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Black Pink's Music Video Garners Over 600 Million Views

Source | 2019/01/15 | Permalink

Girl group Black Pink's onomatopoeia-driven song drew over 600 million views on YouTube as of Sunday...More

Viral Ditty 'Baby Shark' Enters Billboard Chart

Source | 2019/01/13 | Permalink

The viral Korean novelty hit "Baby Shark" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart at 32 on Wednesday.

Only very few Korean stars like Psy, BTS, CL, and Black Pink have managed to enter the Billboard 100 since 2010...More

Suicide Promoters to Face 2 Years in Jail

Source | 2019/01/13 | Permalink

The government is getting tough on people promoting suicide online as part of a bizarre subculture among the younger generation.

The relevant laws amended on Dec. 27 and imposing tougher punishments will go into effect in July, the Health and Welfare Ministry said Sunday...More

Hyundai Unveils Automatic Valet Parking for Electric Cars

Source | 2019/01/06 | Permalink

Hyundai Motor on Friday unveiled an automated valet parking system for electric cars set for commercial release in 2025...More

Korean Actors Brush up on English-Language Skills

Source | 2019/01/05 | Permalink

Actress Ha Jung-woo (left) talks with co-star Kevin Durand on the set of "Take Point". /Courtesy of CJ Entertainment

In his latest film "Take Point", Ha Jung-woo's lines are mostly in English as he heads a group of mercenaries. Ha admits that playing the part was "quite a challenge".

"It drove me nuts whenever my language coach pointed out an incorrect pronunciation when I said a line while trying to immerse myself into my character", he said...More

BTS Dominate K-Pop in 2018

Source | 2018/12/25 | Permalink

This year's keyword on the K-pop scene was BTS. The boy band topped the Billboard 200 chart twice and became the first Korean combo with two top 10 finishes in the Hot 100, in May and September...More

BTS' 'Fake Love' Tops 400 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2018/12/17 | Permalink

The music video of "Fake Love" by BTS garnered over 400 million views on YouTube as of Saturday, their management agency Big Hit Entertainment said on Sunday...More

Survey Points to Students' Shifting Career Preferences

Source | 2018/12/16 | Permalink

Some traditional lines of jobs are losing popularity among youngsters amid a shift in career preferences, a survey shows.

The Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training surveyed 27,000 elementary, middle and high school students...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Respect"

2018/12/08 | Permalink

In a move that is awfully bold given the documentary's inherently esoteric subject matter, director Shin Jae-hee takes his twelve interviews with South Korea's most well-known rappers and has them talk about something a lot more abstract. Namely, what "Respect" means in the context of South Korea's rapping community. Now, when I call "Respect" esoteric, I don't just mean to foreigners. South Koreans in general also don't know that much about what the country's rapping subculture is like...More

Music Video for Jennie's New Single Hits 100 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2018/12/07 | Permalink

The music video of the single "Solo" by Jennie, a member of girl group Black Pink , garnered more than 100 million views on YouTube as of Thursday...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OnStyle Drama "Chubby Romance" Tackles Self-Love and Body Image

2018/11/27 | Permalink

Could it finally be the time for a cute romance starring a larger gal in a successful OTP, without caveats, and magical weight loss solutions? I can't help but feel terrified and excited, as upcoming OnStyle drama "Chubby Romance" tackles the topic through an adorable protagonist...More

Young Female K-Pop Fans Embrace High-End Cameras

Source | 2018/11/25 | Permalink

/Courtesy of V Live

Young women have emerged as a new group of big spenders in high-end camera market, which had traditionally been dominated by middle-aged male hobby or professional photographers.

But the new consumers are not aiming for perfection in taking pictures of birds or historic sights but are obsessive K-pop fans who want vivid pictures of their stars in concert and at other events and are particularly keen on super telephoto lenses...More

German Actress Shines in Korean Play About Migrant Women

Source | 2018/11/25 | Permalink

"My Aunt in Texas", a new play produced by the National Theater Company of Korea, investigates the struggle of women who migrate to another country in search of happiness...More

Fears of Japanese Pop Culture Invasion Proved Unfounded

Source | 2018/11/18 | Permalink

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Korea opening up its market to Japanese pop culture. The government first started to allow imports of Japanese movies and comics in October 1998, and it took until 2006 for Japanese TV programs, music albums, computer games and animated films to reach the country...More

Korean-Japanese Girl Group Iz One Rise to Top with Debut Album

Source | 2018/11/07 | Permalink

The K-pop scene seems to be witnessing the emergence of its newest phenomenon.

New girl group Iz One, made up of nine Koreans and three Japanese, have hit the top of Japan's leading music charts with their debut Korean album, which was released just last week...More

Rookie Jung Min-gyu to Star in "My Love The Dog Boyfriend"

Source | 2018/11/01 | Permalink

Former supermodel Jung Min-gyu is starring in a web-drama.

He's leading the new web-drama "My Love The Dog Boyfriend", a romantic drama about a boyfriend who is reborn as his girlfriend's dog...More

Korean Dramas Starting Today 2018/10/31

Source | 2018/10/31 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2018/10/31: "Love Alert" and "Top Management"...More

New Web-drama "Top Management" Peeks Into Korean Drama Market

Source | 2018/10/29 | Permalink

YouTube is releasing an original drama called "Top Management" on the 31st.

"Top Management" is YouTube's fourth original drama. YouTube first released "Run Big Bang!" last year, then "BTS: Burn the Stage", and "Kwon Ji-yong Act III" this year...More

The Unit's Lee Jung-ha to Star in Web-drama "19 and Rebellious"

Source | 2018/10/28 | Permalink

Rookie Lee Jung-ha is starring in the new web-drama "19 and Rebellious".

Lee Jung-ha is an iconic figure from the KBS 2TV "The Unit" and he is transitioning into acting with the web-drama "19 and Rebellious"...More

Millennial Families Change Consumption Patterns

Source | 2018/10/28 | Permalink

Millennial families are changing overall consumption patterns in Korea, for example by buying ready meals for their children instead of cooking for them.

Kim Nan-do, a consumer studies professor at Seoul National University, told reporters Thursday that millennial housewives spend more time taking care of themselves while robot vacuums, dishwashers and dryers do household chores...More

Black Pink Sign Deal with U.S. Music Label

Source | 2018/10/24 | Permalink

Girl group Black Pink have taken a significant step into the U.S. music scene...More

[Interview] The Lady Miz Diva Meets A.C.E.

Source | 2018/10/20 | Permalink

From the world of South Korean televised talent competitions, five young men combined their gifts of dance, rap, and song to become A.C.E {Adventure Calling Emotions}. In the year since their debut, Jun, Donghun, Wow, Byeongkwan and Chan have impressed fans at home and overseas with mesmerising vocals and whiplash-sharp choreography...More

Alarming Rise in Child Suicide Attempts

Source | 2018/10/14 | Permalink

Korea has seen an alarming rise in suicide attempts among schoolchildren in recent years, despite sporadic campaigns to reduce academic stress and bullying at school...More

Documentary Goes Behind the Scenes of BTS' World Tour

Source | 2018/10/11 | Permalink

A documentary featuring boy band BTS will be released next month...More

Tech Giants Struggle Among Young Consumers

Source | 2018/09/23 | Permalink

Korea's top IT firms are trying hard to impress young people as their cachet threatens to fade.

Prof. Han Sang-lin at Hanyang University said, "There is no time to be complacent in the IT industry because it's such a fast changing environment. Many industry leaders 10 years ago who had so much support from people in their teens and 20s but became complacent are gone. The leaders now have to constantly strive to provide new and fun services. If they don't, they will disappear much faster than you'd think"...More

Primary Schoolkids Thrill to Songs Promoting Suicide

Source | 2018/09/16 | Permalink

Morbid ditties about suicide and self-harm are all the rage among schoolkids in Korea.

One mother of a primary school student was shocked recently when she heard her child sing a song that sounded like a children's song but featured the word "suicide" more than a dozen times...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Samsung's Sci-Fi Web Drama "Ambergris" Releases Trailer and Posters

2018/09/07 | Permalink

This forever thirsty for science fiction in Korean entertainment puppy has mixed feelings about Samsung's upcoming dystopian web drama featuring Kim Sohye, Yang Dong-geun and Shin Goo, "Ambergris". Can a promotional campaign deliver some good drama sci-fi for my longing heart? Crossing all my crossables...More

BTS' Latest Single Debuts at No. 11 on Billboard Hot 100

Source | 2018/09/06 | Permalink

Idol, the new single by boy band BTS debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the fourth single by the K-pop boy band to appear on the U.S.-based music chart.

The track follows earlier BTS hits like "DNA", "MIC Drop" and "Fake Love" onto the chart...More

Plastic Surgery Clinics Swarm with Vietnamese Patients

Source | 2018/08/26 | Permalink

Vietnamese tourists are flocking to Korea for plastic surgery. Young Vietnamese women enamored of K-pop come to have themselves chiseled into the strange pointy doll's faces of the starlets, splashing out W3-10 million per trip (US$1=W1,122).

That is higher than the per capita national income of Vietnam last year of US$2,385, but the middle class is flush with cash in a booming economy...More

Ostentatiously Rich Celebrities Dazzle Fans

Source | 2018/08/23 | Permalink

Top: Seungri of boy band Big Bang relaxes in a luxury resort in Bali in this screen grab from SBS.; Bottom: Dok2 poses on his new luxury car in this photo from his Instagram.

The boy band BTS are also sometime nicknamed "Gucci Boys" for their habits of vulgar displays of wealth that dazzle fans.

Member V is often spotted draped in Gucci both at official functions and "in private", i.e. on Instagram. But the fans seems as mesmerized as the star himself by his blingy selfies...More

EXO Star in Global Korean Tourism Campaign

Source | 2018/08/07 | Permalink

Boy band EXO are the new face of a global Korean tourism campaign. The Korea Tourism Organization on Monday unveiled a teaser for a series of advertising starring EXO, who were named promotional ambassadors for the KTO in June...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hyun-joon and Lee Yul-eum Become Siblings for "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma"

2018/08/02 | Permalink

We have some new casting additions for upcoming series "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma", a story about the struggles of daily life experienced by the iconic figure's 28th generation descendants, siblings Han San-hae, Han Jin-mi and Han Jeong-sik. Actors Lee Yul-eum and Kim Hyun-joon join Shin Dong-wook to form this trio...More

TWICE's Latest Music Video Hits 200 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2018/07/13 | Permalink

The music video of girl group TWICE's latest song surpassed 200 million views on YouTube on Wednesday.

The song "Heart Shaker", the title track of their compilation album, reached the milestone about seven months after its release in December last year, according to their management agency JYP Entertainment...More

KCON LA Adds Ailee, Golden Child, Pentagon and Roy Kim to Artist Line-Up

Source | 2018/07/08 | Permalink

Ailee, Golden Child, Pentagon, And Roy Kim Joins Kcon Los Angeles Artist Line-up This Summer
 
KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018
 
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists Ailee, Golden Child, Pentagon and Roy Kim will join KCON 2018 L.A.'s artist line-up. KCON LA is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. The concert tickets will go on sale July 11 at 10am (PST); and convention, Klub KCON, and Artist Meet & Greet tickets will go on sale on July 13 at 10am (PST)...More

BTS Named in TIME's '25 Most Influential People' List

Source | 2018/07/02 | Permalink

BTS have been included in TIME's list of the 25 most influential people on the Internet for the second year in a row...More

[USA] KCON LA Adds TWICE, NU'EST W, IN2IT, and DAVICHI to Artist Line-Up

Source | 2018/07/01 | Permalink

KCON 2018 LOS ANGELES ADDS TWICE, NU'EST W, IN2IT, AND DAVICHI TO ARTIST LINE-UP
 
KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018
 
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists TWICE, NU'EST W, IN2IT, and DAVICHI will perform at KCON 2018 L.A. which is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. The highly anticipated KCON Los Angeles concert tickets will go on sale July 11 at 10am (PST); and convention, Klub KCON, and Artist Meet & Greet tickets will go on sale on July 13 at 10am (PST)...More

Studio Dragon Signs Major Drama Sales Contract

Source | 2018/06/28 | Permalink

Studio Dragon signed the largest drama sales contract to date. Studio Dragon has steadily increased its share price by inspiring confidence in earnings since it was listed on the Kosdaq last November. In particular, it anticipates strong earnings growth until the end of the year, which should boost share prices...More

[USA] KCON L.A. Ticket Sale Dates Announced!

Source | 2018/06/24 | Permalink

KCON 2018 LOS ANGELES TICKETS ON SALE JULY 11 AND JULY 13, 10AM PST

KCON LA Returns to the Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018
 
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that the highly anticipated KCON Los Angeles concert tickets will go on sale July 11 at 10am (PST); and convention, Klub KCON, and Artist Meet & Greet tickets will go on sale on July 13 at 10am (PST). The event will take place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center...More

Black Pink's New Album Becomes Instant Hit

Source | 2018/06/18 | Permalink

Girl group Black Pink's first mini-album got off to a good start...More

[USA] KCON LA Adds Seventeen and fromis_9 to Artist Line-up

Source | 2018/06/17 | Permalink

KCON 2018 LOS ANGELES ADDS Fromis_9 and SEVENTEEN TO ARTIST LINE-UP
 
KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018

KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists fromis_9 and SEVENTEEN will perform at KCON 2018 L.A. which is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. As KCON Los Angeles returns for its seventh year, the K-Beauty, food, and gaming components of the convention will be bigger than before, while also offering even more access to K-pop artists...More

[USA] KCON LA Adds Momoland, Dynamic Duo, and Crush to Artist Line-up

Source | 2018/06/10 | Permalink

KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018

KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists Crush, Dynamic Duo, and MOMOLAND will perform at KCON 2018 L.A. which is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. This year, KCON Los Angeles will expand the K-Beauty, food, and gaming components of the convention, while offering even more access to K-pop artists as it returns for its seventh year...More

[USA] KCON Announces First Artists to Join Los Angeles Line-up - Wanna One and Chung Ha

Source | 2018/06/03 | Permalink

KCON ANNOUNCES FIRST ARTISTS TO JOIN LOS ANGELES LINE-UP: WANNA ONE AND Chung Ha

KCON LA Returns to the Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018

KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that chart-topping K-pop artists Wanna One and Chung Ha will perform at this summer's Los Angeles edition on August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. This year, KCON Los Angeles will expand the K-Beauty, food, and gaming components of the convention, while offering even more access to K-pop artists as it returns for its seventh year...More

Fuse Celebrates Future Asian/Pacific History by honoring Steve Aoki, Hayley Kiyoko, Awkwafina, BTS and more!

Source | 2018/05/13 | Permalink

Join Fuse in celebrating Future Asian/Pacific History all throughout May with a look at today's emerging Asian and Pacific Islander leaders making waves across music, film, TV, sports, and pop culture. Fuse.tv will feature listicles and galleries each week throughout the month, spotlighting up-and-coming talent making history today. Honored talent includes Hayley Kiyoko, BTS, Steve Aoki, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani, Henry Goulding, Ross Butler, Constance Wu, Dwayne Johnson, Chloe Kim and more!...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2018/04/29 | Permalink

Discover the richness of K-culture with these summer courses from Korea University, 10 Magazine's Albert Kim explores the past and future of the cultural and political tensions between the two Koreas, Korea Exposé's managing editor talks K-pop 101, and see how life for Korean students differ from American culture with a short video from The Richest...More

[Lily's Take] Update on Han Ye-seul's Heartbreaking Medical Accident

2018/04/24 | Permalink

Since Han Ye-seul openly conveyed her feelings regarding a medical accident that occured, the hospital finally released an official apology...More

Heo Young-ji Supports Boyfriend Ha Hyun-woo's TV Appearance

Source | 2018/04/18 | Permalink

Heo Young-ji was open about her affection for Ha Hyun-woo.

She made a post on Instagram saying, ""Going to Ithaca" viewership ratings show a lot of support. It can be seen on Facebook and YouTube. Do you want to help Yoon Do-hyun, Ha Hyun-woo and Lee Hong-ki? Log in to YouTube...More

Park Eun-ji to Tie Knot with Korean-American Boyfriend

Source | 2018/04/17 | Permalink

TV personality Park Eun-ji is getting married to a Korean-American office worker in Seoul on Friday after a year of dating, her management agency said on Tuesday...More

Cho Yong-pil Talks About Aging and the Future

Source | 2018/04/15 | Permalink

Cho Yong-pil talks at a press event for the 50th anniversary of his debut in Seoul on Wednesday.

Singer Cho Yong-pil held the first press conference in five years in Seoul on Wednesday, having been rarely seen since a showcase for his 19th album "Hello" back in 2013...More

Teens Return as Powerful Box-Office Force

Source | 2018/04/13 | Permalink

Teenagers are back as a major influence on the box office success or failure of movies in Korea...More

Black Pink's Music Video Hits 100 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2018/04/03 | Permalink

A music video by girl group Black Pink hit 100 million views on YouTube on Monday...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2018/04/01 | Permalink

Here is what some Koreans 'actually' think about Marvel's blockbuster "Black Panther", ticket sales for Korean films fell in February to an eight-year low, the Korea Times profiles director Lee Chang-hee in the wake his debut "The Vanished", and film critic Pierce Conran calls Kim Ki-duk's new film "Rape: The Movie"...More

Job-Quitting Videos Are Latest Internet Phenomenon

Source | 2018/04/01 | Permalink

Real-life video clips showing office workers gleefully quitting their jobs are the latest phenomenon on the Internet. One video shows a young woman waving to get the attention of her co-workers as she enters her office, before informing them, "I told my boss I'm quitting!" as she pumps her fists in joy. Many of the videos have garnered tens of thousands of views...More

Another Music Video by Big Bang Surpasses 300 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2018/03/23 | Permalink

The music video of Big Bang's "Bang Bang Bang" surpassed 300 million views on YouTube on Thursday...More

Rookie Cha Bo-sung to Star in Web-drama "Love Pub"

Source | 2018/03/22 | Permalink

Rookie actor Cha Bo-sung is staring in a web-drama called "Love Pub" that has over 500 million views. He takes on the role of a pub employee who comes to the city from the countryside.

"Love Pub" is about the love and growth of young people who go there. It reached over 8 million views in just a week through Romance Playlist in December and was decided as a regular program...More

Sandara Park and Eun Ji-won's Star Date

Source | 2018/03/21 | Permalink

2NE1 singer Sandara Park and Sechskies Eun Ji-won took a selfie together.

Sandara Park posted pictures of them on her Instagram saying, "This is 100% real. A star date with Eun Ji-won!"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2018/03/11 | Permalink

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay continues to make the case for Cass, Eat Your Kimchi stars Simon and Martina share their tips for exploring a new city's food scene, wine researcher Sookyung Henriet wants to up Koreans appreciate of wine, and BuzzFeed has 29 reasons why Seoul has some of the best street food in world...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2018/03/11 | Permalink

10 Magazine recommends 10 apps to help you successfully navigate the Land of the Morning Calm, YouTuber Haley Dasovich explores two of Seoul's top markets (Myongdong and Namdaemun), get an 'oppa' to show you around town, and Now This World wonders what life in South Korea is 'really' like...More

[Lily's Take] "Anu and Huyga" Posters Featuring Ahn So-hee and Yeon Woo-jin

Source | 2018/03/05 | Permalink

Actress Ahn So-hee and actor Yeon Woo-jin's special posters were revealed for the upcoming movie "Anu and Huyga"...More

More Sexual Assault Accusations Against Director Kim Ki-duk Surface

Source | 2018/03/05 | Permalink

MBC "PD Diaries" reported on sexual accusations made again director Kim Ki-duk and Cho Jae-hyun...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Live Again, Love Again"

2018/03/03 | Permalink

In "Live Again, "Love Again" two storylines take alternate turns in focus. The first is about Vietnamese barista Mi (played by Chi Pu), a piano player living in Ho Chi Minh City who composes music and posts it on YouTube. She's suffering from strange nightmares (or memories? It's never really all that clear) about a run-in with a South Korean soldier during the Vietnamese War. Then there's Pil (played by San E), a popular South Korean recording artist who's in a slump because he keeps thinking about his ex-girlfriend Yoon-hee (played by Jung Chae-yeon)...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2018/02/11 | Permalink

KoBiz tracks a cluster of rising stars to keep an eye on this year, Darcy Paquet shares his top ten films of the last year, Pieces of Work lists some of the country's best gangster films, and where does "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" stand in the list of Korea's highest-grossing films of all time?...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2018/02/11 | Permalink

Vitali Vitaliev wonders The Land of the Morning Calm as he searches for the "funfair of life", CNN explores the intersection of faith and art in Korea's Gangwon Province, see Seoul through a series of stunning time-lapse videos, and Hahna Yoon visits some of Korea's best 'hole-in-the-wall' restaurants...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2018/02/04 | Permalink

The Korea Herald explores the art of K-pop dance, see inside Incheon International's new "artport", a South Korean artist celebrates the Winter Games with a unique stone creation, and is the 'cyberpunk' aesthetic trending in Korea?...More

[Lily's Take] Park Bo-gum Is the Cover Model of Taiwanese magazine

Source | 2018/01/31 | Permalink

Actor Park Bo-gum blessed us all with his grace as he was featured on the cover of a Taiwanese magazine...More

[Video] Listen to the Creators Talk about "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2018/01/29 | Permalink

The creators of "For Vagina's Sake" talk about the production...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "For Vagina's Sake"

2018/01/27 | Permalink

As you are probably aware, women bleed for an extended period once a month through their feminine areas. While that may sound gross, director Kim Bo-ram is here to explain that actually menstruation is pretty normal. It's just not something people like to talk about much, because bleeding is seen as dirty. Well no, bleeding is dirty. Any kind of bleeding is inherently dirty. Which is why the premise of "For Vagina's Sake" as a documentary frequently confused me...More

[Video] Women Support the Message of Speaking Opening About Their Bodies in "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2018/01/23 | Permalink

Trailer released for the Korean documentary "For Vagina's Sake"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2018/01/21 | Permalink

Korea's long companionship with dogs charted in The Korea Times, Korea Exposé writer Juwon Park explains why cryptocurrencies means freedom from "Hell Joseon", Yonsei University graduate Suk Ji-hoon explores the history of Korea's recorded music, and do North Korean women do their makeup differently?...More

Korean Movies Opening Today 2018/01/18 in Korea

Source | 2018/01/18 | Permalink

Korean movies opening today 2018/01/18 in Korea: "A Blue Mouthed Face", "SECHSKIES Eighteen", "For Vagina's Sake" and "Young Mom"...More

[Video] Ryu Jun-yeol Supports Message of Korean Documentary, "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2018/01/15 | Permalink

It's not everyday male celebrities speak out on women's issues, but Ryu Jun-yeol has joined women in supporting "For Vagina's Sake"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2018/01/14 | Permalink

Korea's microwavable meal industry is warming up as new technologies emerge, learn how to make 'gul tteokguk' (oyster rice cake soup) on Korean Bapsang, foodie friends vlog their way through Korea's oldest traditional market, and Hahna Yoon reveals delightful "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants in Gwanghwamun Jip on Lonely Planet...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2018/01/07 | Permalink

A 77-year-old grandmother becomes a YouTube star, watch kids in Seattle try Korean food for the first time, take a slow tour through some of Korea's hottest food districts, and Gordon Ramsay doesn't hold back in the Land of the Morning Calm...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2018/01/07 | Permalink

South Korea has a poop cafe, Korean Air's economy class is still among the best in the world, Channel News Asia looks at the prospect of increased winter sports tourism after the upcoming Winter Games, and Paul B (and his mom) give us a splendid and snappy overview of Korea's geography and culture...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2018/01/07 | Permalink

Get the best K-beauty advice from some of the country's top YouTubers, browse the most popular stories of last year from the hard-hitting Korea Expose, Quartz looks at the power political memes in Korea, and avoid committing these cultural faux pas...More

[Video] 30s Trailer Added for the Upcoming Korean Documentary "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2018/01/05 | Permalink

30s trailer added for the upcoming Korean documentary "For Vagina's Sake"...More

[Lily's Take] Shin Se-kyung's Behind-the-scenes Dance Moves

Source | 2018/01/04 | Permalink

"Black Knight" released a cute NG of Shin Se-kyung...More

Another BTS Video Tops 100 Million Hits on YouTube

Source | 2018/01/03 | Permalink

The latest music video of boy band BTS reached over 100 million hits on YouTube on Tuesday...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Bo-young's Soo-jin in Her Element for "Mother - Drama"

2017/12/26 | Permalink

New stills of Lee Bo-young have been released from "Mother - Drama", showing her character in her original comfort zone. Soo-jin is an expert researcher of migratory birds and while we have seen the character in her capacity as a teacher, that is only a substitute gig that the heroine is not very keen on...More

[Video] Women Tackle Dialogue About Menstruation in "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2017/12/26 | Permalink

Women all over the world tackle talking about their periods in "For Vagina's Sake". In this main trailer for the documentary, these women talk about their transition to the menstrual cup and their open approach to mensturation that has not always won them kind words. Their talks are changing the landscape of how we talk about and approach the discussion of women's menstruation...More

TWICE's Hit Song Reaches 300 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2017/12/26 | Permalink

The music video for girl group TWICE's "TT" garnered more than 300 million clicks on YouTube as of last week.

The video surpassed 200 million views in May after its release in October last year...More

Fans Around the World Say Goodbye to SHINee's Jonghyun

Source | 2017/12/22 | Permalink

Friends of Jonghyun, a member of boy band SHINee, carry his coffin in a funeral at Asan Medical Center in Seoul on Thursday. /Yonhap

Fans around the world are mourning the death of Jonghyun of boy band SHINee, gathering in front of Korean embassies in their countries to express their grief...More

[Photo] "For Vagina's Sake" Drops New Poster

Source | 2017/12/18 | Permalink

Bringing women's periods into focus, documentary "For Vagina's Sake" releases a new poster decorated with the products women need to contend with their period on a daily, monthly, yearly, and nearly life-long basis...More

Yoona of Girls' Generation Helps Spread the Gift of Giving

Source | 2017/12/16 | Permalink

Yoon-a of Girls' Generation modeled for the year-end charity campaign for the Community Chest of Korea last month. When the organization asked Yoon-a to take part in encouraging others to donate, she willingly volunteered...More

Black Pink's Music Video Nears 200 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2017/12/14 | Permalink

Girl group Black Pink's song took the top spot among the most popular K-pop music videos on YouTube for this year...More

[Video] Women Talk About a Subject Often Silenced in "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2017/12/13 | Permalink

"For Vagina's Sake" talks to women in all walks of life about their struggles with their periods, the unfortunate stigmas that surround them, how they grew up, and how they now learn about different ways to deal with it...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/12/10 | Permalink

Find out what passes for "cool" in North Korea, BBC explains why South Korea is the "ideal breeding ground for robots", "Becoming Korean" is a multi-volume work on the history and nature of Korean identity, and get a glimpse into the lives of South Korea's rich kids...More

[Photos] "For Vagina's Sake" Releases New Poster Highlighting What It Takes to Deal with a Period

Source | 2017/12/07 | Permalink

"For Vagina's Sake" is a documentary that talks about menstruation and all the things that women go through in order to cope with it in their everyday lives. The newest poster is clear about the number of ways women deal with the visitor that comes once a month all year long...More

BTS Releases Promotional Song for Seoul

Source | 2017/12/07 | Permalink

Boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, released a promotional song for Seoul titled "With Seoul" on Wednesday...More

TWICE's New Song Hits 100 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2017/12/04 | Permalink

Girl group TWICE reached another milestone on YouTube on Sunday...More

[Video] New Stills for the Upcoming Korean Documentary "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2017/12/01 | Permalink

Supporting women and what they need, documentary "For Vagina's Sake" releases more stills of the women behind the movement...More

[New Movie] Documentary honoring women's choices, "For Vagina's Sake"

Source | 2017/11/25 | Permalink

"For Vagina's Sake" takes on menstruation, a subject that's often not broached in public and doesn't get much attention...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2017/11/05 | Permalink

The Woosan Gallery in Daegu celebrates the works of Lee Kang-so in a new exhibition, meet the daredevil Korean photographer who takes pics from choppers, see how Seoul's first architecture biennale is shaping life in the city, and makeup artist Dain Yoon chats to Ellen about her make-up illusions...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/10/15 | Permalink

South Korea's largest film festival (BIFF) hopes to put the political woes of last year behind it, KoBiz interviews an audio artist par excellence, Pieces of Work has twenty top suggestions for K-horrors this Halloween, and can you guess which K-horror made Film School Reject's list of the most underrated horrors of this century?...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/10/15 | Permalink

Judy Joo believes Korean food isn't getting the recognition it deserves, Beyond Kimchee brings home a simple recipe for chicken mango stir-fry, hear from the co-founders of Vatos Urban Tacos in Seoul, and is South Korean cuisine the original 'slow food'?...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/10/08 | Permalink

Make your own spicy Korean chicken stew with Sue and My Korean Kitchen, Sue goes Beyond Kimchee with a recipe for Korean-style short ribs, the need to promote authentic Korean food is stressed at the Korean Food Foundation's World Hansik Festival, and make traditional bibimbap in the beautiful city of Jeonju with Sweet and Tasty TV...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "No Preparation for Old Age"

2017/10/07 | Permalink

Scumraid is a South Korean punk band that has had its music released in the American and Swedish markets. They have not, oddly enough, been released in the South Korean market, owing to the troubled relationship the South Korean public has with punk. Mostly that they act very angry and weird. Consider one scene where we see a musician at home, showing off his anime figurines to director Lee Dong-woo while his mother calls for him from the other room...More

Foreigners' Favorite Korean Dramas

Source | 2017/09/27 | Permalink

The Korean Wave used to be limited to Asia but is now reaching the shores of the U.S. and other western countries as well. MsMojo, a website dedicated to pop culture, recently published a list of the 10 most popular Korean dramas among English-speaking fans...More

BTS Set New Record on YouTube with New Song

Source | 2017/09/22 | Permalink

K-pop boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, set a new record for the fastest 10 million views on YouTube with the title track of their new mini album, "Love Yourself: Her...More

Ji Il-joo promotes "The Temperature of Love"

Source | 2017/09/17 | Permalink

Actor Ji Il-joo encouraged fans to tune into his new drama, "The Temperature of Love", where he takes on the role of Kim Joon-ha...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The King's Case Note"

2017/08/26 | Permalink

If you're searching for a run-of-the-mill, Joseon-era film, look elsewhere because "The King's Case Note" is far from the usual sageuk (historical) fare. In fact, the entire 114 minutes of Moon Hyeon-seong's ("As One") Joseon-era whodunnit boasts of its own flavor (mostly of the comical sort), which manifests itself as a double-edged sword. Some of it was brilliantly executed, like the comic moments between the king and his chronicler (in a very Sherlock and Watson-esque pairing) that were laugh-out-loud funny, but the undependable pace that catered to the humor detracted from the film's cohesion...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/08/20 | Permalink

10 Magazine visits three top Mexican restaurants in Itaewon, discover some of the best places to fill up in the capital, make a Schisandra berry punch recipe with My Korean Kitchen, and UberEats launches in Seoul...More

Ex-KBS Presenter Tackles Challenge of Presenting Show in English

Source | 2017/08/13 | Permalink

Han Suk-joon left terrestrial channel KBS in 2015 after working as presenter for 12 years and has now embarked on a new project, presenting a consumer show in English for Arirang TV...More

Another Song by TWICE Hits 200 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2017/08/10 | Permalink

K-pop girl group TWICE reached over 200 million views on YouTube on Wednesday with their hit single "Cheer Up".

The song surpassed the 100-million mark in November last year, shortly after its release...More

BTS Among 50 Artists Americans Love Most

Source | 2017/08/09 | Permalink

Boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, were included in the New York Time's list of 50 artists that were most viewed on YouTube in the U.S. The list was based on data from January 2016 to April 2017...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/08/06 | Permalink

The Washington Post minds the generation gap in North Korea in relation to the country's persistent propaganda, Robert Neff tracks tigers in Joseon for The Korea Times, XXL gives props to 10 Korean rappers on the rise, and South Korea's new president wants to eliminate the need for job applicants to include a photograph of themselves in new campaign...More

Web-drama "Crushes" to release special edition on the 11th

Source | 2017/08/01 | Permalink

A special edition of the web-drama "Crushes - Special Edition" will be released on YouTube, Kok TV, Naver TV and Oksusu.

"Crushes" was released in June of 2016 for the first time and made a hit with the 20s. Then came season 2 and 3 and has a record of more than 100 million views...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2017/07/30 | Permalink

YouTubers prove critical for promoting the Korean Wave, Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism offers foreigners special temple programmes, The Korea Herald visits Pil-dong's Street Museum in Seoul, and South Korea's biggest tourist attraction revealed...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/07/23 | Permalink

A 70-year old grandmother becomes a real YouTube star, Korean researchers discover earliest known footage of colonial-era "comfort women", Vice investigates the power of pop music and technology in North Korea, and how much do dramas actually teach us about Korean history?...More

[Video] EXO Release New Album

Source | 2017/07/18 | Permalink

Boy band EXO are set to return with their fourth full-length album, "The War"...More

[Interview] Choi Wooshik with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2017/07/01 | Permalink

Choi Wooshik's outstanding performance in 2014's haunting, heartbreaking "Set Me Free" not only won him the Busan International Film Festival Actor of the Year and the prestigious Blue Dragon awards, it also gained him a place in the incredible international cast of Director Bong Joon-ho's "Okja", as a rebellious avatar for Bong's message to today's youth.

In his first overseas interview, Choi told me about his early days that led to meeting US stars, Steven Yeun and Paul Dano on the "Okja" set, and his future projects...More

KCON 2017 NY to be Livestreamed on KCON.TV

Source | 2017/06/21 | Permalink

KCON.TV to Live Stream KCON 2017 NY And Amazon's Mobile Masters Invitational

New York Leg of World's Largest Korean Culture Convention Set to Take Over the Prudential Center this Weekend - June 23 - 24

KCON.TV (www.kcon.tv), the leading short form online video platform dedicated to the fans of K-pop and beyond, announced today that it will livestream both the red carpet and star-studded concerts at KCON 2017 NY, as well as Amazon's Mobile Masters Invitational, which is taking place at the event. This will be the first time the red carpet at KCON USA will be livestreamed. Fans will be able to access the livestream on KCON.TV or through KCON USA's official app (Android, iOS)...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/06/18 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchen has the perfect treat to beat the summer heat, Holly puts together a simple mushroom side dish for all table, Korea's food prices are the fifth highest among OCED countries, and Hug Jackman features in a documentary about Korean street food...More

Kim Yoon-hye's dizzying pictures

Source | 2017/05/28 | Permalink

Kim Yoon-hye came out with a beauty pictorial.

In Style featured the actress with the concept of a lazy weekend afternoon...More

Girl Group TWICE Sells Over 1 Million Albums

Source | 2017/05/25 | Permalink

Girl group TWICE has sold over one million copies of their five albums in just one year and seven months since their debut...More

Rock Climber Kim Ja-in Sets Sights on Scaling Lotte World Tower

Source | 2017/05/21 | Permalink

Rock climber Kim Ja-in will attempt to scale Korea's tallest building, the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, on Saturday. She is looking to become the first woman to climb a skyscraper taller than 500 m...More

Quartet Black Pink to Debut in Japan

Source | 2017/05/18 | Permalink

Quartet Black Pink will make its overseas debut in Japan, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Wednesday.

A showcase is scheduled at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on July 20, and the debut album will be released on Aug. 9...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Super Bernard: Spy Adventures"

2017/05/13 | Permalink

Bernard (voiced by Kim Tae-gyoon-II) is a polar bear who you might or might recognize from short cartoons (as in, three minutes long) wherein he attempts to solve some sort of simple goal. He would, say, exercise at the gym or ride an airplane or get a bird off the TV antenna, and proceed to fail in increasingly comical slapstick ways while communicating only in goofy grunts. "Super Bernard: Spy Adventures" takes this character, and puts him in the action spy format for feature length...More

Psy's New Music Videos Hit 10 Million YouTube Views in a Day

Source | 2017/05/12 | Permalink

Rapper Psy's new album garnered instant attention upon its release on Wednesday.

The music videos for the album's two lead tracks have been viewed more than 5 million times each on YouTube...More

[Video] Korean pop group BIGBANG and YouTube Red announce new series

2017/04/26 | Permalink

"Run, BIGBANG Scout!" Starring record-breaking, internationally celebrated korean pop stars BIGBANG

Series Debuts April 26 on YouTube Red Celebrates BIGBANG's 10 Year Reunion...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/04/22 | Permalink

Travelers Today picks South Korea as one of their top food designations for 2017, My Korean Kitchen has the ultimate guide for making steamed eggs, CNN counts down Korea's most delicious dishes, and "mukbang" takes off in America...More

The Hallyu map: Lee Min-ho and Song Joong-ki in Asia and Psy in the Americas and Europe

Source | 2017/04/11 | Permalink

Hallyu stars have been placed all over the maps according to their popularity. Lee Min-ho, Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo and Psy have been active in the Americas, Europe and Asia and they have been forming indicators on the maps of countries they have targeted. These are the results of the survey conducted by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism and the Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange of 7,200 men and women who have experienced Hallyu contents between the ages of 15 to 59.

Lee Min-ho came in first and Song Joong-ki came in second in Asia. Lee Min-ho owes this popularity to his consecutive dramas such as "The Heirs" and "The Legend of the Deep Blue Sea"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/04/09 | Permalink

Samsung leads the way in screen technology and innovation with their new "Cinema Screen", KoBiz explores the Joseon Dynasty through the films of Song Kang-ho, listen to a podcast review of Shin Sang-ok's "Mother and a Guest", and this infographic from KoBiz shows the K-pop stars that have appeared on the silver screen...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/04/09 | Permalink

Take advantage of the end of the seafood season with The Korea Herald, My Korean Kitchen presents a new recipe with bellflower root, Korea's elderly get soup in Seoul, and Holly shares a delicious family recipe (from her aunt) on Beyond Kimchee...More

Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-gum, So Adorable Together!

2017/03/31 | Permalink

I was just casually going through YouTube, searching for a good music to play while I do some homework and I saw something beautiful...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/03/25 | Permalink

My Korean Husband explores the seemingly bizarre craze of 'mukbangs', learn how to cook and eat a giant rodent, PBS dives into Korea's food waste regulations, and My Korean Kitchen shows us how to make spicy tuna Korean style...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2017/03/25 | Permalink

Find out what festivals and events are happening now and in the near future with the Korea Herald, Korea's top shopping districts feel the pinch of China's travel ban, night tours at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul are back on, and make the most out of your trip to the Korea's capital with this list of its top 25 attractions...More

HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/03/19 | Permalink

Discover classic and contemporary Korean literature online, US consumers buy into Korea's 'skin first' beauty culture, see the role of identity politics in Korea's current political crisis, and why does Canada love K-pop so much?...More

U.S. Academic in Viral Video Chats to Korean Press

Source | 2017/03/19 | Permalink

Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University, poses for a picture with his wife and kids at the school on Wednesday.

Robert Kelly, the unassuming academic who became an overnight viral sensation when his children interrupted a live webcam interview with the BBC, has spoken to the local press about his newfound fame.

Kelly, who teaches at Pusan National University in the southern city also spelled Busan, met the press Wednesday and thanked everyone for their enormous interest. He told reporters gathered at the university that he was pleased to be able to make people laugh...More

[Guest Post] 10 Korean films you need to watch from 2016 by Asian Filmist

Source | 2017/03/18 | Permalink

As we start 2017, we take a look at last year and see the state of Korean cinema of 2016. Fortunately, Korean films in 2016 were awesome...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/03/12 | Permalink

Go with Grace into the heart of Korea's underground beauty scene, K-pop stars feel the pressure from trying relationships with China, traditional Korean wrestling (ssireum) is fighting to stay standing, and is the hanbok underappreciated on the world stage?...More

Today's Photo: March 11, 2017 [3]

Source | 2017/03/11 | Permalink

Actress Han Chae-young attends a cable TV awards show in Seoul on Friday...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/03/04 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchen makes cucumber boats packed with crab salad, The Korea Times explores the country's latest food fad, take advantage of oyster season in Korea with the Korea Herald's "Home Cooking" section, and explore Hongdae's street food after hours with Sweet and Tasty TV...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/02/19 | Permalink

Kimchimari shows us how to make a fresh kimchi salad in minutes, Munchies explores the creations and influence of Korea's "spiritual guru", discover Myeongdong's awesome street food, and Korea's World of Warcraft cooking show makes its debate...More

Taeyeon's Solo Music Video Hits 100 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2017/02/16 | Permalink

Taeyeon of girl group Girls' Generation has proven herself as a solo singer as the music video for her first solo album exceeded 100 million views on YouTube...More

Kim Hyun-joong discharged from military service, "I will make it through this"

Source | 2017/02/12 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joong wrote a letter to his friends.

Kim Hyun-joong has been dismissed from military and a letter came up on his official Youtube...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2017/02/04 | Permalink

The Korea Herald highlights some of the country's best upcoming festivals and events, the annual Korea Sale gets underway, enjoy 'black gold' in Korea's coffee capital, and check out ten of Korea's most beautiful travel destinations...More

Suzy plays drinking game, reveals her first kiss and ideal type

Source | 2017/02/01 | Permalink

Miss A Suzy spilled the beans.

Reality show "Off The Record" featured Suzy drinking with her friends on Facebook Dingo and Youtube Dingo on the 1st of February...More

[Mexico] Eric Nam added to KCON Mexico line-up

Source | 2017/01/27 | Permalink

Eric Nam to perform on March 17-18

Seating Chart Revealed for First KCON in Latin America

KCON, the world's largest Korean culture and K-pop music festival, announced today that popular Korean-American singer and host Eric Nam (Nam Yoon-do) will perform as part of KCON Mexico...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/01/07 | Permalink

China keeps warming up to the K-Wave, My Korean Husband documents a rare celebrity encounter of the K-pop kind, Arirang Radio teaches us about some new Korean buzzwords, and K-content continues to stream across the DMZ...More

Actors Reveal their Final Thoughts on "Love for a Thousand More"

Source | 2016/12/23 | Permalink

Actors reveal their final thoughts as "Love for a Thousand More" comes to an end...More

What is the Hallyu Ban and its effect on Lee Min-ho?

Source | 2016/12/19 | Permalink

Despite the fact that a 'Hallyu Ban' has been issued in China, actor Lee Min-ho is still as hot as ever. His Hallyu stardom and spin-offs are still the center of attention in the Chinese region.

According to local sources, Lee Min-ho has recently been selected as the model for China's biggest cell phone company. This company put forward Lee Min-ho to promote its latest item the Edge L. Pictures and footages of Lee Min-ho with the said item has been coming up on SNS and YouTube. His handsome looks earned him the nickname 'God' in China and it looks like the Hallyu Ban doesn't apply to him...More

Internet Makes Unlikely Stars of Men Who Promote Cosmetics

Source | 2016/12/18 | Permalink

The Internet has given rise to yet another unlikely kind of star -- men who promote cosmetics on YouTube. Most men were drawn to makeup after searching for products to cover up their acne.

Men's interest in cosmetics products is not exactly new, but that they openly demonstrate their use and review them on social media is a relatively recent phenomenon in Korea...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2016/12/17 | Permalink

The New York Times lists "Vegetarian" as one of their top books of the year, CICI announces Korea's best cultural ambassadors, My Korean Husband get their hanbok on, and watch France 24's feature on South Korea's K-pop phenomenon...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2016/12/03 | Permalink

Vanity Fair showcases some of the country's top literary gems, 10 Magazine turns up the heat on Korea's stance on climate change, the Korean Wave is still riding high, and does living in Korea change the way you speak?...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2016/11/26 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchen shows us how to make yuzu dressing, Korean girls try American TV dinners for the first time, feast your eyes on an all traditional Korean buffet, and 10 Magazine has 10 dishes to help warm up your winter...More

TWICE Notches 100 Million YouTube Views for Debut Song

Source | 2016/11/14 | Permalink

The music video for girl group TWICE's debut song reached 100 million views on YouTube on Friday. "Like OOH-AHH" was released in October 2015...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2016/11/12 | Permalink

CNN sets out to discover what it is about South Korea culture that helps to produce such world-class golfers, My Korean Husband hit the town for their first Halloween celebrations, High Heels and a Backpack gets critical of South Korea's beauty culture, and do South Korea's scientists need a new creative culture?...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2016/11/06 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchen shows us how to make Korean-style oyster pancakes, experience Gwangjang Market's 'pancake alley', Fair Dinkum Traveller lists their top 5 favourite Korean foods, and Zen Kimchi busts some myths surrounding Korean food...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2016/10/16 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchen helps us make a delicious and nutritious noodle stir fry, hear what Korea's 'philosopher chef' has to say about eating and living well, Zen Kimchi puts local franchises in the spotlight, and the Best Ever Food Review Show explores the palatability of pupa on Korea's streets....More

[Interview] Han Ji-min with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2016/10/15 | Permalink

Acting since she was in high school, Han Ji-min long ruled the Korean dramaverse with shows like Padam Padam and Rooftop Prince, and made her mark in features like Detective K and The Fatal Encounter. In Director Kim Jee-woon's Japanese invasion spy thriller, "The Age of Shadows", Han reveals a gritty side as the lone lady in a nest of Korean freedom fighters, showing viewers she's much more than just a pretty face.

...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2016/10/09 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchen shows us how to prepare a popular sweet and sour side dish, Al Jazeera explores Korea's love of food in a short documentary, learn where and what to eat from one blogger's food adventures, and discover thirteen delicious vegan dishes...More

2016 APAN Star Awards Winners

2016/10/02 | Permalink

2016 APAN Star Awards Winners...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2016/09/10 | Permalink

Vlogging couple My Korean Husband share their thoughts on life in Seoul as an interracial couple, see what happen in Suwon when the major banned cars for a month, discover how South Koreans handle their hangovers, and how are foreigners influencing Korean culture from the inside?...More

MILLION Dance premiering today on KCON.TV

2016/09/09 | Permalink

Lia Kim, one of K-Pop's most beloved and well-known dance choreographers, is coming to KCON.TV via a Playlist of original video content exclusively for the new digital platform...More

[Video] Kim Ha-neul and Lee Sang-yoon's "Road to the Airport", first teaser unveiled

Source | 2016/08/31 | Permalink

The teaser for "Road to the Airport" has been released.

The new KBS2TV drama "Road to the Airport" starring Kim Ha-neul and Lee Sang-yoon is a mellow drama that is going to warm up the upcoming fall season...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/08/27 | Permalink

North Korea slams "Operation Chromite" as anti-Pyongyang propaganda, KOBIZ talks to director Lee Kyoung-mi talks about her second feature ("The Truth Beneath"), 'Ragin Ronan' reviews Korea's biggest film of the year on YouTube, and is North Korea the perfect place to shoot a science fiction film?...More

[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON LA 2016 Day 1

2016/07/30 | Permalink

KCON is the biggest Hallyu convesntion in North America for five years and running and day 1 kicked off the biggest convention yet. KCON LA 2016 presented by Toyota started off with a bang yesterday, July 28 at the LA Convention Center. Fans poured in, ready for three days of K-pop, Korean food, Korean beauty, K-drama, and more...More

KCON.TV Announces Live Streaming Plans, Expanding K-Pop Fan Festival Beyond Los Angeles This Weekend #KCON16LA

2016/07/29 | Permalink

CJ E&M America's New Short Form Video Destination to Officially Launch with 20-Plus Hours of Live Video to Fans of Hallyu

Highlights to include Celebrity Guest Interviews, Exclusive Full Concert Streams and Access to Convention Panels and Workshops

CJ E&M America, the producer and organizer of leading K-pop and Hallyu fan festival KCON USA presented by Toyota, is kicking off the official launch of KCON.TV – a new short form video platform and online community that is dedicated to all things Korean entertainment – with unprecedented live streamed coverage from their flagship event - KCON Los Angeles...More

[HanCinema's Event Coverage] The Top 7 Things to Do at KCON 2016

2016/07/27 | Permalink

(Photo courtesy of CJ E&M)

It is D-2 days before KCON LA 2016 presented by Toyota and we're getting pumped here at HanCinema. The three day convention held at the staples center from July 29 to July 31 is going to be jam packed full of activities for Hallyu lovers. Here's a list of the top 7 things to check out and do while you're there...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Seoul Searching"

2016/07/24 | Permalink

"Seoul Searching" is a John Hughes-esque teenage romcom that evolves through its one hour and forty-five minute runtime. Director and writer Benson Lee, who based the story on his own experiences in a 1986 Korean summer camp, serves up characters in the forms of teenage stereotypes that gradually take on individual personalities. The cast is made up of fresh-faced ethnic Korean actors from all over the world such as Korean-German Teo Yoo as Klaus and Korean-Spanish Esteban Ahn as Sergio. Joining them are Korean-American Justin Chon (Twilight, "Dramaworld"), Korean veteran actor Cha In-pyo, budding actress Kang Byul ("God's Gift - 14 Days", "The Rooftop Prince"), and Korean-American Jessika Van (MTV's Awkward). The disparate cast, although all of Korean heritage, reflects the core theme of the film, which is self-discovery. It is their mutual Korean heritage that brings them together, but their experiences that keep them that way. Welcome a film that sends a universal message of teenage loneliness via culture clash that results in human growth and understanding...More

[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON New York 2016 Beauty Booths Part 2 + 3 Beauty Giveaways

2016/07/24 | Permalink

KCON LA 2016 presented by Toyota is only a few days away from July 29 to July 31 at the Staples Center. To get you ready for it, HanCinema has one last beauty booth feature to share from KCON NY 2016. We'll take a look at Zazen Bear, Glow Recipe, MustaeV, Duft & Doft with beauty vlogger Sarang. Don't forget that at the bottom of this article are three chances to win beauty products! And now to explore some amazing Korean beauty and skincare companies...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2016/07/16 | Permalink

Learn how to make kimchi udon noodle stir fry with My Korean Kitchen, Robin Ha uses comic books as a medium to share Korean recipes, discover some of the differences between Korean and American food culture, and is ramen really bad for our health?...More

[HanCinema's Event Coverage] HanCinema on KCON New York 2016 Panels

2016/07/13 | Permalink

At KCON New York 2016 presented by Toyota HanCinema had the privilege and the pleasure of being on two panels with some amazing colleagues: "The Return of the Secret Life of K-pop Fans Over 30" and "From K-pop Fan to K-pop Professional". These panels represented HanCinema's first panel experience at KCON and we felt so welcomed by our fellow panelists.

Hallyu professionals from all over the spectrum gathered to talk about their expertise, and their passion...More

Asian Prince Lee Kwang-soo in duty free ad

Source | 2016/07/13 | Permalink

Lee Kwang-soo, the Prince of Asia, was seen filming an ad.

King Kong Entertainment revealed a footage of the ad in progress via Naver TV Cast and YouTube Channel...More

KCON LA: Eric Nam and Amber join main lineup; Additional tickets to go on sale @KCONUSA #KCON16LA

Source | 2016/07/11 | Permalink

Convention and KLUB KCON Tickets Now On-Sale with Additional Concert Tickets Being Released July 12

KCON 2016 USA Presented by Toyota revealed today that Amber - known also as member of the K-pop group f(x) - and Eric Nam will join the KCON LA concert line-up. Amber will perform on Saturday (7/30) with Eric Nam joining the Sunday (7/31) concert. Amber is also set to appear Friday night (7/29) at KLUB KCON, a night of K-pop music and dancing taking place at Club Novo, part of LA Live, as a special guest...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2016/07/09 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchens helps us beat the heat with a refreshing watermelon punch, marinated crab rated the "most challenging" Korean food by foreigners, see Korea's 'dinner porn' stars in action, and America gets seaweed in some of its snacks...More

Taeyeon's New Album Gets Over 100,000 Pre-Orders

Source | 2016/06/28 | Permalink

Taeyeon of Girls' Generation broke the 100,000 mark in pre-orders with her second solo mini-album, according to SM Entertainment on Monday...More

KCON.TV Launches as KCON USA Presented by Toyota Wraps Successful NY Portion of Fan Festival

Source | 2016/06/27 | Permalink

CJ E&M America's New Digital Unit to Unveil First of its Kind Short Form Video Destination Dedicated to Hallyu

Site Launches as KCON Prepares to Come to Los Angeles After Record Crowds and Sold Out Concerts in NY

Fresh from a sold-out KCON New York that attracted 42,000 fans to a convention and two sold out concerts during the weekend of June 24-25, CJ E&M America has announced the launch of KCON.TV - a short form video platform and online community that is the first of its kind to be dedicated to all things Korean entertainment. The digital platform is being timed ahead of KCON 2016 Los Angeles, which takes place July 29-31, and will livestream the event...More

Young Teens Caught Up in Beauty Craze

Source | 2016/06/26 | Permalink

After 10 years teaching in middle school there is one thing that baffles Lee S oo-jung -- how many of the girls are wearing makeup. "Just 10 years ago only a couple of girls in a class wore makeup, but now more than half of them do", she says.

The school tried to ban it, but to no avail. "Many girls put on makeup after coming to school, and we aren't sure where to draw the line", Lee says. "We can't simply tell students not to do something without explaining why, plus many girls are very sensitive about how they look"...More

Big Bang's Music Video Hits 100 million YouTube Views

Source | 2016/06/15 | Permalink

The music video of Big Bang's "Loser" has breached the 100-million mark in viewership on YouTube.

According to their agency YG Entertainment, the music video racked up over 100 million views as of Tuesday. "Loser" was the most high-profile track of the boy group's album "M", which was released in April of last year...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/06/11 | Permalink

Check out Korea Tourism Organisations awesome app for travelers, discover something new about South Korean, get to know Jeju Island for your next trip, and The Korea Herald has their roundup on upcoming events to diarise...More

KCON LA: Monsta X joins final line-up & Tickets go on sale tomorrow #KCON16LA @KCONUSA

Source | 2016/06/10 | Permalink

KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota revealed today that the boy group Monsta X will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup!
 
The official lineup for KCON LA was also revealed, with the lineup for Saturday, July 30 consisting of Block B, CNBlue, DEAN, GFRIEND, I.O.I, and SHINee. On Sunday, July 31, the lineup includes performances by ASTRO, BTS, Monsta X, TTS, and Twice. Please note, this is not the order each act will be performing on their respective night...More

YouTube Kid's Favorite Moves to TV

Source | 2016/06/05 | Permalink

Carrie or Kang Hye-jin has become the latest YouTube star to make the transition to bona fide TV.

Her YouTube show "Carrie and Toys" proved highly popular among children with some 860,000 subscribers and 1 billion hits combined...More

KCON LA: SHINee and I.O.I join line-up & KCON NY: Special Guests Im Si-wan and Park Bo-young

Source | 2016/05/29 | Permalink

KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota revealed today that the pop boy band SHINee and up-and-coming girl group I.O.I will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup! Additionally, special guests Im Si-wan and Park Bo-young will attending KCON 2016 New York!
 
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY is returning to the Prudential Center and will expand to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON LA kicks off a month later and takes place July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center...More

EXO's Hit Song Surpasses 100 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2016/05/23 | Permalink

Total views of boy band EXO's music video "Growl" topped 100 million on Friday...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2016/05/21 | Permalink

Witness the magic of "Project Monsoon" on Korea's streets, enjoy a gallery of stunning photographs taken in Gwanghwamun, visit Korea.net to learn more about Korea's traditional arts, and is China infringing on what dance shows Korea should host?...More

New Web Variety "Topp Dogg: All-Kill" To Air May 23

2016/05/15 | Permalink

A new web variety coming your way brought to you by our buddies over at Soompi: Topp Dogg: All-Kill. You may have seen teasers floating around on social media. If you haven't, check the official "Topp Dogg: All-Kill" twitter account and the links below to stay on top of the most current news...More

[HanCinema's Exclusive Concert Review] SHINee's Fanmeet in Chicago - A Breakdown

2016/05/14 | Permalink

Sunday May 8, 2016 was a momentous day for SHINee fans. It was the day that SubKulture Entertainment brought them to the Rosemont Theater for their very first North American fanmeet! Although the boys had been to Toronto on Friday and Los Angeles on Saturday, they were still brimming with energy and excitement to meet their fans.

They weren't the only ones. Fans from all over the U.S., North America, and indeed the world, came to see the popular SM Entertainment K-pop group...More

KCON NY: Eric Nam, Crush, and Dynamic Duo join final line-up & KCON NY tickets go sale tomorrow #KCONLiveChat

2016/05/12 | Permalink

KCON 2016 presented by Toyota revealed today that singer Eric Nam, R&B singer-songwriter Crush, as well as the Hip-Hop group Dynamic Duo are the final performers to be joining the KCON 2016 New York lineup!
 
The official lineup for KCON NY was also revealed, with the lineup for Friday, June 24 consisting of Ailee, BtoB, Dynamic Duo with Crush, and Seventeen. On Saturday, June 25, the lineup includes performances by BTS, DAY6, Eric Nam and Mamamoo. Please note, this is not the order each act will be performing on their respective night...More

KCON 2016 News: DAY6 and BtoB added to New York Line-up #KCONLiveChat

Source | 2016/05/08 | Permalink

KCON 2016 presented by Toyota revealed today that the rock band DAY6 and the genre-bending boy group BtoB will be joining the KCON 2016 New York lineup!
 
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY is returning to the Prudential Center and will expand to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON LA kicks off a month later and takes place July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center...More

Graphic Novel Brings Historic Naval Battle to Life

Source | 2016/05/01 | Permalink

American gaphic novelist Onrie Kompan has illustrated the famous naval Battle of Myeongnyang in which Admiral Yi Sun-shin defeated a 330-strong invading Japanese fleet ships with only a dozen of his famous turtle ships...More

[HanCinema's Exclusive Interview] Jasper Cho + 3 Signed Photos Giveaway

2016/04/16 | Permalink

Hello HanCinema fans! I am so pleased to bring you our interview with Jasper Cho, the talented young actor who just finished an amazing run as Dr. Daniel Spencer in the hottest drama of the year, "Descendants of the Sun". Thank you to all of you who asked questions. Please read on to find out which two lucky fans had their questions answered by Jasper and to see what he had to say about working on "Descendants of the Sun", how he broke into the industry, and much, much more...More

[Video] "Descendants of the Sun" Kim Jun-su's "How Can I Love You" tops charts

Source | 2016/04/13 | Permalink

Kim Jun-su, also known as XIA, expressed Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki's romance with a ballad.

Kim Jun-su's "Descendants of the Sun" OST "How Can I Love You" topped charts as soon as it was released...More

[Canada] SHINee's First Time in Canada for Hallyu North 2016 #SHINEEinTORONTO #HANO16

Source | 2016/03/27 | Permalink

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

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/03/26 | Permalink

Shim Hyung-rae's "D-War" will get a Chinese-made sequel, The Hollywood Reporter reviews "Ktown Cowboys", KOBIZ looks at the evolution of major Korean actors, and a Korean vlogger has six films to get you into Korean cinema...More

Computer Beats Go Champion Again

Source | 2016/03/13 | Permalink

Lee Se-dol plays a baduk or go match against AlphaGo in downtown Seoul on Thursday. /Courtesy of Korea Baduk Association

Baduk or go champion Lee Se-dol was defeated again on Thursday by Google DeepMind's proto-artificial intelligence program AlphaGo.

Lee conceded defeat in the second round of a best-of-five match at the Four Seasons Hotel in Gwanghwamun, Seoul. Playing white, Lee gave up after placing his 211th move. It was his second loss...More

[HanCinema's Exclusive Interview] Sam Okyere

2016/03/12 | Permalink

Hello everyone! I'm very pleased to present HanCinema viewers an exclusive interview with rising Ghanaian star, Sam Okyere. Sam is a humble, intelligent man who is a go-getter and knows how to make things happen. He's worked hard to become the successful Korean entertainer and t.v. personality that he is and HanCinema got to hear all about it first hand. Now you will, too...More

[Video] Added for the Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/03/09 | Permalink

Added for the Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[Video] Don't Be Surprised Thinking about my Family video released for the Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/03/07 | Permalink

Don't Be Surprised Thinking about my Family video released for the Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

Korean movies opening today 2016/03/03 in Korea

Source | 2016/03/03 | Permalink

[Photo] Added new special poster for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/03/03 | Permalink

Added new special poster for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

Baduk Champ to Face Off Against Proto-Artificial Intelligence

Source | 2016/02/28 | Permalink

Baduk player Lee Se-dol (left) smiles and hi-fives Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis on the screen during a video conference in Seoul on Monday.

Baduk or go player Lee Se-dol faces off against Google's proto-artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in Seoul in March.

Demis Hassabis of AlphaGo developer Google DeepMind said in a video conference Monday that the match will take place on March 9, 10, 12, 13 and 15 under the Chinese baduk rules...More

[Photos] VIP premiere for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/02/26 | Permalink

Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier with Yoo Ji-tae

VIP premiere for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[Video] Characters trailer released for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/02/24 | Permalink

Characters trailer released for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/02/20 | Permalink

Conan O'Brien spends five days in Seoul soaking up the culture, Korea's railway adds nostalgic snacks to their carts, catch Christine's video for some travel trips for Seoul, and find out where you want to be when the blossoms bloom...More

[Photos] Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/02/17 | Permalink

Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[Video] Main trailer released for the Korean-American-British-French documentary 'Twinsters'

Source | 2016/02/11 | Permalink

Main trailer released for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[Photos] Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/02/10 | Permalink

Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[HanCinema's Concert Review] Infinite in New York City

2016/02/07 | Permalink

A K-pop concert is a very unique concert-going experience. Unlike the many rock, R&B, and classical concerts that I have attended, K-pop concerts have a certain sense of unity amongst fans that is unparalleled. At the Infinite concert at New York City's Playstation Theatre on January 19, 2016 the sense of unity was awesome. It was the last leg of the North American tour and fans had waited for hours and hours in the 17°F weather to make sure that they got up close and personal with their idols.

Infinite is one of the top K-pop acts in Korea and in the world...More

[Photos] Added main posters for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/02/04 | Permalink

Added main posters for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[Photos] Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/01/26 | Permalink

Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/01/23 | Permalink

One blogger reflects on her two-week trip from west to east coast, get some great tips for travelling around South Korea, watch a documentary about Korea's food and travel sector, and find out how to make the most of The Land of the Morning Calm while you're studying abroad...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2016/01/23 | Permalink

Watch a short animated documentary about what transpired with the Sewol disaster, get schooled on Korean cosmetics and its relation to K-pop, catch a glimpse of Hongdae's vibrant youth culture with some street-side jamming, and see what the new Asian Culture Centre in Gwangju has planned to develop innovation in the country's capital...More

[Video] Teaser trailer released for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/01/21 | Permalink

Teaser trailer released for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[Photo + Video] Added teaster poster and motion poster for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/01/20 | Permalink

Added teaster poster and motion poster for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/01/16 | Permalink

Explore Seoul's underground with a subway tour, Korean Class 101 has some phrases for you to learn before arrive, see how one adventurer made the most of two days in Seoul, and have you ever been to one of Korea's cat cafes?...More

Psy Receives Award for Promoting Korea

Source | 2016/01/13 | Permalink

Rapper Psy received an award for promoting Korea from the Corea Image Communication Institute on Tuesday...More

[Video] Lee Min-ho's daily life in a pictorial

Source | 2016/01/10 | Permalink

Lee Min-ho revealed his daily life in an exclusive pictorial.

A teaser of "Here", Lee Min-ho's personal pictorial, was released on the 7th on YouTube...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Twinsters"

2015/12/26 | Permalink

Samantha Futerman is an American actress- somewhat more successful than most, given that she's had speaking roles in a couple of movies you've probably heard of. She also shows up in YouTube comedy videos. And that's where the story of "Twinsters" starts- see, Samantha Futerman was born in Korea and adopted overseas. Through an Internet video, Anais Bordier, another Korean adoptee raised in France, sees Samantha Futerman and discovers, to her shock, that the two appear to be identical...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2015/12/26 | Permalink

Watch one blogger's video list of 25 things to do in Seoul, the Television Nomads share their travel highlights in one awesome video, take a look at the top Christmas-themed hotels in Asia, and Visit Seoul has tourists covered with all the right information...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/12/20 | Permalink

Take a look at how Korean women are depicted in Korean films and other cultural forms, Choi Dong-hoon's "The Assassination" wins Best Film, KOBIZ explores the world of comic artist Ha Hung-min, and the Force is strong in Korea at the moment...More

[Video] Ha Ji-won stars in Psy's new music video, 'Daddy'

Source | 2015/11/30 | Permalink

While the news that Ha Ji-won stars in the music video of Psy's new song, 'Daddy' is drawing attention, the previous relation between Psy and Ha Ji-won has also grabbed our attention.

Psy and Ha Ji-won parodied the "Secret Garden" Cappuccino Foam Kiss in a beer TV commercial in the past...More

2015 MAMA Announces Yet Another Star-studded List of Performing Artists and Celebrity Presenters

Source | 2015/11/24 | Permalink

- PSY, acclaimed for sweeping various global music charts and breaking Youtube records, is set to perform at 2015 MAMA
- Celebrity list includes Gong Hyo-jin, Lee Kwang-soo, Choo Ja-hyun, Claudia Kim, Han Chae-young, Lee Jung-jae, Park Bo-yeung, Son Ho-jun, Yeo Jin-goo and more
 
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a list of artists and celebrities who will take part in 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), set to take place at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

Psy to Release New Album on Dec. 1

Source | 2015/11/05 | Permalink

Million-selling rapper Psy is back with a new album on Dec. 1.

But except for a poster he has posted on social media, details are being kept under close wraps.

A staffer at his agency YG Entertainment said, "Even within the company, only a select few know the details"...More

Kim So-eun looks fresh-faced at 'Falling For Challenges' press conference

Source | 2015/10/26 | Permalink

Actress Kim So-eun posed for reporters during the press conference for web-drama, "Falling For Challenges" on October 26th.

Kim So-eun showed off her fresh and vivacious appeals in her mini dress and a white shirt. Her big sparking eyes and lovely smiles stole the heart of the crown on the venue...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2015/10/25 | Permalink

Find out more about Korea's greatest naval commander with Extra History, Eat Your Kimchi considers the differences between Japanese and Korean culture, find out why more Korean men are investing in beauty products, and what's the big deal about Korean culture?...More

[Video] IU's new 4th album 'Twenty Three', "I want to be a woman"

Source | 2015/10/22 | Permalink

Singer IU's fourth mini album is out and the title song is "Twenty Three'".

IU's fourth mini album "CHAT-SHIRE" and its title song "Twenty Three'" was released on YouTube...More

Seo Kang-joon to MC for Melon Music Awards

Source | 2015/10/19 | Permalink

Actor Seo Kang-joon is hosting the 2015 Melon Music Awards.

Loen Entertainment and MBC Plus chose actor Seo Kang-joon as this year's host to lead the MMA...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/10/18 | Permalink

Taste of Cinema reveals its favourite horrors out of Asia, KOBIZ offers online screenings from the Busan International Film Festival, find out what films Koreans supported over Chuseok, and catch all the winners from Korea's premier film festival, BIFF...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2015/10/04 | Permalink

What's Chuseok really about?, All K-pop has a great guide to start learning more about one of Korea's favourite holidays; Korean author Sung J. Woo talks about pornography in his second book; Eat Your Kimchi go day camping in the park and have some tips to share; and The Korean Herald features a new book ("Time of Accumulation: Suggestions for the Future of Korea") that takes a hard and detailed look at Korea's economic future in light of now...More

[Video] Trailer released for the Korean-French-American-British documentary documentary 'Twinsters'

Source | 2015/10/02 | Permalink

Trailer released for the upcoming Korean-French-American-British documentary documentary "Twinsters"...More

[HanCinma's Digest] Culture Corner

2015/09/27 | Permalink

Korean beauty trends via online videos are becoming more popular, 10 Magazine showcases 10 over-the-top gift sets for Chuseok, Eat Your Kimchi reflect on suicide in Korea, and how good is your K-slang?...More

Upcoming Korean-French-American-British documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2015/09/26 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean-French-American-British documentary "Twinsters"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Upcoming Korean documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2015/09/26 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean documentary "Twinsters"'s page to HanCinema database...More

[Video] GFriend Go Viral Defying the Elements

Source | 2015/09/11 | Permalink

An amateur video clip of K-pop girl group GFriend performing on a slippery stage has gone viral across the globe, and GFriend is all of a sudden enjoying renewed popularity.

On Wednesday, major international media including Time, Billboard and the Daily Mail reported on GFriend's performance at Inje Speedium, a motor racing circuit in Gangwon Province, for SBS radio last Saturday...More

4minute's Hyuna to Release New Album

Source | 2015/08/14 | Permalink

Hyuna of 4minute will release her fourth mini album online on Aug. 21.

The star played an active role in each stage of the production process, not just singing and performing as directed, and hopes to show her growth as an artist. She unveiled a striking music video trailer and teaser photos on Monday...More

KCON 2015 USA Rocked both Coasts with over 75,000 in Attendance in Its Fourth Year

Source | 2015/08/10 | Permalink

After three years of exponential growth, KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota (www.kconusa.com) expanded for the first time to a bicoastal event, with three days of panels, workshops, and star-studded k-pop concerts held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center in LA, in addition to a one day convention and concert held at the Prudential Center in the New York metro area. Over 75,000 fans of Korean entertainment and culture attended KCON 2015 USA, with 58,000 fans converging on the flagship event in LA, and another 17,000 celebrating KCON's arrival to the east coast...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sprout" and "The World of If" and "I am Joongsik"

2015/08/01 | Permalink

In "Sprout", seven-year-old Bo-ri (played by Kim Su-an) goes on an epic quest to go find vegetables. Bo-ri isn't exactly mentally equipped for this journey, being only a small child who is easily distracted. Even so, Bo-ri makes a strike for independence and journeys on a miniature road trip guided only by her feet. "Sprout" is no thriller- Bo-ri's neighborhood is just, well, a typical Korean neighborhood. Or is it?...More

Lee Min-ho Promotes Korea Tourism

Source | 2015/08/01 | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho has starred in a commercial promoting travel to Korea. The commercial is part of efforts by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to boost tourism after the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome...More

Bae Yong-joon's naughty hands? While giving Park Soo-jin a kiss, his hands linger on her lower rear area...

Source | 2015/07/30 | Permalink

Video of Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin's wedding reception has been release to the public.

In a video recently uploaded to YouTube, the couple are shown to be dancing all snuggled up together. Seeing the two share a passionate kiss, the fact that they are married only know feel real...More

Lee Young-ae's country life at Muno-ri is captured on camera. Talking walks with pretty daughter.

Source | 2015/07/28 | Permalink

Lee Young-ae shows off her beauty and a glimpse of her daily life in a photospread.

Via the August edition of Magazine JLOOK, Lee Young-ae makes public her beauty photos and a video showing off her of shinny skin secrets in addition to a column called "Lia column" about her country life amongst the mountains and river. It is quite unheard of that an actress would be given a magazine column with her name on it...More

[Photos] Suzy, thinning body, no more baby fat

Source | 2015/07/27 | Permalink

A photospread of Suzy was made public

Cheil Industries' Beanpole Accessories made public a behind the scenes still photo of their fall season CF shoot with their brand ambassador Suzy...More

'Yong Pal' Joo Won & Kim Tae-hee, on wires for more than 10 hours... giving their utmost best

Source | 2015/07/27 | Permalink

The fact that Joo Won and Kim Tae-hee had to spend more than 10 hours on wires for SBS' new Wednesday-Thursday drama "Yong Pal" (Script by Jang Hyeok-rin, directed by Oh Jin-seok) has recently been made public. A "behind the scenes" video of the two giving their utmost has been posted on SBS' official Facebook page and YouTube channel (SBSNOW). In the making of the trailer, director Oh Jin-seok and creative director Lee Dong-ho, who was involved with productions of Hollywood movies such as "Ironman, "300", and Korean drama "The Family Is Coming", joined in...More

KCON 2015 USA Presents Latest Trends in Korean Beauty

Source | 2015/07/17 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that KCON 2015 USA will be an attractive site for K-beauty lovers, as the event is endorsed and joined by a large group of people from the beauty industry, ranging from small startups and individual YouTubers to cosmetics company sponsors.
 
"We are confident that KCON 2015 USA will be a good business opportunity for Korean beauty companies trying to find ways to expand their business overseas. Also, it will be a big K-beauty extravaganza for the visitors who want to catch the latest trends in K-Beauty", says Hyun-Soo Kim, head of Global Festival Business at CJ E&M, who is in charge of organizing KCON 2015 USA...More

Girls' Generation's Latest Single Garners Attention

Source | 2015/07/16 | Permalink

Girls' Generation's new single "Party" is receiving rave reviews from home and overseas.

U.S. magazine Vanity Fair on Sunday praised their single with favorable comments...More

[Guest Post] Celebrating Family Outing Part 1 - The Cast

Source | 2015/07/05 | Permalink

Seven years ago, an ambitious reality show called Family Outing appeared on Korean TV. Hosted by "The Nation's MC" Yoo Jae-suk (most may know him only as the guy with the bowl cut in PSY's recent videos), this variety show took outdoor reality to a level that is still trying to be reached. The show ran for nearly 2 years on SBS's 'Good Sunday' and had many of the same cast and crew members from the game show X-Man. What this show offered was more than just silly games and jokes, it was a travelogue of Korean villages and offered a glimpse into the Confucian-based society unheard of in America...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2015/06/28 | Permalink

Track the evolution of a 100 years of Korean beauty, explore tattoo culture in Korea, what does America's LGBT ruling mean for Korea?, and the Korea Herald interviews some of its veterans to share their stories...More

CJ E&M's Music Channel Mnet Launches Online Brand 'Mnet Digital Lab'

2015/06/25 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that its specialized music channel Mnet will launch Mnet Digital Lab on July 1st to create mobile-friendly online video content, featuring K-pop stars and their off-stage life stories...More

CJ E&M's Ditigal Studio Launches New Beauty Show Starring Girs' Generation's Hyoyeon

2015/06/11 | Permalink

Multi-platform infotainment content 'Hyoyeon's One Million Likes' will premiere on June 12
 
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that its Digital Studio introduces new beauty infotainment show Hyoyeon's One Million Likes featuring Hyoyeon from one of the most popular K-Pop idols Girls' Generation...More

Roy Kim confirmed to perform at KCON 2015 in Los Angeles

Source | 2015/06/05 | Permalink

#KCONLiveChat announced today that Roy Kim is confirmed to perform at KCON 2015 Los Angeles, which takes place at the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center over three days from July 31 - August 2. Roy Kim joins KCON LA's star-studded lineup of previously announced artists Super Junior, Shinhwa, AOA, and Block B...More

Super Junior Revealed as First Performer for KCON 2015 in Los Angeles

Source | 2015/05/15 | Permalink

Additional Acts for the July 31-August 2 Convention and Concert in Downtown L.A. to be announced in the Coming Weeks

Easily one of the most colossal groups to come out of Korean pop music over the past ten years, Super Junior has been announced as the first addition to the Los Angeles line-up for KCON 2015, presented by Toyota. More artists will be announced in the coming month before tickets go on sale in June. The announcement was made during #KCONLiveChat, which airs every Thursday at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET leading up to the convention on KCON's YouTube channel...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/05/09 | Permalink

Lee Byeon-hun scores another Hollywood role, "Roaring Currents" documentary on the way, Paul Fisher's "A Kim Jong-Il Production" reviewed, and does Marvel's latest show Seoul's ugly side?...More

[Video] Lee Min-ho and Yoona in sweet ' some ' relationship in web drama, "Summer Love"

Source | 2015/05/07 | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho and Girls' Generation Yoona will be in a sweet Some relationship.

The cosmetic brand, Innisfree will release "Summer Love", a web drama starring Lee Min-ho and Yoona on May 8th...More

[HanCinema's Digest] K-pop & Stars

2015/05/02 | Permalink

The K-pop boom gets analysed, there's no age limit on being a fan, Big Bang bounce back with new tracks, and Yuna pledges her support for earthquake victims in Nepal...More

KCON 2015 USA Expands To NY After Three-Day Festival in LA this Summer

Source | 2015/04/28 | Permalink

Mega Successful Korean Entertainment Convention and Concert Series to Take Place July 31-August 2 at Staples Center in LA and August 8 at Prudential Center in New Jersey
 
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that KCON 2015 USA will expand in terms of the number of days and location, making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event.
 
On the West Coast, KCON 2015 LA will open for not two, but three days from July 31st at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and some of the world's biggest stars are set to perform on last two days of the event. East Coast K-pop fans will also get their own turn to have the ultimate Hallyu experience when the KCON descends upon the Big Apple for the first time on August 8th for a one-day convention and concert extravaganza, dubbed KCON 2015 NY, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ...More

Suzy and Yoo Yeon-seok make Lee Min-ho jealous

Source | 2015/04/23 | Permalink

Bean Pole Accessories displayed models Suzy and Yoo Yeon-seok in its Summer Collection.

This is Yoo Yeon-seok's first time with Suzy and Bean Pole. They have met before in two dramas and worked well as a team...More

[Video] Discovering Korean Dramas by JeffreyFever

Source | 2015/04/17 | Permalink

I discovered this thing called: Korean dramas... Heard of it?...More

CJ E&M Partners with YGKPLUS to Co-produce Web Drama, Featuring 2NE1's Sandara Park And WINNER Kang Seung-yoon

2015/04/15 | Permalink

Sandara Park

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M's Digital Studio has launched partnership with YGKPLUS, a subsidiary company of leading K-pop agency YG Entertainment, and production company Story Plant to co-produce a web drama, titled "We Broke Up". The new musical romantic drama features 2NE1's Sandara Park, WINNER's Kang Seung-yoon, top model Kang Seung-hyun and rising star Jang Ki-yong...More

Samsung Unveils $30,000 High-Tech Doghouse

Source | 2015/03/08 | Permalink

Samsung Electronics has built an innovative house for man's best friend packed with the latest technologies.

The Samsung Dream Doghouse will be displayed at the world's biggest dog show Crufts in Birmingham, England, which kicked off Thursday...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema and Entertainment

2015/03/07 | Permalink

Korean Cinema Today...

The latest two episodes of KOFIC's bimonthly podcast features Simon McEnteggart (founder of Hanguk Yeonghwa: "The Home of Korean Cinema") as he joins Pierce Conran and June Kim in studio to chat about Korea's indie cinema circuit, and then again about the blockbusters Korean cinephiles can get excited about this year...More

CJ E&M Unveils "Digital Studio" Featuring Top K-Culture Personalities

2015/02/25 | Permalink

- Multi-platform content on Korean beauty, fashion and food
- Over 31 million viewed 'Pony's Beauty Diary', 'Nayoung's 10,000 Like' and 'Hwang Kwanghee's Love Recipe'
- Korea's first beauty-themed web drama 'Sweet 20s' to be uploaded every Friday from Feb. 18
 
Seoul, Korea –February 25, 2015 –Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has launched Digital Studio to expand its entertainment business to the digital realm. Featuring top independent content creators and personalities of K-Culture, several shows have already garnered a total of 31 million views online...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Han Gong-ju" @ 24fps

2015/02/21 | Permalink

Lee Su-jin's "Han Gong-ju" @ 24fps...

There are so many films flashing furiously past our eyes nowadays that it's hard to remember some of the devilish details, moments, and ideas from our favourite features. Add to that all the music videos, T.V. series, news broadcasts, digital advertisements, YouTube playlists and gaming, and it might well start to feel like there's an insurmountable backlog of compelling content, and you'd be right (sooner or later). Our lifetime is slowly being replaced by digital dream streams that if we were to watch all the classics, the critically acclaimed, personal recommendations and cultural must-sees, our lives would no longer have a convincing anchor in reality, and screen-time would be our only time...More

Jang Geun-suk released teaser for third regular album, "Monochrome"

Source | 2015/02/12 | Permalink

Jang Geun-suk revealed music video teaser for the title song, "Hidamari" of his third regurlar album, "Monochrome".

Pony Canyon posted the teaser on their offical YouTube Channel on February 11th. The 25 second music video teaser shows More

Yoo Ji-tae hits the peak in "Healer"

Source | 2015/02/10 | Permalink

Actor Yoo Ji-tae made a speech about the end of the drama "Healer".

Namu Actors posted a video of Yoo Ji-tae's final take and interview on their official YouTube channel. Yoo Ji-tae chose the scene of him and Jeong-hoo (Ji Chang-wook) at the car wash, reminiscing about the past as the best scene ever. He said, "This scene represents the character of Kim Moon-ho who connects the past and the present very well. The emotion is also just appropriately controlled"...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" @ 24fps

2015/01/31 | Permalink

Choi Dong-hoon's "JEON WOO CHI: The Taoist Wizard" @ 24fps...

There are so many films flashing furiously past our eyes nowadays that it's hard to remember some of the devilish details, moments, and ideas from our favourite features. Add to that all the music videos, T.V. series, news broadcasts, digital advertisements, YouTube playlists and gaming, and it might well start to feel like there's an insurmountable backlog of compelling content, and you'd be right (sooner or later). Our lifetime is slowly being replaced by digital dream streams that if we were to watch all the classics, the critically acclaimed, personal recommendations and cultural must-sees, our lives would no longer have a convincing anchor in reality, and screen-time would be our only time...More

Korean-American Actress Talks About 'Fairy-Tale' Film Role

Source | 2015/01/24 | Permalink

Stella Choe

In the weepie "Ode to My Father", which portrays the sacrifices of a man through 50 years of Korean history, the youngest of the family is adopted to the U.S. and finally meets her brother after a TV campaign searching for families separated by the Korean War.

The part of the grown-up daughter was played by Korean-American actress Stella Choe, and her performance in the reunion scene makes a powerful impression...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" @ 24fps

2015/01/17 | Permalink

Kim Han-min's "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" @ 24fps…

There are so many films flashing furiously past our eyes nowadays that it's hard to remember some of the devilish details, moments, and ideas from our favourite features. Add to that all the music videos, T.V. series, news broadcasts, digital advertisements, YouTube playlists and gaming, and it might well start to feel like there's an insurmountable backlog of compelling content, and you'd be right (sooner or later). Our lifetime is slowly being replaced by digital dream streams that if we were to watch all the classics, the critically acclaimed, personal recommendations and cultural must-sees, our lives would no longer have a convincing anchor in reality, and screen-time would be our only time...More

Psy's 'Hangover' Most Viewed K-Pop Video in U.S. Last Year

Source | 2015/01/17 | Permalink

Psy's "Hangover" was the most viewed K-pop video in the United States last year. According to Billboard magazine, the single grabbed the No. 1 spot, with more than 170 million views on YouTube.

This marks the third straight year that Psy has topped the list, following "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman"...More

[HanCinema Feature] Korea's Favourite Foreign Films of 2014

2015/01/10 | Permalink

 This time last year "The Attorney" was enjoying its final weekend at the top of the Korean box office. Yang Woo-seok's potent political piece drew millions to his Song-studded story of undead civil rights and modern righteousness, but a foreign blizzard was brewing, one that would soon usher in the nation's favourite alien invader of the year.

Its theme song, "Let It Go", was played, parodied, and pumped throughout the year as our Pale Blue Dot danced and dreamed of white noise and snowmen (a sobering event that one of the film's director, Jennifer Lee, recently apologised for; forgiven, not forgotten). Disney's "Frozen" hit Korea on the 16th of January, 2014, and the bruise was bad; $75.2 million in damages bad, in fact. Korea was obviously not alone here, the world had frozen over and thrown millions at this over-zealous zeitgeist qua animated anomaly...More

[Video] Clara's nude photo shooting session for GQ Taiwan

Source | 2015/01/09 | Permalink

A video featuring Clara's nude photo shooting session in Taiwan has been released.

GQ Taiwan uploaded the video through their official YouTube channel on January 9th...More

S.Korean Envoy's Speech at UN Goes Viral

Source | 2015/01/03 | Permalink

Oh Joon, South Korea's ambassador to the UN, speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Dec. 22, 2014. /AP-Newsis

A speech by South Korea's ambassador to the UN before the Security Council on Dec. 22 condemning human rights abuses in North Korea has gone viral on the Internet...More

PSV Holds Farewell Ceremony for Park Ji-sung

Source | 2014/12/20 | Permalink

Fans hold up a banner in tribute to Park Ji-sung during a match between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord at Philips Stadion on Wednesday in this screen grab from YouTube.

Park Ji-sung, one of the most decorated Asian footballers in history, retired in May while playing for PSV Eindhoven, the same team he began his European career with. The Dutch team officially honored his retirement on Wednesday during their match against Feyenoord at Philips Stadion, the home of PSV Eindhoven, where he was the honored guest.

For the farewell ceremony a huge flag carrying Park's image and a banner saying, "Warrior from the South" were hung over the crowd. The "Ji-sung Park" song played and the fans welcomed him with thunderous applause. Park walked around the stadium clapping and waving at the fans...More

Actor, Lee Joon-gi presents dancing skills better than idol dancers

Source | 2014/12/18 | Permalink

On December 18th, Lee Joon-gi's agency, Namoo Actors released a video clip with Lee Joon-gi' dance practice under the title, 'Full Version of Dance Practice to 'Ma Lady" through its official Youtube channel

In the video, Lee Joon-gi grabs viewer's attention by dancing to the music, 'Ma Lady' from the mini album, 'EXHALE' released in last November. With his mischievous smile and beads of sweat trickling down on his face at the end of the video clip, it makes his fans' hearts beat...More

[Video] 2014 MAMA! Re-air tomorrow night at 8pm on Mnet America

Source | 2014/12/09 | Permalink

2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards videos from Mnet America's YouTube page.

Mnet America will be airing the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards with subtitles on Dec. 10 at 8pm EST/PST. Check it out for the first time or tune in again to relive all the action...More

Forest Whitaker Delivers Video Message to 2014 MAMA

Source | 2014/12/03 | Permalink

- CJ and UNESCO partnership - "Bright Girls. Bright Future!" - supports the education of young girls
- The Asia's premiere music awards speaks to the power of music to bridge cultures and bring people together
 
Oscar-winning actor and the honorable UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker will deliver a video message for girls' education at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) announced Asia's No.1 content and media company CJ E&M today...More

Mnet America Airing 2014 MAMA Exclusively in the U.S. on TV, Online and at CGV Cinemas Los Angeles

Source | 2014/11/24 | Permalink

Live Broadcast will Begin at 1 AM on December 3rd from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong

Mnet America, the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for the hottest in Asian entertainment, has announced that they will be airing the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) LIVE from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on its cable network as well as via live stream on the mini-site for Mnet America's talk show "Danny from LA" (www.dannyfromla.tv) and the Mnet America YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/mnetamerica)...More

[Video] AOA's New Music Video a Hit

Source | 2014/11/20 | Permalink

K-pop girl group AOA's new music video has been enjoying increasing popularity since it was released last week.

The music video of "Like a Cat", the title song of the group's second mini album, has earned 2.44 million hits on YouTube as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday...More

[Video] Added Korean drama 'Love Cells' episode 1

Source | 2014/11/03 | Permalink

Added episode 1 for the Korean drama 'Love Cells'

Watch on DramaFever...More

[Video] Watch 'The Heirs and I Hear Your Voice' parody video for the upcoming drama Pinocchio

Source | 2014/10/30 | Permalink

This parody video features scenes cut from "The Heirs" and "I Hear Your Voice" which features Park Shin-hye and Lee Jong-suk. It was uploaded by SBS on YouTube earlier. You can watch it here...More

Billboard Chief Offers Thoughts on Future of K-Pop

Source | 2014/10/11 | Permalink

Janice Min, who leads Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter, the two most influential U.S. showbiz publications, has some advice for the popular music industry of her ancestral home.

Min attended the MU:CON Seoul 2014, a world music market hosted by the Korea Creative Contents Agency, which ended on Wednesday.

Min delivered a keynote speech on Monday on K-pop and shared candid thoughts about it at a press conference afterwards...More

Official Logo and Teaser Trailer of 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) Revealed

Source | 2014/10/09 | Permalink

- Colorful and multi-dimensional logo reflects past, present and future changes in media industry
- Transcending generations, national boundaries and music genres, Asia's greatest music festival returns to Hong Kong on December 3
 
Asia's leading content and media Company CJ E&M released today the official logo and the teaser trailer for the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). Asia's premiere music festival will take place this year on December 3 at Hong-Kong Asia World Expo Arena (AWE)...More

"My Lovely Girl", Rain talks about Krystal

Source | 2014/09/10 | Permalink

Rain complimented Krystal.

Rain claimed there was a new side of Krystal to be seen. They are both starring in the new SBS drama "My Lovely Girl"...More

[Video] First teaser video released of Rain and Krystal in upcoming SBS drama "My Lovely Girl"

Source | 2014/08/27 | Permalink

The teaser video for the new SBS drama "My Lovely Girl" was released via YouTube on the 27th.

The 23-second video shows Hyeon-wook (Rain) and Sena (Krystal) meeting like it was fate and connecting with each other. It's short, but it's enough to linger in everyone's minds. Rain and Krystal appear to be impressive in the video...More

[Video] Korean actors and actresses taking the ALS 'ice bucket challenge'

2014/08/22 | Permalink

Won Bin

Korean actors taking the ALS 'ice bucket challenge'...More

[Video] Park Shin-hye does the 'ice bucket challenge'

Source | 2014/08/21 | Permalink

Actress Park Shin-hye also took part in the 'ice bucket challenge'.

Appointed by Yoo Yeon-seok from "The Tailors", Park Shin-hye revealed a video of her doing the ALS 'ice bucket challenge' through SALT Entertainment's YouTube channel...More

Young Man Finds Great Success in Teaching Korean Online

Source | 2014/08/10 | Permalink

Sun Hyun-woo launched the website Talk to Me in Korean in 2009 to teach Korean via various online formats such as YouTube videos, podcasts and e-books. His business has made big strides in no more than five years with some 8.7 million users from 199 countries around the world. Total downloads of his lessons have surpassed 50 million.

The 34-year-old first got inspiration for his business from exchanging letters with foreigners while at university.

"When I returned to school after a two-year absence to complete mandatory military service in 2004, I wanted to make foreign friends, so I introduced myself on foreign websites and asked for people to contact me if they wanted to chat with me", Sun said...More

KCON 2014 Comes Straight to Your Fingertips with Docu-Series

Source | 2014/08/06 | Permalink

Fans can experience all things KCON 2014 from the comfort of their own homes right now

KCON (www.kconusa.com), the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, announced that every aspect of KCON 2014 will be showcased exclusively on Mnet America's website www.mnetamerica.com and their YouTube page through the docu-series -KCON Experience 2014 – airing now. If you can't come to LA for KCON, Mnet America is bringing all the excitement to you...More

Free Outdoor Market and Live Stage Added To KCON for First Time, as 2014 Convention Continues to Grow

Source | 2014/07/25 | Permalink

KCON 2014 Includes Two Night of K-pop Concerts, Appearances from Top Korean Drama Stars, "League of Legends" Exhibition Match, and the "Taste of KCON"

A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu Storm Downtown L.A. August 9 and 10

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of all things Hallyu, announced today that the third annual convention will feature a free marketplace with vendors from around LA and a free outdoor stage. KCON 2014 also revealed its program schedule for this year's two day convention taking place August 9 and 10 in Downtown Los Angeles. Building on last year's highly successful event at the Los Angeles Memorial Arena, KCON 2014 will return with a programming slate double the size and more varied than ever. In addition to two star-studded K-pop concerts (up from one in 2013), special guests and a new program of panels and workshops, KCON 2014 will add a slew of first-time features to the convention.

These include:

- A free market and outdoor stage, which will showcase local artists along with vendors from the L.A. area including the "Taste of KCON", serving up some of the best food from K-Town. 

- Huge K-Drama stars Yoo In-naLee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin appearing at KCON as special guests...More

[Photos] Ha Seok-jin and Lee Jae-yoon's Cosmopolitan photo shoot

Source | 2014/07/23 | Permalink

Ha Seok-jin and Lee Jae-yoon both modeled for a photo shoot with fashion magazine Cosmopolitan, August issue.

Under the concept of five different sports categories, the two actors were dressed for horseback riding, fencing, tennis and more...More

Indie Korean Music and Cinema are Finding Its Feet Internationally

2014/07/18 | Permalink

Indie Korean Music and Cinema are Finding Its Feet Internationally

Psy's Gangnam Style was just the beginning. There is no longer any doubt that the independent music and movie scene in Korea is gaining traction all over the world-especially in the United States and United Kingdom. K-Pop has been huge in the US and other western countries for a couple of years and more and more Korean movies are getting screen time in "mainstream" American movie theaters...More

Largest K-pop Fan Convention In North America Reveals Full Artist Line-up As Individual Tickets Go On-sale July 3 At 10 A.m. Pt

Source | 2014/07/02 | Permalink

KCON 2014 Now Features Two Nights of M COUNTDOWN:2NIGHTS IN LA Concerts Including Performances By BTS, B1A4, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girls' Generation, IU, Jung Joon Young, TEEN TOP and VIXX

A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu like K-Drama star, Lee Seung Gi All Scheduled for August 9 and 10 in Downtown L.A.

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture announced today the full artist lineup for both nights of concert as individual tickets become available starting Thursday, July 3 at 10 A.M. PT. Combo tickets are on sale now.

Returning to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Downtown Los Angeles on August 9-10, KCON 2014 is where "All Things Hallyu" will converge for two days of unforgettable concerts, panels, workshops, food, fashion, and much more...More

[Video] "It's Okay, That's Love" Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin's comical dance

Source | 2014/06/24 | Permalink

Four teaser videos of Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin has been revealed.

The SBS official YouTube Channel released a teaser of the new drama "It's Okay, That's Love"...More

Psy's 'Hangover' Proves Another Early Hit on YouTube

Source | 2014/06/14 | Permalink

The music video of Psy's latest single "Hangover" has attracted over 13 million hits within just 24 hours of its release. As of early Tuesday morning, the music video has received 13.15 million hits on YouTube.

The song blends Korean playfulness with a hip-hop beat and features Psy in a de facto duet with Snoop Dogg, but reviews from critics have been mixed. Some have bewailed the lack of a catchy melody and imitation-friendly dance moves...More

Psy's New Song with Snoop Dogg Earns Mixed Reviews

Source | 2014/06/11 | Permalink

Psy unveiled the music video for his new song "Hangover" via YouTube on Monday. The five-minute song features Snoop Dogg rapping along with Psy. Filmed in Korea, it garnered over 1.9 million clicks in less than a day.

The video focuses on Korea's drinking culture and various hangover cures, with most of the lyrics in English and some sung in Korean.

Starting with a scene of Psy throwing up in a toilet, it shows the rapper and Snoop Dogg having hair-of-the-dog drinks to relieve their hangovers, eating cup noodles and bathing in a sauna...More

KCON Taps Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as First Two Headliners for 2014

Source | 2014/05/22 | Permalink

Largest K-Pop Fan Convention Grows to Two Concert Nights withMore Artists than Ever Before

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, continued its tradition of bringing the biggest and most exciting artists to the U.S., by naming Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as the first artists added to the two-day convention's concert line-up.  

This year's celebration will increase the number of marquee acts spreading the music over two nights, creating two separate outstanding concerts. For a second year in a row, the concerts again will be produced by #1 K-pop chart show, M COUNTDOWN, which is known for drawing the hottest names in Korean pop music. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks...More

[Giveaway] Win 2 copies Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today

Source | 2014/04/12 | Permalink

Win 2 copies of the book, one "Girls Edition" and one "Boys Edition", open to everybody.

Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date...More

[Press Release] Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today

Source | 2014/03/31 | Permalink

Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date...More

"Secret Love Affair" to start on Monday

Source | 2014/03/16 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Secret Love Affair" recorded 400 thousand hits in just the highlight video.

According to JTBC on the 17th, Kim Hee-ae and Yoo Ah-in's drama has been chosen as the most anticipated drama this year yet...More

2NE1 Accused of 'Insulting' Islam

Source | 2014/03/14 | Permalink

Girl band 2NE1 have found themselves embroiled in a bitter controversy over alleged insults to Islam after a song on their latest album quoted verses from the Quran.

The offending lines come in a ditty titled "MTBD".

An official at the Korea Muslim Federation on Wednesday demanded that 2NE1's agency YG Entertainment "swiftly delete" the lyrics in question or "completely revise" the song, and apologize to all Muslims...More

Korean drama of the week "Drama Special - Do You Know Tae-Kwon-Do?"

Source | 2014/03/13 | Permalink

Korean drama of the week "Drama Special - Do You Know Tae-Kwon-Do?" (2012)

Directed by Kim Yeong-gyoon

Written by Yoo Bo-ra

With Im Ji-kyu, Niel, Han Yeo-reum, Kim Hee-won, Chae So-young, Yoon Park,...

1 episode - Sun 23:45
12th part of the "Drama Special" series season 3
Synopsis
Do-hyeon majored in Physical Education in University and he dreams of becoming an action star but he's just been roaming around the edges of movies for several years. His long time lover Hyeon-jin also left him after telling him, "I'm afraid to age with you". Do-hyeon's life is so complicated in terms of work and love. Then an opportunity comes around! The position of an after school Tae-Kwon-Do master at his mother school...More

"Mimi", the final shot

Source | 2014/03/13 | Permalink

Changmin is done with "Mimi".

The final makings of the Mnet drama "Mimi" were revealed through YouTube...More

CJ E&M Opens Applications for 2nd Season of Hit Global Dance Survival Show, Dancing9

Source | 2014/03/10 | Permalink

Regardless of dance genre, age, or nationality, anyone with a passion for dance welcome to apply
 
Asia's No.1 Contents Company CJ E&M has begun accepting contestant applications for the second season of its hit dancing survival TV show, Dancing9, which returns this June. The show has been a massive hit not only in Korea, but also across Asia for its thrilling, talented, and competitive performances, as well as discovery of talented dancers...More

Korean rock band "Kiha & The Faces" to debut in NYC

2014/03/07 | Permalink

This Korean psychedelic/folk rock band is very well known in South Korea, and about to perform at SXSW2014 this March. After attending SXSW, the band decided to perform in NYC as well.

Currently they are booked for two shows in NYC, and one of 'em is almost sold out...More

Filmmaker Brothers Assemble Bittersweet Homage to Seoul

Source | 2014/02/23 | Permalink

Park Chan-kyong (left) and Park Chan-wook

If a city is like food, what could Seoul taste like? To film director brothers Park Chan-wook and Chan-kyong, Seoul is bittersweet. Out of 11,852 video clips of Seoul, the brothers chose 154 cuts and edited them into a 65-minute film promoting the city.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government called for video images of Seoul for 100 days from Aug. 20 to Nov. 25 last year, and 6,523 video clips were submitted by Koreans and 5,329 by foreigners.

The resulting montage the Park brothers edited and created was unveiled on YouTube last week...More

Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk's shift in generations

Source | 2014/02/12 | Permalink

A shift is quickly occurring amongst Hallyu Stars.

Actors Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are the four top Hallyu actors and they have been evolving at a rapid rate. They are leading the shift in generation from the primary Hallyu generation, which would be Bae Yong-joon and others. These new Hallyu stars have been expanding their fan population like LTE, which make them global stars because of their limitless boundaries between international and domestic fans.

A person in the media claims, "Unlike the Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo generation, the newer Hallyu stars have been appealing to the world with a more friendly approach in various works. They have been able to expand their fan base with real time VOD and development of technology and the Internet, as well as SNS services"...More

Seo In-guk in "What Kind of Goodbye" with Wang Ji-won

Source | 2014/02/06 | Permalink

Singer and actor Seo In-guk has been cast for the short drama "What Kind of Goodbye" along with Wang Ji-won.

"What Kind of Goodbye" is the first drama by Won Tae-yeon, a movie director about the special day of a man and a woman on the last day of their lives. Seo In-guk is the leading male character who is clumsy but sexy and is attempting at two roles at once for the first time. His appearance in the drama has brought up the anticipation to the max...More

New Original Series Alpha Girls Chronicles Asian and Asian American Women at the Top of Their Game

2014/01/30 | Permalink

Mnet America's New Series Tracks the Lives of Four Jet-setting Women in Fashion, Music, and Art to Premiere on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, will unfold its new original series, Alpha Girls on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT.  Documenting the hustle and grit needed to succeed in the world of fashion, music and art, Alpha Girls follows the lives of four Asian and Asian American women as they juggle professional hardships and personal drama...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Lazy Hitchhikers' Tour de Europe"

2014/01/10 | Permalink

So, a bunch of broke Korean college students get together and come up with a crazy idea. They'll go on a trip to Europe, funding themselves by making videos for the hostels where they'll be staying. But before any of that fun stuff can start they must get to the first hostel, which is fairly far away. Many hitchhiking and camping shenanigans ensue on the way to meeting the initial step of their crazy idea.

Personally, I didn't find anything the hitchhikers did particularly interesting. Their general travels from place to place are about what I'd expect the experiences of any young person to look like. Sure, there's jokes, but there's the constant feel that these are in-jokes, or situational jokes, that only the people immediately involved will find entertaining in any way...More

[HanCinema's Classics] "Woman of Fire" (1971): Infestations of the Heart and Home

2014/01/10 | Permalink

Riddled with rats, reds, and psychosexual perversions, Kim Ki-young's "Woman of Fire" (1971) is disturbing classic of note. If home is where the heart is, the castle from which a man rules, then untested kings beware; for no walls are higher enough and no moat too toxic to prevent Kim's black-blooded and blackmailing femme fatales from scurrying in and chewing on the phallic foundations. 

"Woman of Fire" is the second motion picture in Kim Ki-young's 'housemaid trilogy', an adulterous series of misfortunate sexapades that started with Kim's masterly "The Housemaid - 1960", was further fuelled by "Woman of Fire", and rekindled once more with "Woman of Fire '82" (1982). These incendiary time capsules are all variants and remakes of the same disastrous domestic scenario, celluloided celebrations of fantastical femme fatales that enter Korea's strawman's mansions and gnaw at the hibernating hamartia that resides. In these Trojan tropes, corruptible morality is explored through psychosexual themes of fantasy and desire, threats to the hearth brought about by the welcoming of a dormant sexual reactor into the nuclear family...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Woman of Fire" (1971)

2014/01/10 | Permalink

A selection of shots from Kim Ki-young's 1971 classic: "Woman of Fire"

Kim Ki-young is one of Korea's most iconic director and created what many critics believe to be Korea's greatest film: "The Housemaid - 1960". Kim would later return to the themes and images found in that masterly film, and produced two other very similar movies that would later be called his 'Housemaid trilogy'.

The following gallery contains a selection of shots and comments from his second film in that trilogy: "Woman of Fire" (1971) - To Remember, Share, and Enjoy! [spoiler]...More

[Video] Mnet America's Year On #AllThingsHallyu 2013

Source | 2013/12/27 | Permalink

A 2013 Year In Review Video of Major Moments, People and Stories of 'All Things Hallyu (Korean Wave)' as Selected by Mnet America

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has released their year in review for 2013 with images, videos, and sound clips that defined the year of 'All Things Hallyu (a.k.a. Korean Wave)' including K-pop, K-drama, and K-film in the U.S...More

Jo In-sung, So Ji-sub and Lee Min-ho at the awards

Source | 2013/12/25 | Permalink

The heat's on the 2013 SBS Awards. The line-up for this year's dramas were pretty fancy. The SBS Awards will take place on the 31st under the lead of Lee Bo-young and Kim Woo-bin. Top stars were seen on SBS this year and the dramas were also a big hit. Jo In-sung and Song Hye-kyo's "That Winter, the Wind Blows", Lee Bo-young and Lee ...More

SBS Drama Awards 2013 Nominees

2013/12/24 | Permalink

SBS Drama Awards 2013 Nominees for 2013/12/31 ceremonies presented by Lee Hwi-jae, Lee Bo-young and Kim Woo-bin...More

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Sweeps Billboard's Year-End Charts

Source | 2013/12/14 | Permalink

Psy's "Gangnam Style" has topped six categories in Billboard's end-of-year charts, his agency YG Entertainment said on Wednesday.

In a special December issue of the U.S. magazine, Psy came first in the three categories of "Dance/Electronic Streaming Song Artist", "Rap Streaming Song Artist" and the "World Digital Song Artist" of the year...More

Psy Claims No. 1 K-Pop Video on YouTube for 2nd Year

Source | 2013/12/12 | Permalink

Psy's single "Gentleman" has become the most-viewed K-pop video on YouTube, just one year after his mega-hit "Gangnam Style" went viral and stole the same title in 2012.

YouTube revealed its list of the top 10 K-pop music videos of 2013 on Tuesday based on the number of hits they received from December 2012 until the end of last month...More

Psy Tops TIME Magazine's Viral Video List

Source | 2013/12/08 | Permalink

Psy's "Gentleman" ranks first on a list of the "Top 10 Viral Videos" compiled by TIME Magazine on Wednesday.

"Korean pop star Psy proved he was a rainmaker when he debuted 'Gentleman' in April", the U.S. weekly said. "Gentleman" is Psy's follow-up to his mega hit "Gangnam Style", and the video had 595.63 million clicks on YouTube as of Thursday...More

Girls' Generation named Time`s Top 10 Songs of 2013

Source | 2013/12/07 | Permalink

K-pop group Girls' Generation ranked fifth on U.S. news weekly magazine Time`s "Top 10 Songs of 2013" with "I Got a Boy".

"The nine-woman South Korean group Girls' Generation is a ridiculously effective hook machine, and a major phenomenon in Asia, whose biggest pop acts make One Direction and Katy Perry sound like audience-alienating avant-gardists", the magazine said in an article posted on its Website Wednesday. "If you like songs that do everything at once, go straight to YouTube and call up the over-the-top video for this monomaniacally charming hybrid of bubblegum, dubstep and hard rock...More

INSITE TV's New Reality Show, Documenting the Journey of an Affluent

Source | 2013/12/05 | Permalink

Singaporean in South Korea, Goes Viral
-         Available on INSITE TV's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/insitetv
-         Sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization to showcase K-Culture to foreign fans
 
The new online reality show "Miss Korea – I'm Mae" from INSITE TV, an online content channel operated by CJ E&M, has been a hit with fans worldwide. With the first episode recording close to 270,000 views, the show features 18-year old affluent Singaporean fashionista, Mae, exploring various aspects of K-Culture during a fun and chaotic two-month journey around the country...More

U-KISS First U.S. Tour Tickets on Sale Friday Dec. 6

Source | 2013/12/04 | Permalink

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has announced that tickets for the first U.S. tour of the hit Korean pop band, U-Kiss will go on sale this Friday, December 6th at 4:00 PM ET/PT. Spanning three cities, the internationally known boy band will be hitting up New York at the Best Buy Theater (1/9), San Francisco at the Warfield Theater (1/11) and Los Angeles at Club Nokia LA Live (1/14). Ticket prices range from $50 to $180...More

CNN Lists 10 Areas Where Korea Leads the World

Source | 2013/12/01 | Permalink

Twenty-four hour rolling news channel CNN on Thursday listed 10 things that Korea, for better or worse, "pulls off more spectacularly than anywhere else".

The first was Korea's wired culture. "Want to see what the future looks like?" CNN asked. "Book a ticket to the country with a worldwide high 82.7% Internet penetration and where 78.5% of the entire population is on smartphones".
More

From Stevie Wonder to 2NE1 - International Worlds Collide at 2013 MAMA Airing in the U.S. Exclusively on Mnet America

Source | 2013/11/14 | Permalink

 

Hit-makers Icona Pop and Ylvis ("What Does the Fox Say") to Share the Stage with Asia's Megastars on November 22 in Hong Kong

Dumbfoundead (a.k.a. Parker) and Bekah to Highlight English-hosted Live

Broadcast of the Award Show

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, has announced that they will be airing the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) LIVE from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on its cable network as well as their YouTube channel online (www.youtube.com/mnetamica). Stay-up on November 22 at 1:00 am PST (4:00 am EST) for the chance to witness Asia's biggest award show unfold live...More

Woo Hee in "Infinite Power"

Source | 2013/11/12 | Permalink

Girl group Dal Shabet's Woo Hee was seen in uniform.

Dalshabet's official Twitter posted a picture of her saying, ""Infinite Power" starring Woo Hee will be aired in the Samsung group blog and Youtube starting from the 12th!"...More

Today's Photo: November 4, 2013 [2]

Source | 2013/11/04 | Permalink

Girl group miss A attend the YouTube Music Awards at KINTEX in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday...More

Crayon Pop's Unusual Road to Success Draws Media Interest

Source | 2013/10/31 | Permalink

British weekly magazine the Economist published an article highlighting K-pop girl band Crayon Pop in its latest issue, which hit newsstands on Saturday.

As part of a 14-page special report on Korea, it wrote, "Crayon Pop are not a typical K-pop outfit. They look goofy rather than glamorous, like kid sisters not dream dates, and prefer plimsolls to stilettos"...More

Yoo Seung-ho in military advertisement

Source | 2013/10/20 | Permalink

Yoo Seung-ho participated in the public military advertisement.

The official army YouTube channel revealed a video titled, "Youth on the Line in the Name of the Army"...More

[Video] Poster shoot of MBC drama "Medical Top Team" released

2013/10/08 | Permalink

Showbiz Korea released a poster shoot video (with English subtitles) of MBC drama "Medical Top Team" via ARIRANG KPOP on YouTube...More

2013 STYLE ICON AWARDS (2013 SIA) To Be Held October 22-24 in Seoul

Source | 2013/09/30 | Permalink

Unique style and cultural festival with awards ceremony, fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, and more

Having promoted K-Culture worldwide, will be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China, and the U.S.

The highly anticipated 2013 STYLE ICON AWARDS (2013 SIA) will take place on October 22-24 in Seoul, Korea announced CJ E&M today. A unique style and culture festival with fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, celebrity parties and more, SIA has grown rapidly in popularity worldwide, with this year's awards ceremony to be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China and the United States...More

American Idol vet HeeJun Han is joining Danny Im as the co-host of Danny from LA

Source | 2013/09/23 | Permalink

HeeJun Han Takes a Seat Next to Danny Im for the First Time

Thursday September 26 on Mnet America at 7:00 pm ET/ 4:00 pm PT

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com) the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, is bringing on American Idol vet HeeJun Han to co-host their flagship talk show Dannyfrom LA with former K-pop superstar, Danny Im. The singer currently is making headlines raking in YouTube views with his new single"Bring the Love Back" featuring Pusha T...More

#mykpop Premieres on Mnet America Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30pm ET/PT

2013/09/18 | Permalink

Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, premieres its newest reality series #mykpop on TuesdaySeptember 24 at 7:30pm ET/PT. This series showcases the K-pop wave that is spreading worldwide by documenting the lives of nine of the biggest K-pop fans in America as they make the trip to the largest K-pop fan convention in North America - KCON 2013. At first glance they all might seem very different, but they have one thing in coming – A deep passion for K-pop...More

Lee Beom-soo's wife, Lee Yun-jin, four months pregnant

Source | 2013/09/04 | Permalink

Actor Lee Beom-soo's wife is pregnant with their second child.

Lee Yun-jin and Lee Beom-soo got married in 2010 and had their first child in March of 2011...More

Korean Electro-Rock Band Based in Seoul "Love X Stereo" Releases New EP "GLOW", Kicks Off First North American Tour

Source | 2013/08/30 | Permalink

Making authentic electronic music based on the alternative and punk rock sounds of the 90's and pop sounds of the 80's, is creating a heavy buzz around this visionary group of musicians

With each of its members possessing more than a decade of experience, becoming more and more sensitive to their music than anyone else. Love X Stereo is quickly becoming a band that people are watching with interest. These consummate professionals, whom also handle all of their own composing, lyrics, producing, recording and mixing are about to take their years of live performing on the road to share it with the recording industry and the rest of North America...More

Lee Beom-soo Steps Behind Camera to Crusade Against Smoking

Source | 2013/08/28 | Permalink

Actor Lee Beom-soo has made his directorial debut with a short film urging people not to smoke.

Lee, who is a promotional ambassador for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, unveiled "Puppet" at the Sponge House Theater in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Tuesday. It was made as part of an anti-smoking campaign funded and organized by the ministry...More

Clara's date proposal video, a hit

Source | 2013/08/26 | Permalink

Clara's date proposal video has everyone talking about it.

Clara recently promised to go on a date with a chosen supporter of a breast cancer campaign...More

Mnet America's "Danny from LA" to tape live at KCON 2013!

Source | 2013/08/14 | Permalink

Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, just released news that "Danny from LA" will tape its season 2 premiere episode live at KCON 2013 (www.kconusa.com), the country's largest and first convention for k-pop fans which is taking place on August 24 and 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California...More

You Can Master SNSD Tiffany's Makeup in 10min.!

Source | 2013/08/01 | Permalink

CJ E&M's Online Content Channel INSITE TV's Hallyu Makeup Show 'Pony's Beauty Diary' is among the most popular!
 
Korea's largest entertainment group CJ E&M introduces a high-profile Hallyu makeup show "Pony's Beauty Diary" online to target young female audience throughout Asia. Currently, the show is rapidly growing in online popularity. "Pony's Beauty Diary" is updated every Friday on INSITE TV's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/insiteTV1
 
"Pony's Beauty Diary" stars a renowned makeup artist in South East Asia 'Pony' (Park Hye Min) who introduces the latest Hallyu makeup tips in various occasions...More

G-Dragon Announced As Headlining Artist For KCON M Countdown: What's Up LA!

Source | 2013/07/30 | Permalink

Convention Capping Concert Includes EXO, f(x), 2AM, TEEN TOP with Additional Artists to be Announced in the Coming Weeks

KCON 2013, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention has announced that G-Dragon, one of the biggest individual music stars in Korean pop, will be headlining KCON's M Countdown: What's Up LA! concert. 

G-Dragon is the leader, rapper, and producer of the extremely popular Korean boy band BIG BANG. Since beginning his career at the age of 13 with YG Entertainment, G-Dragon has grown to become one of the biggest individual male icons in Korean pop music...More

Go! f(x) - Mnet America Releases Original Documentary

Source | 2013/07/26 | Permalink

Mnet America has just released an original documentary Go! f(x), which follows KCON 2013 artist, f(x), when they came to the United States earlier this year to perform at SXSW and prepare for their comeback (Rum Pum Pum Pum) in LA. The entire documentary can be viewed on Mnetamerica.com, through Mnet America's YouTube page or when Go! f(x) makes its television premiere on July 31 at 7pm ET/PT...More

Psy Scores 3 Billion YouTube Views

Source | 2013/07/17 | Permalink

Pop star Psy has reached three billion views on his YouTube channel. Rihanna and Justin Bieber are the only other artists to achieve that feat.

Rapper Psy poses during a news conference for his concert "Happening" in Seoul on April 13, 2013...More

Lee Wan comes back with an SNS drama

Source | 2013/07/15 | Permalink

Actor Lee Wan is coming back with a drama.

He is coming back with an SNS drama called, "It's Not Over Yet". This is his first drama in a year since his discharge from the army...More

KCON 2013 Tickets Go On-Sale

2013/07/15 | Permalink

TEEN TOP Joins EXO and 2AM In Line-up for Convention Capping Concert August 25

Bekkah (formally of After School) also Scheduled to Participate

As tickets for KCON 2013 go on-sale today, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention announced that TEEN TOP will be one of the six groups to perform at this year's two day convention and concert. The line-up already includes EXO and 2AM. Tickets can be purchased through the KCON website here. Additional announcements surrounding the artists including headlining acts attending KCON 2013 will be shared in the coming weeks...More

[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 34 Recap

Source | 2013/07/12 | Permalink

by: Raine

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Some of this episode was really beautiful. Some of it seemed belabored. They need to get some new, strong playing cards on the table. I'm sick of them spinning their wheels on Mi-ryeong.

AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 26.9%...More

One Year On, 'Gangnam Style' Still Setting Records

Source | 2013/07/10 | Permalink

When the music video for Psy's "Gangnam Style" was released, few people expected it to become such a global sensation -- topping charts and smashing records around the world, emerging as the most-viewed video on YouTube, and spawning the most emulated dance in recent memory.

It has been about a year since Psy released the music video that subsequently went viral, and it continues to set new records...More

[Canada] Come and experience the best in Korean Cinema

Source | 2013/06/28 | Permalink

Cine-Asie is pleased to present the 1st edition of the Korean Film Festival (KFF). This festival is touring through five cities across Canada and showcases a total of ten critically acclaimed Korean films. The festival focuses on rising Korean actor Ryoo Seung-yong, director Bong Joon-ho, and feature films representing Korea at the Oscars. There will also be a selection of the best short films from the prestigious MSFF (Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival) that takes place every year in Seoul...More

Racy Teaser Video Puts Spotlight on Lim Kim

Source | 2013/06/19 | Permalink

Lim Kim, best known as the female half of pop duo 2 Months, one of the finalists on Mnet's reality TV show "Superstar K" in 2011, has released a raunchy teaser video for her solo title song "All Right", just ahead of the launch of her first solo mini album on Monday.

It appeared on the YouTube channel on Thursday...More

Filmmakers and Highlights of the 5th Annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival

Source | 2013/06/04 | Permalink

With 2 days to go to the Opening Night, it's time to reveal the guests of the 5th annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival and the Festival organisers are delighted to make a series of other announcements.

Highlights of this edition are the guest talent from Asia who will be attending the festival, the talent Masterclasses, the winner of the inaugural Terracotta Short-Film Competition, unveiling of the Official Trailer and the festival parties...More

Pianist Lim Hyun-jung Prepares for Belated Solo Performances at Home

Source | 2013/05/25 | Permalink

Despite her burgeoning fame overseas, pianist Lim Hyun-jung is set to hold her first sole recital in Korea this week.

"When I'm in Korea, I get more emotional for some reason, even when playing the same piece [as I would overseas]", she said at a press event in Munho Art Hall in Seoul on Monday...More

Psy Becomes First Korean Singer to Win Billboard Music Award

Source | 2013/05/22 | Permalink

Psy has become the first Korean singer to walk away with a trophy from the Billboard Music Awards.

He received the Top Streaming Song (Video) award for "Gangnam Style", the most-viewed music video on YouTube, at a ceremony held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday...More

"Nail Shop Paris" - Medley Nail Art Tutorial by Lisaworld88

Source | 2013/05/21 | Permalink

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

[Guest Post] Music Video Review: Jay Park's Welcome MV

Source | 2013/05/18 | Permalink

Screenshot from Jay Park's Welcome MV (YouTube)

By Cindy Zimmer 

It's been a while since I did a music video review but watching Jay Park's new MV at lunch inspired me. Seriously, the first thought that went through my head had absolutely nothing to do with the music, it was "Damn, that boy knows what sells!" So I, of course, quickly shared the video on Facebook – my personal page, not ATK Magazine's – and made a note to write a review when I got home...More

Girls' Generation Now 2-2 in Terms of Embarrassing Pitches

Source | 2013/05/10 | Permalink

Tiffany (left) and Jessica

Two Girls' Generation members, Tiffany and Jessica, have now come unstuck while attempting to make ceremonial first pitches in baseball games, albeit in different leagues and countries.

Tiffany made hers on Monday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles ahead of an MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. She appeared in a Dodgers' uniform while the K-pop girl group's "I Got a Boy" played in the background...More

[HanCinema Report] JIFF: Day Four

2013/04/28 | Permalink

"Replica" from Youth Voice project

Today has definitely been my most fruitful at the Jeonju International Film Festival so far. Not only can I tell you about the films I saw today, you can actually watch most of them right now! I had the chance to view two collections of short films from the Youth Voice project, which helps teenagers develop short films of their own original design. A lot of these are just plain great- especially considering that they were written, designed, and filmed almost entirely by teenagers. Some of my favorites are below. All of these come with English subtitles, and while they aren't of the best quality, it's easy enough to understand what's happening...More

Racy Teasers Whet Appetites for Lee Hyori's New Album

Source | 2013/04/25 | Permalink

A series of teasers for Lee Hyori's new album are now available online.

The singer released five short clips on YouTube on Tuesday that depict her in various scenes, such as changing clothes or getting made up backstage before a show...More

"Larva" animation producers talk about success secret

Source | 2013/04/24 | Permalink

Funny facial expressions and bodily gestures by the main characters Red and Yellow in the popular animation series Larva start from their body, not from the brain. If staff members make facial expressions of an idiot, they are effectively engaged in production work.

The Dong-A Ilbo met with director Maeng Ju-gong, artist Kang Min-seong ,and story team leader Ahn Byeong-wook, the trio in charge of fun in the series who have been participating in the project since the beginning of Season 1 in 2009...More

'Gentleman' Races Toward 200 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2013/04/23 | Permalink

Psy's latest song "Gentleman" is soon expected to rack up 200 million views on YouTube after it breached the 100-million mark last Wednesday in a world record time of 80 hours of it entering the public domain.

It was released online at midnight on April 12...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Gangnam Style" Vs. "Gentleman": Same Same, but Different?

2013/04/20 | Permalink

With around 180 million hits on his new song "Gentleman", the South Korean pop sensation Psy seemed to have instantly doused any knee-jerk reactions to him being a one-hit wonder. Riding off the back of his pervious global hit "Gangnam Style" (which has more the 1.5 billion views on YouTube), Psy has returned to ignite the world once more with his provocative satire and comical shenanigans.

While one may have thought that after his previous record-breaking effort, Psy may have perhaps been forced to compromise his style (to a certain degree), you know that very flamboyance and foolish charm that got him here in the first place. However, his manager Scooter Braun (who also pulls the strings on the young Mr. Bieber) seems to have played this one smart; allowing "Gentleman" to have just enough of an overlap with "Gangnam Style" to keep the interested and association strong in the public's eye: Same, Same...but Different?...More

'Gentleman' Reaches 12th on Billboard Hot 100

Source | 2013/04/20 | Permalink

Psy's "Gentleman" has cruised its way to 12th on the Billboard Hot 100 just six days after its release. His previous sensation, "Gangnam Style", first entered the weekly single chart in 64th place.

The latest single has been met with an explosive reception with more than 100 million hits on YouTube in only four days since its release.

"'Gentleman' also arrives with 27,000 downloads sold through the end of the SoundScan tracking week on Sunday night (April 14) following its digital release on April 12. Following its first full week of streaming and retail availability, the song could storm the Hot 100's top 10 next week", Billboard.com predicted...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well"

2013/04/05 | Permalink

Romantic relationships are often defined not so much by love as a sad desperation for intimacy. "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well" has no pig, no well, and doesn't even take place over the course of a single day. But it does very accurately portray the kind of simplistic emotional need that drives a pig, normally a perfectly intelligent animal, to be so foolhardy as to plunge into a giant hole in the ground...More

An investigation f(x)'s secret new member on an all new "Danny from LA" in Episode 19

Source | 2013/04/05 | Permalink

This week on Danny From L.A., Danny heads down to SXSW to interview the members of f(x) on the set of their video shoot with Anna Kendrick...More

K-Pop Continues its North American Invasion

Source | 2013/04/04 | Permalink

Verizon Wireless Presents APAHM Concert Tour 2013: B.A.P Live on Earth

Mnet America will Produce the Four City Tour Coming to New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and San Francisco during 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This Spring, Verizon Wireless will team up with Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, to present this year's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Tour – B.A.P "Live on Earth". The four city tour, headlined by one of the most popular up and coming K-pop groups in the world, B.A.P, will take place in the first half of May traveling to Los Angeles (5/7), San Francisco (5/10), Washington D.C. (5/14) and New York (5/17). Mnet America is producing the tour which will include concerts and also fan meet-ups in each city. Tickets to what will be a highly anticipated concert will go on sale April 6 at 12 p.m. local time...More

Psy's Horse-Riding Dance Sets New Record

Source | 2013/04/03 | Permalink

Left: Seoul Plaza is packed with over 80,000 spectators at Psy's free concert on Oct. 4, 2012; Right: Psy performs his hit song "Gangnam Style" during the concert.

Psy's concert at Seoul Plaza last October has been recorded as the biggest mob dance as 100,000 fans bounced along to the rapper's mega hit song, according to the Korea Record Institute...More

SHINee in Plagiarism Scandal

Source | 2013/04/03 | Permalink

The latest hit song by boy group SHINee has become mired in a scandal over alleged plagiarism. The allegation surfaced on YouTube, where a video compares SHINee's "Dream Girl" with the 2003 song "Vuelve" by Mexican singer Luis Miguel.

Viewers both in Korea and abroad are divided about whether the similarities suggest conscious plagiarism or unconscious borrowing...More

[Press Release] Mnet America Partners with Toyota to Release Interactive Hyuna Music Video and Launch Fan Video Contest

Source | 2013/04/02 | Permalink

Internet Stars Ryan Higa and D-Trix Appear in Custom "My Color" Videos

Now Available Exclusively on Mnet America's YouTube Channel Featuring the 2013 Toyota Corolla

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, and Toyota have partnered to bring music fans an interactive experience as part of a campaign for the 2013 Toyota Corolla. The campaign features a new music video shot in Los Angeles starring Hyuna, a K-Pop artist known for appearing in PSY's "Gangnam Style" video and for being a member of popular group 4Minute. The Corolla is integrated into the video, which features Hyuna's new song "My Color"...More

Kevin interviews 4Minute's Hyuna on an all new "Danny from LA" in Episode 18

Source | 2013/04/02 | Permalink

This week on Danny From L.A., Kevin gets his suit and tie on for an exclusive interview with the adorably sexy Hyuna. She talks about her latest campaign with Toyota and also shows off some of her signature dance moves from the music video...More

N.Korea's Insidious Campaign of Sowing Dissent

Source | 2013/03/23 | Permalink

As the dust settles after a massive cyber attack on major broadcasters and banks in South Korea on Wednesday, intelligence officials here say North Korea's persistent online subversion and propaganda pose a more fundamental threat.

North Korean spy agencies have been launching concerted activities to spread propaganda and foment dissent and subversion in South Korea by using 84 directly operated websites as well as hundreds of accounts on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Their aim is to influence South Korean public sentiment in favor of the North and to split the population along ideological lines...More

K-pop sensation Ailee drops by the set of "Danny from LA" in Episode 17

Source | 2013/03/23 | Permalink

K-pop star, Ailee, comes to the set of DFLA to kick it with Danny and Kev and respond to viewer questions on an Ask DFLA: Ailee Edition! This week's episode also has a special surprise that'll have you shaking...More

French Band Releases Mock-Korean TV Soap Video

Source | 2013/03/22 | Permalink

Images of North Korean mass calisthenics performances, gangster movies, fireworks in Yeouido and the face of courtesan from the Chosun Dynasty all flash by in the music video for "Entertainment", the latest single from French alternative rock band Phoenix.

The band members themselves do not appear in the video at all. Instead, they are lip-synched by actors in a mock-Korean soap...More

Design! Design! Design! 5 Korean Tech Products that Won Big at iF

Source | 2013/03/17 | Permalink

Stylish tech accessories… compact, convenient gadgetstechnology today is all about form and function! To recognize the best designs existing today, the iF Industrial Forum Design joins other design professional organizations around the world with a mission of increasing public awareness about design.

Mid-century modern was all the rage in 1953, when the iF (International Forum) Design Awards were established. Now, 60 years later, diminutive devices dominate the 4,352 entries from 51 countries. They were judged by renowned experts across the industry and, like recent years past, Korean companies were well represented...More

'Queen of Musicals' Goes Back in Time with New Show

Source | 2013/03/14 | Permalink

Kim Sun-young has been at the helm of the Korean musical world for 14 years, and she now appears in "Sweet Come to Me", which opened on Feb. 16.

The show, which was the first Korean classical musical on stage in 1966, tells the story of a gisaeng or female entertainer who tries to seduce a state official but ends up falling in love with him for his innocence.

"Before the curtains went up, I was more nervous than excited", Kim recalled. But she earned her reputation yet again with a standing ovation at the end of the performance...More

PSY's Solo Concert Ranks #1 In Ticket Sales

Source | 2013/03/14 | Permalink

PSY will be holding a solo concert in Korea, and it's clear no short number of fans are wanting to attend the show. This is especially the case being that the singer is set to unveil his next song release for the first time at the concert...More

Psy Tickets Sell Like Hot Cakes

Source | 2013/03/13 | Permalink

Tickets for Psy's upcoming solo concert went on sale at noon on Monday and as many as 10,000 spots were sold in just 30 minutes.

The concert will be held at World Cup Stadium in western Seoul on April 13 and broadcast globally via YouTube for foreign fans...More

YouTube Spotlights Korean Indie Music with 2 New Channels

Source | 2013/03/08 | Permalink

K-pop fans from abroad can now more easily access indie music online thanks to two recently launched YouTube channels dedicated to the genre.

The new sites include a collaboration between YouTube and the Korean Independent Music Labels Association (www.youtube.com/user/koreaindiepop) and a channel launched by Mirrorball Music (http://www.youtube.com/mirrorballmusickorea).

Google, owner of YouTube, launched a K-pop channel in December 2011 and recently concluded agreements with the indie producers as a way to spread Korean indie music worldwide...More

Psy's Gangnam Style Comes Back in a Remix Album

Source | 2013/03/06 | Permalink

Rapper Psy's 2012 mega-hit "Gangnam Style" will make a comeback in a remix album in collaboration with American musicians.

The album which comprises four new versions of the song features star guests including Grammy nominated rapper Two Chainz and electronic music titan, Diplo...More

Hyun Bin's eyesight before and after military service

Source | 2013/02/25 | Permalink

Hyun Bin's difference before and after his National Service can be seen.

Hyun Bin was seen recently in the Chilsung Cantata official Youtube page wearing a suit...More

2013 Guam-USA International Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

Source | 2013/02/21 | Permalink

Final Extended Deadline for Submissions is July 19

2013 Guam-USA Int'l Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

HAGATÑA, GUAM, USA - The Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) has officially announced its open call for entries to begin on February 1st, for its third annual event scheduled to take place in September. Submission forms can be completed directly online at the official GIFF website, www.guamfilmfestival.org.

Deadlines to submit films for the 2013 Guam International Film Festival are:
April 5, 2013 - Earlybird Postmark Deadline
June 7, 2013 - Regular Deadline
July 5, 2013 - Late Deadline
July 19, 2013 – WAB Extended Postmark Deadline...More

S. Korean Cartoonist Draws Global Attention

Source | 2013/02/18 | Permalink

South Korean cartoonist Kim Jung-gi is gaining popularly around the globe for his artistic skills to draw large-scale pictures on the fly.

When asked to draw a scene from everyday life, Kim begins without hesitation or preparation...More

Steam VS Bubbles, A fight to the clean

Source | 2013/02/16 | Permalink

Oh. Your washing machine just uses soapy water. How… quaint. Welcome to the era of steam and bubble washers that will clean your clothes better and faster, while making them last longer.

LG and Samsung each developed cool technologies. The former uses steam, the latter uses bubbles. We look at them head-to-head and see which one comes out on top.

LG Top-Load Steam Washer

When I heard the word "steam", I knew that LG had come up with something special. I've used steam to iron clothes but who knew that steam can help wash clothes too?...More

'Gangnam Style' Goes Postal in Korea

Source | 2013/02/15 | Permalink

A set of stamps celebrating Psy's "Gangnam Style" success will be released on Monday at 22 post offices in Seoul.

In one series of six, Psy is depicted doing his signature horse-riding dance in pop art fashion...More

PSY Commemorative Stamps to be Released

Source | 2013/02/15 | Permalink

A series of stamps commemorating South Korean singer PSY's global popularity on YouTube is soon to be released...More

Military's Parody of 'Les Miserables' Could Be Next YouTube Hit

Source | 2013/02/14 | Permalink

"Les Militaribles", a video parody of the movie "Les Misérables" produced by the Korean Air Force, is receiving much attention on YouTube. It attracted over 3 million hits as of Monday, six days after it was first uploaded on the video-sharing website.

The 13-minute video revolves around an airman called Jean Valjean, the same name as the lead character in Victor Hugo's classic novel. His girlfriend comes to visit him while he is tasked with clearing snow on a runway, but he has only a few minutes to see her. As they part, he says he will overcome his sadness "for spring will come at last...More

Crayon Pop Subvert Sexy Stereotypes

Source | 2013/02/06 | Permalink

Stereotypical and over-abundant may be appropriate words to describe the current crop of K-pop singers. There are so many generic bands with similar looks that it is difficult to distinguish one from another.

But Crayon Pop defy such stereotypes by thumbing their nose at sexy girl bands and they are far from the cookie-cutter mold...More

'Gangnam Style' Reaches N.Korea

Source | 2013/02/05 | Permalink

A North Korean watches a video of "Gangnam Style" in this screen grab from clandestine footage obtained by Caleb Mission. /Courtesy of Caleb Mission

Not even North Korea has been spared the global phenomenon that is "Gangnam Style". The Chosun Ilbo has footage of North Koreans watching a video of rapper Psy's smash hit.

Caleb Mission, which supports North Korean defectors, acquired the video while trying to find out how South Korean entertainment plays in the North. The mission, along with the Chosun Ilbo, gathered information in a Chinese border city last month...More

Access K-pop on Your Smartphone with KT's Genie App

Source | 2013/02/02 | Permalink

Psy amassed millions of fans, raising interest in Korean entertainers in the process. Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/Y2r4MU

Girls' Generation's latest single "I got a boy" racked up over 30 million views on YouTube, but K-pop fans outside of Korea have a new option: Now you can listen to all your favorite K-pop right on your smartphone. KT Corp announced that it was expanding its Genie KPOP mobile music app to 45 countries to meet global demand.

It's undeniable that K-pop fever has only increased with Psy's breakout fame in 2012 and the continued popularity of groups like Big Bang, 2NE1 and SHINee around the world. But it wasn't always easy for fans outside of Korea to buy music and video content of their favorite celebs...More

PSY Comes Away from NRJ Awards with 3 Wins

Source | 2013/01/29 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY won three awards at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes France over the weekend.

PSY's agency, YG Entertainment, said on Monday that PSY won International Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year and a special award for "Gangnam Style" passing one-billion views on YouTube...More

Ballerina Kang Sue-jin Releases Autobiography

Source | 2013/01/26 | Permalink

Kang Sue-jin, principal dancer for Germany's Stuttgart Ballet, visited Korea this week in time for the release of her autobiography.

In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo at a hotel in Seoul on Monday, she said, "As usual, I woke up at 3 o'clock this morning, and stretched and did other exercises for two hours. I've started my day with the same routine for the past three decades", she said. If she had been in Germany, she would have left home at 9:50 a.m. and come back at 11 p.m. after wrapping up the day's training or performances...More

Mnet America's 1st Annual Pre-GRAMMY® Party to Celebrate K-Pop's 2012 Breakthrough on February 7

Source | 2013/01/24 | Permalink

Event to Take Place at Legendary East West Studios

With a Night of Performances Including K-Pop Sensation Ailee

 Mnet Partners with CAPE and 3AF to Present

First Ever Mnet America Asian Pop Awards to Ailee, David Choi and Toyota

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has announced its first annual Pre-GRAMMY® Party to take place at East West Studios (www.eastwest-studios.com) on February 7, 2013, which coincides with Lunar New Year week. Celebrity presenters including Carrie Ann Inaba ("Dancing With The Stars" judge) and Suzanne Whang ("Las Vegas", "House Hunters") will host a celebration of Asian pop music, culture and entertainment highlighting the impact Asian America has made this past year, especially K-Pop which saw a huge explosion in popularity. Red carpet arrivals will talk place 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm...More

PSY & Girls Generation, Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

Source | 2013/01/22 | Permalink

Which Korean artists are garnering the most buzz about future albums outside of Korea? Fuse TV is suggesting the answer to that question is PSY and Girls Generation.

Fuse TV featured their 44 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 rankings, and the two k-pop names having made the list has once again proven k-pop's spread around the world....More

Former K-pop Singer Proud to Be 'Ugly Duckling' of TV Drama

Source | 2013/01/18 | Permalink

Actresses usually want to look as beautiful as possible when they appear in TV dramas or movies, but Park Hee-bon isn't afraid of playing either the ugly duckling or the fool.

"It's not how you look that makes you ugly on screen, but being unable to properly express the role you are playing. That's what I consider to be real ugliness", the 30-year-old said.

Park has recently been gaining popularity with her role in the KBS sitcom "Family". In the drama, she plays an overweight girl with no sense of fashion who wears thick glasses. To play the role, she put on 10 kg and had her hair permed repeatedly to make it look worn out and unkempt...More

Girls' Generation Hope to Ape Psy's Success with New Song

Source | 2013/01/16 | Permalink

Girls' Generation's latest song "I Got a Boy", which was released at the beginning of the year, is already proving a hit. As the music video is being viewed on YouTube at a faster pace than "Gangnam Style", some expect the song to ape the success of Psy's viral hit.

"Gangnam Style" ranks as the most viewed video in the history of YouTube, attracting 10 million hits 19 days after the video was released and 20 million hits within 26 days. "I Got a Boy" garnered 10 million views in just three days of its release and over double this number within six days. As of Monday afternoon, the video has received 29 million views.

By country, it has attracted the most hits in the U.S. with 4.5 million, followed by Korea with 3.1 million. With Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Britain included among the top 20 countries, the song is becoming popular all over the world...More

Advanced Technology and Design Korea's 2013 CES Preview

Source | 2013/01/13 | Permalink

Excitement is at fever-pitch for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which starts today. Last November, we told you about how Korean electronics superstars Samsung and LG swept honors in the 2013 CES Innovation Awards. They're not done impressing the tech world yet, so stay tuned  for the latest updates on CES!

The hottest rumor about LG is that the company will unveil the Optimus G2, expected to follow up the wildly successful Optimus G. The successor may have a 5-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a new Snapdragon S4 "Prime" processor. LG has given some tantalizing hints about the Optimus G2, but it's anyone's guess as to whether it'll show up at CES or be held off for MWC next month...More

2013 CES: LG's Innovations for the Home

Source | 2013/01/12 | Permalink

LG Electronics brought a range of cutting-edge home entertainment products and smart appliances to the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Although we didn't see the LG Optimus G2 make an appearance, here's a glimpse at some other noteworthy items that did take the stage.

LG finally announced the price and release dates of the hotly anticipated 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV. It will go on sale for about $12,000 USD in the United States starting in March. You'll get extraordinary picture quality and perfect colors thanks to LG's WRGB technology and Four-Color Pixel system in a TV that's only 4mm thick. It's definitely a point of pride for LG that it's the only company in the world so far to put an OLED TV on the market.

Granted, not everyone's got 12 grand lying around to splurge on a TV. But can't you just imagine experiencing March Madness on a screen like this?...More

Psy to Star in Super Bowl Ad for Pistachios

Source | 2013/01/11 | Permalink

Psy will appear in a Super Bowl ad in the U.S. on Feb. 2, USA Today reported on Wednesday. The daily wrote that, "Psy, the South Korean global phenomenon who set social-media popularity records with his 'Gangnam Style' YouTube music and dancing video, will star in a Super Bowl commercial for Wonderful Pistachios...More

Girls Generation's New Album Already a Hit with U.S. Media

Source | 2013/01/09 | Permalink

Girls' Generation's new album "I Got a Boy" is receiving rave reviews from the U.S. media.

Billboard on Friday ran a review on all the tracks on the album and described them as "polished K-pop confections that combine elements of forward-thinking EDM (electronic dance music), classic and modern R&B, 80s new wave, and more". It added that "it should more than satisfy not only K-pop fans but also listeners of all types of popular music".

It said the title song is "one of the most-forward thinking lead pop singles heard in any country", adding that, "with this title track, Girls' Generation just set the bar truly high for pop in 2013...More

Beat the Chill & Stay Healthy with Korean Hot Springs

Source | 2013/01/05 | Permalink

Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/133FGOU

We're having unseasonably cold (and snowy) weather in Korea. As if the frigid temperature and icy sidewalks weren't enough, winter can also bring sniffles and stiff muscles.

One surefire way to beat the chill and stay healthy during the long Korean winter is to visit one of the hundreds of hot springs that dot the country. Water heated deep within the earth's crust is what creates a hot spring and those in Korea can top 25 degrees Celsius.

Submerging oneself in these waters has many benefits and even ancient Koreans took advantage of them. King Taejo of the Joseon Dynasty was said to have built a palace right by OnYang Oncheon, one of Korea's oldest hot springs, so he could enjoy the waters while still carrying out his official duties...More

The Midas Behind 'Gangnam Style'

Source | 2013/01/04 | Permalink

Rapper Psy captured the worldwide fame with over 1 billion people listening to his dance hit "Gangnam Style" on YouTube. Everyone was surprised by the global success of a chubby man in his 30s, who does not fit the sleekly doctored image of most K-pop stars.

But Yang Hyun-suk (43), the CEO of Psy's management company YG Entertainment, had faith. Yang says he has targeted the global market since he opened YG Entertainment back in 1997. "Psy's success?" asks Yang. "The door we've been knocking on has finally opened".

Yang himself is a pop icon in Korea. He got his start with the group Seo Tai-ji & Boys, which transformed the landscape of Korean pop music in the 1990s and later opened his own talent agency, whose artists are now making inroads into the W23 trillion (US$1=W1,069) global music industry...More

Best 5 Issues to Wrap up the Entertainment Industry in 2012

Source | 2013/01/01 | Permalink

The year 2012 in the Korean entertainment industry was a delightful one, filled with the stars' actions and words which made the public laugh and cry. It is now time to check out the Korean entertainment world and what took place in 2012. Lets check out the best 5 hot issue makers right this minute!

The weddings of the stars are in the spotlight every year and the press competition is extremely fierce. In 2012, Hyun Young, comedian Jung Joon-ha and many other celebrities tied the knot.

In particular, we could meet the top star guests at celebrity weddings, and they are always in the spotlight.

And on November 30th! Multi-entertainer Ha Ha and singer Byul tied the knot...More

PSY's "Gangnam Style" Takes the World by Storm

Source | 2013/01/01 | Permalink

Singer PSY's mega hit song "Gangnam Style" was undoubtedly the buzzword this year in the South Korean pop music industry.

PSY released the song "Gangnam Style" on July 15th. The first response to the song came from YouTube.

In a just a month after its debut, the music video for the song was viewed on YouTube 28 million times, topping the video sharing Web site on August 14th...More

Gangnam Style Debunks U.S. Culture Myth: Financial Times Editorial

Source | 2012/12/29 | Permalink

The year's global smash hit song "Gangnam Style" by Psy has debunked the myth that U.S. pop culture dominates the world.
This is according to an editorial in the Financial Times by Christopher Caldwell, who wrote that America could be in for a shock if it continues to see itself as a nation of creative geniuses...More

PSY's Popularity 5th in CNN's Ranking of Best 2012 Entertainment News

Source | 2012/12/28 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY has been named among CNN's top entertainment news of the year.

CNN ranked the popularity of PSY's "Gangnam Style" fifth out of top ten best entertainment news from 2012...More

'Gangnam Style' Makes YouTube History

Source | 2012/12/25 | Permalink

Korean pop artist Psy and his "Gangnam Style" video marked a historic milestone Friday, becoming the first YouTube video to receive one billion views. The video was posted on the site in July.

Psy raps in Korean in the video while dancing as if riding an invisible horse...More

PSY's Gangnam Style Most Viewed on YouTube

Source | 2012/12/22 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY's music video for "Gangnam Style" has now received a record number of hits on video-sharing website YouTube...More

MTV Heaps More Plaudits on 'Gangnam Style' in Year-End Review

Source | 2012/12/21 | Permalink

 

Psy's "Gangnam Style" was named the "Viral Sensation of the Year" by MTV on Wednesday.

"Taylor Swift sold w-a-a-y more records, One Direction stirred millions of first-crush flushes and labelmate Justin Bieber put tens of thousands of butts in seats every night of his tour, but in 2012, Psy had what none of them did: a-once-in-a-decade hit that can't be replicated", the music channel said...More

Some Highly Creative Camera Apps, Straight out of Korea

Source | 2012/12/15 | Permalink

Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/TOkU0p

Move over, Instagram. Korean app makers, Jellybus and KTH, are impressing smartphone owner with high-quality, creative camera apps. Jellybus is a mobile app startup that has created very successful camera apps by bucking tradition. KTH is a smart mobile company whose pudding series of camera apps is one of the most popular in Korea.

By refusing to use the standard app programming interface, Jellybus cut image processing speed to less than 0.5 seconds. For its MiniDSLR app, Jellybus also made the choice to support all types of Korean android phones. According to its CEO and founder, Sejoong Kim, this was a challenge because new smartphones are always coming out. It's tough to optimize camera apps to support each new device...More

'Gangnam Style' the Year's 2nd Most Popular Google Search

Source | 2012/12/14 | Permalink

Psy's global hit "Gangnam Style" was the second most popular search on Google this year. Google on Thursday said it tallied more than 1 trillion search terms from 55 countries this year, and pop diva Whitney Houston, who died in February, was the most popular search in 2012...More

YG Artists Dominate Korean YouTube Videos

Source | 2012/12/12 | Permalink

YG Entertainment was the dominant player on YouTube in Korea for this year.

With 21 days left in 2012, the current records on YouTube indicate that the top three most popular videos from Korea for the year belong to YG's top artists, Psy and Big Bang...More

"Gangnam Style" Goes Hispanic as PSY Makes his First Appearance in Spanish-Language Television

Source | 2012/12/01 | Permalink

PSY makes guest appearance on "Sabado Gigante" - Making his first-ever appearance on Spanish-Language television...More

The Global K-POP Fans' Hot Community, 'GURUPOP'!

Source | 2012/11/27 | Permalink

World's 1st Crowd Funded International K-pop Show, 'The GURUPOP Show Special'

If you are an enthusiastic K-pop fan, you must have heard once about 'GURUPOP' (http://www.gurupop.com), an interactive K-pop community. GURUPOP has aired the global live streaming show in English called 'The GURUPOP Show' (http://www.gurupop.com/mts/gurupop-show). It is the world's first interactive live show between the international fans and the K-pop stars.

During the show, the stars have granted wishes of the fans, and the hosts (Daniel from Dalmatian, Rapper San E from JYP) have introduced the hottest weekly SNS articles posted by the stars. Furthermore, the hosts and the stars have taught useful and hottest Korean expressions which were frequently used in Korean dramas to the international fans from the K-POP stars by acting out...More

Mnet America to Bring Exclusive English Stream of the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards and Red Carpet to Fans, LIVE from Hong Kong on November 30

Source | 2012/11/27 | Permalink

K-Pop Megastars PSY, Super Junior and the United States' Adam Lambert and B.o.B. Slated to Perform, Jackie Chan to present. 

Exclusive Video Diary of Verizon Wireless and Mnet's "Share the Love of K-Pop" Contest Winner's Experience in Hong Kong and at MAMA 2012 to be

Live Streamed on MCube

Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, will stream the highly anticipated 2012Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) through their new digital port, MCube (www.mnetamerica.com) on November 30 at 12 am PST / 3 am EST. The live stream will include exclusive English content with three hosts providing commentary throughout the broadcast so that fans will know exactly what is going on at MAMA 2012.  Hosting the exclusive English experience will be Danny Lim (Producer, Danny from LA), Hannah Jun (Actress, Model) and Eunice Kiss (Recording Artist, Model, Actress)...More

Psy Now Most Viewed on Youtube

Source | 2012/11/26 | Permalink

South Korean singer Psy has officially made Youtube history, ranking No.1 on the video-sharing website's most-viewed chart...More

PSY's "Gangnam Style" Making YouTube History

Source | 2012/11/24 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY's infectious tune "Gangnam Style" has received 803-million-690-thousand hits on video-sharing Web site YouTube to set the all-time record...More

Psy to Perform at Thai King's Birthday Bash

Source | 2012/11/23 | Permalink

K-pop sensation Psy will attend a massive celebration for the birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Psy's management agency YG Entertainment on Thursday said Psy will perform four or five songs including "Gangnam Style" in front of an audience of 25,000 in Bangkok on Nov. 28 marking the king's 85th birthday on Dec. 5...More

PSY To Receive Award At American Music Awards

Source | 2012/11/16 | Permalink

And the international recognition continues to pile on for PSY.

According to reports, PSY will be the recipient of the New Media Award at the 40th annual American Music Awards on November 18th.

People magazine reported on November 13th, "He became an overnight sensation in the United States, and now the Korea-bred artist, also known as Park Jae-Sang, is being honored at the American Music Awards on Sunday...More

Psy Collects Best Video Award from MTV Europe

Source | 2012/11/14 | Permalink

Psy kisses his Best Video award backstage during the 2012 MTV European Music Awards show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on Sunday. /Reuters-Newsis

Psy received the Best Video award at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday (local time). The gong is given to the most popular music video of the year in the continent. He beat other nominees like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry to become the first Asian artist to receive the award...More

Psy Plans to Release 'Global Debut' Album in March

Source | 2012/11/09 | Permalink

 

Psy gives an interview in France on Wednesday.

Humble as ever, Psy downplayed his role in drawing massive global attention to his song "Gangnam Style" while in Paris earlier this week, and said the real challenge will be the next album.

"I can't say I accomplished success, because it's kind of a phenomenon. I didn't do much -- people just browsed YouTube, found this music video and shared it", he said during a press conference in the French capital on Tuesday (local time) after performing his signature horse-riding dance at the Trocadéro in front of the Eiffel Tower...More

'Gangnam Style' Second Most-watched Video on YouTube

Source | 2012/11/06 | Permalink

The music video of "Gangnam Style" has become the second most-viewed video on YouTube...More

Mnet's "share The Love Of K-pop" Contest

Source | 2012/11/02 | Permalink

Mnet's "share The Love Of K-pop" Contest gives Grand Prize Winner Tickets to 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards held on November 30, 2012

Grand prize also includes two round-trip plane tickets to Hong Kong along with hotel accommodations

Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is giving K-Pop fans the opportunity to come face-to-face with their idols via the "Share the Love of K-Pop" contest sponsored by Verizon Wireless...More

Hitmaker Brave Brothers To Help Produce K-Food Album

Source | 2012/11/02 | Permalink

One of the hot songwriters and producers in Korea, Brave Brothers, will be jumping on board to lead a K-Food campaign album.

The K-Food campaign features idol group KARA and actress Jang Seo-hee as the ambassadors. They have already took part in the filming of endorsement ads and other promotional activities to do their part to raise awareness on Korean cuisine...More

'Gangnam Style' Expected to Topple J-Lo's YouTube Record

Source | 2012/11/02 | Permalink

Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video attracted over 6 million hits on YouTube as of Wednesday, 109 days after it was released...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/10/31 | Permalink

It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. Today she has the latest celebrity gossip and a merger between two very big film productions that made headlines this week.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] To start us off, I have news on the American Music Awards, an engagement for one rock star and legal trouble for another, and a wedding video gone bad. Take a look...More

Huge Flash Mob in Milan Shows 'Gangnam Style' Fever Still High

Source | 2012/10/25 | Permalink

Fans of the smash hit "Gangnam Style" staged a large-scale flash mob in front of Milan Cathedral, a world-famous tourist attraction in Milan, Italy, late last week...More

Psy Adds Comic Touch to Hyun-a's New Video

Source | 2012/10/24 | Permalink

"Gangnam Style" singer Psy puts in a cameo performance in the music video for one of the tracks on Hyun-a's second solo album "Ice Cream", which was released on Monday...More

With Hyun-a on Board, New 'Gangnam Style' Video Also a Hit

Source | 2012/10/23 | Permalink

The new version of Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video, which was released on Aug. 15 as a treat for fans of the original, attracted a total of 100 million hits on YouTube as of Sunday.

Featuring Psy and Hyun-a of girl band 4minute -- who also featured in the original -- "Oppa Is Just My Style" presents itself as a light-hearted send-up of the hopes and desires of a woman living in Seoul's affluent Gangnam area...More

"Gangnam Style" Eclipses 500 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2012/10/20 | Permalink

South Korean singer and internet sensation PSY's addictive tune "Gangnam Style" has now received over 500 million hits on video-sharing website YouTube.

The video reached 502 million views on Saturday, 98 days after it was first uploaded in mid-July...More

Psy's concert video tops 10 mil. views

Source | 2012/10/12 | Permalink

The number of views for the YouTube video of Psy's recent concert in central Seoul reached 10.9 million as of Thursday.

The performance was on Oct. 6 at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall on Oct. 6...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/10/10 | Permalink

It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. Today, she has the latest on the American Music Awards and of course, celebrity news.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what will you start with today[Reporter : ] The nominees for the American Music Awards were announced yesterday, with Rihanna and Nicki Minaj leading the nominations. The awards show will air in November. Take a look to see who else will be competing for prizes this year.

The nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards were announced yesterday, with R&B star Rihanna and rapper Nicki Minaj leading the nominations with four apiece, edging out pop idols Justin Bieber and British boy band One Direction...More

Chinese embrace `Gangnam Style,` Japanese kept in the dark

Source | 2012/10/06 | Permalink

Rapper Psy`s global smash "Gangnam Style" has belatedly swept across China. The song, however, received a frosty response from Japan due to a bilateral diplomatic conflict with Korea.

When the song went viral across the globe, Chinese netizens remained lukewarm on the hit. Things began to change over the Golden Week Holidays (Oct. 1-8), however, and Chinese finally began responding with explosive enthusiasm...More

Psy offers bridge across world

Source | 2012/10/06 | Permalink

Psy does his iconic horse-riding dance during a free concert at Seoul Plaza, Thursday.
/ Korea Times

By Ana Nardelli

In Latin America, we all refer to Asia as the Very Far East, and for most, Korea is a remote place of which we only vaguely remember the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

That was of course, until a few months ago, when it became clearer than ever that the boundaries of style and cultural appreciation are becoming thinner and thinner. The guilty one is Psy with his "Gangnam Style"; the fact behind it is art is universal.

It's evident that this too authentic, too light-spirited, and not-so-young Korean pop star has broken into the U.S. and European markets. But let's not forget, he has also taken hold over the dance moves of people all over Latin America: YouTube has parodies in Spanish that have gone viral, wedding bands are giving out "Gangnam Style" paraphernalia, the song is the number one selling single in Mexico - Psy is everywhere!...More

Psy overdid it

Source | 2012/10/05 | Permalink

Psy drinks soju during a free concert at Seoul Plaza, Thursday. / Korea Times

By Yun Suh-young

Psy has made Koreans proud with his global hit, "Gangnam Style", but does this achievement spare him from blame for drinking during a concert on Thursday night?

As a tribute to his fans, the singer performed in front of some 80,000 people at Seoul Plaza. The "trouble" began when some fans offered Psy a green bottle of the Korean liquor soju. The singer took a big swig...More

PSY's Concert to Stream Live Worldwide

Source | 2012/10/05 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY will hold a free concert in Seoul on Thursday night that will be streamed live to the rest of the world through YouTube.

PSY, who is enjoying international fame for his megahit "Gangnam Style", will perform from 10 p.m. at Seoul Plaza in front of city hall...More

Psy's "Gangnam Style" Hits #1 On ARIA Charts In Australia

Source | 2012/10/03 | Permalink

After hitting number one on the UK Charts, US Billboard digital singles chart, #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, not to mention garnered 300 million views on YouTube, Psy's hit "Gangnam Style" has reached #1 on the Australian ARIA charts...More

Global 'Gangnam Style' Fad Continues

Source | 2012/10/03 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY's hit single "Gangnam Style" continues to dominate the charts since its release two months ago.

The song topped the U.S. iTunes Chart and reached second on the U.S. Billboard Singles Chart in just a month...More

Coming out on Psy

Source | 2012/10/03 | Permalink

By Oh Young-jin
Managing Editor

I have a confession to make about Psy, the Korean rapper whose "Gangam Style" is taking the world by storm, the most viewed video clip on YouTube this year, capturing No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Chart (when the paper went to press), topping the British music chart and having Britney Spears do a horse-riding dance and slapping her buttocks with gusto.

To be honest, I didn't like the guy when "Gangnam Style" was released. As a matter of fact, I have never liked Psy, regarding him as an aberration from mainstream that shouldn't last long.

As his song has gained global attention and triggered flash mobs around the world, I blended in with Psy lovers and pretended that I was one of them. I had some qualms but knew better than trying to shout above the Psy cheerers and have myself heard...More

'Gangnam Style' tops British single chart

Source | 2012/10/01 | Permalink

Rapper-singer Psy has become the first Korean musician to reach No. 1 in Britain. Gangnam Style broke into the top 40 two weeks ago at No. 37, a month after its release, and made it to No. 3 last week.

The video with the single has had more than 253 million views in two months and became the most "liked" video on YouTube...More

Creator's Project in Seoul - Highlights

Source | 2012/09/30 | Permalink

Photo Credit: Bryan Derbella

Picking up from my last post about the Creator's Project in Seoul, I'll give a few highlights from my favorite parts of Saturday night.

Exhibitions

The Treachery of Sanctuary by Chris Milk

According to the artist's website,  "The Treachery of Sanctuary" is an interactive triptych that is a panoptic narrative interpretation of the universal human experience: birth, death and regeneration. Each panel in the piece represents a step on a journey. It is also the artist's intention to reflect the parallel experience of the artist as he journeys through the creative process.

In the first panel, your shadow appears. A flock of birds gather at the top of the panel. If you reach up, your shadow begins to dissolve into hundreds of small birds that flutter up to join the flock. Your shadow disappears...More

300 Mln Hits For "Gangnam Style" on Youtube

Source | 2012/09/29 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY's megahit, "Gangnam Style", has attracted more than 300 million hits on YouTube as of Saturday, just 76 days after it was uploaded on July 15...More

Google Chief Meets Psy, Does Horse Dance in Gangnam

Source | 2012/09/28 | Permalink

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt (right) learns the horse dance from Psy at Google Korea headquarters in Yeoksam-dong on Thursday. /Courtesy of Google Korea

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, currently on a tour of East Asia to launch the Nexus 7 tablet PC, met Korean singer Psy at Google Korea headquarters in Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam for some horse dancing on Thursday...More

'Enough is not enough'

Source | 2012/09/28 | Permalink

By Rachel Lee

Today is the fourth day in a row that The Korea Times has given Psy front page treatment. Even in the newsroom, some may complain about overexposure or worry about readers' reactions.

We in the business know some news keeps coming, making us feel as if it has a life of its own. Psy and his hit song, "Gangnam Style", are like that.

In the Friday edition, for example, the decision was made to place news about his song rising to No. 2 on the Billboard Chart inside, but just before the deadline, photos of Psy jamming Gangnam Style with Eric Schmidt, chief of Google, which operates YouTube, where the song has gone viral, were made available...More

Why the Hype for Gangnam Style?

Source | 2012/09/28 | Permalink

The hype of Gangnam Style is getting to the point of insanity! This catchy song has dominated music charts all over the world, competing with popular western singers like Pink, Script, Taylor Swift and even Fun. The official YouTube video has more than 284 million views as of right now.

Many people ask me, why do you think Gangnam Style became so popular? Well, before sharing my own personal opinion, I would like to take a few excerpts from The Korean, who runs the very popular Ask a Korean blog. The Korean posits two main factors that made Gangnam Style stand out...More

Psy shows off his romantic side

Source | 2012/09/28 | Permalink

Psy, whose music video "Gangnam Style"has been climbing the Billboard charts, a first for a Korean entertainer, has made headlines once again by dealing comfortably with an unexpected situation during a performance.

A blond Caucasian woman in a striped T-shirt stepped up on the stage in a night club in Las Vegas and the images were posted on YouTube Sept. 22...More

[Video] Psy Vows to Do Topless Horse Dance if Song Tops Billboard Chart

Source | 2012/09/27 | Permalink

Psy returned to Korea on Tuesday after a whirlwind U.S. visit promoting his runaway hit "Gangnam Style". He was greeted by throngs of fans at the airport and held a press conference at a hotel in Gangnam, southern Seoul with around 100 reporters from Korea, as well as the U.S., France, and Singapore attending.

"I was told in the U.S. that I was like 'Austin Powers'," Psy said. "It's funny that even though I'm a singer, I became successful by being funny. But I think it's true that it all started because I was able to make people laugh".

Over the last three weeks, Psy appeared on popular U.S. TV programs, such as the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" and the "Today Show", singing his hit song and doing his trademark horse dance in front of throngs of American fans...More

'Gangnam style' through foreigners' eyes

Source | 2012/09/27 | Permalink

By Rachel Lee, Ryu Chang-gi, Jun Ji-hye

"Gangnam Style" catapulted Psy to overnight global stardom. He is now on top of the world with the unprecedented popularity of his latest single that became the most-liked video in YouTube history. In the three months since the hit song was released it has attracted more than 260 million YouTube views. With the tremendous popularity of the track around the world, the district of Gangnam, which literally means "south of the River", has also become a place that arouses the curiosity of foreigners.

Psy was born and raised in Gangnam but his chubby appearance doesn't fit the generally-known image of luxury or snobbishness of the area ― a discrepancy that makes the cheesy horse-riding dance performed by the tuxedo-wearing Psy so funny and ironical.

What is Gangnam style? Is there such a thing...More

Forbes Deconstructs How 'Gangnam Style' Went Viral

Source | 2012/09/26 | Permalink

Forbes magazine has published an article titled "How Gangnam Style Has Britney Spears (And Everyone Else) Dancing with Psy from Korea". The article points to four reasons behind the global popularity of the rapper's hit song...More

Psy hopes to top Billboard

Source | 2012/09/26 | Permalink

Rapper/singer Psy smiles broadly as he speaks at a press conference held at the Ramada Hotel in Gangnam, southern Seoul, after returning from the United States. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul

By Rachel Lee

Now a world star, rapper/singer Psy said that he will do the horse-ride dance topless if "Gangnam Style" should top the U.S. Billboard chart.

"I will find a place that will hold as many people as possible and take my top off and dance the horse-riding dance", said the singer of the moment Tuesday, making reporters laugh at a press conference held at the Ramada Hotel in Yeoksam-dong, southern Seoul.

The 34-year-old rapper/singer returned to a hero's welcome in Korea after successfully breaking into the American music market. The star, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, said that he is still amazed at his success; but he was only human...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/09/25 | Permalink

 And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. I hear she'll tell us about a flash mob and the outcome of the Emmy Awards. Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, the global phenomenon that is "Gangnam Style" doesn't seem like it's going away anytime soon. The video has prompted a number of parodies by groups from students to office workers to naval officers, and inspired an explosion of flash mobs around the world. There was one in Korea over the weekend, but it was no ordinary group of dancers. Let's take a look.

A mob filled Gwanghwamun Plaza on Friday,.. a flash mob, for the chance to dance to Psy's now world-famous "Gangnam Style".
But this is no random group of dancers.
They're all here in Korea to participate in the finals of the K-Pop Cover Dance Contest, which took place in Gyeongju on Saturday.
The 13 teams from 11 countries, including the U.S., Russia and Nigeria, are all the regional winners of the contest and they've beat out more than 18-hundred teams for a ticket to Korea to compete in the finals.
They couldn't seem to hide their excitement at dancing to "Gangnam Style" in its city of origin.

[Interview : Alena, Russian team member] "Great dance, great music and then charisma. There are three things in one dance so I think that 'Gangnam Style' is one of the best songs that people will hear forever".

[Interview : Michael, Nigerian team member] "'Gangnam Style' is a wonderful and exceptional dance that is ...More

'Gangnam Style' breaks Guinness Record

Source | 2012/09/24 | Permalink

Korean rapper-singer Psy performs during the 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday. / Reuters-Yonhap

By Rachel Lee

There seems to be no stopping Psy as he continues to horse-ride throughout the world and break records.

Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video has broken a Guinness World Record to become the most-"liked" video on YouTube video of all time...More

Korean Food Competition Held on You Tube for Foreigners

Source | 2012/09/23 | Permalink

A food competition has been held online among foreigners who love Korean cuisine.

Eighty-nine teams from 27 different countries participated in the competition held on Youtube.

The five teams that passed the preliminaries gathered to compete with one another...More

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Sets Guinness World Record

Source | 2012/09/22 | Permalink

Singer Psy's blockbuster hit "Gangnam Style" has set a Guinness World Record.

The authority on world records said in its Web site that Gangnam Style has become the most "liked" video on YouTube...More

Contest: Are You The Biggest Korea Fan?

Source | 2012/09/22 | Permalink

Who wants to win an all-expense-paid trip to Seoul worth about $5,000? Everyone!

Advanced Technology and Design Korea has just launched our most exciting event yet! Korea has been growing as a popular destination for some time now but after the explosive popularity of Psy's Gangnam Style video, it seems that everyone wants to check out Korea in person.

So, we're giving you an opportunity to win an awesome trip to Seoul by submitting a 60-second video telling us what you love about Korea!...More

CJ Entertianment Proudly Presents "I AM: SMTOWN Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden"

Source | 2012/09/21 | Permalink

Featuring Performances by K-Pop Superstars Kangta, BoA, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee & f(x)

Plus an Intimate, Behind-the-Scenes Look at 32 of K-Pop's Biggest Stars

Worldwide Sensation Explodes on DVD & Blu-ray in U.S.A. on Nov. 6th

Includes Full-Length Concert (2 ¾ Hours); Feature-Length Documentary (2-Hours) With Never-Before-Seen Footage on Stage and Off; and Special Features (45 Minutes)

Check Out the I AM: SMTOWN Sweepstakes at: www.iamk-pop.com

"If the massive roars of the sold-out show were any indication, everyone had a great time... "...More

Why Psy and not JYP?

Source | 2012/09/21 | Permalink

By Jason Lim

I just watched Psy perform live in New York City's Rockefeller Center on NBC's Today Show, a venue usually reserved for the most popular of international singers.

I mean, you can't get much more mainstream than that in the U.S. Wait. And the song just hit No. 1 in iTunes in 17 countries across the world. Wait again. Psy was just parodied in Saturday Night Live, reaching the pantheon of international stardom. This is getting ridiculous. Next, they will be inviting him to the White House and Buckingham Palace.

The problem is, for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I admit that the song is catchy, silly, and fun. Then again, there are a lot of catchy, silly, and fun songs out there...More

U.S. Naval Academy Takes on Psy's 'Gangnam Style'

Source | 2012/09/21 | Permalink

Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video has amassed a staggering 220 million hits on YouTube, but another spin-off has already hit the million mark by piggybacking on Psy's success -- a video of future U.S. Navy officers performing the 'invisible horse riding' dance...More

KCON Announces Nu'est Addition To Join "Gangnam Style" Co-star In Jam-packed Convention Line Up

Source | 2012/09/18 | Permalink

Nu'est Joins 4 Minute, B.A.P., VIXX, EXO-M and G.NA as Performers Confirmed for Concert

BWB (Blue Whale Brothers, Danny Im (1YTM), Eat Your Kimchi and Aimee Lee Lucas Among Additional Convention Participants

KCON (www.kconusa.com), the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies, announced today the addition of Nu'est to the line-up for the star-studded concert scheduled to cap off the day-long convention. Other artists already confirmed to perform include 4Minute, B.A.P., EXO-M, G.NA and VIXX. Five-member girl group 4Minute, which includes Hyuna, most recently known as one of the "sexy ladies" guest starring alongside PSY in his "Gangnam Style" hit video that has an amassed over 150 million views this summer on YouTube. KCON takes place on October 13 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. with tickets available for an affordable $40...More

[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Eat Your Kimchi Surrenders to the Land of the Morning Calm.

2012/09/15 | Permalink

With still 35 days on the fundraising clock to go, EYK has managed to receive more than $94,000 in pledges. Were you two just lowballing everyone because your followers have spoken and they rejected your modest $40,000 and have more than doubled it! How does this massive response from fans factor in on what now may be possible moving forward?

Well, for starers, we really did not expect us to reach our goal of $40,000. We didn't even think we'd reach half that. We put on a long deadline because we thought that we needed all the time we could get. Wow. We were quite mistaken. Holy crap were we ever mistaken.

As for how this has factored in on our future, it's difficult for us to explain, but we have a different feeling for Eat Your Kimchi now. Before, it just seemed like us behind the camera, viewers behind the screen, and we each were separate. Now, we feel so closely connected with our fans and supporters that we need to find a way, somehow, to include them more in this. Eat Your Kimchi feels like it's as much theirs as it is ours now. Or...that could just be the overwhelming emotions speaking for me now. I don't know...More

Biennale finds art in digital media

Source | 2012/09/15 | Permalink

"Six Points" (2010) by Jung Yeon-doo.

By Joon Soh

Eclectic is the key word to describe the 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale. This year's event, titled "Mediacity Seoul 2012", is ambitious, taking place on all three floors of the Seoul Museum of Art as well as the DMC Gallery in downtown Seoul. A total of 49 artists and groups from 20 countries have contributed to a wide range of installations, videos and interactive media.

What encompasses media art is defined quite broadly by the biennale's organizers. Outside of classic visual art forms like painting and sculpture, pretty much anything goes...More

Outsider Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' Wins Top Prize in Venice

Source | 2012/09/10 | Permalink

Director Kim Ki-duk reacts as his film "Pieta" wins the Golden Lion award at this year's Venice film festival on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap

"Pieta", Kim Ki-duk's tale of violence and poverty, won the Golden Lion at this year's Venice film festival. Kim spent just W100 million (US$1=W,130) making the film, a fraction of the average cost of a Korean film these days.

This is the first time a Korean film won the top prize at one of the world's top three film festivals at Venice, Cannes and Berlin. Accepting the prize, Kim thanked the actors, staff, film festival officials and Italian fans before bursting into a rendition of the traditional Korean song "Arirang"...More

Director Kim Ki-duk takes Venice

Source | 2012/09/09 | Permalink

Director Kim Ki-duk shows the Golden Lion he won for his movie "Pieta" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Italy, Saturday. Kim's bleak-morality tale became the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the three major international film festivals. He surprised the audience at the awards ceremony by singing the traditional Korean folk song "Arirang" on stage to thank the jury. AP-Yonhap

"Pieta" becomes first Korean movie to win Golden Lion award

By Kim Ji-soo

Maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", a brutal mother-and-son drama, won the Golden Lion for best movie at the 69th Venice Film Festival, Saturday...More

'Die Hard' Korean Hero Cop Featured on CNN

Source | 2012/09/08 | Permalink

Busan police officer Kim Hyun-chul, who was featured on CNN's website after his daring apprehension of a fleeing suspect /Newsis

Kim Hyun-chul (34), the Busan police officer who gained the nickname "Die Hard cop" for hanging on to the roof of a drug dealer's car as it escaped, has been featured on CNN. The U.S. cable news broadcaster featured Kim in a segment on CNN News Stream on Tuesday, including footage of his daring arrest and interview...More

EXO-M at KCON

Source | 2012/09/07 | Permalink

More big news!! KCON has just announced another artist for the concert lineup – EXO-M.

EXO-M has shown huge promise as one of the biggest and best groups to debut this year and now will be part of the biggest K-Pop event to hit North America...More

Lee Byung-hun Talks About His Movies, Love Life

Source | 2012/09/07 | Permalink

"Masquerade" in which Lee Byung-hun plays a double role, will open on Sept. 19. The film revolves around Gwanghaegun, the 15th king of the Chosun Dynasty who was deposed in a coup. In the film, Lee plays the bizarre king, known for his mischievous behavior, as well as his double, a humble acrobat and bawdy joker who stands in for the monarch when the latter faces the threat of being poisoned.

Although the role hardly fits Lee's action-man image, he said he was keen to avoid being pigeonholed. "If I had other talents, like performing as a singer or hosting a show, I'd be able to show many different sides of myself", he said. "But I have to focus on playing to my skills, and doing what I can through my acting. As I don't want to be get stereotyped, I prefer to play more versatile roles"...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/09/05 | Permalink

It's Wednesday andyou guessed it, it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. I hear that in addition to the latest celebrity gossip from Hollywood she has a special feature on the fashion scene.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] It's that time of the year again to check out the upcoming fashion trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The event, one of the world's most famous in fashion, is slated to open Thursday with a focus on light-hearted gypsy looks and styles inspired by "The Great Gatsby". Let's take a look.

Say goodbye to your bright, color-blocked clothes and your structured outfits. It's time to go back in time to the Roaring Twenties and try on a prohibition-era attitude. But if that doesn't suit your fancy, there's a more care-free gypsy look, with a touch of pink and lilac make-up...More

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' tops Billboard's 'Social 50' chart

Source | 2012/09/03 | Permalink

Korean rapper-singer Psy's hit-single "Gangnam Style" on Friday rose to the top of a major chart of the U.S. music publication Billboard boosted by the viral popularity of the song's music video on the Internet.

"Gangnam Style" sits on top of Billboard's "Social 50" chart, beating famous North American pop stars such as Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber as well as British idol group One Direction and rock band Muse as of Friday, according to Billboard's website.

The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on such social networking services as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using a formula that blends weekly additions of friends, fans and followers along with weekly artist page views and weekly song plays...More

Coca-Cola says sale by North Korea 'unauthorized'

Source | 2012/09/02 | Permalink

In the left image, a can of Coca-Cola is seen at an Italian restaurant in Pyongyang in this screen capture of a video uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 9, 2011. At right is the entrance to a pizzeria in the North Korean capital. Yonhap

By Kim Young-jin

Coca-Cola said Friday it had not agreed to sell its products in North Korea and that any such activity was unauthorized.

The comments came after local media reported a YouTube clip in which a pizzeria in Pyongyang is seen serving cans of the soft drink.

"Coca-Cola does not currently do business in North Korea and any product sold in the market has been purchased by unauthorized third parties and imported into the country from other markets where they were sold", an official of Coca-Cola Korea told The Korea Times...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/08/30 | Permalink

And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with our Michelle Kim. I hear she'll tell us about three films that already have audiences excited and a story about a pop star whose song release was out of this world.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today...More

How a chubby Korean man got the world to dance

Source | 2012/08/29 | Permalink

A scene from the music video for "Gangnam Style", Korean rapper Psy's latest single. Its clip on YouTube has been viewed more than 65 million times and spawned parodies. Local and foreign pundits have tried to analyze it and find a hidden message behind it, but the artist has yet to speak of anything more than entertainment. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment

By Kwaak Je-yup, Rachel Lee

If you thought the Oscars were too boring, try watching the Korean award ceremonies at the end of the year. Tied down by decorum, everybody forces themselves to stay serious and modest; actresses with plunging necklines remain buttoned up in demeanor.

The same could be said about K-pop. The industry has so strenuously but unsuccessfully tried to break into the United States, the world's largest record market, with its mix of faultlessly produced electro-pop, complex choreography and toned thighs because it lacks humor...More

Psy to Visit U.S. Again Next Month

Source | 2012/08/27 | Permalink

After emerging as a YouTube sensation, Korean rapper Psy has returned home from the U.S. Speaking with the media, he said his future looks bright overseas as he has set up talks with U.S. producers on possible collaborative projects.

During his recent trip, Psy met with Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, who reportedly offered him the chance to release his hit single "Gangnam Style" in the U.S., but Psy said nothing has been decided yet. His agency, YG Entertainment, said the singer will visit the U.S. again early next month after he completes a number of scheduled appearances in Korea...More

The Hallyu Wave Washes Further from Korean Shores with Social Media

Source | 2012/08/26 | Permalink

Photo Credit: ThoughtPick

Korean singer and rapper Psy is the latest and perhaps most seasoned K-pop star to make international headlines with his song, "Gangnam Style".

To date, the "Gangnam Style" video has received over 46 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 15. It's been featured in major media like TIME, the Wall Street Journal Blog and CNN. It's been tweeted about by the likes of Robbie Williams, T-Pain and Josh Groban. Nelly Furtado even recently did a cover of the song at her concert in Manila. If you've been living under a rock and haven't seen this viral hit, you can see it below...More

Korean rapper Psy to Return to the US Next Month

Source | 2012/08/25 | Permalink

The latest Youtube sensation Korean rapper Psy has returned home from the US.
Speaking with the media, he says lots of good things look likely to happen to him in collaboration with US producers.
During the U.S. visit, Psy met with Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun...More

Get a Room… for Singing, Gaming, Movie Watching and More

Source | 2012/08/25 | Permalink

For all the many facets that make up Korea, there are just as many rooms! Called "방" in Korean, they are pronounced "bang" with a short "a".

They range in services, but the four most popular may be the DVD bang, the PC bang, the norae bang and the multimedia bang (which brings all of the first three together). With cities like Seoul being so densely populated, these bangs are great, inexpensive spaces to hang out. They're also usually open until the wee hours of the morning (if not 24 hours), so you can go anytime...More

KCON Bringing Some Of K-pop's Hottest Young Stars To The U.s. As Part Of Major Convention And Concert Celebrating All Things Hallyu

Source | 2012/08/24 | Permalink

Korean Wave to Make a Splash on the West Coast, with 4 Minute and VIXX Already Confirmed to Perform
 
Tickets on Sale Today 9pm PST Starting at $40 on Livenation - Giving Fans Access to Music, Panels, Workshops and More
 
KCON, the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies, announced today the initial line-up for the star-studded concert scheduled to cap off the full day convention. 4Minute and VIXX are already confirmed with more acts to be announced in the coming days. Hyuna, from the 5 member girl group 4Minute, recently guest starred alongside PSY in his viral hit "Gangnam Style" videos, which have an amassed over 65 million hits this summer on YouTube. Tickets, starting as low as $40, go on sale today at 9 p.m. PST...More

Psy's Gangnam Style Music Video Tops 50 Mln Views

Source | 2012/08/24 | Permalink

The sensational music video "Gangnam Style" by Korean singer Psy has attracted over 50 million views online.

Psy's entertainment agency says the music video has been viewed more than 50-point-three million times in the past 40 days since it was released on YouTube July 15th...More

PSY's "Gangnam Style" Reaches 40 Mln Hits on YouTube

Source | 2012/08/20 | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY's latest dance pop single "Gangnam Style" has received more than 40-million hits on YouTube since its release on July 15, 2012.

The agency for PSY said that the music video's sensation on YouTube proves spawning global attention to the singer who has never performed on stages overseas...More

Korean singer Psy's song takes Time and iTunes by storm

Source | 2012/08/18 | Permalink

The rap song Gangnam Style and the accompanying music video by Korean rapper Psy have now grabbed the attention of Time Magazine, which discussed the song on the Internet edition of the U.S. weekly this week...More

Time Magazine Takes Note of Psy's 'Weird and Wonderful' Hit Song

Source | 2012/08/17 | Permalink

 Psy

Psy's "Gangnam Style" has captured the attention of Time magazine. The Internet edition of the U.S. weekly introduced the song on Wednesday in an article titled "WATCH: PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Is the Best Invisible Horse-Riding Rap Video You'll See All Week".

"You may not know his name, but according to the YouTube stats, some 28 million of you have watched the video for his highly addictive song, 'Gangnam Style' in the month since it was uploaded", it wrote...More

Kim Junsu To Release First English Single

Source | 2012/08/17 | Permalink

XIA, or Kim Junsu, will be giving a present to his international, English-speaking fans: a single in English.

According to Kim's agency, the JYJ member will be releasing his all-English single "Uncommitted" at noon on August 17th, along with its music video on his official YouTube channel...More

Singer Lee to Return to Stage After Law School

Source | 2012/08/16 | Permalink

Singer Lee So-eun, who debuted in high school but put down the microphone in 2009 to go to the U.S. to study law, is getting ready to return to the stage. She will give a solo concert in Seoul on Sept. 1.

The 30-year-old singer has recently graduated from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago and found a job with a law firm in New York...More

New Version of Psy's 'Gangnam Style' to Launch Wednesday

Source | 2012/08/14 | Permalink

K-pop singer Psy is still not done with his massively popular "Gangnam Style" music video. On Monday his management company YG Entertainment said that fans will be treated to a new video with the same music but with different lyrics coming from the female point of view on Wednesday.

Called "Oppa, You're Just My Type", the song will showcase the standpoint of women from Seoul's affluent Gangnam district...More

Psy to unveil new version of hit music video

Source | 2012/08/14 | Permalink

Pop singer Psy will unveil another version of his hit music video "Gangnam Style" this week, his management agency said Monday.

The new video whose title translates into "Oppa, You're Just My Type" in English will be put on major online music sites for free on Wednesday, YG Entertainment said...More

'Gangnam Style' Sees Veteran Singer Psy Leapfrog K-Pop Bands

Source | 2012/08/13 | Permalink

Psy held a solo concert at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul on Saturday, drawing over 30,000 spectators. "Gangnam Style", the dance-pop title track of his sixth album, has topped the nation's major music charts for almost a month since its release in July.

In another sign of its swelling popularity, it has attracted nearly 25 million views on YouTube...More

Americans dance to 'Gangnam Style'

Source | 2012/08/13 | Permalink

NEW YORK _ For Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation and BoA, the U.S. market was a tough and tricky one to crack. But not for PSY, the eccentric Korean singer and rapper who just happened to make perhaps the most successful U.S. debut in Korean music history.

PSY's secret? He didn't try.

There was no extensive strategy, no hard training and not even a need for the 34-year-old to set foot on U.S. soil. The four-minute video of his newest single "Gangnam Style" on YouTube _ now with more than 20 million views and counting _ was enough to put PSY's name on the map...More

The Satire of Psy

Source | 2012/08/08 | Permalink

Slender singing stars and slick dance moves are the common currency of K-pop, which has propelled Korean music to ever more far flung corners of the globe.

But a somewhat plump songman named Psy is changing all of that with sharp lyrics that poke fun at Korean society and cheeky videos that show he's not afraid to turn his satirical observations on himself...More

'Angry Little Asian Girl' to Make TV Premiere October 26 on Mnet

Source | 2012/08/07 | Permalink

Fall Premiere Dates also Announced for YTF (September 12), Danny from LA (September 13) and Kollaboration (October 18), Rounding Out New Original Series Line-Up

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 7, 2012 – Mnet (www.mnetamerica.com), the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. inspired by Asian pop culture, has announced premiere dates for four new original series in the hottest line-up of original shows for Asian Americans and fans of Asian entertainment.

Angry Little Asian Girl, is an animated series based on Lela Lee's "Angry Little Girls" series of comics, books, t-shirts, bags, and other products with a rabid cult following. ALAG will premiere October 26 and some episodes will feature special guest star Margaret Cho as Kim's mother...More

From 'Gangnam' to US, video goes viral

Source | 2012/08/07 | Permalink

Korean pop singer PSY performs dance steps resembling horseback riding in the music video for his new song "Gangnam Style", which has spawned parody versions around the world. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment

By Rachel Lee

Korean pop singer PSY's new song "Gangnam Style" is capturing the world's attention with its wacky music video.

The title track of his sixth studio album has topped various online charts including Melon and Naver music for three consecutive weeks since its release on July 15. On YouTube, over 15 million clicks were recorded as of Monday for the song and comical video from the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Park Jae-sang...More

A-Listers Vie for Screen Time in Heist Movie 'The Thieves'

Source | 2012/07/24 | Permalink

 Kim Hye-soo (left) and Choi Dong-hoon

Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves" tells the story of 10 thieves from Korea and China who steal a W30 billion (US$1=W1,147) diamond from a casino in Macau. Given the plot and the size of the cast, the movie, which is scheduled to be released here on Wednesday, is reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh's star-studded crime caper "Ocean's Eleven".

The crooks are played by A-listers including Kim Hae-sook, Kim Yun-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Oh Dal-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun and Simon Yam from Hong Kong. But they only get to appear on screen for a measly 13 minutes each on average, making them both leading and supporting actors at the same time...More

Big Bang Proves to Be Center of the K-Pop Universe on YouTube

Source | 2012/07/17 | Permalink

 Big Bang /Reuters

Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby" has emerged as the most-watched K-pop music video on YouTube in terms of international views in the first half of this year. Sistar's "Alone" was the most popular among domestic viewers.

According to a list of the top 10 K-pop music videos in the first six months, as released by YouTube on Monday, "Fantastic Baby" recorded 33.2 million hits. The total number would be even higher if the number of hits made via mobile devices was also factored in...More

[Spoiler] [Raine's Recaps] Fashion King: Episode 4 Recap

Source | 2012/07/14 | Permalink

by: Raine

At the ratings are back up at 9.2% for episode 3. I'm not sure if it's cause Love Rain has caused such a negative commotion or what. Perhaps having Yoo Ah-in naked in every episode contributes a point percentage point per ab appearance?

This episode was still wild and crazy plot-wise but we've come to expect that and I think I might stop commenting on that...maybe. That kiss was hot and we got to see Yu-ri's acting chops and how they get the foursome back to Korea...sort of...More

Kollaboration Los Angeles

Source | 2012/07/12 | Permalink

Kollaboration Los Angeles, the first ever Asian American non-profit talent competition, supporting the hottest up-and-coming local entertainment acts all competing for the $1,000 first place prize. 

Comparable to "America's Got Talent" + "So You Think You Can Dance, Kollaboration is part of a country-wide network of talent shows that started 12 years ago and now has expanded to 15 shows in 14 cities...More

N.Korea Showcases Its Own 'Girl Band'

Source | 2012/07/12 | Permalink

North Korean Central TV on Monday aired more performances by the newly-created Moranbong troupe attended by leader Kim Jong-un.

The show featured various groups of female singers and instrumentalists in their early to mid-20s dressed in mini-skirts, high-heeled shoes or off-the-shoulder tops...More

2012 K-Pop Video Contest Draws Hundreds of Entries from Worldwide, Awards 15 Top Prizes

Source | 2012/07/03 | Permalink

K-Pop lovers from across the globe vied for their chance at fame in the 2012 K-Pop Video Contest hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, and the 15 winners have just been announced (full list below).

The winners-hailing from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, and Romania-were selected from among 270 submissions that included cover dances, singing, and instrumental performances, evaluated based on expression and content.

The understanding of Korean culture and the enthusiasm for K-Pop became important factors for evaluation, said Byung Goo Choi, director of the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC. The quality videos made us realize the popularity of K-POP...More

Park Eun-ji Refuses to Be Pigeonholed as 'Weather Girl'

Source | 2012/06/30 | Permalink

Park Eun-ji

TV personality Park Eun-ji, formerly a weather forecaster for MBC, seems to be in the prime of her career.

She has grabbed the spotlight with her good looks and fashion sense since she started working as a weather girl, and is now one of the most sought-after TV personalities as she appears on six programs on terrestrial and cable channels...More

See MBLAQ in action

Source | 2012/06/26 | Permalink

K-pop group MBLAQ

By Kwaak Je-yup

It is easy to be cynical about K-pop's influence unless you have seen it in action. The story of five-member boy band MBLAQ is testament to this phenomenon.

Thanks to the power of YouTube, curious music fans in countries such as Brazil and Italy can hear the music and see the performances. Soon they make their own online bulletin boards to discuss what they have seen. They may even try to learn Korean to understand the lyrics and even put up subtitles for others...More

Won't Stop, Can't Stop, It's Kpop

Source | 2012/06/23 | Permalink

Photo Credit: Wordans

It's no secret that Kpop is making some serious waves overseas.

An appearance on the Letterman Show (Girls' Generation). A sold out concert in Paris (SM Town). Climbing the international billboard charts (EXO-K, Shinee, et. al) Picking up the "World Wide Act" award at MTV's European Music Awards, followed by being the first Asian artists to win the category for best fan of the 2012 MTV TRL Awards in Italy (Big Bang) Collaborating across countries (Tasha, Tiger JK featured on Far East Movement's song / Wonder Girls headlining for the Jonas Brothers / Will.i.am producing tracks for 2NE1)...More

2012 Taekwondo Photo & Video Contest Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Source | 2012/06/23 | Permalink

2012 Taekwondo Photo & Video Contest Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

The Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is proud to announce the 2012 Taekwondo Photo & Video Contest, a nationwide search for exceptional photography and video creations that capture the spirit and unique personal experiences of Taekwondo, Koreas native martial art. The annual contest, now in its fourth year, has been a key embassy program for promoting and reaffirming the special bond between the United States and the Republic of Korea by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds with a common passion. Previous years have included essay and visual art categories, while this years contest changes gears to highlight original photography and videos. This complete guide and application form for submissions can be downloaded from www.Dynamic-Korea.com...More

Sick U.S. Teen Fulfills Dream of Singing with SHINee

Source | 2012/06/21 | Permalink

 Donika Sterling (center front) smiles as she meets her favorite band SHINee in Seoul on Wednesday. /Courtesy of SM Entertainment

About a decade ago, Donika Sterling became afflicted with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which gradually causes the loss of muscle tissue and slows down parts of the body. Now the 15-year-old girl cannot move without the aid of a wheelchair. She became a fan of SHINee after watching the boy band on YouTube, and told her grandmother that her dream was to go to Korea and meet the band members...More

Toronto Korean Film Festival Short Films Announcement

2012/06/18 | Permalink

Toronto - The Toronto Korean Film Festival will hold independent shorts competition programmes on June 26th and June 27th. June 26th will be dedicated to Korean-Canadian shorts, while June 27th will showcase Korean independent short films. Audiences and a small jury team will determine and choose 4 films to be awarded onJuly 1st evening. The first prize is $1000, the second prize is $400, the third prize is $100, and there will also be a Special Sponsor Award for Korean-Canadian shorts. Filmmakers in town will be invited to join us for the awards ceremony. Confirmed short films include...More

Hangeul Romanization needs fixing

Source | 2012/06/17 | Permalink

A road sign near Kyunghee University in Seoul spells the name of a nearby subway station as "Hoegi", honoring the governmentenforced Romanization system. The spelling does not properly reflect the actual pronunciation of the word, a shortcoming cited by some Korea specialists on a new Romanization format adopted in 2000. / Korea Times file


Experts shun it, users confused, government sits on hands

By Do Je-hae

The current Romanization system for Hangeul (Korean script) has been in use for more than 10 years, but people still find it confusing. Moreover, Hangeul experts shun it and prefer using an older system.

Although the government knows this, it refutes calls to fix the system, citing a variety of reasons...More

90's Kpop Party plus Ticket Giveaway

Source | 2012/06/11 | Permalink

We're back for our second year with the 90s Kpop Party, and we are excited to announce that we've added  Seattle to the lineup! 

You can expect no less than a night full of your favorite old school Kpop jams and a nostalgic walk down memory lane, and of course, one of the best parties to start an epic summer!...More

Juniel tries to make girl rock mark on K-pop scene

Source | 2012/06/08 | Permalink

Juniel

Can a teen girl rocker make a dent on the music scene dominated by dance pop troupes? Nineteen-year-old Juniel thinks so.

"I have my own identity, my own style, my own voice", she told a room full of reporters at her debut showcase Thursday in Seoul. "I don't' have to compete with girl groups"....More

Rookie Pianist Makes Waves with Beethoven CDs

Source | 2012/06/03 | Permalink

How did classical pianist Lim Hyun-jung jump from near-obscurity to signing an eight-CD deal with top British music label EMI? That was the question on many critics' lips after she rocked the world of classical music by releasing a series of CDs of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas.

The deal was especially notable as it came at a time of EMI's financial hardship ahead of its merger with Sony and Universal. Rarely in the modern history of classical music has an unknown pianist made such an auspicious debut on the global scene...More

[HanCinema Korea's Diary] The Korean Wave: Multiculturalism, Foreigners and Cultural Backwash...

2012/06/02 | Permalink

Beijing journalists coined the term "Korean Wave" in 1999, when they noticed the ever-increasing presence of Korean entertainment in China. Since then the "Korean Wave" (or "Hallyu" as it's known in Korean) has swelled not only to include a wide range of Korea's cultural exports (such as music, films and dramas), but also to take on the responsibility of spearheading Korea's image on the world stage. This phenomenon is largely concerned with Korea's cultural exports and it is responsible for Korea's recent economic growth as the country continues to climb the ranks of our globalised world.

Korea is one of the most ethnically homogenous societies in the world, and underscoring that description, you will find the inherent need to protect and maintain cultural objects as they pertain to Korea's global and local identity. The Korean Wave is the product of the country's position within modern society as the process of globalisation continues to evolve and infiltrate our social existence...More

Girl power fuels 4minute

Source | 2012/05/30 | Permalink

5-member act makes bold sounds, sexiness their own

 

By Kwaak Je-yup

Even from the first note of their debut single, it is easy to tell: 4minute is not just another girl group.

The sounds and words are wild and free - uninhibited - a rarity in an industry that prefers to keep all material fine-tuned for maximum listener friendliness.

Since their debut in June 2009, the five member group has conspicuously gone against the grain, keeping their distance from the sweet, girlish or cutesy formula that works so well for the competition...More

[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the K-Pop Fan

2012/05/27 | Permalink

Korea has a number of cultural exports that fall under the title of the 'Korean Wave", no area of which can boast the fanaticism and loyality that bubbles from K-Pop fans. How did this growing international music trend sweep you up and what is it that is keeping you hooked? 

I've been listening to quite the odd myriad of music since high school. One of my weaknesses is Japanese rock, and my hobby is discovering new groups and bands to listen to. One late-night YouTube search in university I happened to click on a group called "Super Junior". Honestly, I looked at the video for a few seconds before bursting into laughter-there were so many boys dancing!  And I just had to know, what kind of country makes (at the time) the world's largest boy band? It was a rapid descent down the rabbit hole after that. Korean pop and hip hop made for great homework music, and since I wasn't judging based on lyrics, I just enjoyed a good, addicting beat and pretty voices. I also think Kpop is the best kind of music to drive, dance, and exercise to. The turnaround for groups in Korea is ridiculously fast, so there is always a new and catchy song to listen to. It's hard to get bored when they're singularly feeding my music addiction weekly...More

As YouTube Turns Seven, Google Holds K-Pop-Themed Birthday Bash

Source | 2012/05/24 | Permalink

People wait to enter the Korean Music Wave in Google concert co-organized by YouTube and MBC at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on Monday (top); All of the performers appear on stage at the end of the concert. /Yonhap

Some 20,000 American K-pop fans gathered at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Monday evening to watch a concert dubbed "Korean Music Wave in Google". It was co-hosted by Google's YouTube and terrestrial Korean broadcaster MBC. The fans lined up for about 1 km to enter the venue...More

YouTube celebrates 7th anniversary with K-pop

Source | 2012/05/23 | Permalink

Girls' Generation perform during "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., Monday, to celebrate the anniversary of video sharing service YouTube. / Yonhap

By Kwon Mee-yoo

As YouTube celebrated its seventh anniversary, K-pop singers from TVXQ to Kara performed and rocked Silicon Valley.

YouTube, which is now Google/YouTube, and Korean broadcaster MBC co-hosted Monday the "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., to celebrate the anniversary of the world's largest video sharing service. Google took over YouTube five years ago...More

Facebook Opens K-Pop Page

Source | 2012/05/22 | Permalink

A K-Pop page opened on Facebook on Monday to deliver news about Korean pop stars and their new songs to fans around the world. Facebook is the second global user-content website to open a K-pop page after YouTube last December...More

Recap: World IT Show 2012

Source | 2012/05/19 | Permalink

This past Tuesday, I checked out the World IT Show (WIS) 2012 at COEX. It's a three day event, ending on Friday, May 18.

It was a good chance for me to see what's happening in the Korean IT industry all in one spot. Though there were a ton of things to see, I'll highlight just a few.

I started with the SK Telecom exhibit, where the company showcased its new technology from from LTE, telecommunications, and NFC to smart robots. It used a "carnival" theme that included several dance performances and clowns that created a lively setting...More

Korean boyband member to start 1st solo Asia tour

Source | 2012/05/18 | Permalink

Kim Jun-su, a member of Korean boy band JYJ, starts his own Asian tour in May to promote his first solo album, he announced Wednesday.

Kim said that he would play his first solo concert in Seoul on May 19 and 20 before performing in seven Asian cities including Bangkok, Taipei, Jakarta and Shanghai through June...More

Kim Bum-soo reveals teaser for new song

Source | 2012/05/16 | Permalink

Singer Kim Bum-soo has revealed a music clip for his new song "Rock Star" on May 15. The video uploaded on Kim's official YouTube channel depicts a suspense-crime teaser which plays out like a short film.

It also features actors Son Chang-min, Jung Ho-bin and Oh Yoon-ah who all belong to Polaris Entertainment, to which Kim also belongs...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/05/15 | Permalink

Now it's time to learn more about the latest art and culture events with our Michelle Kim. I hear she has brought us movies and something that she encourages us to actually perform for ourselves.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

What do you have for us today

[Reporter : ] To start us off today I have two movie updates with two very good looking actors. Two inspiring actors from Korea and the United States, Ryu Seung-ryong and Johnny Depp are coming back to the big screen to lure all the female fans...More

[HanCinema's Film News] KOFA's YouTube Channel goes Live & Lee Yoon-jeong-II's ""Remember O Goddess" crosses the line!

2012/05/12 | Permalink

UPDATE: Earlier this year the Korean Film Archive announced that it had plans to launch a YouTube channel where people could watch classical Korean films online for free. This fantastic initiative has finally come to true as their channel is now live and offers a wide range of films for free viewing.

I am also pleased to announce that director Lee Yoon-jeong-II's managed to gather the required funding for the film "Remember O Goddess" ("Remember You - Movie"). The goal of $30,000 was reach (actually surpassed) through the support of some 272 backers from around the world...More

Korean Film Archive opens on YouTube

Source | 2012/05/09 | Permalink

Toronto Korean Film Festival Brings Kimchi Chronicles to the Big Screen

Source | 2012/05/07 | Permalink

Explore Korean food culture with Hugh Jackman and Heather Graham

Toronto - On May 26, Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF) will screen Kimchi Chronicles as its last free screening before the actual festival in June.Kimchi Chronicles is a PBS food program dedicated to Korean food culture. For those who often visit Korean restaurants, Kimchi Chronicle will walks you through the history and the making processes of all your favorite Korean food: Kimchi, Bibimbap, Korean BBQ, and many more. If you are new to Korean food culture, don't worry. the half American, half Korean host Marja Vongerrichten, and her husband who is a renowned French chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will unravel this fascinating aspect of Korean culture step by step...More

Taetiseo's 'Twinkle' Soars Up Charts as Girls' Generation Branches Out

Source | 2012/05/01 | Permalink

Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, on Monday released the music video for "Twinkle", the title track of their first mini-album. The group, comprising Tae-yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, will perform for the first time on cable music channel Mnet on May 3.

Earlier last Friday, the group revealed teaser images of Taeyeon on YouTube, followed by clips of the other two members -- which garnered 11.47 million total hits as of Monday...More

SHINee keep changing for fans

Source | 2012/05/01 | Permalink

Members of K-pop boy band SHINee pose in a photoshoot to promote the group's latest EP, "Sherlock".
/ Courtesy of SM Entertainment

Boy band tireless in making cutting-edge music, dance their own

This is the second of a 15-part series on the stars and trends in "hallyu", or Korean wave, which is gaining global popularity particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M...More

Park Ji-min wins 'K-pop Star Audition'

Source | 2012/05/01 | Permalink

Park Ji-min, 14, won SBS' "K-pop Star Audition" on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner of the biggest prize-money in the nation.

The singing sensation from Daejeon will also immediately start a collaboration with one of the three major talent agencies of SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment...More

Young Korean-American Singer Takes Entertainment World by Storm

Source | 2012/04/28 | Permalink

It's been less than three months since her debut but singer Ailee is already taking the Korean entertainment scene by storm with the commanding stage performance of a veteran entertainer. Ailee is a Korean-American artist who debuted in February with her single "Heaven". The 23-year-old singer has appeared on KBS2's reality TV show "Immortal Song 2", dazzling viewers with her talented voice while rubbing shoulders on stage with seasoned perfo...More

Food congress in May to focus on 'hand taste' of Korea

Source | 2012/04/28 | Permalink

An international panel of juries inspects the creations of chefs participating at the 2010 WACS Asia Forum. / Courtesy of WACS 2012 Daejeon Congress Organizing Committee

The World Association of Chefs Societies 2012 Daejeon Congress will be held from May 1 to 12 in various venues in Daejeon, a city just under 170 kilometer southeast of Seoul.

Under the theme "Hand Taste of Korean People! Appetite of World Citizens!" the large scale food congress will be held for 12 days in locations such as the Daejeon Convention Center, KOTREX and Expo Citizens Plaza in Daejeon...More

Jessica of Girls' Generation Feted as Living Doll

Source | 2012/04/26 | Permalink

Girls' Generation's Jessica has been named on a list of top "10 Unbelievable Girls Who Look Like Dolls" by a blog that specializes in compiling lists of the bizarre (oddee.com)...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/04/16 | Permalink

It's the start of a new week once again and finally the weather is warming up.
When it gets this warm outside, many of us want to just go out and enjoy exhibitions, concerts, and new movies.
To help us, confused souls, stay on track in arts and culture Michelle Kim joins me in the studio.
Hello, Michelle.

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

What do you have for us today ?

[Reporter : ] There's the phrase "Dogs are a man's best friend" and as an owner of two dogs, I very much agree with this. Well to give us an artistic insight on the subject of man, animals, and nature as well, I have two exhibitions for you. Here are the details...More

Lee Da-hae Displays Language Skills in Chinese Soap

Source | 2012/04/07 | Permalink

Actress Lee Da-hae displays her excellent command of Mandarin in a video clip uploaded on YouTube recently. Her management agency said the sneak preview of a Chinese soap opera was apparently uploaded by a Chinese staffer and had been circulating in China before it hit the global video website...More

How to Eat Samgyeopsal in the Right Way!

Source | 2012/04/07 | Permalink

Whenever my friends from other countries come to visit Korea, I take them to out to eat samgyeopsal because it provides a unique culinary experience while helping them better understand Korea's culture as well.

Image Courtesy: Eun Byeol @ Flickr

If you've never been lucky enough to try it, samgyeopsal is thick slices pork belly cooked on a griddle at your table. It's one of the most popular meals for groups of friends or colleagues going out to celebrate special occasions...More

Jo In-sung appears in Kim C's new music video

Source | 2012/04/04 | Permalink

Singer Kim C deployed some publicity tactics by recruiting the help of actor friend Jo In-sung to star in his new music clip.
The title track "Love" from Kim C's new album "Priority" was released online on April 4 on YouTube.

In the music clip, the Hallyu star can be shown expressing himself physically, with no words, as the music of Kim C plays on.
Kim C was the creative director of his own clip and the clip is framed as if Jo were being interviewed on the topic of love...More

K-pop motivates foreigners to learn Korean

Source | 2012/04/04 | Permalink

Nearly 60 percent of the 524 Korean language learners from 65 nations responded that K-pop influenced them to learn the language, according to a survey by Kyung Hee University's Institute of International Education.

The respondents said K-pop also raised their interest in Korea, with 18.8 percent of them visiting the country...More

Showing new ways for people to appreciate Korea

Source | 2012/03/19 | Permalink

NY native touts Seoul subway through music

This is the sixth in a series of interviews that feature individuals who help promote Korean culture overseas. ― ED.

By Jane Han

NEW YORK - There's no doubt people like Seoul's convenient subway system but one man went so far as to write a song about it. Titled "Seoul Subway Song", the rap tune has garnered more than half a million clicks on YouTube.

"I've always loved the subway system and I always thought that it had a lot of potential for drama, so to speak", Michael Aronson, a New York native and creator of the subway song, said in an interview with The Korea Times...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/03/19 | Permalink

It's the beginning of the week once again and we have our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim to give us an update on the latest art and culture news.
Hello Michelle.
How was your weekend ?

[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young.
I had a very exciting yet relaxing weekend.
I actually went to Busan over the weekend and had some amazing seafood, drove across the famous Gwang-Ahn bridge and got lots of rest...More

[Weekender] Restoring classics

Source | 2012/03/15 | Permalink

A strip of 35-millimeter celluloid film, which has mostly been replaced by digital cinema / Korea Times file

Early works return to life at Korean Film Archive

By Lee Hyo-won

Moviegoers today are accustomed to glossy, high-definition images that indiscriminately reveal slight skin blemishes of actors known for flawless complexions. Bass-heavy, surround-sound audio has also become the norm.

The cinematic experience is more than about whether the plotline is appealing. The technical aspects of the audiovisuals often determine the overall aesthetics, of how one perceives the content. Sometimes the film itself is deliberately produced to capture the nostalgia of the past. Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" (2011) pays direct homage to early 20th-century silent movies while Quentin Tarantino's signature visual style displays an adoration of old, dust-streaked images. In 2008, Ryoo Seung-wan experimented with old-fashioned dubbing for his retro action flick "Dachimawa Lee"...More

Hallyu boom triggers bureaucratic turf war

Source | 2012/03/12 | Permalink

Ministries vie for dominant role as K-pop leaps borders

By Kang Hyun-kyung

The hallyu, or the Korean wave, its market grew tenfold last year, compared with a decade ago.

According to industry experts, the K-pop craze, which is contagious among young people in Asia, Europe and Latin America, is a key driver for the record-high profits earned from hallyu exports last year. Since 2009 the K-pop explosion has fallout that is landing well beyond Asia riding on the free ticket of social media, such as YouTube, they said...More

Classic Korean films to go on YouTube

Source | 2012/03/11 | Permalink

The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) has announced that it is partnering with Google to put 70 classic Korean films on YouTube this May. The free video-on-demand films, complete with English subtitles, will be available to stream at http://www.youtube.com/koreanfilm...More

Digiryu: Spreading Korean Culture Online

Source | 2012/03/08 | Permalink

The internet has helped spread Korean pop culture faster than Manchester United's famed Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung runs down field. Sites like Soompi and All Kpop have helped expose many people in the West to Girls' Generation, Big Bang, bibimbap and BB Cream for the first time. Malaysia and Japan have their own sites dedicated to Korean pop culture as well...More

I love Korea, because... VIDEO CONTEST

Source | 2012/03/07 | Permalink

We invite you to Korea! The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea is holding a video contest "I love Korea, because...". Please share why you love Korea and your impression on Korea. Make 3-minute-long video clip on diverse Korean attractions including Korean traditional culture, K-POP, landscape, economic development or your personal experiences related to Korea. The Grand Prize winner will be invited to Korea...More

Song Hye-kyo To Sing Duet With John Park

Source | 2012/03/05 | Permalink

It's hard to say who's the more popular one these days. The petite actress who has a string of hit dramas under her belt after 16 years in the biz and was also chosen as TC Candler's 5th most beautiful woman in the world? Or the tall, handsome newbie solo singer that took k-pop by storm after nearly winning the most popular singing survival show in 2010 and is now promoting his hit song "Falling"?

How are the two even linked together? Well, currently they're not, but they will be very soon after the release of their duet song together. This would be the first singing project by Song since her debut...More

[HanCinema Korea's Diary] K-Pop as its own music genre on YouTube?

2012/03/03 | Permalink

Last year Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced that a YouTube channel will be launched dedicated to Korea's own brand of popular music called "K-pop". This was huge news, especially when considering that it would come to be the only true category of music inspired and fuelled by a specific country. I mean genres such as reggae, Latin, and country music all have there roots in other countries, but an exclusive category for Korea's popular music? Surprising indeed, but what's not surprising is the popularity of the music and its continued spread around the world that has come to be known as the "the Korean Wave"...More

[special article] He's in the Army now, but not out of sight: Rain's commercial ads & projects shine on.

Source | 2012/03/03 | Permalink

- Written by: Stephe Thornton, Cloud USA Managing Editor ^@@^

Earlier this month, on February 11, South Korean singer, actor, and mega-entertainer Rain (a.k.a. ROK Army Private First Class JiHoon Jung) completed four months of service in the Republic of Korea military. In those four months, he has established himself as a serious super soldier at one of the toughest training camps (near the DMZ), as more physically fit than recruits ten years his junior, and as a loyal squadron leader and top sharpshooter of the 5th Division. No one can say he has used his celebrity and taken the easy road when it comes to doing his duty for his country.

Rain has never taken the easy road at anything. He's always taken the one he knew was right, worked very hard, and weathered whatever storm it may have entailed...More

K-celebrities now 1

Source | 2012/02/29 | Permalink

We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!

For the first time, the public caught a glimpse of the children of Hallyu star Lee Young-ae.

"Dae Jang Geum" introduced the world to Korea's traditional culture and royal cuisine, and catapulted Lee Young-ae to stardom...More

Meet the "Self-artists"!

Source | 2012/02/25 | Permalink

Meet a group of artists who set themselves apart from mainstream culture.

"Self-artists" refer to cultural artists who do everything by themselves, from planning to production and distribution.

And they're bringing about changes in Korea's culture and arts industry.

[Interview : Jang Jeong-jin, Head of Institutional Development Division Arts Council Korea ] "Once considered to be an exclusive field for only a handful of people, art has emerged as something that can be enjoyed and experienced by all. Also, the recent development of SNS websites is helping self-artists promote their works extensively to their neighbors,
friends, and colleagues. I think this has served as a boost for the activities of many self-artists...More

Hallyu stars urged to behave

Source | 2012/02/24 | Permalink

Members of boy band Block B apologize for their inappropriate behavior during a recent interview with Thai media in this video clip released through YouTube, Thursday. / Captured from YouTube Culture minister sends letters to agencies to educate K-pop groups By Kim Rahn A K-pop boy group's poor manners during an interview with a Thai broadcaster has prompted the government to urge entertainment agencies to strengthen education for hallyu stars to develop decent personalities. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism sent official letters to major entertainment agencies and producers under the name of Minister Choe Kwang-shik, Friday, to call for steps to prevent a recurrence of the incident. =X0QISEb5mBE= The move came days after hip-hop boy band Block B made a joke about last year's massive flooding in Thailand in an interview with local media there, which ignited indignation from the Thai people. "In the letter, Choe asked agencies to pay greater attention to education on personality development and cultural differences for hallyu stars and would-be-entertainers, so that they can keep in mind their roles and influence as public figures", a ministry official said. Last year, a ministry unit supportive of pop culture artists offered humanities lectures and counseling programs to entertainers. "This year, we'll expand the lectures and encourage the agencies to enforce attendance", the official said. In the interview with Thai media site RYT9 on Jan. 30, Block B's leader Zico said when asked about his opinion on the flooding that damaged the country, "I hope monetary compensation will heal their wounds because all I have is money". Then another member asked him the total worth of his assets, and Zico said laughing, "About 7,000 won ($6)". Their levity continued in the 30-minute interview while word of this spread worldwide via the Internet, with one member lying down on a coffee table while another walking around the interview area. Tarnished image The incident has been widely known here after another boy group member, 2PM's Nickhun, a Thai national, tweeted Sunday, "Learn some manners and get a better understanding of Thailand when you go to the country". Korean Internet users have strongly criticized Block B's impolite behavior and lack of manners, saying the group tarnished Korean hallyu stars' image as a whole. One blogger even claimed that her father's export contract with a Thai company was suddenly cancelled, adding anti-Korea sentiment is widespread among Thai people. Some are collecting signatures to call for the band's dispersion and withdrawal from the entertainment circle. With criticism mounting, Block B made a public apology in a video clip Thursday with English and Thai subtitles. "We are very sorry for the things that happened in Thailand recently. It was stupid that we didn't think about the negative impact our actions would have on the Thai people. It was true t...More

Korean Boy Band Offend Thais

Source | 2012/02/23 | Permalink

A manufactured Korean boy band have created a small backlash against the Korean Wave in Thailand with a bad joke about devastating floods last year that resulted in 780 deaths and three missing as of the end of last year.

In August, the seven-member group Block B gave an interview to a Thai website. "We believe that Thai people must be suffering a lot from the disaster. We hope that our donation money could heal their pain. What we can help is only by donating money. And, how much do we have again? W7,000". Afterwards, they made jokes and giggled...More

"Blonde Redhead" to Visit Seoul: American Rock Band to Perform at "Ax-Korea" May 4

Source | 2012/02/21 | Permalink

"Blonde Redhead", a three-member American rock band, will come to Seoul for a concert at "Ax-Korea" in Seoul's Gwanjang-dong on May 4, 2012, the band's Korean PR agency "Super Color Super" announced on Feb. 21, 2012.

"Atmospheric, dream-induced-electro-indie-pop" - FILTER "They achieve something so simple and composed andimpossible to duplicate"- The FADER "An icymasterclass in how synths should sound" - NME...More

Boy band Block B offers apology for Thai interview

Source | 2012/02/20 | Permalink

By Kwaak Je-yup

After a barrage of online criticism and a celebrity Twitter blast, new hip-hop boy band Block B publicly apologized for their cultural insensitivity and misbehavior in a recent interview with a Thai online news outlet.

"We misunderstand where the line is drawn between freedom and lack of common sense", said P.O, one of the band's seven members, in a statement posted Monday on the group's bulletin board for fans, commonly called fan cafes here...More

Korean Director Honors Steve Jobs with iPhone Movie

Source | 2012/02/20 | Permalink

Korean filmmaker Chin Won-suk aired his 13-minute film "992" at Macworld -- the world's largest exhibition featuring the latest Apple products -- in San Francisco on Jan. 27. The short feature was filmed on the latest version of the iPhone, some five years after the first version of the best-selling handset was released.

The short is named after the New Balance running shoes favored by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Until 2009, Apple used Macworld to unveil its latest products, and Jobs regularly took to the stage to present his latest gadgets to the world...More

[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Korean Cinephiles Rejoice! Korean Film Channel planned for YouTube

Source | 2012/02/18 | Permalink

In case some of you missed it, there was some pretty exciting news that came out from KOFA this past week. The Korean Film Archive, in partnership with Google, will launch a YouTube channel in May that will showcase 70 classic Korean films. This is fantastic news for Korean cinephiles that would not otherwise have access to some of these rare and classic pieces of Korean film literature...More

Patriotic Teen Puts Together 'Arirang' Relay Clip

Source | 2012/02/18 | Permalink

One-hundred and thirty Koreans from all walks of life have contributed a phrase of the traditional folk song "Arirang" to a video clip uploaded on the YouTube...More

Second film preservation center due by 2014

Source | 2012/02/17 | Permalink

Korea plans to establish a second site for preserving and restoring homegrown films by 2014, since the existing location in Seoul is already overflowing with materials, the national film archive said Friday.

The Korean Film Archive said during a news conference in Seoul that it will construct the second preservation center on land in the publishing town in Paju, some 50 kilometers northwest of Seoul, with a total budget of 33 billion won ($29 million)...More

MBC up against its union

Source | 2012/02/15 | Permalink

By Yun Suh-young

MBC, the nation's second largest broadcaster, said it will recruit experienced reporters on a contract basis, a decision seen as a move to counter a prolonged strike by its unionized workers.

The company said that it was looking for reporters with over two years of experience as a journalist and those who have expertise in the following: North Korean issues, health and welfare, environment, labor, medicine, or the weather. New reporters will be hired under a one-year contract...More

Can Platoon repeat magic for indie music?

Source | 2012/02/14 | Permalink

Yoon Na-ra, top, and Love X Stereo are the first acts invited to perform at the Open Stage at the Platoon Kunsthalle, Nonhyeon-dong, southern Seoul. / Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle

Yoon Na-ra, Love X Stereo to launch first Platoon Open Stage

By Kwaak Je-yup

It may sound impossible: staging indie music in the heart of Seoul's commercial jungle...More

S. Korea's K-pop takes off in the west

Source | 2012/02/11 | Permalink

When pop sensation Girls' Generation recently provided the grand finale to the Late Show with David Letterman, a top slot on US television, it signalled that South Korea's entertainment industry had broken out of Asia and is now looking to make it big in the west.

Just days after making their first appearance on US network television with their hit single "The Boys", the band of nine telegenic women this week returned to France - where tickets for a 2011 concert sold out in 15 minutes - to sing on prime time television...More

K-celebrities now 1

Source | 2012/02/09 | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho recently topped a poll held in France.

[SOV]
[Interview : Lee Min-ho, Actor ] "You're probably enjoying a happy life in Seoul, right

A popular Hallyu website in France, DMS, which stands for Dramas Mangas Sensei, held a poll to pick the best Korean drama and actor. Lee Min-ho ranked number 1 by a landslide!...More

"She is ULTIMATE... What is her name"

Source | 2012/02/07 | Permalink

"Choi Soo-young is the ultimate!"

U.S. actor and singer Simon Curtis has been deeply indulged in Choi Soo-young, a member of the nine-member Girls' Generation, a top K-pop group.

Last Saturday, Curtis linked his twitter account (https://twitter.com/simoncurtis) to YouTube which contains the video image of Girls' Generation who appeared on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.

"The member I like most is black-haired lady appearing into the 41st second of the video", he said, asking who she is. "Now I can bravely shout that I am indulged in Choi Soo-young", he said, when a follower told her name on the twitter. "She is the ULTIMATE". He asked again whether Choi Soo-young has her twitter account. When receiving the answer, No, he missed it, saying, "I'm an ardent fan of Choi Soo-young"...More

LMFAO to bring 'party rock'

Source | 2012/02/07 | Permalink

American duo LMFAO will perform at Olympic Hall in Bangi-dong, southeastern Seoul on April 7. / Courtesy of VU Entertainment

By Kwaak Je-yup

When K-pop fans were dancing to the moves of idol groups Big Bang and Girls' Generation last year, pop music lovers elsewhere were rocking to the addictive sounds of American duo LMFAO, DJs RedFoo and his nephew SkyBlu. As demonstrated by their appearance on the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show and in one of the commercials, they made one of the definitive albums of 2011...More

Album review

Source | 2012/02/07 | Permalink

Jay Park - 'New Breed' (UNIVERSAL MUSIC)

Why we recommend it: Though a few tracks offer something new, for the most part, the album is recommended for Jay Park's fans.

Recommended track: "Clap"

One and a half stars out of four

Jay Park, the former member of a popular boy band 2PM, has released his first full-length album, "New Breed". The 15-track CD includes five songs from a mini album "New Breed Part 1" put out in December 2011...More

The next Korean Wave

Source | 2012/02/02 | Permalink

Korean pop group Girls' Generation recently appeared on three major TV talk shows in the U.S.: CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman", ABC's "Live with Kelly", and NBC's "Extra TV". The host of "Live with Kelly" described the reaction of fans from around the world by saying many are Tweeting about Girls' Generation being on the show. There is no doubt that the Korean Wave has expanded beyond Asia to reach American shores, serving as an effective bridge-builder between Korean and U.S. culture.

Last year's K-pop concert in Paris drew fans from all over Europe, who buzzed with excitement and sang Korean songs that even Koreans have a hard time memorizing. In response, American fans asked for K-pop concerts to be held in the U.S. Korean singers swept 12 honors at Japan's Gold Disc Awards last year, with another Korean girl group Kara taking five and Girls' Generation three...More

Greece and Korea - "Kaimos" and "Han"

2012/01/28 | Permalink

Greece and Korea friendpins

We have a saying in Greece. "Είδε ο γύφτος τη γενιά του και αναγάλλιασε η καρδιά του/Eide o gyftos ti genia tou kai anagalliase i kardia tou". It translates as "The gypsy saw his kind and his heart rejoiced". It means that we met or saw someone whom we hit it off with, who understands us or is like us and we love that. I could say it if I bumped into a relative or friend outside or mostly when I meet someone I have nice conversations with. Someone who "gets" me. My kind of person...More

Sao Paulo Meets ZE:A

Source | 2012/01/27 | Permalink

In 2012, two men took over Sao Paolo, Brazil.

They are Kim Dong-jun and Kevin, two members of the boy band ZE:A - Children of Empire.

A K-pop idol group getting ready to take over the world meet their fans in Brazil!

A new kind of star date begins!...More

Mobile Native Changes Korea

Source | 2012/01/21 | Permalink

[Samsung Galaxy(Left)] [LG OPTIMUS(Right)]
(source: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) (source: LG Electronics Inc.)

Nowadays, seven hundred thousand Google searches are made world-wide only in sixty seconds, six hundred videos are posted on YouTube, three hundred twenty Twitter accounts are newly made, and thirteen thousand iPhone applications are downloaded- thus, searching information and sharing it are done in the speed of light.

In this kind of rapid change, Korea boasts the distribution of advanced and high-end digital device and the fastest internet speed in the world, displaying the aspect of an IT power country...More

Student Creates Pilot Korean Version of iPhone's Siri

Source | 2012/01/20 | Permalink

A pilot Korean version of the iPhone 4S' voice-controlled personal assistant Siri has come out, but it was not officially released by manufacturer Apple but by Yoo Ju-wan, a student at Yonsei University, who also developed an app for bus and traffic information in Seoul. Yoo, who is only 20, made it while "playing with Siri to relieve stress", he said...More

YouTube Founder Married Korean Woman

Source | 2012/01/19 | Permalink

(Above picture: In this undated photo Steve Chen cooks with his wife Park Ji-hyun at a culinary school in Paris. It is uncertain whether the photo was taken before they wed or after. /From the website of Promenades Gourmandes)

Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, tied the knot with a former Google Korea employee back in 2009, it was belatedly revealed here.

Chen visited Korea in March of 2008 to promote the video-sharing website here and met Park Ji-hyun (36), who was then working as a product marketing manager at Google Korea. Chen apparently fell in love with Park at first sight and proposed to her after a whirlwind courtship...More

Arirang Radio to Go On Air in U.S.

Source | 2012/01/11 | Permalink

(Above picture: Sohn Jie-ae)

Korean English-language radio station Arirang Radio, operated by Arirang TV, will start airing programs through SiriusXM Radio in the U.S. on Thursday. SiriusXM is a subscription satellite radio station with over 200 channels and 22.5 million subscribers.

Seven Arirang Radio programs will be aired on channel 144 for 11 hours a day...More

iPads appearing on stage

Source | 2012/01/11 | Permalink

Pianist Son Yeol-eum sight-reads from a digital score saved on her iPad during a concert at the Kumho Art Hall on Dec. 22.
/ Courtesy of Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation

Asian piano sensations Son Yeol-eum and Lang Lang have something in common - they both chose the iPad as a performing partner. For the first time for a Korean pianist, Son stepped on to the stage without a page-turner for an encore during a recent concert. Instead, she played by sight-reading from a score on her iPad...More

K-Pop Expected to Boom Again This Year

Source | 2012/01/10 | Permalink

Five representatives who are leading the new Hallyu boom in the world expressed their prospects for K-Pop this year.

Representatives of major entertainment agencies (from left, clockwise) -- Kim Young Min of SM, Yang Hyun Seok of YG, Hong Seung Sung of Cube, and Jeong Wook of JYP

K-Pop gained huge popularity all over the world beyond Asia last year. It has been spread into the popular culture of many Asian countries such as Japan and countries in East Asia, and K-Pop's internet fandom was created in Europe and South America through various internet websites such as YouTube and SNS (Social Network Service). In addition, some of the entertainment agencies, who are leading the widespread of K-Pop in the world, held concerts in the USA, Europe, and South America, and the major local medias reported the popularity of K-Pop in their countries as a new phenomenon by indicating it as "Attack by K-Pop Stars" and "Crazy about K-Pop". The representatives of major entertainment agencies -- SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and Cube Entertainment -- and the singer BoA, who achieved great success overseas for the first time among Korean singing groups, expressed their bright prospects for K-Pop this year...More

Smartphone App Developer Recalls Rocky Road to Success

Source | 2012/01/07 | Permalink

App developer Albert Song was better known as "swollen Song" when he was attending art school. "My eyes were always swollen because of a lack of sleep", he said. Now a well-established developer of smartphone apps, Song says his nickname remains endearing as it reminds him of the passion and commitment he had during his 20s.

Song spoke with the Chosun Ilbo at his apartment in Seoul dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans -- reminiscent of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. But he said he admired Renaissance-era inventor Leonardo Da Vinci the most. "I want to emulate his creativity", said Song, who did not stop playing with his tablet PC, notebook computer and Kindle throughout the interview...More

Kim Myung-min: "I've got horse thighs!"

Source | 2012/01/04 | Permalink

 

"Pacemaker" had given Korean actor Kim Myung-min horse thighs!

At the recent press conference held on 3 January at the Lotte Cinema Konkuk University for Korean movie "Pacemaker", where Kim Myeong Min plays the role of a marathoner, the actor revealed that due to the movie, he developed muscular legs and thighs that can be compared to a horse! His old pants couldn't even fit him! ...More

U-Kiss To Make April Comeback

Source | 2012/01/03 | Permalink

The group U-Kiss sent their new year's greetings to their fans via YouTube and Twitter.

The guys posted up a Twitter message on January 1st along with a YouTube link. There, the leader Soo-hyun said, "Hello. We are U-Kiss...More

[AT&D] From Samsung, YouTube and 4G LTE, We bid 2011 Farewell with the Top Posts of the Year!

Source | 2011/12/31 | Permalink

Have you ever pondered the concept of time? Some consider time to be straight like a timeline, accounting for significant events that have occurred throughout history; and some consider time to be more circular, like the hours and minutes on a clock. Whatever you may think of when you think of " time ", time passes and despite technological advancements and unthinkable inventions being birthed out of the 21st century, time remains something man has yet to manipulate. It's already been one year since we launched project Advanced Technology and Design Korea, and my, the time has flown. From sharing about Korea's technology, design and business, we were able to also visit many other areas and share insight with our great fans and followers. As I bring you the final post for 2011, let's take a trip down memory lane and see which posts were the most popular from each category.

Digital Devices: "Best 4G Smartphones: the Race of the 4G Smartphones in Korea"

2011 was filled with electronic companies and telecom companies racing to release that "it" HD LTE smartphone or to develop and establish the first, the best 4G LTE broadband system. With the internet and mobile life exponentially growing and reaching more citizens within Korea, a love and interest for digital devices, especially smartphones, was inevitable. Although many us are already accustomed to Samsung and LG releasing top of the line gadgets, Pantech made a definite hit with their motion-sensor equipped Vega 4G LTE smartphone. To revisit the post and for image source, refer here...More

Culture and Arts consolidate friendship

Source | 2011/12/28 | Permalink

In 2011, Korean culture and arts have effloresced across the globe. The Korean wave, powered by TV dramas and more recently pop music, has steadily gained popularity over the last decade across Asia and beyond, reaching as far as Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The enthusiasm for Korean entertainment and pop culture has left curious Hallyu fans overseas craving to discover other aspects of Korean culture and traditions...More

Introducing the 15 Time iF Design Award winning Korean Digital Creative Agency: Design Fever!

Source | 2011/12/24 | Permalink

Nowadays, if a natural disaster or accident occurs, many people take pictures of that site with their smartphones and relay them through YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. When watching a TV drama, one could research the location of a restaurant within the screen, or one could arrange the furniture that would fit one's bedroom by using an interior simulator that uses the AR technology. However, all of these were awkward things that most people could not think of even a few years ago.

These kind of quick changes of digital technology and experience require new design and creativity accordingly. One could see that from Apple, which succeeded in differentiation of software, emotion, and experience of using the product, rather than its performance, and many advertising festivals, where the advertisement centering on digital received awards recently. Design Fever is a small Korean company where seventy unique creators have gathered, designing and producing diverse designs and creativities on the kaleidoscopic stage called digital, and they call themselves a 'digital creative agency'...More

Archive spotlights '60s literary films

Source | 2011/12/19 | Permalink

(Above picture: Actress Yoon Jung-hee and Kang-Shin Sung-il in a scene from Kim Soo-yong's "Night Journey")

Cinephiles will have a rare chance to look at some of Korea's hallmark 1960s "literature films". The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) has released a DVD collection of masterworks by Kim Soo-yong, a leading filmmaker of the Golden Age.

Kim is renowned for adapting literary works to depict various aspects of contemporary life, adding to the richness of one of the most productive, artistically experimental decades in Korean cinema history...More

Jang Geun-suk, 400,000 clicks on YouTube

Source | 2011/12/18 | Permalink

Popularity convinced in 5 days of opening!

Actor Jang Geun-suk's official YouTube has broken through 400,000 since opening...More

YouTube Opens K-Pop Section

Source | 2011/12/16 | Permalink

YouTube has opened a separate section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, Google, which owns the video-sharing website, said on its official blog on Wednesday.

YouTube divides music into pop, rock, R&B, rap and other genres. But this is the first time it has created a separate genre for a particular country's music...More

K-Pop Its Own Genre On YouTube

Source | 2011/12/16 | Permalink

One of the most popular websites online, YouTube has just given a huge nod to k-pop...by acknowledging it as a genre in their music category!

As of December 15th, k-pop is now its own category, similar to pop, rock, r&b, rap, folk, latin, etc. What's even greater for Korea is that this is the first time a country-specific musical genre has been added...More

Show what you've got at 2012 auditions

Source | 2011/12/15 | Permalink

(Above picture: You can become the next Girls ' Generation: Show off your talent and passion at "The 2012 SM Global Audition". / Courtesy of SM Entertainment)

With the popularity of audition shows like "Super Star K", "The Great Birth", and "Survival Audition K-Pop Star", the door to stardom has widened.

This month, major Korean talent agencies JYP Entertainment, SM entertainment and DSP Media are starting their search for star material...More

Jang Geun-suk To Open His Own YouTube Channel

Source | 2011/12/14 | Permalink

One of the hottest rising Hallyu actors, Jang Geun-suk has announced a new YouTube channel to open up, showing his fans clips of his daily life.

Currently, there are music videos, clips from his concerts, and behind-the-scene footage on his channel. Through "Psycho.j Studio", Jang hopes to give his fans a more in depth, real, and candid look into his life...More

Show us your YesStyle-inspired holiday outfit and win an iPad 2!

Source | 2011/12/10 | Permalink

The holiday season is all about spreading love and cheer and this year, YesStyle wants to be on both the giving and receiving end. So we've put together a special "Holiday Party à la YesStyle" contest just for you! Do you love the ruffles and lace from Tokyo Fashion or Deepstyle's wildly androgynous harem pants and outerwear? Simply show us some love by sending us a picture of how YesStyle has inspired your holiday fashion and we'll send some love your way in the form of an iPad 2!...More

Introducing Korean Zen to the West

Source | 2011/12/09 | Permalink

Ven. Jinje, one of the greatest living masters of the practice of "Seon (Zen)", gives a Dharma talk at Riverside Church in New York on Sept. 15. / Courtesy of Maekyung Publishing

Renowned Buddhist monk's teachings published in English

By Do Je-hae

One of the most effective means of globalizing Korean Buddhism or introducing it to the West is through good books.

"Open the Mind, See the Light" by "Seon" (Zen) master Jinje is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in learning more about topics related to Korean Buddhism and meditation in everyday life...More

VCR1 K-Celebrities

Source | 2011/12/09 | Permalink

Now We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!

Can it be true[Interview : Uhm Tae-woong, Actor] "I uploaded that wedding photo. We took it on the set of our movie, and we looked really great together, as the movie intended".

It turned out that the photo was taken as part of filming for the upcoming movie "Never Ending Story". In the movie, Uhm Tae-woong and Jung Ryeo-won will play a dying couple...More

Hyun Ah and Jang Hyun Seung: 'We Will Become Troublemakers in Music Industry'

Source | 2011/12/05 | Permalink

Hyun Ah and Jang Hyun Seung said, "We just wanted to present a performance on the stage as real troublemakers". Hyun Ah of the group 4Minute and Jang Hyun Seung of the group Beast formed a mixed duo group "Trouble Maker", and they showcased a "kiss performance" at the "2011 M.net Asian Music Awards (MAMA)" in Singapore, which has raised a huge controversy...More

Korean Wave still riding High on SNS - YouTube to open an Official K-Pop Channel

Source | 2011/11/25 | Permalink

HyunA, 2NE1 and Super Junior member, Leeteuk Image source here

What is it that has aided in the K-pop and Korean Wave sensation spread so fast? In terms of K-pop, it is no doubt that YouTube has been a key influence in the global success K-pop has seen.

Both Asia-Pacific Google/YouTube representatives made a visit to Korea this summer and held an invitation only forum for SNS professionals. At the forum, YouTube representatives stated how they were shocked as to how popular K-pop was on their channels. Low and behold, a few months later, earlier this month on November 7, Google made the official announcement to make an official K-pop channel that will essentially hub together all the K-pop related channels on YouTube, to be in one spot...More

Super Junior, 2NE1, Hyuna Given K-Pop YouTube Awards

Source | 2011/11/22 | Permalink

Super Junior, 2NE1, and Hyuna were all recipients of the YouTube K-pop Music Video awards.

On November 22nd at 1 PM in Yeoksam-dong of Seoul, Google Korea held the 2011 YouTube K-pop Awards for the most popular k-pop videos. The three hot k-pop acts, Super Junior, 2NE1, and Hyuna of 4minute were all given awards...More

Game Companies unveil Latest Goodies at Korean Gaming Exhibition G-Star 2011 in Busan!

Source | 2011/11/19 | Permalink

G-Star 2011 at Busan Bexco

Renewed the maximum numbers of spectators after exceeding 290,000 people
The number of business consultation reached 7000, becoming a large scale international event
Substances were abundant as it introduced diverse platforms such as Lineage Eternal, Dizzel, and Atlantica S

G-Star 2011 opened at Busan Bexco for four days of schedule from November 10, and it closed after receiving the largest crowd in history. Opening day started with 44,000 people, and 52,000 people came on the 11th, 93,000 on the 12th, and 99,000 people came on the 13th. In total, approximately 290,000 people visited G-Star 2011. That's 10,000 more than G-Star 2010...More

S. Korean Singer "G.NA" in NYC

Source | 2011/11/14 | Permalink

Korean-Canadian singer "G.NA" showed her near perfect body in a recent photoshoot held in New York City.

Gina Choi (최지나), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Korean Canadian singer under Cube Entertainment, born on Sept. 13, 1987. She released her first mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010.[1] She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School...More

Wonder Girls' Music Video Viewed 1.5 Million Times on First Day

Source | 2011/11/11 | Permalink

The monochrome music video for Wonder Girls' "Be My Baby" ranked as one of the most viewed videos on YouTube this week. Hinting at the explosive interest in the band, the video for the title song of their second album attracted 1.5 million hits on the video-sharing site in just one day after it was released on Monday...More

YouTube to Launch Exclusive K-Pop Channel

Source | 2011/11/08 | Permalink

YouTube, the video-sharing website owned by Google, will create a special section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, a move the government hopes can further promote Korean popular culture around the world...More

Wonder Girls Get Image Makeover Ahead of Album Release

Source | 2011/11/02 | Permalink

A teaser video showing girl group Wonder Girls in a new light was unveiled on Tuesday and is available on the band's official website (wondergirls.jype.com) and other music sites including YouTube.

The band members look radically different from their existing image, ditching their cutesy appeal for slightly more provocative hairstyles and outfits and singing edgier melodies with stronger beats...More

JYJ Becomes First Korean Artist to Hold Concert in Spain

Source | 2011/11/01 | Permalink

Around 3,000 fans who came from all over Europe chanted, "JYJ, Te Quiero".

One of the representative tourist attractions and example of Spain's traditional architecture, Poble Espanyol, which has a 80-year history, was shaking with all the cheering of 3,000 audience members on October 29 (local time). JYJ (Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun, and Junsu) held a solo concert in Spain for the first time among Korean artists, and the huge cheers at the venue were for them. The audience from countries all over Europe including Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Finland chanted "JYJ" even before the concert began while holding red luminous glowsticks. Italian fans came to the venue one day before and lined up after pitching tents...More

INFINITE - New Hallyu Idols

Source | 2011/10/29 | Permalink

Lot and lot of new groups are being called "new Hallyu" or "the future of Hallyu", but only time will tell which ones can actually make it. I was hesitant to write about any of them, not too sure if I write about a craze that will not live long. But the group I am going to introduce today has few distinctive traits that set them apart from others. This may become their undoing, but at the same time this may be their strongest asset.

The group consists of 7 members: Kim Seonggyu, Jang Dongwu, Nam Wuhyeon, Lee Howon (Hoya), Lee Seongyeol, Kim Myeongsu (L), and Lee Seongjong. They are managed by Woollim Entertainment, the same label of Epic High and Nell. Yes, I guess, that would be the first trait that sets them apart. Neither of those groups is typical Kpop, although Epic High is highly (nomen-omen) popular...More

Girls' Generation Appears On MTV in the US

Source | 2011/10/26 | Permalink

Girls' Generation appeared on the American music channel MTV on October 24, their agency, SM Entertainment, revealed on October 25.

The members of Girls' Generation gave an interview by appearing on the program "MTV IGGY", which is a network channel of MTV News and MTV Network, to promote their worldwide album entitled "The Boys"....More

Girls' Generation fascinates New Yorkers

Source | 2011/10/26 | Permalink

Girls' Generation, one of the top girl group in Korea, has appeared at MTV, an American music television network based in New York City. This shows that "Hallyu" or "Korean Wave", meaning spreading of Korean culture around the world, has now taken over the most populous city there, which has already craze in Europe as well as in Asia.

The girls made their appearance on Monday at MTV News and MTV IGGY, a channel of MTV Networks, to promote their new song, "The Boys". They also had an interview. They had the schedule one day after having concert with other Korean popular singers in Madison Square Garden presented by SM Entertainment, one of the South Korea's biggest record labels...More

Girls' Generation Continue to Top Charts with New Album

Source | 2011/10/25 | Permalink

(Above picture: Courtesy of SM Entertainment)

"The Boys", the title track of Girls' Generation's third official album, which was released on Oct. 19, has been topping various domestic music charts, reaffirming the girl group's enduring popularity. The album proved a weekly chart-buster on both Hot Tracks and Yes24 for the week ending Oct. 23...More

Girls' Generation: 'Releasing Album Targeting All Around World Is Meaningful Challenge'

Source | 2011/10/20 | Permalink

The title song of Girls' Generation's third album, "The Boys", has been released all around the world at the same time. They challenged themselves with various trials with their new album, and they will advance to the American music industry in November.

Tiffany: "It has been only four years since we debuted, and I am very glad that we can have this huge and excellent challenge in a short period of time".

Tae Yeon: "We did not target to achieve a huge success with this song, we rather thought that the song itself, which would be released targeting all around the world, was very meaningful"...More

Girls' Generation Poised for U.S. Album Release

Source | 2011/10/18 | Permalink

Courtesy of SM Entertainment

Girls' Generation will release an album in the U.S. through a Universal Music Group label. The top Korean girl band will launch a maxi single of their new song "The Boys" in November on Universal's Interscope Records, whose artists include Lady Gaga, Eminem and Black Eyed Peas...More

Girls' Generation targets global fame

Source | 2011/10/18 | Permalink

Girls' Generation will release its first-ever maxi single in the U.S. next month. / Korea Times

By Kwon Mee-yoo

Girls' Generation reveal their new song "The Boys" today, aiming to hit the world with a powerful, strong image.

During an interview prior to their third studio album in Korea and the first-ever maxi single to hit the United States in November, the girls seemed excited to be returning to the local music scene...More

Korean food cooking contest for foreigners

Source | 2011/10/10 | Permalink

Overseas fans of "hansik", or Korean food, will be invited to enter an online cooking contest.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Monday it will hold a hansik cooking video competition, titled "Delicious Seoul Story", during October on its YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/visitseoul...More

Little Wonders - The Child Actors of South Korea

Source | 2011/10/08 | Permalink

Shim Eun-kyung - "Hansel and Gretel"

The way people perceive of child actors can be guessed by the term itself. "Child actor" instead of "actor", as it is for everyone else. Whether the world likes it or not, Western cinema, and mainly Hollywood, is the one that is available everywhere and so in our faces that we are often having trouble finding anything else. So the usual idea people have about child actors as well, comes from Hollywood.

We see children as adorable amateurs who can't really act, but are still endearing and cute for trying. We usually tend to forgive or ignore their performances in works because they seem to have no guidance or much effort put in them...More

Boyfriend's New Track Leaked A Day Early

Source | 2011/10/06 | Permalink

After having worked hard on a new track to prove they are more than just a one-hit-wonder, Boyfriend has experienced a setback in their release.

Or more like a set-forward. The idol group's newest song "Don't Touch My Girl" was leaked a day early online, spreading on sites like Torrents and YouTube...More

The time has come. Sector 7 is released in the USA and Canada!

Source | 2011/09/13 | Permalink

Where have you been? What are you doing this weekend? 

Something awaits 8000 feet under the sea off the southern tip of Jeju Island.
As bodies begin disappearing one by one, the few surviving need to think fast and fight for their lives in a non-stop battle against the mutant monster from the sea. Survival looks unlikely, but Hae-jun and the crew are determined to take any chance to get out of "Sector 7" alive...More

Hanbok Takes to the Streets

Source | 2011/09/12 | Permalink

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[Interview : ] "There aren't many places where we can hang out while wearing hanbok".

[Interview : ] "We don't dislike wearing hanbok. We just don't have many chances to wear it".

Hanbok, Korea's traditional dress, is making a resurgence! Let's check out how hanbok is being reinvented by Korea's youth!

Some students at this women's university are getting together for a meeting, all wearing hanbok...More

Total $30 million worth contract meetings at BCWW 2011

Source | 2011/09/09 | Permalink

CWW (Broadcast Worldwide) 2011 was held in Coex, Seoul, Korea from 31st of August to 2nd of September with 5,000 participants from 50 countries worldwide as well as 231 companies. Korean Drama series kept popular like the last year. "Gyebaek", "Warrior Baek Dong-soo", "Ojak Brothers", "Glory of the Family" were exported to Japan, Taiwan and Philippines...More

SM Targets Japanese Music Industry for Ten Years

Source | 2011/09/06 | Permalink

SM presented its growth by successfully attracting 150,000 audience members for their concert at the Tokyo Dome...More

Foreigners Tour Korea by Public Transportation!

Source | 2011/09/05 | Permalink

This is Korea's Capital Seoul!

In the beautiful city of Seoul, there is a special and very memorable tour package awaiting foreign visitors.

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[Interview : ] "This is all I need!"

Carrying just a transportation card, tourists gather together to begin their adventure. This program, "The Seoul Tour Program", is a free tour package provided by the City of Seoul.

[Interview : Choe In-jong, Marketing Manager Seoul City Economic Development Division] "Seoul is globally known for its well-developed public transportation. The Seoul Tour Program aims at using the city's advanced public transportation system to tour different places in Seoul"...More

Wonder Girls to promote Korean farm produce

Source | 2011/09/05 | Permalink

The Wonder Girls is poised to promote Korean farm produce for the following 12 months under a partnership with the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MOFAFF)...More

Super Junior's "Mr. Simple" Music Video, 3rd On YouTube

Source | 2011/08/31 | Permalink

Here's another example of Super Junior's worldwide popularity.

The guys hit third place on YouTube's overall international charts with their music video for their latest title track "Mr. Simple". This is only behind Lady Gaga and Kanye West...More

Apple Girl, Kim Yeo-hee Lands Japanese Endorsement Deal

Source | 2011/08/31 | Permalink

Many may remember Kim Yeo-hee, who landed in the spotlight for videos of herself singing which was all shot using a smartphone. The video went viral through YouTube and ended her with international attention from all major Korean outlets, CNN, and The Sun...More

11th Broadcast Worldwide Exhibition Kicked Off Today in the Biggest Size Ever

Source | 2011/08/31 | Permalink

By KOCCA

BCWW 2011 is now open to public today. The 11th BCWW became a venue for 231 broadcasting firms from 50 countries and more than a thousand buyers.

"Becoming an exhibition encompassing various contents fields including animation and 3D contents is defenately dedicated to broadcasting industry", said JaeWoong Lee the chairman of KOCCA. "We will do our best to encourage global competitiveness of Korea's contents"...More

Kara to Open 'KARA Channel' on YouTube

Source | 2011/08/29 | Permalink

Star hallyu group Kara will open the "Kara Channel" (http://www.youtube.com/DSPKara) on YouTube. Their agency DSP Media revealed on August 26 that Kara will provide content on the "Kara Channel" once a week from September 7 before they will begin holding activities for their third album...More

Stellar's "Rocket Girl" Music Video Banned From KBS

Source | 2011/08/24 | Permalink

One of the main three broadcasters in Korea, KBS has officially banned the music video for newbie group Stellar's "Rocket". The decision was based on the opinion that it was too sexually suggestive...More

Koo Jun-yup: 'I Will Also Remix Old Classic Songs of Cecibon'

Source | 2011/08/22 | Permalink

Koo Jun-yup (42), who once was the most popular dance musician in the 1990s as a member of the group Clon, made a comeback as "DJ Koo", and released a remix album entitled "Come Back". He said, "I would like to become a representative DJs in Korea". Koo Jun-yup held a performance entitled "Call Me DJ KOO" at a café located in Gangnam in 2006, and it was the beginning of his activities as a club DJ. He began to change his career from a dance musician to a DJ from the time when Kang Won-rae was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident in 2000. Koo Jun-yup shared all the pain with Kang Won-rae and did not hold any activities until 2005 when Kang Won-rae and Koo Jun-yup made a comeback together and presented a wheelchair dance performance, but their activities did not last long...More

Korean drama gains popularity in Taiwan

Source | 2011/08/22 | Permalink

By Kang Hyun-kyung

The increase in content of Korean dramas on Taiwan TV networks is proof of their gaining popularity.

According to the South Korean mission in Taipei, 120 Korean dramas in total have been televised in the country in the first half of this year, which is as many as Japanese dramas.

In light of viewer ratings, made-in-Korea soap operas are as high as Japanese dramas in Taiwan where Japanese cultural products are very popular.

Ming-Liang Liu, assistant representative of the Taipei Mission in Seoul, said the Confucian culture shaped the backbone of Korean dramas and among others, this is a key reason of their popularity in Taiwan...More

Dancer Joo wins 'Korea's Got Talent'

Source | 2011/08/22 | Permalink

Dancer Joo Min-jung wins tvN's "Korea's Got Talent" on Saturday. / Courtesy of tvN

'Korean Paul Potts' Choi becomes runner-up

By Chung Ah-young

Dancer Joo Min-jung, 17, won tvN's "Korea's Got Talent" on Saturday, beating fierce competitor Choi Sung-bong, who is sometimes called "the Korean Paul Potts or Susan Boyle".

Joo earned the largest number of votes from viewers in the competition's grand finale, which aired live Saturday night. The winner receives 300 million won and an automobile...More

"Quick" 2nd promo event signed helmet giveaway!

Source | 2011/08/19 | Permalink

A chance to win a free motorbike helmet signed by the leading cast of "Quick" - Lee Min-ki, Kang Ye-won and Kim In-kwon...More

Florida K-Pop Fan Wins New York Contest

Source | 2011/08/18 | Permalink

Madison Gunst /Yonhap

Citing her dream to become the first non-Asian K-pop star, 15-year-old Madison Gunst of Florida impressed judges with her song-and-dance routine to win the first New York K-Pop Contest in the city on Tuesday (local time).

The American teen, who fell in love with the genre four years ago when her friend showed her the music video for "Heartbreaker" by G-Dragon, beat off seven other finalists to claim the prize. They had been whittled down from 93 preliminary entries chosen through video clips online...More

Super Junior & 2NE1 Land On Billboard World Album Chart

Source | 2011/08/12 | Permalink

The entire world is taking notice of the explosive comebacks of Super Junior and 2NE1. Both groups made it onto the top 10 of the prestigious US Billboard charts...More

Super Junior returns with 'Mr. Simple'

Source | 2011/08/09 | Permalink

By Kwon Mee-yoo

Super Junior, the K-pop group leading "hallyu" (the Korean wave of popular culture) across the globe, returned to the local music scene with their fifth studio album, "Mr. Simple", last week.

"Mr. Simple", the title of the song as well as the album, is a catchy tune conveying a message of living in a simple way.
Leeteuk, the group leader said "Mr. Simple" maximizes the characteristics of the group...More

The Rise of Korean Comics

Source | 2011/08/09 | Permalink

Comi-Con International, the world's largest comic festival, celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year. The convention draws together representatives from every corner of the entertainment industry, including gaming, movies, and comic books.

Over 120,000 people from all over the world rush to the convention to meet their favorite comic book characters!

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[Interview : Sanne Noah, visitor] "Always knew graphics are amazing, people are fun obviously. It's great".

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[Interview : Talese Silver, visitor] "When you combine reading with art, it equals awesome".
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[Interview : Runie Roxton] "I can read it in my region and I can't wait for the next episode to come o"ut

Korean comics can be seen among the attractions. After rising to popularity in Asia, Korean comics are being seen as the next leg of Hallyu that will sweep through Europe and North America. Why are Korean comic books so popular[Interview : ] "The strength of Korean comics lies in that the stories often include heartwarming stories about family or pure love".

In other words, Korean comics appeal through the world by being nice. The stories and presentation are all smooth, without any cause for discomfort or unpleasantness.

Korean comics have maximized the use of this advantage to begin a new comic Hallyu in Europe, North America, and even in Ja...More

2NE1 Top YouTube Favorites

2011/08/04 | Permalink

2NE1

Girl group 2NE1's music video "Lonely" was at the top of Korean YouTube favorites in the first six months of this year. "Lonely" was released as a digital sound source and music video in May...More

Girl Band Secret to Give Japan Another Dose of Korea's Girl Power

Source | 2011/08/04 | Permalink

Secret /Courtesy of TS Entertainment

K-pop girl group Secret will attempt to tread in the highly successful footsteps of Girls' Generation and Kara by releasing their first single in Japan on Thursday.

"Secret are beginning their Japanese career by releasing the Japanese version of the first single 'Madonna'," said the band's management agency, TS Entertainment...More

Lee Soo-man Recognized for Promoting K-Pop Around the World

Source | 2011/07/28 | Permalink

SM Entertainment president Lee Soo-man (right) shakes hands with Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug after receiving a plaque of appreciation on Wednesday. /Newsis

K-pop tycoon Lee Soo-man was given a plaque of appreciation by Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug on Wednesday in recognition of his contribution to promoting Korean pop music all over the world...More

Int'l media spotlights 'Korea's Susan Boyle'

Source | 2011/07/21 | Permalink

Choi Sung-bong on the CNN homepage

By Lee Hyo-won

The international press is noting the soaring popularity of local talent show sensation Choi Sung-bong or "Korea's Susan Boyle" as dubbed by CNN.

The U.S. media likened the 22-year-old aspiring singer, who became known through tvN's "Korea's Got Talent", to Boyle, a British singing star who made her debut through a TV talent show...More

SEASON 2 MBC STAR AUDITION

Source | 2011/07/15 | Permalink

Contestants from all over the world apply for auditions in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, 7/12/11 – The Los Angeles Audition for the 2nd season of "MBC Star Audition" has attracted attention from all over the world.

Aspiring singers from countries as far away as Singapore and Germany have sent in applications to be part of the auditioning process. Judging by the on‐line submissions, an ever‐growing number of Non‐Koreans are eager to become a part of the K‐pop world...More

Korean Idol Singers Are Our True Idols!

Source | 2011/07/15 | Permalink

This is Hollywood, the center of the world's entertainment industry. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

[Interview : PD] " Do you know K-POP

[Interview : PD] " What do you think about it[

Interview : ] "Two Thumps up"

[Interview : ] " Awesome"

[Interview : PD] "Who is your favorite K-POP Star

[Interview : ] "Super Junior! WAAA~~~~"

[Interview : ] "YAY~~~"

[Interview : PD] "Who do you listen to

[Interview : ] SHINNee!"

[Interview : ] " SHINNee~~AHH Awesome"

[Interview : Debbie Won/ Reporter] "Well as you can see K-POP is truly becoming a hot issue here in the United States and the popularity of the Idol Group is growing especially fast among the American fans. Today I'm here in Hollywood to meet with someone the most devoted fans of K-POP".

On July 6th, Los Angeles began to rumble for K-Pop.

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[Interview : ] "Waaaa~~~"

[Interview : ] " SM TOWN! SM TOWN!"

On this day, 70 self-proclaimed K-pop lovers gathered to make their wish come true.

[Interview : Karina Aguitte/ K-POP Fan] "I was looking at the internet, because i was going to create a page myself and then I saw it so I just like you know i want to help".

[Interview : Victoria/ K-POP Fan] "Anna found it out for me. She was on Facebook and then she randomly called all of us. She was like, "Oh My God there is a flashmob!" So yeah. "

Flash mob is a quick and easy way to send a message, but this group chose this method to convey a special message.

This past April, Hallyu fans in Paris had actually succeeded in extending a K-pop tour through a flash mob demonstration.

This fan's devotion to Korean idol groups led him to personally draw out da...More

Lee Min-ho takes over China with "City Hunter"

Source | 2011/07/13 | Permalink

Lee Min-ho is overwhelming Chinese fans with the SBS drama "City Hunter".

Having made a firm fan basis with the drama "Boys over Flowers", Lee Min-ho is currently causing a hot boom with "City Hunter"....More

Hyun Ah's Music Video 'Bubble Pop' Has 2.3 Million Hits on YouTube

Source | 2011/07/11 | Permalink

Hyun Ah, a member of the idol group 4 Minute, released her first mini album with the title song "Bubble Pop", and the music video has reached 2.3 million hits on YouTube, her agency Cube Entertainment said on July 7...More

Export of Korean pop culture is evolving: KOTRA study

Source | 2011/07/11 | Permalink

Four Korean pop songs made Thailand`s top 20 chart last year, and six Korean pop music concerts were held in that country.

In Japan, regional broadcasters, satellite and cable TV stations all air Korean dramas regularly.

Evolution of `Korean Wave` by country

In Japan, China and Thailand, hallyu, or the "Korean Wave", is no longer the exclusive property of cult fans but is instead growing popular among a broader market. Related products also sell well.

Simply put, the Korean Wave has reached a mature stage in these countries. The Korea Trade-Promotion Agency, or KOTRA, announced the results of a survey Sunday after its overseas Korean Business Centers in 94 regions studied Korean Wave trends abroad.

KOTRA classified six countries including Uzbekistan and the Philippines where the Korean Wave is in its "growth" stage, indicating huge popularity but sales of related products in the initial stage. Over the past two years, 20 Korean dramas have been aired in Uzbekistan, including the historical series "Yi San", "Dae Jo Yeong" a...More

K-Pop Contest to be Held on July 29th in NY

Source | 2011/07/08 | Permalink

A K-Pop contest will be held in Manhattan, New York later this month as the spread of Hallyu or the Korean Cultural Wave shows no signs of abating.
The Korean Culture Service New York says that the contest, to be held on July 29th, will spread Hallyu to the US, in the same way as it has swept through Asia, Europe, and South America.
The concert will be extra special as only ...More

Indian lawmaker decodes secret of K-pop boom overseas

Source | 2011/07/04 | Permalink

By Kang Hyun-kyung

A senior Indian lawmaker, who describes himself as a huge fan of rock music, observed Friday that the powerful beat is probably the reason why young people of different cultures get excited about songs with a foreign origin, such as K-pop.

"I am a rock music addict. I love Indian pop, Korean pop and American pop. I love soft rock", said Karan Singh, a lawmaker of the ruling Indian National Congress. "Whenever I am in the car, the first thing I do is turn on some rock music".

Singh, 80, also president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, said that the beat of pop music has attracted young people around the world to dance and sing together to the same music.

"It is the beat that young people around the world are responding to. Do you know why? That is the first sound that a child hears before he or she is born. It is the beat of the heart of their mother", said the former Indian ambassador to the United States.

"That explains why young people around the world, across cultures, across languages, are dancing to the same beat".

Singh's remarks came amid a flurry of media reports here that Korean pop artists' concerts held in Paris last month had drawn thousands of fans.

Hundreds of young French people flocked to the airport to see their K-pop idols when they arrived for their performance there. At the concert, the French fans sang and danced to K-pop songs.

There has been plenty...More

'Korean Wave' expands global reach via new genres

Source | 2011/06/22 | Permalink

The "Korean Wave", or hallyu, started in Asia focused on TV dramas and K-pop but is now spreading to other genres and reaching a broader global audience.

The term "Korean Wave" was coined in 2003 when the hit soap opera "Winter Sonata" attracted huge fans in Japan. The fever has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with children in a small remote village in Manipur, India, saying "Thank You" and "I love you" in Korean.

Bekhzod, a college student in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent starts each day listening to the song "Gee" by Girls' Generation that goes, "So cool, dazzle my eyes, ...More

[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Eatyourkimchi.com: Korea through the eyes of Simon and Martina

2011/06/18 | Permalink

Meet Simon and Martina. This young Canadian couple started making videos about Korea back in May 2008 and since then, their website (www.eatyourkimchi.com) has gathered serious momentum. Their videos were originally made for putting their friends and families at ease with their decision to travel to Korea, but now their aims for their site have skyrocketed as viewers from around the world log on to catch up on their weekly dose of hilarity and Korean culture....More

Success of 'SM Town World Tour' in Paris Spurs Discussion

Source | 2011/06/16 | Permalink

A recent K-pop concert in Paris proved the power of SNS digital media. It is expected to pave the way for Korean groups to advance to Europe and South America.

"It was only the beginning of going to the European music market. The concert could prove the possibility of success in the European market". -Korean K-pop representative

The concert entitled "SM Town Live World Tour" that was held in Paris from June 10 to 11 successfully finished amidst hearty cheers from many European fans. Major newspapers in France, "Le Monde" and "Le Figaro", reported on the concert every day with headlines such as "Hallyu makes great impact at the concert hall Zenith in Paris" and "Hallyu advances to Europe"...More

K-pop takes European fans by storm

Source | 2011/06/13 | Permalink

French fans hold the signs reading "Thank you again" written in Korean at the second K-pop concert "SM Town Live World Tour" which was held at Le Zenith de Paris, France, Saturday. SM Entertainment held the additional concert Saturday to meet the request from French fans who failed to get the tickets of the first concert which took place Friday. / Yonhap

By Chung Ah-young

K-pop singers wowed some 7,000 European fans at their first concert in Paris, France, late Friday. The K-pop concert "SM Town Live World Tour" was held at Le Zenith de Paris for the first time ever in Europe, drawing a huge crowd of European fans who came from various countries including Spain, Italy, Poland and Sweden as well as France...More

K-Pop Invades Europe

Source | 2011/06/13 | Permalink

A fan holds a Korean-language sign saying "Thanks once again" during the SM Town Live concert on Saturday. /Courtesy of SM Entertainment

K-pop stars took their first tentative steps in the heart of European culture this weekend, giving hope to the music industry here that the Korean Wave can wash across Europe as it washed across Asia. Hundreds of young fans from France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Sweden and Poland wept and cheered at the "SM Town Live in Paris" concert organized as part of a world tour by talent agency SM Entertainment at Le Zénith de Paris on Friday and Saturday...More

K-pop spreads to Central America, Africa via Youtube

Source | 2011/06/13 | Permalink

The growing popularity of Korean pop culture, or K-pop, has spread to Central America and Africa after reaching Europe thanks to Youtube.

The Korean Cultural Center of Latin America in Argentina said Sunday that it plans to hold the second regional K-Pop contest in Argentina in September. A combined 407 people on 171 teams from 14 countries have applied, about twice as many as in the first event, and hail from across Latin America except Cuba, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

While Mexico, Chile and Peru faced the "Korean Wave" relat...More

SM Town Concert in Paris to Be Broadcast Worldwide on YouTube

Source | 2011/06/10 | Permalink

The "SM Town Live World Tour", which will be held in Paris from June 10 to 11, will be broadcast worldwide through YouTube and Facebook.

SM Entertainment announced on June 8 that they would produce a highlight video from the SM concert in Paris right after the concert ends, and they would release the highlight video on the SM Town channel on YouTube...More

Paris K-pop concerts to be broadcast on YouTube

Source | 2011/06/10 | Permalink

By Kwon Mee-yoo

The first ever K-pop concerts in Europe will be available to view online this weekend.

TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) are scheduled to perform at the 6,000-seat Le Zenith de Paris, France, on Friday and Saturday.

Immediately after the shows, the edited highlight video clips will be uploaded on an official SM Town YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/smtown) an...More

K-pop groups receive feverish welcome in Paris

Source | 2011/06/10 | Permalink

Upon arriving in Paris for two concerts of a "SM Town Live World Tour" scheduled for Friday and Saturday, K-pop groups TVXQ, Girls' Generation, Shinee and f(x) expressed surprise over their feverish welcome by French fans.

"It was totally a surprise. I can hardly believe it", one singer said.

Kim Young-min, who accompanied the singers to Paris, told a meeting with Korean correspondents in Paris Thursday, "The K...More

Girls' Generation: 'We Will Boast of Power of Hallyu in Europe'

Source | 2011/06/08 | Permalink

Girls' Generation, who will participate in the "SM Town Live World Tour" that will be held in Paris from June 10 to 11, revealed their feelings through their agency SM Entertainment (hereinafter referred to as SM) when they left for Paris on June 7, saying, "We will boast the power of Hallyu in Europe". They continued, "We are very much glad and feel nervous as we can meet our fans in Europe...More

The Kimchi Chronicles

Source | 2011/06/03 | Permalink

Join Marja Vongerichten as she rediscovers her Korean roots and introduces her superchef husband to the tastes and flavors of Korea.

(New York, New York, April 2011) Korean food isn't shy. It's about loud, punchy flavors, about ingredients that take time to pickle and ferment, about soups that come together quickly with a rolling boil and barbeque cooked over an open fire built right into the dinner table. It's about banchan, the huge variety of side dishes that accompany every Korean meal, and also about communal eating. It's about sharing food and time with family, about a culture that's simultaneously rooted in tradition and devoted to innovation. Korean food is healthy, satisfying and it's entirely fun...More

We Love K-POP

Source | 2011/05/31 | Permalink

Los Angeles is home to people of all ethnic backgrounds! It is a hub for cultures, preferences and identities from all over the world.

"Hi~ My name is Sarajane"

"Hello, I'm Tera"

These two ladies seem like they would have nothing in common, but as it turns out, they share a very special interest.

On a sunny afternoon in May, dozens of people gather for a unique talent show.

Wow! These are the contestants of the first-ever K-POP contest for non-Koreans, held in Los Angeles.

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[Interview : Shirlene Decipulo, Particpant] "It's really fun and catchy. And, it's very differentfrom American music. And like, what I like about it is like a lot of time there is a story behind it".

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[Interview : Gladys Ferri, Particpant] " It's good to see people like them like reaching their dreams and giving a massage out to people that you know you can do it and that you don't have to sing about certain stuff or look a certain wa"y.

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[Interview : ] "hello everyone~"

Tara competed in the preliminary rounds.

Her Korean pronunciation is quite good!

Sarajane takes the stage next with her smooth voice.

Tara and Sarajane are both devoted fans of K-POP. What draws them to Korean popular music

[Interview : Johnny Noh, K-POP Expert 6 Theory Media/allkpop.com ] " It has very westernized sound to it. But, at the same time, it's very unique and different. I mean starting from the strong visual, I think K-POP is a very visual art. In addition to that the strong choreography and th...More

CICI premiered new promotional song

Source | 2011/05/25 | Permalink

German Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt, right, welcomes guests at his residence, who gathered there to listen to a new Korean promotional song "Four Seasons of Love", released Tuesday./ Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul

By Kim Se-jeong

The Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), Tuesday, rolled out a new promotional song in its drive to elevate the image of Korea...More

Korean Makeup Storms the World

Source | 2011/05/24 | Permalink

Following on the heels of TV dramas and music, Korean makeup techniques are now part of the Hallyu [한류] phenomenon.

Many women around the world have become fervent followers of Korean makeup techniques.

[Interview : Rachel, Tourist Canada] "Korean girls' makeup is kind of cute and kind of well-done".

[Interview : Veronica, Tourist Paraguay] "It's really cute, like dolls, with pink leaves and pink powders".

Korea is becoming synonymous with beauty. Let's take a look at what makes Korean makeup top of the world!

This is a video that became a hit on YouTube!

In the video, she is trying on Korean transparent makeup.
There are hundreds of videos online about Korean makeup techniques.

The shopping district of Myeong-dong is a hub of cosmetics shops, which are filled with foreigners.

[Interview : PD] "Where are you from[Interview : Karen, Tourist United States] "America. I think Koreans put up make-up really well. It's just not something that I can pull off because they have a certain look that looks different than mine".

[Interview : PD] "What do you think about Korean makeup[Interview : Rebecca, Tourist Canada] "I don't use it".
[Interview : PD] "You don't use Korean makeup
[Interview : Rebecca, Tourist Canada] " Not really".

Of all shops, this cosmetics store has become a mandatory stop for all tourists.

[Interview : Shin Ji-yeong, Manager Cosmetics store] "70-80% of the store's customers are foreigners. Before, most of them were from Asia, but recently, many of our foreign customers are from Europe or the Americas".

Many foreigners seek Korean cosmetics because the...More

2NE1's "Lonely" Video #1 On YouTube

Source | 2011/05/16 | Permalink

Popular idol group 2NE1 has made their mark on the international community through their latest single, "Lonely".

After releasing their new song at midnight on May 12th, the girls swept through all the major music charts, taking over the number one spot by the morning of the 13th...More

Social media fuels hallyu boom in France

2011/05/13 | Permalink

Some 300 French K-pop fans gather in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 1, demanding additional performances by Korean pop stars. / Yonhap

By Kang Hyun-kyung

Hallyu in France? Mais oui!

A host of French fans of K-pop staged a protest at the Louvre Museum Square in Paris last Saturday, calling for more performances of SM Entertainment singers, including Girls' Generation...More

Korean Makeup Trends Find Global Following

Source | 2011/05/10 | Permalink

First there were TV dramas and K-pop, and now Korean makeup style is becoming a global fad. Already the makeup styles of Korean actresses and young pop groups influence fashions in China, Japan and Southeast Asia, where the Korean Wave first started, but recently American and European women, too, have been learning the techniques on YouTube, which features hundreds of videos promising to reveal Korean "beauty secrets"...More

Spread of K-POP Booms Beyond Asia and Into Europe

Source | 2011/05/06 | Permalink

A street rally was held in France asking, "Add more SM singers' concerts". Many fans all around Europe who love singing groups belonging to SM and YG gathered on a YouTube channel.

"I will definitely buy two tickets for the concert. I really hope to meet Super Junior on the concert". --ID Makijoo

"The best K-POP singing groups, who belong to SM Entertainment (hereafter referred to as SM), held their historical first concert in Paris, France. I hope that it will opens the door for other K-POP singing groups to France". – ID Mopiou...More

K-Pop Arrives in Europe

Source | 2011/05/03 | Permalink

Fans demonstrate in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday demanding an extra K-pop concert after tickets to a scheduled event sold out. /Yonhap

Hundreds of French fans gathered in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday demanded an extension of a Korean pop concert, symbolizing the spread of the Korean Wave beyond Asia and into Europe.

Around 200 diehard K-pop fans picketed while dancing to Korean pop tunes for over an hour in front of the museum, demanding that a concert by TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) scheduled for June 10 be extended for another day...More

CICI unveils Korean theme song

Source | 2011/04/28 | Permalink

By Kim Se-jeong

Which song comes to your mind when you think of Korea?

If "Arirang" is the only song, there will soon be another, as the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI) is launching a new song, titled "Four Seasons of Love".

The song will be officially launched in Seoul on May 24 in the presence of non-native Korean speakers including foreign diplomats and business representatives. And the ceremony will be accompanied by a singing contest.

Choi Jung-wha, president of CICI, a non-profit organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said "B...More

Riding Korean Wave in Thailand

Source | 2011/04/25 | Permalink

Welcome back.
The Korean wave, also known as the Hallyu, refers to the widespread popularity of Korean pop culture all across the globe.
Having kicked off in China in late 1990s, it has been achieving over one billion dollars in revenue annually for South Korea through cultural exports.

At the heart of the Hallyu craze lies Arirang TV which is picked as one of the main contributors to spreading Korean culture to many different parts of the world.
And marking its 15th anniversary, Arirang TV has hosted a special concert in Thailand where the Korean wave is still all the rage.
We are now joined by our Han Da-eun from Arirang News center to tell us more.
Hello Da-eun.

[Reporter : ] Hello guys.
When the Korean wave first emerged to surface, some experts predicted that it would soon fade out.
But the trend spread to many other countries, especially in the Asian region, and after a decade it's still alive and well.
And Thailand is not an exception.
A speical concert entitled "K-pop Wave in Thailand" was held in the country's capital Bangkok just last week, and believe me, the Hallyu fever was hotter than ever.
And not so surprisingly, the spread of Korean wave which initially began mostly with Korean music, movies or drama series, is not only limited to entertainment now.
Why don't we take a look.


Who said the Korean Wave would die soon
[Reporter : Han Da-eun Daeun@arirang.co.kr] "Big stores located at the center of Bangkok, are filled with Korean CDs, DVDs and posters of Korea's beloved K-pop stars. And shop owners say… that the undying love for Korean culture is likely to go strong for quite some time".


[Interview : Pon Toon, Sales Manager Mangpong Record Shop] "Thai teenagers especially like Super Junior, Girls Generation and 2PM. I believe the Korean Wave is not going ...More

French K-Pop Fans Show Their Devotion in Visit to Korea

Source | 2011/04/21 | Permalink

Members of the French K-pop fan club Korean Connection pose with SHINee at the SM Entertainment building in Seoul on Wednesday. /Courtesy of SM Entertainment

A French K-pop fan club called Korean Connection was overjoyed to meet boy band SHINee at the SM Entertainment building in Apgujeong, Seoul, on Wednesday...More

[Press Release] 3rd ANNUAL TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL

Source | 2011/03/30 | Permalink

5th - 8th May 2011
Prince Charles Cinema, London

Premiere Asian movie festival in the UK, the Terracotta Far East Film Festival is back in London to present its third roundup of choice hand-picked films from the Far East...More

Promoting Korea Online

Source | 2011/03/16 | Permalink

Blogging services have been available in Korea since 2002! And the number of bloggers is increasing every year.
According to an official survey, 58.1% of Internet users go online to visit other people's blogs.

The number of blogs written by foreigners in Korea is also rising. How do foreign bloggers look at Korea

[Interview : Simon, Blogger for "Eat Your Kimchi" Canada] "The contents of our videos are that we want to show everyday life in Korea. We don't want to show just touristy things like, "Go visit this, go visit that". We want to show what our lives are like in Korea, how fun Korea is, how interesting Korea is, and different parts of Korean culture".

The couple's blog (http://www.eatyourkimchi.com), consisting mostly of videos, covers everything about Korean culture that they have encountered, covering topics such as Korean food, language, and education. Their reason for starting the blog was rather simple.

[Interview : Martina, Blogger for "Eat Your Kimchi" Canada] "We originally started the blog for our parents and our families because they were a little bit afraid of us going so far away from them. So the very first day we came to Korea, we did a video about "sundubu jjigae", and we wanted to show our family that we're doing okay. But slowly, many strangers from around the world started to visit our blog, and it became more and more popular, so we were very surprised".

Simon and Martina began recording themselves in order to keep their families updated on their life here in Korea. However, as their videos became popular worldwide through YouTube, they started to focus on their blog. After 3 years of blogging, they have bec...More

Culture minister seeks advice on promoting Korea overseas

Source | 2011/02/25 | Permalink

Experts from diverse cultural sectors as well as university and high school students discuss ways to better promote Korean culture overseas in an event organized by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), Wednesday, in Seoul. / Courtesy of KOCIS

By Lee Hyo-won

A high school student sharply pointed out to the minister of culture, sports and tourism that adolescent efforts to promote Korean culture overseas are often overlooked...More

Popular Running Man Television Show Brings Back Childhood Memories

Source | 2011/02/16 | Permalink

Do you recall playing tag with your friends back in childhood? Do you remember the moments of thrill before shouting "FREEZE!"? Now I think back, 'where' was not the big question, but 'with who' was. 'Running Man' is a show which relates to those childhood memories, and enables the audience to sympathize with the child-like humor generated from watching the show'.Running Man' is the first segment of Weekend entertainment show 'Love Sunday!' The program was first aired on June 27, 2010, replacing ex-popular TV series 'Family Outing 2'. Yoo Jae-suk, much-celebrated host, firmly stands at the center and leads a group of celebrities through various missions and games...More

Super Junior, miss A Albums Top Sellers in 2010

Source | 2011/02/12 | Permalink

Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug (center) poses with Bang Geuk-gyun (fourth from left), chairman of the Korea Music Content Industry Association, singer G.NA (third from left) and K-pop group Super Junior after the Gaon Chart award ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday. (Park Hae-mook/The Korea Herald)

Boy band Super Junior's latest album "Miinah (Bonamana)" ranked No. 1 among Korean pop albums sold during 2010, the Korea Music Content Association announced earlier this week...More

'The Journals of Musan' Triumphs at Rotterdam Festival

Source | 2011/02/11 | Permalink

Three feature films shared the Tiger Awards at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR – Jan. 26-Feb. 6), including "The Journals of Musan" by Korean director Park Jung-bum.

"The Journals of Musan", which also captured the FIPRESCI (international film critics) award, is about a North Korean defector who struggles to adapt after his flight to the South...More

Seollal Holidays or Lunar New Year Celebrations!

Source | 2011/02/05 | Permalink

Lunar New Year, or "Seollal" in Korea, is being celebrated in Korean American communities throughout North America, while many Korean associations and other groups from California to New York have introduced Seollal programs to promote the holiday to non-Koreans.As television personality Kelly Choi recently told Gothamist in an interview, "(Lunar) New Year's day is really about being with family and having that meal, the tteok, the rice cakes, hanging out, and playing games...More

Crown J Graces International Site "World Star Hip Hop"

Source | 2011/01/31 | Permalink

Singer Crown J has become the first Asian artist to feature on the international hip hop site "World Star Hip Hop".

After first debuting five years ago, the music video of his first debut song into the US Market, "I'm Good", was featured as a YouTube video on World Star Hip Hop's site on March 31st.

This is a first for any Asian star to grace the main page of this website. This is being seen as a sign tha...More

Talk Battles among Korean Celebs on every Tuesday night!

Source | 2011/01/22 | Permalink

Do you remember the actor/singer Lee Seung-gi who played a leading role in "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho" in 2010? He's a host of the Korean talk show "Strong Heart" with Kang Ho-dong, a famous emcee in Korea.

On Tuesday nights, about twenty celebrity guests gather in an SBS studio and share their stories. Mostly, they talk about their hardships in debuting, strange experiences, and some other funny events in their lives. As these stars share their stories, viewers and fans get a chance to become more familiar with them...More

Korean Animation: A Major Global Player and Creative Force

Source | 2011/01/19 | Permalink

By: Mark Russel

Like a lot of young people, I used to be a big fan of animation. Of course, back in the 1970s and '80s in North America, Disney and Warner Bros. dominated the Saturday morning dial, but even then, I realized that a lot of my favorite animated programs were coming out of Asia. I did not know much about those shows, but I could tell they were very different than Western programs that were so much more common.

Cut to the 1990s, and when I finally made it to South Korea, I was pretty psyched to realize how much of my favorite animation, new and old, Western and Japanese, was actually being made there. In fact, at its peak in the mid-1990s, Korea accounted for nearly 50 percent of the world's animation, including "The Simpsons", "Star Wars: The Clone Wars", and "Spongebob Squarepants". Companies like Nelson Shin's Akom worked on animated films like "The Transformers" (the 1986 cartoon, not the Michael Bay explosion fest) and the "My Little Pony" movie...More

U.K. Takes Note of Girls' Generation

Source | 2011/01/18 | Permalink

Girls' Generation

K-pop band Girls' Generation are making waves around the globe. The Financial Times on Friday carried a column titled "The secrets of my brilliant Korea" by Tyler Brûlé...More

KARA Starring in Japanese Drama

Source | 2011/01/14 | Permalink

According to The Korea Herald, the five-member Korean girl singing group Kara stars in the 12-episode half-hour Japanese drama "URAKARA", which will be aired on Japan's TV Tokyo every Friday starting on Jan. 14.

The drama, produced by Japan's TV Man Union with investment from Korea's CJ Media, is also reportedly set to be broadcast in Korea beginning late January through tvN under the Korean title "Kara's Double Life"...More

Korean Crossover Band: Oriental Express

Source | 2011/01/13 | Permalink

Have you tried to listen to Korean traditional music? For many of you, K-pop may sound familiar, but it may be the opposite for Korean traditional music. Now, people are increasingly paying attention to new pop music, but as a result, traditional music is almost ignored. There is a Korean group that is trying to break this wall and attract people to listen to Korean traditional music...More

Gummy on the Soundtrack for "The Housemaid" (Korean Movie)

Source | 2011/01/12 | Permalink

With "The Housemaid - 2010" to be out in the U.S. theaters very soon, here's a look at the Korean singer, Gummy, who participated in the movie's soundtrack album.

And, before we start, here's the music video of the song:...More

European Singer Allegedly Plagiarizes SHINee's Song

Source | 2011/01/10 | Permalink

As suspicion that a Serbian singer had plagiarized SHINee's song "Lucifer" had been raised, SHINee's agency SM Entertainment (hereinafter refer to "SM") announced that they would take legal action against the singer. SM said on January 7, "The suspicion had been aroused from an Internet report that Serbian singer Jelena Karleusa had plagiarized SHINee's song 'Lucifer', and songwriters who had composed the song 'Lucifer', consisting of a Korean writer who belongs to SM and an American writer, both agreed that the Serbian singer's song had infringed their copyright...More

Korean TV: The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K

Source | 2011/01/06 | Permalink

The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K, was a hot issue in 2010 in Korea. Superstar K first started in 2009 summer on cable music TV channel Mnet. It had a highest viewer rating (8.47%) for a cable channel as of then. However, in 2010, the second season of Superstar K broke that rank and made a new highest viewer rating with 14.5%. It was aired only from July till October but the whole process took about seven months. Among 1,340,830 applicants, the final 11 people were selected to be aired on TV...More

Trio of Korean Movies announced for Berlinale Panorama

Source | 2011/01/06 | Permalink

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 10-20, 2011) has announced 24 of the 50 films to be presented in its Panorama section. All the films in the selection are screening as either world or European premieres...More

2010 Korean Indie Music Overview

Source | 2011/01/05 | Permalink

By Mark Russell

More Sound of Seoul

Korea's independent music scene continued to grow and expand in 2010, with more bands making more interesting music than ever before. No one person could possibly keep track of it all – although Anna at Indieful ROK (indiefulrok.blogspot.com) and Shawn at the Korea Gig Guide (www.koreagigguide.com) come close – but I thought I would do my part to talk about some of the best new music last year, at least in my humble opinion.

DJ Soulscape – More Sound of Seoul
Far and away the best album of the year. DJ Soulscape mixed together a huge smorgasbord of great Korean music from the 1970s, most of which you've never heard before. It's as educational as it is fun, and all-round brilliant...More

KOREAN MOVIES: SBS Documentary "Asiatic Black Bears Returned to Nature"

Source | 2011/01/04 | Permalink

SBS Documentary "Asiatic Black Bears Returned to Nature" is about a restoration project of Asiatic Black Bears that are nearly extinct in Korea. This project was started in 2001 by Korean Ministry of the Environment and SBS. It took ten years to make this documentary and it is a first trial of filming the restoration project for endangered species in Korea.Over the years, Asiatic black bears have become too friendly with humans so that they were confused how they should react to humans. To save the bears from going extinct, it was claimed that they needed to be returned to the wild nature. The restoration bears released on Mt. Jiri since 2001 and have been observed...More

KOREAN GAMES - R2 BEAT : Rhythm + Action + Racing Game - Millions of Fans in Korean & China

Source | 2011/01/04 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - R2Beat is an online rhythm-action game that lets players inhale a breeze of rhythm and thrills of an intensive race. R2beat is a successful blend of rhythm genre and racing genre into one single game, having billions of fans in China and Korea. SEED9 Games Inc., the creator of R2Beat now has its sight set on the North American market.R2Beat lets the rhythm breeze into you!
What sets R2Beat apart from other rhythm-action games is that it incorporates racing into gameplay...More

KOCCA aims at nurturing Korea into one of the World's top 5 cultural content producers

Source | 2011/01/01 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - KOCCA was established to effectively promote and develop the cultural industry of Korea on May 7, 2009 under Article 31 of the Framework Act on Cultural Industry Promotion...More

TVXQ to unveil title track from new album on Jan 3

Source | 2010/12/30 | Permalink

Boy band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]

TVXQ will unveil the title track from their upcoming album next week ahead of their comeback, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.

SM announced in a press release that TVXQ will reveal the song "Keep Your Head Down" on January 3 on various online music sites, two days before their album of the same name goes on sale, while the teaser video for the song will be available on their official website and YouTube channel tomorrow...More

2010 Korean Content Awards

Source | 2010/12/30 | Permalink

On December 20th, the '2010 Korean Contents Awards' was hosted by MCST and KOCCA. The purposes for this Korean Contents Awards were to inspire creative motif for contents producing corporations and to increase people's interests over domestic contents. This Awards program was first started in 2009.

There were four criteria: 1) 'Award for Contributors of Advancement of Content into the Overseas Market, 2) 'Korea Comic, Animation and Character Awards' 3) 'Digital Content Awards', and 4) 'Media Content Grandpre'. '2010 Korean Contents Awards' Winners are like below...More

Korean Games are Enjoyed by the Users around the World

Source | 2010/12/30 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) -  Korean government, in a bid to support game industry whose pivotal role is expected for future contents business, has begun to take aggressive PR activities including making and distributing UCC aimed to make advertisement concerning the contents business and Korean games...More

TVXQ to unveil teaser video today

Source | 2010/12/29 | Permalink

Male duo band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]

TVXQ today will finally unveil the teaser video for their upcoming comeback, according to the group's agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.

A press release by SM said that TVXQ's new video in the format of a commercial, will be disclosed for the first time at MBC's entertainment awards and SBS' music awards, both scheduled to go on air tonight...More

Korean Games - DBROS Sets Sail onto the Ocean of Social Gaming!

Source | 2010/12/29 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - Facebook, the world's largest social network platform, recently announced that its number of membership has exceeded 500 million...More

Korean Games - 'Feel Online' is a game about real world Online Dating!

Source | 2010/12/28 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - 'FEEL ONLINE', which is an online dating game developed by the ANGames, begins its service from December 17 through the global game portal site 'Game&Game(feelonline.gamengame.com)".FEEL ONLINE' is the game extending the dating game, which has been usually enjoyed alone, to online game and a user can feel as he/she is a hero or heroine of the game and the user also can experience the feeling as NPC. Through the unique game method that a user can experience events by selecting dialogues and atmosphere, the user can enjoy extraordinary online dating game...More

Korean Games - Ghost Watch - a New Concept of TCG with Dynamic Action

Source | 2010/12/28 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) — Generally speaking, TCG is easily associated with a static game of presenting and consuming cards based on difficult rules to determine the outcome. 'Ghost Watch', developed by NCore Inc., is a newly conceptualized TCG making various attempts to break this fixed idea...More

"Detective K": The case of the rolling barrels

Source | 2010/12/27 | Permalink

Do you remember the scene of the rolling barrels in the recently released teaser of "Detective K"?...More

Korean Games - Trends in Online Games

Source | 2010/12/24 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - "Visual News" As 15 years have passed since the online game service was launched in the market, there have been a lot of changes in the game market along with the fast-growing IT technologies. As in the video game console market where two major changes of generations had occured, the online game market also have gone through great changes from "The Kingdom of the Wind" to "Blade and Soul". Some games like "Lineage" continue to remain popular among users, while not a few games were vanished even before they get to be known. Games that gained popularity by applying new concepts had a great impact on the overall trend of the entire games market...More

Korean Games - The World of Illustration; a Companion of Game

Source | 2010/12/24 | Permalink

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - It may be an eye-stimulating graphic which firstly draws attention of users out of many components composing of a game. It is also a graphic which is mostly influenced by development of digital technology having a close relationship with development of a game. Online games of Korea, with 'The Kingdom of The Winds' as a start in 1996, exhibited much development in terms of graphic for 15 years. But, there is one thing that should be mentioned inevitably; it is illustration, which is a design of a game serving as a framework of game graphic...More

BEAST unveils 3rd track from new duo unit album

Source | 2010/12/23 | Permalink

Picture of BEAST members Hyun-seung and Lee Gi-kwang for "let it snow" [Cube Entertainment]

Korean boy band BEAST, set to pursue their singing activities as three separate duo units, have unveiled the final duet track from their upcoming album today.

A press release from Cube Entertainment announced that Hyun-seung and Lee Gi-kwang's R&B pop song "let it snow" from their new album "My Story" was revealed along with a teaser of the music video as well as their performance of the song during their concert on their official fan webpage and YouTube channel...More

BEAST releases 2nd track from new duo unit album

Source | 2010/12/22 | Permalink

Pictures of BEAST members Jun-hyung and Yo-seop for "Thanks to" [Cube Entertainment]

Korean boy band BEAST, set to pursue their singing activities as three separate duo units, have released the second track from their new album today.

Cube Entertainment announced in a press release on Wednesday that Jun-hyung and Yo-seop's hip-hop track "Thanks to" from their upcoming album "My Story" will be revealed along with a video preview, in the format of a drama, on their official fan webpage and YouTube channel...More

1st track from BEAST duo unit album revealed

Source | 2010/12/21 | Permalink

Picture of BEAST members Yoon Doo-joon and Dongwoon for "When the Door Closes" [Cube Entertainment]

Boy band BEAST, set to pursue their singing activities as three separate duo units, will reveal the first track from their new album today.

An official from their agency Cube Entertainment told 10Asia over the phone, "The first track from their upcoming album 'My Story' is the ballad whose translated title is 'When the Door Closes' from Yoon Doo-joon and Dong-woon. The other songs from other units Hyun-seung and Lee Gi-kwang and Yo-seop and Jun-hyung will be unveiled later this week"...More

Korean Movies – Secret Union

Source | 2010/12/20 | Permalink

This movie was awarded the "Best Film" prize at the 2010 Blue Dragon Film Awards in Korea theatrical admissions totaled some 5,460,00.

It is about how a South Korean NIS agent comes to understand and become a brother to a derelict spy from North Korea...More

B-boy all stars to rock Seoul

Source | 2010/12/18 | Permalink

Internationally renowned b-boys will gather to perform at Fever Seoul Live at
Ax-Korea, Tuesday. / Courtesy of Seoul City

By Kim Rahn

Korea's top b-boys will present their dynamic moves at the Fever Seoul Live at Ax-Korea, eastern Seoul, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21.

The performers include six internationally renowned Korean b-boys — Bruce Lee from Gamblerz Crew, Rookie from Drifterz Crew, Skim and Vero from Jinjo Crew, Pocket from Morning of Owl and Jay Park, also known as Jay Park, from Art of Movement.

After their performance, 25 break dancers will present a Seoul-themed musical "B-Boy Battle". Korean-American singer-songwrit...More

Girls' Generation tops YouTube's most watched video list in Korea

Source | 2010/12/16 | Permalink

Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]

Several music videos from K-pop sensation Girls' Generation have topped YouTube's most-watched videos list in 2010 in Korea.

The music videos for "Oh!", "Run Devil Run", "Hoot" and the dance version of "Oh!" have placed at No. 1, 2, 9 and 10, respectively, on the most-watched videos list in Korea for 2010, according to the official YouTube channel for 2010: The Year in Review website...More

G-Dragon and T.O.P hold world premiere showcase for duo unit

Source | 2010/12/15 | Permalink

From left, Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon pose during a photocall of the world premiere showcase for their new duo unit album "GD & TOP" held at major shopping complex Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea on December 14, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

A world premiere which went on air live through YouTube. This may sound somewhat grandiose but the stage that G-Dragon (GD) and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of boy band Big Bang stepped on ahead of releasing their album as a unit was small and simple. Instead, they revealed snippets of each song listed in the album and explained the background to them.

To the fans who were looking forward to a fancy comeback performance, this showcase in the format of a talk show may have come off as long-winded but their choice rather came off as the best method to express their affection for the album. And like the two said, them having worked on each of the songs will be like a welcome rain to fans who have long waited for Big Bang's comeback to the local music scene...More

Korean Film – The Unjust | Headed to the Berlin Festival in Feb. 2011

Source | 2010/12/15 | Permalink

"The Unjust", the recent Korean film of director Ryoo Seung-wan, is about entangled relationships between police, prosecutor and sponsor in congested society. These three characters are foes to each other, but are comrades at the same time. In other words, they can live by killing each other, but, in order for them to live all together, they need to help each other out. In this Korean film, everyone tries to hide themselves behind the fake characters that are made by what other people think of them. The ugly truths are all hidden under "The Unjust" deal they make...More

Big Bang G-Dragon & T.O.P unit to give comeback performance Dec 19

Source | 2010/12/12 | Permalink

Image stating G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)'s comeback performance set for December 19, 2010 on SBS music show "Inkigayo". [YG Life]

Boy band Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), set to pursue their singing activities as a duo unit starting this month, will give the first televised performance for their upcoming album on December 19...More

KOCCA Committed to Growth of Korea's Content Industries

Source | 2010/12/10 | Permalink

Fostering the growth of the creative content industries in Korea, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) actively promotes such content as games, animation, character licensing, music, movies, television programs, comics and mobile content. Its vision is for Korea to become one of the world's top five content providers through the establishment of a comprehensive support system...More

Korean Cartoon – ILoveEgg | Egg Characters Charm Consumers in Asia, UK and USA

Source | 2010/12/07 | Permalink

Korea's D&H launched "iloveegg" in Dec. 2004. Today the I Love Egg song is famous on Youtube, and various licensed products fill store shelves around the world in Asia, UK and USA...More

JYP Entertainment artists release music video for Christmas song

Source | 2010/12/03 | Permalink

Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) have released the official music video for their Christmas song.

The music video for song "This Christmas" starring the artists of JYP Nation -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2AM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- was released on the official JYPE YouTube channel...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Park Min-young - Part 1

Source | 2010/12/01 | Permalink

Park Min-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Actress Park Min-young rose to instant stardom through her debut role in MBC smash-hit sitcom "High Kick!" in 2006 by managing to shine amidst the throng of diverse characters with her role as Kang Youmi, an ignorent yet confident and cheerful girl in high school.

Yet such fast-obtained popularity rarely lasts for long and the industry does not allow an actress to see slow growth. In KBS drama "I Am Sam" she played a character who holds her emotions within herself while bullied by others rather than immediately respond like Youmi from "High Kick!" would have but viewers remembered her as the same cheerful high school student rather than notice the change between the two and in her acting skills.

She then did fairly well in pulling off her role as a princess who depicts on the most tragic narrative through traditional drama "Princess Ja Myung Go" but the low ratings the depressing show scored was applied to Park as well...More

Korean Television Drama – Slave Hunters - Historical, Dramatic and Full of Action

Source | 2010/11/30 | Permalink

The Slave Hunters” (“Chuno”) has been described as a Korean fusion television drama.

 First of all, it's a historical drama set during the Joseon Dynasty and revolving around the world of slave hunters (known as “Chuno Ggun”) and slaves (known as “Nobi”). The slaves were sometimes born into the system of servitude and other times became slaves as punishment for crimes...More

Kim Hyun-joong said, "Romantic acting makes my toes and fingers shrink... I want to do some tough guy roles"

Source | 2010/11/21 | Permalink

"If I cared about the viewers rating, I would've done big dramss. I was really ok with my dramas".

'Naughty Kiss', which ended last October, was a total failure viewers rating-wise. Even though it recorded 8 million viewers for YouTube special version, TV version ended quietly....More

Super Junior's Leeteuk makes appearance on CNN

Source | 2010/11/12 | Permalink

Super Junior member Leeteuk [CNN]

Korean idol Leeteuk of boy band Super Junior posted an update on his official Twitter site today about his recent appearance on CNN.

Leeteuk revealed screenshot images of himself and Choi Si-won being interviewed by CNN reporter Anna Coren with a comment below saying, "On CNN news which is broadcasted all over the world...More

The Next K-Pop Korean Wave

Source | 2010/11/11 | Permalink

Yes, SHINee is definitely saying hello to success.
Award-winning Korean pop idol sensations like SHINee are now spearheading the Korean Wave even drawing attention from foreign media such as France's TV5.
It's no secret that the Korean Wave is quickly evolving.
The first phase started in the late 90s and spread through TV dramas and popular actors and actresses with the fan base made up of mostly Asian women in their 40s and 50s.
But the second phase is happening now… and this time it's driven by K-Pop idols, attracting a broader spectrum of younger fans.
So what's the secret of their success[Interview : Kim Young-min, CEO SM Entertainment] "Training can last as lon...More

CNN is in range of 'Naughty Kiss'...Kim Hyun-joong will be interviewed by CNN

Source | 2010/11/06 | Permalink

Even American News Channel CNN is in range of 'Naughty Kiss'.

As the special versions (episodes) of 'Naughty Kiss' is broadcasted via YouTube, many people around the world are going crazy (in a positive way).

CNN's main anchor, Anna Coren will interview Kim Hyun-joong, 'Naughty Kiss' production company's CEO Song Byung-joon, and Google Korea Seo Hwang-wook on 7th....More

YouTube version of Kim Hyun-joong "Naughty Kiss" a big hit

Source | 2010/11/04 | Permalink

Picture of Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min from an online episode of "Naughty Kiss" [Group 8]

The online version of MBC's latest drama "Naughty Kiss" being aired on YouTube is proving to be popular amongst both local and international fans.

According to a press release from the show's promoter Group 8, the first episode of the YouTube version of "Naughty Kiss", which was uploaded on Tuesday, received over...More

New Hallyu: K-POP Boom by Idol Groups

Source | 2010/11/03 | Permalink

At a joint interview with members of Kara, 2PM, SHINee, Brown Eyed Girls, and 4Minute, they all said, "We feel kind of a responsibility as Korean representatives overseas".

Hyun Ah (4Minute), On Yoo (SHINee), Wooyoung (2PM), Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls), and Koo Ha Ra (Kara) came one after another for an interview at a cafe. All the guests in the cafe revealed their curiosity by paying full attention to these star members, whom they could rarely see at one place together.

Those members of the star idol groups who attended the interview were all actually the leaders who have created the "new Hallyu" with K-POP in countries such as Japan, the greater China region, South-East Asia, and the USA...More

Kim Hyun-joong to show "deeper affection" to Jung So-min

Source | 2010/11/02 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joong poses during a photocall of a press conference for the YouTube version of TV series "Naughty Kiss" held at the Megabox theater in COEX of Seoul, South Korea on November 1, 2010. [Group 8]

Boy band SS501 member and actor Kim Hyun-joong has said he will show deeper affection toward his co-star Jung So-min in the YouTube version of his latest TV series "Naughty Kiss".

"There are no regulations or restrictions to what is broadcast through YouTube so we'll be able to express our affection to each other in a deeper way. Hence, you'll get to see a more natural-looking married couple", Kim said with a smile of the newly produced online version of the drama which tells of the twos characters married life...More

2PM Break into World Music Chart in U.S.

Source | 2010/11/02 | Permalink

Korean boy band 2PM entered the U.S. Billboard Top World Albums Chart at 13th place on Monday with their new album "Still 02:00PM".

Despite not having been officially released or promoted in the U.S., the album's digital sales and downloads led to the band's debut on the chart. "We are surprised and pleased at the unexpected results", an official at JYP Entertainment, 2PM's management agency, said.

The Top World Albums Chart ranks "the week's top-selling world music albums based on sales data as compiled by N...More

Korean drama "Naughty Kiss" sold to 10 Asian countries

Source | 2010/11/01 | Permalink

Poster for TV series "Naughty Kiss" [MBC]

Korean drama "Naughty Kiss", starring Korean actors Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min, has been sold to 10 countries in Asia.

A press release from KEYEAST announced Monday that the 16-part series was purchased in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Burnei and Taiwan...More

2NE1 reveals music video for new track today

Source | 2010/11/01 | Permalink

Clip from 2NE1's music video "I'm Hurt" [YG Entertainment]

Korean idols 2NE1 unveiled the full-length music video for their new song on their official YouTube channel today.

The music video for R&B track "I'm Hurt" from their first full-length album, features the girls donning clothes, make-up and hairstyles in a fantasy-like theme. Member Sandara Park acts in the video with model and actor...More

Actor Jang sings for new drama 'Marry Me, Mary!' OST

Source | 2010/11/01 | Permalink

By Ines Min

Actor, singer and model Jang Geun-suk is about to remind fans once more of his multi-faceted talents.

The 23-year-old has contributed three songs to the OST for his latest KBS drama "Marry Me, Mary!', affiliated management company Y-Tree Media announced Monday.

"Jang Geun-suk sings three songs on the soundtrack", a spokesperson said. "The first song `Butak-hae, My Bus!' will be released today".

Jang plays the ro...More

Girls' Generation's music video "Hoot" to be unveiled today

Source | 2010/10/28 | Permalink

Album jacket of Girls' Generation's mini album "Hoot" [SM Entertainment]

The music video for Girls' Generation's newest song "Hoot" from their new mini-album will be disclosed today, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.

SM stated through a press release that the newest music video will be revealed on Girls' Generation's official website and SM's Youtube channel...More

Korean-American Rappers Hit No. 1 on U.S. Billboard Chart

Source | 2010/10/22 | Permalink

Far East Movement, a multi-ethnic hip-hop group including two Korean-American members, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. on Thursday with their song "Like A G6".

The quartet consists of Korean Americans Prohgress and J-Splif, Japanese American Kev Nish, and Filipino American DJ Virman. They are the first artists of Asian descent to crack the top 10 on the Billboard chart, not to mention first place.
From left, J-Splif, Kev Nish, Prohgress and DJ Virman /Courtesy of Universal Music From left, J-Splif, Kev Nish, Prohgress and DJ Virman /Courtesy of Universal Music

The group was formed in Los Angeles' Koreatown in 2003 by Prohgress, J-Splif and Kev Nish, with DJ Virman joining later. Their first taste of fame came in 2006 when their single "Round Round" was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift".

Since "Like A G6" appeared a...More

SM unveils final batch of teaser photos of Girls' Generation

Source | 2010/10/21 | Permalink

K-pop idols Girls' Generation (from left to right): Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung [SM Entertainment]
Top Korean agency SM Entertainment unveiled the final teaser images of the members of Girls' Generation today.

The latest photographs revealed members Yoona, Yuri (Kwon Yuri) and Sooyoung dressed in the style of retro power girl for their upcoming mini-album "Hoot", which will go on sale on October 27...More

'Naughty Kiss' will produce 'special features' exclusively for YouTube

Source | 2010/10/18 | Permalink

'Naughty Kiss', which will ended on the 21th, will send out special features on Internet.

According to 'Group Eight', the company that produced 'Naughty Kiss', production crew will start shooting special features on the 21th right after the last episode goes on air. These special features will be uploaded to YouTube in November....More

Korean Hallyu Stars, Global Media Channels See Clear Value in Social Media

Source | 2010/10/15 | Permalink

Just a few years back, nobody had ever heard of the Korean pop group "Big Bang" outside of Asia but thanks to social networking sites one of its members, Taeyang, is gaining popularity worldwide.
Only hours after its release Taeyang's first solo album "Solar" went viral on the web through social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube helping the album to top iTune charts in Canada, the US and Japan.
What makes this an incredible feat is the fact that Taeyang ...More

2PM reveals new album track list and video trailer

Source | 2010/10/11 | Permalink

Korean idols 2PM members (from left to right): Hwang Chan-sung, Lee Junho, Wooyoung, Junsu, Nichkhu and Ok Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
Korean boy band 2PM have unveiled the complete track list for their upcoming mini-album.

The track list for their new album "Still 2:00 PM" was revealed on various web-based music sites earlier today as well as the trailer for their title track "I'll Be Back" on the group's official website...More

2PM unveils teaser video and title of upcoming album

Source | 2010/10/07 | Permalink

Teaser video of Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]

Six-member boy band 2PM unveiled a teaser video and the title of their upcoming album today, according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE).

A video of the boys dancing, which revealed the name of their new album "Still 2:00 PM" at the end of the clip, was revealed on the group's official website...More

The New York Korean Film Festival 2010, featuring the best of contemporary Korean cinema

Source | 2010/09/21 | Permalink

The 2010 Festival features eight films in a collaborative effort with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Rose Cinema.

To kick off this year's New York Korean Film Festival, Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today, the Korea Society will be hosting an opening reception on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 5-7:30PM...More

YouTube version of "Naughty Kiss" to air starting Nov

Source | 2010/09/15 | Permalink

Google Korea CEO and Managing Director Lee Won-jin (left) and Group 8 CEO Song Byung-joon shake hands at a press conference announcing the production of a YouTube version of TV series "Naughty Kiss" held at Google Korea's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on September 15, 2010. [Group 8]

Korean TV series "Naughty Kiss" starring popular singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong will be turned into an online version which will show on video-sharing website YouTube starting November...More

2NE1 sweeps various music sites with title tracks

Source | 2010/09/10 | Permalink

Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): Sandara, CL, Bom and Minzy [Official YG Entertainment Blog]

Korean girl group 2NE1 has swept various online music charts with the title tracks from their new album.

Songs "Can't Nobody", "Go Away" and "Clap Your Hands", all three the title tracks from 2NE1's first full-length album, have placed on the top three spots of various web-based music charts, according to the real-time charts of online music providers Bugs, Monkey 3, Dosirak and Melon...More

'The Fugitive Plan B' Teaser Released

Source | 2010/09/08 | Permalink

"The Fugitive Plan B" teaser has just been released.

"The Fugitive Plan B" (also known as "Fugitive" or "Runaway") features Rain, Lee Na-young, Lee Jung-jin, Daniel Henney, Yoon Jin-seo and Yoon Son-ha...More

Kim Myung-min in Jang Jin-yeong's Posthumous Documentary

Source | 2010/09/08 | Permalink

On September 3, MBC aired a special tribute for late actress, Jang Jin-yeong (1974-2009) on the occasion of her first death anniversary on September 1. The documentary featured interviews from Jang Jin-yeong's colleagues in the entertainment industry, and among them, was Kim Myung-min, her co-star in 2001 psychological horror film, "Sorum"...More

K-POP Goes Beyond Asia By Internet

Source | 2010/09/07 | Permalink

△ SM Town Concert in USA

"YouTube plays an important role in attracting fans from all around the world". -A representative of SM Entertainment

A representative of SM Entertainment (hereafter refers to SM), Kim Young Min, said, "The world's famous video-sharing website, YouTube, has played the role of an engine to attract fans from all around the world"...More

Kim Hyun-joong's Official Site Hacked

Source | 2010/09/03 | Permalink

According to Keyeast Entertainment on September 3rd, the website of Korea's most representative "flower-like pretty boy" has been victim to cyber hacking. Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong's official website was on the verge of being ready for official launching when hackers got their "hands" on the information on the site.

Several video clips that were to be unveiled through the launching of the site were snatched up and uploaded onto YouTube. The video clips have since then spread ruining the element of surprise. Related repres...More

Korean Wave Reaches American Shores on Social Media:Time

Source | 2010/08/27 | Permalink

The US magazine Time says the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, is reaching American shores thanks to social media websites.
An article published on Thursday notes that sales of the first solo album by Taeyang a member of Big Bang reached number two on iTunes' R&B sales chart in the US and n...More

[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 3

Source | 2010/08/20 | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: Well since you're done with the drama, you'll have to start your activities with band 'Walrus'. How did this come about in the beginning?
Kim Jae-wook: We're all friends from college. It started with the three of us but we didn't have a bassist so one person joined recently. I had always wanted to work with him and it turns out he finished serving in the military early this year so I half forced him to join. (laugh)

10: I heard that it's been nine years since Walrus was formed. You weren't able to pursue your activities as a band very actively so what was the driving force behind you remaining together?
Kim Jae-wook: I'm not sure about that either. And I don't know about the other members but I at least have never given up on the fact that I'll do a band. Added to that, I always thought, 'I'm going to do a band. I'm going to do it with these guys'...More

Girls' Generation to hold first-ever showcase in Japan

Source | 2010/08/19 | Permalink

Korean pop sensation Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]

Korean pop sensation Girls' Generation will hold their first-ever showcase in Japan next week, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.

SM announced in a press release that the girls will be performing in front of their local fans at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan on August 25...More

[INTERVIEW] Jay Park - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/09 | Permalink

Singer Jay Park poses during a photo session of a press conference ahead of performing at the "Summer Week&T" music festival held at the Naksan Beach in Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

We met with Jay Park. This seems to be the only way to describe his press conference held at Naksan Beach in the Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, where he was appearing in public officially for the second time.

The 23-year-old singer was also just hours away from giving his first stage performance since going solo, taking to the stage of the two-day "Summer Week&T" festival with his act right before Korea's king of hip-hop Drunken Tiger and two before American hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco...More

Actress Park Si-yeon's Song Picks

Source | 2010/08/05 | Permalink

Actress Park Si-yeon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

There are many words in this world which can be used to describe a beautiful woman but the adjective which probably best suits actress Park Si-yeon is 'alluring'. The clean-cut contour of her face and deep eyes which became known first through her participation in the Miss Korea competition in 2000 and then a cosmetics commercial, continues to retain its classical beauty ten years later.

That may be why the characters Park played were women who drove many men to their destruction and misfortune...More

Jay Park's Mini-Album Sells Like Hotcakes

Source | 2010/07/28 | Permalink

Jay Park is doing pretty darn well on his own.

After releasing his mini-album "Nothin' On You" just two weeks ago, the now solo singer saw about 700 million won in album sales. 50,000 hard copies of the album were sold in addition to the 200 million won in digital sales. In an age where illegal downloading and music piracy is common, these kind of figures are not easy to come by.

The song "Nothin' On You" holds special meaning to ...More

Lee Min-ho selected 'Facebook Story' partner

Source | 2010/07/23 | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho has been chosen as a 'Facebook Story' partner for communicating with the most fans in Korea.

Lee, who currently has 838,000 fans on Facebook, has been picked along with 30 other world-famous figures and organizations such as Barack Obama, Cristiano Ronaldo and the New York Times.

Facebook Story is a service that allows people to post and share their personal experiences with others.

The star greeted fans in a message, and said, "I'm so glad to be able to meet you all here. Everyone feels like a close friend after I read your stories. How are you all?"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously announced in a video lecture that he would launch this web tool to celebrate, reaching 500 million users.

Korean users can now access the social network more easily with the introduction of mobile Facebook applications that come in Hangeul, the Korean alphabet.

Meanwhile, Lee has begun to reach out to his global fans by starting Twitter and YouTube.



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지난 5월 페이스북을 개설, 전 세계 83만8천명으로 한국&#...More

Jay Park dances back into spotlight at "Hype Nation 3D" press conf

Source | 2010/07/23 | Permalink

Korean singer Jay Park speaks during a press conference for upcoming film "Hype Nation 3D" held in Namyangju, South Korea on July 22, 2010. [photographed by Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Korean singer Jay Park danced his way back into the spotlight yesterday, making his first public appearance since being infamously ousted from popular boy band 2PM last September.

All eyes were on the Korean-American entertainer as he showed up, accompanied by his co-stars, crew and director, at the press conference for film "Hype Nation 3D", held Thursday on the movie's set located in the city of Namyangju, South Korea...More

SidusHQ set to sign with Jay Park this week

Source | 2010/07/13 | Permalink

Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]

SidusHQ, one of Korea's largest talenthouses, is set to wrap up talks with former boy band 2PM leader Jay Park and sign him onto the agency within the week, according to an official at SidusHQ on Tuesday.

"We have yet to finalize the contract -- we are negotiating on the details -- but we will reach a deal with him this week if nothing in particular comes up", the official told Asia Economic Daily over the phone...More

Jay Park likely to sign with SidusHQ

Source | 2010/07/08 | Permalink

Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]

Korean singer Jay Park, the former leader of boy band 2PM, is likely to sign with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.

"We are currently in final stages of negotiations with Park regarding an exclusive contract", a high-ranking official at SidusHQ explained on Thursday, adding that a decision is expected to be made next week since talks are "going in a positive direction"...More

Jay Park to release solo debut album on July 13

Source | 2010/07/08 | Permalink

Korean singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]

Korean singer Jay Park will be releasing his solo debut single album next week, according to Warner Music Korea on Thursday.

Warner announced that Park's solo album featuring the English, Korean and remix versions of song "Count on Me" will go on sale on July 13...More

Jae Bum: 'I Missed Korea'

Source | 2010/07/06 | Permalink

"I really wanted to come back to Korea. These days, I am practicing acting with a script written in both Korean and English, but it is easier to memorize the Korean lines". -Jae Bum

A news reporter recently met Jae Bum (23) -- who was once a member of the idol group 2PM -- twice, once in an office in Gangbuk and once in a recording studio in Gangnam. He has grown more gaunt than before and bruises could be seen here and there on his knees and elbows as if he had hurt himself by practicing B-boying. It was actually the first time that he met a person from the media since he left for America last year...More

Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls and 2PM to Promote Seoul City

Source | 2010/07/06 | Permalink

Wonder Girls in commercial for China

Seoul city official announced on July 5 that Seoul city will broadcast four kinds of TV commercials to promote Seoul city in foreign countries, in which Hallyu stars such as Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls, and 2PM appear. The advertising commercials for Seoul city were made in order to inform the world of the attractiveness of Seoul city, and the contents and themes were differentiated by different regions targeting Japan, China, South-East Asian countries, and countries in Europe and the American continent...More

Ex-2PM leader missed Korea

Source | 2010/07/06 | Permalink

By Ines Min
Staff reporter

Ousted 2PM leader Jay Park is still making headlines a year after an incendiary Internet controversy. Now, nine months following his unexpected flight to the United States and fall-out with JYP Entertainment, he's back in the news ― but this time, fans are all ears.

Park recently gave Yonhap News Agency his first media interview since the incident, at a Gangnam recording studio.

"I'm glad to be in Korea. I really wanted to come", said the 23-year-old who, according to Yonhap, appeared uncharacteristically thin and pale. He returned to Korea last month to begin filming for the upcoming "Hype Nation 3D".

"I spent my time in the United States b-boying. I was really thankful that a lot of fans came out to meet when I arrived at the airport", Park said, referring to the roughly 1,000 followers that showed up to greet him. "Uploading videos onto YouTube of me singing and dancing during my stay here has been on behalf of my fans".

"Hype Nation 3D" follows the story of American and South Korean b-boy teams competing in a dance competition. Park will play the leader of his real-life b-boy crew Art of Movement.

"I'm practicing my script in Kore...More

Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls, 2PM will promote Seoul

Source | 2010/07/05 | Permalink

By Kwon Mee-yoo
Staff reporter

Actor Lee Byung-hun and singers 2PM and the Wonder Girls filmed separate television commercials for a special overseas promotion of Seoul City targeting specific countries.

Lee was selected for the Japanese version which started airing from Sunday. He presents the "Lively Touch" of Seoul by visiting Gwanghwamun, Cheonggye Stream, Myeong-dong and Seonyudo Park with Japanese tourists. He will be designated a global honorary ambassador of the capital city in August.

A commercial aired in China from June 28 is themed "Romantic Touch" Seoul, featuring girl group Wonder Girls as guest stars in an amusement park and restaurant. This version aims to show off the stylish and romantic parts of Seoul.

Popular idol group 2PM appeared in the "Fascinating Touch" Seoul version for Southeast Asian countries. In the commercial the six-member group plays with young visitors from the region and participates in cultural events held throughout Seoul.

The adve...More

miss A opens official website and YouTube channel

Source | 2010/06/29 | Permalink

Members of new girl group miss A [official miss A website]

The official website and video channel for new girl group miss A have opened, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Tuesday.

A press release from JYPE announced that the girls' website is available at www.aq-ent.com and the video channel site on YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/missa...More

2PM unveils new music video on Youtube

Source | 2010/06/14 | Permalink

Korean idol group 2PM on the cover of their latest album "Don't Stop Can't Stop" [JYP Entertainment]

Korean idol group 2PM has unveiled a music video for their ballad single "I Will Give You My Life" on popular video-sharing site Youtube, according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE).

The group posted the video on Youtube (link to video: www.youtube.com/2PM) last Thursday, which contains never-seen-before footage of the members performing on stage, goofing off during a photo shoot and interacting with their fans, said JYPE through a press release on Monday...More

Fledgling directors thrive at short film festivals in Seoul

Source | 2010/05/25 | Permalink

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff reporter

Andre Bazin, the founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future", and indeed the medium seems fit for this age of YouTube clips that attest to increasingly shortened attention spans.

Short films are often considered a show reel piece for young aspiring directors, but more importantly they are ideal for experimentation and creativity. A case in point, master director David Lynch's shorts provide a potent, unabridged window into his cinematic world. To celebrate and appreciate this art form a couple of short film festivals around the city are expected to showcase new ideas.

The 3rd Seoul World Short Film & Video Festival kicks off Wednesday and continues for five days through Sunday at Cine...More

Will Lee Hyori's Magic Work Again?

Source | 2010/04/13 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Sometimes nothing will go according to plan, even when you are a big star like Lee Hyori.

The singer has had her fair share of fame over the past 12 years, starting as the leader of the now disbanded girl group Fin.K.L, then as a solo singer and until recently the host of the popular television show "The Family is Out!" She is now back with a fresh album and, hopefully, a new look and tune, but returning to the pop scene after two years has proven to be tougher than expected.

First of all, there was the tragedy with the Navy frigate Cheonan. Lee's agency, Mnet Media, announced that they were postponing Lee's release of her fourth album, "H-Logic", from April 4 to 13. This was inevitable as most of the entertainment programs, including music shows, were being dropped by broadcasters due to the tragic incident. Along with the album, the online release of her tracks and music video were also pushed back.

Fans may have been disappointed, but the release of one of her tracks called "Swing" kept them busy. The hip-hop number showed that Lee has inde...More

Lee Hyori pulls up album release to today

Source | 2010/04/12 | Permalink

Singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]

Singer Lee Hyori's album will be released today, a day earlier than announced last week, according to her agency Mnet Media on Monday.

Mnet decided to pull up the date from midnight on Tuesday to 11 a.m. today, after the title song to her new album "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" got leaked on video website YouTube over the weekend...More

YouTube to Stream K-Pop Concert Live

Source | 2010/03/16 | Permalink

Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

YouTube is continuing its live video streaming coverage of Asia with a concert in Korea, which will be aired in Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

Local K-pop stars are holding a concert titled "YouTube Music Day" for fans and aspiring artists this month.

It is the first time for Korea to host such an event.

"We hope YouTube can work as a window to introduce local singers to the world", said Lee Won-jin, the managing director of Google Korea.

Hosted by drummer and composer Namgung Yeon, top groups and singers, including 2AM, Clazziquai, Epik High and Leessang, will perform.

The first live streaming event in Asia was the "YouTube Tokyo Live" event on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, 2008. Two concerts took place in Tokyo and San Francisco, and fans could witness both simultaneously through video streaming.

One of the most popular events streamed live was U2's concert, which was held Oct. 25 last year and shown in 16 ...More

TV Documentary Focuses on Korean-Americans

Source | 2010/03/15 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Arirang TV is airing the documentary series "Dream It! - You Are the Next Generation" every Friday to offer a peek into the lives of successful Americans of Korean descent.

There are currently more than 2.4 million Korean-Americans living in the United States, and they have not only changed their own lives but also the way people see them.

The start of Koreans building their lives in the United States may have been rough, but now many of their descendents, as well as many newer immigrants, have managed to work their way up in various fields.

The documentary is comprised of 13 episodes, each focused on young and passionate Korean-Americans who are living their dreams and inspiring others along the way.
The first and second episodes delved into the lives of actor James Kyson Lee and designers Victoria Hong and Nancy Kang.

Lee, who appeared in NBC's hit drama "Heroes" as Ando Masahashi, didn't taste success early as an actor. He first started the show in a small supporting role, but managed to turn his character into one of the main characters in the telev...More

Epik High: 'We Want to Give Hope to People through Music'

Source | 2010/03/10 | Permalink

The three-man group, Epik High (Tablo, Mithra Jin, DJ Tukutz), has experienced many changes over the past year. Tablo and DJ Tukutz married and DJ Tukutz was drafted into the army. They also left their agency, Ullim Entertainment, and established their own record label, "Map the Soul". However, they returned to Ullim Entertainment last December.

Epik High released the special album "Epilogue", and Tablo and Mithra were interviewed on March 9. DJ Tukutz is still in the military. They said they accumulated precious experience by forming their own label. Tablo said, "I don't think we failed in the business. We made a direct dealing with music fans on the Internet and introduced Korean music to the whole world through YouTube and iTunes. I realized the power of media and importance of different methods in order to meet music fans' expectations".

By their own estimation, t