[HanCinema's News] Instagram Account Highlights Seo Ye-ji's Style on "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"
On July 3rd, social media account for tvN released a spread of images highlighting the styling of ,...More
[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report for Second Week
The latest iteration of the Good Data Report once again saw "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" lead other ,...More
It is the highest number of subscribers for any K-pop act. The group added 3 million new subscribers in less than a week after releasing their new single "How You Like That" on June 26...More
Models pose at a fashion show for summer clothes in Seoul on Friday...More
People have fun in a flower field in Geumsan, South Chungcheong Province on Friday...More
While new releases have returned to the South Korean box office admissions numbers are low going into the weekend and are likely to remain as such going into the weekend as the big marketing push to reopen the market following COVID-19 has ended. Following weaker than hoped for numbers for "#ALIVE" last weekend the quiet will likely remain until the release of "Peninsula" on July 15th...More
On July 3rd, social media account for tvN released a spread of images highlighting the styling of Seo Ye-ji on the currently airing drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". The actress as well as the drama she appears in have gained much attention for their distinct visual style and unusual variety in wardrobe. The pictures are highlighted as OOTD, or Outfit Of The Day...More
The latest iteration of the Good Data Report once again saw "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" lead other dramas in terms of social media metrics. The study was conducted from June 22nd to June 28th and measured which among the twenty-four current prime time television dramas attracted the most attention in terms of shared news articles, blogs, and videos...More
Goo Ha-ra's ex-boyfriend Choi Jung-bum arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday. /Yonhap
The ex-boyfriend of Goo Ha-ra of defunct girl band Kara was sentenced to a year in prison by an appeals court Thursday for assaulting and blackmailing the starlet.
The court upheld a lower court's ruling that cleared Choi Jung-bum of making a pornographic video of the couple without Gu's consent but increased the punishment for causing her physical harm...More
Former rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae poses at an event to promote cherries in Seoul on Thursday...More
Students and their parents wait to get tested for coronavirus at an elementary school in Daejeon on Thursday...More
Students take a photo to celebrate their graduation at Inha Technical College in Incheon on Thursday...More
Children have fun at a beach on Jeju Island on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "I'm Not a Robot" (2017)
Directed by Jeong Dae-yoon
Written by Kim Seon-mi-I, Lee Suk-joon-I
Network: MBC, MBC Dramanet
With Yoo Seung-ho, Chae Soo-bin, Uhm Ki-joon, Park Se-wan, Song Jae-ryong, Ko Gun-han,...
32 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00 (2x35min)
The story of a man with allergies to people who then falls in love with a robot. Throw in a twist: the robot is actually an actress doing a gig for money. What will happen?...More
Actor Im Si-wan became the face of the covers of magazine Big Issue which celebrates its 10th year anniversary.
Im Si-wan decorated the cover of Big Issue, a magazine published on the 1st. This Big Issue 230 is significant as the 10th anniversary of the Korean version of Big Issue, a magazine for self-supporting the homeless that began in the UK...More
"A Secret Man" tells the story of a man with seven-year-old intelligence after an accident, the love and desires of two women surrounding him, and those facing dreamlike miracles on the thresholds of death...More
The cast for OCN's latest "Wonderful Rumors" has been confirmed.
"Wonderful Rumors" is a story of evil spirits from the afterlife who come down to Earth for an immortal life and counters that catch them, based on a webtoon of the same name that has been serialized on portal sites since 2018. Season 1 ended in October last year and season 2 has been serialized since April...More
"Into The Ring" had an auspicious premiere this week following criticism from the United Future Party on June 25th that the drama was political propaganda. The United Future Party based this judgment on the fact that a basic synopsis of the politically themed drama's premise appears to suggest that conservatives are the villains, while younger more presumably social justice oriented characters are innately heroic...More
On June 28th the OCN police drama "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation" concluded its moderately successful run, pulling in ratings of 4.4% for its twelfth episode, compared to 2.2% from its first episode. And while not a regular of the show, Baek Seung-chul had a memorable turn appearing as the final villain, a serial killer named Do Gi-tae...More
Park Shin-hye recently appeared as a guest on an MBC Radio program. In the interview broadcast on this program, Park Shin-hye discussed the currently screening movie "#ALIVE" in general as well as her co-star Yoo Ah-in in particular, giving him strong praise for his acting talent...More
Baekhyun of boy band EXO became only the second K-pop act to have both his group and solo albums sell over a million copies. He follows Seo Taiji of the group Seo Taiji and Boys, whose solo albums achieved the feat in 1998 and 2000...More
A drone delivers ice cream to medical staff at Seoul Medical Center in the capital on Wednesday...More
Women take a selfie in a sunflower field in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday...More
Visitors have fun with installations at Gwangalli Beach in Busan on Wednesday...More
"Into The Ring" kicked off with a 3.5% rating.
According to Nielsen Korea, KBS2 TV's new drama "Into The Ring", which premiered on the 1st, recorded 3.0% in the first part and 3.5% in the second part....More
Netflix's original series "All of Us Are Dead" is a drama about people who are isolated in a high school in a city where a zombie virus has spread and those who want to survive go through an impossible situation...More
New dramas are pouring out on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
If it is difficult to go out due to the COVID-19 let's watch TV. The TV is decorated with new stories and they air anew on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. The genres vary in politics, mystery and romance, so they can be chosen according to taste...More
In a recent Instagram post Yoo Ah-in posted proof that he was making good on one of his "#ALIVE" pledges. On July 27th during a V LIVE CV he promised that, should "#ALIVE" breaks a million viewers, he would show everyone the alternate hairstyle discussed for his character in the movie which was ultimately decided against in favor of a blond dyed buzzcut. In the picture, Yoo Ah-in is wearing a long-haired wig of the alternate style...More
While the ratings for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" were static in their second week, "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" continues to draw attention online for its unique visual aesthetic. Lead actress Seo Ye-ji in particular has been emblematic of this aesthetic, often wearing several wildly different outfits over the course of a single episode. And even this doesn't get into her use of accessories or alterations in her makeup...More
Models promote fans in a superstore in Seoul on Tuesday...More
People wait to get tested for coronavirus at a makeshift facility in Daejeon on Tuesday...More
People walk in the rain in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Tuesday...More
A beach on Jeju Island is crowded with vacationers on Tuesday...More
"Train" is a detective's 'parallel world mystery' drama about one intervenes in serial murders to protect precious people in the two worlds divided by a momentary choice on the night of a murder...More
"The Spy Who Loved Me" is a thrilling secret romantic comedy of a woman embroiled in a spy war with her two secretive husbands, and the three who can never be together will give laughter and excitement. It is helmed by PD Lee Jae-jin-II and written by Lee Ji-min...More
A fashion pictorial of actress Im Soo-hyang was released for July, 2020.
In the latest pictorial, Im Soo-hyang showed an elegant fashion sense, incorporating a variety of styles ranging from the appearance of many shy girls to the fresh and cheerful ones. She stood in front of the camera with a colorful look styled with classic dresses and diamond jewelry, contrary to the modest image of Oh Ye-ji, her character in the drama "My Prettiest Days", which is set to air in August...More
OCN Dramatic Cinema project "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation"'s Jung Sang-hoon, Yoon Kyung-ho and Ji Seung-hyun have transformed into unique characters that cannot be seen in existing genres, giving joy and sorrow to viewers for the past six weeks, becoming favorite characters.
In OCN Dramatic Cinema piece "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation", Jung Sang-hoon, Yoon Kyung-ho and Ji Seung-hyun play Lee Ban-seok, a funeral instructor from the National Forensic Service, Teddy Jeong, the owner of a cocktail bar who was a legend during the darker days of the past, and a former greatest profiler Tak-won. These three captivated the weekends with their interesting and fresh characters...More
According to the fourth week of June's TV topic released by the Good Data Corporation, an online media and big data analysis agency, MBC's Wednesday-Thursday drama "Kkondae Intern" topped the list of all Wednesday-Thursday dramas...More
Lezhin Comic's popular webtoon "D.P Dog Day" will be released on Netflix.
The drama "Phoenix" will be remade.
"Sweet Munchies" ended in the 0%.
Girls practice dancing at an open space for youngsters in Incheon on Monday...More
Visitors enjoy rainy scenery at the hanok village in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Monday...More
People walk in the rain along a country path in Daegu on Monday...More
It's been a year since the late actress Jeon Mi-sun passed away.
Jeon Mi-sun was found dead at a hotel in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, around 11:43AM on June 29th last year. At that time, the Jeonbuk Fire Department was dispatched after receiving a report, but she was already in a state of apnea, no pulse, unconsciousness and cardiac arrest...More
"My Unfamiliar Family" showed a decrease in viewership, but topped the ratings.
According to Nielsen Korea, the tvN drama "My Unfamiliar Family", based on paid platform households that incorporate cable, IPTV and satellite, the TV set recorded 4.4% viewer ratings on the 29th...More
The members of "Hospital Playlist" got together once again.
The new KBS 2TV drama "To All The Guys Who Loved Me" is a close-up 'non-marriage' romantic comedy drama that takes place when a woman who became a non-marriageist because 'they're all the same', gets asked out by two men of conflicting charms one day...More
She's starring in the new tvN drama "Secret Forest 2", which is an internal secret tracking drama in which lonely prosecutor Hwang Si-mok (Cho Seung-woo) and activist detective Han Yeo-jin (Bae Doona) meet again at the opposite point of the front line of prosecution and police investigation. Previously, "Secret Forest", which first aired in 2017, was praised for opening a new horizon for the genre, as it was recognized for its workability...More
Lee Joon-gi, who grew up as a world star beyond Asia by appearing in 2017's "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter", will return to the small screen for the first time in two years.
In part due to the shake-up caused by COVID-19 earlier this year, when the box office reopened in June a curious coincidence had taken place. A disproportionate numbers of films, including three of the four major releases and the best performing independent film, all came from first-time directors...More
Across the film industry press the story of "#ALIVE" breaking the million viewer mark was treated with considerable relief, as the becnhmark would seem to suggest that the industry depression caused by COVID-19 may soon come to an end. There is some reason to trust in this optimism. After all, unlike South Korea's now infamous club scene, mask requirements and sign-up sheets at South Korean movie theaters appear to have confirmed that movie theaters in the country are quite safe...More
On June 29th the Save Our Cinema campaign released a new poster, signaling renewed interest from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism as well as the Korean Film Council in term of preserving South Korea's independent film theater culture. The restarting of the campaign in earnest is the latest sign of aggression in the South Korean film market following the COVID-19 induced depression which appears to be coming to an end...More
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The zombie thriller "#ALIVE" starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye has drawn over 1 million viewers in just five days since its release as the film industry is still reeling from the coronavirus crisis...More
Children wait to test for coronavirus at a makeshift facility at an elementary school in Seoul on Sunday.
Signs of a second coronavirus wave are looming large around the world as the number of infections surged to 10 million on Sunday...More
Girl group BLACKPINK have set a new viewing record on YouTube with their new single "How You Like That"...More
People cool themselves at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Sunday...More
Children wait to test for coronavirus at a makeshift facility at an elementary school in Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors wait to take a picture with a mural in Sinan, South Jeolla Province on Sunday...More
KBS dramas suffered in the first half of 2020. Since "When the Camellia Blooms", which recorded the highest ratings of 23.5% for terrestrial mini-series last year, the performance of mini-series has been disastrous. KBS managed to save face thanks to the weekend drama "Once Again".
◆ Monday-Tuesday dramas in a slump, the humiliation of Wednesday-Thursday dramas...More
"Once Again" set a new record.
On June 28th, the Korean Film Council released data stating that the zombie movie "#ALIVE" has broken a million admissions, just barely passing the benchmark in its fifth day at the box office. "#ALIVE" is the first movie to achieve the million admission milestone since COVID-19 crashed the South Korean box office back in February...More
Over the weekend actor Kwak Dong-yeon made a guest appearance in the currently airing drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". In it, he played Kwon Ki-do, who is the son of a politician named Kwon Man-soo. The latter character is played by Han Ki-joong. Their relationship is antagonistic, with Ki-do deliberately exposing his private parts on camera in an effort to humiliate his father who is currently running for public office...More
On June 27th the Japanese television version of "Midnight Runners" begin airing on Nippon TV. The drama stars one idol from the J-Pop group Sexy Zone and another idol from the J-Pop group King & Prince in the leading roles as a pair of police academy recruits who work to solve cases in spite of their obvious clumsy inexperience...More
A vacancy sign is placed at a store in Itaewon, Seoul on June 22.
Small shops in once-bustling trendy areas of Seoul like Itaewon or Sinchon and are closing down left and right due to the coronavirus epidemic.
According to the Korea Appraisal Board, the vacancy rate of stores in Itaewon surged from 19.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 28.9 percent in the first quarter of this year. That means one in three store spaces sit empty...More
Cho Young-nam arrives at the Supreme Court in Seoul to attend a hearing on May 28, 2020. /Yonhap
The Supreme Court on Thursday found singer-artist Cho Young-nam innocent of fraud for farming out his paintings to several professionals and selling them as his own.
Since 1973, Cho held around 40 exhibitions of works he claimed to have painted himself. Some of them sold for more than W10 million apiece (US$1=W1,205)...More
The Paris Baguette bakery chain has set a Guinness world record with its Silky Roll Cake, which is filled with whipped cream and raisins...More
Online retailer Coupang is offering experienced technicians a W50 million signing bonus if they come to work for it amid a surge in business during coronavirus lockdown (US$1=W1,203)...More
Kia unveiled its new Carnival minivan on Wednesday...More
The coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced the number of spring weddings this year, traditionally the peak season for nuptials.
According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, there were 15,670 weddings this April, down 21.8 percent on-year and the first time the total fell below 20,000 for the month...More
Samsung ranks fifth and LG 18th among this year's Top 50 innovative global companies as assessed by the Boston Consulting Group.
First on the largely predictable list was Apple, followed by Google's Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft...More
The number of single households surpassed 6 million for the first time last year.
According to Statistics Korea on Tuesday, there were 6.04 million one-person households in Korea in the second half of 2019, up 4.3 percent on-year. They accounted for 29.9 percent of all households, up 0.7 percentage points...More
Yoo Myung-hee, a veteran negotiator in international trade talks, has thrown her hat in the ring for the top job at the World Trade Organization...More
Koreans will be able to use a digital version of their driver's license on their smartphones from October next year, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety said Tuesday...More
People cool themselves in the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap
Monday saw the hottest weather in Seoul for June in 62 years...More
Diplomatic relations between Seoul and Tokyo are at an all-time low, but the Korean Wave is seeing a resurgence in Japan.
Hyundai chairman Chung Eui-sun (left) and LG chairman Koo Gwang-mo shake hands at LG's factory in Ochang, North Chungcheong Province on Monday.
Hyundai chairman Chung Eui-sun met with LG chairman Koo Gwang-mo on Monday to strengthen their alliance in the field of electric vehicles.
Chung visited LG Chem's battery factory in Ochang, North Chungcheong Province. The two tycoons discussed how to bolster cooperation...More
Korea's first exclusive training center for winter sports will open next year in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, where the 2018 Winter Olympic Games took place.
The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee last month signed an agreement with the regional government to cooperate to build the center...More
Korea will face a shortage of more than 55,000 in 30 years' time if medical school admissions remain capped at the current level, according to a study...More
Two leading duty-free retailers will start selling their products through local retail channels as the government has decided to allow it to support the coronavirus-hit sector...More
Joon-woo (played by Yoo Ah-in) is at home alone playing games online when his Internet friends start noting in confusion that there's crazy stuff happening on television. Up in his eighth floor apartment, Joon-woo looks down and sees a giant panicked mob. Then he sees some members of the mob inexplicably turn around and start biting each other. Suffice to say, Joon-woo is too spooked to leave his apartment, where he remains for most of the rest of the movie...More
In present day France, Mi-ra (played by Kim Ho-jung) has finally had enough of her husband Jules (played by Alexandre Guanse), a man who we are quickly led to believe is an unsympathetic philanderer even as he earnestly insists their issues can be resolved. We then see Mi-ra return to Korea, seeing old friends for the first time in decades. The culture shock is a bit much, which possibly explains why Mi-ra is always meeting her friends in Western-style bars...More
Billed as a sex comedy and flaunting Moon So-ri's undeniable sex appeal any way possible (just check the poster), "Bewitching Attraction" seemed like a project that could be commercially successful, to say the least. Bad writing however and a mediocre direction resulted into something completely different...More
Visitors take a stroll in a lotus field in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province on Friday...More
Models wear hats inspired by the traditional Korean hat called got as part of a campaign to promote social distancing in Seoul on Friday...More
People take a surfing lesson at a beach on Jeju Island on Friday...More
While "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" had a mixed first weekend ratings-wise the drama has gained a strong second wind in social media in large part thanks to the drama's distinct visuals, which are easy to share online. The gorgeous opening stop-motion animated scene that depicts a childhood meeting between the lead characters, for example, was surprisingly compellingly replicated in the real-life version of that same scene...More
Last year the major movie "Parasite" introduced foreign audiences to the peculiar snack dish known as Chapaguri, which was infamously translated as Ram-don in the subtitles, even though the dish features neither ramen nor udon noodles. Rather it is a combination of the local brands of Chapagetti and Neoguri noodles. But now the dish has made an unexpected comeback to the big screen in "#ALIVE", where it serves a very different thematic purpose...More
WHEN: June 29th - July 27th
WINNER ANNOUNCED: August 4th
1st Place Prize: Survival Kit, T-shirt, signed poster, $250 Giftcard to Amazon
2nd Place Prize: Survival Kit, T-shirt, signed poster
3rd Place Prize: T-shirt & Signed poster...More
"House of Hummingbird" is a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Kim Bo-ra-I and set in South Korea. Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Yeong-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her...More
Bang Si-hyuk, CEO of Big Hit Entertainment, is donating his W200 million prize money from the Pony Chung Innovation Award to charity (US$1=W1,205)...More
Women look at baby strollers at an expo at KINTEX in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
People wait in line outside to pick up luxury items at bargain prices in a department store in Seoul on Thursday as the clearance sales of overstocked duty-free goods begin...More
Tourists ramble along the coastal cliff path on Jeju Island on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Herstory" (2017)
Directed by Min Gyoo-dong
With Kim Hee-ae, Kim Hae-sook, Ye Soo-jung, Moon Sook, Lee Yong-nyeo, Kim Sun-young,...
A story inspired by the "Gwanbu Trial", one of the many struggles against the Japanese government on behalf of comfort women. Ten plaintiffs and their supporters fight legal battles to attain victory and closure for the used women...More
Even his behind cuts are the best cuts.
Actor Lee Kyu-hyung, who is currently on tour with the musical "Fan Letter", appeared in a pictorial for the July issue of VOGUE. His visuals, which make even the B cuts look like best cuts, draw attention...More
The script reading scene for "Can't Bother Dating, Hate Being Lonely!" was revealed.
The new MBC every1 drama "Can't Bother Dating, Hate Being Lonely!" is a romantic drama about young people who want to be in a relationship, but don't want to commit to anything and want freedom, but don't want to be lonely, living in a 'co-living house'...More
Cho Seung-woo is coming back. In an unusual move, he's releasing two dramas in a row.
Cho Seung-woo returns with the new tvN drama "Secret Forest 2" and jTBC's "Sisyphus: The Myth" right away. Cho Seung-woo is expected to change his style of acting through works dealing with real-life and social issues to acting changes across the sci-fi mystery genre...More
Difficulty in casting and overseas shooting
Inevitable to change the production schedule for October
Fans from first season 'disappointed'
"Plan on taking time to cast and plan the drama"
The SBS Drama Department announced a fresh start in the new year of 2020. The Monday-Tuesday drama "Dr. Romantic 2" and the Friday-Saturday drama "Stove League" had pleasant first steps as they were on a double track. However, the Friday-Saturday drama "The King: Eternal Monarch", which was the most anticipated one for the first half of the year, ended with a disappointing performance, leaving a bittersweet feeling.
Actor Woo Do-hwan is joining the military.
Key East announced on the 25th, "Woo Do-hwan is leaving for the military on the 6th of July. For safety and health reasons, the time and location of his admittance will remain undisclosed and he wishes to leave without a separate going away party or an official event"....More
"Fix You" ended with a 2% viewership.
In its first day of release at the South Korean box office, "#ALIVE" earned 204,093 admissions. This is a fivefold improvement over the previous leader for a post COVID-19 major release, "Intruder", which earned 49,583 admissions on its first day...More
"It's Okay to Not Be OK" ascended to the top of the Good Data Report this week, boosted by social media discussion about Kim Soo-hyun's first drama since his mandatory military release as well as the drama's distinctive visual style. Fittingly Kim Soo-hyun and leading lady Seo Ye-ji also topped the list for performers, ranking first and second respectively...More
On June 25th the relevant real estate office to the sale confirmed that actress Hwang Jung-eum bought a high class home in Itaewon. The residence includes one basement floor and two that are above ground...More
"Kim Il Sung's Children", a documentary shedding light on the fate of North Korean orphans sent to Eastern Europe after the Korean War, hits theaters on Thursday.
The film by Kim Deog-young delves into the fate of around 5,000 North Korean orphans sent to five Eastern European countries from 1952 to 1960. Kim scoured archives in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Czech Republic as well as the schools and dormitories where the children studied and lived...More
Children in hanbok or traditional Korean dress express gratitude to Korean War veterans during a virtual event at a church in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday...More
Soldiers pay tribute to the war dead at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan on Wednesday, a day ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War...More
Pedestrians traverse a crosswalk on Jeju Island on Wednesday...More
Pedestrians walk in the rain in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Wednesday...More
The new KBS 2TV drama is an office romantic comedy in which Goo Se-ra, the queen of civil complaints, interferes, protests, solves and even dates at the district office...More
Actress Lee Ju-young expressed her values on acting.
"Graceful Friends" is a story that takes place in the wake of a murder case against the backdrop of a town largely inhabited by couples in their 40s. The cast is made up of Yu Jun-sang, Song Yoon-ah, Bae Soo-bin and others...More
"Kkondae Intern" came in first of Wednesday – Thursday dramas with a slight increase.
Actor Yoon Si-yoon gave off a new charm through the July issue of lifestyle magazine Allure Korea.
In the photo shoot with a reddish color, he draws attention by capturing the charm of both sides with wet hair and a chic, yet natural look. Yoon Si-yoon shows his emotional side with a funny concept of holding a watermelon in his mouth and looking at the camera indifferently in a comfortable position. The combination of burgundy-toned sleeveless and black jackets has completed a pictorial that captivates the hearts of viewers, with the stylishness and soft charisma of a mature man...More
Song Seung-heon is stealing the hearts of viewers with his romance acting that makes his handsome looks stand out more.
The new jTBC drama "Run On" is a romance drama in which people living in different worlds communicate in their own languages, forming relationships, and 'running on' towards love in an era when they are having difficulty communicating while using the same Korean language. It is helmed by PD Lee Jae-hoon and written by rookie writer Park Si-hyun-I...More
Relatively little was made of the premise of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay", as the romantic drama quickly became a source of interest mainly due to it being Kim Soo-hyun's comeback project. But since the drama started airing Seo Ye-ji has attracted considerably more attention in her own leading role as a fairy tale writer who is, in medical terms, a psychopath...More
Following the poor performance of "A Piece of Your Mind" and the ongoing disappointment of "Oh My Baby" in the ratings, tvN appears to be reworking its concept with its current dramas that focus more on characters than premises. This shift could first be noted with "My Unfamiliar Family", which opened earlier this month with 3.1% ratings and has since climbed up to 4.7% ratings...More
Super boy band BTS and their agency Big Hit Entertainment have donated US$1 million to support concert staff hit by the coronavirus...More
Cheerleaders perform at a baseball game between Kiwoom Heroes and LG Twins in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Farmers pick cherries on a farm in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday...More
A visitor washes her hair in sweet flag water at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday, two days ahead of Dano...More
Actor Oh Jung-se's lively pictorial has been released.
Oh recently conducted a photo shoot and interview with fashion magazine Marie Claire. In the released pictorial, Oh Jung-se revealed his unique charm with styling and poses that give him a glimpse of various moods...More
Park Shin-hye is expected to be the climax of theaters.
Park Shin-hye's lead role in "#ALIVE" is likely to continue the screen craze, following Song Ji-hyo, who announced the revival of the theater with "Intruder", Shin Hye-sun, who ranks first in the box office with "Innocence" and Lee Joo-young in "Baseball Girl"...More
The new KBS 2TV drama "To All The Guys Who Loved Me" is a close-up 'non-marriage' romantic comedy drama that takes place when a woman who became a non-marriageist because 'they're all the same', gets asked out by two men of conflicting charms one day...More
Film and Drama crossover project "SF8" released two main posters.
"SF8" is a project in which a total of eight directors, Min Gyoo-dong, Roh Deok, Han Ka-ram, Lee Yoon-jeong-II, Kim Eui-suk, Ahn Gook-jin, Oh Ki-hwan, and Jang Cheol-soo, who belong to DGK, have handled various materials such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), robots, games, fantasy, horror, superpowers and disasters...More
"Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol" raised expectations by emitting a sparkling synergy from the first script reading.
Terrestrial Monday – Tuesday dramas all decreased in percentage.
Actress Park Shin-hye is excited to impress viewers with her new film set for release this week.
In the upcoming film, "#ALIVE", Park, who is often considered fit for romantic comedies after appearing in many hit TV series and dramas since her debut in 2003, shows a different side of herself...More
A farmer picks peaches in a farm in Imsil, North Jeolla Province on Monday...More
A woman takes a photo in a sunflower field on Jeju Island on Monday...More
A pedestrian shields herself from the sun in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Monday...More
On the 17th, the actress said, "I watched the drama like a viewer myself, as it was pre-produced, but now I'm sad it's over. The drama felt like a present more because I watched people around me be happy while watching the drama at a hard time like this"....More
"She Knows Everything" has changed compilation.
MBC announced on the 19th that the new MBC drama "She Knows Everything", which was supposed to broadcast on the 1st of July, will be pushed back to the 8th due to the "Live broadcast for the 70th anniversary of the Korean War" on the 25th of June...More
The released photos shows the happy moments of romantic husband Ahn Goong-cheol (Yu Jun-sang) and perfect wife Nam Jeong-hae (Song Yoon-ah). The sight of the two staring at each other with cold eyes in the following shot evoke tension before the storm...More
"Shining Moment" is about Jeju's greatest female diver Jin-ok and documentary producer Kyeong-hoon, who comes from Seoul to film her. Apart from Go Doo-shim, a female diver who has been through Jeju's painful history, and Ji Hyun-woo, who plays the role of Kyeong-hoon, a producer, are Yang Jung-won, Jeon Hye-jin and Kim Joong-ki. In particular, actress Go Doo-shim overwhelmed everyone on site with her passionate performance including underwater filming...More
"The Spy Who Loved Me" (directed by Lee Jae-jin-II / written by Lee Ji-min) is a thrilling secret romantic comedy of a woman embroiled in a spy war with her two secretive husbands, and the three who can never be together will give laughter and excitement. Director Lee Jae-jin-II, who showed sensuous production through "The Banker" and "My Daughter, Geum Sa-Wol", will take the helm, while writer Lee Ji-min will take charge of the script. In particular, attention is focused on the fact that it is the first drama by Lee Ji-min, who produced big hits such as the films "The Man Standing Next", "Forbidden Dream" and "The Age of Shadows"...More
9 dramas are coming this July. Mystery, romantic comedy and investigative dramas.
The holiday season is back, but it's time to put aside the happy worries of choosing a destination. Let's take a trip to the imaginary space prepared by storytellers this summer, where the risk of COVID infection is lurking. Many dramas are coming out from July to August so let's take a pick according to taste...More
Monday – Tuesday dramas are suffering from a slump.
From a premiere of 6.1% in its first night on June 20th, "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" dropped to 4.7% in its second night on June 21st. Online comments have suggested that the drop is due to an unexpected focus on the character played by Seo Hye-ji, who renders the overall subject matter too dark...More
While leading men Ji Chang-wook and Kim Soo-hyun have garnered the most attention for their drama comebacks it is oddly ironic that both of their new dramas are actually centered around their leading ladies, with the major stars themselves filling the comparable role of straight men. So much of "Backstreet Rookie" is riding on Kim Yoo-jung, just as much of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is riding on Seo Ye-ji- albeit in very different ways...More
Park Shin-hye has been in a relationship with Choi Tae-joon since 2018. In spite of this, the actress is not generally well-understood to currently have a boyfriend. So it was with some surprise that a journalist in a recent interview asked Park Shin-hye a question on the topic. Park Shin-hye's response was brief, but firm in confirming the continued existence of the relationship...More
Super boy band BTS have set a record in Japan.
BTS topped Japan's Oricon album sales chart for the first half of the year with their fourth album "Map of the Soul: 7"...More
People have fun at a waterfront park in Busan on Saturday...More
Children observe a partial solar eclipse at the Han River Park in Yeouido, Seoul on Sunday...More
Surfers ride the waves on Jeju Island on Sunday...More
The new SBS Friday – Saturday drama "Backstreet Rookie", which is based on a webtoon with the same name, began in controversy.
The drama was a hot issue since before its release for its collaboration of PD Lee Myeong-woo, who had a taste of success with B-grade comedy drama "The Fiery Priest", and actors Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung...More
"I enjoy going to work"
Actor Kim Myung-min gave notice of a comeback for the first time in 2 years.
"Once Again" is on a roll.
Kim Soo-hyun had a successful first outing with his new drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay", his first project in five years. The drama earned average ratings of 6.1% with a high of 7% on Saturday night, earning accolades from viewers for its unusual approach. The drama began with an animated prologue and moved on to incorporate a similarly unique fairytale style once the story moved to live action sections...More
Lee Yoo-bi and Lee Jun-young had noteworthy turns as guest stars in the second episode of "Backstreet Rookie", briefly appearing as guests in the convenience store where the drama takes place. This is the first appearance of Lee Yoo-bi in a drama since "A Poem a Day" in 2018, and the first for Lee Jun-young after "Good Casting", which finished airing earlier in the week...More
The campaign to send propaganda leaflets across the border to North Korea dates back to the 1950-53 Korean War, when the U.S. military dropped hundreds of millions of them from bombers and fighter planes.
North Korea also disseminated them by the truckload. Lee Yoon-kyu at the Joint Forces Military University recalled, "At that time, propaganda leaflets were focused on slandering the other side so they weren't that convincing, but they had a huge impact on the morale of the enemy and that's why both sides went all out"...More
Visitors sunbathe on a beach in Yangyang, Gangwon Province on May 16. /Yonhap
Beachgoers can now check online how congested famous beaches nationwide are...More
Cheerleaders perform at a baseball game between Hanwha Eagles and Doosan Bears in a deserted stadium in Daejeon on Sunday.
Korea's professional baseball season started on May 5, but games have been played in empty stadiums for over a month due to the lockdown. That has resulted in ticket and merchandise sales drying up...More
Kia unveiled a teaser image of its new Carnival minivan on Thursday.
Completely revamped for the first time in six years, the new Carnival is scheduled to be released in the third quarter of this year...More
A worker disinfects Seoul City Hall subway station in the capital on Wednesday. /Yonhap
Three elderly safety staff on a construction site in Seoul City Hall subway station tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday...More
An artist's impression of Hankook Tire and Technology's proving ground
Hyundai announced Wednesday it will build the country's largest driving center in Taean, South Chungcheong Province with a view to opening it in the first half of 2022.
Featuring eight test courses, the new driving center is intended to provide visitors with dynamic driving experiences that will push vehicles to their limit...More
About a half of college students have thought seriously of changing their major since the coronavirus outbreak because their intended career no longer looks so promising, a straw poll suggests...More
Bang Si-hyuk (left) and Jeong Wook
Two Korean music executives have been included on U.S. magazine Billboard's list of 2020 Indie Power Players.
Named on the list were Bang Si-hyuk, the CEO of Big Hit Entertainment, which manages Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, and JYP Entertainment CEO Jeong Wook...More
Korea rose five notches to 23rd place in global competitiveness rankings by the Institute for Management Development.
The Swiss business school issues an annual report that ranks 63 countries. Korea ranked 22nd, the highest so far, from 2011 through 2013 but fell to 29th in 2016 and had been unable to make noticeable progress until last year...More
Next year will only have 64 Sundays and public holidays, three fewer than this year, the Ministry of Science and ICT said on Monday...More
Hyundai and affiliate Kia have seen their combined sales of eco-friendly cars exceed the 1.5 million milestone globally.
The carmakers said on Monday that as of May, they had sold 1.54 million hybrid, electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid cars since they started the sale of green cars in 2009. Only a third of them, or about 504,400, were sold in the domestic market...More
Coronavirus fears have led to surging demand for auto camping equipment as many people convert their SUVs or minivans into campers.
Auto camping allows families to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding contact with others in hotels...More
Soo-in (played by Lee Joo-young) is a high school baseball player who wants to go professional. But where as a middle school student Soo-in was hailed as a genius pitcher, in high school age she has fallen behind her male peers. Yet nothing about Soo-in is portrayed all that romantically. Soo-in is first and foremost a sullen teenage girl who's used to feeling beaten down and not getting much support...More
The opening narrative crawl of "The President's Last Bang" stoically informs us about how President Park Chung-hee (played by Song Jae-ho) brutally rolled back pro-democracy demonstration movements throughout his reign in the sixties and seventies. Then, as we get to the scripted part of the story, we learn that Park Chung-hee seems less like a tyrannical dictator and more like an eccentric rock star, complete wiith groupies and torture dungeons. Also he has a serious Japan fetish...More
As the fifties were coming to an end, the anti-Rhee establishment/pro-South Korea sentiments were becoming stronger and stronger, something that eventually led to the "April 19 Revolution", a student movement that eventually led to the resigning of President Syngman Rhee. The sentiment of the era was also mirrored in cinema, and Yu Gwan-sun, a student that repeatedly demonstrated against the Japanese rule until her death in the hands of the authorities in 1919, and a symbol of freedom and resistance against Japanese imperialism for Korean people, offered the perfect base...More
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Korean Movies at Virtual Festivals and Virtual Releases and ways to watch Korean movies...More
Actor Jung Woo-sung has evolved from celebrity to social activist without neglecting his artistic career.
He was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2015 and has paid for his own trips to refugee camps in Nepal, South Sudan and Lebanon while raising awareness of the plight of displaced people...More
Visitors take a picture with mascots at an aquarium in Seoul on Friday...More
Children harvest potatoes during a field trip in Wanju, North Jeolla Province on Friday...More
Women take a stroll at a lavender field in Jinan, North Jeolla Province on Friday...More
While a younger actress, Kim Yoo-jung earned much acclaim for her role in "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds", where she played the romantic opposite to a traditional Korean prince played by Park Bo-gum. But the then-sixteen year old Kim Yoo-jung has since grown up and now, in her twentieth year, the young actress takes on another high-profile project with "Backstreet Rookie" following a break...More
Last year Ji Chang-wook finished his mandatory military service and, to the great joy of fans, quickly got right back into making dramas with "Melting Me Softly". Unfortunately, the science fiction concept romantic comedy did not take off, leading some to suggest that Ji Chang-wook, in his rush to start work again, did not consider his available offers well, going too far off-brand...More
As the domestic drama market has quieted down with the end of hits like "The World of the Married" and "Hospital Playlist" there has been quiet and doubt regarding the importance of major names. Lee Min-ho, after all, was not enough to turn "The King: Eternal Monarch" into the megahit that was expected. But with Kim Soo-hyun and Ji Chang-wook starting new dramas this weekend, big stars are getting another chance to prove their worth...More
Actress Kim Seo-hyung's new film, "Whispering Corridors 6: The Humming", will open this year's annual Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, which starts its eight-day run early next month...More
Models promote fruits at a superstore in Seoul on Thursday...More
Women watch flowers at a rose garden in Hamyang, South Jeolla Province on Thursday...More
People walk in the rain in Gwangju on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Save Me" (2017)
Directed by Kim Seong-soo
Written by Jeong I-do-I
With Ok Taecyeon, Seo Ye-ji, Jo Sung-ha, Woo Do-hwan, Lee David, Ha Hoe-jung,...
16 episodes - Sat, Sun 22:20
A thriller about four young men who can't ignore a friend's cry for help...More
The fashion pictorial of The Neighbor, a high-end membership magazine featuring a different image of actress Han Sunhwa, has been released.
Actress Han Sunhwa returns with the new SBS drama "Backstreet Rookie" this month. With her steady acting transformation, she plans to transform herself into a career woman, Yoo Yeon-joo, who is in complete contrast to her previous work as Madam Go in "Save Me 2"...More
She takes on the role of Yoo Yeon-joo's (Han Sunhwa) mother, Professor Kim Hye-ja. As an elegant and poise mother, she's a beautiful career woman who struggles to support her daughter's success...More
"A Record of Youth" is about the growth records of young people who strive to achieve their dreams and love without despair when met with the wall of reality. The drama stars Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam...More
"Graceful Friends", is a mystery drama about friends of 20 years and their companions, whose sudden death of a friend caused a rift in their lives. The changes and cracks that come to them at halftime in their lives give them a sense of reality and stimulate thrilling suspense...More
MBC's new Wednesday-Thursday drama "My Prettiest Days", which will premiere in August, is a drama that depicts a path a man and a woman can't go down, in front of a taboo, understanding and healing the pain of life through their fate and love.
It is a story about two brothers who love the same woman at the same time and their cruel fate, and is considered one of the most anticipated works in the second half of MBC's year. On top of that, high-end actors, including Im Soo-hyang, Ji Soo, Ha Seok-jin, Hwang Seung-eon, Park Ji-young, Kim Mi-kyung, Choi Jong-hwan, Lee Jae-yong-I, Jung Eun-pyo and Shin Yi who add depth and fun to their work, are gathering attention even before the broadcast...More
"The Pirates: Goblin Flag" is a comic action adventure film about the thrilling and exhilarating story of those who gathered at sea to take the last treasure of the Goryeo royal family, which disappeared without a trace since the founding of Joseon. "The Pirates: Goblin Flag", the second story of Korea's unique historical drama action adventure after "Pirates", which is evenly made up of the three major parts, including a story of fresh ideas, a group of charming characters and spectacular sights unfolding on the sea, will introduce a complete and powerful young cast...More
"The King: Eternal Monarch" left a lingering affectionate impression until the end. It was possible because of Lee Min-ho's passionate performance, which he had been running for eight months without a break.
SBS Friday-Saturday drama "The King: Eternal Monarch" ended its sixteenth episode on the 12th. Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho), who killed Lee Rim (Lee Jung-jin) and kept the emperor's calling for the first time in 26 years, later shared his daily life with Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun), who was finally reunited with him and traveled through various parallel worlds...More
"Kkondae Intern" maintained first place.
In its final week on air "The King: Eternal Monarch" once again topped the Good Data Report measuring media engagement for various dramas. Much of the attention given to "The King: Eternal Monarch" was negative, particularly in regards to product placement, an issue that dogged the drama throughout its run. In recent weeks "The King: Eternal Monarch" also benefited from weak competition. Its lead actors were also talked about, with Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun in first and fourth place...More
Most of the marketing for "Into The Ring" to date has focused on Nana and Park Sung-hoon in the leading roles. However, with the drama set to start airing in under two weeks marketing has now started to focus on the eclectic secondary cast. With Nana and Park Sung-hoon still relatively ambiguous in terms of their appeal as leads in their own right, the secondary cast is critical to building up the drama's appeal...More
While Ji Chang-wook stumbled in his comeback drama with last year's "Please Melt Me", the actor still enjoys powerful name recognition at home and abroad. So it is that his next project, the convenience store themed romantic comedy "Backstreet Rookie" will be available to international audiences at about the same time as it will be available domestically...More
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Jung (55) decided to make his directorial debut about four years ago...More
Lim Young-woong (left) and his mother
Singer Lim Young-woong's live birthday celebration on YouTube on Tuesday garnered over 630,000 hits in less than 24 hours...More
Models promote fans in a department store in Daegu on Wednesday...More
Archers draw their bows in the national qualifying round for next year's Tokyo Olympics in Gwangju on Wednesday...More
Visitors take pictures in a lavender field in Goseong, Gangwon Province on Wednesday...More
Actor Kang Ji-hwan (43, real name Jo Tae-kyu), who was handed over to trial on charges of sexual assault and sentenced to a suspended prison term in the first trial, was sentenced in a second trial.
The first criminal division of the Suwon High Court held an appeals court hearing on Kang Ji-hwan, who is accused of attempted rape under the Special Act on the Punishment of Sexual Violence Crimes, on the afternoon of the 11th...More
Actress Lee Joo-young's pictorial has been released.
Lee Joo-young, who plays Joo Soo-in, the main character of the movie "Baseball Girl" which is set to be released on June 18th, conducted a photo shoot with Elle Magazine. In this pictorial shot with motifs
Actor Hyun Bin greeted his fans in a handwritten letter.
The premiere of "Flower of Evil" has been decided.
The new KBS 2TV drama "To All The Guys Who Loved Me" is a close-up 'non-marriage' romantic comedy drama that takes place when a woman who became a non-marriageist because 'they're all the same', gets asked out by two men of conflicting charms one day...More
Global entertainment streaming service Netflix, has confirmed the appearance of Heo Sung-tae, Wi Ha-joon, Kim Joo-ryung and Jung Ho-yeon following the casting announcement of two leading actors Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo in the original series "Round Six".
Following the intense combination of Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo, who became a hot topic at the same time as the casting announcement, actors Heo Sung-tae, Wi Ha-joon, Kim Joo-ryung and Jung Ho-yeon will join the "Round Six". "Round Six" is a Netflix original series that tells the story of people who participated in a mysterious survival game with a cash prize of 45.6 billion won...More
"Kkondae Intern" decreased in viewership.
The domestic South Korean streaming service Wavve recently released its rankings for the most watched movies by its consumers. The array of films available on Wavve is not as extensive as those on other streaming services, although the sheer eclectic nature of the list highlights many odd titles...More
The dramas "Goblin" and "My Mister" have been appearing with more regularity on the domestic Top 10 List for Netflix in South Korea. Both dramas have earned a reputation for being a steady seller in that market, even as the highest echelons of the list are dominated by more recent fare such as "The King: Eternal Monarch" and "Hospital Playlist" among others...More
Girl group TWICE topped Japan's weekly albums chart with their latest mini album...More
A visitor looks at exhibits at a coronavirus-themed exhibition in Daegu on Tuesday...More
Women pass by an artificial waterfall in a park in Busan on Tuesday...More
People enjoy kiteboarding on Songjeong Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Tuesday...More
Actor Lee Sang-yeob is raising the stocks as one of the hottest actors today.
Lee Sang-yeob, who is drawing attention as a popular actor in charge of the start and end of the week, has been selected as a beauty model and is emerging as a hot actor in the advertising world...More
Actor Kwon Soo-hyun returns as a passionate intern.
People are commemorating the late actress Yoon So-jung on her 3rd death anniversary.
The actress passed away in June of 2017 from septicemia. She was 74 years old...More
The new KBS 2TV drama is an office romantic comedy in which Goo Se-ra, the queen of civil complaints, interferes, protests, solves and even dates at the district office...More
Actor Lee Min-ho still shows off his strong Hallyu influence by becoming the 'No. 1 Korean actor' with an overwhelming number of followers on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Weibo.
Lee Min-ho is a global top actor with the largest number of SNS followers among the Korean Weibo followers and is showing unprecedented popularity. Typically, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter reached 17.3 million, 16.6 million and 3 million, respectively, while Weibo surpassed 28.5 million as of June 16th. This is the number one record among all Korean actors...More
"Graceful Friends" revealed all the 10 characters that arouse mystery.
The new tvN drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" released a group poster on the 16th.
"Good Casting" ended at the top of the ratings.
Hwasa of girl group Mamamoo will release a solo mini album later this month...More
A woman enojys water skiing in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Monday...More
People take shelter from the sun under trees in Seoul on Monday...More
Visitors look at a grass field in Gangjin, South Jeolla Province on Monday...More
Gang Dong-won is called the 'icon of the movie industry' and the 'guarantee check for box office hits', and has shown a variety of performances. Gang Dong-won, who captured the hearts of women with "Temptation of Wolves" in 2004, is loved by many as an actor who combines cinematic quality, acting ability and ticket power in movies of all genres, including historical dramas, occult, action, melodrama and period pieces...More
Lee Bo-young left behind a deep melodrama.
Actress Lee Bo-young returned for the first time in two years with the tvN weekend drama "When My Love Blooms", filled with the strong scent of first love that stimulates viewers' memories. It could have been stigmatized as an 'adultery beautification' drama if she did something wrong, but her acting took up a large share of the drama that prompted viewers to support Lee Bo-young and Yoo Ji-tae...More
"Day and Night" is a romantic mystery about digging through the secrets of mysterious events that occurred in a village 26 years ago, that are somehow linked to the mysterious events happening in the present. Namgoong Min, Seolhyun and Lee Chung-ah have confirmed roles in the drama and with the addition of Yoon Kyung-ho, the drama is expected to become more multi-dimensional...More
Lee Min-ho (33), Ji Chang-wook (33) and Kim Soo-hyun (32) return to the small screens after being discharged from the military. The three are the leading Korean stars in the Korean entertainment industry with a strong fan base at home and abroad. Some have already achieved painful achievements and others are about to launch a new work in anticipation, but they have something in common in that it is time for a new leap towards the 'long run' as actors beyond the name of 'Hallyu Stars'.
Lee Min-ho returned with SBS's "The King: Eternal Monarch", but struggled. The reunion with star writer Kim Eun-sook from "The Heirs" drew high expectations, but it ended bitterly amid falling ratings due to controversies surrounding the worldview, love line and excessive indirect advertising that was hard to understand...More
Actor Lee Joon is considering his next comeback.
"Good Casting" showed a decrease in the ratings.
With the end of "The King: Eternal Monarch" and "When My Love Blooms", Studio Dragon passed a major stopgap in its current distribution scheme. So it was that on June 15th, stock price for Studio Dragon plunged 6.1%. The sell-off appears to have been motivated largely be foreign investors...More
Strategies that once seemed foolproof have taken a beating with "The King: Eternal Monarch" as the drama concluded its sixteen episode run with surprisingly week ratings of 8.1%. Many assumptions about South Korean dramas, from the interest of local audiences in fantasy settings to their willingness to endure obvious product placement and even to their affinity for certain popular stars are now much more ambiguous than they were before the drama aired...More
Following his comeback from mandatory military service, Lee Min-ho seemed well-positioned to mark a career transition and start to play older roles. His role as the title sovereign in "The King: Eternal Monarch" appeared likely to help instill in Lee Min-ho's image a sense of regal dignity. Yet in the aftermath of the drama's airing and subsequent poor ratings, Lee Min-ho is instead at a crossroads imagewise...More
BTS performed a virtual concert on Sunday after canceling their world tour due to the coronavirus epidemic...More
A model promotes cherries in a supermarket in Seoul on Sunday...More
A visitor fills beer from tap at an international spirits expo at COEX in Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors take a walk in a buckwheat field in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on Sunday...More
Nana, Korea's leading beauty actress, is drawing keen attention for her dramatic transformation.
Nana, who made her debut as a girl group member in After School and has transformed into one of the most beautiful faces in the world, will show a different performance through KBS 2TV's Wednesday-Thursday series "Into The Ring", which will premiere on July 1st...More
Go Joon has taken over romantic dramas.
The subject matter of Korean dramas is becoming more diverse. It is no longer strange to see LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) characters like in overseas dramas. This quarter's drama JTBC's "Sweet Munchies" and tvN's "My Unfamiliar Family" are drawing attention from viewers for homosexual characters...More
"Once Again" set a new record.
Traditionally in South Korean dramas the office manager has been a fairly closed off figure. They give orders, expect obedience, and typically speaking little is known of their personal life unless they are directly related to another main character somehow. But lately this stock role has experienced a marked increase in diverse portrayals in Korean dramas, as managers are seen in more human and less mechanical roles...More
Following the win of "Stove League" at the Baeksang Art Awards on June 5th, screenwriter Lee Shin-hwa made a post on Instagram wherein he made a point of emphasizing the value Namgoong Min brought to the project far beyond his mere name recognition. According to Lee Shin-hwa, he was convinced that his vision for the story would never come to fruition. As "Stove League" was Lee Shin-hwa's first project, he knew he had relatively little clout to attract a high level actor...More
Recently the MBC drama "Can You Hear my Heart" made an unexpected comeback in afternoon programming slots. COVID-19 has limited the ability of broadcast networks to produce new cheap programming, so MBC ON delved into the archives to locate a then-popular but now mostly forgotten drama...More
With around 110,000 couples divorcing each year in Korea, court are increasingly inclined to award custody of the children to one or the other spouse rather than both.
The Supreme Court ruled recently that joint custody must be "decided cautiously" and sent back a ruling by a lower court that awarded the shared arrangement. The top court also ruled that divorcing couples seeking joint custody must live close to their children, both offer similar living conditions and obtain the consent of their kids...More
Football star Son Heung-min is taking part in efforts to find soldiers who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War but have yet to pick up their medals.
The Army aired advertisements starring the Tottenham Hotspur striker from Wednesday searching for undecorated war heroes...More
The Ministry of Justice said Wednesday it wants to crack down on a perceived increase in child abuse by banning physical punishment of children even by their own parents.
Korea's civil law stipulates that parents or those acting in loco parentis may, "in order to protect or educate their children, take necessary disciplinary actions"...More
Kim Yeon-koung poses in her new uniform for the Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders during a press conference in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis
Volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung on Wednesday appeared in the No. 10 uniform of the Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders for the first time in 11 years.
Kim held a press conference in Seoul to discuss her decision to return to her first professional club...More
The coronavirus epidemic may have dealt a blow to sales of conventional cars, but Hyundai and its affiliate Kia have seen major growth this year in exports of electric vehicles...More
Six Korean universities have made it into the top 100 in the latest global rankings by U.K. firm Quacquarelli Symonds out on Wednesday.
Although the number is the highest for Korea since the QS rankings started in 2003, none of their rankings are very impressive. The highest-ranked is Seoul National University at 37th, followed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology at 39th, Korea University at 69th, Pohang University of Science and Technology at 77th, Yonsei University at 85th and Sungkyunkwan University at 88th...More
Internet upstart Kakao now tops employers favored by young jobseekers for the first time, replacing established behemoths like Samsung in the starry eyes of recent graduates.
Job search portal Incruit polled 1,045 young jobseekers and found that 14.2 percent favored Kakao among the top 150 Kosdaq-listed companies as the best place to work for...More
LG has overtaken automaker Hyundai to become the third-largest listed conglomerate in Korea in terms of market capitalization.
According to the Korea Exchange on Sunday, the total market cap of LG Group affiliates stood at W95.07 trillion as of June 5, while Hyundai affiliates' reached W80.1 trillion (US$1=W1,209)...More
Seo-jin (played by Kim Moo-yul) is an architect suffering severe mental problems due to the recent loss of his wife. There's also long term trauma from the disappearance of his little sister when he was still a child. And so, a woman claiming to be Yoo-jin (played by Song Ji-hyo) comes into Seo-jin's life, to the great joy of his family. Seo-jin remains suspicious. It's unclear whether he has valid reason to doubt this woman's story or if Seo-jin is just such a miserable sad sack he can't accept any happiness in his life at all...More
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Early on in "Can You Hear Me?" the question is posed to communications expert Kim Chang-ok as to why, exactly, this documentary is being made. He doesn't have a particularly convincing answer, although one is quickly forthcoming. See, even though Kim Chang-ok is a communications expert, he actually does not communicate that well with his own father. This is true both figuratively, in that his father is a lousy communicator, but also literally, in that he appears to be going deaf...More
By now, most people who deal with Korean cinema would have heard about the infamous Gwangju Massacre, which has featured in a number of films, particularly during the last two decades. Before this incident, however, there was another one equally heroic and equally bloody that took place in the same area. On November 3, 1929, 54,000 students joined the Gwangju Student Independent Movement against Japanese Imperialism and marched against their oppressors. Many were injured, killed and tortured in prison. "Nameless Stars" is dedicated to them and tells the story of the movement by focusing on a group of students from a particular school...More
Whatever she uploads attracts thousands of "likes", be it cooking, eating, just sitting at a table, spending time with her dog, or making a flower bouquet for her parents...More
People walk past a sunflower field in Gwangju on Friday...More
Haeundae Beach in Busan is shrouded in fog on Friday...More
On June 12th actress Kim Bo-mi-I made an Instagram post wherein she showed off a fetal four-dimensional ultrasound of her unborn child. This follows news of Kim Bo-mi-I being pregnant which was released on June 8th at the same time as information Kim Bo-mi-I's marriage ceremony on June 7th was revealed to the public...More
Ji Jin-hee has experienced a major boost in brand positivity thanks in part to "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" in which he played the leading role. In that drama, Ji Jin-hee portrays a noble technical specialist working in a byzantine political system in a commanding position for which he was completely unprepared. Consequently, Ji Jin-hee now does promotional work for legal services, public water safety, and asset management services, among others...More
The Udine Far East Film Festival recently announced the initial information for this year's edition of the festival, and "Ashfall" stood out among the forty-six selections as this year's opening film. Due to COVID-19 this year's festival will take place entirely online, starting on June 26th and ending on July 4th...More
Actor Ryoo Seung-bum is to tie the knot with his Slovakian girlfriend.
Ryoo's management agency said the actor is living in France and the couple are expecting a child...More
Star couple Yoon Kye-sang and Lee Honey called it quits after seven years of dating. "They recently ended their relationship and have decided to remain good colleagues", their management agency said in a press release on Thursday...More
Cheerleaders perform at a baseball game between LG Twins and SK Wyverns in Seoul on Thursday...More
Children take part in a handwashing campaign to prevent coronavirus at an elementary school in Suwan, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
People have fun at a water park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission" (2018)
Directed by Eom Yoo-na
With Yoo Hae-jin, Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Hong-pa, Woo Hyun, Kim Tae-hoon, Kim Sun-young,...
Started filming: 2018/04/01
Wrapped up filming: 2018/07/15
During the Japanese occupation, two men travel across the country compiling the first Korean language dictionary...More
They are coming to dramas this summer
"Hello, My Soulmate" is a movie that makes you look back on the nature of your relationship through 14 years of meeting and breaking up, friendship and love, longing and jealousy between two friends who first met at the age of 13...More
Actor Ryoo Seung-bum is getting married to his foreign girlfriend.
Actor Song Joong-ki denied rumors of a recent romantic relationship centered on a legal profession.
Out of the ordinary "Graceful Friends" are coming.
The new JTBC drama "Graceful Friends" released character posters of Yu Jun-sang, Song Yoon-ah, Bae Soo-bin and Han Da-gam. The secret hiddens in their elegant smiles arouse curiosity. Another highly anticipated film, "Graceful Friends", is a mystery drama about friends of 20 years and their companions, whose sudden death of a friend caused a rift in their lives. The changes and cracks that come to them at halftime in their lives give them a sense of reality and stimulate thrilling suspense. Above all, Yu Jun-sang, who is active as an 'all-rounder' regardless of genre, and creditable actress Song Yoon-ah returns to drama after two years. On top of that, the fantasy combination of Bae Soo-bin and the irreplaceable sense of charm of Han Da-gam is heating up expectations...More
While "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is nearing, attention falls on the lineup of the second half of the year for tvN.
Wednesday and Thursday dramas have shown a decrease in viewership.
Jang Ki-yong is considering his next work.
While the marketing for "#ALIVE" has caught many off guard with its at times pedantic look of extremely normal characters, rather than obvious heroes, the movie is nevertheless in good company when it comes to recent hitmakers. Comedy has been a critical element of popular South Korean films in recent years. And with it, social commentary on just what kinds of lives normal South Korean lives in the current era...More
While it has yet to have an official release date, it seems likely given the expected July release date of "Peninsula" following "#ALIVE" on June 24th that gangster film "Deliver Us From Evil" will appear between the two zombie flicks, if only to better emphasize variety. This will make for a curious sandwich at the July box office this year, though it remains unknown whether it will taste good enough to stave off fears engendered by COVID-19...More
Following a difficult broadcasting period where it posted ratings far under what was expected from its star studded cast and crew, "The King: Eternal Monarch" goes into its final week with the lead in the Good Data Report for most-talked about drama on social media...More
A sub-unit of girl group DIA pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Visitors take a stroll in a garden on Jeju Island on Wednesday...More
Women pick cherries at the National Institute of Horicultural and Herbal Science in Wanju, North Jeolla Province on Wednesday...More
Children walk the crosswalk in Busan on Wednesday...More
Reviews are favorable for Shin Hye-sun.
The new tvN drama "Flower of Evil", which broadcasts for the first time in July, is a packed emotional tracing drama of a man named Baek Hee-seong (Lee Joon-gi), who hides his brutal past and changes his identity, and Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won), his homicide detective wife who traces his past, and stands in front of the truth they want to turn away from...More
He is a 'multi-entertainer'.
Actor Jo Jung-suk hit consecutive home runs on the screen and on the music charts. The response is perfect, conveying, "As long as you don't do it yourself, you won't be able to do anything". As if he had received the blessings of the box office God, anything he touches hits the jackpot. He also earned the full rewards of running nonstop...More
VAST Entertainment announced on the 9th that, "Stephanie Lee has confirmed a role in the new tvN drama "Startup". "Startup" is about a woman and a man who jump into the entrepreneur business based in the Silicon Valley of Korea. It is written by Park Hye-ryeon and directed by Oh Choong-hwan...More
The 19th Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival unveiled its honorary judges composed of the nation's leading actors and actresses who will further brighten the festival.
The 19th Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival, which decided to hold screenings and all film programs online amidst the COVID19 crisis, will feature five leading actors in Korea, including IU, Oh Jung-se, Yoona, Lee Jung-eun and Lee Je-hoon, as honorary judges...More
"Kkondae Intern" set a new record.
Following the announcement that Kim Bo-mi-I's wedding had taken place, the bride's friends on Instagram uploaded their own footage of the event. The most noteworthy of these additions was the appearance of a humorous dance video by Kim Bo-mi-I's former co-stars Park Jin-joo and Kim Min-young...More
"Born Again" aired its last episode on Tuesday, June 9th. With ratings of 2.4%, this wasn't the worst "Born Again" had ever done, and was indeed a bit of a rebound from its absolute low point of 1.3% in late May. But such ratings were a fary cry from the drama's promising first week in late April, when it opened with over 4% ratings only to hemorrhage viewers, ultimately failing to make much of an impact...More
Romantically themed television dramas in South Korea appear to be moving away from traditional one man, one woman projects, as many current and upcoming titles instead take the approach of having one woman alongside many potential male partners. The trend, while not new, has typically been used for younger characters. The current trend featuring women in their thirties in such roles, however, has hinted at attempts by drama producers to chase a more mature audience...More
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Black Pink have become the highest-ranked Korean girl band ever on the U.S. Billboard and the U.K's Official Charts.
On Monday "Sour Candy", Lady Gaga's collaboration track with Black Pink, ranked 33rd on the Hot 100, and the song debuted on the Official Singles Chart at No. 17 last week...More
Visitors take photos of hydrangeas on Jeju island on Tuesday...More
Workers clean windows of Lotte World Tower in Seoul on Tuesday...More
People escape the heat at the Han River Park in Ttukseom, Seoul on Tuesday...More
In "Kkondae Intern", department head Man-sik (Kim Eung-soo) treated intern Yeol-chan (Park Hae-jin) as a counselor and even humiliated his character back in Onggol Foods. Later, they reunite as a senior intern and head of department, with Ga Yeol-chan having made a speedy promotion in Joonsoo Foods.
In "Mystic Pop-Up Bar", Wol-joo (Hwang Jung-eum) revealed all the employment irregularities to the world when Byeong-joo (Oh Kyung-joo) failed to get a job at a high class hotel for several years due to the solicitation of high-ranking government officials. Thanks to her, Byeong-joo gets a job at the hotel with flying colors, just as he deserves it...More
The Korean version of a science fiction original, "SF8", will be available at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.
"SF8", which spans eight episodes each directed by one of eight film directors, will be officially invited to the 24th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and hold a special exhibition. The "SF8 Special Exhibition" will even host 'Mega Talk', where the eight directors will have in-depth conversations about the work with the audience after the movie's screening...More
The new tvN drama "Birthcare Center" is about a woman named Hyeon-jin who is one of the youngest board members at work and the oldest mother at the hospital, going through a distressful postpartum care center adaptation phase while getting to know her fellow patients and overcoming child delivery...More
"Born Again" ended with a sad ratings result.
Actor Park Sung-woong has been chosen to host the opening ceremony of this year's PyeongChang International Peace Film Festival.
"To All The Guys Who Loved Me" is a close-up 'non-marriage' romantic comedy drama that takes place when a woman who became a non-marriageist because 'they're all the same', gets asked out by two men of conflicting charms one day...More
The new tvN drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is a fantasy romantic drama about a psychiatric ward caregiver named Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) and an impulsive fairy tale writer named Go Moon-yeong (Seo Ye-ji), who suffering from antisocial personality disorder...More
Trusted actors have come to the aide of the film "Me and Me".
Nana is coming.
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Multitalented star Lee Seung-gi will appear on Netflix's new reality show "Twogether", which is slated for release late this month.
The travel variety show, co-starring Taiwanese actor Jasper Liu, follows their journeys across Asia...More
Boy band BTS delivered a speech at a virtual commencement ceremony hosted by YouTube on Sunday.
Dubbed "Dear Class of 2020", the special event celebrated university and high school graduates around the world whose graduation ceremonies were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic...More
Middle schoolers are guided into their school in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on Monday...More
A woman shimmers in the heat haze as she crosses a road in Seoul on Monday...More
"Good Casting" maintained its top spot among Monday-Tuesday dramas.
On June 8th "#ALIVE" released new character posters for the upcoming film, which is expected to premiere in South Korean theaters on June 24th. The selection was limited, as "#ALIVE" only really has two characters to speak of- one played by Yoo Ah-in and another by Park Shin-hye, isolated survivors of a zombie apocalypse...More
On June 7th actress Kim Bo-mi-I married a ballerino. The two were wed at the Han Wedding Hall in the Gangnam district of Seoul. Originally they had planned to get married in April, but the COVID-19 epidemic forced them to delay their plans...More
For the first time since February a new mainstream South Korean film has appeared in wide release at the South Korean box office. "Intruder", a thriller detailing a woman played by Song Ji-hyo to be the long-lost daughter of a well-to-do- family, quintupled the box office draw of the previous leader, closing out the weekend with a cumulative total of 288,818 admissions...More
Super boy band BTS and their agency Big Hit Entertainment have donated US$1 million to the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the organization fighting for equality of treatment at the hands of U.S. law enforcement.
Following a report in U.S. entertainment weekly Variety on Saturday, Big Hit confirmed on Sunday that the donation was made jointly after discussion with members of the band...More
The number of moviegoers hit a two-month high on Saturday, a sign that the film industry may be finally on its way to recovery from the coronavirus crisis...More
Visitors cool themselves with portable fans at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors take a break in the Juknokwon bamboo park in Damyang, South Jeolla Province on Sunday...More
People enjoy themselves at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Sunday...More
Kim Young-ah is hard at work this latter half of 2020.
In the OCN Dramatic Cinema "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation", 'pro-sender Lee Ban-seok (Jung Sang-hoon)' who helps the deceased go on their way in the most beautiful way possible, spends most of his time in his workroom, a dark and quiet, but hopeful space with dead bodies...More
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"Life on Mars" is a remake of a BBC drama and it's an exciting retro investigative drama in which Han Tae-joo (Jung Kyung-ho), a genius detective from 2018, meets Kang Dong-cheol (Park Sung-woong), an instinct-guided detective from 1988...More
"Queen Cheorin" is a fusion historical drama comedy in which the spirit of Jang Bong-hwan, a free man living in modern times, is trapped inside the palace during the Joseon Dynasty and inside the body of Kim So-yong, the Queen...More
"Once Again" increased in viewership.
On June 7th Yoo Ah-in appeared in the latest episode of the jTBC variety talk program 'Movie Room'. The appearance was made with a mind to "#ALIVE", which will open in theaters later this month. Yoo Ah-in chiefly discussed with the panelists his at times monstrous appearances in other films such as "Veteran" and "Burning"...More
The year 2019 was such a strong one for South Korean films at the domestic box office, following it up in 2020 was always going to be a tall order. But as COVID-19 has ravaged the South Korean film industry, with new major releases only starting again this month, two obvious hopes for a rebound are coming into focus. Both, as it turns out, are zombie flicks- "#ALIVE" and "Peninsula"...More
On June 6th popular entertainer Kim Hyun-joong celebrated his thirty-fourth birthday. In appreciation for his talents, a worldwide consortium of his fans banded together to put up a video advertisement commemorating this event at a major intersection in the Seodaemun district in Seoul...More
Danielle Kang (left) and Maverick McNealy
American PGA golfer Maverick McNealy is learning Korean in lockdown.
Maverick is the son of Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and the boyfriend of Korean-American golfer Danielle Kang, who has claimed three wins on the LPGA Tour...More
People wait to sign up for coronavirus relief money at a local district office in Seoul on May 18. /Yonhap
Almost 99 percent of all households in Korea have received up to W1 million in coronavirus relief money (US$1=W1,218)...More
People wait in line to buy a limited edition of luxury sneakers in front of a department store in Seoul on Wednesday.
Duty-free operators have been allowed to offer their products through normal retail channels in a bid to help them weather at least some of the losses from deserted airports and a dearth of international travelers...More
Book sales have increased markedly during the coronavirus lockdown.
Online bookstore Yes 24 said Tuesday that book sales have increased 16 percent so far this year. A Yes 24 staffer said, "It appears that many people turned to books to relieve boredom in lockdown"...More
Korea's patriarchal family-registration system where the man is often still the head of any household is taking a knock as the government doles out its coronavirus relief money to them.
The government is paying emergency aid not to 58 million individual Koreans but the heads to 21.7 million households. A person is not necessarily considered the head of a separate household when he or she does not live with the rest of the family and derives an independent income at another home...More
Rising property prices have resulted in the highest proportion of homeowners in Korea on record...More
Visitors enjoy themselves at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Sunday last week. /Yonhap
Haeundae Beach, one of the most popular coastal spots in Korea, is ready to brace for an influx of visitors looking for some summer fun. The beach, which has been off limits due to the COVID-19, opens Monday amid an easing of social distancing restrictions and warming weather...More
Children and youngsters are returning to school, but some attend only once or twice a week to maintain social distancing, and jitters remain high as authorities are sending them back if new infections are detected nearby...More
Gi-tae (played by Lee Dong-hwi) hails from a fairly obscure rural region of South Korea and sought to come make his fortune in Seoul. Like so many thirty-somethings in South Korea, his plans didn't really work out. So as Gi-tae returns home, forced to take up employment in a weird old movie theater, he has to take stock of his life at a crossroads. Why did he want to go to Seoul anyway? And why does he feel like such a failure, when his fairly modest ambitions were just to get a normal job?...More
In November of 2019, nine monks voluntarily sequestered themselves for ninety days in a spiritual ritual which, we are repeatedly told in the text, was unprecedented. I could never quite catch why the ritual was so unprecedented. But clearly some people were very impressed by it, given that crowds and television crews witnessed the monks both entering and leaving their specially constructed tent with much fanfare. Apparently the sequestration was big news on South Korea's Buddhist Television Network (BTN)...More
Based on the novel "The Bell Maker" by Kang Ro-hyang, "The Bell Tower" uses multiple stories inside the main story in order to make a number of sociopolitical and historical comments, once more, through a distinctly melodramatic approach...More