It is a sad drama week for many, following DramaFever's abrupt closure, and I know a lot of folks are not feeling great right now. There's little I can say to help, but I hope that a quick look into some bright upcoming shows will lift your mood as we all tackle our drama future...More
After nine years of serving an international community and delivering Korean, Spanish, Japanese and other world dramas and films, streaming service DramaFever is now closing its doors...More
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Missed DramaFever at KCON LA? Here's a chance for more fun and games! Join DramaFever on Sunday, September 30 in New York City for the hallyu event of the season...More
Experience Seoul in style with these world-class hotel options, That Backpacker lists 10 things to see and do in Seoul during winter, Rough Guides says the time is now to visit South Korea, and get to and do good in Korea with these volunteer options for budget-friendly travel...More
The New York Times pinpoints the addictive charms of Korean dramas and films, watch Kyungmin Woo's "devilish dark" 2014 short animation on Modern Korean Cinema, KOFIC selects the highest-grossing Korean film of the year as the country's official Oscar contender, and see just how many Korean films are on Movie Pilot's listicle of 'films that will leave you speechless'...More
Votes are in! Drum Roll please The Fifth Annual DramaFever Awards winners are Korean hotties Song Hye-kyo ("Descendants of the Sun") for Best Actress and Gong Yoo ("Goblin") for Best Actor. Presented by H Mart and supported by Korea Tourism Organization, this year's awards concluded with over 3 million votes from DF lovers around the world. Please see a full list of winners, their acceptance speeches and highlights of their best performances of 2016 below. Congratulations to all of the winners!...More
Actress Yoo In-na won the Best Supporting Actress for "Goblin".
She won the Best Supporting Actress at the 5th annual DramaFever Awards...More
If I were covering celebrity gossip, then this season and all of its dating and wedding news would give me quite a lot of material. Strangers' love life is not what excites me, however, so I bring you news of future Netflix goodness as I contemplate a new type of Korean drama productions at our doorstep. The usual news follow, of course...More
Added the upcoming Korean drama "Mojito"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Sung Joon's next move may already be decided, as he considers an offer for the lead role in pre-produced drama, "Mojito"...More
Since his 2003 debut in "Old Boy", the most famous South Korean film of all time, the path of actor Yoo Yeon-seok has been a fascinating one. From dry spells, to "overnight success" in the TV drama, "Answer Me 1994"; Yoo has constantly reinvented himself in both character roles in films like "A Werewolf Boy", "Architecture 101", "The Royal Tailor" and "Whistle Blower", and romantic leads in "Beauty Inside" and "Love, Lies".
I'm very honoured to present my exclusive interview with Yoo Yeon-seok, his first to a US publication. We spoke days before the confirmation of his newest role in the upcoming TV drama, "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" (About which I did ask, but was not allowed by his agency to receive an answer due to the upcoming announcement.).
Yoo and I chatted about the devotion to acting that kept him motivated through the tough times, his international fandom, and his hopes and expectations for the future...More
My partner in not-crime, Lisa is busy over at KCON and I am here feeling lonely with a plethora of drama news. So I figure, what better therapy to loneliness is there than to share them all with you? I usually focus on specific noteworthy happenings and news, but today I switch it up. I feature three upcoming dramas and their news before piling on even more drama-ness with the usual upcoming drama goodies section. Let me pamper you...More
Promotion has started for "Cinderella and the Four Knights" and I share the goodies that have been released. I also talk about the importance of shows like "Age of Youth" and share news and media from it. You might want to sit down for this next one, because I reveal a shocking truth, which is that actors actually act. This world-changing revelation is followed by the usual drama news and personal drama picks...More
The second year of KCON New York held June 24 and June 25 at the Prudential Center shaped up to be an incredible event that attracted 42,000 Hallyu fans, nearly two and a half times as many fans as its inaugural year of 17,000. Half of the fans in attendance came from outside the New York metro area. Not only did fan numbers swell, but the convention enjoyed double the sponsorship, over ninety booths, and triple the workshops and panels. HanCinema was on two of those panels and will also participate in panels at KCON LA July 29 through July 30. We also visited many of the booths at the convention and have fantastic, high-quality beauty items for giveaway. Check out the giveaway instructions at the bottom of this list of highlights to learn how to enter! And don't worry, you will have more chances to win Korean beauty products! Keep following our KCON New York coverage to find out more!
And now, without further ado, here are the top 8 highlights of the KCON New York 2016 Convention of all things Hallyu...More
Action-packed Day 1 of KCON New York at the Prudential Center is over and it was amazing! Even though temperatures spiked to 83°F, that didn't stop devoted Hallyu fans from flocking to KCON to get their full doses of Hallyu goodness. Kathryn and I got there around 9 A.M. to check in and scope the place out. The lines to enter the convention were already massively long.
Never doubt a Hallyu fan, though. The lines weren't a deterrent to happiness...More
Kim Woo-bin (left) and Suzy
Kim Woo-bin and Suzy of girl group miss A star in a new eagerly awaited soap that starts on KBS on July 6. Following a new trend, the whole series was completed before it airs rather than being shot on the hoof...More
Today at 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT, DramaFever will be announcing and discussing the nominations of its fourth annual DramaFever Awards during a Facebook Live stream...More
The Hallyu wave and Korean culture craze is taking over Canada! Hallyu North is breaking pop culture limits
Hallyu North is proud to announce that SHINee's first time in Canada will be hosted by the Hallyu North 2016 expo taking place on May 6 and 7, 2016 at the Enercare Centre (Canadian Exhibition Place) in Toronto...More
Fans can catch the following on DramaFever Live, commercial free. Don't know what to watch? Try DF Live playing shows 24/7.
An Alien chooses between love and a one way ticket home in...More
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
When I met with Yonhap News Agency's journalists Lee Eun-jung and Yoon Go-eun at the Terarosa Coffee, I came prepared with questions for them. What I didn't expect was to answer some of theirs. The two-way conversation turned into quite the charming interview where they gave some insight into their processes, and I got to tell them about what we do here at HanCinema...More
Exclusive Short-Form Series to Premiere throughout December
DramaFever (dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, is rolling out a slate of DF Minis for the holiday season that are so short and addictive, they are impossible not to gobble up. For each series, all approximately 10-minute episodes will premiere simultaneously for marathon viewing...More
Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun stand atop the stairs of the National Theater of Korea in episode 21 of "My Love from the Star" and share a heartbreaking kiss just before he suddenly disappears. This "red carpet kiss" is one of the most famous drama kisses in recent history and it was filmed on the steps on the first national theater in Korea, a space dedicated to supporting Korean traditional arts and the arts in general. As the home of three national performance groups, the theater holds a lot of history even though it was established fairly recently in 1950...More
DramaFever premieres first original production around K-pop megastars BIGBANG
Cameras Followed the Korean Music Idols During "BIGBANG: MADE 2015 Concert" in the US
DramaFever (dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, announced today their first original production, documenting the recently-concluded U.S. tour of one of the biggest bands in Korean pop music, BIGBANG. This is the first fully-original production of DramaFever, which in the past has co-produced two drama series – "The Heirs" (with Hwa & Dam Pictures) and "Tomorrow's Cantabile" (with Group 8) – and is its first to be unscripted. The documentary titled, BIGBANG: MADE 2015 Concert will premiere on 11/11/15 and be available to all users, free and ad-supported. For DramaFever's premium subscribers there will be a special sneak peek of the concert on 11/6/15...More
KOFICE has gathered an international crew to join the Korea Joa program headed by Director General Kim Deok-jung, and coordinated by Minju Kwon and Julia Jayoon Choi. The fifteen members and their guests round out the group. I, Lisa Espinosa, represent HanCinema, the Korean Movie & Drama Database. The other members represent the different industries of Korean culture coverage such as Kpop, Korean fashion, Korean events, and how Korean culture and enjoyed in their respective countries...More
DramaFever does its research and reveals the highest paid K-drama actors and actresses, 11 Korean films head to VIFF, and KOBIZ explores the success of period dramas in recent years as more films reach 10 million admissions...More
Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk's ghostly romance, 'Oh My Ghostess' has been drawing heated attention domestically and globally.
While the drama is still running, it has already been sold to eight different countries. Putting aside the high viewership rating, it has been receiving explosive reaction on VOD as well...More
Promotion of this Partnership to Kick Off with Exclusive Drama Category Sponsorship of KCON 2015 USA Presented by Toyota
July 29, 2015 – DramaFever (dramafever.com), the leading online destination for international television shows and movies, and leading Asian pop culture producer and distributor CJ E&M have entered a multi-year licensing deal. The new agreement will bring top-rated Korean television series and feature films to DramaFever's OTT digital video network, including eight exclusive K-dramas, at least 10 exclusive new feature films, as well as more than 350 hours of other drama and variety programs...More
On the fifth episode of MBC's "Warm and Cozy", Baek Geon-woo (Yoo Yeon-seok) tried to use Lee Jeong-joo (Kang So-ra).
Lee Jeong-joo told Mok Ji-won (Seo Yi-an), who had been playing with Baek Geon-woo's emotion, "You can't leave without paying. I'm the owner of this restaurant. I am living here with him. It should be ok with you because you're just his friend. I thought you were his girlfriend. Since you're saying you're not, pay for what you ate here"...More
"Gangnam Blues" completes the Street Trilogy that director Yoo Ha has been working on for the past decade. It was 10 years ago, when director Yoo completed "Once Upon A Time In Highschool", which depicts youths involved in the violence within South Korean education system, and 8 years since "A Dirty Carniva"l, which showed how money is used to create violence...More
"What's Korean Cinema?" tackles Yim Pil-sung's "Hansel and Gretel", Wildflower Film Awards Korea nominees announced, Dramafever lists Korea's top period dramas of the 2000s, and Bae Doona walks away with Best Actress prize at AFA...More
Robin and Seo-jin's romance with Jang Ha-na is pretty much boring.
The episode of the SBS drama "Hyde, Jekyll and I" showed Seo-jin (Hyun Bin) expressing his love for Jang Ha-na (Han Ji-min) and Robin being jealous of it...More
"Emergency Couple" took home three awards including Best Korean Drama, Best Actress and the Boldest Moment Presented by Toyota
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M is proud to announce that its hit romantic comedy drama "Emergency Couple" won three awards – Best Drama, Best Actress (Song Ji-hyo) and the Boldest Moment Presented by Toyota (wedding scene in the 1st episode)–at the 3rd DramaFever Awards, which took place at Hudson Theatre, Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York on February 5, 2015...More
Fans to pick international tv favorites at the 3rd annual DramaFever awards presented by Toyota
Online Voting Now Open With Winners – including in Seven New Categories - to be Unveiled February 5 at Hudson Theater Event in New York City
The 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards presented by Toyota will take place at the Hudson Theater at the Millennium Broadway Hotel amidst the bright lights of New York City's Times Square on Thursday, February 5th 2015...More
Romantic Odd Couple Dramedy about Misfit Classical Musicians, "Tomorrow's Cantabile", is Based on Popular Japanese Manga
Almonds to be Featured in Series Through Brand Integration Partnership
DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, and KBS will co-produce the highly anticipated Korean drama, "Tomorrow's Cantabile" (Naeil's Cantabile). Based on the popular Japanese manga, Nodame Cantabile, the series will premiere in the U.S., as well as throughout North and South America, exclusively on DramaFever on October 13. Each week, a new episode will stream on DramaFever - professionally subtitled in English, Spanish and Portuguese - within 24 hours of the original South Korean airing on KBS2. The subtitled episodes will later be available on DramaFever syndication partner Hulu...More
Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres
DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles...More
"Flower Boy Next Door", the hit romantic comedy drama from Asia's leading contents company CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com], received Best Ensemble at the 2nd Annual DramaFever Awards on May 1 in New York...More
The 2013 DramaFever Awards ceremony is coming live to New York City on May 1st, and DramaFever is pleased to announce that Park Shin-hye and Chris Wang will be appearing as our special guests. Get your tickets now to join in on the fun!
Join with DramaFever in celebrating 2013's best in international drama at the 2nd Annual DramaFever Awards, and our first ever live show!...More
Dramafever Set To Premiere First Original Co-production "The Heirs" with Acclaimed South Korean Production Company Hwa & Dam Pictures marks First-ever Co-production Between Korean Company And U.S. Digital Platform
Today, DramaFever announced a first-of-its-kind co-production deal with Korean production shingle, Hwa & Dam Pictures. Premiering this week in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America exclusively on DramaFever, "The Heirs" is a 20 episode romantic drama series starring Lee Min-ho ("Faith", "Boys over Flowers") and Park Shin-hye ("Flower Boy Next Door", "Heartstrings") which follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires while grappling with the trials of finding true love...More
Korean Film Festival in Canada promises its bright continuation in receiving the public's heartfelt welcoming
Montreal, July 12, 2013 – The 1st edition of the Korean Film Festival (KFF) in Canada closed with tremendous success on Wednesday July 10, 2013. In partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Ottawa, the KFF, as a touring film festival, made its mark in five Canadian cities this summer: Calgary, Edmonton, and Regina, and settling in Ottawa and Montreal for its major events with a total of 15 films. The invited films were comprised of a selection of remarkable blockbusters and critically acclaimed films, including five award-winning short films specially chosen from the Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival (MSFF). There were also complimentary cultural events that were open to the general public, including: a specialfilm screening, seminars on Korean language and culture, and special performances highlighting Korean culture and creative arts as a part of the celebrations for 'Korean Week'...More
This tutorial, brought to you by Lisaworld88, shows you how to create a medley of looks inspired by episode 1 of "Nail Shop Paris". Try out and let us know what you think!...More
Award recipients thank fans for their support exclusively on DramaFever
NEW YORK, NY [April 26, 2013] - DramaFever announced the winners of its first annual DramaFever Awards today, highlighting the best of Korean drama in 2012. Fans cast over 550,000 votes for their favorite nominees in categories ranging from Drama of the Year to Best Bromance...More
Girls' Generation (SNSD)
SHINee is the new Beatles of Asia. The Wonder Girls made their debut on Nickelodeon. Girls' Generation (SNSD) brought "The Boys" song to Late Night with David Letterman and Live With Kelly. 2PM became the new sexy icons in Japan. What do all these artist have in common? They have brought K-pop to the global scale.
South Korea began expanding its entertainment industry with the release of dramas like "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" in the early 2000s. Television stations airing these dramas began appearing all over the United States...More
Recently, American internet TV provider Hulu added the Korean drama "The Greatest Love" to their collection of offerings. They even have the official subtitles provided by MBC. Normally, this would be cause for great celebration. But sadly, this is not the case.
I've long wondered when the use of texting shorthand, chat room slang, MS Word spell-checking, and Ebonics would so infect entertainment production as to render TV unwatchable. The beginning of that time, it seems, is now. Having enjoyed the high quality of subtitles for the series both here on Viki and on DramaFever, I had high expectations for MBC's "offical" subs for "The Greatest Love"...More
Last week DramaFever announced the U.S. digital premiere of the award-winning rock documentary, "Turn It Up to 11″, which goes behind the scenes of Korea's indie music scene. It's described as "an intimate look at some of the edgiest indie rock bands in Korea today - Galaxy Express, Apollo 18 and Tobacco Juice, whose drummer, Baek Seung-hwa, doubles as the director of "Turn It Up to 11″...More
By Jane Han
NEW YORK — Korean fans hooked on American dramas, or "mideu" as they call it, know that it's only routine to stay up all night with bloodshot eyes and at least half a dozen episodes queued up on the playlist.
Well, guess what? The love is becoming reciprocal as Korean dramas, too, are slowly starting to find their way into the hearts of American viewers.
"NCIS and CSI are good, but this is action drama at a whole new level. It's one of those shows where you promise yourself 'just one more episode' and you end up watching the sun come up", says Rick Stone, 32, referring to the KBS hit "IRIS"
A newcomer to the world of Korean drama, Stone admits the newfound hobby is beginning to take its toll on his work during the day.
On Hulu.com, an online portal that streams TV shows and movies, it's easy to find people with the same addiction.
"The first Korean drama I watched was 'Coffee Prince
'. I watched all 17 episodes within 36 hours... every episode ends in a way that you just have to keep watching", Shannon Simmons wrote in her review of MBC's popular drama starring Gong Yoo
and Yoon Eun-hye
Discussing the latest SB...More
Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch on ew.com carries the tagline – "keeping an eye on pop culture". So we're thrilled to read about Korean dramas here in a post by Stephan Lee with the title "Korean Dramas on Hulu: Why I'm Addicted"...More
By Lukas Schwarzacher
If you are in the United States and you have a yearning for Korean dramas, what better destination is there than the DramaFever.com website? Since its founding in August 2009 by co-founders Suk Park and Seung Bak, DramaFever has become the largest online provider of Korean TV dramas, all with English subtitles, and one of the leading distributors of Asian entertainment in North America...More
Korean Cultural Industry Recognizes Outstanding Achievement for Growing New Korean and American Business Relationships
NEW YORK, NY (December 14, 2010) – The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), a branch of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in conjunction with the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles (KCCLA) awarded DramaFever.com with the prestigious “2010 Best Business Award” as part of the annual 2010 DARI Awards. Named after the Korean word for “bridge”, the DARI Awards recognize companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the introduction of Korean culture in the American marketplace...More
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Raissa Villasin, a Filipino woman living Norwalk, Calif., is a long-time fan of Korean dramas, having stumbled on one while channel surfing in 2002.
She got hooked, watching Korean dramas on local channels LA 18 or KXLA 44, and on online streaming sites where she enjoyed dramas such as "Wedding"
and "You're Beautiful"
"What I like about Korean dramas is the story. Even if I watch it without subtitles, I can still pretty much follow the storyline. The language may be different but the themes are similar and universal. ... It gives me a glimpse into another culture and how similar and different it is from my own", Villasin said.
Her favorite Web site is www.DramaFever.com
, which offers a way to watch Korean dramas that is both legal and for free for residents in the U.S. and Canada.
Unlike most Web sites that illegally stream Korean dramas, DramaFever has acquired licenses from major Korean broadcasters to air the dramas online for the U.S. and Canada market. It is the first streaming site in North America to do this legally.
After creating an account, users can access DramaFever's extensive library of Korean dramas which include old favorites such as "Sandglass
" and "Coffee Prince
" to newer ones including "Shining Inheritance
" and "Boys over Flowers
Suk Park and Seung Bak are the brains behind DramaFever, whose office is based in New York City.
Park was born in Korea, raised in Spain and educated in the U.S. He worked managing the international division of Ziff Davis Media, focusing on international business development and licensing between 2004 and 2008.
"During my business travels to Asia, I noticed the popularity of Korean dramas. Seung and I decided to research th...More