[Orion's Drama News] Do Fear the Reaper 2017/09/23,
Even I cannot keep up with the torrential flow of drama news this week, but I have plenty to share and some of it is very exciting. Two dramas are premiering in the upcoming week and I take one last look at their pre-release goodies before wishing them and their viewers good luck and a good time. I also share the first glimpse into "Mad Dog" and thrilling new information about "Black". Join me for love, crime and smoke monsters,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Truth and Healing 2017/08/26,
New week, new drama goodies, but also a small change in content. There is so much to cover out there, but spam torture is not how I roll, so today's piece and probably pieces in the foreseeable future will include upcoming drama news I find interesting. My personal take on some of them remains, of course. Today I talk about "Argon", "Hospital Ship" and a different kind of healing dramas,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" 2016/06/04,
Korean dramas place great importance on providing escapism. They portray words where love always conquers all and bad guys always pay. At the same time, many cross the line of being relatable to the real people watching and very few go beyond satisfying superficial needs before sending us on our merry way. "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" is an idealistic drama which bends the law and reality to its will, but unlike most series, it does so for a worthy payout,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 20 Final 2016/05/31,
The end has arrived for "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho", but the food for thought it leaves us with makes this goodbye a satisfying one. The time for our criminals to receive their just rewards has come and they all face the situation in a different way. We have some surprises when it comes to the future of our heroes and life goes on for everyone involved. Despite Deul-ho's constant success in the courtroom, the show's moral is realistic and therefore incredibly profound,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 19 2016/05/30,
One of the strong suits of "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" is its handling of emotions and episode nineteen gives Deul-ho and us a rough time, as his life is endangered by evidence. It also reveals crucial information about the past and the true extent of Yeong-il's involvement in important events. Some revelations raise more questions, others neatly tie threads opened in the drama's beginning. Deul-ho repeats certain mistakes and we have miraculous interventions, but they do not majorly harm what is a thrilling episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 18 2016/05/24,
Deul-ho and Ji-wook are pulled towards their respective loved ones and away from justice. Eun-jo voices her worries over this and reminds Deul-ho and us what this series has been about. With only two episodes left, it is time for the fight against Yeong-il to get dirty and the dirt sadly touches our heroes as well. This is the first time "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" has missed some marks on its hero, but I hope the end brings justice back,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Slumps and Filming Ouchies 2016/05/21,
Since pre-production started getting more popular in drama, I have had hopes things will get better for their quality and the filming conditions. They have in some ways, but big industries will always have their problems, I guess. This week the "Beautiful Mind" mess continues over at KBS, we take a look at one pro of pre-production and check out upcoming titles and the expectations for them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 16 2016/05/17,
Get ready to feel happy, relieved, disappointed and worried. Get ready to feel a lot of things in today's episode, frankly, because a new villain has revealed themselves and they will not make the same mistakes Chairman Jeong has been making. It is time for some of our characters to decide on some really tough choices and a highly awaited conversation takes place between Hae-kyeong and Deul-ho. Also, adorable Soo-bin is back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 15 2016/05/16,
The case against Chairman Jeong Geun-mo is reaching a climax as his accomplices are cornered and his secrets are revealed. Some of our characters choose their sides clearly, others continue to be a mystery. Deul-ho is not above gloating, but he knows better than to trust an easy win. The more you back someone into a corner, the more they and those who can go down with them will lash out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 14 2016/05/11,
After a case fully dedicated to Chairman Jeong Geun-mo's financial transactions it is the turn of one related to the cost of human life lost to his dirty business practices. As Jeong becomes more reckless and obsessed with destroying our Superman, his accomplices start to worry over their involvement with him. Hae-kyeong goes head to head with Deul-ho and Eun-jo in court and her motives are being questioned by those around her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 13 2016/05/09,
Our plot and character development make great strides in episode thirteen of "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho". It is amazing how people show their true colors when push comes to shove and now we get to see who Deul-ho's and justice's true allies and enemies are. Are those revelations surprising? Not really, but some are so very satisfying, especially when Deul-ho's fate is at stake. We still need more information on the past, but the present is definitely delivering,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 11 2016/05/03,
Things get serious in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" as our main villain becomes more aggressive than ever. Eun-jo's step-father sparks a new case, new challenges and social commentary. Eun-jo herself reaches a boiling point, but now her time has hopefully come to get down to business. New adversaries surface and older ones falter as the chessboard rattles. Deul-ho's determination to risk everything is about to be challenged, but we know him pretty well by now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 10 2016/04/26,
Everyone give the flashback fairy a round of applause, because she is here and she brings a lot of backstory with her. Episode ten gives us a little look into Deul-ho's and Hae-kyeong's less than blissful life together, as well as his musical interrogation room meetings with Dae-soo. I find myself with more questions than answers, but the past is returning and maybe bringing those answers with it. Chairman Jeong's time has come yet again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 7 2016/04/18,
Deul-ho finally discovers his true calling beyond the case of Michael Jeong and Eun-jo incorporates herself in our team, which is always welcoming her presence. Episode 7 marks the opening of a case not related to our main villain, at least not so far. Most importantly, Deul-ho's triumphant return faces some problems, as he struggles between his role as a father and a newfound hero for the people,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 6 2016/04/13,
So many important and intense things happen in episode 6 that I actually needed a break and a glass of water before starting my work on this piece. Eun-jo has finally made her big decision about life as a lawyer and we are moving past the introduction. Ji-wook and Hae-kyeong just entered the delightful grey zone, there are wins, losses, regrets and redemption. The future of "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho"? Unknown, but I will be anticipating it with glee,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 3 2016/04/04,
The power of Byeon Ji-sik's words may have hit Deul-ho and Eun-jo hard, but it is surprisingly the latter, supposedly the more naive and oblivious of the two who understands what she feels and what this means to her first. Episode 3 continues with the trial, but we also get more backstory on some of our characters, including our guest father and son,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Battle of the OTPs 2016/03/26,
The Monday-Tuesday prime time dramas are approaching and we have casting confirmations, promotional material and more for a lot of works. Busy time for us busy drama fans. I am also happy to introduce some new drama related content I will be handling for the site starting soon. Join me in my ramblings and drop a comment to let me know how your drama week went,...More
Male star battle 2016/03/07, Source,
There's going to be a battle between broadcasting stations ground-wave and cable. Actors are going to be responsible for the four dramas. Unfortunately, actresses have been pushed out of the Monday and Tuesday game,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hi, Dharma" + DVD Giveaway 2016/01/30,
Jae-gyoo (played by Park Shin-yang) is a gangster sub-boss whose unit gets sucker-punched in the opening minutes of "Hi, Dharma" by a rival gang. Having only barely managed to escape that situation with their lives, and lacking reliable telephone access, Jae-gyoo's hang is forced to hide out at a Buddhist temple. And from there, the story of "Hi, Dharma" is simple character clash comedy. They're gangsters, the other guys are monks. How will they ever get along?,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Man on the Edge": Gangsters and Giggles, Again 2014/11/29, In the spotlight this week: Jo Jin-kyoo's "Man on the Edge"…
Last year "Man on the Edge" cruelly missed out on a top ten finish. Almost all the horses were in, and the 3.8M admissions its scored back in January (roughly $25.6M) meant it was looking snug and settled behind "The New World" (10th with $31.4M), but in year's final hour "The Attorney" snuck in and, eventually, finished its case with $36.9M in compensation.
"The Attorney" did not so much 'climb' into sixth; rather it impressively, and promptly, inserted itself among 2013's top performers. It was a dramatic departure for Jo's efforts, to be sure, and before last year's record books are taken by time (and 'fringe' favorites such as this forgotten), I was curious to experience how this gangster-shaman crossover managed to weave all its generic threads together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sign" 2014/09/13,
While OCN might be the current king of the crime in Korean drama, crime as a topic, premise and even genre for shows is nothing new for the industry. Series with crime as their genre or an integral part of them might not appear often, but attempts have been made with various results. "Sign" is a big attempt at pure crime and achieves some new things, but its problems and lack of a solid main plot ultimately fail it,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Uninvited" 2013/08/23,
Jung-won (played by Park Shin-yang) starts to receive visions after a random missed encounter with an event that, at the time, seemed rather irrelevant. Jung-won is not a particularly intelligent or reflective person, so his apparent delusions quickly begin to get worrisome. He pops in and out of nightmarish scenarios where no person or object is actually in motion, but mere presence alone is enough to get the heartbeat up to terrified proportions.
And after all this we get an introduction to another completely different plot with a completely different character, and the relation of this person's story to Jung-won's is rather dubious,...More
[HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.01.18 ~ 2013.01.20 2013/01/21, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.01.18 ~ 2013.01.20)
The Korean comedy "Man on the Edge" by Jo Jun-kyoo managed to retain its number one status for the second weekend running. The film logged nearly 900,000 admissions this past weekend and was the clear favourite among moviegoers. "Man on the Edge" stars Park Shin-yang as a gangster who also lives a double life as a shaman; Kim Jung-tae, Uhm Ji-won and Jeong Hey-yeong accompany him on screen as this unique blend of comedy continues to thrills fans. The film now moves onto more than 2.5 million admissions since its release on the ninth,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/09, Source,
And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today, she'll introduce us to a performance celebrating Hangeul Day and a new movie coming soon to Korea. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today is Hangeul Day, so I'm going to start off by introducing you to a play about King Sejong and the creation of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. The play, a mystery-drama, puts on a lively display of Korean culture and history, with flashes of music and dance. Take a look. The creation of the Korean alphabet is celebrated every year on Hangeul Day with festivals, writing contests and performances, and this year is no exception,...More
'The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser' pokes fun at corporate Korea 2012/06/19, Source,
Actor Song Sae-byeok's character Dong-sik observes a Buddha sculpture's facial expression to master an effortless fake smile in a scene from the film "The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser". The satire on the Korean corporate culture by director Jung Seung-koo opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide. / Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup After a rather quiet weekend without any strong releases, this week sees major Korean efforts vying for the box office throne. Among them, it appears only "The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser" by Jung Seung-koo has any chance of achieving that feat. Despite its relative lack of star power, the satire on Korean corporate culture should resonate with virtually anyone who has had to resort to flattery at work,...More
Who's the busiest actor of 2012? 2012/01/02, Source,
Who is going to be the busiest actress or actor in 2012?
Looking at the movies that are being released or are planning to go into production this year, we can see several names that appear often,...More
Raising curtain to abundant year in musicals 2012/01/02, Source,
(Above picture:A scene from the Broadway hit "Wicked", which will come to Korea in May / Courtesy of Andrew Ritchie)
The year 2012 is going to be full of musical joy as a long list of touring, licensed and homegrown musical productions - from the longest-running musical in the world to a theater version of Korean wave drama - wait to be staged.
Touring productions coming to Korea
One of the musicals receiving the highest expectations for 2012 is "Wicked", which will come to Blue Square in Hannam-dong from May to October. The Broadway extravaganza explores what happened before Dorothy entered the Land of Oz and the relationships between the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good and the Wizard of Oz,...More
No small talk: Korea's new communication arena 2011/12/23, Source,
A new kind of concert has captured audiences in Korea, but there is no music to be found on its stages. Save for a microphone and the readiness to ask and answer important questions, the main act requires few props or effects. These "talk concerts" build not on well-strung melodies or upbeat dance numbers, but on the conversation that plays out on stage and in the audience.
On the evening of November 23, Samsung Electronics Vice President Lee Don Ju stood on such a stage at Konkuk University, where he addressed an auditorium full of students on the topic of dreams. The campus was the latest stop for the 2011 Passion Talks, the countrywide talk concert tour hosted by Samsung and Naver,...More
Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News' 2011/03/15, Source,
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
Actors shiver in the cold 2011/01/23, Source, Actors shiver in this unknown cold.
There have been continuous cases where the actors have been taken to the hospital due to lack of strength in the continuous cold and lots of filming outside.,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Sign" - 1st Episode 2011/01/06, Source,
SBS TV series "Sign" [SBS]
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The first episode of "Sign" kicked off by showing the most intensive moment of the story. Yoon Ji-hoon (played by Park Shin-yang) takes away a body that was to be autopsied by another doctor, leaving Lee Myung-han (Jun Kwang-ryul) enraged and searching the National Forensic Service to look for him. Da-kyung (Kim Ah-joong), who had been arguing with Yoon, finds herself joining him in the autopsy room,...More
[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "My Princess" 2011/01/04, Source,
Actors Song Seung-heon, Park Ye-jin, Kim Tae-hee and Ryu Su-young poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming MBC TV series "My Princess" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 3, 2011. [MBC]
The 'cheerful and nothing-can-bring-me-down' female character meets the grandson of a conglomerate. He tries to turn her into a princess and the two fall in love. That is how you could summarize MBC's "My Princess". To add on just a little more detail, Lee Seul (played by Kim Tae-hee) is a stingy female college student who is of royal descent and diplomat Park Hye-young (played by Song Seung-heon) becomes her tutor to make her a princess per the request of his grandfather (played by Lee Soon-jae) in order to restore their imperial family,...More
Park Shin-yang cast as male lead in upcoming series 2010/09/03, Source,
Korean actor Park Shin-yang [Apollo Pictures]
Korean actor Park Shin-yang will be returning to the small screen as the male lead in an upcoming television series, according to the show's producer Apollo Pictures on Friday.
Apollo announced that Park will be playing the role of Yoon Ji-hoon, who conducts autopsies at a state-run institute of scientific investigation, in the new medical drama tentatively titled "Heaven",...More
TV Stars' Fees Keep Spiraling 2010/07/31, Source, TV production companies have long been complaining about the exorbitant fees charged by top stars, which drive production costs up to the point where even a hit series no longer guarantees profits for the producers. But their complaints have curbed neither the stars' demands nor the public's appetit,...More
[10LINE] Actress Moon Geun-young 2010/05/06, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Im Soo-jung, actor Kim Rae-won, actor Park Gun-hyung, actor Kim Joo-hyuk and actress Lee Mi-sook [10Asia]
Moon Geun-young Star. Icon. Nation's little sister. Now we call her by her name "Geun-yeong".
Shin Ae-dukMoon Geun-young's grandmother. As a child, Moon began her day watching morning dramas with her grandmother and at nights would fall asleep while talking with her grandmother on what happened during the day with her parents being busy working. Her grandmother told her, "In life, people go through various ups and downs but I don't want you to think about that too much and rather work on refining yourself and grow up to become an intelligent actress". Moon Geun-young's mother told her that the money she makes "is not our money" and suggested in donating it as "a way of investing your love to society". One of the biggest reasons that Moon was able to act from a young age until now without faltering is because of the unconditional support she received from her family,...More
Kim Bum's Movie Picks 2010/02/08, Source,
Actor Kim Bum [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Kim Bum has grown as an actor everytime we see him. The young boy that first appeared in 2006 TV series "Rude Women" as a child who takes good care of his single mom, made himself known to the public through MBC sitcom "High Kick!" and made his presence more prominent through just a few series of appearances in the beginning of "East of Eden" playing the child part of Hallyu star Song Seung-heon. It became certain last year that he had secured a position on the small screen when he made the hearts of many female viewers flutter through KBS drama "Boys over Flowers". Kim then showed how he had finally become a 'man' and one that is ready to play a lead role through SBS TV series "Dream - Drama". "Expressing a character is similar to trying on different clothes. The characters I played in 'Boys over Flowers' or 'Dream - Drama' were articles of clothing I tried on as a hanger or mannequin. They may not fit me initially since they may be too long or short but there comes a point when it fits you just right after some adjustment. That is when you look at yourself in the mirror and start being evaluated by others too for how you look in that item of clothing. Taking on a new role is like adding a new piece of clothing to your wardrobe so I must say that I'm very eager when it comes to work".,...More
Is Korean TV Losing its Competitive Edge? 2008/12/29, Source, Korean soap operas were the pinnacle of the Korean Wave that swept Asia. According to the Korean Broadcasting Institute (KBI), soap operas are still the most popular exported Korean TV program, accounting for 90 percent of TV programs exported in the first half of this year or US$53 million.
[ChanMi's movie news] Stuntmen are the main characters now 2008/08/30, Source, They are the stunt actors. Nobody can realize that they are action stars until they prove themselves and say it. Yet, they are bold and confident in their work. "Action Boys" is a new movie is about the stuntment who never get the spotlight and are always unnoticed.
This new film makes the effect that you can not stand up right away to leave when the ending credits are rolling.,...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
[How Much?] – Stars' pay 2008/04/17, Source, We're curious about the highest paid stars. How much money do Korean stars really make? We'll reveal it all.
The salary of the stars that come out in "On Air" is not just a story in a drama. We'll go through the best top 7 high paid stars.,...More
Putting a Foreign Face on a Korean Brand 2008/03/07, Source, Kate Moss, Raquel Zimmerman, Hilary Rhoda, and Agyness Deyn. These are world-famous models whose names anybody interested in fashion would likely know. Besides that, they have another thing in common -- as well as appearing in ads for foreign luxury brands, they also represent Korean fashion brands.,...More
[2007 Drama Highlights] Best Kiss scenes 2007/12/27, Source, The drama market of 2007 had been flooded with a large number of high-quality dramas, range from large-scaled dramas of billion dollars worth production cost to much smaller-scaled, but of rich conten,...More
Fathers take center stage in Korean films 2007/04/19, Source, Melodramas, horror flicks, gangster comedies and thrillers have one thing in common for Korean moviegoers: they are not so popular at the box office. To find a breakthrough, filmmakers have been exploring other alternative genres and themes, one of which turns out to be the father.
Lee Mi-yeon: Still in Love With Acting 2007/01/20, Source, "Acting has produced the biggest energy and the greatest pain in my life. I can't promise you that I'm going to be an actress for the rest of my life. When I fall out of love with acting, I'll quit im,...More
Actor Jung Joon-ho has given impressive performances in playing good and evil characters, such as an ordinary and simple hearted man in "Marrying the Mafia" and a ruthless villain in ",...More
2004 good for movies, gloomy in performing arts 2004/12/29, Source, The year 2004 has been good for movies and musicals, but other culture areas like performing arts and K-pop suffered due to the long drawn-out economic slump that forced consumers to trim budgets for entertainment activities. Here are the sector-by-sector summaries of what happened this year.
The 2000 hit comedy "Talmaya Nolja
(Hi, Dharma)" was a fish-out-of-water story about city-bred gangsters enduring the quiet life at a Buddhist temple. The film's sequel has the fish and the water switching places, as the Buddhist monks come down from the mountain,...More
Old `Swindle' Still Does the Trick 2004/04/15, Source, By Joon Soh
With cutting dialogue, over-the-top violence and quirky soundtracks, director Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" transformed how movies presented the world of crime. And for years afterwards, every other film released in the United States and Europe,...More
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im a new fan of psy since i saw"lovers in paris".i was like wow! ok,let me describe him while he was acting in lip:he was funny,romantic,caring,knows how 2 shout,friendly and knows how to act.^_^well.....he is just so awesome!Aja!!!:D
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I'm a new fan of PSY since i saw him in Lovers in Paris! He's a great actor & also saw his latest War of Money - again his acting here was far more difficult than his role in LIP Han Ki Joo! you're awesome Shin yang ssi -- also i got your photo on my desktop and seeing your photo gives me a dose of inspiration to get through the day! Hope to see more of your projects & more power to you! God bless! Aja
because he has a heart on his job do his best to potrait the character effectively in the audience. he always smile whenever what he do. its so gorgeous to see a man always smiles in or out of the camera and i think he always happy whatever he does
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Actually at first, not really like Park Shin-Yang when 'Lovers in Paris' episode 1.. haha.. but i'm not wrong.. now i become without Park ShinYang,without Life.. haha.. Nice to meet you.. Mr. Park Shin-Yang..
Always support u..!!
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Im a foreigner of asian background,I have been enjoying Korean dramas since Full house.I have to say lover in paris is a masterpiece.I would like to thank the director for wat he had contributed to the Asian culture.I love asian films n drama,i will continue to support it as long it ooz quality like lover in paris.
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