More
Lee Min-ho sets up official Twitter account 2010/07/02, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Lee's official Twitter page]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has set up an official Twitter account after falling victim to a Twitter impersonator last March.
The actor announced on his Cyworld mini-hompy board Thursday afternoon that he had created his own account (http://twitter.com/actorleeminho) on Twitter, a popular social networking and micro-blogging service.
Lee made his first Twitter entry, saying "I want to ride a bike" along with a photo of himself riding a bicycle in a commercial,...More
Hye-seon: 'I Have Become Positive as I Directed Movie' 2010/06/17, Source,
When we mention actress Ku Hye-sun, the modifier "jack-of-all-trades" always follows. She undertakes various activities such as writing a novel and drawing illustrations and plays all over in and outside of the picture tube. At this time, she is attracting interest as she has directed a movie for the first time.
The interviewer met Ku Hye-sun at a café located in Samcheong-dong in Jongno-gu on June 15. When she listened to the phrase "jack-of-all-trades", she burst into laughter and said, "You have given too big a compliment to me even though there are actually not many things that I can do very well. Why do you call me 'jack-of-all-trades?' I do not understand. Anyway, I really appreciate that you call me such a nice word. I feel much more responsibility. I hope that I can do things, which I like to do, very well in the future not just to be remembered for my favorite work",...More
It's no doubt that Ku Hye-sun is talented. And ambitious.
The popular actress has displayed her prolific ta,...More
Ku Hye-sun to release digital single on June 16 2010/06/15, Source,
Cover of Ku Hye-sun's digital single "Brown Hair" [YG Entertainment]
Multi-talented star Ku Hye-sun will be releasing her digital single tomorrow, according to her agency YG Entertainment on Tuesday.
YG announced in a press release that Koo will release digital single "Brown Hair" on Wednesday which has been rearranged by bossa nova pianist Choi In-young,...More
Ku Hye-sun's short feature wins at Japan film fest 2010/06/14, Source,
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun holds up her trophy from Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia [Ku Hye-sun's official Twitter site]
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun scored a win as a film director with her short feature "The Madonna" at the 12th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.
The actress, who received a special invitation to screen her short pic, was awarded the "Spotlight Award" at the event, she announced on her official Twitter page on Sunday,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Koo's reasons for not wearing dresses 2010/05/31, Source,
"Just fine with being worst dresser".
On the red carpet seremony, Ku Hye-sun is known to wear slacks rather than dresses!
She took time to explain this in her interview.
Wearing outfits that aren't too masculine of feminine, a blogger said that he doesn't care what she wears just that she does her best as a producer and an actress.
Koo said that she never was invited to these film festivals as an actress but as a producer or a director for her short films.,...More
Kim Hyun-joong gets into car accident, ok for comeback 2010/05/18, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
SS501 leader Kim Hyun-joong was involved in a car accident last week but he has suffered minor injuries, allowing his group to make their comeback to the local music scene as planned next month, according to their agency on Tuesday.
An official with DSP Media told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that Kim had gotten into the accident on Wednesday when a car he was riding in with an acquaintance collided into another car, leaving the singer with bruises and abrasions which would take two weeks to heal,...More
SS501 Kim Hyun-joong considering "IRIS" spin-off 2010/05/12, Source,
Korean actor/singer Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong is in talks to appear in the upcoming action TV series "ATHENA", the spin-off to last year's hit blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
"Kim is a strong candidate for the drama but we are currently in talks with his agency and nothing has been set as of now", a representative from Taewon told Asia Economic Daily over the phone,...More
Local agencies eager to sign on SS501 Kim Hyun-joong 2010/05/06, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong is reportedly keeping local talent agencies on their toes as his contract nears its expiration date with DSP Entertainment next month.
The singer has become the hottest recruit in the entertainment business as he will be a free agent when his contract with agency DSP Entertainment expires on June 8,...More
[STAR DIARY] Lee Min-ho - Part 7 2010/05/04, Source,
Actors Lee Min-ho (right) and Ku Hye-sun in TV series "Boys over Flowers" [KBS]
Although the location shoot in New Caledonia was difficult, what shocked Lee Min-ho the most during the filming of "Boys over Flowers" was the car accident.
"I didn't have a driver's license but I had to shoot a driving scene. So I got my license in a rush and drove the car on a provisional license. And the car I was driving in the scene was a Lotus GP3". That is when last January, Lee Min-ho ended up crashing into a guard rail while shooting the driving scene for the show,...More
[STAR DIARY] Lee Min-ho - Part 6 2010/05/02, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
Not long after Lee Min-ho had started shooting "Boys over Flowers", he was to go on his overseas location shoot to New Caledonia.
"We shot there for twelve days and we ate baguette bread and meat the whole time. The island was French-governed territory, so everything was incredibly expensive. I think one meal cost about KRW 400,000 to 500,000 won. A coke cost about 15,000 won -- need I say more? Imagine eating that hard bread three times a day for twelve days",...More
Ku Hye-sun in talks to appear in TV series "The Musical" 2010/04/29, Source,
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun is currently in talks to appear in a new TV series titled "The Musical", according to her agency YG Entertainment on Thursday.
"The casting for the drama has not been finalized... It is one of many offers that she has received", an official at YG said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily. "She is planning to appear in a drama in the second half of the year and so we are talking with [the producers of] "The Musical"",...More
Jeonju Int'l Film Festival kicks off today 2010/04/29, Source,
Official poster for the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival [JIFF]
The 11th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) officially kicks off this evening, opening with South Korean film "Should've Kissed" by critically acclaimed director Park Jin-oh.
The film fest set a new record this year by showing a total of 209 films (131 features and 78 short films) from 49 countries that have been categorized into the following sections; Competition, JIFF Project, Cinemascape, Stranger Than Cinema, Cinemafest and Focus On,...More
YG Entertainment records biggest profit in history 2010/04/12, Source,
Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment [YG Entertainment]
YG Entertainment (YG) -- considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside SM and JYP Entertainment -- saw its most successful business year to date last year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.
According to the annual audit report YG submitted to Korea's Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) on Friday, the agency recorded operating profits of 7.39 billion won last year with a net profit of 4.16 billion won, the company's biggest profit yet,...More
Actress Ku Hye-sun's Song Picks 2010/04/02, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
She became famous on the Internet first for her beautiful looks, she then debuted through a sitcom, she also emceed for a music show and she starred in one of the most popular dramas last year. She also played the female lead role who speaks in the dialect of ethnic Koreans from Yanji City in a daily drama and appeared in a historical epic while wearing a hairpiece weighing over several kilograms at the young age of 20. She has also written over 100 songs. That is how Ku Hye-sun surpassed everyone's expectations. Nobody expected her to pull off all those roles and it did not take long for her to prove she made the right choices,...More
Lee Min-ho warns fans about fake Twitter account 2010/03/15, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has warned fans of a fake Twitter account opened up under his name, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment.
"What people currently know as Lee Min-ho's Twitter is a fake account", said an official at Starhaus on Friday, adding that they are preparing countermeasures to protect the actor's fans.,...More
Ku Hye-sun and Oguri Shun Become Film Directors 2010/03/03, Source, Ku Hye-sun attends the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival (February 25 to March 1) held in Hokkaido, Japan, with her directorial debut, "Delightful Assistant".
Japanese Actor Oguri Shun (28) said, "Korean movies have their own uniqueness. I would like to make films as good as Korean movies". Korean actress Ku Hye-sun (26) said, "I feel a sense of kinship with him because he is also an actor-turned-director. I enjoyed watching his debut film as a director".,...More
[PHOTOS] Ku Hye-sun, the director 2010/02/22, Source,
Actress Ku Hye-sun [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Actress Ku Hye-sun, who is making her feature film directorial debut through her movie tentatively titled "Magic - 2010" in English, smiles on the set of the pic at the Saerasae Digital Theater of Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on February 21, 2010.,...More
Kim Hyun-joong attends former Korean president Chun's birthday 2010/01/19, Source,
Korean pop idol Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean pop idol Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 recently attended former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan's 80th birthday party, according to his agency DSP Media on Tuesday.
"Before attending a birthday party for [DSP agency CEO] Mr. Lee Ho-yeon, Kim stopped by the reception for former president Chun Doo-hwan with Mr. Lee", an official at DSP Media was quoted as saying.,...More
Lee Min-ho to make comeback in new drama 2010/01/11, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho is set to make a comeback to the small screen in April, according to television broadcaster MBC on Monday. The actor has been cast for the lead role in a new MBC TV series, tentatively titled "Personal Taste", which is based on a novel of the same title by Korean writer Lee Se-in. Lee will play the role of Jun Jin-ho, who pretends to be a gay man in order to become roommates with a woman who wants to live with a gay male friend.,...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
[ChanMi's star news] Best and worst dressers! 2009/12/31, Source,
The award ceremonies have come and gone with a lot of celebrities stepping on the red carpet showing off their makeovers!
The best and worst dressers were also picked for this year end events.
There were many bright colored dresses this year also with fur and edgy styles.
Kim Nam-joo was picked as the best dresser of this red carpet walk because of her sophisticated dress like a queen. The worse dresser was picked as Ku Hye-sun who did not wear any dress,...More
Even before K-pop, Filipinos were long fans of imported dramas.
Soap operas and drama series have become a staple for daytime and primetime viewing in the Philippines.
In the 1990s, Mexican telenovelas became the mania, with huge hits like "Ro,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Ku Hye-sun's first album better than expected! 2009/09/03, Source, She is an entertainer of great many talents! Ku Hye-sun has just released her first album!
Koo has composed 8 songs in her album and the title song was sung by Gummy as the main vocal. 7 of the songs are instrumentals. The fans who listened to the album say it is better than expected and congratulated on her first album.
Her singing skills are great and even her composition is praiseworthy.,...More
'Seoul International Drama Awards 2009' to be opened on Sept. 11 2009/07/17, Source, The awarding ceremony of the 'Seoul International Drama Awards 2009' is held at Olympic Park on 11th of September. It attracted 169 entries from 37 countries, which is the largest in the history of the event. They came from Asia, America, Europe, and the Middle East.
In its 4th edition this year, t,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Ku Hye-sun, writer! 2009/05/08, Source, Ku Hye-sun has appeared in public not as an actress this time, but as a writer!
She has written a novel, "Tango". And that is why she is here for her fan signing, to promote her novel!
Koo is not only beautiful and a talented actress, but she can write, also!,...More
The latest heartthrob for Korean women is the young actor,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] "Boys over Flowers", high fantasy romance drama! 2009/01/04, Source, This 5th, new KBS drama "Boys over Flowers" will be aired! This storyline is originally from a comic book which was highly popular.
This is a high fantasy romance genre which is very modern and highly fictional. It would reflect a dream that we might all have dreamed as teens.
The drama is set at a highly elitist high school which doesn't exist in real life. A laundry store owner's daughter Geum Jandi (Ku Hye-sun) is scouted to this school where the top 1% of the wealthy children get to go. She becomes a loner by the 4 boys who are known as F4 around the school.,...More
The year 2008 is coming to an end and it is time to look for new trends that will shine in the year 2009. From micro-celebrities to custom-made bed ware and mini-fiction, The Korea Times looks into some of th,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Stars show up at Lee Eon's funeral 2008/08/23, Source, Many stars who have worked with him in dramas have showed up at the funeral on his way to be burried. Fans and coworkers show much sadness at this tragic event.
Lee Eon has been in a motorcycle accident on the 21st and did not survive it. He was only 27 years old. This tragedy is talked about everywhere.,...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
Stars aligning for the Year of the Rat 2008/02/06, Apart from being famous worldwide, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Al Gore and Zinedine Zidane have one other thing in common -- they were born in the Year of the Rat, according to the traditional zodiac system still widely used in Korea.
With the first day of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, rats, the first a,...More
Historical accounts are usually associated with heavyweight textbooks and a big yawn. But fresh interpretations by hot young actors are sending viewers on a delightful blast to the past through television. Monarchs are far from middle-aged, bald and pot-bellied _ yo,...More
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