Who's Your Favorite Historical Drama Goddess? 2017/06/29,
Being in a historical drama is more challenging than it seems. Specially for the actresses, being able to look good in the traditional clothes, Hanbok, and the center parted hair-dos can be a bit of a difficult look to pull off if your proportion is not right. Moreover, the tone of the voice and languages used in the historical dramas are very different from that of a modern drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 28 Final 2017/05/04,
The ending to "Saimdang: Light's Diary" is more anticlimactic than anything else. The bad guys are almost immediately brought to justice because one essential character changes sides, and CCTV footage which should have been exposed, I don't know, a dozen episodes ago suddenly pops up out of nowhere and decisively proves that Jeong-hak was a fink all along. Meanwhile, in the past, King Jungjong is sad because it has suddenly occurred to him that persecuting artists is bad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 27 2017/04/27,
It's more than a little late for me to be figuring this out, but apparently Lee Gyum wasn't a real person either. It's hard to tell whether this makes "Saimdang: Light's Diary" better or worse. On one end, only Saimdang's name has been sullied by the exceptionally goofy plotting of this drama. On the other end, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has spent a preposterous amount of time and effort dedicated to the romantic anguish of a fictional character whose only reason for existence is to have a tragic extramarital love affair with Saimdang,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 26 2017/04/26,
So it turns out Jeong-hak's thievery of Saimdang's Kumgang Mountain painting is easily detectable by anyone with proper training in classical art. This isn't exactly a surprise, considering that Sang-hyeon identified the errors in Jeong-hak's fake way back in the first episode and it was mainly hubris that prevented Jeong-hak from realizing the error himself. At the time, I was expecting the central conflict would be over Jeong-hak stubbornly refusing to acknowledge Sang-hyeon's argument even as Ji-yoon discovered the genuine painting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 25 2017/04/20,
It's back to the framing device as Ji-yoon...pretty much gives up on any hope of recovering the painting and just goes on a road trip with her son. This road trip is rather geographically challenged. Ji-yoon's father lives in Pyeongtaek, yet the first place they end up going is Chuncheon, which is practically on the opposite side of the country. All while Ji-yoon is holding down a teaching job apparently,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 24 2017/04/19,
Try as I might it's surprisingly difficult to parse the motives of any of the antagonists in "Saimdang: Light's Diary". This is especially awkward since the drama is now at the climax and everyone's getting their comeuppance/unjust victory. Headmistress Choi is jealous. It's dumb but it makes sense. Everyone else? Chi-hyeon is evil for the sake of being evil. Won-soo hates his wife and apparently his children too. King Jungjong is...I don't know, suddenly not appreciative of art any more?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 22 2017/04/06,
The central conflict this time around deals with sexism against women in Joseon. On its face this entire idea is a little odd, considering that Saimdang herself was a famous artist who was appreciated in her time. What's more, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has consistently had unnamed characters react to Saimdang's gender with a sense of novelty, rather than revulsion. So for people to suddenly have a hissy fit about Saimdang going beyond her station marks a rather serious break with continuity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 20 2017/03/30,
It occurred to me near the episode that, in addition to her reputation as an artist, Saimdang is also well-known for embodying Confucian standards of feminity. Which is to say, she was a dutiful wife and an attentive mother. In their increasingly bizarre effort to make Saimdang seem heroic for doings things the real Saimdang almost certainly did not do, the production team behind "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has managed to achieve negative knowledge. A person who doesn't know any better will come away from this drama knowing less about Saimdang than when they started,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 19 2017/03/29,
Apparently the production team has realized that they've made Won-soo too sympathetic, ruining what little chemistry Saimdang and Lee Gyum have. So naturally, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" fixes this by...having Won-soo start an affair with a daft idiot. You know, the real-life Won-soo knew he was marrying an unusually intelligent and well-educated woman. Given the standards of the time this could potentially make Won-soo an interesting character in his own right. Instead he's just a sitcom buffoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 18 2017/03/23,
Initially I was wondering whether I had somehow missed an episode of "Saimdang: Light's Diary". The last thing we saw was the grand art heist, and the recap reminds us about the big fire so...why are we starting out with Internet searches, familial awkwardness and comic relief about clothes? Then we get back to the art heist and it really doesn't help the drama's credibility when even the police officer in-story thinks it sounds improbable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 17 2017/03/22,
Director Yoon Sang-ho can throw all the pretty lighting and musical cues at Lee Gyum and Saimdang as he wants. But at the end of the day, a single look of genuine meaningful concern from Won-soo about Saimdang's safety has a lot more impact than anything Lee Gyum has done over the entire course of the drama. I really like Yoon Da-hoon. He's pretty much the only actor in "Saimdang: Light's Diary" who consistently comes off as believable and sympathetic, although it does help that his character is written somewhat realistically,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 16 2017/03/16,
While the last episode closed with Ji-yoon promising sweet, sweet revenge against Jeong-hak for all the suffering he's put her though, the framing device this episode is pretty subdued. That's a bit of an odd way to put it, considering the highlight is a nun rocking out with her guitar but no, really, all that happens is that Ji-yoon and friends manage to smuggle the art out of the nightclub without Jeong-hak getting a clear idea of what exactly it is they're doing. I don't know either, really, but whatever, that part was cute at least,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 15 2017/03/15,
As Saimdang sets off on her quest to find a plot device, Lee Gyum finds himself in the thick of the conspiracy. King Jungjong's family history is discussed in greater detail. Then the enforcers of the conspiracy catch up with Saimdang and they are only saved by the chance intervention of some guy who apparently has a past relationship with the street urchins. Then we're treated to a group of other tangentially related characters fussing about clothes in a lighthearted way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 14 2017/03/09,
One of the factors that really accentuates the sheer badness of "Saimdang: Light's Diary" is that every so often, there is that actually genuinely good emotional scene that makes you wish the whole drama could be like that. Here, that scene is Saimdang's calm, sad, and poignant letter to her husband, asking him to take responsibility for the children while she goes off to deal with an important task. It reads like the kind of thing the real Saimdang might have written, as part of a very mature adult relationship with her spouse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 13 2017/03/08,
Well the preview was a lie- for the fifth straight episode there's no framing device or context for "Saimdang: Light's Diary", although the story arcs are rather neatly bisected into two distinct portions. First, Lee Gyum goes on an expedition with King Jungjong which is allegedly about exotic artwork but practically seems to be more about Dick Cheney inspired hunting expeditions. Second, Saimdang is drawn into a tussle at the Joseon Parent Teacher Association because her son got into a fight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 12 2017/03/02,
Lee Gyum's investigation into the drama's backstory continues. It's a little impressive, after a certain point, how everything about this conspiracy keeps leading back to Saimdang somehow. Meanwhile, Saimdang herself is just left pondering the next steps of her colored paper empire while Lee Gyum charges forward heedlessly, ignorant of the danger to himself or his horses, to inform Saimdang that their initial separation was the result of malicious forces rather than a random quirk of fate. Swordfights are involved,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 11 2017/03/01,
Incredible though this must sound apparently the saga of the colored paper manufacturing scheme still isn't done yet. In fact, it's actually the foundation for an international political conspiracy that ties into every ridiculous plot point "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has come up with so far. Yes, that's right, all the fires, the fight scenes, the frivolous arrests, Headmistress Choi's petty grudge against Saimdang, even Headmistress Choi's title all tie into this conspiracy somehow,...More
[Hancinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 10 2017/02/23,
The entirity of the plot this episode rests on a scam designed by Headmistress Choi to humiliate Saimdang. But the plucky Saimdang, to her credit, is able to enlist the help of a large gang of pathetic street bums to complete the supposedly impossible task. It also helps that Lee Gyum, bless his heart, is able to secretly help Saimdang in the night, like those little elves in fairy tales that help good-hearted souls through the difficult privations of life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 9 2017/02/22,
At this point "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has clearly decided that it wants to be a drama about Saimdang trying to find the best way to usher her son into eventual success. In any other drama this would at best be a third tier plot, so director Yoon Sang-ho livens up the proceedings by playing epic organ music while Saimdang's archnemesis Headmistress Choi tortures people. And no, this doesn't look any less goofy in execution than it does written down,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 8 2017/02/16,
The two main genres at the forefront this episode are soap opera and parent teacher association meetings. I have to admit that the latter concept is rather...unique, in that I never in a million years expected that I would be reviewing a historical Korean drama that focused on parents talking to other parents and teachers about their children's academic performance. In context, though, it's more of the usual disappointments since Saimdang herself has, as usual, only an indirect role,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 7 2017/02/15,
Near the end of this episode, there's a brief, lovely little scene where Saimdang takes her family out to nature and uses her powers of artistic description to help them understand natural beauty. This scene is noteworthy for how horribly out of place it is. In between Lee Gyum's detective work, Saimdang's domestic problems, and greater political struggles, there's precious little time spent actually discussing art and poetry. Which is pretty jarring considering that the whole reason Saimdang is famous is because she's an artist and a poet,...More
Kim Tae-hee's comeback and dilemma 2017/02/13, Source,
When will Kim Tae-hee return? She recently married Rain on the 19th last month and there has been speculation on her comeback in the future.
She had an open window to try something new in 2015 after "Yong Pal". It seemed that she was going to experience another peak season in her life. However, it wasn't easy. The historical movie she was supposed to star in fell through. The ground-wave broadcasting company that was going to cast her for a drama changed its mind after learning she was getting married,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 6 2017/02/09,
Dramatic romantic opening notwithstanding, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" continues with its dual stories. Lee Gyum tries to accomplish stuff at the governmental level, while Saimdang tries to maintain a basic standard of living at her home. Ah, this is...you know, one of the criticisms of putting Saimdang on Korean currency is that her role in Korean history has not been a terribly proactive one. I'm kind of baffled as to why "Saimdang: Light's Diary" is choosing to highlight this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 5 2017/02/08,
Lee Gyum and Saimdang have tragically separated, off to live their own lives. That is, until the cliffhanger, when by fate they finally happen to meet again...and you know, that's the main issue I have with "Saimdang: Light's Diary". Considering that the framing device is literally academic research, one would think this drama would be more interested in the historical record. But no, rather than get exposition of Saimdang's life and accomplishments, we have to watch her suffer for not being with her one true love,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 4 2017/02/02,
We get to watch Saimdang and Lee Gyum's love story implode rather fantastically for the majority of this episode. In general I don't mind the whole tragic doomed love cliché, but here it comes off as rather weak. More than ever I find myself wondering which of these events are based on actual historical record and which are sheer dramatic embellishment. If Saimdang actually married another guy because her parents were making a socio-political decision, I would have much rather seen that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 3 2017/02/01,
An extended flashback sums up the general mess of Ji-yoon's current situation, and why it has led to her having gazebo chats with Sang-hyeon (played by Yang Se-jong). Incidentally, Yang Se-jong also plays the young Lee Gyum in flashback, and once the recap is over with we are once again treated to the generally adorable romance between Lee Gyum and Saimdang. Oddly enough this storyline is no less sweet simply because we know it can't possibly end well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 2 2017/01/26,
We start out with brief, generally boring academic politics. Thankfully "Saimdang: Light's Diary" quickly gives up on this exposition and it's right to what we're all waiting for- the introduction of Saimdang (played by Park Hye-soo). Of course, for now she's still just a kid. Saimdang is spunky, what with trying to climb walls, but the young woman is smarter than she looks. Saimdang has a keen eye for the arts that soon gets cultivated as she spends time with Lee Gyum,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 1 2017/01/26,
Long ago, the famed painter Lee Gyum (played by Song Seung-heon) was in Renaissance-era Italy. What exactly he was doing there is not yet entirely clear. Art professor Ji-yoon (played by Lee Young-ae) aims to find out, although the road there is a tad circuitous. Ji-yoon is trapped between a bad professional situation and a swiftly degrading household. Neither are her fault. Ji-yoon just had the bad luck of getting involved with unscrupulous men,...More
Lee Young-ae and 20 employees? Where did they all go? 2016/09/17, Source, Lee Young-ae was the hottest issue of the year 2012. Portal sites over flooded with Lee Young-ae related words. It all started when a TV show broadcasted Lee Young-ae's house. People who lived around her house stated that she lived in a 180 pyeong home with 20 or so employees.
The TV show was filmed from afar, with a massive lens that resembled that of a paparazzi and interviewed those who lived around her neighborhood. Those who saw the TV show were fooled by the broadcast. However, toss a stone into a calm lake and the ripples will shake. Expanded rumors about Lee Young-ae started spreading on the net and her home became a 'palace'. This occurrence is a good example of the harmful consequences that a misreport can cause,...More
Stars on the Stump Don't Guarantee Election Win 2016/04/17, Source,
Actress Shim Eun-ha (left) congratulates her husband Ji Sang-wook at his campaign office in Seoul early Thursday morning. /Yonhap
Candidates who brought a famous wife, child or other relative with them on the stump were not always guaranteed a win in Wednesday's general elections. For some it went well. Actress Shim Eun-ha's husband Ji Sang-wook won his seat for the Saenuri Party in Seoul's Jung district. Shim cast her ballot alongside her husband and stood by him at a party office in central Seoul as the votes were being counted, and he duly thanked her for her support,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Suwon" April 1st-April 2nd 2016/04/09,
The big tourist attraction in Suwon is the Hawseong Fortress (화성). Which is redundant, by the way, since "seong" means fortress in Korean. But I digress, especially considering that the above image is not, in fact, an image of the fortress. Rather, it is a fairly nice-looking wall painting I found nearby. And below this paragraph, you may find a random rock cairn I found somewhere around the outer rim of the fortress, off the beaten trail,...More
How Chinese Money Is Changing Korean Media 2016/02/21, Source,
An influx of Chinese money is having a huge influence on the Korean media industry. One recent symptom was the case of Taiwanese-born teenage starlet Tzuyu, whose waving of her country's flag in an old clip sparked a Twitterstorm that sent her agency JYP into a blind panic.
Terrified of jeopardizing the Chinese market, JYP forced the girl to apologize on bended knee and declare her allegiance to the Motherland -- only to find that barely anyone in China had noticed.
Still, China's media contents market is growing 11 percent annually and is expected to surpass Japan's this year, which puts JYP's anxieties into perspective (US$1=W1,211).
According to the Small and Medium Business Administration, more than W1 trillion worth (~US$1 billion) of Chinese money had been invested in Korean computer games and entertainment programs as of September last year. Last week, China's top online retailer Alibaba announced it is investing W35.5 billion in another Korean talent mill, SM Entertainment, and with money comes clout,...More
Lee Young-ae to Promote Charitable Activities with UNESCO 2015/10/28, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae will work with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. "Lee is one of the top celebrities in Korea, while making donations and actively volunteering", a spokesman for the organization said on Tuesday. "We decided to work with Lee to promote the commission's activities such as fundraising and a campaign to render educational support to underdeveloped countries",...More
Lee Young-ae Donates Money for Maimed Soldiers 2015/08/19, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has donated W50 million to two soldiers who were maimed by North Korean box mines in the demilitarized zone (US$1=W1,185). Lee donated the money to a foundation run by the Korea Military Academy and wanted it to be given to the maimed sergeants. She wanted to keep the donation a secret,...More
'One Vision' Co-produced documentary by KBS and ASEAN will broadcast on 11th and 12th 2014/12/10, Source, The documentary 'One Vision', co-produced by KBS and the other 10 ASEAN broadcasting companies, will be finally on air.
KBS initiated the co-production project plan and the 10 other ASEAN braodcasting companies, RTB (Brunei), PTV (Philippines), Metro TV (Indonesia), Mediacorp (Singapore), RTM (Malaysia), VTV (Vienam), LNTV(Laos), TVK(Cambodia), Thai PBS (Thailand), MRTV (Myanmar) participated in the production filming all across Asia for the last 5 months. With the strong request from all the participant companies, actress, Lee Young-ae who ignited the initial wave of Hallyu, took on the role as a presenter of the documentary,...More
Lee Young-ae loses "Dae Jang Geum" land case 2014/10/16, Source, Actress Lee Young-ae lost the legal court case with the owner of the land which she co-operated the "Dae Jang Geum Kitchen" business on.
According to the Seoul Central Court, LIAS sued 'Oh', the owner of the land in Yangpyeong in Kyeonggido of 1.1 billion won but the court ruled that Oh owed LIAS 35.7 million won,...More
Asiad Organizers Try to Defuse Controversy 2014/10/03, Source,
The organizing committee of the 2014 Asian Games on Wednesday defended itself amid controversy over its management of the quadrennial sporting event, including the choice of acting star Lee Young-ae as the final torch bearer for the opening ceremony. Many critics said the opening ceremony was reminiscent of a K-pop extravaganza rather than a sporting event due to the focus on actors and singers,...More
Incheon Asian Games Kicks Off with Grand Ceremony 2014/09/20, Source,
The Incheon Asian Games officially kicks off with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday. The ceremony features four hours of performances as the continent's largest sporting event brings all Asian nations together. The Games will last until Oct . 4. A traditional folk music performance called pungmulnori designated as the host city's cultural assets will start the proceedings, and K-pop stars including Big Bang, CNBlue and EXO and actors Jang Dong-gun and Kim Soo-hyun will appear on stage to add glamor,...More
Big Stars to Perform at Incheon Asian Games 2014/08/05, Source,
Renowned artists and K-pop stars will perform in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, which will take place between Sept. 19 and Oct. 4. Rapper Psy and boy band EXO will celebrate the Game's opening, while its promotional ambassador JYJ will sing the event's official song. Film director Im Kwon-taek, who is in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies, is working hard to highlight Korea's uniqueness, especially pop culture, which is sweeping across Asia and other parts of the world,...More
When are Bae Yong-joon, Won Bin and Lee Young-ae coming back? 2014/07/15, Source,
When can we see them?
Several writers and directors have been sending their calls of love but the actors remain silent. Top stars who are highly wanted have been gone for far too long. Lee Young-ae is one of them. They have been gone for a maximum of 9 years, enough for a mountain to change its form. They are on the top of the list but they are hard to see and now it's becoming frustrating,...More
Lee Young-ae Pays Hospital Bills of Taiwanese Mother 2014/07/02, Source, Lee Young-ae (left) talks to a Taiwanese mother at International St. Mary's Hospital in Incheon on Sunday, in this screen grab from Sina.com.
Actress Lee Young-ae has quietly picked up the huge hospital bill of a Taiwanese tourist who gave birth prematurely on her holiday to Seoul in February. According to Taiwanese website Sina.com, Lee paid a visit to International St. Mary's Hospital in the western port city of Incheon on Sunday and met the mother and baby,...More
Lee Young-ae: "I didn't say no to "Dae Jang Geum 2"" 2014/05/11, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae claimed that the media report about her saying no to the new MBC drama "Dae Jang-geum 2" isn't true.
Sources from her side say, "She is taking her time thinking about the conditions about the drama. We are sorry it's taking a while, but we never said she wasn't going to do it. We have no idea how word got out like that",...More
Lee Young-ae hosts event, but won't take questions about 'Sewol' 2014/04/28, Source,
While the whole nation is in mourning for the sunken ship Sewol, Lee Young-ae attended a luxury brand event held in Hong Kong. She announced that she wouldn't be taking questions about Sewol to the local press.
She attended the event on the 25th in Hong Kong. Various celebrities in the Chinese region attended this event and Lee Young-ae represented Korea in a brightly colored Hanbok and the jewels from the luxury brand,...More
Lee Young-ae Moves to Curb Avalanche of Legal Battles 2014/04/02, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has dissociated herself from any businesses that use the title of her biggest hit show "Dae Jang Geum". The star's lawyers took out a full-page advert on Tuesday's Chosun Ilbo to warn advertisers against unauthorized use of her likeness. Since the period soap became a worldwide hit, airing in over 90 countries, many people have falsely represented themselves as Lee's manager or agent in Asia and signed contracts for use of her likeness with forged signature stamps,...More
Lee Young-ae Joins Gucci's Global Campaign for Women's Empowerment 2014/03/18, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae was appointed a member of an advisory board for a global campaign run by Gucci on March 8 to mark International Women's Day, the company said on Monday. Lee is the first Asian actress to ever be named a board member for the "Chime for Change" campaign, which was created in February last year to "raise funds and awareness for projects promoting education, health, and justice for girls and women" around the world,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" 2013/11/16, In the Spotlight this Week: "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" by Park Chan-wook
Revenge is a deeply personal affliction, a stubborn demon that relentlessly haunts and hinders until it is suitably exorcised from our fleshly casings. Usually such a drive has just one corrupted driver, a single soul who sets out to rebalance the scales against those who infected their world. In Park Chan-wook's award-winning "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005), that model of revenge was given an edgy feminine salting as Park mused over mob justice in the most intimate fashion imaginable. The film forms the final bloody act in Park's, critically acclaimed and labelled, 'Vengeance Trilogy'. It's a gut-wrenching cinematic series of revengeful events that pushed the boundaries of the thriller genre – the unofficial pirate ship of modern Korean cinema,...More
Kim Yoon-jin Promotes Kimchi in NYT Ad 2013/11/10, Source,
Actress Kim Yoon-jin, star of the hit U.S. drama "Lost", has been featured in an advert in the New York Times promoting kimchi. It is part of the campaign promoting Korean food and culture around the world led by Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Women's University in Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Last Present" 2013/10/04,
Yong-Gi (played by Lee Jung-jae) is a comedian who has to constantly put on a bright happy face even though his career is moving in a dubious, nebulous direction. The film's opening scene of him working a crowd onstage with his partner is surprising in its sheer oppressiveness. Going out on stage in an effort to entertain an entire crowd is a daunting, intimidating task, and nothing about the humor in this moment really takes away from this unspoken truth.
The feeling is replicated as Yong-Gi goes home and seems to have the same double-faced relationship with his wife Jeong-Yeon (played by Lee Young-ae),...More
Lee Young-ae files report on netizen 2013/09/25, Source, Lee Young-ae and her husband Jeong Ho-yeong charged a few netizens and bloggers for spreading rumors about their family relationship and age.
Lee Young-ae's legal representative said, "Lee Young-ae and her husband filed charges on the netizens and bloggers for violating the law regarding the promotion of information and communication network use and protection of information",...More
10 Years On, Lee Young-ae Looks Back at 'Dae Jang Geum' 2013/09/14, Source,
This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide hit MBC series "Dae Jang Geum", which at one point reached a viewer rating of 57.8 percent. The story about a cook at the Chosun court who overcomes hardships to become the king's first female physician captivated viewers in some 90 countries and marked the golden age of the Korean Wave.
To mark the anniversary, the show's star Lee Young-ae, gave the Chosun Ilbo an exclusive interview on Monday,...More
Lee Young-ae Appointed DMZ Peace Ambassador 2013/08/14, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has been appointed a "peace ambassador" charged with publicizing the environmental value and peacemaking potential of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas. Lee was appointed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo on Yonggang Bridge, an off-limits military area in Yeoncheon on Tuesday. She took a walk with immigrant wives and Korean War veterans,...More
Actor Song Il-gook to Appear in Makgeolli Ad in WSJ 2013/05/03, Source, Song Il-gook (right) and Seo Kyoung-duk
Actor Song Il-gook and Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Women's University who specializes in promoting Korean culture, will run an advertisement for makgeolli, or Korean traditional wine, in the Wall Street Journal at the end of this month. "[Actress] Lee Young-ae featured in an ad for bibimbab [a traditional Korean dish made of rice and vegetables] in the New York Times, and it has been very well received. As such, I decided to arrange a similar ad with another Korean Wave star", Seo said as he unveiled a poster for the latest promotion,...More
Giant Bibimbap Billboard Greets Passersby in Shanghai 2013/03/16, Source,
A giant billboard featuring actress Lee Young-ae and bibimbap has been posted in downtown Shanghai, China, Prof. Seo Kyoung-duk of Sungshin Women's University said on Monday. He previously ran a similar full-page advertisement in the New York Times to promote the Korean dish of rice with an assortment of seasonal vegetables,...More
Lee Young-ae's New Role Is All About Kids 2013/02/28, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae, who disappeared from the limelight after surprising fans by suddenly getting hitched in 2009, recently moved to a countryside home in Yangpyeong, just east of Seoul, built to raise her twins in a clean, natural environment, and started a business specializing in infant-care products,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
Actress Lee Young-ae Launches Eco-Business 2012/10/11, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has recently started a business handling organic products for children and installed billboards for it in Itaewon in Seoul. She will launch her first store carrying environmentally friendly products for children in early November,...More
K-drama leads 'hallyu' 2012/08/21, Source, Kim Soo-hyun, top right, embraces his onscreen love interest Han Ga-in in a scene from "The Sun and the Moon" ,a popular MBC drama. / Courtesy of Pan Entertainment
This is the 10th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwon Mee-yoo, Rachel Lee A variety of soap operas, from trendy shows to epic series, grace the small screen from morning till night. The popularity of Korean TV dramas has spilled over the nation's borders since the late 1990s, igniting "hallyu", or the Korean wave,...More
Lee Young-ae Enjoys Life as a Mother 2012/05/02, Source, Lee Young-ae is enjoying herself raising her twin babies, she told Woman Chosun monthly. The actress disappeared from the limelight after suddenly announcing her marriage in 2009.
"I had a very fulfilling professional life in my 20s and 30s", Lee said. "But I began to feel as if I was climbing one mountain after another. When I was satisfied with how I spent my 20s and 30s, I realized it was time to get married",...More
Celebrities Pitch in to Back Candidates in General Election 2012/04/03, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae (second right) and her husband pose with Saenuri Party's candidate Chung Jin-suk (second left) on his campaign site.
As the April 11 general elections approaches, celebrities are rolling up their sleeves to support their favorite candidates. Candidates with connections in showbusiness say they are receiving a huge boost in their campaigns.
Actress Lee Young-ae and her husband appeared at a political campaign rally for Chung Jin-suk, a former senior secretary for political affairs at Cheong Wa Dae. Lee and her husband are friends of Chung, who is running on the ruling Saenuri Party's ticket,...More
Stars spice up campaigns 2012/04/03, Source,
From top left: Lee Young-ae, Song Il-gook, Choi Myung-gil Chung Mong-joon of the ruling Saenuri Party, right, the incumbent representative for Seoul's Dongjak B constituency who is standing again in the April 11 parliamentary elections, greets citizens on their way to work with his nephew Chung Dae-sun and his wife Noh Hyun-jung, a former KBS anchor, in front of Joongang University Hospital, Monday. / Yonhap
By Park Si-soo
Several candidates are running a star-studded campaign in the lead-up to the April 11 National Assembly elections. This is made possible due to their personal ties with movie stars, TV presenters and beauty contest winners, triggering a sense of jealousy among their rivals,...More
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/29, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
For the first time, the public caught a glimpse of the children of Hallyu star Lee Young-ae.
"Dae Jang Geum" introduced the world to Korea's traditional culture and royal cuisine, and catapulted Lee Young-ae to stardom,...More
The ultimate Korean beauty 2012/01/15, Source,
Pictures of 'the ultimate Korean beauty', created by synthesizing the pictures of beautiful actresses and girl group members, have created a stir.
Two pictures titled 'The Ultimate Korean Beauty' popped up online recently. One is an imaginary face made up with the faces of beautiful actresses and the other of girl group members',...More
Lee Young-ae shows off 'preservative beauty' 2011/10/24, Source, Lee Young-ae showed off 'preservative skin'.
She displayed fair and tight skin in the November issue of fashion magazine, Marie Claire. Her skin is so glossy that her nose actually shines. This photo collection was for a charity event for children with fashion brand 'Mogg'.,...More
Korean drama gains popularity in Taiwan 2011/08/22, Source, By Kang Hyun-kyung
The increase in content of Korean dramas on Taiwan TV networks is proof of their gaining popularity.
According to the South Korean mission in Taipei, 120 Korean dramas in total have been televised in the country in the first half of this year, which is as many as Japanese dramas.
In light of viewer ratings, made-in-Korea soap operas are as high as Japanese dramas in Taiwan where Japanese cultural products are very popular.
Ming-Liang Liu, assistant representative of the Taipei Mission in Seoul, said the Confucian culture shaped the backbone of Korean dramas and among others, this is a key reason of their popularity in Taiwan,...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
[HanCinema's Film Review] "JSA - Joint Security Area" 2011/02/26, Park Chan-wook's "JSA - Joint Security Area" made huge waves at the Korean box office during the early weeks of its release. The film became the highest grossing film at the time with a million eager moviegoers flocking to see it in its second week. A DVD of the film was even presented to Kim-Jong-Il during the 2007 Korea Summit, an interesting political gesture that resonates with the filmmaker's attempt to humanise the Korean conflict.,...More
Lee Young-ae Resting in Luxury Postnatal Care Center 2011/02/23, Source,
Even the postnatal care center where actress Lee Young-ae is staying has generated a great deal of interest among women fans. Lee gave birth to twins -- a boy and a girl -- on Sunday.
The center is reportedly a luxury facility offering a standard room for W6.05 million and deluxe room W12 million for two weeks (US$1=W1,128). Lee reportedly booked the deluxe room,...More
Kim Tae-hee Wins Over Viewers with 'My Princess' 2011/02/03,
Her stunning beauty is beyond dispute, but actress Kim Tae-hee has always been criticized for her wooden acting. She struggled even more in films than on TV, and none of her movies, including "The Restless", "Venus and Mars" and "Grand Prix", were a success at the box office.
But the soap "My Princess", currently on MBC, seems to have changed all that, and viewers have taken to Kim's adorable but comic character in a big way. They seem to enjoy seeing the inelegant side of someone who seems to have it all. And criticism of her acting skills seems on the wane,...More
Actress Lee Young-ae To Give Birth In February 2011/01/25, Source, Hallyu star Lee Young-ae will be welcoming a new baby girl to this world in February. The birth is scheduled to happen in a hospital in Cheongdam-dong of Seoul.
The 40-year-old actress has stayed very low key after getting married to a businessman in August of 2009. She's currently in the middle of pursuing a phD, and has barely been seen out of her home. That hasn't stopped the rumor mill from spitting out speculations, such as Lee being pregnant with twins,...More
Ji Jin-hee to display artwork at ceramics exhibition 2010/11/30, Source,
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee will reveal his artistic side, taking part in a ceramics exhibition next month.
A press release from his agency N.O.A Entertainment stated Tuesday that Ji will display 30 pieces of artwork for an exhibition to be held at a conference house located in Jung-gu Jungdong for four days starting tomorrow,...More
Ji Jin-hee to visit Taiwan to promote drama "Dong Yi" 2010/11/10, Source,
Actor Ji Jin-hee [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee will leave for Taiwan next week to promote historical drama "Dong Yi", the latest TV series he starred in, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Wednesday.
N.O.A. announced in a press release that the actor will visit Taiwan from November 14 to 16 to promote "Dong Yi", a 60-part historical drama which will air on Taiwan's GTV starting November 15 at 9 p.m,...More
Iconic designer André Kim passes away 2010/08/13, Source,
Room where late fashion designer André Kim's wake service is being held at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea on August 12, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Econmic Daily]
Korea's iconic fashion designer André Kim died Thursday after having suffered from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was 74,...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
Foreign media visit the set of TV series "Dong Yi" 2010/07/29, Source,
Foreign journalists pose with the cast and crew of TV series "Dong Yi" on the show's set in the city of Yong-in, South Korea on July 28, 2010. [MBC]
MBC TV series "Dong Yi" is looking to reignite the Hallyu buzz that director Lee Byeong-hoon had sparked up in 2003 with Lee Young-ae starrer "Jewel in the Palace" ("Dae Jang Geum"), inviting the foreign press to its set in Yong-in yesterday.
Broadcaster MBC said in a press release that Lee opened up the set of his latest historical drama, located in the city of Yong-in, South Korea, on Wednesday to some 50 media journalists from Southeast Asia (25 from Japan, China 14, Thailand 5, Malaysia 4 and Singapore 2), who interviewed the noted director as well as the show's lead actor Ji Jin-hee,...More
Lee Young-ae, one of Korea's top acting stars, is pregnant with her first child, management associates said Frid,...More
Lee Young-ae confirmed to be 4 months pregnant 2010/07/23, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae [Storm S Company]
Actress Lee Young-ae's agency has confirmed that the heroine of smash hit TV series "Dae Jang Geum" is four months pregnant.
"It is true that she is pregnant and we were going to inform the press at an adequate time because this is when a pregnant woman is most cautious but it seems like the news has gone out through her father", Lee Ju-yeol, chief of Lee's agency Storm S Company told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Friday,...More
Figure skating champion Kim Yu-na, football superstar Park Ji-sung and actress Han Hyo-joo will be the offic,...More
Where Do Stars Who Advertise Apartments Live? 2010/07/15, Source, Developers have been hiring celebrities to advertise their apartment brands to borrow a little of the stars' glamour for their properties. That leads inevitably to the question: where do these stars themselves live? As it turns out, none of them live in the apartments they advertise.
Kim Sun-ah meets with 2,000 fans at Taiwan fan meeting 2010/06/15, Source,
Korean actress Kim Sun-ah at her Taiwan fan meeting [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Sun-ah held her first Taiwan fan meeting over the weekend which attracted some 2,000 fans, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Tuesday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the event, held at the Taiwan International Convention Center on June 12, was also attended by 50 leading Chinese media outlets including ELTATV and ETTV,...More
Kim Sun-ah to hold fan meeting in Taiwan this weekend 2010/06/11, Source,
Korean actress Kim Sun-ah [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Sun-ah will be visiting Taiwan this weekend to host her first-ever fan meeting in the country, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Friday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the actress, who left for Taiwan this morning, will be carrying out various activities in the country as part of celebrating the success of her SBS TV series "THE CITY HALL",...More
Among the various factors that constitute human life, culture has the greatest capacity to nurture connections and exchange. One culture quickly absorbs the advantages of another culture and develops to integrate naturally into a large wave.
Park Eun-hye drama "Pink Lipstick" sells to Taiwan 2010/02/23, Source,
Hallyu star Park Eun-hye in the official poster for MBC TV series "Pink Lipstick" [MBC]
MBC TV series "Pink Lipstick", starring Hallyu star Park Eun-hye, has been sold to a television network in Taiwan, according to Korean broadcaster MBC on Tuesday.
The daily morning drama, which premiered in Korea last month, was sold for USD 8,000 dollars per each 60-minute episode to Taiwan's GTV. The price is nearly double the amount MBC morning series "White Lie" had previously sold to GTV for.
"It worked as a huge advantage that the drama starred Park who became very popular in the Chinese market with her role as Yeon-saeng in 'Jewel in the Palace' ('Dae Jang Geum')", explained the show's chief producer Choi Yong-won.,...More
Korean Wave Aims at New Horizons 2009/10/22, Source, When Lee Eun-hye, 24, a college student went on a trip to South America she certainly didn't expect this. Every time she introduced herself as a Korean, the locals would greet her eagerly, mentioning the Korean drama "Dae Jang Geum" (En,...More
Jeans Brands Woo Top Stars for Ads 2009/10/15, Source, Jeans brands seem to be replacing cosmetics as the most coveted prize among Korea's advertising contracts. Traditionally, becoming the " face " of cosmetics brands was the recognition of bona fide sta,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Young-ae married! 2009/08/25, Source, Top star Lee Young-ae's marriage news has shocked the fans!
The wedding took place on the 24th and fans are saying that this is the biggest surprise wedding ever!
She has been away from the eyes of the public and did not even tell anyone of her wedding until the day after.
The fans are curious as to who the husband Mr. Jung is. Mr. Jung is known to be a Korean American who is working in the American IT industry. Because the family members of Mr. Jung are in America, the wedding was decided to be a small private family,...More
BUSAN ― "The Gift to Stalin", the first ever Kazakh film to be invited to the Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), opened the 13th annual event Thursday. This endearing, family-friendly film shows that something classic is never out of style: his,...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...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
As more Korean soap operas are sold abroad, hallyu, or the Korean wave, is now spreading beyond Asia to European countries as well. In particular, Korean epic dramas are gaining popularity around the world.
Although Alfred Lord Tennyson said, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all", anyone who has endured the breakup of an intense relationship wo,...More
Regular Paper Subscribers Rising 2007/12/31, Source, The number of regular newspaper subscribers is increasing. The number of people who read newspaper ads has also increased from last year.
The Korea Broadcast Advertising Group commissioned a survey on consumer patterns to pollster Research International. The percentage of regular subscribers to t,...More
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
While the female persona Korean entertainment remains largely reminiscent of Hollywood during the 1950~60s, a few in recently released or upcoming films are beginning,...More
44th Broadcasting Day Ceremony 2007/09/03, Source, The Korean Broadcasters Association celebrated its 44th Broadcasting Day ceremony.
Broadcasting Day was first designated to commemorate receiving an independent call code called 'HL' from the Comite Consultatif International des Rediocommunication in 1947.
Nowadays it is celebrated to promote broa,...More
Positive Effect of South Korean Media Claimed in North Korea 2007/02/14, Source, A survey was conducted among 30 North Korean defectors who are currently living in South Korea. According to them, the North Korean government is trying to improve people's lives to anticipate possible social unrest which they suspect could be ignited by what people see in South Korean popular cultu,...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source, Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
Musical actress Kim So-hyun and actor Won Ki-joon play Janggum and her love, Min Jung-ho, in the musical. Several actors and actresses will take turns to play the roles of Jang-gum and Min Jung-ho
Korean Wave Swamps N.Korean Authorities 2007/02/01, Source, South Korean popular culture has become a headache for North Korean authorities, who seem unable to stem its samizdat spread there. Quoting North Korean refugees, a government official said Thursday many South Korean soap operas and movies have made their way into North Korea, and some young people,...More
Korea's 30 Most Influential Pop Culture Figures Released 2006/12/28, Source, CJ Entertainment Vice Chairwoman Lee Mi-kyeong has been cited as the most influential figure in Korean popular culture, according to the results of the Herald Business Daily's survey of the country's top 30 pop icons released on Thursday.
The business daily said that the survey was conducted on a,...More
Arirang Surveys Popularity of Korean Celebrities 2006/12/27, Source, Thanks for staying with us.
We at Arirang just recently conducted a global survey on the popularity of Korean celebrities.
The survey in mid-December asked 775 people from 46 countries with whom they'd like to watch the first sunrise of the new year.
Topping the female chart were actresses,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2006/12/01, Source, Welcome back.
On Today's Talk, we look at the week's cultural news.
This week we have an expo on Korean pop culture, a historical musical, and as always, new movie releases.
For more, our Son Heekyung joins me in the studio.
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
Ziyi Zhang speaks during a conference in Seoul for her latest movie.
Ziyi Zhang, China's top actress came to town yesterday to promote her latest movie, "The Banquet". The epic film, which also stars Daniel Wu and is directed by Feng Xiagang, was recentl,...More
"Dasaepo Naughty Girls" ("Dasepo Girl") ( Tasepo Sonyo), an unconventional high school comedy directed by Lee Jae-young, has been invited to the prestigious 57th Berlin International Film Festiva,...More
Fans Bet Kim Tae-hee's the Marrying Kind 2006/08/07, Source, As Kim Tae-hee's demure image suggests, her fans feel the actress would take to married life like a duck to water. In a poll on the homepage of the Sports Chosun, a sister paper of the Chosun Ilbo, asking which celebrity was most likely to enjo,...More
43rd Crowns King and the Clown 2006/07/26, Source, The 43rd annual Grand Bell Awards ceremony, held July 21st at the COEX Convention Hall in southern Seoul, presented its top prize for Best Film to The King and the Clown as indeed almost everyone expected. The film grew into a colossal local hit when it was released in December of last year, attract,...More
Time and The Host Compete in Spain 2006/07/12, Source, Two Korean films have been invited to competition sections of the 39th Sitges International Film Festival, one of the top three fantasy film festivals in the world, held annually in Catalonia, Spain. Running October 6th to the 15th, Sitges recently announced the selection of two films by South Korea,...More
A charity event inspired by the Korean TV drama "Dae Jang Geum" will be held in Tokyo May 2-14 at the Mitsukosi department store in Niho,...More
Actress Lee Young-ae to Visit Japan 2006/04/21, Source, Top Korean star Lee Young-ae will appear on NHK's talk show "Welcome to Our Studio" on May 8. Lee is the female lead of the Korean historical drama Daejanggeum, or "The Jewel in Palace", which is currently aired in Japan by NHK every Saturday.,...More
Lee Joon-ik, the director of "The King and the Clown", now Korea's most popular film, said in an interview th,...More
Korean Wave Crosses the Pacific 2006/03/22, Source, The Korean Wave is hitting hard the shores of American West coast. Many cities such as Los Angeles have shown that Korean movies and dramas are currently receiving more attention from not only ethnic minorities, but also Americans.
As a result of the growing interest in the Korean culture shown b,...More
Seven Korean Films to Air on American Cable 2006/03/09, Source, Seven Korean films, including "Old Boy" and "Samaria", will be shown on the Sundance Movie Channel, an American cable TV network.
Kim Jee-suk, programmer of the Pusan International Film Festival, recently stated, "SunDance Movie Channel, a leading movie cable channel in the United States, has bough,...More
The Berlin International Film Festival wrapped February 18th with several prizes awarded to ethnic Koreans. Composer Peter KAM received the Silver Bear for Best Film Music for his score in the Hong Kong made Isabella.
When Girls Want Sex 2006/02/24, Source, Women are not that different from men. They feel desire for sex just as much, but they express it in different ways. The Chosun Ilbo asked modern women what turns them on and how to spot the signs.
Kwon passed the sales profit $10 million in Japan with his recent films of "The Beast" and "Cheongchun Manhwa" (the title means ",...More
Kangta wins music awards in China 2005/12/26, Source, Singer Kangta has once again proved his status as a top hallyu star in China by becoming the first foreign artist to win the Most Valuable Entertainer in TV Advertisement Award.
This year began on an upbeat note for Korea's movie industry. "Running Boy" (Marathon), directed by Chung Yoon-chul, feat,...More
Korean Wave Hits the American Coast 2005/12/15, Source, It has been close to five years since the Korean Wave, or"Hallyu", came rushing into Northeast and Southeast Asia, making Korean songs, movies, dramas and food a stable. There are signs that the Korean fever flowing right through the center of the United States with the formal launch of the much her,...More
Unicef charity fashion show held 2005/12/14, Source, Korea's veteran designer Andre Kim held a fashion show last night at Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel Convention Center as part of the Unicef Charity Dinner Show for Aids Orphans, an event organized by the Korean Committee for Unicef.
Kim, who serves as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, presented "Andre,...More
South Korea and its export-oriented economy seem to have found new bestsellers, thanks to "hallyu", the wave of enthusiasm for Korean pop culture sweeping Asia. Korea's cultural contents such as films, TV dramas and K-pop, have emerged as hot export commodities.
Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star 2005/10/20, Source, Who is the most popular star in Chungmuro, Korea's Hollywood? The Chosun Ilbo asked the country's 12 most influential film producers, who are thought to be the most realistic in evaluating the commercial value of actors and actresses, "How many viewers do you think a movie will attract across the co,...More
Korean Films Enjoying Favorable Acclaim Abroad 2005/10/19, Source, In other news today -- Korean movies are gaining wider recognition abroad from both critics and audiences.
Kim Hyung-eun reports on how Korean directors and actors are being received in Europe.
Film 'Antarctic Journal' Wins Award in Spain 2005/10/19, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ South Korean movie "Antarctic Journal" won the best Asian film award at this year's Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain, film producers in Seoul said Wednesday.
The movie, which was written and directed by,...More
Park Chan-wook leads Korean films' worldwide advancement 2005/09/21, Source, There is a term called "ticket power". Actors and actresses with ticket power are name brands in and of themselves. Moviegoers flock to watch a film simply because a specific actor with ticket power appears in the film.
Until recently, people with ticket power were almost always actors and actresse,...More
Korea Becomes Regional Plastic Surgery Hub 2005/09/16, Source, An increasing number of Chinese and Japanese women head to Korea for beauty treatments and plastic surgery, encouraged by a vogue for Korean actresses among Asia's young people and a Korean pop culture boom in the region.
Taiwan's Zhongguo Shibao (China Times) said Tuesday that after Korean TV dr,...More
If everything we read in the papers were true, actress Song Hye-kyo would be leading a double life. In one, she makes appearances every so often at press showings of her feature works donning pretty dresses a,...More
The character Keum-ja that she plays in "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (to be released on July 29) is a vicious woman who plans revenge for 13 years on the man who betrayed her. There was a time,...More
Director Park Chan-wook has been acclaimed for his previous films about revenge, but he says he believes revenge is meaningless and his coming film, the last in his revenge trilogy, takes a new look at the,...More
Rival film fests compete for fantasy buffs 2005/07/01, Source, Two film festivals dedicated to the fantasy genre - the Puchon International Film Festival and the Real Fantastic Film Festival - will take place on July 14-23 in Seoul and Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, and online ticket sales for both events start today.
Fantasy films, which embrace bizarre, unrea,...More
"Night Watch", the opening film for the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Two rival film festivals specializing in unusual and bizarre films announced the detailed descriptions of their events. Now it is up to audiences to judge which is more fantastic.,...More
Park Eun-hye to Star in Hong Kong Drama 2005/06/09, Source, Actress Park Eun-hye will fly to Hong Kong June 20 to begin the filming of a 30-episode Hong Kong television drama in which she plays the leading lady. Park, who will spend 150 days in Hong Kong, says she is nervous about her new role.
Lee Young-ae Attempts Striking Makeover 2005/05/03, Source, Actress Lee Young-ae showed off a totally new image in her latest movie "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". So far, Lee's image as commonly portrayed in her movie posters has been one of a naive-looking woman with long straight hair and no makeup w,...More
Former staff members of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) said Wednesday that holding their own film festival at the same time as PiFan is a move not against PiFan, but against the fundamental problems it has.
Fans of Snubbed Beauties Up in Arms 2005/04/06, Source, With the cable TV channel m.net selecting a list of Korea's 10 most beautiful women to mark the company's 10th anniversary, fans of stars who were left off are launching severe protests on the Internet. Using Internet balloting and expert opinion, m.net selected a list of Korea's 10 representative b,...More
The organizing committee of one of the major domestic film festivals on Thursday decided to dismiss its festival director despite strong opposition from the event's programmers and threats from members of the film industry to boycott next year's event.
The Ninth Pusan International Film Festival kicked off Thursday with an opening ceremony to match both the festival's established status and the growing power of the Korean movie industry.
Some 6,000 people flocked to the opening ceremony, held at the Yachting,...More
Kim Yoon-jin to Play Major Role in ABC's New Series 2004/06/22, Source, By Han Eun-jung
Among ABC's fall season lineup is a new adventure drama by the creator of "Alias," J.J. Abram, which follows the aftermath of a devastating plane crash. Appropriately titled "Lost," the survivors of the ill-fated flight are left to survive on a deserted island where,...More
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,...More
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