[Raine's Drama Insights] Why "Descendants of the Sun" is a Cultural Phenomenon 2016/03/26,
"Descendants of the Sun" is a K-drama that has touched every corner of the Korean drama scene. That scene can be found all over the globe. Its presence in Asia is unprecedented while Viki's internet streaming and quick subbing has brought the drama to English-speaking audiences. The power that drives the drama is multi-faceted ranging from the money behind it, to the promotion, to the star power, to intense fan viewership and participation,...More
'Why not take a trip?' 2012/02/06, Source,
This is the first in a series of interviews that feature individuals who help promote Korean culture overseas. - ED.
By Jane Han
NEW YORK - Koga Hyon-cha knows the famous hilltop church from the hit TV drama series "All In" like the back of her hand. In fact, she knows all the filming sites of popular dramas from "Winter Sonata" to "Full House" inside out.
Not surprising - after all, she only visited them more than a dozen times,...More
Remembering Park Yong-ha 2011/06/27, Source,
To commemorate the first anniversary of the late actor Park Yong-ha's death, various memorial events are being held in Japan. / Korea Times file
Memorial wave for late hallyu star continues
By Chung Ah-young
Although the late hallyu star Park Yong-ha died a year ago, his popularity is not waning in Japan,...More
Korean wave is shaking up North Korea 2011/06/24, Source,
The Korean wave has been sweeping the world from Southeast Asia to Europe and further to South America. This is no exception in North Korea. The wave has been confirmed to have been creeping into the country believed to be impenetrable.
"South Korean thrillers, Iris and Athena are very popular there", said Free North Korea Radio. "The hair style of actress Song Hye-kyo from the soap opera, "All In", is in vogue in Pyongyang, but the North Korean authorities are reinforcing its regulations", said Daily NK.
News outlets handling news about North Koreans are delivering reports on the South Korean wave in the North through sources from the reclusive country,...More
Stars joining donation rush 2011/03/16, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Singers and actors are eagerly joining the ongoing donation rush to help Japanese victims hit hard by the recent devastating earthquakes.
Actors Lee Byung-hun donated 700 million won and Ahn Jae-wook gave 100 million won to the Korean Red Cross,...More
N.Korean TV Viewers Favor American Shows 2010/12/18, Source, Young North Koreans apparently prefer American soaps and films to South Korean ones, and they can now watch both easily. A defector who gave his name as Kim (43) and used to sell TV sets in the North said, "Used color TVs imported from China have both PAL and NTSC options, so there's no problem rece,...More
Yoo Min to star in new Fuji TV drama next year 2010/11/22, Source,
Actress Yuko Fueki/Yoo Min [Ava Entertainment]
Japanese actress Yoo Min has landed a lead role in a new Fuji TV daytime TV series set to air starting January next year.
The drama's publicist Market Insight stated through a press release that the 31-year-old actress will play the main female lead opposite Japanese actor Hidenori Tokuyama in the drama titled "Sakura Shinjuu (さくら心中)",...More
Song Hye-kyo's Hollywood debut pic to open Nov 25 2010/11/16, Source,
Movie poster for pyschological thriller "Fetish" [Sponge]
Korean actress Song Hye-kyo's Hollywood debut film "Fetish" will open in local theaters on November 25, according to the film promoter's Sponge on Tuesday.
"Fetish", debut feature helmed by Sohn Soopum, is a psychological thriller about Sookhy (played by Song) who has supernatural powers to possess her neighbor's body in order to steal her husband,...More
Yunho Yunho cast in upcoming action drama 2010/11/03, Source,
Singer and actor Yunho Yunho [SM Entertainment]
Korean singer and actor Jung Yunho, whose singing name is Yunho Yunho, will be making a comeback to the small screen, this time with a role in an upcoming action series.
According to the show's producer on Tuesday, Yunho will be playing the role of Oh Yoon-jae, a special forces soldier for the National Maritime Police Academy in a new series tentatively titled "Poseidon",...More
Song Hye-kyo again denies cast in film with Wentworth Miller 2010/06/29, Source,
Actress Song Hye-kyo [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Song Hye-kyo's agency has again denied a report that the actress has been cast in a Chinese film alongside American actor Wentworth Miller.
"It is not true that she has received an offer to be cast in the movie", an official at Song's agency SidusHQ told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Tuesday, responding to an article by local sports daily Chosun Sports saying the actress was being considered for a role in "Ji Xian Feng",...More
Lee Byung-hun's ex-girlfriend resumes lawsuit last minute 2010/06/22, Source, Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun's former girlfriend has requested for a new date of pleading to be set last minute, resuming a half-year long legal battle against the actor which was thought to have been withdrawn.
"In the afternoon, we received a mail from her containing an application for a third trial regarding the compensation suit she filed against Lee", Judge Jung Hyun-myung at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office said late on Monday, adding a new date of hearing would be set the following day,...More
Lee Byung-hun lawsuit withdrawn 2010/06/21, Source,
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun's legal woes surrounding a former girlfriend have been settled, his agency said on Monday.
According to BH Entertainment, the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office concluded that a civil suit, filed against Lee last December by a Canadian-American woman identified only by her last name Kwon, has been withdrawn,...More
Korean star Lee Byung-hun cleared of gambling charges 2010/03/22, Source,
Actor Lee Byeong-heon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has been cleared of illegal gambling charges filed against him last year by his former girlfriend. The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office ruled Friday that "there is no evidence" Lee had been involved in habitual gambling overseas, an allegation made early December by the Korean-Canadian woman identified only by her last name Kwon. A legal dispute between the two fired up when Kwon lodged a complaint to court saying she was allured into having a sexual relationship with the actor on his false promises of marriage and demanded she be compensated for physical and psychological damage she suffered,...More
Ji Sung to star in new TV series "Kim Soo Ro" 2010/03/05, Source,
Korean actor Ji Sung [Namoo Actors]
Korean actor Ji Sung has been set to star in a 20 billion won blockbuster TV series titled "Kim Soo Ro", according to his agency Namoo Actors.
Namoo announced Thursday that the actor has been cast to play the lead role in the upcoming MBC drama, playing the historic figure Kim Su-ro who founded and ruled the state of Geumgwan Gaya in the 5th century.,...More
Choi Jung-won celebrates long-awaited college graduation 2010/02/19, Source,
Korean actress Choi Jung-won at her college graduation [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Choi Jung-won received her college diploma on Friday, graduating 10 years after having entered Dongguk University in Seoul.
"I feel like I have become a real member of society", the actress said, sporting her graduation cap and a big smile. "I am very happy because I'm graduating after ten years. I was the last to graduate in my class and my parents couldn't be happier".,...More
[10LINE] Lee Byung-hun 2010/02/15, Source,
Clockwise from top center, actor Im Chang-jung, actor Song Seung-heon, actress Choi Ji-woo, director Kim Jee-woon and actress Kim Tae-hee [10Asia]
Lee Byung-hun He grabbed people's attention as soon as he made his acting debut. And he did great. He would then encounter a crisis but everytime, he would somehow find his way back. And he went around the world to look for new work. This is the life of this top star whose life is like a drama or drama turns out to be what his life is.,...More
Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo start filming "Love for Sale" 2010/01/20, Source,
Korean actress Song Hye-kyo [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
Top Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo have started shooting their feature segment for the Asian omnibus pic "Camellia", according to the film's producer BAL CON on Wednesday.
The two actors started filming "Love For Sale" on Friday, playing former lovers who forget their memories about each which later leads them to a fatal destiny.
"Camellia" is an omnibus pic made up of three feature films directed by three Asian directors. Each episode will be set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan, Korea.,...More
Song Hye-kyo, Gang Dong-won to star in Asian omnibus pic 2010/01/12, Source,
Actress Song Hye-kyo (right) and actor Gang Dong-won, who have been cast to star in Korean director Jang Joon-hwan's "Love for Sale". [BAL CON]
Several of South Korea's top actors including actress Song Hye-kyo and actor Gang Dong-won have been cast in a multinational omnibus film by directors from Korea, Japan and Thailand, according to the film's production company on Tuesday.
BAL CON announced in a statement that the film, tentatively titled "Busan Project", will be composed of three episodes each set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan in Korea.
Based in Korea during the 1970s, the first segment, titled "Iron Pussy", will be directed by Thailand's Wisit Sasanatieng and star Korean actor Kim Min-joon and Thai-American actor Michael Shaowanasai. Shawananasai will play the role of a male secret agent from Thailand in disguise of a woman who later falls in love with an unidentifiable Korean man, played by Kim.,...More
The director and main cast of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra", including British screen beauty Sienna Miller and hallyu star Lee Byung-hun, will visit Korea later this month to promote the Hollywood action flic,...More
The economy looks gloomy, and a dark cloud is casting a shadow over the local drama industry. But producers and networks alike are striving to keep up with demands from viewers, with support in and out of the country.
Local television network SBS will offer a n,...More
The year 2009 is now finally around the corner, and it is about time to prepare for the New Year. The past year was an interesting one, and readers can now preview what is planned in 2009.
Historical Dramas on the Rise: The three major networks are pl,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Ji Sung in "All In 2"? 2008/12/03, Source, Actor Ji Sung is considering to be in the new drama "Con Man's World".
It is known that the staff for this new drama has picked Ji Sung as the best actor for the main character, Kim Jeong-woo.
After the drama "New Heart" he has been getting a lot of cast requests. And "Con Man's World" is being considered out of the many.
More news soon to come whether he will be in this drama, or not!,...More
Boy band Big Bang seems to have it all, from loving fans, stylish fashion trends, easy-to-memorize songs and the members' distinctive characteristics. Now, the ambitious group is expanding their talents in ot,...More
Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...More
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
The 2nd International Creative Cultural Industry Exhibition has opened at the Kim Dae-jung Convention Center in Seoul, and 54 broadcast firms from 17 countries including Fox TV and TV Azteca h,...More
Yedang, Reborn Into A Comprehensive Content Company 2007/09/07, Source, Active both in its advance into the film business and the expansion of its media business this year, Yedang Entertainment (CEO: Yang, Hee-Jong) is seeking to widen its scope to include the performing events and drama industry.
Yedang announced that Lobbyist, an SBS' special drama scheduled to be,...More
Japanese-Born TV Star in 'Reverse Export' 2006/02/24, Source, The Japanese-born actress Yoo Min (27) is preparing for a triumphant return her homeland via the small screen. At a press conference on Thursday, Yuko Fueki, as her birth certificate reads, confirmed she has signed a contract with the influential m,...More
Following the career of a celebrity is part of the fun of being a fan. However, one of the consequences of falling for a 20-something celebrity is having to part with him when it comes that time in a,...More
Fashion show serves to mend Korea-Japan ties 2005/05/09, Source, KORIYAMA, Japan - A fashion show by a renowned Korean designer rattled this usually-quiet city as thousands of Japanese flocked here to catch a glimpse of Korean TV stars on the catwalk as well as a lavish and extravagant show by Andre Kim.
The gala, held Saturday at the Big Palette Convention Ce,...More
Bae Yong-joon, a Korean actor who is popular in Japan, announced his opinion on the worsening territorial row between Korea and Japan through his official Internet Web site on Monday, after showing reluctanc,...More
He visits Japan on Mar. 9 to attend a ceremony of awarding prizes, which will be held in NHK hall, Tokyo the f,...More
Creating the Hanryu Wave 2004/07/20, Source, A wave of Korean celebrities, known as "Hanryu (韓流) stars", is sweeping Japan, China, and southeast Asia. This hot new trend is not the work of an odd actor or singer here and there, but the accumulated result of "unseen" efforts in marketing and PR, including the subtle "processing" o,...More
Lee and Song "met at a cafe in May to talk,...More
Film Studio Creates Realistic Environment 2004/06/14, Source, By Kim Tae-jong
NAMYANGJU, Kyonggi Province - Have you ever wondered how the movie "JSA (Joint Security Area)" was shot in the truce village of Panmunjom located in the middle of the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Koreas? Or how the film "Chihwason (,...More
One of the most widely talked about cultural phenomena of the last decade or so is the renaissance of the Korean cinema and TV. Korean cinema has become a major success story both commercially and artistically, and both in domestic and international markets. Just in recent months,,...More
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The English subtitles are terrible on this! I don't think anyone needs or expects perfect subtitles, but these were bad to the point of being distracting and ruining the mood, almost. On the other hand, most MBC dramas have great subtitles
inha and jonggu proved their innocence to the courts (remember their murder case?). they've been doing their investation and they found out that jungwon's father and his right hand man (his last name's yang. in the tagalog version his name was paolo) were the ones who arranged the murder.
the mystery is revealed. inha's "new" boss michael is actually connected to his old boss from the mafia. michael jang used inha to launder the mafia's money. when he found this out, he backed out of the whole plan to invest the money in korea. he decided to live peacefully at the house near the church on the cliff, where min suyon found him.
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