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  • [Upcoming Blu-ray Release] Korean Movie "Bungee Jumping of their Own"

    2018/09/21, Source
    Korean movie "Bungee Jumping of their Own" is available to preorder on Blu-ray (Full Slip Numbering Limited Edition) with English subtitles from YESASIA,...More
  • [Guest Film Review] "Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors"

    Hong Sang-soo's third feature film, whose title is a reference to Marcel Duchamp's artwork "The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even", was his most accessible one, up to that point (2000),...More
  • [Guest Film Review] "Taegukgi"

    The fourth-in-a-row blockbuster regarding the relations between North and South Korea (after "Shiri", "JSA - Joint Security Area" and "Silmido"), broke the records of both budget, with $12,8 millions, and admissions, with 11.74 million spectators in the country's cinemas, while its earnings bordered on $70 million. Furthermore, it was a success in Japan earning $9,7 million, and it was also released in the United Stated, earning $1,1 million. Testament to the scale of the production are the years of research spent to ensure historic validity, the huge sets, and the number of supernumeraries used, who exceeded 25,000, in order to achieve absolute realism in the war scenes,...More
  • Elderly Made Sick by Babysitting Duties

    2015/10/11, Source
    A growing number of elderly people are being tasked with babysitting their grandchildren as the parents go out to work. This has led to increasing back and joint problems among senior citizens as they have to lift their grandchildren several times a day. According to Statistics Korea, the contribution by married women to family income rose from 3.4 percent in 1982 to 12.7 percent in 2008, or around four-fold,...More
  • 'Bungee Jump' tells of complex love story

    2012/08/04, Source
    Will Aronson, left, and Hue Park wrote the music and lyrics, respectively, for the new show "Bungee Jump" based on the 2001 movie "Bungee Jumping of their Own". / Courtesy of Lee Soo-jin "Bungee Jumping of their Own", a popular 2001 film about a love transcending time, space and gender, is being staged as a musical at Blue Square's Samsung Card Hall in Hannam-dong, Seoul. Composer Will Aronson, who has worked previously with Musical Heaven, the musical's production company, and lyricist Hue Park told The Korea Times about their work, collaboration and friendship,...More
  • Images of Korean actresses giving sexual favors as bribes circulating on Chinese portals

    2011/08/28, Source
    Images of female Korean entertainers allegedly giving sexual favors as bribes, including the late Choi Jin-sil and Lee Eun-joo, are circulating on major Chinese portal sites,...More
  • The late actress Lee eun-joo's 6th death anniversary, tides of fans commemorating

    2011/02/22, Source
    Fan's of late actress Lee Eun-joo arranged a memorial in commemoration of her death 6 years ago. They are going to gather in the Kyeonggido Goyang-si Cheong-ah Park where she is resting, on the 22nd at 2PM.,...More
  • Copycat suicides serious

    2010/10/04, Source
    Warning issued against graphic coverage of celebs' suicides

    By Bae Ji-sook

    Data from Statistics Korea show that cases of top entertainers killing themselves result in a steep rise of copycat su,...
  • Park Yong-ha still not let go by Japanese fans

    2010/07/21, Source
    The late Korean actor Park Yong-ha [photographed by Lee Won-woo/10Asia] Japanese fans have still not let Park Yong-ha go "We pray for the soul of Park Yong-ha from the bottom of our hearts. We are truly grateful for your bright smile". As Japan still continues to commemorate late Korean actor Park Yong-ha who took his own life on June 30, TBS' television show "KinSma" hosted by Nakai Masahiro, the leader of popular J-pop group SMAP, featured a special one-hour episode for Park on July 9. The relationship between the actor and the show began in July 2006 when Park stepped in as a temporary emcee for "KinSma". The special episode featured interviews with Japanese celebrities who had been close to Park, including producer Tsunku who created [J-pop girl band] Morning Musume and popular emcee Utsumi Midori who is famous for her connections with Korean stars, as well as showing Park's activities in Japan. A video letter from the late actor's fan Ishibashi Etsuko, who is suffering from an incurable disease, made viewers eyes well up with tears,...More
  • Why Do So Many Korean Celebrities Kill Themselves?

    2010/07/05, Source
    The roster of recent celebrity suicides in Korea is getting longer and longer, with Lee Eun-joo, U;Nee,,...More
  • FACTBOX - Chronology of South Korean celebrity suicides
    2010/07/01, Source
    South Korean actor Park Yong-ha was found dead at his home on Thursday after committing suicide by hanging himself with the cord of a camcorder charger. He was 32. Park is the latest in a series of suicides by top entertainers first spurred by,...More
  • Top 'hallyu' star Park Yong-ha commits suicide

    2010/06/30, Source
    By Kwon Mee-yoo
    Staff reporter

    Popular actor and singer Park Yong-ha, 33, was found dead at home in southern Seoul Wednesday morning after,...
  • '40 Percent of Actors Considered Suicide'

    2010/04/13, Source
    By Bae Ji-sook
    Staff Reporter

    Four out of every 10 actors here have been suffering from depression and have had suicidal urges from time to time, according to a degree paper by actress,...
  • [INTERVIEW] Actor Sol Kyung-gu (Part 2)

    2010/01/11, Source
    Actor Sol Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia] Beck Una (Beck): And that is when you decided to take the civil service examination. Sol Kyung-gu (Seol): Haha. Let me explain that to you. I was dying to leave the Hanyang Repertory. I'd already graduated but that place was an extension of school while I wanted to meet a larger variety of people. I didn't think they'd let me go for no reason so I lied that I'm going to take the civil service exam. (laugh) But what's so spontaneous about me is that although I had left because I didn't like it, I didn't have anything to do right away. And I needed money but I didn't want to ask my parents for it so I ended up asking a senior of mine to give me a part-time job putting up posters. The interesting thing is that I ended up staying in the industry. Of course, if I had really taken off, I might have ended up becoming human trash. (laugh) Anyway, I had been at the job for about a month and a half? I was suddenly asked if I would want to take part in the musical "Line 1". Mr. Kim Min-ki had seen me about, putting up the posters and asked me if I would want to take part thinking that I'm hardworking. That had been my audition for it. Me and actors from all walks of life with all sorts of experience rehearsed for three months and wow, it was so much fun. That was the start of "Line 1". It also did very well. Before I took on film "Girls' Night Out", I was making two million won per month and drove a Sephia. (laugh) But after "Line 1", I had no work at all. That's when scenarist Lee Seon-mi, who used to do plays, recommended me to writer Jeong Seong-joo. And that is how I got to become part of the cast for morning TV series "Sisters". I think I'm a very person when it comes to human relationships. Beck: Did you not think of taking on dramas after "Sisters"? Seol: Why wouldn't I have? I was also asked to quite a lot. Not official auditions but one-on-one. But you know how you get glanced at from head to toe? I really hated the look they gave me when they do that. So after "Girls' Night Out" and then "Rainbow Trout", a man called Lee Chang-dong called me. Beck: After he watched "Girls' Night Out"?,...More
  • [ChanMi's star news] Lee Eun-joo's fans meet on 22nd

    2009/12/17, Source
    Fans of the deceased Lee Eun-joo are meeting on the 22nd to celebrate her birthday. The fan cafe site for Lee Eun-joo had postings regarding the meeting of "Remembering Lee Eun-joo" for her birthday. Last 2005 February 22nd, Lee had left this earth and after her passing, fans have met on December 22nd to remember,...More
  • Entertainment Business Dept. to Train Star Makers
    2009/11/09, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    Many say the Korean wave, or hallyu, is dwindling. Some say the fault is on promotion, while others argue about quality. For former entertainment reporter and now professor Hong Sung-kyu, it is the overall mindset that is preventing the wave from moving further.
  • Why Do Suicides Jump in March?

    2009/03/10, Source
    By Kwon Mee-yoo
    Staff Reporter

    News of suicides come in everyday. Actress Jang Ja-yeon, who starred as one of the mean girls in the hit dra,...
  • [Korea News Photo] Fatal Fame

    2009/03/09, Source
    After a rash of entertainer suicides in 2008, Korea faces its second of 2009

    Todd Thacker (todd)

    Last year Korea's entertainment industry was hit by a rash of suicides, including four in just th,...
  • 'Bungee..'. Screening Looks Back on Late actress

    2009/02/16, Source
    Four years ago on Feb. 22, actress Lee Eun-joo took her own life. On the 21st, the Korean Film Archive will hold a free screening of her well-kn,...More
  • Series of High-Profile Suicides Puts Focus on Internet Culture
    2008/10/02, Source
    One of Korea's top celebrities was found dead in her home Thursday morning apparently having committed suicide.
    She was celebrated actress Choi Jin-sil who just a few days ago pressed charges against a woman she had never met for posting vici,...
  • The 'Remembrance Night' for the third anniversary of Lee Eun-joo's death

    2008/02/28, Source
    The 'Remembrance Night' was held on 22nd, in a café in Seoul Kang-nam to commemorate the third anniversary of Lee Eun-joo's death.

    On this 'R,...
  • Fans Commemorate Death of Actress Lee Eun-joo

    2008/01/23, Source
    Fans of the late actress Lee Eun-joo have gathered to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of her death at Chungah Park in Ilsan where her ashes lay.,...More
  • Showbiz Suicides Alarm Management Agencies
    2007/02/13, Source
    Alarm bells are ringing in Korea's entertainment business after the apparent suicides of pop singer U;Nee and actress Jeong Da-bin within three weeks of each other.

    Agencies are clearly worried. While the stars ostensibly enjoy wealth and f,...
  • Actress Jeong Da-bin Dead in Suspected Suicide

    2007/02/10, Source
    Korean actress Jeong Da-bin was found dead at her boyfriend's home on Saturday, according to police.

    Investigators said Jeong, 27, apparentl,...
  • Singer Dies in Apparent Suicide
    2007/01/21, Source
    Pop singer Yuni was found dead on Sunday in an apparent suicide at her home in Inchon City, west of Seoul, according to police.

    Investigators presumed that Yuni, a 26-year-old actress-turned-singer, killed herself around noon, quoting her 71-year-old grandmother as stating that she found the body,...
  • TV Drama "Phoenix" to Air in Japan from July
    2006/06/29, Source
    The MBC TV drama Phoenix", starring Eric Mun from the male band Shinhwa, will air in Japan every Thursday at 8 p.m. on the satellite broadcaster BS Fuji beginning July 19 .

    The Japanese,...
  • What nude scenes mean for actresses
    2006/03/27, Source
    Just two decades ago, it was rare for movie fans to see actresses do nude scenes because of strict censorship and most stars were hesitant about undressing for the camera.

    But as the domestic moviemaking trend took an innovative turn towards liberal expression, nude scenes no longer made much new,...
  • Cinematic Discovery of Seoul
    2006/02/23, Source
    As a 600-year-old city, Seoul has a variety of faces and treasures, ranging from ancient palaces to futuristic architectural structures.

    Some Seoul residents are not even aware of these diverse visages, and are astonished when they see unfamiliar views in films that they discover were made in the,...
  • A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV
    2005/12/27, Source
    2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
  • [YEAR-END REVIEW]Shocks, embarrassments, disappointments
    2005/12/26, Source
    This is the fifth part of a series of articles reviewing Korea's culture scene this year. - Ed.

    By culture staff

    Suicide of top actress

    One of the most negative events that hit the country's movie industry this year was the death of,...
  • [YEAR-END REVIEW] Korean film industry continues to produce major hits
    2005/12/19, Source
    This is the first part of a series of articles reviewing Korea's culture scene this year. - Ed.

    By Yang Sung-jin

    This year began on an upbeat note for Korea's movie industry. "Running Boy" (Marathon), directed by Chung Yoon-chul, feat,...
  • "Crying Fist" Nominated for 12 Categories of Daejong Award
    2005/07/04, Source
    Nominees for the 42nd Daejong Film Festival awards were announced July 1. A total of five movies will compete for the best picture award, including "A Bittersweet Life",,...More
  • 'I Loved Eun-joo and She Loved Me'
    2005/06/17, Source
    By Han Eun-jung
    Staff Reporter

    Singer Jhun In-kwon said in a recent interview that he had a previously unpublicized romantic relationship with the late actress Lee Eun-joo, who committed suicide in February at the age of 24.

    "I loved Eun,...
  • The 7th Taipei Film Festival to invite The late Korean actress Lee Eun-joo's posthumous cinema 'The Scarlet Letter'
    2005/05/23, Source
    The late Korean actress Lee Eun-joo's posthumous cinema 'The Scarlet Letter' is invited to the 7th Taipei Film Festival, scheduled to raise a curtain on June 25.

    The Taipei Film Festival is an annual multi-cultural event containing film fest,...
  • Eric Mun Confesses His Feelings for Park Si-yeon
    2005/05/16, Source
    "I have no doubts that I love this woman", wrote Shinhwa member Eric Mun regarding 2000 Miss Korea and model Park Si-yeon on the group's official website on May 14.

    In a message titled "L,...
  • An Interview with Moon Geun-young
    2005/04/19, Source
    An Interview with Moon Geun-young

    by Seung-Jae Lee

    ―It's 9:00 am on Sunday. Aren't you sleepy?"

    "I'm a morning person. At 6:30 I'm already awake, even on Sundays".

    ― What do you do so early in the morning?

    "I wat,...
  • Films Starring Lee Eun-joo to Screen for Free
    2005/03/04, Source
    CGV Yongsan, will screen two films of the late actress Lee Eun-joo for free on Tuesday.

    It announced yesterday that it will show "Lover's Concerto" at 7 p.m and ",...
  • Entertainment World Says Goodbye to Lee Eun-joo
    2005/02/24, Source
    The funeral service for actress Lee Eun-joo, who took her own life at the age of 25 on Tuesday, was held Thursday. With a mournful expression, fellow actor and former boyfriend Kim Jeong-hyun moves Lee's portrait following the funeral.

  • Stars Under Extreme Stress
    2005/02/24, Source
    Depression Drove Actress Lee to Suicide: Police

    By Bae Keun-min
    Staff Reporter

    Mourners bid farewell to late actress Lee Eun-joo during a funeral on Thursday at a hospital run by Seoul National University in Pundang, just south of Seoul,...
  • Friends, Colleagues Come to Cherish Memory of Lee Eun-joo

    2005/02/23, Source
    When Lee Eun-joo, who committed suicide on Feb. 22, was found dead in her apartment, she was wearing sweatpants and a short-sleeved T-shirt. A p,...More
  • Top actress commits suicide
    2005/02/23, Source
    Lee Eun-joo, a top actress well known for her supporting role in the Korean blockbuster film "Taegukgi" died yesterday, in what apparently was a suicide.

    Lee, 25, was found hanging b,...
  • Top Actress's Suicide Shocks Nation
    2005/02/22, Source
    Lee Eun-joo, who shot to fame with her roles in the TV drama "Firebird" and the film "Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War", hanged herself in her apartment on Tuesday. She was 25. Lee's brother alerted police after discovering her lifeless body at,...More
  • Actress Lee Eun-joo Commits Suicide
    2005/02/22, Source
    By Lee Yong-sung
    Staff Reporter

    Popular television and film actress Lee Eun-joo was found dead on Tuesday, apparently having committed suicide. She was 24.

    Lee, the star of such hit films as ",...
  • Fashion Designer Andre Kim Gives Out Best Star Awards
    2004/11/16, Source
    By Park Chung-a
    Staff Reporter

    Fashion designer Andre Kim on Monday held the 2nd Best Star Awards at Grand Hyatt Hotel in central Seoul.

    The Award is aimed at highlighting the achievements of Korean stars who contributed to heightening Korea's status worldwide by performing well in areas of,...
  • 'The Scarlet Letter' trains microscope on sexual desire
    2004/10/30, Source
    What is love? It's an amusing question that often has no satisfying answer, at least not for a man who has to deal with three fatally attractive women at the same time.
    In "The Scarlet Letter", Ki-hoon (,...
  • The Scarlet Letter
    2004/10/20, Source
    by Gab-Sik Kim

    "The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it".

    This is from Genesis 3:6 of the Bible, a,...
  • Pusan film fest gains growing influence
    2004/10/16, Source
    The Pusan International Film Festival wrapped up its nine-day run yesterday, confirming its growing popularity among movie buffs in Korea and Asia.
    The much-celebrated annual film festival featured 266 movies from 63 countries, a lineup that has set a new record in its nine-year history. A horde o,...
  • Scarlet Letter: Love, Murder by the Numbers
    2004/10/07, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Fans of Han Suk-kyu, star of local hit movies such as "Shiri" and "Christmas in August" will be able to see him in his upcoming movie ",...
  • Pusan film fest pursues cinema diversity
    2004/10/05, Source
    The Pusan International Film Festival will kick off its much-touted nine-day run Thursday, featuring 266 films from 63 countries - the most in the festival's nine-year history.
    Organizers said they have put much emphasis on the diversity in international cinema, screening more works from Africa, L,...
  • Pusan Film Fest Puts Focus on Diversity
    2004/09/14, Source
    By Joon Soh
    Staff Reporter

    In a year when major European festivals have gone Hollywood in a big way, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's biggest cinema event, will continue to go the other direction, emphasizing the diversity in international cinema more than in previous years,...
  • Skyrocketing Screen Guarantees
    2004/04/20, Source
    by Gab-Sik Kim

    The money is flowing in, but there is no one to act.

    This is the current atmosphere at Choong Moo Ro (film district). According to the Bank of Korea, the movie industry's 2003 sales were some 3.7780 trillion won. This is a rapid growth with sales more than triple 1997's 1.257,...
  • Lee Eun-joo to Star in 'Firebird'
    2004/03/01, Source
    Film actress Lee Eun-joo, who played a supporting role in the recent blockbuster "Taegukgi", will return to the small screen after four years. Lee has signed up for the television drama,...More
  • [Movie Review] `Taegukgi' an Emotional Look at the Realities of Korean War
    2004/02/05, Source
    By Joon Soh

    The long-awaited domestic film "Taegukgi" has finally arrived in theaters, and in many ways it doesn't disappoint. Costing nearly 15 billion won to make, the film, about two brothers caught up in the Korean War, is visually as,...

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