[HanCinema's Film Review] "MUSUDAN" 2017/08/12,
A bunch of people keep dying in the Demilitarized Zone, so Captain Jin-ho (played by Kim Min-joon) puts together a crack team of South Korean special forces to figure out what the problem is. As for the members of his crack team, well, uh, Lieutenant Yoo-hwa (played by Lee Ji-ah) is a woman. We know that because she does womanly things like putting on makeup. As for the rest of those guys, I think Staff Sergent Yoon-gil (played by Park Yoo-hwan) ends up dying on base like a chump. That's as good as I can do for names,...More
Seo Taiji Hits Back at Ex-Wife's Account of Marriage 2014/08/14, Source,
Pop icon Seo Taiji on Wednesday denied the claims by his ex-wife Lee Ji-ah that he trapped her in a marriage that cut her off from her family and other human contact. Lee said on a TV talk show on Monday that she had to stop keeping in touch even with her family for fear that their marriage might become public knowledge,...More
Lee Ji-ah opens up for the first time in 4 years 2014/04/15, Source,
There hasn't been an actress who suffered from so many issues all at once in a single drama. We're talking about Lee Ji-ah from the recently ended SBS drama "She Gets Married Thrice". She has been through so much criticism and issues. In the first interview with the actress in 3 years since the 'divorce' she said, "I can understand the criticism about my acting but the make-over is because of facial edema". She spoke about the various rumors that speculated around the once mysterious actress.
-Why did you choose writer Kim Su-hyun?
"I thought it'd be a good chance to learn a lot from it as I still have a long way to go. I felt like I needed to go through her. I was scared and I was worried that my image would seem weird since the title says, "She Gets Married Thrice"",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 40 Final 2014/03/30,
And so, it all comes down to a final negotiation. Eun-soo with Joon-goo's family, over the fate of the baby. Don't expect any emotional fireworks here- the same as all along throughout this drama, Eun-soo refuses to indicate any sign of weakness. She represses all her emotions, and it's only in one final flourish that she lets the pain out. And after that, it's all over. The misery of the past forty episodes has finally come to an end as Eun-soo finds her answer.
I liked the answer actually. It's a bit of a weaselly way of dealing with the mystery of the title,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 39 2014/03/29,
It bears repeating- for a drama that received an eight episode extension, "She Gets Married Thrice" is hurrying to the ending awfully fast. There have been some massive character shifts over the course of the several month timeskip. It's nice that Chae Rin can soak with her sister-in-law in a preposterously opulent bathtub but it would be nice if we'd actually seen them getting closer and bonding instead of just skipping over all that stuff. This drama's put so much effort into crushing hope that it's rather rude to just skip over a bunch of happy bonding to get to sad stuff again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 38 2014/03/23,
In one sense the drama's sudden shift to Chae Rin's dark subplot is a bit of a cheat. It's not like we've been clear up until this point that there was an actual reason for her bad behavior. By and large it's been much easier to chalk up her poor attitude to Chae Rin's own sense of entitled selfishness. The woman hasn't done much to endear herself to the viewer. A significant portion of this drama has just been Chae Rin abusing Seul-gi, however well-intentioned that may have been at points.
But just because that's how Chae Rin has seemed on camera doesn't make her a bad person,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 37 2014/03/22,
We get to see some of the ways the story of this drama has done long-term damage to Seul-gi's impressionable mind. In the first place, her philosophy on life has gotten horribly cynical for a child. The entire sequence where she gives a full emotional reaction to the news that Eun-soo is pregnant is pretty cringe-worthy. Unfortunately from Seul-gi's point of view this is a perfectly valid response. Even more worrisome, Seul-gi's actually coming from a pretty good position of authority when making this announcement,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 36 2014/03/16,
Eun-soo is in a bit of an odd spot here. Most of the runtime to "She Gets Married Thrice" has been devoted to the woman's suffering, yet she's never really come off as a martyr. A large part of this has been because the breakdown in her relationships has at least partially been her fault. While Eun-soo's failures have not been as dramatic or alarming as Tae-won's or Joon-goo's, there's still the feeling that she's reaping what she's sown.
So it's all too appropriate that here, when Eun-soo is forced into a face-to-face confrontation with Chae Rin, that the woman simply refuses to engage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 35 2014/03/15,
The focus this time is almost entirely on Chae Rin, and her continued self-degredation as a woman who insists on staying in a marriage that has pretty obviously failed. I tend to be patient with "She Gets Married Thrice" most of the time, recognizing that these kinds of breakdowns take time to finalize, but watching Chae Rin futilely struggle against her inevitable fate has just gotten really tiresome. We've seen all this before, and there's really no good reason for the drama to continue dragging the point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 34 2014/03/09,
Here we see "She Gets Married Thrice" take a vacation from itself. I really can't think of a better way to describe it. For the first time in a really, really long time, Seul-gi spends the entire episode smiling. There's no sense of fear or panic. She's just cute and happy being able to spend time with people who clearly appreciate having her around. Poor Seul-gi really needed this so bad, and it's wonderful that she's able to enjoy herself around people who aren't so pretentious and obsessed with manipulating each other.
Like Gwang-mo. I love the way this drama has rehabilitated his character from the impulsive, generally obnoxious guy he was at the beginning to man who here is really just heavily focused on the needs of other people,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 33 2014/03/08,
It's another typical day in the "She Gets Married Thrice" universe. More stony silent dinners contrasted with bright and cheerful ones. At least for the first few minutes. Then Eun-soo is tossed into crisis mode and, with more energy than I can ever remember her seeing to date, rushes to her daughter and demands an explanation for everything that's been going on in her ex-husband's household since the matter of child custody was resolved.
I like Tae-won's resigned reaction to the whole situation. He reacts to Eun-soo the same way that he used to react to his family. Just a resigned sort of acceptance of whatever she's saying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 32 2014/03/02,
And it looks like the drama is right back to moving at a crawl. On one end it's nice that these marriages are slowly disintegrating, as opposed to just remaining stagnant. And given the personalities of the characters involved, it's not like any of them would just give up altogether anyway. But still. There's only so much slow storyline movement a viewer can take. The pacing is consistent, genuine, and terribly frustrating.
There's a bit more to chew on outside of the married couples,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 31 2014/03/01,
The dam breaks. We appear to have finally gotten to the point where the marriages which make up the dramatic thrust of "She Gets Married Thrice" have fully disintegrated. There's no degree of apology that can make up for the mistakes Joon-goo and Chae Rin have committed at this point. They just continuously fail to learn from their errors, however many second chances they get. So with that, enough is enough.
Part of what makes the situation so frustrating to watch is that at any point in the last several episodes, indeed, even in this one, Joon-goo and Chae Rin could have made amends and reintegrated into the family unit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 30 2014/02/23,
It would seem that Eun-soo has found yet another largely ineffective way of dealing with her problems- making no effort to emote at all. I'd find this latest development depressing except that it's just what we have to expect from these characters at this point. The ending in particular is a strong statement on the direction Eun-soo seems to keep moving in life. The poor woman's just running around in circles, accomplishing nothing, incapable of really opening up to anyone aside from family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 29 2014/02/22,
Poor Tae-won. He goes to work for one day, just one day, and comes back to find the entire household in crisis. It's a pretty ridiculous crisis too- the terrible secret of what Seul-gi's been doing behind locked doors. Although in all fairness Seul-gi's door really shouldn't be locked in the first place. What if there was a fire? How would anybody be able to get her out if she's conked out asleep behind a locked door?
That's the question a sensible responsible parent would be asking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 28 2014/02/16,
We get a much needed dose of levity here as the drama takes a moment to focus on Eun-soo's problems. In a less depressing drama there might actually be serious conflict about this development. The thing is, however we cut it, Gwang-mo's mom is a lot more reasonable than any other in-law on this drama. Yeah she's mean and hostile but at least the woman has the courtesy to clearly telegraph her intentions ahead of time.
The positive movement this episode overall is actually pretty good relatively speaking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 27 2014/02/15,
And so the cycle begins anew. Yes, something happened this time. But Joon-goo, as usual chooses to just pretend like it never happened and who knows when we're finally going to hit the crisis point on his latest bad decision. Home life with Eun-soo is even more depressing than usual here- she doesn't know what's going to happen, but it's so clearly telegraphed that the relationship with Joon-goo isn't working out that a lack of a communication is the only thing keeping this marriage alive.
I have to admit I almost, almost, managed to feel sorry for Da-mi this time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 26 2014/02/09,
Well, we find out this time that apparently Chae Rin's in-laws are aware of the fact that she's incapable of connecting with her stepdaughter. It's just that they're choosing not to do anything about it. I'd be angry but this is so in keeping with the self-centered self-absorbed world of Tae-won and his relatives that it barely even registers as a surprise. I continue to just feel sorry for Chae Rin- it's unclear what possible positive direction this could go for her.
There's an interesting flashback this time that goes over the moment when Eun-soo and Tae-won first started discussing the prospect of marriage- and the parallels with Chae Rin's situation are too eerie,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 25 2014/02/02,
The storyline between Hyeon-soo and Gwang-mo is now in full focus, and the comparison between this couple and the other two is a fascinating one. Hyeon-soo and Gwang-mo just spend half their time screaming at each other over the question of whether or not to get married. At one point it's even acknowledged that they sound, you know, kind of crazy, especially when it happens in public spaces.
But look at Eun-soo and Joon-goo. Look at Tae-won and Chae Rin. They don't yell,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 24 2014/02/01,
In this episode we get confirmation that Gwang-mo is, in fact, much more childish than he is genuinely romantic. Granted, the fact that he ditched his fiance at the altar was probably a pretty good clue of that. But that was an eternity ago and lately he's seemed almost like a passable romantic lead for Hyeon-soo. Well it's much more difficult to keep that impression seriously when we see the man at home, with his mom, arguing, while we can clearly see superhero masks hanging in the background of his room.
I like how none of the men in this drama are perfect- they all have pretty glaring flaws that they might or might not be able to fix, regardless of how handsome they are. Take Joon-goo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 23 2014/01/26,
Joon-goo spends most of this episode trying to be considerate of Eun-soo in really unhelpful ways. He still doesn't grasp the fact that Eun-soo doesn't trust him. More problematically, he's not really giving her any reason to trust him. Joon-goo is very aggressive in the way he shows affection- he does almost no long term thinking of the way Eun-soo actually feels. Their relationship remains horribly stalled- this pregnancy looking more worrisome all the time.
Chae Rin isn't doing much better. She's continuously isolated in her new home, not really having made much of a connection with anyone. The progress she makes toward decent familial relationships is slow and mixed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 22 2014/01/25,
I have to give this episode credit for one thing- I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a fictional pregnancy portrayed with such...ambivalency. Oh sure, there's countless stories where a woman gets pregnant unexpectedly, but these almost always turn into relatively cheerful upbeat narratives with inevitable happy endings. The prospect of abortion is rarely ever even mentioned, let alone seriously discussed.
Well, "She Gets Married Thrice" isn't exactly that much more amibitious when it comes to that last particular issue,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 21 2014/01/19,
This episode establishes beyond all reasonable doubt that the problems in the Eun-Soo / Joon-Goo relationship are still there, and unlikely to leave anytime soon. Even though he's been sick, and even though he's been victimized by Da-Mi, Eun-Soo simply doesn't trust Joon-Goo yet. There's good reason for this- honestly, I'd probably recoil at the sense of his touch, too. He's been lying for a long time and so far the efforts Joon-Goo has been making toward redemption haven't been that convincing.
Take his entire scene with Da-Mi. Yes, in a technical sense he does make the right decision and act in the correct way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 20 2014/01/18,
The drama appears to have realized where its current strong storyline lies, and has shifted gears appropriately. This episode largely deals with Tae-won's fatherly relationship with Seul-gi, and it involves lots of parenting. The cliffhanger from last time is resolved in a fairly humdrum way- unsurprising, really, given that there's only so many places Seul-gi can run away to. But Tae-won correctly realizes that the crisis isn't resolved just because Seul-gi's back home.
As a parent there's a lot to admire in Tae-won, and I love Song Chang-eui's performance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 19 2014/01/12,
I get now why this whole storyline with Da-mi feels so awkward. It's because, inadvertently and rather unjustifiably, Da-mi's being unreasonable has apparently solved all the emotional problems in the Hyeon-soo / Joon-goo relationship. Remember how Hyeon-soo was so frustrated she left Joon-goo's home, and had to do a lot of soul-searching before she could be persuaded into coming back? Remember the marital rape? "She Gets Married Thrice" seems to have decided these were lightweight events that mean little in light of the current Da-mi crisis.
The charitable explanation is that these issues do still exist, these characters just aren't going to deal with them seriously until after the issues with Da-mi are resolved,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 18 2014/01/12,
This episode falls into a weird kind of limbo where even though lots of important stuff is happening...it somehow feels like nothing is happening at all. Almost the entire conflict here is about Da-mi and her unwillingness to sever with Joon-goo. And for one hour she just repeatedly refuses to do that, to the increasing agitation of every character around her. Such would seem to be the wages of carrying on with a married man.
Unfortunately, we just don't know all that much about Da-mi. Yes, she's had a few times to explain her position, but just because I know where the woman's coming from doesn't mean that I particularly care,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 17 2014/01/05,
This drama is, surprisingly enough, still a pretty sad one. It's not like anything particularly depressing has been happening lately. Some of it is just unambiguously good comedy. We get to look at 3 date nights, all completely different in tone, and the comparison is quite humorous. The entire sequence comes off as an instructional guide as to why the kind of thing you choose to watch on a date is really important in terms of the feelings it inspires.
One of those feelings, though, is regret. And I think this is where the emphasis of the previous episodes is seeping in,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 16 2014/01/04,
The focus here is on dinnertime, as all four of the households we've seen prepare, then eat, and then clean up after having had their supper. In other words, it's an episode for baselines and comparisons. The most immediate obvious one is that the only household to strictly follow rules of etiquette and make a point of eating together no matter what...is Hyeon-soo's. This is the only home with no children or parents. Although it does have a love interest.
The sense of intimacy and cheer, and particularly its absence anywhere else, is striking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 15 2013/12/28,
It looks like Eun-soo has a stronger sense of pride and self-respect than her constant crying lets on. Rather than let herself be bullied into a bad situation again, she forcefully moves against Joon-goo and manages to reverse the power dynamic. I like the way the storyline is moving into deliberate action and reaction territory here. There's been plenty of mopiness to establish how the characters feel, so it's refreshing to see these emotions finally take center stage,...More
Seo Taiji Finds Inspiration for New Album 2013/12/27, Source,
Singer Seo Taiji plans to release a new album next year. He wrote on his blog on Tuesday that he is working on his ninth album, and recently threw a year-end party to celebrate the new project. "At last, I will be able to start recording from early next year… and I plan to complete the album in 2014", he wrote,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 14 2013/12/22,
The drama continues with its tale of two families and the moral distinctions are getting increasingly troublesome and ambiguous. The happy points are, by far, the moments Tae-won spends with his daughter. He's a kind loving father- which only makes it all the more problematic to consider that he's also a newlywed with relatively little interest in his wife. While their relationship is basically mended for now, the long term prospects yet remain murky.
As to our actual main character Eun-soo...this episode for the most part seems determined to explain why the weepy blend of conservatism she's demonstrated up until this point might actually have been the best option,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 13 2013/12/21,
For awhile the only thing I could really get interested in was the furniture. I know that's a bit of a weird thing to praise but honestly the furniture in this drama is pretty great. These look like homes people could actually live in and there's all sorts of fun details that reflect the attitudes of the presumed decorators. For the mean wealthy family there's excessive opulence, for the nice wealthy family there's plain functionality, and for Hyeon-soo there are pictures of her dogs everywhere. These sets themselves tell quite a story if you pay attention,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 12 2013/12/15,
I keep forgetting that Eun-soo is married. It's pretty easy to do that, given that Joon-goo has been such a non-entity when it comes to the emotional situation of his wife. We've spent several episodes now that have basically just resolved around Eun-soo crying about the various plot stuff involving her daughter and ex-husband, but it's only this episode that Joon-goo offers her any meaningful comfort in these times of crisis. I'm not even totally sure he's ever had a scene in the same room as Seul-gi yet.
This is problematic, naturally, but only in past context,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 11 2013/12/14,
It's rather telling that, in the midst of an obvious crisis when any emotionally well-adjusted family would be in a panic, the people in Lady Choi's seem to have trouble summoning up any kind of emotion at all when their matriarch appears to suffer a severe collapse. The apathy is almost comical. The fact that the first we see of this woman is not in a hospital, but her own bedroom only adds to how problematic the situation is.
This could be easily labelled all of this as part of a deliberate performance designed to indicate the general unhealthiness of this family's psychological well-being,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 10 2013/12/08,
Well, lots of stuff happened this episode. As to what any of this managed to accomplish, well...I'm not really sure. The plotting of the narrative moves at a really glacial place. Pretty much every significant storyline event in the drama is referenced here, including the last episode's cliffhanger, but once all these facts are clearly established, we just get into more of the grind of daily life. Nothing much is really done with these storyline developments except character reactions we probably could have guessed.
None of this is necessarily bad, exactly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 9 2013/12/07,
The storyline this time around reads like an ineffective beer advertisement. Characters constantly search out and consume liquor here, all while while entering into the recesses of memory to figure out where it all went wrong. It's a pretty gloomy pit of distraughtness and despair, from which only the sweet taste of alcohol offers the slightest reprieve. Oh sure, there were good times- punctuated by those same awful moments which we now understand in retrospect to have ruined everything.
So, in case you couldn't guess, yeah, this episode is pretty depressing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 8 2013/12/01,
The main conflict this episode is the emotional handwringing that ensues as possession of Seul-gi passes from her mother's family to her father's family. Strangely, even though most of the drama up until this point has done a fairly good job of explaining why the wealthy in-laws are bad people who are unlikely to be a good influence on the little girl, I found the emotion here heavy-handed. It's not like Seul-gi's being sent off to a boarding school in Switzerland. They'll still be able to see her.
A single tearful goodbye would have been more appropriate, and would have given the drama some badly needed time to focus on other more interesting storylines,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 7 2013/11/30,
It turns out that in addition to all her other flaws the matriarch of the wealthy family is also an astonishingly bad mother. I don't mean that in terms of general abusiveness (that's already been well established) but how this woman manages to infatilize even the people she's supposed to like. It is, as is often the case with this drama, depressing to watch because it's hard to imagine this scenario could go anywhere good.
Fortunately, we're able to spend some time with the parents of our lead characters, and it's quite clear that they have much more sensible heads on their shoulders,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 6 2013/11/24,
This episode clearly resolves the mystery burning about why, exactly, the marriage between Eun-soo and Tae-won broke up in the first place. Part of the reason why the flashbacks of this drama are so confusing is because they always seem to be about as intimate with each other regardless of whether or not they're actually married. Even in the present day Tae-won still calls her "yeobo", which is weird even when everyone is being a good sport about it.
The reason for this, unsurprisingly, is Tae-won's relatives. That much has already been implied, of course- they remain, as always, insufferable in nearly every scene they're in,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 5 2013/11/23,
It occurs to me that if you take "The Heirs" and strip it of all the genre trappings necessitated by plots involving romances and corporate takeovers, you basically end up with "She Gets Married Thrice". The way this drama shows off the sheer wealth of some of its characters is impossible to ignore. Even in their most casual moments the wealthy characters are in this environment of sheer opulence that feels almost entirely disconnected from reality.
The main emotional event this episode is Eun-soo asking for permission to see her daughter, and this turning into some sort of bizarre legal negotiation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 4 2013/11/17,
Up until now I haven't really been paying much attention to the house of the rich in-laws, mostly because it's been difficult relating anything the rich in-laws do with the rest of the story. This episode gives us an interesting few scenes in this house, that goes a long way to explaining why this drama features so many dramatic communication breakdowns. Class plays a subtle but unmistakable role here in damaging efforts at conversation.
Take a look at the chairs in those house, the ones the rich in-laws are always sitting in,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 3 2013/11/16,
The main conflict this time is that Seul-gi just has a sudden freakout about her indefinite, undefined living situation. As far as I can tell nothing actually provokes this- which is exactly what kids can do. There's not necessarily a reason for them to suddenly turn grumpy. It's just a thing that happens when, for whatever reason, they started thinking long-term and get apprehensive.
What makes this more interesting in terms of the drama's broader plot is the way characters react to this. Seul-gi's scared because she doesn't know what's going on- in fact, none of the characters have any idea what's going on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 2 2013/11/10,
I am genuinely extremely unsure how much of this drama is supposed to take place in the present day versus flashbacks. It's difficult to connect how events and character reactions are supposed to relate from one scene to the next. All I'm positive about is that the scenes in the apartment take place in the present, and feature remarkably little forward progress in the storyline. Characters are generally angry- justifiably maybe, but not in an especially interesting way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 1 2013/11/09,
There's a cynical bite to "She Gets Married Thrice" that's rather surprising. Normally characters start out the story at least somewhat happy or satisfied and are only forced into chaos by the encroaching conflict. But the ones in this drama are just really crabby. Much ado is made over the big wedding scene that shows up in the middle of the episode- but lead character Hyeon-soo (played by Uhm Ji-won) won't acknowledge any joy or happiness in these moments, choosing instead to behave rather indifferently.
Unfolding events seem to bear out Hyeon-soo's cynicism rather well,...More
Actress Lee Ji-ah in Fender Bender 2013/04/09, Source,
Actress Lee Ji-ah's expensive Italian sports car was involved in a fender bender with a police car over the weekend. Gangnam police said Monday that Lee called a driver to take her home in her Maserati after a night of drinking with friends on Saturday in the trendy Cheongdam area of southern Seoul. But the driver ended up rear-ending a police car after mistakenly stepping on the accelerator instead of the brakes,...More
Lee Ji-ah in Hollywood? Korea comes first 2013/01/20, Source,
It seems like actress Lee Ji-ah is looking forward to going to Hollywood.
She just had an audition in Hollywood according to several sources. As she speaks perfect English, it seems like she is planning on widening her area of activity to Hollywood,...More
20th anniversary of Seo Taiji and Boys 2012/03/20, Source,
A photo taken in 1995 shows, from left, Lee Juno ,Yang Hyun-suk, and Seo Taij. Seo Taiji and Boys changed the history of Korean pop music when they debuted in 1992 with "I Know". / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi
"Nan, arayo!" (I know! in English)
With that musical declaration, the history of Korean pop music changed completely 20 years ago Friday when a group of three boys released the album and title song, "I Know". In 1992, Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-Suk and Lee Juno shocked the music scene with combined elements of hip-hop and rock, bringing rhythm, rap, break dance and most importantly the bold attitude. Until their sudden disbandment in Jan. 22, 1997, Seo Taiji and Boys produced four albums,...More
Secret marriage, lawsuits, rumors: stars make headlines 2011/12/28, Source,
Singer Seo Taiji, left, and actress Lee Ji-ah shocked the nation with their marriage history. / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi For the most, entertainers make us laugh with their talents. But they are often the scrutiny of the limelight themselves, prompting news, sometimes rumors and controversies. Here are the top entertainment news items that made headlines in 2011,...More
Which 'Flower' are you? Orchid 'Han Go-eun' or Sunflower 'Lee Ji-ah' or Rose 'Seo Hyo-rim' ? 2011/12/10,
Are you the type of woman who likes to hide your feelings and pretend to be strong but softhearted inside? Or maybe charming, mature and thoughtful match your personality?
Three ladies from currently airing drama, "Me Too, Flower!", provokes me to invite you discover your flower personality. Flower personality? Yes! If you're not familiar with this term, let me clue you in. Perhaps sometimes you notice when a charming yet smart boy presents a red rose for a girl of his dream, but a yellow or white flower to put on his grandmother grave. Does it ring a bell? That's because conscious or unconsciously, people understand that flower or its colour has different meaning and creates different impression,...More
Reality TV Show Tops Search Terms of the Year 2011/12/05, Source,
"I Am a Singer", the title of a reality TV show, was the most popular search phrase of the year, Daum Communications said. The company released the most popular search terms in 14 categories. Celebrity scandals dominated the rest of the top 10.
No. 2 was "Lee Ji-ah and Seo Taiji", whose acrimonious divorce sparked much online chatter,...More
Lee Ji-ah's pictures from the past 2011/11/20, Source,
Pictures of Lee Ji-ah in the past have been revealed.
She posted pictures of herself when she was little on her official homepage with the words, "I post this to share my special memories with everyone. I want to make lots of memories with you",...More
Many Young People Believe Online Rumors 2011/11/10, Source,
A substantial proportion of younger Koreans believe online rumors of impending doom as a result of the Korea-U.S. free-trade agreement and other conspiracy theories, a straw poll suggests. Some 49 percent in their 20s through 40s believe Korea will become an economic colony of the U.S. if the FTA takes effect,...More
Lee Ji-ah to Return to TV Screens 2011/09/21, Source,
The actress Lee Ji-ah, who disappeared from public view eight months ago after a scandal surrounding her marriage to and divorce from pop legend Seo Taiji, will return to TV screens playing the lead in an upcoming romantic comedy.
The soap features Lee as a policewoman who falls in love with a young millionaire while working undercover in a luxury goods store,...More
Koo Jun-yup: 'I Will Also Remix Old Classic Songs of Cecibon' 2011/08/22, Source, Koo Jun-yup (42), who once was the most popular dance musician in the 1990s as a member of the group Clon, made a comeback as "DJ Koo", and released a remix album entitled "Come Back". He said, "I would like to become a representative DJs in Korea". Koo Jun-yup held a performance entitled "Call Me DJ KOO" at a café located in Gangnam in 2006, and it was the beginning of his activities as a club DJ. He began to change his career from a dance musician to a DJ from the time when Kang Won-rae was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident in 2000. Koo Jun-yup shared all the pain with Kang Won-rae and did not hold any activities until 2005 when Kang Won-rae and Koo Jun-yup made a comeback together and presented a wheelchair dance performance, but their activities did not last long,...More
Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah Agree to Divorce by Mutual Agreement 2011/08/01, Source,
"They will not ask any responsibility about civil and criminal liability in the future". -Keyeast
Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah finally reached an agreement to end their lawsuit and finalized their divorce on July 29. Lee Ji-ah's agency Keyeast said, "Both sides had discussed the matter thoroughly and finally reached an agreement at 10 am in the court". The agency disclosed the entire contents with the consent of both parties, and it was written on the agreement that Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah will divorce without any monetary transaction,...More
Seo Taiji, Lee Ji-ah settle marriage dispute 2011/07/29, Source,
By Yun Suh-young
Singer Seo Taiji and actress Lee Ji-ah have settled the months-long dispute over their marriage status.
Key Leeast, the agency representing Lee, announced Friday that the two were now officially divorced and they settled the dispute through a court mediation at the Seoul Family Court,...More
Seo-Lee lawsuit postponed 2011/07/05, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
A lawsuit between singer Seo Taiji and his ex-wife, actress Lee Ji-ah, entered yet another phase as the hearing was postponed to August.
"The plaintiff (Lee Ji-ah) changed her position on the content of the lawsuit and requested changes to terms of her claim", said Seo's agency Seotaiji Company on Monday. "In order to counter the plaintiff's new claim, we decided it was necessary to review legal issues, and thus asked for the hearing to be postponed",...More
Seo Taiji Refuses Lee Ji-ah's Withdrawal of Lawsuit 2011/05/19, Source,
His refusal seemed to express his intention to clarify various rumors and doubts about him.
The legal battle between Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah, which seemed to be concluded as Lee Ji-ah had dropped the suit against Seo Taiji, has entered a new phase when Seo refused Lee Ji-ah's withdrawal of the lawsuit over the division of property. The suit could be concluded if Seo Taiji consents to Lee's withdrawal or raises no objection to her action for two weeks after he receives the document of withdrawal. But Seo Taiji submitted a counter-argument to the Seoul Family Court on May 17, and the legal battle has resumed,...More
Seo-Lee battle enters season 2 2011/05/18, Source,
By Kim Rahn
Opening a sequel to their court battle, musician Seo Taiji has refused to accept his ex-wife Lee Ji-ah's withdrawal of a lawsuit over the division of property.
Seotaiji Company, Seo's agency, said Tuesday that the singer filed an opposition motion with a court to actress Lee's withdrawal of the suit she had filed to demand he pay her 5.5 billion won in alimony and to divide their wealth,...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
No dealing made about dropping of suit: Seo's side 2011/05/01, Source,
Singer Seo Taiji said Sunday that he has had no dealing before actress Lee Ji-ah dropped her lawsuit on alimony against him.
Seo disclosed his position on the cancellation of the lawsuit by Lee swiftly, although he made his first reaction on the revelation of his marriage with actress Lee and divorce from her on April 30, 10 days after it went public,...More
Lee drops lawsuit against Seo 2011/05/01, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Actress Lee Ji-ah dropped the alimony and division of property lawsuit against ex-husband singer Seo Taiji Saturday amid controversy over their secret marriage and ensuing rumors behind the divorce. Seo released a statement on his website the same day for the first time since their past relationship was revealed 10 days ago.
"After I retired as a singer in 1996, I wished to live an ordinary life to marry and have children as Jeong Hyeon-chol (his real name) not as Seo Taiji. I wanted to protect the home and regular life that I had for the first time after retirement. Someday if my life settles and I have confidence about my life, I hope to tell it to my fans for the first time and receive their blessing", Seo said,...More
VCR1 weekly star scene 2011/04/27, Source, Show transcript
Next we bring you the week's juiciest entertainment news in "Weekly Star Scene".
: Of course, we have our special Dami in the studio with us!
What do the actor Jung Joon-ho, JYJ member Kim Jun-su and Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong have in common,...More
Lee Ji-ah's Privacy Severely Disclosed 2011/04/26, Source,
Websites such as "lee-zia.com" and "seojinyo.com" have been created and they have been criticized for their commercial nature. Her agency has asked people not to disclose information about their family members.
The aftermath of the stir caused by Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah has been tremendous. Every rumor and unconfirmed story has been spread though the Internet and people are crazy about disclosing actress Lee Ji-ah's private stories,...More
Cyber mobs hunt for 'truth' about Seo-Lee scandal 2011/04/26, Source,
Singer Seo Taiji, left, and Lee Ji-ah, center, kept their marriage and divorce secret for 14 years, while the actress' romance with co-star Jung Woo-sung recently became public. / Korea Times file
Crusading for facts or collective terrorism? Websites are revealing personal information not only about Lee, but her family and friends.
By Lee Hyo-won
As Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah's secret marriage and now public divorce are making headlines, online communities are feverishly seeking "the truth" on their relationship,...More
Jung Woo-sung Reportedly Having Hard Time 2011/04/25, Source,
Actor Jung Woo-sung canceled his birthday party and drank with the chief director of his agency instead.
Star actor Jung Woo-sung, who has been directly hit by the stir caused by "Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah", spent his 38th birthday in shock and sorrow on April 22. An old friend and the chief director of Taurus Film (to which Jung Woo-sung belongs) named Kim Yeon Hak posted his writings on his Twitter account on April 22 at around midnight, "I drank with my old friend (Jung Woo-sung) whom I have spent time together for the past 24 years. I just want to say that time goes fast",...More
Lee Ji-ah, poses as Seo Taiji's big fan why? 2011/04/24, Source,
According to fans Lee Ji-ah was at former husband and singer Seo Taiji's concert once and yelled "I love you".
Shocking news of the 5.5 billion won lawsuit against Seo Taiji by Lee Ji-ah is spreading. Criticism about the fact that they hid truth about their marriage for so long and that they cheated the public is also getting stronger. Even after admitting to the divorce and making a public statement, Lee Ji-ah is still a hot potato.,...More
Femme fatale Lee's true charm 2011/04/22, Source,
What exactly is the charm of Lee Ji-ah, 34, the actress who stole the hearts of Korean superstars singer Seo Taiji and actor Jung Woo-sung?
Who is this woman who has kept her private life under wraps for so long that there were rumors of her being an alien? What is it about Lee that makes her so irresistible?
To start off, she's the kind of daughter all mothers want. Lee is not only fluent in English but also in Japanese. She was not only a lover but also a translator for Seo, 39, when he suddenly retired in 2006 and resided in both the U.S. and Japan,...More
Mass public deception vs. private life 2011/04/22, Source, --Fans stunned by secret relationship between Seo Taiji, Lee Ji-ah--
By Kim Rahn
Marriage, divorce and lawsuit for money. This typical "love and war" theme for a melodrama proved to be real for singer Seo Taiji and actress Lee Ji-ah and all these have been kept under wraps for as long as 14 years.
Hours after the stunning news first broke Thursday afternoon, the actress issued a statement admitting to the relationship with Seo,...More
Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah Allegedly Under Divorce Lawsuit 2011/04/22, Source, Seo Taiji Company: "We have no idea what has happened. We just hope the allegation is not true.
Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah, who are allegedly under a divorce suit
Singer Seo Taiji (39, real name Jeong Hyun Chul) and actress Lee Ji-ah (33, real name Kim Ji Ah) had been an allegedly legally married couple and they have undergone a divorce suit. The news, reported by Sports Seoul on April 21, has created a stir. Sports Seoul said, The rumor that the two stars have been under a divorce suit was spread as their second trial held secretly at Seoul Family Court on April 18 became known to the public,...More
Mystery Deepens Over Seo Taiji's Secret Marriage to Lee Ji-ah 2011/04/22, Source, Seo Taiji (left) and Lee Ji-ah
The actress Lee Ji-ah is suing music legend Seo Taiji for W500 million in alimony and half of his W5 billion fortune (US$1=W1,080). According to her lawsuit, the two secretly married in the U.S. and divorced later on. Lee claims they divorced in 2009, but Seo says they parted ways back in 2006.
The timing of the separation is at the center of controversy, since a person can claim for alimony up to three years after divorce. The reasons for the divorce and lawsuit remain unclear,...More
Seo Taiji in divorce suit 2011/04/21, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo, Lee Hyo-won
Seo Taiji's divorce is creating a stir as the singer, thought to be single, is rumored to have been married to actress Lee Ji-ah. Lee's real name is Kim Ji-ah.
According to legal sources, a woman known by her surname Kim began divorce proceedings in January, asking for alimony and division of property amounting to about 5 billion won. The second hearing was on Monday, with four attorneys on Seo's side and three representing his wife,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Jeong admits dating Lee Ji-ah 2011/03/21, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Actor Jung Woo-sung, 37, admitted dating actress Lee Ji-ah, 30, who starred as his counterpart in the recent drama "ATHENA".
"I am having a good time with this new friend after filming the drama", Jeong wrote on his website on Sunday. He also admitted his love for Lee while meeting his fans on the same day. "Lee and I have things in common and I want people to wait and see our relationship", he said,...More
Actor Joo Ji-hoon signs with Bae Yong-joon agency 2011/01/05, Source,
Actor Joo Ji-hoon [KEYEAST]
Actor Joo Ji-hoon has signed with top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon-owned entertainment firm KEYEAST, according to the agency on Wednesday.
According to a press release by KEYEAST, Joo, who is currently serving in the army to fulfill Korea's two-year mandatory military duties, finalized a contract with the firm early this month ahead of resuming his acting career in November when he is set to be discharged,...More
"Athena" scores 3rd win on Monday and Tuesday nights 2010/12/29, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS' series "ATHENA" came on top of the Monday and Tuesday prime time slot, according to surveys by two media research firms on Wednesday.
Data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that "ATHENA", a spin-off to KBS' blockbuster hit series "IRIS", posted average viewership ratings of 18.8 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, both dropping by one percent compared to a week ago,...More
SBS "Athena" leads for 2nd week on primetime chart 2010/12/22, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS series "ATHENA" scored the highest among Mondays and Tuesdays prime time TV series for the second week in a row but saw a considerable drop in its ratings.
According to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS), spy-action thriller "ATHENA" posted an average rating of 20 percent this week, a 6.5 percent plunge from its previous two episodes,...More
TVXQ to release music video for song from SBS drama 2010/12/20, Source,
Korean duo TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols TVXQ have released the music video to a song from SBS drama "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the song and music video titled "ATHENA" from the soundtrack to the show of the same name was unveiled today on various online music websites including MelOn, Dosirak, Bugs and Cyworld,...More
TVXQ to sing soundtrack for "Athena" 2010/12/15, Source,
Teaser image for TVXQ's upcoming release set for January 5, 2010 [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ will take part in the soundtrack for new SBS TV series "ATHENA", announced the drama's promoter Vidan Co on Wednesday.
Film marketing company Vidan stated through a press release that boy band TVXQ will sing a soundtrack to spy thriller "ATHENA", joining the list of big names in the Korean music scene including Park Hyo-shin, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Brown Eyed Soul, who have already sung and released soundtracks to the new show,...More
Goodbye 'Giant'... Best viewer rating was 38.2% 2010/12/07, Source,
SBS Mon-Tue drama 'Giant; ended recording its own best viewers rating.
According to AGB media Research, the last episode of "Giant", which aired on the 7th, recorded 38.2% national viewers rating. The first episode recorded only 10% and average rating was 21.9%,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Athena" 2010/12/03, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "ATHENA" [Taewon Entertainment]
"I don't want "ATHENA" to merely surpass "IRIS". I want it to stand up to comparison in the global market", production company Taewon Entertainment chief Jeong Tae-won said of the difference between KBS TV series "IRIS" and its spin-off "ATHENA" at the press conference for the latter held on November 30. But it is impossible not to compare the two to explain what sort of drama "ATHENA" is since it is based on the sucess of "IRIS", as well as the trial and error it went through, and the story itself takes off where "IRIS" left off,...More
Lee Ji-ah says did not use double for action sequences 2010/11/30, Source,
Actress Lee Ji-ah takes part in the press conference for upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" held at the Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 30, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has said she has not used a body double for any of the action scenes in the upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" so far.
The remark came on Tuesday during a press conference for the action-packed drama which is a spin-off to last year's hit blockbuster series "IRIS" as she responded to a reporter's question on shooting her action sequences,...More
'ATHENA' revealed blockbuster-like posters 2010/11/16, Source,
Two blockbuster-like posters of drama 'ATHENA”, which will be on air in December, are released.
The posters that were released on 17th show how big this blockbuster spy drama will be. This is the first poster shoots that mobilized a helicopter.,...More
On the set of SBS TV series "Steel Heart" 2010/10/01, Source, Lee Seung-gi and Kang Ho-dong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"There's no photo for Jia!" "Not Lee Ji-ah, not solo singer Zia so try typing in 'miss A Jia'". The dressing room of the 'Teuk Academy' team, composed of Super Junior members Lee Teuk, Shindong (Shindong) and Eun-hyuk, of SBS talk show "Steel Heart" is busy two hours ahead of going into shoot. "There's a photograph she took with Nichkhun a long time ago. You'll probably be able to find it on Daum", Lee Teuk says, chipping in to the dialogue between Shindong (Shindong) and Eunhyuk. His brain contains any celebrity's picture from the past and every photo of them netizens have edited. Then one after another, he also finds one of a foreign female singer with pink hair like Jia's and when Norazo's Jo Bin was pretty,...More
KEYEAST to 2011 eco-friendly calendar next month 2010/09/28, Source,
Talents of KEYEAST for the 2011 eco calendar [KEYEAST]
Top Korean talenthouse KEYEAST will release an eco-friendly calendar featuring their stars, according to the agency on Tuesday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that the calendar for the year 2011, including photographs and messages regarding the environment from KEYEAST stars such as Bae Yong-joon, Lee Na-young, Lee Ji-ah, Kim Hyun-joon and Choi Kang-hee, will go on sale in early October,...More
Cha Seung-won returns to Korea for health reasons 2010/09/16, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Taewon Entertainment]
Actor Cha Seung-won, who departed for Japan over the weekend to film upcoming TV series "ATHENA", has returned to Korea following a deterioration in his health.
An official with the show's producer explained that the model-actor flew back to Korea on September 13, a day after he had left for Japan, and is currently being treated for his illness,...More
Will 'Athena' Exceeds Popularity of 'IRIS'? 2010/09/01, Source,
The spy-action drama "ATHENA", in which actor Jung Woo-sung and actress Soo Ae will appear as the male and female protagonists, will be broadcast from this coming winter in December on SBS. The drama is a spin-off of the original "IRIS" drama and it is based on the original story of the KBS drama "IRIS", which had aired last year on KBS. "ATHENA" is very similar to the original "IRIS" as the production company Taewon Entertainment, which had produced "IRIS", will also produce this drama, and it has been equipped with an all-star cast and large-scale action and melodramatic storyline. But the backdrop of the drama has been expanded from the Korean peninsula and Asian countries into the whole world, and the relationships among cast members have become more complicated,...More
BoA to make special appearance in TV series "Athena" 2010/08/11, Source,
Korean pop star BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop star BoA will be making a special guest appearance in the spin-off of last year's blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to her agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.
SM announced in a press release that in upcoming action drama "ATHENA", BoA will be playing the role of a top female singer who will be faced with a hostage situation by terrorists before her concert, while being protected by her bodyguard Jung-woo (played by Jung Woo-sung),...More
Kim Seung-woo joins TV series "Athena" cast 2010/08/03, Source,
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo in an official poster for TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo, who starred in blockbuster TV series "IRIS" last year, has joined the cast of its upcoming spin-off series "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the actor will be reprising his role from the original series, playing North Korea's top intelligence agent Park Chul-young who holds the key secrets to solving the mysteries left behind by "IRIS",...More
Lee Ji-ah graces cover of both Korea and China CeCi 2010/06/24, Source,
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah on the cover of fashion magazine CeCi [CeCi]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has simultaneously graced the cover of the July issue of a fashion magazine in Korea and China, according to a press release from KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that the July issue of CeCi and CeCi China both featured Lee on the cover page of the magazine as well as a photo spread inside,...More
"IRIS" season 2 starts pre-production 2010/04/20, Source,
Official poster for KBS TV series "IRIS" Season 1 [Taewon Entertainment]
Pre-production work for the second season of blockbuster TV series has kicked off amidst much hype and anticipation among fans, according to production company Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon explained in a press release that "IRIS" producers have started the casting process for the next season, even talking with agents for the actors from the first season such as Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon and considering a new face to appear in the series as well,...More
Bae Yong-joon's Keyeast profits up three-fold 2010/02/16, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon's company Keyeast Co., Ltd. saw its profits surge three-fold last year, proving it is a strong player in the entertainment industry which has been hit hard by the economic downturn.
Keyeast, a provider of Korean cultural content of which Bae is a major stockholder, announced through a press release Friday that the firm posted profits worth 10.5 billion won in 2009, a 303.5 percent increase compared to the previous year.
An official at Keyeast explained that the reappraisal value of Digital Adventure (DA), worth about 10 billion won, accounted for a majority of the gain. DA, a Japanese digital contents distribution company, had merged with BOF Entertainment, another subsidiary of Keyeast in May.,...More
Kang Ji-hwan's Movie Picks 2009/12/23, Source,
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan [photographed by Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
There are usually two ways that male actors can have a competitive advantage on television and movie screens. He can be drop-dead gorgeous or have drop-dead fantastic acting skills. Of course, not all actors fulfill either one requirement completely, but in most cases one could tell how much an actor satisfied each requirement. But what makes Kang Ji-hwan interesting is that one cannot quite discern exactly how handsome or how great of an actor he is.
Of course, Kang Ji-hwan has an attractive smile and is a very detailed actor. But his appeal comes from that certain something that goes beyond good looks and good acting skills. In other words, there are other actors who are more attractive and more talented than he is, but one cannot easily think of any actor that is better suited for roles in the following movies -- Hong Gil-dong in "Hong Gil-dong", Sunwoo Wan in "Capital Scandal" and Jae-joon in "My Girlfriend is an Agent". This isn't simply because he played these characters well. For parts like Hong Gil-dong, who trudges around with a knapsack and a pole, and the cheesy, immature Modern Boy who is busy seducing women in a midst of societal chaos [in "Capital Scandal"), Kang's looks and acting are a perfect fit for making such comic book-ish characters come to life. Few actors can pull off a really difficult role but it is just as rare to find an actor like Kang, who can play around with interesting characters. So it comes as no surprise that Kang would recommend such comical, imaginative movies as below.,...More
Convergence of movie and TV drama continues to evolve 2009/11/05, Source, Simultaneous production of drama and its theatrical version increases efficiency
Generalization of digital shooting breaks down barriers of human resources & technology
Respect of different ways of producing broadcast programs and movies brings higher efficiency
[ChanMi's take] Fashion errors! 2009/08/10, Source, They have handsome and beautiful faces with a great body. However, if they don't wear clothes that match or are styled erroneously, then fans are bound to be disappointed.
Is it the fashion coordinator's fault?
Not entirely, the fashion coordinator brings clothes to the star and the stars wear it according to,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Lee Ji-ah in "Style" drama! 2009/07/28, Source, After the last episode of "Shining Inheritance", new SBS weekend drama, "Style" will star Lee Ji-ah.
Lee Ji-ah will be the new first year assistant who seems to be klutzy but has big pride in what she does. She has a great character that although she may fail and shed tears she always recovers with a great smile and optimism.
Lee's character is "Lee Seo-jeong" whom she practiced to be by running hurridly and tripping over things.
The highnosed editor Park is acted by,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Kim Hye-soo in "Style" new drama 2009/07/15, Source, We will be able to see Kim Hye-soo's fashion sense to the maximum through this drama, "Style".
The drama "Style" is based on the original novel about fashion magazine editors and their daily lives whether it be in their workspace or party events! This drama will be somewhat a drama version of the movie "Devil Wears Prada" because of its characters in fashion magazine,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Ji-ah in Numero magazine 2009/02/19, Source, She was praised for being a great model expressing the true feeling of the concept.
Lee Ji-ah went to Las Vegas for the March edition of the Numero magazine. She has achieved great popularity through her most recent drama, "Beethoven Virus" and has been taking a break.
Lee was in the U.S from Februrary 6th until 11th for a photoshoot.
The photoshoot concept is 'Cool & Chic' with casual clothing that are yet fashionable. She is also accessorizing her outfit like a doll and mysteriousness. Her edgy style is accentuated!,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Ji-ah in the Philippines! 2008/12/20, Source, Actress Lee Ji-ah went to Phillippines for a volunteer activity. Since November 27th through December 2nd, Lee has been in Philippines for a TV program 'LOVE' where the charity organization Good Neighbors takes celebrities around the globe to promote helping the needy.
Lee Ji-ah went to Manilla Philippines and met a girl named,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Ji-ah, design major! 2008/10/11, Source, Lee Ji-ah is an actress who gained popularity starring with Bae Yong-joon in "The Legend" and currently acting as Du Roo-mi in "Beethoven Virus".
It is known that she majored in design! She designed her own homepage and and outfits.
She wore a dress that she designed for film festivals and even her everyday t-shirts!
Here are pictures of what she has designed including necklaces and violin case.,...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
The long awaited drama, "Taewangsasingi" (The Four Guardian Gods of the King, "The Legend"), starring hallyu icon Bae Yong-joon, finally met its audience on television Monday. A "Taewangsasingi Special" was,...More
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