[HanCinema's Film Review] "Love, Again" 2019/10/26
In the opening scene to "Love, Again" we see Hyeon-woo (played by Kwon Sang-woo) and Seon-yeong (played by Lee Jung-hyun) having a bitter, meaningless argument. What starts out as a dare gets played out for real as the two stubbornly decide to turn their public marriage ceremony into a public divorce ceremony. During this scene Hyeon-woo visibly shows signs of realizing that this was a terrible idea. Seon-yeong is bolder, mainly because she is more afraid of losing the argument,...More
[Hancinema Film Review] "Running Wild" 2019/01/05
Mixing an action thriller with a crime thriller is always a good idea, particularly when we are talking about Korean cinema, where the two genres are among the most popular and financially successful. Expectantly, the film was a commercial success in 2006. Let us take things from the beginning though,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 15 2018/04/20
With Secretary Kim out in the open and probably mildly intimidated by the ones trying to force him out, the ever so hyped up figure starts making mistakes. Wan-seung also gets a rude wake up call in regards to his brother, however, when they meet on opposite sides of the latest murder case. Seol-ok moves past her grief for Min-joo, but Kim's efforts to create a scapegoat for the case might just cost him dearly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 14 2018/04/14
There are enough secrets in "Mystery Queen Season 2" to make one's head spin, but it looks like we might be solving them all in what now feels like a series ending. Any developments happening here will still leave a lot to be desired, but there is one specific twist which is at the very least unpredictable and genuinely sad at the same time. Wan-seung is about to discover some more terrible things about his life and his past. Let us hope he can handle it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 13 2018/04/13
The time has come to pull back the curtain on the woman we know as Hee-yeon in "Mystery Queen Season 2", and the stage set behind it is not surprising. Some long-held suspicions are proven true about other characters as well. Our leads remember that Hyun-soo's case exists again, after wrapping up the latest disappearance case, which also comes to an unsurprising ending. It looks like this season will be the final one, so prepare for a lacking ending,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 12 2018/04/06 "Mystery Queen Season 2" manages to get more confusing the more it reveals, but an actually challenging standalone case has appeared to bring back some of the sorely lacking mystery challenge of the series. The fact that it does this in a satisfying manner is a pleasant change from the season-long mystery's nature delivering very little pay-off. As for said mystery, Inspector Woo and Wan-seung go deeper, but we still do not know where,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 11 2018/04/06
The wave of guest stars continues, but at least the latest one has been teased before, and he brings a case as a present. At the same time, standalone cases are now a distraction from a main story aching to happen, which thankfully gets a good chunk of plot dedicated in episode eleven of "Mystery Queen Season 2". While Wan-seung and Seol-ok are still largely in the dark, we finally take a peek behind the curtain,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 10 2018/03/30
While Seol-ok and Wan-seung are busy being confused about the ring, I am busy being confused about everything in "Mystery Queen Season 2". Hee-yeon's identity is still a mystery, as she can be anyone from a random person, to Hyun-soo, to someone involved with Kim. We still have no reasoning behind her plans, but perhaps Wan-seung's brother dearest has plans of his own. As confusing as it is, at least the main plot is finally moving,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 9 2018/03/30
We enter the second part of "Mystery Queen Season 2" with a shocking revelation about Ji-seung, but definitely not the kind I was expecting. The main story is being given by the drop, but at least our probably-antagonists are making more major moves. Meanwhile, Seol-ok and Wan-seung solve another case before focusing on the mystery of the missing ring, while Kyeong-mi makes her return, and Inspector Woo gets ready to dive into Hyun-soo's mystery,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 8 2018/03/23
Disaster keeps following Seol-ok, and as regretful as it is to have guest reigning supreme over the rest of the main and supporting cast half way into the season, this is the hand we have been dealt and we must roll with it. The Noryang-dong crew sans Park Ki-beom are unlucky enough to be participating in our heroine's boarding school, which is seeing a sudden increase in murdered bodies. Wan-seung and Seol-ok are on the case, but without backup,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 7 2018/03/22
The ever so elusive Kim has made a move, at least as far as I can tell. Ji-seung is arrested, and perhaps we will be finding out why the seemingly oblivious older brother or the company itself poses a threat to the mysterious figure. Meanwhile, Seol-ok and Wan-seung solve the Noryang-dong case, but our heroine is about to foolishly stumble onto another one, against what should have been her better judgment. Hello, remote crimes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 6 2018/03/16 "Mystery Queen Season 2" is finally settling into its investigative roots, and this time around we have minimal distractions. Those minimal distractions also come in the form of a certain wavy-haired weirdo haunting the police department's forensics lab, which adds a lovely new touch to the proceedings. Seol-ok and Wan-seung are carefully sorting through an increasingly confusing list of suspects, with Yoon Mi-joo's freedom on the line,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 5 2018/03/14
Seol-ok is determined to study diligently, but cram school is a ruthless place. Things become more challenging when a temptation in the form of a crime happens nearby, sparking our heroine's usual hound-like fixation for crime solving. Episode five takes a step back from the main plot and a lot of the main characters, but we have new and guest stars popping up left and right. Can "Mystery Queen Season 2" fit all of this and its main story in,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 4 2018/03/11
Wan-seung and Seol-ok are faced with the difficult case of an underage arsonist, made worse by his selfish and negligent parents. The trauma of the little girl and her mother greatly affects Seol-ok, and memories of her own parents make her determined to get justice. Meanwhile, Wan-seung's father is released from prison, and the mysterious Mr. Kim keeps a close eye on him and his elder son. As we learn more about our new characters, a sinister possibility surfaces,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 3 2018/03/11
The case of the cheesy arsonist becomes much more complicated when a copycat is discovered, sending Wan-seung and Seol-ok into a chase without any support from the precinct eager to keep them out of their way. The duo use their existing allies, and they rope in a new one with some promising skills. Meanwhile, Inspector Woo has come across the trail of the mysterious Hyun-soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 2 2018/03/01
It is time for us to meet the cheesy arsonist seen in the highlight reel, as he is the first culprit Seol-ok gets to practice her newfound authority through. Life is not easy or glamorous for her and Wan-seung, and there are more enemies and rivals around than there are currently allies. Friends from the past are cold, while new faces enter the game, some friendly and some overly so. Then again, you do not get proposed to by drunk strangers every day,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 1 2018/02/28
The time for crime solving with a hefty dose of chaos and cutesy romantic antics has come, as "Mystery Queen Season 2" brings back all the things we love, and adds a fresh and thrilling wrapping. The episode wastes no time in getting us all caught up with where everything and everyone stands, and there are a lot of things currently happening in our heroes' lives, including the most awkward and sweet romance,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Accidental Detective" with Video 2018/02/24
Dae-man (played by Kwon Sang-woo) loves mysteries, and blogs about them. Unfortunately, Dae-man has struggled to turn his passion into something that actually pays money, and runs a rental shop in order to make ends meet. The situation is even worse than it sounds, because Dae-man also has a wife Mi-ok (played by Seo Young-hee) and two children, one of whom is still a baby. Meanwhile, detective Tae-soo (played by Sung Dong-il) has been shut out of his own department for wanting to pursue alternate theories to a high profile murder case. Together, they fight crime,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen" 2017/09/23
If you feel burned out by the influx of brooding detectives and copious amounts of violence that Korean drama has been experiencing recently, "Mystery Queen" might just be the break you need. The series will not take you too far from that crime solving sweet-spot and a bickering, yet perfectly compatible duo of crime fighters handling neighborhood villains will give you the fun and variety the genre sometimes lacks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Mystery Queen" 2017/04/15
Get ready for homely hairstyles and crime solving, because the "Mystery Queen" is here to beautifully combine both. The series spends its first four episodes introducing us to our main characters, their current situation as well as the ways in which the investigative part of the plot will progress. Two opinionated people form an unlikely frienemy pair and it is more glorious than I could have anticipated,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Mystery Queen" 2017/04/02
The concept of the "ajumma", the older married woman has had a rough times. While often a stereotype to be ridiculed and kept within traditional confines, it has begun taking more progressive forms as Korean drama evolves. In this case, our "Mystery Queen" will cook dinner, then arrest your sorry hide.
Yoo Seol-ok (Choi Kang-hee) is a woman who married early and had to give up on her dream of becoming a detective. Ha Won-seung (Kwon Sang-woo) is a detective who thinks with his fists. When Seol-ok becomes involved in a case, she gets another chance at her dream. The two characters do not get along, but they have to work together,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Bickering Pairs 2017/04/01
We have a drama opening week coming up and today I take a look at the odd partnership of detective and housewife in "Mystery Queen". I also scratch my head over "Chicago Typewriter" and where its plot will be headed with all of the elements it throws into the mix. We have a lot of casting news this week, so check out the "Upcoming Drama Goodies" section,...More
"Mystery Queen" Kwon Sang-woo's rough action 2017/03/26, Source Kwon Sang-woo who is starring in the new KBS 2TV drama as Ha Wan-seung, an ace detective in narcotics, was seen throwing himself around in action.
Pictures show that he's putting it all out there as he sprays the fire extinguisher at his opponent, throws pots and using everything around him as weapons,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Once Upon A Time in Highschool" + Video 2016/07/09
There three elements that drew my attention in this particular title.
1. The social comment regarding the S.Korean educational system during the 70's, with the obligatory, Japanese-type uniforms for the students, and the military-like discipline.
2. The allegory for the political situation in the country, since in 1978, when the story begins, the election was rigged in favor of General Park, who was murdered the next year, when the film's story ends.
3. The awful reviews it received internationally, which resulted in many countries forbidding its screening, although the fact did not bother Koreans from watching it, since it cut more than 3 million tickets in the country,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Make It Big" + DVD Giveaway 2016/02/27
Seong-hwan (played by Song Seung-heon), Woo-sup (played by kwon Sang-woo), and Jin-won (played by Kim Young-joon) are three high school students with a dream in life- they're gonna be huge! All-powerful! Rich! Sexy! And bros forever! How they actually intend to accomplish these goals when the boys are dumb and immature is not really explained. Then, as luck would have it, fortune rains upon them from above, so the boys quickly try to figure out how to cash their winnings,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.10.16 ~ 2015.10.18 2015/10/19 "The Martian" isn't going anywhere… Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic, "The Martian", managed to remain at the top of the box office pile without much fuss or competition. "The Martian", based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel, and adapted by Drew Goddard, saw 819 thousand filmgoers come out and support its cause across 1,040 screens around the country, which meant that this popular space thriller captured over 46% of the box office pie during its second week out in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.10.09 ~ 2015.10.11 2015/10/12
"The Martian" arrives and conquers...
After entering the fray last weekend in pole position, Nancy Meyers' "The Intern" had to take a step back in light of the next big space thriller to come out of Hollywood: "The Martian". Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andy Weir's novel was released in the States earlier this month, and has already grossed over $227 million worldwide, but arrived in Korea last Thursday and was given 1,132 screens to pool from. This epic space thriller has been well-received by critics and cinephiles alike (especially space junkies and science fans), and in Korea close to 1.5 million tickets were sold over its first weekend out,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.10.02 ~ 2015.10.04 2015/10/05 "The Intern" rises to the top while Ryoo Seung-wan's "Veteran" breaks another record… Nancy Meyers' "The Intern" has dislodged Lee Joon-ik's popular period piece "The Throne" to become the country's new number one. Lee's latest has been sitting pretty at the top for three weeks now, and since its release mid-August it's managed to amass a total tally of 5.5 million admissions, 492 thousand of which came from this past weekend. But a second week in the charts has helped raised Meyer's film to the top in a tightly contested weekend where the podium placements could have gone either way,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.09.25 ~ 2015.09.27 2015/09/28 Lee Joon-ik's "The Throne" still reigns supreme…
For the second week in a row, Lee Joon-ik's timely period piece "The Throne" has claimed the top spot by adding another 1.2 million admissions to its total tally. Lee's depiction of the cruel fate of Prince Sado entered the charts on the 16th, and, with the Chuseok weekend included, now stands at 3.5 million admissions ($23.9 million). "The Throne" had to compete with a string of new releases leading up to Korea's harvest holiday but ultimately managed to capture 36.9% of the box office pie to remain in pole position,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Tutor Friend" 2015/01/02
Soo-wan (played by Kim Ha-neul) is a college-aged tutor who crankily works to finance her education. Ji-hoon (played by kwon Sang-woo) is a high school student who's been held back three years because he's been too busy doing cool stuff like getting into fights and partying. Together, they study. And I guess eventually they also fight crime, via a last minute plot thread that kind of pops out of nowhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 20 (final) 2014/09/19 "Temptation" has come to a hopeful end without resolving a lot of questions. Some of those questions don't need resolution, but some of them have become loose ends. Most of the focus was on Seok-hoon and Se-young's relationship and how it weathers the storm of her cancer. Se-young's cancer did give Hong-joo and Seok-hoon a chance to say goodbye at the silent behest of Se-young,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 19 2014/09/19 "Temptation"'s penultimate episode sketched the paths the characters are going to traverse at the end after all the trials and tribulations of the show. Three of the four main leads can now look back with perfect hindsight 20/20 vision and see their roles in causing the havoc that befell their lives. It doesn't completely dispel the bitterness, but it does give some sense of viewer satisfaction to see the growth. The other person, Min-woo, remains selfish to the end, a true villain of the story in which he imagined himself the hero. Min-woo's ego rules his life and thus far, he has run relatively unchecked,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 18 2014/09/13
This episode of "Temptation" was another turning point. The characters laid bare their truest feelings and stopped the pretenses that made their relationships so twisted. Despite the medical dramatics, the honesty of emotion was very refreshing. Hong-joo has been a highlight for the past several episodes as she realizes that revenge harms her as much as it does Se-young and Seok-hoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 17 2014/09/12 "Temptation" is a whirlwind of deceit, lies, and omissions that keep the tension high and the characters and viewers in a constant state of confusion. There is so much betrayal that there is hardly a moment of respite. Not one character is truthful or forthcoming, which shrouds all of their doings in shadow. Hong-joo, despite her moment of clarity at the end of the last episode where she realized that she is in way above her head, has turned back towards Min-woo for another attempt to keep her marriage from falling apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 16 2014/09/06
Paths and minds have been twisted beyond repair in "Temptation". Trust has been willfully manipulated by all parties so that nobody trusts anybody else. It's very tense, but a wickedly clever way to keep the plot going. The tension causes fissures that grow into cracks, exposing the characters' true personalities and thoughts. It is a relief because up until now, it has been difficult to read many of them. The biggest character revelation was Min-woo's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 15 2014/09/04
Falling into temptation and seeking revenge are never what one expects. Temptation the noun is more than loving someone one shouldn't. It is also the desire to taste revenge, to ignore one's moral code for an expected feeling of satisfaction. "Temptation" the show is exploring the destruction that follows in the wake of taking the darker path. Instead of feeling satisfaction, Hong-joo is suffering just as much as her revenge makes Seok-hoon and Se-young suffer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 14 2014/08/30 "Temptation" is no longer at a standstill. The showdown between the three women has begun, and despite the fact that is is very ugly, it spikes the activity and interest levels upwards. No longer are the characters standing around a posturing. Things are happening and its much better than the wearying setup we were subjected to for the past few episodes. Unfortunately, "Temptation" took a very long time to warm up and switch gears,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 13 2014/08/27
As "Temptation" weathers on, it becomes a more exacerbated version of what came before. Characters change, especially Se-young, but true growth avoids them in favor of more dramatic happenings like feverish revenge. It is sad because there are so many issues that were carefully placed earlier on in the drama, but they are woefully underdeveloped. The biggest issue that has been mishandled is that of Min-woo's children,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 12 2014/08/22 "Temptation" has stagnated in forward movement and become a massive gray area. Anger and hurt fuel half of the characters while the desire to avoid the problems at hand keeps the other half withdrawn from reality. The plot is made up of characters making constant, consistent mistakes without any sign of improving. Although the mistakes create tension between characters, they don't do much for plot movement. Hong-joo is a seething mass of righteousness and a desire for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 11 2014/08/21 "Temptation" is snowballing into a massive knot of churning emotions and erasing any clear line between right and wrong. Everyone is in an agitated state of mind and not thinking very clearly. This is when the fallout from the divorces can truly be seen, in the aftermath of the emotionally messy affair. It can best be seen in Hong-joo who is no longer a meek flower who never defends herself,...More
SBS drama foreshadows, 'Kiss' 2014/08/19, Source
SBS dramas kiss scenes are being called the must-see points.
The affectionate and kiss scenes from the drama "It's Okay, That's Love" starring Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin draw attention first. They have become the most affectionate couple these days with 8 kisses and elegant actions of love. Now that they've started dating the level has gone up and intimacy has become part of their daily lives. Even after arguing on a trip to Okinawa, they forgot about it soon and shared a kiss so deep and tingling that even the audience felt it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 10 2014/08/15 "Temptation" has firmly set up the secondary couples and the blame and the bitterness sets in. It is really the aftermath of divorce that moves the couples emotionally - the rebound effect. It is not only the couples who suffer, but their families. "Temptation" is slowly reaching out to encompass what happens to a family structure when cheating and divorce are involved, but focusing mostly on the illicit romance. That is the weakness of the show as well is its strength, the focus on the romance that neglects thorough development of other elements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 9 2014/08/13
The relationships between the four main characters have made huge shifts after the married couple, Seok-hoon and Hong-joo, settle on divorce to solve their problems. The divorce highlights weaknesses in characters and how they deal with decision-making and their relationships. An emotionally tumultuous time isn't the best circumstance during which to make major decisions, but it often happens,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 8 2014/08/09
Seok-hoon and Hong-joo's relationship continues to collapse while Min-woo and Se-young meddle in attempt to help. The more unstable the relationship becomes, the less rationality plays a role in decision-making, especially on Hong-joo's part. Hong-joo has officially snapped - she can no longer handle the stress of her crumbling marriage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 7 2014/08/07
While "Temptation" is still full of moping and brooding, the characters are breaking out of their dark cycles and doing things - for better or for worse. Mostly for worse. Hong-joo, in particular, is cracking and becoming irrational and emotionally unstable. She's keeping things interesting as Seok-hoon and Se-young dance around their feelings for each other and Min-woo deals with his family issues. Almost every relationship in the show has some connection to Hong-joo and her instability,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 6 2014/08/05 The players take steps towards trying to fix the problems in their lives. While the solutions aren't the most well-advised, efforts are definitely being made. These efforts have taken the story from a mopey stall towards invigorating forward motion.
Seok-hoon has decided to challenge his feelings for his wife Hong-joo and the deliberate temptress Se-young by forcing himself into a position where he sees Se-young everyday,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 5 2014/08/03
The angst has begun in its fullest glory. Doubts have been seeded and have taken deep root in the hearts of the married couple. Also, affections are given where they shouldn't be given, pulling the couple further apart and making those around them take greater interest in what they shouldn't. The side stories are cute, but not cute enough to dampen the intensity of the angst. Hong-joo has taken the brunt of the emotional pain as she was betrayed by Seok-hoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 4 2014/07/24
Episode 4 of "Temptation" was cyclical. It mirrored episode 3's events in reverse and sported more manipulation and betrayal. The small feelings that were planted have started to grow insidiously like weeds and are affecting decisions. It is a distinct lack of communication that is causing the breakdown of what once were solid relationships and promoting the growth of unhealthy ones. Seok-hoon and Hong-joo are the main victims of a lack of communication,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 3 2014/07/24
The illicit relationships that were formed in the first week of "Temptation" have now begun to develop at frightening speed. Each character has been hurt and is looking for the comfort and security that they can't find in their spouses, their family, or their work. Se-young is the only main character of the four who is experiencing her first love,...More
Hallyu stars featured in Chinese movies 2014/07/22, Source
Hallyu stars are making it big in the Chinese film and drama industry.
For the past few years, Hallyu stars have been appearing in Chinese dramas, but it's been a common thing for them to appear in movies as well.
Drama casting is an important factor as it has everything to do with viewing percentage, but in films, ticket sales affect the success of the movie.
Like Hollywood cast Lee Byung-hun and Rain to target the Asian market, it seems like China shares a common purpose for doing the same,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 2 2014/07/17
Unlike it's premier, the second episode of "Temptation" delved deeply into the heart of the characters' issues and made for a much more interesting watch. It seems like the show was trying to bypass the setup as quickly as possible. Melodramas garner interest because of the moral dilemmas they inevitably posed, the the dilemmas in this show are worth exploring. Seok-hoon chooses to accept Se-young's proposal, which hinted at strong sexual implications that never played out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 1 2014/07/16 "Temptation" started with no lack of dramatics and speed. There was suicide, crippling debt, wandering eyes, illegitimate children, illness, chaebol heirs, a foreign vacation, and more - the necessities of every self-respecting melodrama - all packed into one hour. This set-up was quickly, efficiently done with very little spared for character development. It was incident after heavy-handed incident. Each character had a burden to shoulder and a sob story to share. Choi Ji-woo as the no-nonsense business woman Yoo Se-young led the pack with her layered performance,...More
Park Ha-sun to star in "Temptation" 2014/06/16, Source
Actress Park Ha-sun is starring in the new SBS drama "Temptation".
She is Na Hong-joo, a patient and calm character who yields everything for her husband Cha Seok-hoon (kwon Sang-woo). She's used to resignation because of her poor family circumstances but meeting kwon Sang-woo was a miracle for her. She marries the man who shone light on her shadowy life and they get along very well. However, they come into conflict when they meet Se-yeong (Choi Ji-woo) in Hong Kong,...More
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Jung Ryeo-won 2014/05/24
Actors exist in all types of form and relation to their art. There are stars who do not necessarily possess skills and/or talent, there are those who go for more arthouse projects, those who put more effort into their acting, those who go for promoting their persona and more. Jung Ryeo-won's career is all about growth.
Having gone from a singer in the now disbanded group 'Chakra' to a full time actress, which she has been for the last 12 years, Jeong has been through the process a lot of idols-to-actors do. Some actors show potential and achieve great performances from their debut. Some need to develop the skills to match their talent in time. Jeong seems to belong more in the latter category,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 20 (Final) 2013/12/25
At long last, "Medical Top Team" has waded through its twenty episodes and reached a conclusion. It did not need twenty episodes to reach the all-too-happy ending, which was illogical albeit heartwarming.
The strongest part of the show was its medical aspect. The medicine was always clear with explanations given either in subtitles or verbally by the doctors,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" 2013/12/21
With dramas being produced so frequently and all the regurgitated tropes that come with that, it is often the case for some dramas that there is not much potential there to begin with. They might be fun and good to pass the time, but nothing which could ever be more than that. Sometimes, though, a drama will come up that is very sad. It is very sad because it will have some good parts, maybe even excellent parts and potential, but will ultimately let that potential down. 'Medical Top Team', by director Kim Do-hoon ('The Sun and the Moon') and writer Yoon Kyeong-ah ('Master of Study', "Brain") is such a drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top team" Episode 18 2013/12/15
When desperation for ratings sinks in, a show will stop at nothing to gain viewer interest. In the case of "Medical Top Team", the production team decided to be as extreme as possible and make two major characters become ill. Other major characters are suffering from personality transplants. Joo-young and the assistant director are very different from how they were when the show began and it's not a good thing. Joo-young has made a pretty drastic shift from the woman she was when the show began,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 17 2013/12/12
This episode had more heart than the entire series put together thus far. Yes, dramatics were involved, but the stiffest of characters came alive under duress and I'm wondering why these dramatics hadn't happened earlier. Seung-jae's mother is very ill and that affects the entire cast of characters no matter their relations with one another. It draws the "Medical Top Team" back together, breaks Seung-jae's hard exterior and makes a human being out of the assistant director,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 16 2013/12/07
This episode both improved in some ways and deteriorated in some ways. Put those two together, and we have a stagnating show. It really began to go downhill when Ba-wi left the show. Now it's left with insecure doctors, weak romance, too little humor and too much politics. It's saving grace is now the chemistry between the minor characters such as neurologist Jeong Hoon-min and radiologist Bae Sang-gyu. Their odd couple bromance is refreshing and heartfelt. Dr. Jo (Park Won-sang) can be grouped together with them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 15 2013/12/06
"Medical Top Team" continues to stagnate despite the ever present political tensions and interpersonal issues. It's disappointing because there is potential in the cast, crew and script, but that potential is left unfulfilled.
The biggest gap is between the brilliance of the actors and the chemistry that they have. The cast is strong in talent, immaculate with line delivery and can express worlds with their eyes. However, the chemistry between most of the actors, like Jung Ryeo-won and Ju Ji-hoon, is lukewarm at best. It's not just romantic chemistry, it's platonic chemistry as well. Although the actors are on screen together, there is no spark of intensity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 14 2013/11/27
"Medical Top Team" is getting very preachy and it's spokesperson is Tae-shin. It's taking good and bad, ideal and real, and makes a very clear division between the two. It excludes all grey area, which just makes the drama seem unrealistic and difficult to relate to.
Despite the fact that all the elements in "Medical Top Team" are strong, relatable, and relevant, it is now a stodgy drama. It spends most of it's time having the main characters huff, and puff, and posture rather than sit down and have meaningful conversations like the adults that they are,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 13 2013/11/25
There was only so long that "Medical Top Team" could hold out before the idealistic few separated from those who are more practically minded. This causes some much needed character building within and outside of the hospital. Unfortunately, the politics still bog down the show because they are just plain boring. They are boring because the villains that mess with the political machine are boring. They are also boring because the real villain is the political machine itself. It's intangible and impossible to pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 12 2013/11/19
"Medical Top Team" is beginning to lose its vigor. The characters are starting to become cogs in the political machine and character development is stagnating. The most interesting part of the show is now the minor stories that inject some humanity into the show. The rest is a slew of political games that are not interesting in the least because they are, in essence, a long string of tug-o-war games with no end in sight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 11 2013/11/18
Another wrench is thrown into the works of the "Medical Top Team". At least it seems like a wrench with all of the sneering and posturing amongst the uppity-ups. The optimist in me still thinks that this wrench maybe be a valuable tool for Seung-jae to use to get his Top Team into a safe zone, but that may just be optimism talking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 8 2013/11/05
The fight between Seung-jae and the assistant director is in full swing. Each is hoping to curry favor with the emotionally unforgiving chairman. They are an interesting pair, Seung-jae and the assistant director, because she is what he may become in thirty years: jaded and unhappy. She seeks money and power to try and win the affection and respect that she never got from her negligent father-in-law or cheating husband. The assistant director's decision to focus on treating wealthy clients is one that Seung-jae, Joo-young and all of the other doctors have to consider,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 7 2013/11/04
This episode was a tad bipolar in that part of it was a fuzzy, warm-feeling ending for Ba-wi and part of it was a tense political battle that had no respite. That bipolarity, however, reflects the general theme running through the show: idealism versus realism. Tae-shin represents idealism. He believes in making decision"Medical Top Team" solely based on what is best for the patient. The Seung-jae's father, the chairman of the hospital, is the representative of realism. The hospital is run using enormous amounts of donor money and those donors must be appeased. Sometimes that appeasement comes at the cost of patient care,...More
[Spoiler] "Medical Top Team" Jung Ryeo-won 2013/10/31, Source Jung Ryeo-won is the resolver between Kwon Sang-woo and Ju Ji-hoon. She's been standing in the middle of the two who are always in conflict with something and resolving things for them.
Yoo Na-yeon (Go Won-hee) came to the hospital with a metal part stuck in her as she fell from a construction site. The top team was busy. At the same time, a man who had been in an accident came in and the team had to operate on the both of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 6 2013/10/29
This episode was exactly what I asked of "Medical Top Team" in my last review: introspection, heavy character development plus the dramatic tension from the medical dilemmas. Tae-shin has to contend with himself, his worry for Ba-wi, his deep panic because of past conditioning and the limitations of being human. Seung-jae is still battling his illegitimate son issues and fighting his aunt, the assistant director, for power and favor from his father. And both he and Joo-young are struggling to balance their desires to help patients with the need to play the political game,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 5 2013/10/29
While I really appreciated the intense drama of the first four episodes with dangerous operations and sick patients and hospital politics, it is all starting to be too much. Dramatics are good and well, but only if they are interspersed with other elements like episode three did so nicely. There are a few moments of quiet introspection, but they weren't powerful enough to balance out the intensity of the medical scenes. What I initially liked about "Medical Top Team" was its ability to blend the medical with character development. There was much less character development in this episode, which meant there was a lot less substance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 4 2013/10/23
"Medical Top Team" has a filmlike finesse to the quality of its shots, dramatic timing and music selection that make it a pleasure to watch. It focuses on the small beats that give insight into the characters hearts. It isn't overly indulgent in emotional dialogue and instead relies on camera storytelling and clever verbal interactions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 3 2013/10/22
This is a medical drama done right. It doesn't just throw out high-falutin' medical terms and insert tense situations just to force viewer interest. No, it manages to develop characters who feel real, infuse political tensions, and create life-and-death stakes in a world that is engaging and believable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 2 2013/10/14
"Medical Top Team" is still setting up. The actual "Medical Top Team" is in the formation process and the candidates are a point of contention in the story. While the initial set-up in earlier episodes of K-drama is usually tedious, "Medical Top Team" tempers that tedium with juicy character development. It explores the fundamental ways in which doctors approach medicine. Some do it to preserve their pride; some to make money; others to help patients. It's exploring being a human in a medical setting rather than being a "medical" drama,...More
"Medical Top Team" Kwon Sang-woo 2013/10/03, Source
Behind cuts from the new MBC drama "Medical Top Team" were released.
kwon Sang-woo in the pictures shown has completely become a surgeon and ready to go in. This picture was taken by a staff on site and he looks tired but completely engrossed in the character. He also shows off his usual good looks and he looks alert even when he is on break,...More
Ji Sung VS Kwon Sang-woo VS Lee Min-ho 2013/09/25, Source
A new battle has begun between the three broadcasting companies now that Chuseok is over. Fierce new dramas take over Wednesday and Thursday nights with different genres.
The first drama to be mentioned is the KBs 2TV drama "Secrets".
"Secrets" was pre-sold to Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Asian countries even before it was shown in Korea and it tells the story of a man who falls in love with the woman who kills his lover,...More
Kwon Sang-woo, "Walking with my son" 2013/05/21, Source
Top star, kwon Sang-woo is still at the top of his days but he's still thirsty. He feels he needs 'something strong' but he feels empty because he doesn't feel he's accomplished enough. He said he's wondered where he was and if he was the kind of actor people liked. These concerns only get bigger. He confesses that he felt that a lot while filming the drama "Yawang". He said he wants to show the real kwon Sang-woo when the time is right as he isn't getting any younger,...More
"Yawang" ends in success 2013/04/02, Source
SBS drama "Yawang" ended with the highest viewing percentage yet.
According to Nielsen Korea, "Yawang" on the 2nd rated 25.8%. This is 2.9% higher than the previous episode of 22.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Yawang" Lee Jae-yoon surrenders himself for Soo Ae 2013/03/20, Source
On the twentieth episode of the SBS drama "Yawang", stepbrother Joo Yang-heon (Lee Jae-yoon) surrendered himself for his sister Joo Da-hae (Soo Ae).
As Joo Da-hae remained silent, the police asked her, "Just say yes or no. Joo Da-hae was about to order her step brother Joo Yang-heon to purchase a vehicle wired with a bomb to kill Cha Jae-woong. Right or wrong?" Joo Yang-heon showed up and said, "She's innocent. I did the whole thing",...More
Kwon Sang-woo explains 2013/03/14, Source kwon Sang-woo explained about the post he made on his fan café.
He claimed the post on his fan café was to communicate with his fans. He explained that he was just physically tired of all the late night filming,...More
Jackie Chan Hails 'Stuntman' Kwon Sang-woo in New Movie 2013/02/19, Source Jackie Chan visited Seoul on Monday to promote his latest movie "12 Chinese Zodiac Heads", which he produced, directed and starred in. He also talked about his experience of working with Korean actor kwon Sang-woo and singer Yoo Seung-jun. The 59-year-old, who made a name for himself performing his own stunts in movies like "Drunken Master", "Armor of God" and "Rush Hour", said he was impressed by Kwon's passion and determination, as he also avoided using a stunt man for many of his stunts despite injuring his ankle along the way,...More
Kwon Sang-woo Wins Back Fans as Jilted Lover in SBS Soap 2013/01/29, Source kwon Sang-woo returning to the spotlight from which he has faded in the last few years as he is appearing in a hit Chinese movie and a popular new SBS drama that is garnering positive feedback from TV viewers and critics alike. The soap, "Yawang" revolves around a man who takes revenge on his ex-girlfriend after she betrays him. In the first few installments of the show, Kwon focuses on showing his utter devotion to his partner,...More
"Yawang" Soo Ae and Kwon Sang-woo's first day 2012/12/12, Source kwon Sang-woo and Soo Ae experienced their first day of "Yawang".
The first scene of "Yawang" was taken in front of Seo Kang University on the 12th. Soo Ae in the role of Da-hae was dressed in skinnies and a beige coat with ugg boots, trying to look like a 19 year old. She had to give up going to university because of her family's financial situation so she goes to find a friend to look for a tutor job. It was early morning but those who recognized Soo Ae waved and acknowledged her with cheers. Soo Ae woke up in the wee hour of 4AM in a weather temperature of -10 degrees but still managed to look elegant,...More
Ma Dong-seok "I have a girlfriend of 3 years" 2011/09/27, Source
Actor Ma Dong-seok revealed that he has a girlfriend of 3 years.
In an interview with 'E Daily Star in' he said, "We've been seeing each other for 3 years". It looked like he couldn't lie to the reporter whom he thought asked the question knowing the answer. He just laughed it over.,...More
Kwon Sang-woo: 'I Begin Filming in Paris with Jackie Chan' 2011/06/01, Source
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo (35) will begin filming the action blockbuster movie "12 Chinese Zodiac Heads" in Paris with world famous Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan. The film "12 Chinese Zodiac Heads" is an action adventure movie to be produced with 100 billion won (~US$100 million) funding, and it will be the third movie of the "Armor of God" series, which was very popular worldwide. This Chinese movie will be released worldwide thanks to the fame of Jackie Chan,...More
Kwon eyes Chinese film career 2011/05/30, Source
SHENZHEN, China (AP) - After building a name for himself in the South Korean film and TV industries, kwon Sang-woo is setting his sights on another booming Asian entertainment market - China.
The 34-year-old actor is shooting a Chinese-language romance alongside Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung and will next join the Jackie Chan project "Chinese Zodiac",...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/05/12, Source Show transcript
Once again it's time for "weekly star scene", where we have a review of the events that moved and shook the Korean entertainment scene during the past week.
: We have no other than our unique Dami in the studio! Hello Dami.
[Reporter : ] : Hi 견영! Hi Sean! First let me ask 건영, who would you like to sing at your wedding: __________ . Why do you ask[Reporter : ] : Well, indeed, no wedding is complete without a congratulatory song. And don't you think is make the most unforgettable wedding if you could have a Hallyu star to perform on your big day
King of all trades, Lee Seung-gi, with his proven talents in singing, acting and hosting TV shows, has come to grace an otherwise ordinary wedding today,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...More
Actor Baek Sung-hyun to hold first fan meeting in Japan 2011/01/06, Source
Actor Baek Sung-hyun [Chosun Ilbo Japanese edition]
Actor Baek Sung-hyun will hold his first fan meeting in Japan next week, according to press release by the event's organizer the Japanese edition of Korean daily paper Chosun Ilbo.
The upcoming fan meeting, which will proceed for about two hours, will include a Q&A section, a quiz show and offering of special presents. Baek also plans to shake hands with all the attendants after the show,...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 (Go 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
Korean War Movie - "71-Into the Fire" 2010/12/04, Source
The Korean War movie, "71-Into the Fire" is based on the true story of 71 students who fought hundreds of North Korean soldiers in front of a middle school in Po-hang, a significant place for safeguarding the other place where the main South Korean army was battling, during the Korean War.The Leading characters in this Korean war movie are played by Cha Seung-won (Park Mu Rang), kwon Sang-woo (Ku Kap Jo), Choi Seung-hyun (Jung Bum), and Kim Seung-woo (Kang Suk-Dae). The fancy castings caught audiences' attention even before the Korean war movie was made,...More
Actor Lee Jung-jin's Movie Picks 2010/11/18, Source Lee Jung-jin [10Asia]
"I am actor Lee Jung-jin and I'm still best-known for 2004 film 'Once Upon A Time In Highschool'", said the actor at the press conference for his new film "Troubleshooter" that premiered in September. It is not that he did not star in other films during the past six years. In film "Mapado" (2005) he evoked laughter by appearing in embarrassing 'mompe' pants (loose-fitting attire usually worn by old woman) and practically betraying his former career as a model and in MBC drama "9 End 2 Outs" (2007)" he offered his viewers with a different form of fun by playing a character full of twists called Byun Hyung-tae who looks like a perfectly charming guy only on the surface. And although he acted like a loser in the drama, writing down all the misdeeds his girlfriend makes and even fighting with her physically if necessary, he was still able to win women's hearts by being there when his girlfriend needed him the most. Nonetheless, it is the 2004 film "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" that stands as the most important character to refer to when describing actor Lee. Nothing could stop his character, the charismatic Woo-sik, who could scare off his opponents with just a few words. And he was the same when he had to leave school after losing in a fight against his rival or falling in love, knowing no hesitation. Just like Eun-joo (Han Ga-in) had chosen Woo-sik over the gentle, exemplary student Hyun-soo (kwon Sang-woo), it is this captivating aura that made Lee unforgettable to the audience,...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
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" - 1st Episode 2010/10/21, Source
A scene from SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" [SBS]
Shin Mi-rae (Kim Sun-ah) from SBS TV series "THE CITY HALL" dreamt of putting her heart into healing people's pain without separating her personal life from politics. And now, in a reality where that dream has been brutally shattered, Seo Hae-rim (Ko Hyeon-jepng) in SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" cries out "How am I supposed to explain this country to my child!" She is asking for 'an understandable explanation' to why the world around her is changing from power exercised under the name of the state and for it to serve at least as a community which can protect individuals who cannot protect themselves,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" 2010/09/30, Source
From left, actors Cha In-pyo, kwon Sang-woo, Go 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 Go 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
Andre Kim was considered the first male Korean designer, and an unofficial ambassador of Korean fashion to the world.
At a young age, Kim said he was always interested in the art,...More
Photo of Lee Wan in military revealed 2010/08/04, Source
Actor Lee Wan [Republic of Korea Army website]
A new photograph of actor Lee Wan, in his third week of training as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory military duties, has been revealed on the Korean Army's website.
The Nonsan military camp in South Chungcheong Province on Tuesday posted a photo of the 26-year-old actor on a section titled 'Search for Faces We Miss' on its official website (http://www.army.mil.kr),...More
Several top entertainers have recently made headlines not with their hit movies or songs but by taking the role of villain in the real world. But such celebrities ar,...More
Special screening of "71-Into the Fire" held in U.S. 2010/07/29, Source
Official movie poster for "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean war film "71-Into the Fire" has been shown in three cities in North America, according to movie's producer Taewon Entertainment on Thursday.
A press release from Taewon announced that special screenings for the film were held in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta on July 27, three days ahead of its premiere in fourteen other cities in the United States,...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
Hallyu Stars Accused of Ignoring Korean Fans 2010/07/23, Source
It has continuously been pointed out that Hallyu stars who are actively performing overseas rarely arrange performances and events for Korean fans.
Hallyu stars reportedly consistently neglect Korean fans and usually do not have much contact with fans in Korea; on the other hand, they have adopted friendly images to the public overseas by holding large-scale fan meetings and releasing photo and music albums.
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo, who evoked criticism with a hit-and-run last month, has raised controversy because he delivered a message of apology on his official Japanese fan website before his Korean website. After the news on his hit-and-run was spread, he just made a brief apology in Korea on the following day, which was June 25, simply by using the press release that his agency had distributed, but he still had not personally expressed an apology officially in Korea for three weeks after the accident. On the contrary, his agency had urgently left apology messages on the board of his official website in Japan on the very next day, which was on June 25,...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
Lee Wan enters Korean military today 2010/07/12, Source
Korean actor Lee Wan makes a salute before entering the military training camp in Nonsan, South Korea on July 12, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Wan, the younger brother of top Korean actress Kim Tae-hee, entered the Korean army today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory military services.
"I am not trembling or nervous", the actor told reporters prior to entering the Nonsan military training camp around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. "I was scared even up until two days ago but now I feel calm",...More
"71-Into The Fire" to open in 14 U.S. cities next month 2010/06/30, Source
Official movie poster for "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean war epic "71-Into the Fire" is set to open in fourteen major U.S. cities including New York and Los Angeles on July 30, according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Wednesday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the war pic will be showing at AMC, the biggest theater chain in the U.S., and MPARK4 Cinema theaters in various cities including Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington,...More
Kim Ha-neul heats up Japan fan meeting 2010/06/30, Source
Korean actress Kim Ha-neul performing at her fan meeting held in Tokyo, Japan on June 26, 2010. [J. One Plus Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has successfully wrapped up her first-ever solo fan meeting in Japan over the weekend, according to her agency J. One Plus Entertainment on Wednesday.
J. One Plus explained in a press release that the actress held a fan event titled "Kim Ha-neul's Love Letter", which was hosted by Yamaha A&R and held at Tokyo's Ginza Yamaha Hall on June 26. Tickets for the event are said to have sold out in 15 minutes after going on sale on the Internet last month,...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
Kwon Sang-woo likely to receive fine for car accident 2010/06/28, Source kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Actor kwon Sang-woo, who was belatedly known to have been indicted on charges of fleeing after colliding his car into several vehicles more than two weeks ago, is expected to receive a fine for the incident.
"There is a high possibility the case will be closed with Kwon receiving just a fine", an official at Seoul's Gangnam Police Station told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Sunday, saying that the case was turned over to prosecutors as an incident in which Kwon did not take immediate action for the damage he inflicted,...More
[INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 2 2010/06/25, Source kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: I understand that you communicated with director John H. Lee in many ways too. Kwon: I think it becomes difficult when the actor has to play a character which does not suit him and when he does not understand the movie. The reason I was able to have fun shooting this film although it was tough was because I suited me well. It seemed that the director judged that my idea of my character fit his idea of the character. 10: Were you not bored on set because it was all guys? Kwon: No. It was actually more fun because it was just guys. There were many characters and my senior actors were a lot of fun too -- I had a lot of fun. And the city we were shooting in was small so eating and having a drink was our source of pleasure. With Cha Seung-won, we would look over what has been shot, tell each other what's good and also talk about things other than the movie. It's disappointing that we don't get to see each other much after returning to Seoul,...More
Kwon Sang-woo indicted for hit-and-run accident 2 wks ago 2010/06/25, Source
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
The police have booked Korean actor kwon Sang-woo without physical detention for a hit-and-run accident that happened two weeks ago.
According to Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Thursday, the actor had been driving on the wrong side of the road near Cheongdam-dong on June 12, around 2:55 a.m. and collided into a parked car when he was discovered by the police,...More
[INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 1 2010/06/25, Source kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
kwon Sang-woo is back to wearing a school uniform. He who placed films "My Tutor Friend" and "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" atop the local box office with roles as a high school student, is back as a student soldier full of rebelliousness in "71-Into the Fire" about the Korean War. Now a father of a son, a school uniform might have not been the right character for him to play. But in "71-Into the Fire", based on the true story of 71 student soldiers who fought against one of the most elite troops of the North Korean army, Kwon's eyes and expressions are the very eyes and expressions of a student soldier full of vehemence. The wailing directed to the oppressive system of Korean high schools that his character Hyun-soo let out in "Once Upon A Time In Highschool", has taken on an intensity that goes between life and death to save his country and his colleagues. 10Asia sat down to speak with Kwon who says the sacrifices the student soldiers made was "noble and heartbreaking",...More
[INTERVIEW Part 1] Kwon Sang-woo "thirsty" for "Fire" success 2010/06/23, Source
Actor kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo has said he is "thirsty" to see the success of his new film "71-Into the Fire", hoping the war pic will outshine the reputation of his former big screen hits.
"The movies I've starred in for the past eight years had all done well up till two years ago so I am thirsty for the success of this one", Kwon said of his expectations for "Fire" during an interview with Asia Economic Daily.
"In the end, it's up to the heavens but I do hope it breaks my previous record and that it becomes the highest grossing movie this year", the actor added,...More
[INTERVIEW Part 2] Kwon Sang-woo eyeing acting roles in China 2010/06/23, Source kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor kwon Sang-woo, one of the most successful stars in both Korea and Japan, has turned his eyes to China as he sets out to expand his acting career to a wider audience in Asia.
During an interview with Asia Economic Daily, the 33-year-old Hallyu star explained he is "looking into a film or drama role for next year in the Greater China region", and that "talks are currently in process",...More
Kwon Sang-woo to cheer on Korean soccer team with son 2010/06/17, Source
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star and avid soccer fan kwon Sang-woo will be cheering on the Korean soccer team, who plays the Argentinians tonight in the 2010 World Cup games, with his son Rookie and other family members.
"I think he was planning to watch tonight's game with friends but I am not sure because he hasn't been feeling well recently", a source close to the actor told Asia Economic Daily over the phone. "For now, I was told that he was going to cheer for the game with his family",...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Korean movie lacking Korean pride? 2010/06/01, Source
Movie, "71-Into the Fire" to be released on June 16th had its press meeting at Stanford University in California, USA. At the press release, the 400 students and Korean Americans came together to watch this film and give their critiques. A famous critic, Scott Fonas gave a thumbs up on kwon Sang-woo's acting!
He said that the acting was as memorable as James Dean's acting. The rebellious glare with the cigarette gave the,...More
"71-Into the Fire" to premiere in Korea on June 16 2010/05/27, Source
Movie poster of Korean war pic "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
The premiere date for Korean war film "71-Into the Fire" has been pulled up by a day to June 16, according to the film's producer Taewon Entertainment on Thursday.
An offical at Taewon explained that they decided to move up the film's release to Wednesday, instead of the usual Thursday, on high anticipation for the film,...More
Go Hyun-jung to meet with fans on June 13 2010/05/25, Source
Korean actress Go Hyun-jung [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Go 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
T.O.P says visits amusement parks wearing masks 2010/05/25, Source
Korean singer and actor T.O.P at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire" [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Choi Seung-hyun, better known as T.O.P from idol group Big Bang, has said that he sometimes visits amusement parks with his bandmates wearing masks.
Speaking at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire", held Monday at Seoul's Lotte World Garden Stage, the pop idol remarked, "When I feel stifled, I come [to amusement parks] to have a good time without people knowing. People don't recognize me because I wear a mask when I come",...More
Kim Ha-neul to hold 1st fan meeting in Japan in June 2010/05/24, Source
Korean actress Kim Ha-neul for her first Japanese fan meeting "Love Letter" [J.One Entertainment]
Korean actress Kim Ha-neul will hold her first-ever solo fan meeting in Japan on June 26, according to her agency J.One Entertainment on Monday.
J.One announced in a press release that the actress will be flying to Japan in June for the event titled "Love Letter" to hosted by Japanese company Yamaha A&R at the Ginza Yama Hall in Tokyo,...More
"71-Into the Fire" sold to four additional countries 2010/05/24, Source
Official poster for film "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean film "71-Into the Fire" has been sold to another four countries including the U.K., Germany, Singapore and Russia at a film market in France held concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival which ended over the weekend.
The film had been picked up even ahead of its promotional screening at the market by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group which distributes to German speaking countries in Europe and Benelux,...More
New Go Hyun-jung, Kwon Sang-woo series to air Oct 6 2010/05/19, Source
Korean actress Go Hyun-jung [Asia Economic Daily]
A new TV series starring top Korean stars Go 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
The Korean War (1950-53) has unfortunately been dubbed "The Forgotten War" overseas, but for Koreans the deep scar it left behind is still sorely fel,...More
TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (1) 2010/05/12, Source
From left, actors Kim Seung-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), kwon Sang-woo and Cha Seung-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "71-Into the Fire" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
In August of 1950, when the Korean War was well under way, a letter was found in the pocket of student soldier Lee Woo-geun who died while fighting in a battle to defend the Nakdong River. The letter, which the 16-year-old had failed to send off to his mother, read the following: "Mother, I killed a person. It was such a brutal death. Why do we have to go into war? I'm thinking frightening thoughts. I wish the war would end quickly and feel your warm embrace". Film "71-Into the Fire" starts with this letter. What leads the film is not its blockbuster scale which cost the production 11.3 billion won, nor its extravagant cast. The camera operates in order to shed light onto the existence of student soldiers who took part in the meaningless war yet have failed to be remembered for their sacrifice,...More
TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (2) 2010/05/12, Source kwon Sang-woo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: kwon Sang-woo, this is the first time in a while that you got to wear a school uniform for a movie. You're even the same age as Choi Seung-hyun in the film. (laugh) Kwon: I almost wasn't cast for the movie because of my age. (laugh) My character Koo Kap-jo is assigned to a squadron for student soldiers as he chooses to take part in the war instead of being sent to a Youth Detention Center. He distresses Oh Jang-bum (played by Choi Seung-hyun) as he tries to motivate him to become squadron leader. Kim: Me and Cha were worried a lot when Kwon was cast. Because he's closer to our age now. (laugh) But I saw on the monitor how he would actually look younger than Choi at times. (laugh) He's the right man for the part and like he himself says, there is no movie where he has worn a school uniform but hasn't done well, so we're looking forward to how "71-Into the Fire" will do too. Q: kwon Sang-woo and Choi Seung-hyun, you fight each other a lot too in the movie. Wasn't it uncomfortable having to shoot the scene up against a senior? Choi: I was able to learn because he was always teaching me a lot and he would help me relax when I'm nervous. It felt as if I was shooting those actions scenes with a martial arts director because he gave off the vibe of an expert,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] T.O.P also known as Choi Seung-hyun now a movie star! 2010/05/11, Source
Press release for "71- Into the Fire" has been held on the 10th. At this place Choi Seung-hyun has been in the film and is honored to make his first debut through this action film.
He has been in his debut drama "I Am Sam" and "IRIS" and his acting has been critiqued over and over.
However, he took a bold step in this film where he has to show great wave of emotions in war scenes. But since his role isn't the main character, let's hope his smaller role will be appla,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wed on May 2 2010/05/02, Source
Actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young at their wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young got married in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, ending months of media frenzy over their 18-year friendship and romance.
The star couple, dubbed Korea's equivalent of Brangelina, held a photo and Q&A session several hours prior to the ceremony, answering questions by reporters about the wedding and their baby -- Ko is four months pregnant,...More
A mega-wattage celebrity couple has been born, after national heartthrob Jang Dong-gun and actress,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2 2010/04/27, Source
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: "71-Into the Fire" is in post-production right now. What was it like filming the movie? It must have not been easy -- I saw photos taken on set which basically seemed like ruins.Cha Seung-won: I didn't see a single woman on set the whole time we shot "71-Into the Fire". kwon Sang-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and I thought 'Wow this is too much'. (laugh) You'll probably be able to tell from the photos but When you see the behind-the-scenes pictures all you see are men. 10: Maybe that's why Choi Seung-hyun received so much attention. (laugh) Cha: We all like him very much. There is no reason not to like him. He had a really tough time on set after having been an idol group singer. He would say hello at lunch, sit next to me and eat covered in make-up which makes him look messy. And when I ask him if filming is bearable, he would say he likes it. He's a really good guy,...More
Finecut announces sales deals from Hong Kong 2010/04/02, Source Korean sales company Finecut announced a number of deals during Hong Kong's Filmart (March 22 – 25) including pre-sales of upcoming big budget Korean War drama, 71 – Into the Fire to UK distributor Showbox Media.
On the set of film "71-Into the Fire" 2010/03/31, Source
The cast of film "71-Into the Fire": (from left) Korean actors Cha Seung-won, kwon Sang-woo, T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun) and Kim Seung-woo [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Film "71-Into the Fire" - Four flowers blooming on ruined grounds
Quite often there are sets which have many sideshows. And sometimes you may even see sets where there are good actors in a flock. But it is truly rare to come across a set which stimulates all five of your senses. The set for film "71-Into the Fire", which is being shot at Hapcheon Image Theme Park, was one of such cases. What first greeted reporters on the set of a city in ruins was not the fancy cast -- which includes actors Cha Seung-won, T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun), kwon Sang-woo and Kim Seung-woo -- but the smell of smoky gunpowder, sounds of gunfire loud enough to cause tinnitus and the vibrations from on-set explosions which spread through the air and one's entire body. Such things are what is probably needed to reproduce a war setting, however incomplete it may be,...More
Choi Ji-woo to hold autograph session in Seoul this week 2010/03/23, Source
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo will be holding an autograph session in Seoul on Friday, according to cosmetics brand Shiseido on Tuesday.
The actress will be meeting fans and signing autographs at a fan event, to be held at Seoul's Lotte Department Store on March 26.
The event, sponsored by Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido which Choi endorses, will celebrate the launch of "Jiwoo Serum", a new product named after the actress,...More
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
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Bo-young 2010/03/05, Source
Korean actress Lee Bo-young [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A poster shoot for "Harvest Villa" was taking place at a studio in Nonhyun-dong of Seoul. The actors, each already full of character, displayed facial expressions that summarized the roles they had taken for the drama and drew curiosity by simply standing still in front of the camera. Actor Baek Yoon-shik, who plays the problem-solver in the drama, expressed his concern by saying, "Make me look sturdy". But once he went into shoot, he put on a tough guy-like appearance and looking relaxed, remarked "Should I act like I just killed about 50 people?" But it was actress Lee Bo-young, who plays the female lead in the drama and looked cheerful throughout the photo shoot, that stood out more than anyone at the studio. Her character Seo-rin approaches Bok-gyu (played by Shin Ha-kyun) pretending to be the perfect woman but she actually works in the adult entertainment business. Here we reveal the stories Lee told us about "Harvest Villa".
Q: This drama claims to be a cruel thriller. Were there any difficulties you encountered during the shooting?,...More
Gong Yoo wraps up Japan fan meeting in success 2010/03/02, Source Gong Yoo performs at his fan meeting held in Japan on February 26 and 28, 2010 [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actor Gong Yoo successfully wrapped up his fan meetings in Japan over the weekend, his first in three years since being discharged from the military last December, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment.
The actor met with some 7,000 fans -- including those from Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan -- at the fan meetings held in Kobe on February 26 and Yokohama two days later.
"I am truly grateful to fans who remembered me and waited for me for the past two years", the actor was quoted as saying. "I will repay them for their continued support with good work".,...More
Actor Kwon Sang-woo to make singing debut in Japan 2010/02/16, Source
Actor kwon Sang-woo [MAC]
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo will debut as a singer in Japan, according to a report on Monday.
Daily Japanese sports paper Sankei Sports reported that Kwon will make his singing debut in Japan after releasing a DVD on February 19.
The DVD, titled "DREAM IN JAPAN", will contain the actor's Japanese songs as well as footage from his latest visit to the country.
The newspaper also quoted the actor as saying, "I would like to start my nationwide tour in Japan as soon as possible".,...More
Lee Wan denies rumors of entering military in March 2010/01/25, Source
Korean actor Lee Wan [SBS]
Korean actor Lee Wan has denied rumors that he will be entering the Korean military in March, according to his agency Logos Film on Monday.
An official at Logos explained that talks of Lee voluntarily taking up the two-year military service is "not true" and that he is actually planning to hold a fan meeting in Japan in March. He also added that the 26-year-old is "in considering joining the army sometime around the end of this year or early next year".,...More
Kim Ha-neul featured in fashion spread for ELLE 2010/01/19, Source
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul poses in ELLE fashion spread [ELLE Korea]
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has been featured in an editorial for fashion magazine ELLE Korea, according to a press release by the monthly publication on Tuesday.
The actress, who was photographed wearing various "romantic gypsy style" clothes, even offered some fashion styling and traveling tips for the readers.
"Blue jeans is a must-have item for traveling because it goes with anything and keeps you from worrying", the actress explained. "But sometimes, preparing a special wardrobe can increase the fun you have at the location you travel to".,...More
Gong Yoo wraps up first fan meeting since military discharge 2010/01/11, Source
Korean actor Gong Yoo performs for fans at his fan meeting on January 10 [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actor Gong Yoo successfully wrapped up a fan meeting which is his first since being discharged from the military last month, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment
The actor met with some 1,000 fans -- including those from Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan -- at the fan meeting , which was held at Seoul's Yonsei University on January 10.,...More
Kim Ha-neul launches online magazine on official website 2010/01/06, Source
Korean actress Kim Haneul's online magazine [J. One Plus]
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has launched an online magazine on her official website (www.joneplus.co.kr/kimhaneul), according to a press release by agency J. One Plus Entertainment.
"We plan to provide new and refreshing information about Kim Ha-neul on a monthly basis thru the Kim Ha-neul Magazine", an official at J. One Plus was quoted as saying. He further explained that the magazine site, launched on Tuesday, will be a place for communication with the fans and electronic commerce with businesses affiliated with the actress.,...More
Lee Joon-gi voted top Hallyu Star of 2009 2009/12/31, Source
Hallyu star Lee Joon-gi [Mentor Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Joon-gi has been voted top Hallyu Star of the year in a survey conducted by a Korean business news publication, according to a press release by his agency Mentor Entertainment on Thursday.
In a recent poll titled "2009 My Vote for Top 6 Stars of the Year", Finance and Economy News asked viewers who they thought were this year's top six entertainers in the following categories; Male idol group, Female group, Solo singer, Male actor, Female actress, Hallyu Star, Drama and Film. Each respondent was allowed to vote for one star in each category.
Results for the survey -- conducted from December 21 thru 29 -- were based on the votes cast by netizens as well as the site's Internet statistics, such as the number of times each star's news articles were read.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] He returns as a cosmetics product model! 2009/09/30, Source Actor kwon Sang-woo returns as a cosmetics product model.
The TEARS cosmetics product will be launching at the end of this year and Kwon has been chosen as its model!
From 2004 through 2008, Kwon has been very popular through the cosmetics brand modeling and he returns again after one year of break.
TEARS brand said that his sexy body and charismatic look with,...More
Actor kwon Sang-woo may soon be making his Hollywood debut with a role in the upcoming film "The Green Hor,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Kwon Sang-woo in Hollywood? 2009/07/24, Source kwon Sang-woo has received a lovecall from the Hollywood film "Green Hornet" for the character Kato that was supposed to be Stephen Chow's role. Stephen Chow was to direct the film. He stepped off due to miscommunication issues. Michel Gondry will replace Stephen Chow as the director.
Asia's star kwon Sang-woo has been able to break through the language barrier and take part in this film!
It is known that Kwon's English hasn't been perfect throughout the audition with the main actor Seth Rogen, however, it was successful.
The filming will begin this September and will be released in 2010. Other stars in this film are Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz.
Green Hornet has been a popular radio drama of 1930s,...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
While many singers are gasping for air amid the economic recession, which lowered revenue from already plunging album sales, some are temporarily leaving their original posts to pursue different careers.
[ChanMi's star news] Son Tae-young's photoshoot! 2009/02/06, Source Her tummy is growing and we can see it!
Son Tae-young is expecting on the end of this month!
She has modeled for Instyle where we can tell that her beauty is unchanging while her tummy has been!
Son's interview is followed by this picture in the magazine. Son reveals how she met her husband kwon Sang-woo and how he proposed to her with the ring!,...More
The South Korean film industry had already been staggering for over two years and was hit especially hard by the global economic crisis. But the 2009 season begins h,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Son Tae-young reveals her growing belly! 2009/01/15, Source Son Tae-young had her first interview after her pregnancy!
She is 171cm tall and doesn't look much different besides her grown belly once you look at her closely. Her face is not swollen nor are her hands and feet. She looks as if she is in the first trimester, however she is due in only a few months!
She has gained 7 kg since her pregnancy and suffered a lot of morning sickness in the beginning. Son said that she wanted to avoid all the bad gossip and malicious comments on the internet about her marriage to kwon Sang-woo and the pregnancy before marriage. Son even,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Kim Myung-min in "Closer to Heaven". 2008/12/13, Source He has recently been in "Beethoven Virus" where he was a maestro.
Kim Myung-min has been casted for the new film "Closer to Heaven" ("My Love Beside Me") which kwon Sang-woo has been casted before and stepped down from the position.
This film is about a man who has the Lugh Gehrig disease and his sacrificial lover. This is by the same director who made the movie "You are my Sunshine" four years ago.
Kim will be Jong-woo who has a lot of humor as well as great pride. He is a charismatic man who is active in expressing his love for his girlfriend. Kim will be the patient who will be fighting ths disease, it will be a heart moving film.,...More
The global economic crisis and corresponding local business sentiments are spreading over to the entertainment sector. Planned dramas are being dropped from production while top celebrities are willingly reducing their paychecks.
[ChanMi's star news] Kwon-Son couple on a vacation to New Zealand 2008/11/17, Source Son Tae-young and kwon Sang-woo are enjoying their unofficial honeymoon.
Son has gone to Thailand after the wedding for a commercial film, and was unable to have a honeymoon.
Now, when they finally found the time, the two are going to a vacation home in New Zealand.
It is known that Kwon has bought a luxury apartment in New Zealand where you can see the Pacific Ocean. This pend house is where many stars have visited also.
This is a special place where Kwon has proposed to Son, which was another reason that they decided to go back here.,...More
Actors kwon Sang-woo, 32, and Son Tae-young, 28, tied the knot Sunday at a three-hour private wedding that drew a crowd including top Korean stars,,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kwon Sang-woo and Son Tae-young's wedding today! 2008/09/28, Source The kwon Sang-woo and Son Tae-young couple is having a strictly private wedding which brings even more curiosity in how it will be proceeded. The star couple will only be inviting the closest friends and family for their small wedding.
This day, only the invited can enter the wedding hall and there won't be any press meeting before the wedding for the fans. There is no live coverage for this wedding, and not even pictures will be publicized after the wedding.,...More
Kwon, Son to Tie the Knot on Sept. 28 2008/07/21, Source The actor couple kwon Sang-woo and Son Tae-young are getting married on Sept. 28. "I thought she was a good person with an innocent heart after I saw a program on TV where she wept while talking about her past", Kwon said in a press conference in Seoul on Friday. "I was introduced to her by an acquaintance, and we started dating shortly afterward".
The romance was recently made public by a sports newspaper. Kwon said he swore his love for her in a hot-air balloon in Australia, where he gave her a necklace. "She is the biggest energy of my life. She makes me laugh, and makes me have hope", he said.,...More
The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Sparkles with Stars 2008/04/24, Source Korean TV and film stars gathered together for The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Thursday evening in Seoul. The Awards honors filmmakers, TV actors and actresses, producers and programs that made distinguishing marks in the field of visual media arts.
In the film category, the grand prize went to More
Body Exposure of Actors – how much? 2008/04/10, Source The exposure of actresses in Korean movies has been a hot issue. Everyone wondered how much women expose themselves and if they acted without fear according to their role.
Now, the interest is to the exposure of actors. As much as the female body is beautiful, the male body is too. In promotions,...More
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More