[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" 2017/04/22,
If there is one thing to say about "Fantastic" is that the drama has bold ideas. Combining the promise of a happy, light series with the premise of its lead dying of cancer is a very daring move, although one Dramaland has not succeeded very well in yet. Still, this drama tries to juggle the illness, romance and a hefty dose of family drama to go with,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 16 Final 2016/10/22,
So-hye continues to be sick. While "Fantastic" is fairly ambivalent about So-hye's exact fate for some time, it's the same basic holding pattern the drama has had ever since So-hye had to be hospitalized. All there really is to do anymore is look at the various relationships between the main characters, and admire the depth and strength of their social bonds. Even when it leads to somewhat humorous scenes like So-hye and Hae-seong one-upping each other in the prior sacrifice department,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 15 2016/10/21,
And now, Seol's in-laws move to force some last minute conflict in a predictably abortive attempt to scuttle a happy ending. Jin-sook's plan is pretty dumb. Really, So-hye should have mentioned the extortion attempt back when she was at the police station. Besides that even if it's not technically a breach of contract nobody going to want to work with Jin-sook when the best case scenario is that she's an idiot who keeps important information in a non-secure phone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 14 2016/10/15,
On one end I'm somewhat annoyed that the situation regarding Joon-gi continues to be stretched for time when it appeared to have largely been concluded last episode. But then again, isn't that what melodrama has always been about- stretching the pain out for as long as possible? It's a sensible strategy really, because death is at its most especially unpleasant when it lasts for a really long time. And even after that, grief is a factor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 13 2016/10/14,
The focus on So-hye's weirdly melodramatic disease symptoms is removed here for the sake of instead focusing on Joon-gi's more traditionally tragic melodramatic disease symptoms. The results are about what might be expected. The acting is unavoidably corny as the emphasis is instead placed on the inherent empathy of the situation. Friends don't like it when other friends are in for a bad time. Even if Hae-seong hates letting go of So-hye for even a moment, well, Joon-gi is a bro. And that's what bros are good for,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 12 2016/10/08,
So-hye has a form of brain cancer. Up until now I never really thought that the specific kind of cancer So-hye has was ever going to be all that important, since its usefulness as a plot device was in the generic way disease forced So-hye to reconsider her life. Well, here, So-hye ends up coming down with symptoms that I'm pretty sure are completely made up. So what we're left with is a woman in her thirties suddenly turning into a character from a very different kind of melodrama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 11 2016/10/07,
A disproportionate amount of the action in "Fantastic" takes place in the hospital. Granted the entire premise is that So-hye has a (possibly not) terminal illness, but matters do take a turn for the slightly silly when both leading men also end up needing medical care for completely unrelated problems. Then they have silly hospital-related adventures together as they bond, and aw, who doesn't love some good male bonding on-screen?,...More
Park Si-yeon, a Kim Soo-mi look-a-like 2016/10/04, Source,
TV Chosun "Wonderful Day" featured actress Kim Soo-mi.
She talked about how she became an actress. She said she cried after hearing poet Han Yong-woon's poem about not being able to call a country 'my own' from her father. Then she wanted to become a writer but after her parents passed away, she wasn't able to pay for college. Her professor told her to go to MBC to meet a friend of his and that was a producer who offered her an audition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 10 2016/10/01,
With So-hye out of the hospital, "Fantastic" enters into a fairly predictable holding pattern. Obviously Hae-seong is quite pleased to have her around again, and this is a significant booster to his mood. But the sacrifice dynamic has been reversed in a possibly more risky direction. Even doing his own stunts Hae-seong isn't in that much physical danger. So-hye, however, knows full well that her health is at risk, and has to make a conscious effort to ignore that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 9 2016/09/30,
It all starts out fun and games- the usual romantic hijinx as So-hye prepares to go into more serious treatment and Hae-seong simply reassures her. But the main plot quickly turns troublesome as Hae-seong is threatened by a scandal. To be honest it's kind of a silly scandal. The closest analog I can think of is what happened with Gary awhile back, and that was so obviously unverified Gary's agency didn't even respond to it until the guy in the video asked them to, because as a Gary fan he was deeply hurt by the idea that someone would use his tattoo to defame Gary,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 8 2016/09/24,
A brief flashback fills us in on the question of how much Hae-seong knows, and also when he knew about it. It's noteworthy how just because Hae-seong is discretionary with the information he has doesn't necessarily mean that So-hye is happy with all the implications. While on the surface level it can seem rewarding to be dealing with a stand-up guy like Hae-seong, on the deeper level it can seem rather unfair if one and only one partner is making noble sacrifices,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 7 2016/09/23,
Mi-seon (played by Kim Jae-hwa) is the third best friend of So-hye and Seol- the one who everyone has to call when they're in trouble. Mi-seon never really has any plotlines of her own, she's just a useful shoulder to cry on. Consequently, her character offers some much needed perspective when it comes to difficult questions like, am I happy, and should I do such-and-such risky behavior considering the possible trade-offs?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Fantastic" 2016/09/18,
Terminal illness is a common and very old theme in Korean drama, but like everything else rich with melodramatic potential, it has often been subjected to shallow and cheap treatment. Love for tears and tension over love for meaning is less common these days, however and so we see productions which make the effort to treat serious topics with more respect. It is too early for me to say "Fantastic" is such a production, but it is on the right path,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 6 2016/09/17,
While Jong-gi clearly skirts the line of medical ethics, all of his actions are very clearly in line with trying to calm So-hye down and see herself as a person whose life has value. It's very noteworthy how Jong-gi has gotten So-hye to go from mental breakdown in earlier episodes to participating in a support group this episode. The support group scene is wonderful, by the way, precisely because it really gets at how the mental toll of illness is just as bad as the physical, and how it really helps just to get positive encouragement from peers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 5 2016/09/16,
Joon-gi (played by Kim Tae-hoon) is So-hye's doctor. Given that So-hye is dying, that's a very awkward position to be in. While Joon-gi obviously wants So-hye to get better, So-hye's problems are just as much mental as they are physical at this point. In So-hye's general desperation to find some last minute meaning in life, she has been willing to latch onto any kind of validation possible- even if it means an obviously unethical relationship with her own physician,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 4 2016/09/10,
The production team continues with the very wise decision to be more about drama than forced comedy. We see this episode even more clearly that Hae-seong, as utterly obnoxious as he can be given the opportunity, is really just looking for the chance to be a good guy. It's uncanny how well Hae-seong is able to compose himself during action scenes. While ostensibly acting is the actual important part of his job, note how Hae-seong does not appear to be using a stunt double. That's dedication which can't easily be faked,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 3 2016/09/09,
There's some badly needed sympathetic characterization for So-hye and Hae-seong this episode as they respond to the aftermath of the big kiss at the last cliffhanger. In contrast to the normal romantic comedy implications of that trope, "Fantastic" instead gets into the issues of self-worth that provoked So-hye and Hae-seong into acting that way. So-hye has, of course, been in a generally rotten mood since getting her bad medical prognosis. Hae-seong, however, has really bad insecurities when it comes to his lack of acting talent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 2 2016/09/03,
Seol (played by Park Si-yeon) is So-hye's old friend, and a bit of a wreck. Literally, even, considering the last episode's cliffhanger, and the woman's precarious life situation isn't much better. We very quickly go from Seol giving standard reassurances to So-hye to seeing her get in a huge fight with her current partner to even bigger existential crises as violence and base hostility quickly become the order of the day,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 1 2016/09/02,
So-hye (played by Kim Hyun-joo) is a drama writer. Her sense of confidence and competence is well-displayed metaphorically in the opening action scene of "Fantastic". To succeed in the cutthroat world of drama production, So-hye has had to be the best of the best. But no matter how good she is, every so often So-hye has to rely on the help of such disreputable persons as Hae-song (played by Joo Sang-wook). A handsome and arrogant actor, to date the only notion we have that Hae-song may be a good person is the man's genuine love toward his grandmother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Fantastic" 2016/08/27,
"Terminal illness" and "comedy" do not exactly seem to match outside of the black comedy genre, yet Dramaland keeps trying to make it happen. Unfortunately, it usually fails. Even so, "Fantastic" is another drama which promises laughs and fluffy romance, along with great female friendship and other interesting concepts. The series does have promise and if it succeeds where many others have failed, it will be a pleasant surprise,...More
Park Si-yeon Pregnant, Expecting Second Child 2015/09/07, Source,
Actress Park Si-yeon is seven-months pregnant and busy preparing for the birth of her second child, her management agency said Friday. "I've had such a blessed year", Park said. "The thought of becoming a mother of two children gives me happiness but also gives me a time for solemn reflection",...More
[Guest Post] Celebrating Family Outing Part 1 - The Cast 2015/07/05, Source,
Seven years ago, an ambitious reality show called Family Outing appeared on Korean TV. Hosted by "The Nation's MC" Yoo Jae-suk (most may know him only as the guy with the bowl cut in PSY's recent videos), this variety show took outdoor reality to a level that is still trying to be reached. The show ran for nearly 2 years on SBS's 'Good Sunday' and had many of the same cast and crew members from the game show X-Man. What this show offered was more than just silly games and jokes, it was a travelogue of Korean villages and offered a glimpse into the Confucian-based society unheard of in America,...More
Korean drama of the week "My Girl" 2015/06/04, Source,
Korean drama of the week "My Girl" (2005) Directed by Jeon Ki-sang Written by Hong Jeong-eun, Hong Mi-ran Network : SBS With Lee Da-hae, Lee Dong-wook, Park Si-yeon, Lee Joon-gi, Jo Kye-hyeong, Hwang Bo-ra,... 16 episodes - Wed, Thu 21:55 Synopsis Contract marriage? The couple won't live in the same room. In the end, they actually will anyway. Contract dating? Why be shy when you're going to date anyways? What? Contract siblings? That is quite something if you ask me. However, there is one bizarre contract between two couples. Her major is creative writing (overflowing with lies), double majoring in acting (nice looking face with exceptional acting skills), minor major in broadcast entertainment (wonderful showmanship with quick agility of wit),...More
Digital Video Network DramaFever Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Exclusive Fall Premieres 2014/09/19, Source,
Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres
DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles,...More
Park Si-yeon in "Greatest Marriage" poster 2014/09/11, Source,
A killer poster of "Greatest Marriage", based on the subject of 'Miss Mom' (women who don't want to marry but have children), has been released. Unlike unmarried women who have children but are not married for various reasons, financially stable women who refuse to get married reflect the social status of women today. In the patriarchal society, if a woman has children and concentrates only on housework, it will cut off their social experience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Coffee House" 2014/05/31,
Try to name a few romantic comedies where the problems that keep a couple apart are based on their own issues, rather than an outside force or noble idiocy. Forget disapproving mothers in law and the leads deciding that, although no one is forcing them, they need to give up the person they like for a while, for reasons. 'A Witch's Love' would be a recent example and although shaky in its handling of the love triangle and female lead lately, a good one. 'Coffee House' is another,...More
Three actresses sentenced 2013/11/25, Source, Lee Seung-yeon, Park Si-yeon and Jang Mi-inae who were accused of illegally using the sleeping drug propofol were sentenced to eight months of labor and two years of probation. The Seoul Central Court also charged Jang Mi-inae with 5.5 million won, Lee Seung-yeon with 4 million won and Park Si-yeon with 3.7 million plus extra charges. It looks like this will affect their celebrity life greatly.
The department of justice claims, "The co-defendants showed dependency on the drug even before it was appointed a medical supply,...More
Stars that disappeared after a misfortune 2013/11/07, Source,
There are some stars who haven't been able to recover after a big 'incident'.
Actress Hwang Soo-jung who shocked everyone with the abuse of propofol, Yoo Seung-joon who claimed he would join the army but chose American citizenship as soon as he got his notice and others have not been able to stand in front of the public after the being in the center of social issue,...More
Who is the queen of the year? 2013/10/02, Source,
What's the exposure code at BIFF this year?
The 18th Busan International Film Festival is opening its festival door with the movie "The Blessing" on the 3rd of October.
The highlight of all openings is the relay of female stars' dresses. Domestic and foreign actresses alike will be decorating the red carpet with sexy to abstruse fashion,...More
Korean Stars Probed for Using Michael Jackson Killer Drug 2013/02/14, Source,
The Korean entertainment industry is being rattled by a police investigation of a fad for Propofol, the knockout drug that killed Michael Jackson.
Industry sources on Wednesday said dozens of people in the showbusiness appear to have developed a penchant for the powerful anesthetic,...More
Actress Park Si-yeon To Make Hollywood Debut 2012/11/20, Source,
Beautiful actress Park Si-yeon is headed to Tinsel Town! According to her agency Story Entertainment on November 19th, Park will be making her Hollywood debut through the film "The Last Knights". The film will be about a group of knights fighting against a corrupt emperor to avenge the loss of their master,...More
Is Nudity Still a Box-Office Draw? 2012/11/09, Source,
Testing the legal limits of screen nudity can often be an effective way to publicize a new film, and getting a star to show as much skin as possible is a shortcut to wide media coverage. But increasingly there are signs that such marketing strategies no longer guarantee success. Evidence to the contrary might be provided by a look at the box office performance of movies released this year that drew a lot of attention for nudity. "A Muse", which drew attention for nude scenes by rookie Kim Go-eun, managed to pull 1.35 million moviegoers. "The Scent", starring Park Si-yeon, drew 1.25 million viewers, while "The Concubine" starring Jo Yeo-jung attracted 2.64 million,...More
Little women of Korean cinema 2012/05/17, Source, Isabelle Huppert, left, and Jung Yu-mi in "In Another Country", a film by Hong Sang-soo. It is one of 22 entires for the competion category at the Cannes Film Festival. It opens in theaters nationawide on May 31. / Courtesy of Jeonwonsa
Cannes publicity ignores chronic lack of interesting roles for actresses By Kwaak Je-yup No one can dispute that the Korean film industry is flourishing. Investment and return are both on the upside. The sheer number of productions is rising, spawning hits and, of course, misses. This year, the local press is abuzz about two homegrown works vying for awards at the world's most prestigious cinema showcase, the Cannes Film Festival, namely "In Another Country" by Hong Sang-soo and "The Taste of Money" by Im Sang-soo,...More
Park Si-yeon and Kim Go-eun, who reveals more? 2012/04/19, Source,
▶ Newly wed Park Si-yeon, Exposure ★★★☆☆. Stimulation ★★★★★
Park Si-yeon's exposure in "The Scent" was shocking indeed. She took on the role of a mysterious beauty who seduces a detective in charge of a murder case.
She exposed her chest and important parts as well as her whole entire body with nothing to cover it in a shower scene, although it was her back only. Her well known beauty body seduced the audience,...More
How erotic? Beyong adult rated 2012/03/27, Source,
The screens are bound to become much heated up. Various movies with shocking exposure scenes are continuously being released. The message behind the movies by Jeong Ji-woo, Kim Dae-seung and Im Sang-soo are very much looked forward to as much as the exposure levels.
"The Scent" which is being released on the 11th of April is a multi genre movie which will fulfill the five sense of the audience. Based on a story about an adultery-specialist detective (Park Hee-soon) who gets involved with a murder case at a scene and is framed for it, meets a widow with extreme appeal and Park Si-yeon is compared with Sharon Stone here,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2011/12/02, Source,
Why have stars like actress Nam Gyu-ri, Jo Yeo-jung and Park Si-yeon have gathered here
[Interview : Park Soo-jin, Actress] "I saw many of his works online, but being able to see them in person was so thrilling that I couldn't hide my excitement".
[Interview : Nam Gyu-ri, Actress ] "Even though his works are photos, sometimes they don't look like photos. They look more like pictures and paintings and they seem to convey a message",...More
Actress Park Si-yeon to Wed Stock Broker 2011/09/28, Source,
Actress Park Si-yeon is getting married to a stock broker 4 years her senior at the Seoul Hyatt Hotel on Nov. 19, her agency Eyagi Entertainment announced.
According to the agency, they met through a mutual friend at the beginning of this year,...More
Top Stars Donate Belongings to Charity 2011/07/19, Source,
Singer Lee Hyori, actress Park Si-yeon and fashion stylists Han Hye-yeon and Jung Bo-yoon are holding a charity bazaar of their personal belongings from Thursday to Saturday to raise money for various causes. Close to 1,000 items, ranging from shoes to jewelry, are scheduled to be sold,...More
Park Si-yeon turns creative director for U.S. fashion brand 2010/08/06, Source,
Korean actress Park Si-yeon to turn creative director for U.S. fashion brand TOUCH [Moeim Style]
Korean actress Park Si-yeon will be taking on the role as a creative director for U.S. fashion brand TOUCH, according to U.S.-based Korean fashion company Moeim Style.
Moeim Style announced in a press release that the actress, as creative director, will be overseeing the entire planning process, from design to distribution to production, of the brand's celebrity fashion line starting this upcoming fall/winter season,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "My Girlfriend Is Gumiho" (1) 2010/08/05, Source, What to expect from, or worry about, Lee Seung-gi, Shin Min-a and the Hong sisters
Korean actors Lee Seung-gi (left) and Shin Min-a at the press conference for their upcoming TV series "My Girlfriend Is Gumiho" held at SBS headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on August 4, 2010. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Press conference for SBS TV series "My Girlfriend Is Gumiho"
'The Hong Sisters' are back. They joined hands with Lee Seung-gi, the so-called 'man of 100 percent viewership rating' while Shin Min-a, who is 'not just a coffee' [as she is described in her recent TV commercial for coffee] also hopped aboard. SBS TV series "My Girlfriend Is Gumiho", which premieres August 11 at 9:55 p.m. as the follow-up Wednesday/Thursday evening drama to "Bad Man", is neither a historical epic nor a blockbuster drama with a production budget of over,...More
Actress Park Si-yeon's Song Picks 2010/08/05, Source,
Actress Park Si-yeon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
There are many words in this world which can be used to describe a beautiful woman but the adjective which probably best suits actress Park Si-yeon is 'alluring'. The clean-cut contour of her face and deep eyes which became known first through her participation in the Miss Korea competition in 2000 and then a cosmetics commercial, continues to retain its classical beauty ten years later. That may be why the characters Park played were women who drove many men to their destruction and misfortune,...More
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
Park Yong-ha discovered dead at home 2010/06/29, Source, By Javabeans
Breaking news: Park Yong-ha was discovered dead at his Nonhyun-dong, Seoul, home on the morning of June 30. I'll update with details if/as they become available.
I (Javabeans) am in utter shock. WHAT?
Park Yong-ha died at the age of 32, having debuted fifteen years ago in youth shows like KBS's 1995 "Love Blossoms in the Classroom" and 1996's "Start". He shot to fame with 2002's "Winter Sonata", which made him a household name and a "Hallyu star". He used that fame as a springboard a singing career in Japan, where he enjoyed quite a lot of popularity. He had a successful drama hit in 2008's "One Air", and totally stole my heart in 2009's "The Slinghsot", which is one of my (Javabeans) favorite dramas EVER,...More
On the set of SBS TV series "Coffee House" 2010/06/04, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" cast Park Si-yeon, Kang Ji-hwan and Ham Eun-jung take part in a shoot on the show's set in the city of Paju of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Step by step, ooh baby~ Gonna get to you girl~ As New Kids On The block's hit song "Step By Step" plays in the background, actresses Park Si-yeon and Ham Eun-jung swing their arms while stepping on the on the step machine. The always-chic Park Si-yeon is all smiles as she takes her steps to the rhythm of the music while Han Eun-jung, with a water bottle in her hand, appears to be closer to hopping rather than walking on the machine,...More
Kang Ji-hwan says "Coffee House" is adventure 2010/06/01, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo and cast members Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jung and Jung Woong-in pose during a press conference on the set of the show in the city of Paju in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A collaboration of director Pyo Min-soo and scenarist Song Jae-jung. Even at first glance, SBS TV series "Coffee House" seems like a hybrid drama. And the show, which Pyo himself had said would be "between a sitcom and drama", revealed it contains characters who cannot be classified as being simply funny or serious -- Lee Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan) hides his fussy personality behind his gentle smile and Han Ji-won (Jung Woong-in) believes he stands alone in the center of the world. That is why "Coffee House", now into its fifth episode, may be sort of a challenge that its crew and actors are taking on. They revealed what that challenge means for them and how they hope to be perceived during a press conference held at its set in the city of Paju in the Gyeonggi Province on Monday,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Coffee House" - Episode 1 2010/05/18, Source,
From left, director Pyo Min-soo, actors Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jung and Jung Woong-in of TV series "Coffee House". [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
An ounce of romance, another ounce of comedy and three ounces of fantasy are what usually make up a romantic comedy. Thanks to viewers' fantasy that the main character of a drama 'does not have to worry about making a living and has looks good enough to get him by anywhere', Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), a young and good-looking free-spirited best-selling novelist who is so fickle that he will decide not to attend his own book signing event for no particular reason, regards an unproperly sharpened pencil as a more serious issue than a signing contract,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS' "Drama Special - Red Candy" 2010/05/17, Source,
Director Hong Seok-goo, scenarist Noh Hee-kyeong, actress Park Si-yeon and actor Lee Jae-ryong of KBS' "Drama Special - Red Candy" [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"I honestly like that girl. The girl with the red candy, I really like her". The drama begins with the shabby-looking Jae-bak (played by Lee Jae-ryong) stumbling down the center of downtown. Jae-bak, in his 40s, is living a boring and stifling life as a salesman of a small publishing company, father to two children of which one is a son in high school and daughter which came much later along, and frequently mentions divorce to his wife. His only pleasure in life is gazing at Yoo-hee, (played by Park Si-yeon) an employee of an associated company, who rides the same subway as him every day and night,...More
Kang Ji-hwan wants "to break Mon-Tues TV ratings record" 2010/05/12, Source,
Cast of SBS' "Coffee House" Kang Ji-hwan (left) and Park Si-yeon (right) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
SBS' "Coffee House" is the second 'House' series from director Pyo Min-so and even in its production stage it is already causing a stir among the audience with its stars including Kang Ji-hwan's return to the small screen and the debut of T-ara member Ham Eun-jung as the leading actress. Ham plays the role of Seung-yeon who is an amateur in life living with no set goals while preparing for the level 9 public official test and after she meets a perfectionist novelist Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), decides to endure the pain in order to become a professional. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for the new drama "Coffee House" with Korean actors Kang Ji-hwan, Ham Eun-jung, Park Si-yeon and Jung Woong-in. 10: Could you explain a bit about the characters you will be playing? Kang Ji-hwan (Kang): I will be playing the role of Jin-soo who is a novelist. He is the most unusual and sort of four-dimensional type of character I have ever played before. I've been putting a lot of effort to give my character more personality by meeting with the director a lot of times since the planning stages of the drama,...More
Pyo says "Coffee House" is "in between sitcom and drama" 2010/05/12, Source,
"Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Joint press interview with director Pyo Min-soo of SBS TV series "Coffee House" Director Pyo Min-soo described the characters in upcoming SBS TV series "Coffee House" as people who "are free from certain restrictions". As a matter of fact, all his previous dramas were too different and various to be put into a single category. While KBS TV series "Full House" and MBC's "What Star Did You Come From" were romantic comedies, KBS' "In-soon is Pretty" was a unique drama which told about a character growing up and "The World That They Live In" in many angles shed light onto the loves and heartbreaks that characters working at a TV broadcasting station experience. In "Coffee House", director Pyo Min-soo tries to "prove that this drama is different from previous ones" by bringing realistic elements of a sitcom into the show such as incorporating the actor's real-life personalities and props. Through female character Seung-yeon's (played by Ham Eun-jung) transformation from an amateur to a professional working woman, Pyo tries to show a type of professional who is able to enjoy pain. At the drama's press conference held on May 10, the director shared his insight on how he tried to differentiate "Coffee House",...More
SBS drama "Bad Man" to premiere August 2 2010/04/21, Source,
The cast of upcoming melodrama "Bad Man" [SBS]
New SBS TV series "Bad Man" is scheduled to hit airwaves on August 2, according to Korean broadcasting company SBS on Thursday.
An official from SBS explained that the 20-part drama, which stars Korean actors Kim Nam-gil and Han Ga-in, will begin its run on the small screen on Monday and Tuesdays nights during the latter half of the year.
"Bad Man" will succeed to romantic comedy "Coffee House", starring actors Kang Ji-hwan and Park Si-yeon, which will run after current show "Oh! My Lady" goes off the air,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Park Si-yeon's new commercial shoot 2010/04/06, Source, Park Si-yeon is so innocent looking in this cosmetics commercial.
She had captured hearts of many through her mysterious image, but now in the ORBIS cosmetics brand commercial, she is clean and pure!
Her clear skin is definitely what brought her to this shooting.
Park had been agreed to be a model for this,...More
"Family Outing" to shoot final episode next week 2010/01/06, Source,
Scenes from variety show "Family Outing" [SBS]
Producers of SBS variety show "Family Outing" have announced that they will close the show, with shooting of the final episode set to take place on January 11. The producers explained on Tuesday that they "chose to bid farewell" and that former regulars on the show -- such as Lee Chun-hee, Park Ye-jin and Park Si-yeon -- will be joining the final shoot. "The producers and Family [cast] members will do their best to the end, as we have always done", the show's creators were quoted as saying. "We thank our viewers for their overwhelming love and we ask for your continued support for the Family members".,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Park Si-yeon in Bangladesh 2009/10/23, Source, Park Si-yeon has been an angel for the poor in Bangladesh.
She has been with the children most of the time. She has gone with the program "2009 SBS Hope TV".
Many children are working at the gay quarters like many of other people around them.
Park wanted to be some encouragement to the children and wishes she was able to share just a little bit of happiness and dreams,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Park Si-yeon in "The Slingshot" 2009/03/25, Source, Actress Park Si-yeon is now a woman of the night.
She will be in the new MBC Monday Tuesday drama "The Slingshot" as Seo Kyeong-ha who does not fall for a man or wait for love but rather gives and takes what she needs.
Seo Kyeong-ha lives a normal life during the day, and in the night she transforms into a woman who can request a money value to what she can give to a man.,...More
Gyeonggi Province is stepping up efforts to become a cinematic hub with actor Cho Jae-hyun as its front man. The Gyeonggi Film Council named the top actor as its new chair Thursday to promote filmmaking in th,...More
[ChanMi's take] Best and Worst dressers on the red carpet! 2008/11/21, Source, A red carpet also bring the best and worst dressers of the day.
It was a pink spangle trend even with the cold weather for which many anticipated black dresses. And mostly because Son Ye-jin was picked the best dresser more people are liking the pink!
On the other hand, a white mini dress that cannot be depicted weather it should be sexy or chic, was voted worst for Park Si-yeon. In between, good dresser was Han Chae-yeong for her black flashy long dress. Her spangles saved her!
And the bad dresser was Gong Hyo-jin for way-too-plain pink dress. She did not bring up any uniqueness to her fashionista reputation!
However, despite all these ratings, they are truly beauties.,...More
Various origins of female stars… 'Miss Korea' group falters 2008/03/13, Source, On a breezy spring day in March 2008, the entertainment investigation team of Sports Khan sensed an emergency. The argument between female stars about their influence has become fierce, almost to the point of battle. Accordingly, under the supervision of Detective Choi, the entertainment investigati,...More
Soppy love story among Busan gangs 2007/12/31, Source, I confess I would have cried a river if I'd seen "Sarang ('A Love')" when I was fifteen. That was how old I was when I saw "The Bodyguard" starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. I embarrassed my,...More
Some Romances Stay the Same 2007/09/18, Source, As men still cling to their fantasies of a "pure, innocent, and fragile woman with long straight hair", even in the 21st century, so do women harbor dreams of their ideal man, even despite the "Pet Bo,...More
Japanese actor Takuya Kimura won the Best Actor Award at the 2007 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA) held Monday night in Seoul. He won the award for his role in the Japanese TBS-made drama "The Grand Tribe", which a,...More
Trends 2006: Starlets Turn to Fashion 2006/12/28, Source, In an unlikely development, the fading pop starlet Justin Timberlake heated up L.A. Fashion Week not long ago. Along with his friend Trace Ayala, the former teen idol launched the William Rast brand with the 2007 spring/summer fashion line Street Sexy. In an era of celebrity for celebrity's sake, an,...More
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