[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites 2017/11/12
NBC's "Destination Korea" explores The Land of Morning Calm ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, "Descendants of the Sun" fans can visit the ex-military base used in the show, immerse yourself in new worlds at these three innovative VR cafes, and go 'beyond Seoul' with a visit to the beautiful Suwon City,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.08.04 - 2017.08.06 2017/08/07
Local historical heroes fly high during peak season...
Director Jang Hoon's fourth film, "A Taxi Driver" -- starring Song Kang-ho, one of Korea's most celebrated and prolific talents -- enjoyed the third highest opening of all time and came away from its opening weekend with just under 3 million admissions (63.64%). The film captures the heroic deeds of an unknown cab driver who helped a foreign journalist (Jürgen Hinzpeter played by Thomas Kretschmann) during the infamous Gwangju Uprising that destabilised the country early in 1980. From 1,906 screens, "A Taxi Driver" banked $21.3 million and has streaked into sixth in the list of the highest grossing films of the year. Kang's previous films include "The Front Line" (2011), "Secret Reunion" (2010), and his debut "Rough Cut" (2008),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.28 - 2017.07.30 2017/07/31 "The Battleship Island" already the fifth highest grossing film of the year...
Director Ryoo Seung-wan ("Veteran", the third highest grossing Korean film of all time) captures life inside Japan's notorious WWII labour camp on Hashima Island in his latest, record-breaking blockbuster, "The Battleship Island". Before World War II broke out in Europe, Japan was mining underwater coal on a 16-acre island southwest of the city of Nagasaki and conscripting hundreds of Koreans, among others prisons of war, to toil away in treacherous conditions. "The Battleship Island" tells the story of a few hundred gritty Koreans who risked it all to escape what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Battleship Island" 2017/07/29
The black and white opener of "The Battleship Island" focuses on a part of wartime economy rarely seen in film- the support staff. Specifically, the miners, who come up with the raw material that is later purposed into shiny toys for the military. The work is dangerous, especially under the stress of wartime quotas. But it's especially bad for the Korean characters of "The Battleship Island", who labor for the Japanese near the end of the doomed effort that was World War II in the Pacific,...More
12 Beautiful actresses who rocked crossdressing 2017/07/25
In the recent drama, "The King Loves", actress Yoona challenged herself in her very first historical drama with a crossdressing role. Yoona's acting improves daily and this time, her foray into a new area of acting has surprised everyone. She is doing well in this role, but her beauty simply can't be hidden behind men's clothing,...More
Song Joong-ki, so handsome 2017/07/19, Source Song Joong-ki was at the VIP Premiere of the new movie "Battleship Island".
This movie is about the people of the Josun risking their lives to escape Battleship Island where they were held captive by the Japanese during the Japanese Invasion,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 9 2017/07/02
The crux of episode 9 was the mission that brought the main characters back together. Unfortunately, it was a little lame. Fortunately, the characters gel as well as they always have, which allows us (at least a little bit) to ignore the badly worked NIS mission.,...More
The reason why these celebrities are not on SNS 2017/06/23, Source
There are many stars who have active SNS accounts and rain us with pics of their daily life and in some lucky cases, communicate with the fans as they comment and share the love. Though, today, we are going to take a look at the stars who refused to get public SNS account, or rather, no account at all. These are their reasoning behind such decision,...More
Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo and EXO engage 2016 Hallyu fans 2017/03/01, Source Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo and EXO are the stars that gained the most Hallyu fans last year.
The list for the 12th Soompi Awards was released. This event decides its winners according to votes of Hallyu fans all over the world.
The most competing part of the Soompi Awards was 'Artist of the Year'. Girl group Twice was tough competition. The result was EXO for their continuous hit songs "Lotto", "Lucky One" Monster" and "For Life",...More
Park Bo-gum and Song Joong-ki's bromance 2017/02/12, Source
Actor Park Bo-gum met 4,000 of his Thai fans.
He had his "2016 - 2017 Asian Tour" in Thailand and he said, "Although I arrived in Thailand very late, I was surprised to see so many fans waiting for me. I am grateful for you waiting for me, but you shouldn't stay out so late. I still feel your love for me",...More
TOP 5 stars who look good in military uniforms 2017/01/30, Source
- Song Joong-ki, "I do the difficult"
Song Joong-ki played Captain Yoo Si-jin in the drama "Descendants of the Sun". He might look far from 'macho' and is actually 'cute' instead but seeing him in military and in action increased the fantasies of having a 'soldier boyfriend'.
- Rain, the pilot
Rain who recently got married to actress Kim Tae-hee played Jeong Tae-hoon, a pilot in the movie "R2B: Return to Base". He wore a tight-fitting pilot uniform with black sunglasses and this was new from the usual combat uniforms. It was rare for a movie to be based on pilots as well and Rain will be remembered as the only celebrity who played a pilot in uniform.
- Kim Ji-won, the best female soldier
Kim Ji-won is the only female actress who has been in uniform recently in a lead role. She played Yoon Myeong-joo, a military doctor in "Descendants of the Sun".
The response to her in uniform was hot. She was also chosen as the female artist who looks the best in military in a vote sometime last year. 61 out of 531 chose her and she was the only actress in the TOP 10 list.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Conclusion of the First Annual HanCinema Awards 2017/01/08
The First Annual HanCinema Awards has concluded successfully thank to you, HanCinema Readers! With over half a million votes in fifteen categories, you let your voices be heard and we couldn't be more pleased! Thank you so much for joining us on this great adventure into film and drama!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss - And the Winner Is... 2017/01/02
There were so many amazing kisses in 2016 to make us melt and swoon. It's time to see which of the couples had your favorite kiss! Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/31
The couples that powered 2016's romantic inertia with their sweet interactions received your votes. It was a fierce competition and now it's time to reveal the winning couple. Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Drama - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/27
Today is the day to reveal two fierce categories. The first of those is "Best Actor in a Drama. Six of the hottest actors on Korean and international television vied for your votes. HanCinema thanks you for your support and for joining for the First Annual HanCinema Awards.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss in a Drama 2016/12/17
The turning point and highlight of many-a-drama is the kiss. If we're lucky, there are more than one. But a kiss defines the boiling point of a K-drama relationship and is a beautiful thing to watch. There were many fine kisses in 2016. Vote for your favorite from December 17 to December 24. The results will be announced the last week of 2016!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/15
A drama that can make its audience root for a couple, ship the couple, love the couple, cry with the couple, and laugh with the couple is a strong drama indeed. Romance is a huge driving factor in K-drama and it is only right to take a look at the best K-drama couples of 2016. From December 15 to December 22 vote for your favorite drama couple!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/11
This year has been a powerhouse year for good drama and for its leading men. Young actors shot to stardom. Some made comebacks after returning from the military. Others continue on a glorious climb upwards on the Hallyu walk of fame.,...More
Your favorite K-drama stars - Did you know they are best friends IRL? 2016/11/09
To talk about South Korea's celebrity best friends irl (in real life), we can't forget the famous Song Joong-ki and Lee Kwang-soo duo! Their friendship started as they appeared together in a variety show called Running Man. These same age actors, brand new to the entertainment business, quickly grew very close to each other. Soon, they even acted together in a drama "Nice Guy" as best friends in the show. Since then, their friendship passed the stage of just "best friends", they are more like brothers at this point,...More
[Orion's Drama News] "Man to Man" 2016/10/08
Between ruthless weather and award ceremonies, Korea and Korean entertainment have been rather busy this past week. On the other hand, my news offerings for you today are humble, which is a nicer way of saying we are a little low on the news. This is not true if you are eager to see "Man to Man", however, because said men seem impervious to slow news,...More
G-Dragon Draws Chinese Crowds to Clothing Store 2016/09/07, Source
Chinese fans of G-Dragon line up outside an 8 Seconds store in Myeong-dong, Seoul in August.
The flagship store of clothing brand 8 Seconds in Seoul's shopping district of Myeong-dong was teeming with Chinese tourists on Monday who had come all the way to buy hats and T-shirts branded boy band rapper G-Dragon,...More
Korean Star Cancels Fan Meet in China Amid THAAD Spat 2016/08/19, Source
A fan meet with actress Park Shin-hye scheduled on Sept. 10 in Shanghai has been canceled amid fears of anti-Korean sentiment amid an escalating spat over the stationing in Korea of a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery.
Beijing believes the battery is intended to keep its military might in check, and there is talk in China that the Korean Wave has turned into a "Korean Chill",...More
Tourist Numbers Soar 2016/07/17, Source
Gimpo International Airport is packed with travelers on Monday. /Newsis
More than 8 million tourists visited Korea in the first half of this year as the stigma of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak wore off and Chinese package tours returned to industrial scale. The Korea Tourism Organization on Tuesday said the number of foreign tourists in the first six months of this year rose 21 percent compared to the same period last year to 8.1 million,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
Best Hidden Parks for Picnics in Seoul 2016/06/12, Source
There are many great places in Seoul for a picnic including the Han River, Olympic Park and Seoul Forest, but some are still not known to many. Here are a few to check out this summer,...More
How the industry looks at Song Joong-ki 2016/06/09, Source
News about Song Joong-ki transferring agencies is finally out. Rumors that have been going around have finally come out as news. Song Joong-ki's sources of course, are denying it.
A media reported that Song Joong-ki is sounding out to a Chinese agency's offer for 20 billion won. Current agency Blossom Entertainment is determined to leave, although they're careful about it because of legal matters,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Phantom Detective" 2016/05/21
Director Jo Sung-hee's "Phantom Detective" is a play on the crime noir complete with anti-hero Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon), a decrepit town, deranged villains, and stylized filming that brings the world of the comic book to life. There are also two unlikely sidekicks, two little girls who rework Gil-dong's damaged psyche over the course of the film. "Phantom Detective" was released in Korea May 4, 2016 and 508,000 filmgoers (19.9%) sat down to watch a modern take of the classic Korean tale of "Hong Gil Dong,...More
[Photos] Song Joong-ki VS Rain, Skajan battle 2016/05/01, Source
This year's 'it' fashion item is the Skajan. Skajan is everywhere on the 'new items' list from luxurious brands to casual ones.
Skajan fabricates too. Latest Skajan items come with embroidered patterns on thin silk or satin. These are perfect for days with big temperature gaps,...More
Three issues about Song Hye-kyo's image rights 2016/04/28, Source
The battle between Song Hye-kyo and the jewelry brand J. Estina is intense. Song Hye-kyo sued J. Estina for using her image without notice in March and both sides are radical. The core of this situation is image rights.
As the issue got heated up, J. Estina claimed that it understands how Hallyu contents influences national finance and that it respects the actress and her company. However, that doesn't mean the issue has died down. Sports Dong A took a look at three issues related to this case,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Special 2 2016/04/21
For those of you hoping for more recaps of the second OTP pairing between Myeong-joo and Dae-yeong, this second special did throw in a few of their juiciest bits. However, it mostly focused on Si-jin and Mo-yeon and on the trials that Si-jin suffered for his country and his woman,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" 2016/04/16
The Korean drama industry is constantly looking for hits, like any business does. As pre-produced shows have not done well in the past, creating something like "Descendants of the Sun" was a risk. In this case, the risk paid off in a major way. The series is a big global hit. As a reviewer, however, my job is not to gush over success. The drama has its virtues, but it is definitely not on the meatier side of entertainment. So here is my own take on it,...More
'Descendants of the Sun' Ends on a Massive High 2016/04/15, Source
Election fever made no dent in the ratings of KBS hit soap "Descendants of the Sun" on Wednesday, whose penultimate episode easily outclassed election coverage on all three terrestrial channels with 34.8 percent to 23.2. The soap mesmerized Korea and China for the last three months and came to an end on Thursday. And while the figures speak for themselves, there are some gripes, chiefly about the incoherent plot. So when all is said and done, what are viewers taking away from the series?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 16 (final) 2016/04/14
"Descendants of the Sun" has come to an end and that fact feels a bit surreal as well as its rating of 38.8%. Not just as a viewer, but as a reviewer. Not just as a reviewer, but as an international drama fan watching the waves that this drama has made in the world of drama, and in the world itself. This drama is more than its story. It is enveloped in a hype that is currently unparalleled. In some ways, the show is well-worth its worldwide prestige. In others, it is not. Let's break down this final review into parts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 15 2016/04/13
In its penultimate episode, "Descendants of the Sun" tops itself with 34.8% ratings in spite of the fact that it was competing with South Korean elections. This drama suffers from too many tonal shifts, but the tone of this episode was so solid that it was a tight, emotive watching experience even though it didn't quite match the rest of the drama. Let's just get the not-so-great stuff out of the way so we can then focus on all the awesome things this episode got right,...More
The Flawless Song Joong-ki 2016/04/13, Source
He is flawless.
Every Korean woman is crazy about Song Joong-ki. It's not just about popularity and 'aching' for him, every single thing about him is an issue. Fans naturally trace back to where he came from and you're in for a surprise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 14 2016/04/07
For the second time in its fourteen-episode run "Descendants of the Sun" has experienced a ratings drop. It came in at 33.0%, 0.5% decrease. Perhaps it is the fact that the glamour and excitement of the foreign country was no longer present. Perhaps it was the broaching of the sensitive North/South Korea conflict that is more tense than ever. Perhaps it was just the simple fact that the cliffhanger wasn't really a cliffhanger despite the fact that the show only has a week left (save for the bonus goodies to be offered after its run.) The strongest part of the episode was the relationships, namely the friendships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 13 2016/04/06
Our crew of loveable characters has landed back in Korea and served us up another ratings hike. Episode 13 earned at 33.5% on the Nielsen Korea chart and the sheer number of adorable couple moments and character beats support it. Yoo Ah-in's sardonic cameo also probably helped. Then there was the witty, zippy, and fun dialogue along with the more relaxed feeling that comes with a much needed homecoming. I just have to get this out of the way, however,...More
"Descendants of the Sun", the Song-Ha couple 2016/04/03, Source
The KBS 2TV drama is all about the Song-Song and Koo-Won couple but thy aren't the only ones romancing it up in the drama. There is also the Song-Ha couple (Song Doctor and Ha Nurse).
The two are the hidden works of art in the drama. They brought about a lighter atmosphere in "Descendants of the Sun" when the earthquake hit and Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) and his team were in peril,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 12 2016/03/31
"Descendants of the Sun" is a master at sparking emotion. No matter how illogical the plot may become, the emotional barometer is insanely high. This must be why Nielsen Korean is clocking this drama at 33% for episode 12, a whole 1.1% higher than last night's episode. Wow. It is the human element that "Descendants of the Sun" is really learning to master that makes is so addictive - for me and the rest of the world. Before I go any further I have to say, "Oh my gosh, the feels!",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 11 2016/03/30
"Descendants of the Sun" tries to pack in a lot of action by having our heroes face weapons trafficking, plagues, gun standoffs, earthquakes, kidnapping, and politics. No matter what happens, this show seems destined to best itself - and it did. It came 0.3% higher than the last episode at 31.9%. More than anything, however, it was the acting in this episode by our leads that made it worthy of that rating. Jin Goo proved his mettle as his expressed Dae-yeong's worry for Myeong-joo with previously unparalleled intensity,...More
'Descendants of the Sun' actor Jin Goo to pay a visit to women's college 2016/03/30, Source
According to multiple sources in the entertainment business on March 30th, Jin Goo will visit Dongduk Women's University at 6 PM on March 31st to join the students at an event prepared by the university.
The event is only for the students of Dongduk Women's University and the students who want to attend the event are required to register beforehand. Dongduk Women's University will check the student ID and other identification cards to allow only those students who were selected through a pre event to enter the venue,...More
Yoo Si-jin is real, Song Joong-ki synchronizes 100% 2016/03/29, Source
Is there anyone else who can pull off the soldier role well? Song Joong-ki is currently acting out the role of a special forces mercenary named Yoo Si-jin. He is doing a good job of mesmerizing women with his charisma and soft smile.
Song Joong-ki joined the military on August 27, 2013 and spent 21 months on base. He was hard-working and made a good example of a soldier during his time there,...More
Lee Honey, "The most wanted" 2016/03/28, Source
Beauty actress and former Miss Korea Lee Honey became The Most Wanted.
Men's Health conducted a survey on The Most Wanted Guy and Girl for its 11th Cool Guy Contest. A total of 309 Men's health users and supporters participated in the survey. Lee Honey received 26.5% votes and became the most wanted woman,...More
Golden sayings about life: Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's romance 2016/03/27, Source
There is a list of golden sayings referring to life.
Mother Teresa once said, "It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start",...More
[Raine's Drama Insights] Why "Descendants of the Sun" is a Cultural Phenomenon 2016/03/26
"Descendants of the Sun" is a K-drama that has touched every corner of the Korean drama scene. That scene can be found all over the globe. Its presence in Asia is unprecedented while Viki's internet streaming and quick subbing has brought the drama to English-speaking audiences. The power that drives the drama is multi-faceted ranging from the money behind it, to the promotion, to the star power, to intense fan viewership and participation,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites 2016/03/26
See Seoul's hottest attractions with new K-bus tours, Korean dramas help boost tourism at home and away, read Soo Kim's travel retrospective about Seoul, and hit Korea's highways and byways with a road trip around the country,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 10 2016/03/24
With the romance firmly cemented by episode 9's romantic antics and kisses, episode 10 introduces some major plot points to yank the drama back into action. Not that its ratings need more action - they're consistently on the rise. This episode clocked in at 31.6%, 1.2% higher than last night's episode. "Descendants of the Sun" is battling itself episode to episode for best ratings. Fancy choreography, intricate camerawork and a viral disease are in another tussle; one for the most exciting moment of the episode. It doesn't lose the romantic flavors of last episode, but the hot points are definitely the action,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 9 2016/03/23
If there is one thing that can almost always bolster ratings it is a good kiss...or two! Hello 30% ratings - 30.4% to be exact. The Song-Song couple not only shared two very romantic kissing scenes (and a good roll in the hay,) but the episode was bolstered by the high-intensity romantic moments between Song-Song and Myeong-joo and Dae-yeong. There were a few small moments, those beautiful moments that showcased themselves during the thick of the earthquake, that colored this romantic episode for the better,...More
[Orion's Drama News] "Oppas" Are Bad for You 2016/03/19
Another week, another selection of drama news. We had all sorts of things happening these past few days, from the regular to the outrageous. The time is approaching for upcoming dramas, some star-studded new ones have begun their run and Song Joong-ki is here to steal you from your lovers and possibly ruin your life and health. Ok, maybe not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 8 2016/03/17
If the last episode of "Descendants of the Sun" was about the small moments, this one was about the small windows of time that allows our characters and those around them to see the world more clearly. The world is also seeing this drama quite clearly as it shot up 0.5% to 28.8%, mere percentage points away from the big three-oh. Si-jin and Mo-yeon are developing nicely although Mo-yeon's fear of losing him to his job still tends to dominate her emotions and behavior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 7 2016/03/16
"Descendants of the Sun" rode atop romance and angsty separations for its first six episodes, but this episode saw a sudden turn. It began to look inward, to inspect the minutiae of humanity and the beauty found in the smallest of human connections. Perhaps the lack of intense romantic interaction is what kept the show from pushing into the 30s, but it came in at a hugely respectable 28.3%, just 0.2% less than last episode. The little moments built this episode from the ground up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 6 2016/03/10
This is seriously baffling. "Descendants of the Sun" episode 6 blasted ratings precedents with 28.5%. The drama is most definitely not about action and is all about the romance, the Song Joong-ki stare, and the manufactured drama. I admit to welcoming the earthquake and the chaos it fosters because it pulls the drama out of its extremely romance heavy focus. What detracts from the high-budget beauty of the episode is the circular happenings between both couples,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Descendants of the Sun" 2016/03/05
The long awaited, fully pre-produced "Descendants of the Sun" is here and boy, has it made an entrance. With domestic and foreign ratings, sales and buzz soaring high, the drama is undoubtedly a huge success. At the same time, it is really not a story with something for everyone and has its share of issues which range from tolerable to frustrating. For those who like the type, however, this is one fun ride,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 3 2016/03/02
After a long week of waiting, "Descendants of the Sun" has graced us with another episode that came in at an unheard of 23.4%. Again, I can't iterate enough how slick and gorgeous it is or how fantastic the actors are in their roles. Song Joong-ki, despite his pretty face, is 100% masculine and in charge of his character while Song Hye-gyo owns the drastic change in hers. Not to mention that we finally get to see the beauty of Greece that plays the role of the country Uruk where the drama takes place. Please be sure to stick around for some home grown insight about Greece from Orion, HanCinema's own Greek goddess.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 2 2016/02/25
If episode one of "Descendants of the Sun" was about introductions, episode two, coming in on top at 15.5%, fleshed them out and added the rest of the teams that support Si-jin and Mo-yeon. Romance was the priority, but it didn't feel like the show was beating us over the head with it. Instead, the romance that blossomed hit very real walls that were acknowledged by two adults who hold themselves to different belief systems and lifestyles. We all know that will change. The adventure is watching them learn what we already know,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Descendants of the Sun" Episode 1 2016/02/24
It's finally here, folks! KBS's first pre-produced, star-studded drama "Descendants of the Sun". The drama dominated the charts at whopping 14.3%. It's Song Joong-ki's first drama after his mandatory military service, which is all too fitting. He as Soldier Yoo Si-jin is joined by Song Hye-kyo as war doctor Kang Mo-yeon, Jin Goo as Soldier Seo Dae-yeong, and as war doctor Yoon Myeong-joo, Kim Ji-won. From the trailers we knew that romance is the thread that will weave through the story, but war and it's trials and horrors will drive the plot as it brings people together and tears them apart. We've been teased for months, and now, without further ado, I bring to you my review of episode 1,...More
How Chinese Money Is Changing Korean Media 2016/02/21, Source
An influx of Chinese money is having a huge influence on the Korean media industry. One recent symptom was the case of Taiwanese-born teenage starlet Tzuyu, whose waving of her country's flag in an old clip sparked a Twitterstorm that sent her agency JYP into a blind panic.
Terrified of jeopardizing the Chinese market, JYP forced the girl to apologize on bended knee and declare her allegiance to the Motherland -- only to find that barely anyone in China had noticed.
Still, China's media contents market is growing 11 percent annually and is expected to surpass Japan's this year, which puts JYP's anxieties into perspective (US$1=W1,211).
According to the Small and Medium Business Administration, more than W1 trillion worth (~US$1 billion) of Chinese money had been invested in Korean computer games and entertainment programs as of September last year. Last week, China's top online retailer Alibaba announced it is investing W35.5 billion in another Korean talent mill, SM Entertainment, and with money comes clout,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Descendants of the Sun" 2016/02/20
Hold on to your hats and other detachable wearables, because "Descendants of the Sun" is coming, almost a year after it first got viewers excited over its existence. The drama is a fully pre-produced work partially filmed in Greece and features a powerhouse hallyu-fueled cast and crew. Expectations are high and emotions even higher. Are you all ready for the big reveal,...More
[USA and Canada] DramaFever Launches New CJ E&M Movie Channel 2016/01/25, Source
New Feature for DramaFever Premium Subscribers Brings Best Korean Films, On Demand, to Fans in the U.S. and Canada
DramaFever (dramafever.com), the leading online destination for international television shows, movies and concerts, and the leading Asian pop culture producer and distributor CJ E&M have announced the launch of DramaFever's "CJ E&M Movie Channel". Created as part of a previously-announced, multi-year licensing deal between the two companies, the CJ E&M Movie Channel will debut today, with two dozen films immediately available on demand to premium subscribers of DramaFever's OTT digital video network. Fans can access the channel at dramafever.com/movies, and for the first three days,...More
[HanCinema's Report] "Descendants of the Sun" filming in Greece 2015/10/17
Upcoming series 'Descendants of the Sun' has been filming in locations all over Greece since late September. The drama starring popular actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo is about a UN peacekeeping troops captain and a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders falling in love while in a war-stricken country. Due to this premise, 80% of the pre-produced series is filmed outside of Korea. While the production has been mostly secretive in order to maintain audience suspense, some Greek news portals and blogs have followed the filming and acquired information. After contacting them, they have graciously shared their coverage with HanCinema. Filming has mainly taken place in Zakynthos, Arachova and Lemnos,...More
Actors with 'honey vocal cord' in their 20s/30s 2015/09/14, Source
'Honey vocal cord' as in sweet voice is an important charming appeal for actors to have.
Attractive voice highlights emotions in acting by delivering them more vividly and makes audience focus more on his acting. The young actors in his 20s and 30s with the sweet voice as well as the charming look are 'perfect guys',...More
Actors' salary this year 2015/09/03, Source
Curiosity rose for actors' pay after actresses' pay was released last month. We've updated the ranks from highest paid actors to the lowest.
According to studies, the gap between actors and actresses isn't that large. In case of the actors, they are more highly paid as they have a strong fan base all over the world. The prices of actors continuously rise but the actresses fill in the gaps with fashion and beauty advertisements. After actors make it big with dramas, they make more money off extracurricular events such as foreign fan meetings and such so they make extra profits,...More
Advertisement battle: Lee Min-ho vs. Kim Soo-hyun 2015/03/22, Source The two of them have recently been chosen as the new faces of each others' advertisements. This is an interesting piece of information as there seems to be an invisible battle of ego.
Kim Soo-hyun was attacked first. He was the global model for bag brand Samsonite Red but wasn't able to re-sign at the end of December last year. Samsonite wanted Lee Min-ho instead,...More
Korean drama of the week "OB and GY" 2014/11/06, Source
Korean drama of the week "OB and GY" (2010) Directed by Choi Yeong-hoon, Lee Hyeon-jik Written by Choi Hee-ra Network : SBS With Jang Seo-hee, Ko Joo-won, Seo Ji-suk, Jung Ho-bin, Song Joong-ki, Lee Young-eun,... 16 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00 Synopsis Seo Hye-yeong is a talented second-year obstetrician, but when a patient desperate to abort her second child begs her to perform the surgery, she reluctantly agrees. She's promptly blacklisted and transferred from a prestigious hospital in Seoul to an obscure country hospital. To make things worse, she realizes that she herself is pregnant-and the father is a married man. Rebuilding her life in the wake of these events, Hye-yeong struggles to keep her pregnancy secret from her co-workers. She clashes with Lee Sang-sik, a pediatrician at the new hospital, while an old friend, Wang Jae Sook, re-enters her life. Award-winning actress Jang Seo-hee ("Temptation of a Wife") stars alongside Ko Joo-won ("Kim Soo Ro") and Seo Ji-suk. Rising young actor Song Joong-ki ("Sungkyunkwan Scandal") adds even more talent to this story that tracks the medical and human dramas in a hospital's obstetrics department.,...More
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Song Joong-ki 2014/07/26 Song Joong-ki is one of the rawest talents to ever grace the small and big screens of South Korea. Every emotion he portrays on screen is rooted in his gut: strong, visceral, real. His good looks may have won him entrance onto the competitive K-drama and K-film playing field, but his skills have kept him on top. What makes Song stand out as an actor is his keen intelligence and his deep understanding of his roles,...More
TV dramas use similar names for main characters 2013/09/12, Source
Jang Tae-san, Jang Tae-joo, Jang Tae-ha
They sound like names for brothers, but they are characters appearing in different TV dramas in Korea. Jang Tae-san (played by Lee Joon-gi) is the main character in MBC TVs Wednesday and Thursday drama series "Two Weeks". He is a fugitive who is mistakenly charged for murder, and struggles to save his daughter. Jang Tae-joo (played by Go Soo) is the main character in SBS TVs Monday and Tuesday drama series "Empire of Gold", and is an ambitious man who seeks a hostile takeover of a chaebol enterprise to take revenge for his father who died due to false allegations.
Jang Tae-ha (played by Park Sang-min) is a character of hard-headed conglomerate owner on MBC TVs weekend drama series Scandal. They come to have similar names because all of them are serious and strong characters, and the screenplay writers sought to pick names suitable for such characters,...More
Song Joong-ki leaves for the army today 2013/08/26, Source
Actor Song Joong-ki is on his way to do his duties for the nation.
Song will be admitted to military camp at 1PM this afternoon and receive 4 weeks of basic military training before serving duty. He's going to make a short appearance for the press, in front of the camp entrance and then proceed within,...More
Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" + DVD Giveaway [US Only] 2013/08/22, Source
Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" (2012) + DVD Giveaway [US Only] Directed by Jo Sung-hee With Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jang Young-nam, Kim Hyang-gi, Lee Young-ran,... Synopsis Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits a cottage the way she used to when she was a young girl. She remembers a boy she knew half a century before. Moving to a peaceful village when she was a girl she discovered a "wolf boy", hiding his large, contorted body in the darkness. The girl, now a woman, has never been able to purge the images of his wild eyes and animal-like behavior from her mind. She recalls teaching the boy how to wait patiently before a meal, how to wear clothes, how to speak, how to write and other human behaviors so that he could one day live like a normal man,...More
CJ Entertainment Proudly Presents "A Werewolf Boy" 2013/07/23
Some Instincts Can Never Be Tamed ... Is It Possible He Continues to Wait for Her? Romantic Fantasy Comes to Life on DVD Aug. 13th Sometimes love can wait a lifetime in the romantic fantasy "A Werewolf Boy", captivating DVD Aug. 13 from CJ Entertainment America. An unexpected phone call summons an elderly woman, who has lost interest in life, back to Korea and the remote cottage in the countryside where she spent a tumultuous time in her youth. Memories overwhelm Suni (Park Bo-young) of a feral and mute orphan (Song Joong-ki) who the family took in ... only to discover that he was a creature never meant to exist,...More
'Secretly and Greatly' Blazes Trail at Box Office by Tapping Teen Audience 2013/06/10, Source
Director Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly" hit the 3-million mark in terms of cinema attendance on Sunday, just five days after it was released. The hit movie attracted 1 million moviegoers in 36 hours and 2 million in 72 hours as it continues to set a series of new records in the history of Korean cinema. It attracted a record number of daily spectators (919,000) on Thursday, saw the most tickets booked before its release, and reached the 1-million mark faster than any other Korean film to date. The film is a light-hearted comedy revolving around three North Korean agents who disguise themselves, respectively, as a village idiot, a rock star and a high school student while they await their orders from Pyongyang. When their mission turns out to be an order to commit suicide, due to a sudden power shift in the North, none are best pleased,...More
[UK] 5th Terracotta Festival 2013 Full Line-up Announcement 2013/05/08, Source
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth edition of the annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival. Over the years the festival has seen the event go from strength to strength. This year is set to be the biggest yet, expanding to 27 films spread over 4 sections and 2 venues from 06 - 15 June 2013. The core of the festival will remain a hand-picked selection of the best CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA at The Prince Charles Cinema. This all UK Premieresectionreflects the vibrancy and energy in Asian filmmaking today. Ranging from realist dramas to romance, light comedies to spy action thrillers, swordfighting epics to gothic fairytales, the festival aims to balance the representation of Asian countries.
Terracotta Festival 2013 (TFEFF13) will open with Hong Kong action COLD WAR on Thursday 06 June 2013,...More
G-Dragon Voted Best-Dressed Celebrity of the Year 2012/12/25, Source
Pop star G-Dragon was the best-dressed celebrity of 2012. The Chosun Ilbo asked 25 fashion designers and stylists who they felt were the leading trendsetters of the year. The top 15 advanced to the second round of voting, where the top 10 were decided. G-Dragon of K-pop group Big Bang came first with 10 votes. He established himself as a fashionista early in his career with a wide range of styles from street fashion to luxury and is said to be capable of making any piece of clothing his own,...More
Red Carpet and Riches Still Await Three Heartthrobs on Return from Army 2012/12/22, Source
From left, Hyun Bin, Gang Dong-won and Jo In-sung
The entertainment world is buzzing as three leading celebrities -- Jo In-sung, Gang Dong-won and Hyun Bin -- have all just returned from their mandatory military service. Movie, drama and commercial film producers are already competing fiercely to get hold of them, and consequently their value is rising even further. The stars reportedly received scripts for movies or TV dramas three to six months before each of them were discharged. Hyun Bin is said to have received dozens of movie and drama offers, and rumors are circulating that he has already signed five to six advertising deals, with more under discussion,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Werewolf Boy" 2012/11/30
Until I actually saw "A Werewolf Boy" by Jo Sung-hee on screen, it wasn't at all clear to me whether this was a movie about a werewolf or just a feral teenager (in Korean, the title is simply "Wolf Boy"). Granted, usually a movie studio only thinks it can make money if it has a cool concept like a werewolf (feral children just aren't as flashy), and yet looking into the movie's press poster, all I can see are the blank eyes of a boy who has no concept of civilized life. They're the eyes of an animal,...More
CJ Entertainment to release exclusive alternate ending for 'A Werewolf Boy' 2012/11/28, Source Exclusive clip added to film will make hearts race even faster!
Fantasy romance becomes 3rd highest box office film of 2012 in South Korea
Director Jo Sung-hee reveals during an audience Q&A session that he shot an alternate ending for the film
"A Werewolf Boy" at #1 in box office for 5 consecutive weeks
Coming to North America on November 30!
See below for a full list of theaters
""A Werewolf Boy" is continually fascinating" – Maggie Lee, Variety
"It will fulfill and dazzle you to the very end" – Anderson Le, HIFF
South Korean box office champion "A Werewolf Boy" has truly captured the hearts of females young and old, surpassing 6 million in admissions within 26 days of release and becoming the film with the 3rd highest box office in 2012. With its captivating storyline and lead actor Song Joong-ki bringing audiences to the theater for second and third doses of the movie, the film's distributor, CJ Entertainment, announced that they would be releasing an exclusive alternate ending version of "A Werewolf Boy" in December 2012,...More
2012 MAMA To Feature B.o.B. & Adam Lambert 2012/11/21, Source
Both recognized internationally, pop singer Adam Lambert and hip hop singer-songwriter-producer B.o.B. will both be attending the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). According to the Director of MAMA Han Dong-cheol, the entire world will be able to enjoy performances by these two acts at the awards ceremony which will be taking place on November 30th at the Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Center (HKCEC),...More
Werewolf craze hits South Korea - and it's not for Twilight. 2012/11/14, Source
"A Werewolf Boy" surpasses 4 million in admissions and still tops the box office Fantasy romance film holds #1 in advance sales even with the upcoming release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Coming soon to North American theaters! Full list of theaters below. ""A Werewolf Boy" is continually fascinating" – Maggie Lee, Variety "It will fulfill and dazzle you to the very end" – Anderson Le, HIFF Despite the upcoming international release of billion dollar franchise and supernatural counterpart Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, CJ Entertainment's latest film "A Werewolf Boy" shows little sign of slowing down in the box office. The enchanting fantasy romance still remains at #1 in the box office and #1 in advance sales, with 28.91% of all advances sales in the box office,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/15, Source
It's the start of a new week and our Michelle Kim has brought us a new round of arts and culture events. Today I hear she has a few movies she'd like to introduce to us. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul So what movies do you have for us today[Reporter : ] This fall, three Korean men -- So Ji-sub, Ryu Seung-beom and Song Joong-ki -- will be heating up the big screen in three new films that take them in new directions or build on their existing images. I have previews of all three movies for you today. Take a look. Actor So Ji-sub, best known for the dectective drama "Ghost - Drama" is back on the big screen with the action thriller "A Company Man", which is in theaters now,...More
Putting warm, fuzzy spin on Mother Nature 2012/08/07, Source
A scene from "Emperor Penguins Peng-yi and Som-yi", a re-interpretation of MBC's eponymous documentary series by directors Kim Jin-man-I and Kim Jae-yeong, shows adult emperor penguins and chicks gathered to withstand the South Pole chill. The film opens today in selected theaters. / Courtesy of All That Cinema
By Kwaak Je-yup Slavoj Zizek, one of today's most popular thinkers and known for his cynical wit, urged caution in a recent lecture in Seoul against the belief that nature is guided by a mysterious benevolent force. "If nature is a mother, she's a bitch of a mother", he said, citing inexplicable natural disasters as evidence,...More