Digital Dating Entrepreneur Focuses on Saving Women's Blushes 2013/07/27, Source
Park Hee-eun is the 28-year-old CEO of Korea's largest online dating site "ium", which has over 900,000 members and registered annual sales of W4 billion as of July. She achieved this within three years of setting up the business in November 2010 at the age of just 25. The site provides a social dating service with a twist. Members can be introduced to one person each day via a mobile app that automatically matches their profiles and asks them if they'd like to exchange contact information. Both parties must consent to proceed,...More
Blind dates going instant, shallow 2012/05/20, Source
A group of female customers go into a "booking bar" in Sinchon, Seoul, Friday, with the hope of meeting Someone Special through the group blind dates arranged there. / Korea Times photo by Kim Bo-eun
Young adults flock to 'booking bars' in search of dateing partners By Jung Min-ho, Bahk Eun-ji, Kim Bo-eun, Kim Jung-yoon Dozens of young people in their early 20s were standing in line outside a bar on Friday night. Although there was a two to three hour wait for those toward the back to enter the bar in the Hongdae area of Seoul, most of them were willing to queue. What made them flock there and wait so long time? It was the anticipation they might find someone through instant blind dates arranged among the customers over a jug of beer,...More
On the set of KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" 2010/11/12, Source
Actor Bang Joong-hyun and actress Kim Gyu-ri act a scene from KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" at the broadcaster's drama center in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 8, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
KBS series "Drama City" which featured short, omnibus stories for the past 14 years in Korea, finished its run in 2008. Two years and two months passed since then and during that time, dramas adapted from comic books or online novels rose to the mainstream, leaving even less space for short dramas to make a comeback. Then on May 15, single-episode series did make a comeback through 24-part KBS Drama Special's first episode "Drama Special - Red Candy" by veteran scriptwriter Noh Hee-kyeong. The 23rd episode of the six month-long series titled "Drama Special - Just Say It!" will go on air on November 13. [Editor],...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Na-young (Part 1) 2010/01/14, Source
Actress Lee Na-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Most actresses which men rave about, are less liked by women. But a handsome number of female fans became enchanted with Lee Na-young's roles in TV series such as "Ruler of Your Own World" and "Ireland". And words such as 'consistency', 'sturdiness' and 'prudence' -- normally used to describe someone of the male gender -- also befit this 31-year-old actress well. She was the same on the set of film "Lady Daddy". The Lee Na-young that 10Asia met with sighed as she jokingly complained how the female members of the crew would ask for photographs with her when she dressed up as a man in particular, much more so than when she was herself. But it seemed unlike that her image as an actress will be affected after she dons a mustache and short hair to play her character Ji-hyun. Below is 10Asia's interview with the actress who seeks after what she wants, even if it may be the long way around. 10: I hear that you choose your roles quite carefully so "Lady Daddy" was an surprising choice in many ways.Lee Na-young (Lee): I made my mind up very quickly for film "Dream" and sitcom "High Kick Through The Roof" but took more time with "Lady Daddy" because many people around me were concerned about it. Before, I had never thought about 'image' in choosing a role but it seemed I should with this film since the topic may influence my image as an actress in Korea. That's why some people were telling me, "As an actress..". but in the end, I decided to think about my character and genre more than my image. 10: So what was the key factor that led you to take on "Lady Daddy"? Lee: I liked the combination of comedy with the possibly risky topic we are usually careful to talk about. Sex change in particular is something Koreans are not used to and have little information or knowledge about. So I was extremely attracted to the collaboration of the topic and genre, and another thing was that I wanted to play the role of a man. I was very shocked upon seeing Kate Blanchett's acting in the film "I'm Not There". I had never thought I'd be able to play the role of a guy but also started wondering whether such an opportunity would arise in our country too. That's why, when I got the scenario for this film, I was worried about it. But I also told myself that it was unlikely I'd be given the chance to play this sort of a role again. That's why for me, what was important was 'being a guy' and not dressing up as one, whether it be as the person from his past or as a dad.,...More
The Korean Film Council reported that Korean films are screened not only in international film festivals but,...More
'Dongmakgol' Hits 6 Mil. 2005/09/05, Source "Welcome to Dongmakgol" enjoyed its fifth consecutive week at the top of the box office last weekend pulling in more than 192,000 people in Seoul alone and going on to break the 6.3 million viewer mark making it the fourth most,...More
In terms of both commercial success and artistic recognition, 2004 has been year of highs for the Korean film industry.
The big news throughout the first third of the year was the record-breaking success of two films. Though their takes on the subject was quite diff,...More
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/09/30, Source ■ Pusan International Film Festival
Three venues in Pusan
In its ninth year, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's biggest cinema event, will emphasize the diversity in international cinema more than in previous years. This year's event will present 266 films fro,...More
Human Rights Commission to Produce Second Omnibus Film 2004/08/25, Source Following the critical success of the 2003 film 'If You Were Me', Korea's Human Rights Commission has confirmed the production of a second omnibus film on the topic of discrimination, to be shot by five established Korean directors.
The directors will be Ryu Seung-wan (Arahan),,...More
Gwangju film fest to open on September 2 2004/08/13, Source The fourth edition of the Gwangju International Film Festival (GIFF) is scheduled to be held this year from Septemer 2-11 in the southwestern city of Gwangju (formerly Kwangju).
Opening the event will be Japanese director WATANABE Kensaku's Loved Gun, a love story between a hired killer and a cl,...More
'Shrek 2' Stays on Top of Box Office 2004/06/29, Source Dreamworks' animation 'Shrek 2' stayed strong at the local box office, taking the top spot for the second week in a row.
The film, starring the voices of such Hollywood notables as Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and Cameron Diaz, has been seen by 1.8 million viewers nationwide since op,...More
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