[HanCinema's News] Nominations Released for APAN Popular Star Awards 2020/10/27
Voting has begun for the Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN) Star Awards, which will hold ceremonies for musicians on November 28th and actors on November 29th. From October 27th to November 27th on the Idol Champ mobile application, fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites from the newly released ballot. Prizes for the popularity award are to be divided by gender,...More
Who Will Get the Baeksang Arts Awards' Actor Prize - Kang Ha-neul, Park Seo-joon, Hyun Bin, Ju Ji-hoon and Namgoong Min 2020/06/02, Source
No matter who wins the award, there is no disagreement.
It is outstanding just to just to hear their names. There is a fierce competition for the trophy. Amid heated competition, we are already curious about who will win the Best Actor award in the TV category. The media is so interested that it is considered to be the highlight of the Baeksang Arts Awards. The reason why the competition is so fierce is because all five candidates have shown reliable performances in their works to the extent that they are called 'lifetime works'. Who will smile brightly in the middle of the stage? The moment to face the result is only three days away,...More
Shining Supporting Actors Yang Kyung-won, Chae Gook-hee, Ahn Bo-hyun and Kwak Sun-young 2020/05/28, Source
As much as the main characters, they are being cheered on for their great acting and their acting skills, rather than their visuals. Supporting actors' performances also broaden their perspectives on viewing works and add to the richness of the plot.
The main characters lead the center of the story and the supporting characters influence them. Depending on their mood and role, the mood of the work will not only depend on them, but will also influence the story's direction and change what the main character thinks,...More
Bong Joon-ho, Hyun Bin and Lee Min-ho Among Others Spark a Wave of Support and Donations 2020/04/16, Source
The spread of COVID-19 is creating an unprecedented crisis not only in Korea, but also in the world. The daily lives of the people were shattered, as a whole society was in a mood of stagnation. Entertainment and sports stars and cultural figures are drawing attention as they speak out to overcome the crisis. We gathered together the voices of support to overcome COVID-19 and revive the flames of hope.
First of all, director Bong Joon-ho and lead actor Song Kang-ho, who captivated the world with the film "Parasite", donated 100 million won each to console those suffering from COVID-19,...More
Male Drama Protagonists Who Love Their Alcohol 2020/04/09, Source
From heart-aching love stories to affectionate eyes, there are those that make one want to jump into the TV and comfort them. We take a look at men in dramas who make us think, "I'd like to buy him a drink",...More
Korean Dramas Take Over Netflix's Top Lists, "Kingdom - Season 2" No.1 in Several Countries 2020/03/24, Source
Netflix has unveiled its 'TOP 10 of the Day' ranking, becoming an indicator of the popularity of Korean drama content in Asia.
In principle, Global OTT Netflix, which did not disclose its cumulative ratings or popularity ranking for service content, began releasing 'TOP 10 of the Day' on March 25th. The list was updated once a day by major countries, allowing Netflix users to gauge the latest trends in what content they enjoy watching,...More
2000-Borns Are on their Way 2020/03/23, Source
Some refuse to remain as child actors. It doesn't matter that they are in their teens. Actors born in the year 2000 who have become main stars in dramas and movies are coming. They have steady acting skills that are nearly as good as grown-up actors and their attitude towards acting makes them 'rising stars',...More
[HanCinema's News] Song Kang-ho Tops Actor Branding Report 2020/03/09
The Korea Institute of Enterprise Reputation has just released the latest iteration of its Brand Reputation Report, a big data analysis of which actors have the strongest brands. For the period from February 6th to March 7th, fifty actors had their various media mentions analyzed and "Parasite" lead actor Song Kang-ho came out on top as having the strongest image,...More
More Companies, Celebrities Join Effort to Fight Coronavirus 2020/02/28, Source
The Chosun Ilbo and TV Chosun donated a combined W170 million to the Community Chest of Korea on Thursday to cover the costs of sending masks and dispatching medical staff to Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, the two areas hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak (US$1=W1,215),...More
Back to TV, Acting Veterans Are the Answer 2020/01/13, Source
Has spring finally come for dramas? 2019 TV dramas faced a crisis. The plummeting viewership made broadcasting agents feel tense and they ended up getting rid of Monday dramas altogether. However, there's a drama that has been knocking on the 20% range continuously and bringing people back to watching TV.
"Dr. Romantic 2", which began on the 6th is highly popular with the viewing percentage of 18.0%. Based in the run-down background of Doldam Hospital, it tells the story of real doctors and stars Han Suk-kyu, Lee Sung-kyung and Ahn Hyo-seop,...More
2019 Dramas, "SKY Castle" Opens and "When the Camellia Blooms" Closes 2019/12/23, Source
In 2019, the industry had a string of big-screen dramas with huge production costs. However, not all of the blockbuster dramas have been very powerful. "Arthdal Chronicles", which cost more than 50 billion won in production, didn't regenerate, despite broadcasting in three parts, and left a mark on its ego. "Vagabond", which drew attention for its 25 billion won investment plan and outstanding casting, couldn't quite cause a stir, and ended at barely a two-figure viewing percentage. The 'winners' were the ones that completely mesmerized viewers with not just bulk, but scenario, production and performance,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Negotiation" 2019/11/02
In hostage negotiations the police do not actually want to negotiate for hostages. Their first most preferable option is to just murder the bad guys. Though ostensibly a movie about hostage negotiation "The Negotiation" is surprisingly up front about about the special forces squads obviously lurking around just offscreen. "The Negotiation" also has surprisingly little faith in hostage negotiation as a concept. Chae-yoon (played by Son Ye-jin) is consistently portrayed as dubiously competent while master criminal Tae-goo (played by Hyun Bin) seems to know basically everything,...More
Romantic Dramas to Seep Into November 2019/10/28, Source
The masters of romance will be taking over our home screens in November.
Star productions with solid backgrounds are all making a comeback in November with romantic dramas,...More
[Hancinema Film Review] "Chihwaseon" 2019/06/01
Considered Im Kwon-taek's greatest work (at least outside of Korea), "Chihwaseon" is also a landmark for Korean cinema, since it signaled the first time a local director won the Best Director Award at Cannes.
The biopic presents the life of Jang Seung-up, one of the most significant painters in the history of the country, who is considered to have changed the direction of Korean art,...More
Jung Hae-in Is the Nation's Younger Brother at 31 2018/05/27, Source
Actor Jung Hae-in, who played Seo Joon-hee in the JTBC drama "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food", has blossomed into an extremely popular actor. In a recent interview, he said, "I've become the nation's younger brother at the age of 31. I'm grateful and it's something I have to work for".
"As I said at the drama press conference, the nickname makes me want to run away. I'm embarrassed and I'm pressured. I'm grateful that people think of me that way, but it's something I'm going to have to work on harder,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.06 - 2018.04.08 2018/04/09
Local horror narrowly retains pole position amid stiff competition...
The low-budget horror "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" by director Jeong Beom-sik managed to hold off serious challenges from both "Ready Player One" and the recently released local comedy-drama "What a Man Wants" to retain the top stop. Jeong's surprise hit outplayed Steven Spielberg's adaption last weekend with 40% of the sales (983,018 admissions), and with the 513,673 (27%) admissions the film scored here, its total tally now stands at 2.2 million ($16.7 million),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.03.30 - 2018.04.01 2018/04/02
"Gonjiam" rises and outplays "Ready Player One" over Easter weekend...
Jeong Beom-sik's "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" enjoyed a successful limited release last weekend (fifth with 54,780 admissions) and has risen to the top of the chart following its official released last Wednesday. From 1,124 screens around the country, "Gonjiam", Jeong's second feature-length film as the sole director after "Casa Amor, Exclusive for Ladies" (2015), earned 39.62% of the sales, or 983,045 admissions ($7.6 million). The local horror/mystery managed to outplay Steven Spielberg's action-packed adaptation "Ready Player One",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Be With You" 2018/03/31
The opening to "Be with You" is a cute animated story about a penguin mother who has gone away to the cloud country, but returns home for one last stretch before finally leaving again forever. The book's author, Soo-ah (played by Son Ye-jin) gave the book to her elementary school aged son Ji-ho (played by Kim Ji-hwan-I) shortly before her death. Ji-ho religiously anticipates the circumstances under which Soo-ah will return while his now single father Woo-jin (played by So Ji-sub) tries to hold the household together,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.03.23 - 2018.03.25 2018/03/26
"Pacific Rim" sequel narrowly outplays local drama "Be with You"...
Director Steven S. DeKnight's "Pacific Rim: Uprising", the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 kaiju blockbuster, entered the fray last Wednesday and came out ahead of last week's number one, "Be with You". From 1,143 screens, "Uprising" topped the chart with $5.2 million from 655,193 admissions (39.76%). The fantasy melodrama "Be with You" (starring So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jin), director Lee Jang-hoon-I's debut, had 57 more screens to pool from, but the 577,032 admissions (33.88%) it walked away with at the end of the weekend were not enough to secure a second straight week at the top,...More
[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Jung Hae-in 2018/03/24, Source
I daresay, in 2018, the hottest young actor of K-drama world is none other than the actor Jung Hae-in. He seems to have everything: the handsome face, fit body, great acting skills, cute image, outstanding fashion sense, gentleman-like personality… the list could go on and on,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Layers of Drama 2018/03/10
Faced with one very promising season in Dramaland, I take a little breather to remember that there are bigger problems out there than a drama schedule, and most of them have piled onto the characters of "Let's Watch the Sunset", which is looking mighty busy in the dramatic element department. We also have casting and drama announcements carrying hope for the near future,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Stars Go Marching In 2018/01/13
2018 has entered with a bang and that includes some big celebrity names returning to Dramaland for ambitious projects. We have a few such news bits this week that you can read more about and I also take a look at fresh material for "Children of a Lesser God". Between casting news, trailers and a hefty dose of stills, we have another busy week in Dramaland,...More
[Lisa's Drama Casting Bites] No Numbing Needed for This News 2018/01/11
Thursday casting news bites are plentiful, raining down from drama gods and promising good things. Dramaland always does that, promises good things on which it sometimes delivers. However, today's casting is looking quite juicy, and I'm happy to see these actors getting work,...More
[Guest Film Review] "White Night" 2017/12/23
Based on the Japanese novel "Journey Under the Midnight Sun" by Keigo Higashino and featuring Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" as its main theme, "White Night" seemed as a more than impressionable production, among the abundance of crime thrillers coming from S. Korea. Let us see if the impression matched the substance though,...More
You can do it Kim Woo-bin and Moon So-ri, "Juror 8" 2017/06/06, Source Kim Woo-bin has been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. His management reported this news. To get proper treatments, he had to put a stop to all work such as director Choi Dong-hoon's "Wiretap" and more. He also announced his illness so that no speculations and unnecessary misunderstandings were created. "Wiretap" will be put on hold until as long as it takes for Kim Woo-bin to get his treatment. If the circumstances require it, the role may be changed or the production itself may be stopped altogether. Kim Woo-bin's health comes first at any chance,...More
[Guest Film Review] "A Moment to Remember" 2017/05/27
Based on the 2001 Japanese television drama "Pure Soul", John H. Lee's second feature film was his first in the Korean language, and a huge success, becoming the highest grossing domestic film in the romance genre in the history of Korean cinema. Furthermore, upon its release in Japan in 2005, became the most successful Korean film ever in the country,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actress in a Film - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/26
It is the final week of the exciting First Annual HanCinema Awards! The ladies of Korean cinema have received your votes and the results are in! Thank you so much for voting and giving these wonderful actresses your votes. HanCinema couldn't have done this without you.,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/12/03
The Indian Express interviews Im Kwon-taek about his career and thoughts on Bollywood, see how the recent protests in Korea have impacted the nation's dream machine, Lee Kyoung-mi talks about some of the challenges female filmmakers face, and Kim Hyung-seok explores the trend of fantasy in modern Korean cinema,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.08.19 ~ 2016.08.21 2016/08/22
Local literary adaptations take the top spots...
Kim Seong-hun's action thriller "Tunnel" retained the top spot over the weekend and moved its total admissions count now to over 5 million. "Tunnel", based on So Jae-won's novel of the same name, was released on 10 August and shot to number one during its first weekend out with almost 2 million admissions. The foot traffic has tapered off since last weekend, but Kim's claustrophobic thriller was still able to maintain a clear lead by attracting more than double the stubs of its nearest competitor, another local literary adaptation,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Last Princess" 2016/08/13
The year is 1962. Jang-han (played by Park Hae-il) is working as a reporter in South Korea, having managed to survive the last fifty-odd years of brutal repression. With the normalization of relations with Japan, Jang-han is at long last able to investigate what happened to his childhood friend Princess Deokhye (played by Son Ye-jin). The last survivor of the Joseon dynasty, Princess Deokhye suffered the worst fate possible for royal blood- she had to watch helplessly as her country was destroyed,...More
"Nightline" Son Ye-jin, "This is my 16th year acting" 2016/07/26, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin appeared on SBS "Nightline" and talked about having been Princess Deok-hye, the back story of the movie and what it's like to be an actress of 17 years.
She said, "Princess Deok-hye was my destiny and I think she'll play a big part in my life later on when I look back on it",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.06.24 ~ 2016.06.26 2016/06/27
"Independence Day: Resurgence" arrives and thrives under Korean conditions...
It's been two decades since Roland Emmerich's aliens met Will Smith in "Independence Day", but now the invading extraterrestrials and back for another attack on our Pale Blue Dot. "Independence Day: Resurgence", also directed by Emmerich, but still short a Smith, arrived in Korea on Wednesday and landed firmly in first place with 695,000 admissions (35.7%) across 926 screens,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Truth Beneath" 2016/06/25
Jong-chan (played by Kim Joo-hyuk) and his wife Yeon-hong (played by Son Ye-jin) are a husband-and-wife political couple in the midst of a tough campaign. For all this, their home life is mostly pleasant. Then a crisis erupts. Initially the fault lines are drawn on whether the big event qualifies as a crisis at all. Where Jong-chan wants to focus on the campaign and leave the detective work to more trusted hands, Yeon-hong becomes obsessed with discovering..."The Truth Beneath",...More
Yoon Je-moon admits to driving intoxicated, his work in panic 2016/06/07, Source
While actor Yoon Je-moon admitted to have driven under intoxication, his work is in panic.
According to Namoo Actors, Yoon Je-moon was found sleeping in his car around 7AM in the morning on the 23rd last month. His alcohol level was 0.104% which is subject to the cancellation of his driver's license. He admitted to have driven drunk and this case has been sent to the Seoul West District Office,...More
Son Ye-jin's innocent look 2016/01/27, Source Son Ye-jin posted a picture on her Instagram on the 28th, tagging make-up artists ands stylists.
In the picture, she has her face in her hand and has her eyes closed as if she's thinking of something pleasant telling by the smile on her face,...More
What Movie Ticket Sales Say About Tastes Across the Country 2015/12/18, Source
Seoul citizens made up 24 percent of cinemagoers in the country this year. Films which see a flood of advance ticket sales tend to have a high percentage of audiences from Seoul, mainly due to a more established culture of booking tickets. Films with a high percentage of audiences from the provinces tended to stay at the top of the box office for longer,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] 20th Busan International Film Festival + "Commitment" DVD Giveaway 2015/10/02
On October 1st HanCinema attended the 20th Busan International Film Festival's (BIFF) red carpet, opening ceremony, and opening film. Stars and talents walked the red carpet, stayed to present, and then "Zubaan", an introspective Bollywood film directed by Mozez Singh, had its world premiere. Despite the intermittent rain and blustering wind typical of the Busan area, fans braved the weather in raincoats and Snoopy towels to catch glimpses of the stars.
Upon arrival, what strikes one most is the architecture of the Busan Cinema Center located in Centrum City,...More
[BIFF] 'Best dressed' Son Ye-jin VS 'Worst dressed' Ha Ji-won 2015/10/01, Source
The rain and wind didn't stop the Red Carpet from happening.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival Red Carpet opening event was held on the 1st.
Long dresses were seen everywhere and nude tones in particular too. The wind helped in making the actresses look like goddesses,...More
The uprising of actresses older than their counterpart actor in recent dramas 2015/07/02, Source
Dramas are full of couples where the female is older than the male. The percentage of this case has grown over the last 2~3 years and it's become a boom lately. This reflects the social change but a lack of 'variety in age range' is also seen as a cause for this.
There are currently 3~4 dramas that have 'older couples'. It's becoming a trend for mini series that represent each broadcasting station,...More
Kim Go-eun and Kim Hye-soo don't mind the "Avengers" 2015/04/20, Source "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" ticket sales has reached 90% and it's expected to clean sweep. However, there's something coming up that doesn't mind Hollywood. It's as mighty as "Iron Man", it's as strong as "Thor" and it's as scary as "The Hulk".
We're talking about Kim Hye-soo and Kim Go-eun. "Coin Locker Girl" has come out at last. The production presentation went over well and the audience cheered for the cast who challenged "The Avengers",...More
[HanCinema's Feature] Korea's Top Five Favorite Films of 2014 2014/12/20
2015 is nigh upon us, a fresh year with its own host of hits waiting to entertain and be enjoyed. There is still a little time before 2014 passes us by, and before it does I wanted to glance back and take stock of this year's most successful spectacles and see what rose to top in terms of ticket tallies.
Last year Korean cinephiles were treated to an array of awesome attractions ("The Face Reader", "Snowpiercer", "The Attorney", "Miracle in Cell No.7"), but still Bong Joon-ho's 2003 hit "The Host" remained the nation's cash king with over 13M admissions. It would take something supremely special (historic) to rally such record-breaking support and slay this iconic stub-guzzler,...More
Son Ye-jin says she is lucky as actress and will stay close to audience 2014/12/19, Source
Actress, Son Ye-jin expressed her emotion in her acceptance speech when receiving Korean Top Star Award at the 2014 Actors' Night Awards by The Korea Film Actors Association, which took place on Floating Island, Seoul on December 19th.
This is the second award for Son Ye-jin this year following the Best Lead Actress Award she received from Deajong Awards for her role as Yeo-wol in the movie, ' Pirates' this year,...More
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Hae-jin, Park Yoo-chun in Chungmuro 2014/12/08, Source
Chungmuro was a male party. From successful movies to rookies, the event focused on actors who contributed to the film industry throughout the year. The best movies were awarded and rookies were introduced. It was disappointing that actresses didn't have much space to stand in.
# Acting God: Choi Min-sik
It's not an overstatement to say that it was Choi Min-sik's year with his greatest hit being "The Admiral: Roaring Currents". He took on the role of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and 17.6 million people have watched it. The movie re-wrote Korean movie history. This syndrome brought about historical movies once more and there was even debate about the social role of these kinds of generation movies. Choi Min-sik has a record breaking movie on his hands,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Tower" 2014/10/18
Disaster movies are not really a huge genre in Korea. With budget and scale being an issue for those more into the action than the human element and those focusing on the human element limiting their destruction, it is a tricky type of film to pull off. "The Tower" is definitely in the former category of going for big visuals, big dangers, big everything. At the end of the day though, it offers more style than substance,...More
"Pinocchio", will it succeed? 2014/09/28, Source
Another drama based on the media has yet to come.
Media-based dramas aren't a preferable kind since their track record hasn't been a successful one,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pirates" 2014/09/08
The main characters in "Pirates" don't follow the rules. This is the very first thing we learn about them. We're introduced to Sa-jeong (played by Kim Nam-gil) as a mess ensues from his refusing to obey orders without question. Yeo-wol (played by Son Ye-jin) is a little better about falling into line, but even she has limits. From the very beginning our leads are well-established and sympathetic as characters, even as they're obviously cutthroats who make a living through violent thievery,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.08.08 ~ 2014.08.10 2014/08/12 Kim's "Admiral" surpasses 10M in record time…Kim Han-min's cinematic celebration of the legendary Korean admiral Yi Sun-sin continued its record-breaking form as it powered past the 10 million admissions mark with ease. Over this past weekend Kim's period epic claimed over 2.5M stubs (58.8%) over 1,335 screens to become the fastest Korean film to reach that milestone, and now stands as the tenth highest grossing Korean film of all time. The film depicts Yi Sun-sin's famous victory at the Battle of Myeongnyang where, against all odds, he defeated the Japanese navy on the Myeongnyang Strait by forcing the Japanese fleet into the narrow pass and made strategic use of the straights strong and shifting currents. "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" now has a total tally of 10.7M admissions ($81.1M); an incredible achievement considering the film was only released on the 30th of last month,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.08.01 ~ 2014.08.03 2014/08/04 Records tumble in the wake of Kim Han-min's awesome "Admiral"…Kim Han-min's period epic "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" soared into the record books over the weekend to become the first film to break a million admissions in a single day. Over the weekend Kim's big-budget blockbuster claimed 3.3M admissions (or 65.7% of ticket sales) over 1,586 screens to force the recently released "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant" down to third. The only other films to sell more than 45K tickets were "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "Guardians of the Galaxy", the rest simply made up the numbers as these four favourites devoured over 97% of the box office pie,...More
Lee Hanee vs. Son Ye-jin vs. Shin Se-kyung 2014/08/03, Source
Tight dresses reveal the sexiness in a three beautiful women to bring out their beauty and feminism. It's not too much exposure, but it emphasizes their body lines and voluptuous beauty. Only the gifted can be confident enough to wear them.
Son Ye-jin recently wore a tight, white leather dress, Lee Hanee wore a red one and Shin Se-kyung revealed one with slight cleavage,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/08/02 K-Films Coming Soon:★★★★★"Pirates": A whale swallows the 'great seal' of the newly established Cho-sun en route from China, opening up a chance for bandits and pirates to try and claim it. (08/06)
★★★ "Resolve": A hopeless couple carrying their own emotional and social baggage struggle to make it work. (08/06)
★★★"T-pang Rescue": The T-pang Team has to defend the villagers against the evil alien Koraon and his tribe. (08/07)
★★★★"The Cardinal": A documentary that follows Kim Su-hwan and his personal journey of discover. (08/07)
★★★★"Super Virgin": A thirty-something man living in Incheon struggles to live a fulfilling life, but after meeting a bioengineer and signing up for a medical experiment his life gets given a challenging new impetus. (08/07),...More
Son Ye-jin on the red carpet 2014/07/21, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin appeared on the 18th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival wearing a hot dress, revealing her cleavage.
She wore a silver V-line dress that showed off her cleavage and legs. The dress was held together with a safety pin which emphasized on her volume,...More
"Pirates" recognized at Cannes 2014/05/20, Source "Pirates" has been presold to North America, Japan, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and 15 other countries in the Cannes Market.
"Pirates" is a action adventure about pirates and bandits searching for a missing seal that went missing at sea when it was attacked by whales,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox" + Giveaway 2014/04/19
Yobi (voiced by Son Ye-jin) is a hundred year old fox spirit. She's spent most of her life living with a band of aliens who crash-landed into Korea. A sudden crisis forces her to interact with the children attending camp near the forest, and the outlook on her life seems positive. That is, until Yubi's goal in life is exposed- she must take a human's soul in order to become a human herself. Several other supernatural characters try to bully Yubi into submission on this point, while she takes stock of the one immediate goal that actually matters to her,...More
Blockbusters coming soon this spring 2014/03/10, Source
The formality of Korean blockbuster movies is breaking up.
It starts off with Hyun Bin. With the release of "The King's Wrath" in April, other movies such as Son Ye-jin's "Pirates" and other blockbusters fill up the line. These blockbusters cost more than 10 billion won each and the atmosphere seems completely different from that of movies that usually come out into the open in July ~ August,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Classic" 2014/03/01
The immediate standout quality of "The Classic" is its musical score. The sound weaves effortlessly between classical beats and more modern ones, marking a constant shift in situations. In the rustic countryside of South Korea, a certain beauty is built up to by the slowly rising frequency of the tones. Meanwhile, city life moves according to a quicker more modern beat. In either case, the quality of the sound reflects that same feeling of general life, of being young, and the hopeful optimism that's all too infectious regarding those bygone days.
Then actual conflicts start showing up in the story and all this stuff starts to get rather weird and annoying,...More
[HanCinema Feature] Historical Hysteria: Korean period films coming in 2014 2014/01/11 Joseon pirates, legends, swordsmen, angels and more coming our way in 2014...
Cinematic journeys back to Joseon and beyond have rewarded the Korean film industry with a string of profitable historical yarns, a trend that has got producers drooling with the prospect of tapping deeper into this regenerative cash cow. Recently, it's been Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" (9.1M admissions) that has had locals flustered and, in 2005, it was Lee Joon-ik's "The King and the Clown" that became the first Joseon-era flick to pass the 10 million admissions mark. It's big business with a cultural twist that locals enjoy supporting, international audiences love lapping up, and a trend that 2014 is keen to take advance of as a host of new retrospectives are getting raring to go,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/19 K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Blood and Ties": A daughter starts to question her father's involvement in a series of killings that devastated their family. (10/24)
★★★★★ "Rough Play": An upcoming movie star gets absorbed into the corrupt underworld of fame and fortune. (10/24)
★★★★ "Koala": Three young adults pool their efforts to try and keep their new burger business alive. (10/24),...More
Son Ye-jin, refused food and drinks during "Blood and Ties" 2013/10/08, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin says it was agonizing but worth refusing food and drinks during the making of the movie "Blood and Ties", her first thriller since her debut. She's working hard on building a good story in her resume by starring in a thriller as well as a Chinese historical called "Pirates" besides the romance and comedy she's always used to. She's been busier than ever but was able to make time for an interview at which she said, "There were a lot of new attempts this year. I desperately wanted a 'break' after the drama but my passion to do what was in front of my right now was bigger. I think a lot and get greedy when it comes to dramas and movies".
About the movie "Blood and Ties" being released this month on the 24th, she said, "I thought I was going crazy. I didn't want to sleep or eat. I was desperate. A lot was required to carry out the role in the movie but I didn't think I would be able to do anything if I continued like this. I was so exhausted",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 20 2013/07/30
The way this drama has been playing around with convoluted schemes, emotional manipulation, and arrogant taunts, I was sure that the final execution of I-Soo's plan had to be something amazing. In the last episode of "Shark", we instead find out that apparently the only thing required to take down Sang-Deuk and his empire was a well-executed police search. To add insult to injury, this is a search that should have been conducted ten episodes ago- why the police are only bothering just now is completely unclear.
Additionally, most of the essential villainy in this episode is performed by a man who's been a non-entity throughout the drama's run. The only evil thing I can remember him doing was when he almost killed that one guy, but then didn't,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 19 2013/07/29
Rather than building up the action ends up dying a bit in the final stretch. "Shark" is clearly trying to manipulate its audience with one last plot twist gambit, but it comes off as underwhelming compared to the flurry of bombshells released in the last few episodes. It's strange how, now that everything's almost finished, the emotion behind the performances is actually lower than it was before. While this should be the part of the story where everything starts sinking into despair, everyone just seems kind of used to it now.
"Shark"'s other strengths are still strong as usual. Lighting cues take an interesting turnabout,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 18 2013/07/23
This episode continues dropping bombshells just like the last one did. This time around the surprises are a little more surprising, though still predictable. What makes the contrast work this time is that we're now dealing with the emotions of characters with more agency in the overall plot. I-Soo is hit with every horrible truth that could possibly damage him. Once all of this has soaked in, his next course of action becomes unmistakable.
The relevance of Hae-Woo to the main storyline has always been a bit dubious, so I was impressed with how well-integrated her motivation is with what we're going to see as the final conflict,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 17 2013/07/22
This episode starts out with a rather dubious exchange of threats. Something I've really come to love about "Shark" is the way that everyone is intrinsically skeptical without being paranoid. Major betrayals are revealed this episode, but it's not the shock of the revelation that's interesting. The viewers have known these moments were coming for quite some time now. Rather it's how the characters react when they've been placed with these final ultimatums.
These reactions run a wide gamut in this episode and the contrast between how different characters take the information differently is striking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 16 2013/07/16
The thrilling segments of this drama have been so intense that I'm actually glad that the story slows down a bit here. I-Soo is able to take a well-deserved rest. Even though the entire kidnapping subplot was his own fault (and he's forgiven for it just a bit too easily), I-Soo is completely on edge and needs time to transition back into his standard predator form. Although whether he'll ever be that cold again is an open question, after his encounter with Hae-Woo.
"Shark" has been treading a fine line in regards to the romance between I-Soo and Hae-Woo. On the one side, it seems like the show wants them to get together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 15 2013/07/15
For the first time we see I-Soo in genuine internal conflict. There's no serious problem with his current revenge scheme. But it's painfully clear that, as much as he doesn't want to admit it, there are matters more important to him than just revenge. He jeopardizes contacts, relationships, and secrets in this episode all in a desperate bid to save the last, clearest link he still has to his old life.
While I'm generally loathe of damsels-in-distress, "Shark" handles it fairly well here, somewhat ironically, by making this whole conflict about the man. Because the entire situation is I-Soo's fault,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 14 2013/07/09
The walls of trust are quickly disintegrating. They've never really been in good shape, but I think it's finally starting to hit Jo Sang-Deuk that most of the "respect" people give him is either out of a combination of obligaton and fear. He's so desperate to avoid admitting this, though, that instead more pits are being dug that are only going to make his final comeuppance all he worse and longstanding.
This should make for enjoyable drama, but unfortunately I-Soo is still a lot more human than he's willing to admit, and we're right there with him on those same worries,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 13 2013/07/08 "Shark" has gotten to be quite busy. So much happens in this episode that as I try to sit down and take stock of it in my head, I'm amazed that this drama doesn't feel more rushed. Nearly every character either does something physically intense and dangerous, or suffers a severe blow to their emotional well-being. The ones who aren't are still heavily affected by the story, as everyone is in palpable danger just from being tangentially involved in a confict that's about to go from investigation to war.
To date, everything has gone according to plan for I-Soo. Having achieved crucial information at the end of the last episode, he now bides his time waiting for the moment to unleash its maximum damage on his hapless prey,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 12 2013/07/02
It would seem that I wrote too soon about Joon-Yeong's apparent hesitance. The events of this episode and the last have apparently done a lot to stoke his latent hostility, but where this is heading is still wonderfully unclear. He still has serious trouble opening up to Hae-Woo about what's making him so upset. I realize, again, that this isn't because they have a bad relationship but rather that their connection to each other is based so much on the good times. And those times are going to be out of the picture for the foreseeable future.
I-Soo's scheming continues at the proper pace. It's interesting to watch him deal with similar inner personal turmoil only to shrug it off a lot more easily,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 11 2013/07/01
The Jo Family patriarchs have started taking definite action to defend themselves. This tells us little about who they are that we don't already know. Sang-Deuk's top priority is trying to keep his empire intact- which most definitely includes keeping his granddaughter's love. He'll go to any lengths to preserve this, whether it be via criminality or crocodile tears. Ee-Seon is still basically an adult child, who storms and temper tamptrums until daddy gives him unconditional instructions that are not to be disobeyed.
I get the feeling that their comeuppance is being delayed for maximum impact. I-Soo mostly just sits and waits this episode, while doing his best to make clear he's unfazed by Sang-Deuk's theatrical techniques,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 10 2013/06/25 "Shark" gets a major jolt this episode with a shocking development: something actually happens. Quite a few things actually- there's deliberate confrontations, investigations yield definite results, and measures are taken to silence anyone who gets in the way. This is the first time since the early episodes that there's the stalking, predatory behavior we would expect from a drama called "Shark", and it really comes together quite well.
The episode starts out with Hae-Woo facing I-Soo and demanding an explanation. Seeing their actors play off of with each other, when they both know exactly what the current situation is, is immensely satisfying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 9 2013/06/24
Brooding gives way to tension as the main characters of "Shark" start the process of probing each other to find out exactly how much everyone knows. There's a constant sense of tension in the air- surprisingly, though, this episode really isn't all that much more exciting than the last one. However much the director tries to dress it up, for the most part everyone's just standing around asking misdirective questions. It gets a bit monotonous after awhile.
All this investigating does get us to an important point. By the end of this episode, nearly every character is aware of the existence of the other characters, and has some sort of easily described countenance and relationship with them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 8 2013/06/18
Crushed by the revelation of the last episode, Hae-Woo spends this episode largely in a sad, nostalgic reverie for bygone days. Akin to I-Soo's usual brooding...well, I can't think of a way to finish that sentence. The trouble with "Shark" is that it really doesn't seem to know when to stop doing stuff. Reviewing the series so far, it seems like all I-Soo does is brood. I'm pretty much out of comments about the brooding. We get why they're doing this- but the extent of the brooding is, by now, completely out of proportion with the stuff worth brooding about.
All the interesting, emotionally tense character-driven action sequences have been in the first few episodes of the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 7 2013/06/17
Jae-Woo finally makes a sobering and disturbing realization, explaining her stilted slow walk at the beginning of this episode. This episode again decides to play the last scene first, and let the rest be build-up. It's an ambitious method of narrative storytelling- but neither here, nor in "Shark"s other attempts, have I really felt very moved by it. It sums up a lot of what this show is- a lot of style with questionable substance. It's consistently just interesting enough that the deliberate, complex shooting doesn't come off as pretentious,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 6 2013/06/11
This drama's performance has been so uneven lately that I really wasn't sure whether the last episode's cliffhanger was going to go somewhere interesting or stupid. Luckily, it's the former, as we soon discover that the plot is actually quite a bit larger in scale than we had been led to believe. Whoever's backing I-Soo clearly does not trust him, and this association also leaves I-Soo with other enemies who are quite a bit more proactive than the eventual direct target of his revenge.
Even the investigation storyline gets a bit of a boost here, because for once it's actually addressing an inconsistency that was pretty obvious the first time we saw it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 5 2013/06/10
The episode starts out fairly strong as get another glimpse of the relationship dynamic between I-Soo and Hae-Woo. The camerawork and music combine to create an atmosphere that's both melodious and creepy. I actually felt a little bewildered, trying to figure out the meaning of the scenes in the woods. But I think this was probably the point. Their relationship is, at this point, still difficult to define.
There's another great treat when I-Soo unexpectedly joins Hae-Woo's family for a very upper crust outdoor lunch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 4 2013/06/04 "Shark" has fallen into the trap of retreading its own territory. Given that it's only the fourth episode, one would think there's not that much territory to retread. And yet, repeatedly, this episode goes out of its way to remind the viewer of facts that we had already been shown, could reasonably have guessed, or could have been better left to our imagination. Instead, a lot of facts are explicitly laid out in a fairly dull manner.
This wasn't what I was expecting after the rather shocking conclusion to the last episode, but we open up fairly quickly with an explicit surveilling of the crime scene,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 3 2013/06/03
Han I-Soo quickly proves that he's every bit the threatening predator we've seen in the subtler parts of his personality. There are two major thematic elements of the episode. First, I-Soo wastes no time in figuring out exactly what happened to his father, though both he (and the audience) still aren't fully clear on why, exactly, this happened. The how is still all too clear.
The second major point are the implicit threats. Really, nearly everyone in this drama is pretty good about showing hostile body language while still being respectful speech-wise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 2 2013/05/28
Today "Shark" decides to take a sharp focus on fatherhood. In the flashback sequence of the story there are three men who are best defined by their paternal relationships. Han Yeong-man (played by Jung In-gi), the father of I-soo, does quite a bit to demonstrate his decency not just as a human being, but also in that he confides a great deal to his son I-soo. Whatever his past failures may have been, Yeong-man keeps trying, and it's easy to see how he's earned such loyalty from his son,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shark" Episode 1 2013/05/27
In the very first scene of this drama, lead character Han I-Soo (played by Kim Nam-gil) expresses his personal sentiments about sharks. There's an ominous air about his description- certainly, "Shark" attempts to open up to its audience by establishing that unpleasant people will do unpleasant things, and there will be reaction to that. But who, exactly, Han I-Soo is and how he came to form these opinions about sharks turns out to be a lot less direct than that,...More
Son Ye-jin stars in "Shark" 2013/03/25, Source Son Ye-jin's agency claimed on the 26th that she has been cast for the leading role of Jo Hae-woo in the drama "Shark"
Jo Hae-woo played by Son Ye-jin is the only child of Gaya Hotel Group and is a passionate but proud independent woman. She knows how to act as her heart tells her to without hesitation and she's made up of boldness that allows her to stand in front of anyone with charisma. She gives up the position of heiress to the group and becomes a prosecutor herself,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Spellbound": Overcome your Fears one Date at a Time... 2012/12/01 Film:"Spellbound"Director:Hwang In-hoStars:Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-ki, Park Chul-min & Kim Hyun-sookReview Score: 3.5 / 5
Also Try: "Love Fiction", "You Pet" or "Penny Pinchers"
Hwang In-ho's 2011 romantic comedy "Spellbound" (Formerly known as "Chilling Romance" on HanCinema) had a tough time when it was released late last year. This quirky, and curiously attractive, little romantic comedy had to wrestle the likes of "Mission Impossible 4", which claimed more the 7.5 million admissions during its marathon run at the box office. Credit then has to be given to Hwang's playful and quaint twist on the romantic comedy genre and the film's ability to convince more than 3 million people in Korea that it was worth the price of admission.
Like any memorable love story worth renting, "Spellbound" comes down to science, specifically chemistry and, here, a twist of physics. Son Ye-jin plays the nervous and introverted Yeo-ri, who just so happens to be a living in a nexus between our world and the next. Ghosts often haunt her as well as those around her, forcing her into a loveless self-seclusion,...More
Lee Min-ki in "Only You - 2012" 2012/06/07, Source
Actor Lee Min-ki is attempting at another mellow movie this time.
He is currently negotiating detailed terms with movie "Only You - 2012". This movie is about the mingled feelings of love between a robber and a policeman,...More
Stars born in 1982 take over 2012/02/28, Source
The beauty and looks of celebrities born in the year 1982 have become an issue.
Several pictures of celebrities appeared online recently with the title "The best stars born in 1982, Year of the Dog",...More
South Korean actress Son Ye-Jin 2012/02/25, Source
South Korean actress Son Ye-jin appeares in front of the camera in a movie preview of "Love Fiction" held at Mega Box theater in Seoul's Samsung-dong on Feb. 20, 2012.
Son Ye-jin has taken on a variety of roles in her career to date, propelling her to fame both in Korea and in other Asian countries. She first appeared in a supporting role in Park Ki-hyung's film "Secret Tears" in 2000, and then went on to take the lead in TV dramas such as "A Delicious Proposal", "Sun-hee and Jin-hee", and "Daemang". Her first high-profile role in cinema was in Im Kwon-taek's "Chihwaseon", which screened at Cannes and took home a Best Director award in 2002,...More
K-celebrities now 2 2012/02/23, Source
Introducing the greatest love story of our time
If you're expecting a typical lovey-dovey story between Ha Jung-woo and Gong Hyo-jin, you're in for a real surprise.
This is no ordinary love story!
"Love Fiction" presents the audience with the good and bad of love and relationships in the real world,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byung-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...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
South Korean Box Office in 2011 2012/01/14, Source Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle.
Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
Son Ye-jin's "Spellbound" weekday audience rate 2011/12/07, Source Son Ye-jin's "Spellbound" beat "The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 1" and has taken its place in the top spot at the box office.
According to the Korean Film Council, "Spellbound" gathered 78,604 admissions as of December 7th and stood tall in first. With an average number of 60~70 thousand admissions during the week, it has accumulated 717,195 admissions,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.02 ~ 2011.12.04 2011/12/04 HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.02 ~ 2011.12.04)
The holiday season is in full swing here in Korea and the numbers for December's first week are in. With a healthy 482,384 admissions, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is standing tall as fans of the popular series gather to get their latest fix of the vampire and werewolf action. It's probably not going to win any Oscars but its popularity cannot be denied as the series marches forward,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2011/12/02, Source Two teenage boys are bewildered and on the verge of panic. They look horrified. What's going on here
[Interview : Lee Hu-rim, Audience member] "I don't think it's right to drop the problems all on teenagers".
[Interview : Song Jae-yeong, Audience member] "I hope he doesn't call the police".
[Interview : Oh Jong-u, Audience member] "I hope he can try to understand everything, since he's still young",...More
Son Ye-jin Eyeing Melodrama After 'Spellbound' 2011/11/30, Source Son Ye-jin's new movie "Spellbound", which comes out later this week, shows how the actress is keen to challenge herself with new roles in movies that don't fit easily into generic stereotypes.
Although the film is billed as a romantic comedy, it also features elements of horror and melodrama. For heroine Son, it marks a departure from the kind of roles she has been comfortable playing in the past,...More
Son Ye-jin: 'I Do Not Like Similar Appearance' 2011/11/28, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin, who will play the female protagonist named Kang Ye Ri in the movie "Spellbound", said, "I would like to act after abandoning myself. I am more attracted to new genre, new character and new story. I think that when I can enjoy, the audience can enjoy. I hate my similar facial expressions. I want to break the boundary of my acting"
Son Ye-jin has appeared in the movie at least once a year since she appeared in the movie "Lover's Concerto" in 2002 when she was in her early twenties. She usually appears in melodrama and romantic comedy movies such as "April Snow" (2005, directed by Heo Jin-ho) and "Crazy First Love" (2003). "Spellbound" (directed by Hwang In-ho) that will be released on December 1 is not so much different from her previous works, but it has difference of adding an atmosphere of horror in the movie,...More
Romance lost between spooks and laughs 2011/11/24, Source Son Ye-jin, front, and Lee Min-ki appear in a scene from the horror romantic comedy "Spellbound". / Courtesy of CJ Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
It starts out promising: a young man falls for a beautiful woman, who turns out to not only be able to see ghosts but causes them to haunt those around her. Creepy lost souls keep interrupting the consummation of what should have been a heart fluttering rather than heart attack-inducing first kiss,...More
2PM to tour Japan in December 2011/09/15, Source
K-pop group 2PM
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group 2PM will give concerts across four Japanese cities in December.
The band will kick off the tour with concerts on Dec. 5 and 6 in Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka and will continue to give shows at Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Dec. 8 and Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 14. The tour will wrap up at Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Dec. 17,...More
Top Stars Gather To Support Underprivilged African Children 2011/09/15, Source
Top stars including the likes of Bae Yong-joon, J.Y. Park, Rain, Jun Ji-hyun, Jo In-sung, and Son Ye-jin are all coming together for a common cause.
According to related officials, the stars have gathered for the Rainbow Project to inspire children from the slums of Africa to have dreams and more importantly achieve those dreams. The famous figures donated personal treasures, money, and their talents. They also gave messages of hope to encourage these kids to broaden their horizons. All donations collected will be used for the children in need,...More
Actresses' graduation pictures, who looks the best? 2011/08/29, Source
A post about the actresses' graduation pictures is an issue.
A combined picture of several actresses' graduation pictures was posted online recently under the title, "The best graduation pictures of those who were outstanding in the past as well".,...More
Broad Minded Son Ye-jin 2011/07/03, Source
One-man Entertainment Company
Re-signs with management of 10 years
Unusual for no big amount contract payment
Son Ye-jin is sticking to loyalty. She just re-signed a contract with management of ten years, which she's shared her joy and sorrows with since her debut.,...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
Won Bin, Ha Ji-won Sweep Popularity Stakes in Movie Poll 2011/04/15, Source Won Bin (left) and Ha Ji-wonWon Bin and Ha Ji-won were voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and Korea's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie. Some 22,362 people voted from March 30 to April 5.
The two drew 16.2 and 10.9 percent of the votes, respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best as opposed to most popular actor and actress, with 17.7 and 21.8 percent of the votes.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
South Korean Actress and Model Han Ji-Hye 2011/02/19, Source
The South Korean actress and model Han Ji-hye was born on June 29, 1984. She made her debut in 2001 in dramas before taking up a lead role in Sweet 18.
Born Lee Ji-hye, she used the stagename "Han Ji-hye" upon learning that her real name would cause confusion among fans with an older actress, Lena Lee, who has the same Korean name as Han,...More
'Striking Visual' Son Ye-jin's recent 2011/02/13, Source Son Ye-jin showed off spring make-up inspired by French impressionist painter, Renoir.
Ohui Watercolor offers Watercolor Radiance based on Renoir's bright and impressive color expression according to how objects feel when reflected in light.,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/02/09, Source
Now moving onto to our "Weekly Star Scene", we're going to give you a look at this week's hottest news in entertainment.
We have our entertainment reporter Lee Dami joining us in the studio. Hello, Dami. What sort of news have you brought us today
[Reporter : ] Haha. Hello Sean, and hello 건영. I'm very excited to see you guys too! I have a feeling that 건영 is going to enjoy today's segment,...More
Son Ye-jin Celebrates Birthday With Fans 2011/01/24, Source Actress Son Ye-jin rang in her 29th birthday with 100 of her fans from all over the world. We're talking from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Australia, and America, just to name a few. They all gathered on January 23rd-- although Son's birthday is on January 11th -- at the Musical House in Yaksu-dong of Seoul,...More