Sulli Passes Away at Age 25, the Entertainment World Mourns
Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide. Former member of gr,...More
Kim Jae-wook Stars in "Jung So-min's Young Street"
Kim Jae-wook is starring in "Jung So-min's Young Street". He's going to be a guest in one of the ,...More
South Korean footballers warm up for a training session at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on Monday. /Courtesy of the Korea Football Association
South Korea's national football team stepped on North Korean soil for the first time in 29 years on Monday for a World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang on Tuesday evening.
According to the Korea Football Association, the team had a one-hour training session at Kim Il-sung Stadium before moving to the Koryo Hotel, where footballers and coaching staff are staying...More
Singer IU will release a new album next month.
"The album is set for release on Nov. 1", her management agency said in a press release on Monday...More
Actress and former K-pop star Sulli (25) was found dead in her home on Monday in an apparent suicide.
Police said her manager reported discovering her body at her home at around 3:21 p.m. claiming that the star committed suicide due to acute depression...More
Visitors enjoy a trolley ride around a flower field in Jangseong, South Jeolla Province on Monday...More
Replicas of fighter jets sit on display at the annual Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province on Monday...More
JTBC drama "I'll Visit You When the Weather Is Nice" is a healing romance drama about Hae-won (Park Min-young), who is exhausted by Seoul life, going to the quiet life in Bukhyun-ri where she meets Eun-seob (Seo Kang-joon), who runs an independent book store...More
He's going to be a guest in one of the corners of the SBS Power FM (107.7MHz) "Jung So-min's Young Street". Kim Jae-wook and Jung So-min once co-starred in the drama "Bad Man", which is Jung So-min's debuting drama. The two have remained friends since then and Kim Jae-wook is appearing on the radio show out of loyalty to her just in time for listening rate survey period...More
This Friday / Saturday drama is due for release in January next year and it's a romantic beauty comedy about a make-up artist who goes bankrupt and an idol who fails to make her big debut finding new dreams...More
Based on an original webtoon, "Backstreet Rookie" is a romantic comedy between a four-dimensional 'pure evil' part time worker and a handsome store manager set against the backdrop of a conveniece store...More
"Half of a Half" is a romantic drama about the relationship between an AI programmer and a recording engineer. Jung Hae-in tackles the role of Moon Ha-won, an AI programmer and genius planner. The drama begins with the success of a research which he devoted himself to, creating artificial intelligence that patterned his own behavior, psychology, memories and experiences...More
Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide.
SM Entertainment announced that the funeral for singer and actress Sulli will be held in private, according to the family's wishes.
SM Entertainment released a statement on the 14th saying, "The family in grief wish for the funeral to be held quietly and away from media"....More
Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide.
Former member of group f(x) and actress Sulli has passed away. She was 25 this year.
SM Entertainment made the official statement on the 14th, "Sulli has left us. We can't believe what's going on and we are struck with grief. We express our condolences". The funeral will be held in private according to the family's wishes...More
Park Seo-joon recently appeared on the most recent episode of 'Three Meals a Day'. The variety show follows Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah, and Park So-dam as they make their own food in a mountain setting. Park Seo-joon was their fourth guest on the program...More
Pyo Ye-jin is making a comeback. The actress who first came to prominence in a supporting role in the popular drama "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" will soon be appearing in the highly anticipated drama "VIP" on October 28th starring Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon...More
As interest rises in "Melting Me Softly" so too has focus been put on the drama's character correlation chart. The drama's relationships are actually fairly simple to keep track of, as the story deals with relationships between a fairly limited set of cast members...More
On the weekends "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" and "The Lies Within" have attracted attention for being dramas with a similar concept of being cable dramas with an action driven premise airing on the same night. The generally niche genre of such shows has finally proven lucrative enough for OCN that another network, TV Chosun, has tried to get in on the action...More
At this year's Busan International Film Festival 299 films appeared from 88 countries. 145 of these movies were international premieres. While BIFF has improved its quality of film, admissions are down slightly from last year. 2018 had 195,081 admissions while 2019 had 189,916 admissions...More
Boy band SuperM on Sunday came in at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums Chart with their debut album...More
Boy band Bangtan Boys perform at a concert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday. /Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment
K-pop group BTS successfully staged a concert in Saudi Arabia, their first-ever solo gig in the Middle East.
The concert, which was part of the group's "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" world tour, was held at King Fahd International Stadium in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Friday. It was the first stadium concert in the country by a non-Arab artist...More
Boy band Super Junior pose at a press junket for their concert in Seoul on Sunday...More
A woman takes a selfie in a silver grass field in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday...More
"Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life" came in first this weekend.
The number one movie this week is "Joker"...More
Seven well-known YouTubers have been nabbed for evading around W4 billion in taxes (US$1=W1,197).
A National Tax Service probe has found that the seven evaded W4.5 billion in income tax. The NTS nabbed one YouTuber last year for tax dodging and six this year, fining them a total W1 billion...More
Some 43,000 senior citizens voluntarily turned in their driver's license from January to September this year, encouraged by the promise of a free transport pass.
According to the Road Traffic Authority on Thursday, a total of 43,449 senior citizens voluntarily turned in their driver's license in the first nine months, up a whopping 503.5 percent on-year...More
Korea's overall competitiveness ranking rose two notches to 13th among 141 countries in a World Economic Forum report released Wednesday. It has improved from No. 17 in 2017 and No. 15 last year...More
Lee Chun-jae (center) in a photo from his high-school yearbook
A man who served 20 years in jail for a murder recently confessed to by Hwaseong serial killer Lee Chun-jae is seeking a retrial to clear his name.
The 52-year-old identified as Yoon was convicted of what prosecutors at the time claimed was a copycat killing of the serial murders that shook the town in the 1980s...More
Abuse of appetite suppressants is becoming widespread as an alarming number of people, especially young women, tend to admire an extremely slim body and can easily purchase similar over-the-counter drugs online...More
More and more young workers have embraced the shorter working week and broken with the salaryman's entrenched habit of staying in the office until the boss finally leaves. The younger the workers, the fewer hours they work, though old habits seems to die hard among older office drudges...More
Koreans consider their own alphabet, Hangeul, beautiful and are proud of its ingenious combination of vowels and consonants, even though no other country uses it and it creates a welter of problems in a globalized world...More
Low-income households would take on average 21.1 years to purchase their own home, according to a study.
The length of time has increased by a whopping 4.7 years since President Moon Jae-in took office on a ticket of fairer income distribution...More
Anybody will be able to use free Wi-Fi services anywhere in Seoul from 2022.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Monday said it will spend W102.7 billion over the next three years to build a citywide free Wi-Fi network...More
The salaries of around 18,000 workers who constitute the top 0.1 percent of the income bracket equals the earnings of 3.24 million workers in the lowest bracket.
According to National Tax Service data on Sunday, the 18,005 salaried workers in the top 0.1 percent earned W809 million each on average in 2017, or W67.4 million a month (US$1=W1,197)...More
Police have been rattled by Hwaseong serial killer Lee Chun-jae's confession that he committed another murder that had been ruled out as part of the grisly crime spree in the 1980s.
Lee claims he also committed a eighth of 10 murders in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, which police had pinned on a copycat who was arrested and convicted...More
Streets are deserted on Aug. 13 in Japan's famous hot spring town of Yufuin in Kyushu, which used to be a favorite with Korean travelers. /Yonhap
Koreans spent three times more money in Japan than Japanese in Korea over the past four years.
According to the Korea Tourism Organization on Sunday, 23.77 million Korean visitors to Japan spent a total of W18.82 trillion there from 2015 to 2018 (US$1=W1,197). By contrast, some 9.4 million Japanese visitors spent W6.45 trillion here during the same period...More
The original Korean title of "Crazy Romance" actually literally translates as the most ordinary romance. The statement is one of dark irony, because "Crazy Romance" is an equally accurate title. Soon-yeong (played by Gong Hyo-jin) is a woman who has chosen a life of romantic cynicism. Jae-hoon (played by Kim Rae-won) has had romantic cynicism thrust upon him. Together, they get very drunk, not because they are looking for a romantic partner, but as a humorous coping mechanism for their real world problems...More
People in the media in general tend to be loud and outspoken, but we all know that introverted people do indeed exist. "Free My Soul, Free My Song" is an interesting documentary because it's about a very introverted, very shy young woman who would normally never be the topic of a feature length. On the face of it there's nothing all that remarkable about Ji-hee's quest to become a world class acoustic guitar player- save for the fact that she is mentally challenged...More
Considered one of the first Korean films to implement special effects in a way that added to its value, "The Gingko Bed" is also story of eternal love that suffers, however, from a rather faulty narrative...More
Actress Kim Sae-ron poses at a press junket for her new TV series in Seoul on Thursday.
Tzuyu of girl group TWICE attends a promotional event for a fashion brand in Seoul on Friday...More
Performers stage a show at the opening of the Seoul Arirang Festival in Gwanghwamun in the capital on Friday...More
Visitors enjoy themselves in a flower filed at Olympic Park in Seoul on Friday...More
If you're a glutton for punishment and don't have enough economic insecurity and anxiety in your life, tvN's got you covered with "Money Game". The upcoming financial suspense series has confirmed its casting of Go Soo, Lee Sung-min and Shim Eun-kyung, clearly going for that sweet Chungmuro appeal to torment us with...More
In a recent interview Shin Se-kyung has opened up about her recent role on "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung". While much was made of the drama's feminist premise, Shin Se-kyung talked about how she was drawn to the role by its exploration of a woman at a crossroads in life. Shin Se-kyung will soon be entering her thirties, after all, and much like the character she plays, wants to be remembered as something besides a cute face...More
Park Ki-woong has long been a veteran of the South Korean entertainment industry. Having had roles in "Bridal Mask", "Monster - 2016" and "Return", his latest appearance was in the drama "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", where he played a prince. Following the end of the drama, Park Ki-woong has spoken more frankly about this role...More
In the wake of its unexpected box office success, "Crazy Romance" has come under fire for the image presented in the main theatrical poster. Specifically, Gong Hyo-jin's legs are portrayed as being longer than those of the actual actress. Official representatices from "Crazy Romance" have insisted the image was not touched up...More
"When the Camellia Blooms" has been a huge success on South Korean television hitting ratings upward of 14%. Though many factors are responsible for this, a subtler one is the unusual name of its main character. Dong-baek, who is played by Gong Hyo-jin, literally translates as Camellia. But why is the lead character of this aggressive romance named after the flower?...More
"KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" opens on October 23rd and will be the first South Korean film in some time to be based off of a best-selling novel. Surprisingly few South Korean films are based off of novels, as popular novels in the country have not always had a storytelling style that can be easily translated to screen...More
Dancers perform at the closing ceremony of the National Sports Festival in Seoul on Thursday...More
Visitors take a selfie in a flowering muhly grass field in Busan on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Sketch - Drama" (2018)
Directed by Jo Yong-won, Lim Tae-woo
Written by Im Young-bin, Kang Hyeon-seong
With Rain, Lee Dong-gun, Lee Sun-bin, Jung Jin-young, Kang Shin-il, Im Hwa-young,...
16 episodes - Fri, Sat 23:00
An action drama about people who struggle to change their fate, one of whom is an elite detective with great analyzing skills...More
Actor Song Boo-gun is married.
According to his agency, the actor had a quiet wedding in Seoul on the 9th...More
Lifetime Channel has confirmed the making of the webdrama "Kiss Scene in Yeonnam-dong".
Lifetime Channel is coming up with a new romantic comedy that youths in reality will relate to...More
He is taking on the role of Kang Ki-beom, a shadow specialist policeman...More
"When the Camellia Blooms" keeps climbing up.
On October 9th "Crazy Romance" passed 1.5 million viewers at the domestic South Korean box office. The film is in an excellent position to challenge the current record set by "Architecture 101" of over 4 million viewers for a romantic genre film, as competition has remained weak over the one-off Hangeul Day holiday on October 9th...More
From October 10th to October 13th CJ is holding its tenth annual Korea Indonesia Film Festival. The film festival will take place in five different regions and Kang So-ra will be on hand throughout to promote the film festival personally...More
Following reports that KangNam is to marry his girlfriend, speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, the couple appears set to honeymoon in the Maldives. The vacation will take place after the couple is married on October 12th at an unnamed hotel in Seoul...More
Stephanie has speaking about the kind of men she dislikes has been gaining attention. Specifically, Stephanie said that she doesn't like men who make jokes too easily. Stephanie described between six or seven men as having approached her romantically in such a way...More
Foreigners learn to write Hangeul at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Leaves are coated with the first frost of the season in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province on Wednesday...More
Visitors enjoy a chrysanthemum festival in Inje, Gangwon Province on Wednesday...More
"My Punch-Drunk Boxer" is coming out on the 9th.
Actors Um Tae-goo and Hyeri from Girl's Day star in "My Punch-Drunk Boxer", a well-made drama with a little bit of romance, comedy and inspiration. The movie blends pansori (form of musical storytelling) and boxing to create a fresh comedy drama that no one has ever seen before in Korea...More
Good looking actors have been stealing the hearts of female viewers on tvN lately. On the weekend there is Ma Dong-chan (Ji Chang-wook) from "Melting Me Softly", who looks great even after 20 years of being frozen and unfrozen again. On Friday there is Moon Seok-goo (Lee Dong-hwi) from "Pegasus Mart", who has no interest in love or hobbies and only seeks success...More
The appearance of a man dressed as a woman in the drama "The Tale of Nokdu" is a hit. Now past woman-as-man and man-as-woman characters since 2008 are being brought back out again.
"Painter of the Wind" starring Park Shin-yang and Moon Geun-young is a fiction drama about Kim Hong-do and Shin Yoon-bok, Joseon artists. The character of Shin Yoon-bok is made-up as a man to find the truth about her father's death. Meanwhile, she shows prominence in drawing, and her teacher, Shin Han-pyeong (Ahn Suk-hwan), helps her become the best artist in Joseon...More
"When the Camellia Blooms" showed an increase in percentage.
Singer-turned-actor Im Si-wan is hungry for work after returning to showbiz since completing his 21-month military service in March.
"I was tremendously hungry to act while I was in the army. I want to work nonstop for at least two years", said the actor...More
Foreign students take part in a Korean writing contest at Yonsei University in Seoul on Tuesday, ahead of Hangeul Day...More
People take a photo in front of a Hangeul-themed wall in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday...More
Seo Kang-joon was interviewed by Esquire.
The actor was recently in the OCN drama called "WATCHER" and he said, "I wanted to be better in my character, so I had to work extra hard. I don't have a choice. If I were born with it I wouldn't have to work so hard, but I'm not, so I have to work extra hard"....More
Musical actor Kim Ho-young posted pictures of Moon Geun-young and Kim Seon-ho on his Instagram on the 7th and said, "Geun-young and Seon-ho are making "Catch the Ghost" on the same set as me, and we share the same make-up room, too. I was so happy to see them when I first met them on set, and nearly cried. Geun-young, who is so grown-up and was born to be an actress: Every time I see you, I feel so proud"....More
"I would like to be in a romantic drama next".
If Cha Tae-hyun accepts, this will be his comeback drama since he put everything on hold after a controversy about golf betting in March this year. In the past, Cha Tae-hyun was accused of having played golf for money, but he was found not guilty in May...More
Singer and actress IU is the goddess of fall this year.
She was featured in the covers of magazine 'Dazed Korea' for October. She pulled off the F/W collection of a luxury brand...More
Actor Jung Il-woo was featured in the luxury membership magazine 'The Neighbor'. The actor last starred in the drama "Haechi", published a magazine called "Kribbit" and filmed the KBS wildlife documentary project called "Wild Map" on the 3rd of October. Not only that, he also devoted himself to a variety of activities, such as making his third pilgrimage to Santiago in his life and leaving for England for short-term language studies...More
KBS dramas are taking over the home screen.
"Stove League" is a heartwarming winter story about a new captain of the lousiest baseball team. Chae Jong-hyeop plays Yoo Min-ho, a pitcher who is freshly picked in a rookie draft for prospects...More
F(x) member and actress Krystal (Jung Soo-jung) is debuting with a commercial movie.
"The Tale of Nokdu" decreased in viewing percentage.
"Crazy Romance" entered the South Korean box office with modest expectations, as was to be expected with a romantic comedy from a first time director opening against a major Hollywood superhero film. But after the movie's surprise million admissions weekend sales, international rights quickly became a hot commodity...More
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In recognition of the one hundreth anniversary of South Korea's film industry, CGV will be running screenings from October 14th to October 27th of various classic South Korean films. However, the films in question will skew toward more recent releases, namely major box office performers of recent years, and some of the more well-known titles from the Hallyu Wave period of the late nineties and early two thousands...More
Back in August, actor Jang Geun-seuk had his thirty-second birthday. Jang Geun-suk's fan club, Cri J, began a donation drive at that time, and on October 7th finished the drive and made a donation of $25,000 in Jang Geun-suk's name to charity...More
With her recent reappearance in "The Running Mates: Human Rights" more attention has been focused on Lee Yo-won's personal life. The actress has been married since 2003 and the entertainment news program 'Section TV' recently ran a segment on Lee Yo-won and her husband...More
Actor Jung Hae-in has been back in the spotlight lately, as he walked the red carpet at the Busan International Film Festival on October 3rd. He came to the festival because it was screening his recent film "Tune in for Love", where Jung Hae-in co-starred with Kim Go-eun as a couple who keeps getting separated by time and tide...More
"When the Camellia Blooms" tops the list of the most buzzworthy TV series in Korea!
According to data analyst Good Data Corporation's weekly monitoring report, "When the Camellia Blooms" is the most talked about TV series in news articles, social media, blogs, forums and videos. A total of 25 currently airing and upcoming TV series from September 30 to October 6 were included in this analysis...More
Batman spin-off "Joker", a gritty origin story of the supervillain, dominated the box office in Korea on its opening weekend.
According to the Korean Film Council, the DC Comics film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the failed comedian-turned-sociopath opened at No. 1 on Oct. 2, drawing nearly 2.2 million viewers in the first five days of its release...More
Foreigners take part in a Korean speech contest at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul on Monday, ahead of Hangeul Day...More
Visitors look at an installation set up to raise public awareness of maritime environment at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Monday...More
"The Battle of Jangsari" came out on the 25th of September. The story is about 772 student soldiers with an average age of 17 years who were sent to the long-range landing operation of the Incheon Landing Operation. Lee Jae-wook made his first screen appearance as Lee Gae-tae, the son of a hunter and the most capable at shooting among the student soldiers...More
Naver Series revealed on the 7th that there will be a brand campaign for the next month.
This campaign features Kim Yun-seok, Soo Ae, Lee Je-hoon and Byun Yo-han in each series. Through this, TV commercials show that web stories are highly immersive and easy content when they are made into movies...More
Nothing is known about "HERE" except for the fact that it's about NGOs, non-profit organizations. However, it's by writer Noh Hee-kyeong, one of the greatest drama writers in Korea who also has a tendency to carry out social messages in her works...More
"The Married Life" is directed by Mo Wan-il and is about a married couple who turn to revenge when one is betrayed by the other. In the midst of hatred and affection, the couple's fierce revenge will be drawn to the point of squeezing each other's throats. Kim Hee-as and Park Hae-joon have confirmed their casting in the drama...More
OCN Original's drama "Strangers from Hell" is in the spotlight.
"Strangers from Hell" was noticed for its great story and creepy vibe since its first broadcast on the 31st of August. Those who have seen the original webtoon have compared the drama to it, and came out with various interpretations...More
Actress Kim Sun-ah conducted a pictorial with luxury membership magazine 'The Neighbor'. The October issue of the magazine met with Kim Sun-ah, who is acting out the character of Jenny Jang in the drama "Secret Boutique". Her short hair and strong makeup successfully transformed her into a luxurious and sophisticated character. Her perfect silhouette surprised everyone without needing any correction in this pictorial...More
"The Tale of Nokdu" recorded viewer ratings in the class of 7%.
According to Nielsen Korea, the KBS 2TV drama "The Tale of Nokdu" rated 5.4% and 7.1%. This is a decrease from the previous episodes, but the highest rating for a drama out of all Monday / Tuesday series...More
The stars of "Crazy Romance" made a point of doing special theater visits over the weekend to meet with fans. Though "Crazy Romance" failed to top the box office, it nonetheless managed to hit over a million viewers in five days, as the movie received plaudits for its blunt and decidedly unromantic portrayal of a romantic relationship...More
Song Hye-kyo recently made her first Instagram post since June. Though the post just consists of a fashion pictorial, it is noteworthy for being the first post Song Hye-kyo has made to the social media platform since the high profile announcement of her divorce from actor Song Joong-ki, who she met while filming "Descendants of the Sun" back in 2015...More
"Melting Me Softly" co-stars Ji Chang-wook and and Im Won-hee recently made an appearance on the variety show 'Laborhood on Hire'. The show stars comedian Yoo Jae-suk in the leading role as he takes celebrity guests to understaffed jobs and they all work together for the day getting the job done. In the latest edition the three actors worked at a sea salt farm...More
Fans of the ongoing tvN drama "Melting Me Softly" have taken note of the drama's surprisingly earnest attention to period fashion. The main characters of "Melting Me Softly" were frozen for twenty years, and portions of the drama taking place in the past day have shown strong fidelity to the fashion of 1999...More
Goo Ha-ra has been scarce in the South Korean market since earlier this year, following a series of unfortunate events stemming from an ex-boyfriend's attempts to blackmail her. Having departed for Japan, Goo Ha-ra has started working again and even signed contracts in the Japanese market. Now, she is posting content to Instagram detailing her appearances...More
Poster added for the upcoming Korean animated movie "The Haunted House: Sky Goblin, The Great Jormungandr"...More
Claudia Kim (left) and Matthew Shampine
Actress Claudia Kim will get married this winter.
Kim's agency said Friday that she will tie the knot on Dec. 14 with a businessman she has been dating...More
Fireworks light up the sky at the annual festival in Seoul on Saturday...More
Visitors take a picture in a grass field in Chilgok, North Gyeongsang Province on Sunday...More
Visitors have fun at a street festival in Seoul on Sunday...More
The number one movie this week is "Joker"...More
"Strangers from Hell" ended with its highest ratings.
The 10th episode of OCN drama "Strangers from Hell", which aired on the 6th, rated 3.9% (Nielsen Korea, nationwide paid subscription standards). This is a 1.5% increase from the previous episode (2.4%)...More
Some 709 schoolkids attempted suicide last year, the biggest number since the Ministry of Education started tallying the statistics in 2011.
Some 144 youngsters did kill themselves...More
The number of cruise passengers visiting Busan increased significantly in the first half of this year...More
The number of billionaires in Korea stood at 323,000 as of the end of 2018, up 4.4 percent from a year ago, according to a survey by KB Kookmin Bank (US$1=W1,206).
The number of rich people is rising steadily from 237,000 in 2014, but the rate of growth in 2018 was the slowest in five years. Experts attribute the slowdown to the sluggish economy and declining stock markets, which limited asset growth...More
A photo of Lee Chun-jae from his high school yearbook
The suspect in a series of grisly serial murders in Hwaseong south of Seoul in the 1980s has confessed to the crimes.
Lee Chun-jae (56), who serves a life sentence in Busan for murdering his sister-in-law in 1994, confessed to the serial killings during interrogation in prison that started late last month after he was recently identified from DNA samples...More
American fast fashion brand Forever 21 has filed for bankruptcy protection, media reports said Sunday.
The California based-retailer was founded by Korean immigrant Chang Do-won and his wife in 1984 and grew into a mall staple with hundreds of stores across the U.S...More
Some 298,900 people died in Korea last year, the highest figure since 1983, when related statistics were first compiled...More
The value of wealth given to minors as gifts increased from W684.8 billion in 2016 to W1.28 trillion in 2017, according to data from the National Tax Service on Monday (US$1=W1,199)...More
More and more elderly Koreans die alone without family or friends to tend to their bodies, often because they are poor or are found dead on the street.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Welfare and National Health Insurance Service last week, 2,447 older people died alone last year and had no family or friends to take care of their funeral arrangements. That was a rise of 437 from 2017, the biggest rate of increase since the government began tallying such statistics in 2012, when the number was 1,021. It has since grown 2.4 times...More
Big SUVs are finally getting more eco-friendly.
Hyundai and affiliate Kia on Sunday said they will release hybrid electric models of two SUVs next year -- the modified Hyundai Santa Fe and the new Kia Sorrento. The two top sellers are currently only available in diesel and gasoline versions...More
A North Korean radar based on Hambak Island, which is nominally administered by South Korea, is thought to be a military tracking system rather than a civilian one, as the Defense Ministry here claims...More
Some 260,000 children nominally owned W1.73 trillion worth of shares in listed companies last year (US$1=W1,199)...More
In the opening scene of "The Villagers" we see Gi-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) forced into a change of careers for breaking the rules. In one of the movie's more interesting dramatic flourishes, Gi-cheol is not played from that point forward as a renegade. To the contrary, Gi-cheol is surprisingly passive. He does get provoked into investigating a missing persons case because high school student Yoo-jin (played by Kim Sae-ron) has been aggressively putting out flyers. But even then, Gi-cheol is subdued...More
Some particularly nerdy and socially awkward college students will look at superhero flicks and think that such movies represent the full range of cinematic expression. "Behind the Dark Night" is a mockumentary that takes a look at some such students and their quest that goes on for years to bring their epic vision to life. This, even as some members of the project realize that their derivative fan film is a stupid idea and just leave...More
Oh In-chun seems to experience an utterly creative phase during the latest years, since he turns up movies every few months. "The DMZ" despite its no-budget nature was one of the best, and now Oh returns with a kind of a sequel, in the same style but also quite different, both regarding the story and the narrative approach, which is more intricate...More
Upcoming Korean animated movie "The Haunted House: Sky Goblin, The Great Jormungandr" added to HanCinema database...More
It looks like Gong Hyo-jin is trying to prove that she is truly a household name in Korean romantic comedy, as she concurrently appears in a romantic comedy film and a TV series.
Her latest film "Crazy Romance", co-starring actor Kim Rae-won, hit theaters on Wednesday amid much hype, while the TV series "When the Camellia Blooms" has been receiving good responses since its start on Sept. 19...More
Visitors pose for a picture at a festival in Gokseong, South Jeolla Province on Friday...More
A performance is staged at the opening ceremony of the annual Naitonal Sports Festival in Seoul on Friday...More
Kim Hye-yoon was one of many actresses to have received a visible career boost from her appearance in "SKY Castle" earlier this year. However, the actress is already working to distinguish herself from that role with her newfound prominence as the lead in the currently airing drama "Extraordinary You"...More
On October 4th writer/director Lee Sang-geun and lead actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona participated in an Open Talk at the Busan International Film Festival for their film "Exit - Movie". The film opened in July at the South Korean box office and went on to earn 9.4 million admissions...More
With the release of "Defective People" next month more interest is coming to Oh Yeon-seo. On the Mnet program TMI News, the actress made a surprise appearance in the form of being an actress who used to be a singer in the group LUV back when she was still a teenager. The group LUV only lasted long enough for one album...More
With her special appearance in "Vagabond" and increasing presence on the advertising circuit Jun Ji-hyun appears to be hinting at a return to acting work. This has naturally increased interest in her husband, a man who is not an actor, and whose marriage is the chief reason why Jun Ji-hyun has taken a break so as to have children...More
FRIDAY, October 4th early release in LOS ANGELES, FRIDAY, October 11th in SELECT THEATERS...More
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"UNDENIABLY CHILLING AND VISUALLY UNSETTLING" ~ Cary Darling, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
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"The Divine Fury"
The Action-Packed Mystery Debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo, DVD and Digital November 19...More
Winners for the 28th Buil Film Awards 2019...More
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Celebrities on the Red Carpet for the 28th Buil Film Awards 2019...More
Visitors pack the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival in the southern port city on Thursday. /Newsis
This year's Busan International Film Festival kicked off its 10-day run on Thursday.
The annual festival, which is marking its 24th year, is being held in the southern port city until Oct. 12...More
Visitors pack the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival in the port city on Thursday...More
Former and current Korean Air flight attendants pose in their uniforms at an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flag carrier at Incheon International Airport on Thursday...More
A town in Gangneung, Gangwon Province is submerged in floodwaters in the aftermath of typhoon Mitag on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Sunset in My Hometown" (2017)
Directed by Lee Joon-ik
With Park Jung-min, Kim Go-eun, Jang Hang-sun, Jung Kyu-soo, Shin Hyun-bin, Go Joon,...
Started fliming : 2017/09/11
Wrapped up filming : 2017/11/13
A nameless rapper named Hak-soo (Park Jung-min) receives a call and returns to his hometown Byeonsan to meet his school friend Seon-mi (Kim Go-eun)...More
Lee Sun-kyun showed his clean charm in a recent photo shoot.
He modeled for a watch brand in the fashion magazine Esquire...More
Actress Son Ye-jin released a pictorial that looks like a movie.
KBS 2TV's "When the Camellia Blooms" has achieved record-breaking ratings and established itself as the No.1 Wednesday-Thursday drama.
According to Nielsen Korea, the drama's episodes which aired on the 3rd rated 10.2% and 12.9% by nationwide household standards...More
The Busan International Film Festival kicked off on October 3rd. As was expected, actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona of the hit film "Exit - Movie" were there, as well as writer/director Lee Sang-eun. South Korean media was on the scene to cover the event...More
With the fraternal relationship between Ha Jung-woo and Cha Hyun-woo back in the news, the question is naturally begged - why do the two brothers have different surnames? Both are the children of veteran actor Kim Yong-gun. Old footage from a talk show in 2009 sheds some light on the situation...More
"Extraordinary You" has experienced a spike in interest since it first started airing, though the drama had been fairly low profile up until that point. Consequently, the comments of the male star Rowoon at the drama's October 2nd press conference have come under closer scrutiny...More
"When the Camellia Blooms" has released new stills for supporting actress Yum Hye-ran. Though Yum Hye-ran is forty three years old the stills somewhat surprisingly depict her wearing a school uniform. The scene being referenced is a flashback depicting the past encounters of present day encounters...More
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Celebrities on the Red Carpet for the 24th Busan International Film Festival 2019...More
Netflix Inc., the world's leading Internet entertainment service, announced that a melodrama film "Tune in for Love" will launch globally on November 5, 2019.
"Tune in for Love" is a young couple's love story, in which fate keeps pulling them together and pushing them apart again as they try to figure out life on their own, and with each other...More
Pedestrians walk through a flooded street in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province on Wednesday...More
The 2019 theaters had exceptionally many films with idols who jumped over to acting in the lead.
They were above expectations and some even showed their true value as the blue-chip performers of Chungmuro. However, not all of them were successful...More
Actor Park Hae-soo is the talk of the town.
Kim Sun-ah is one appealing actress in many ways.
Any drama that might seem typical draws viewers in when Kim Sun-ah is in the lead. From Kim Sam-soon to Jenny Jang, Kim Sun-ah has been undergoing various transformations for her characters, which result in her dramas being worth the watch...More
"When the Camellia Blooms" has surpassed its own highest rating.
According to Nielsen Korea, the 9th and 10th episodes of the KBS 2TV drama "When the Camellia Blooms" (writer Lim Sang-choon, PD Cha Yeong-hoon), which aired on October 2nd, rated 9.3% and 11.5% nationwide. This is an increase from the 7.7% and 10.0% of episodes 7 and 8, and another record breaking performance for the drama...More
Following the success of movies like "Extreme Job" and "Exit - Movie" the South Korean box office has seen a sudden shift to genre comedies. "Man of Men" is the latest film to follow up on this trend, banking on its lively characters and premise to find success at the box office...More
Kim Hee-ae is coming back in November with the new melodrama "Moonlit Winter". The movie is looking to follow up on the themes from other recent melodramas like "Be with You" and "Tune in for Love", as its lead characters set off in search for lost memories related to her first love...More
Director Jeon Gye-soo and actress Chun Woo-hee have been making the rounds in the media to promote their upcoming film "Vertigo", a romantic melodrama about a woman who's scared of heights and a man who obsessively climbs buildings. On the SBS radio program 'Cinetown' Jeon Gye-soo talked about an odd encounter he had with Park Chan-wook and Ha Jung-woo...More
Hwang Bo-ra has been attracting attention lately for her low-key, but important role in the currently airing drama "Vagabond". Because the drama is preproduced she is free to maintain a low profile - as was noticed when she posted a picture of herself on Instagram with a baby...More
Models promote chestnuts in a superstore in Seoul on Tuesday...More
A staffer with the Rural Development Administration works to prevent pears from falling in preparation for typhoon Mitag in Naju, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday...More
Actor Lee Min-ho shoots women down with his great looks.
"VIP" actors Lee Sang-yoon and Jang Nara were featured in a magazine photo shoot. The drama that starts on the 28th of October is about a special team that manages VIP clients that make up the top 1% of the department store. Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon's photo shoot was conducted under the theme 'the VIP team couple's secret'.
In the following interview, Jang Nara (Na Jeong-seon) said, "Making the drama is fun because all the staff and crew are good people. This drama is also about women in the workplace and I like that it highlights these women. It's the story of grown-ups growing up. The drama will surely be of comfort to adults"....More
Will "The Tale of Nokdu" continue its climb?
In a year that has been dominated by acrimonious news about celebrity couples gone awry, Jo Jung-suk and his wife Gummy are soon to celebrate their first year wedding anniversary. The two had been dating for five years before getting married in a private ceremony last year on October 8th...More
On October 1st Jung Yoo-mi announced through her agency, Ace Factory, that she was canceling her current contract as an advertising model for DHCKorea and returning all outstanding money she had already been paid earlier in the contract period...More
While the drama is far more being finished, "The Tale of Nokdu" has had a strong opening week with its first two nights of programming, having achieved ratings ranging from 6-8%. The last drama to have gotten ratings this high for KBS in the late Monday/Tuesday timeslot was "The Man In My House" back in 2016...More
Children draw a taegeukgi or national flag at an event in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday, ahead of National Foundation Day...More
Visitors take a picture in a grass field in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province on Monday...More
Seo Won-tae-I is a filmmaker and visual artist. His first feature film, "Synching Blue" (2007) was introduced in Vancouver IFF and Jeonju IFF, while a number of his films have screened at del Plata IFF, Busan IFF and more. Currently, he is also a professor of VIS at Kongju National University...More
Coming up after "Itaewon Class", "The Married Life" describes how a couple's bond, which they believed to be love, falls into a vortex of revenge, as it is broken by betrayal. It's about the fierce revenge of a couple who strangle each other with all their might...More
Stars won't take it anymore. They are going to go legal with keyboard warriors and rumor spreaders.
Hook Entertainment announced on the 29th through its official SNS that it has come to the conclusion that malicious comments towards their actor, Lee Seung-gi, are no longer tolerable, and have collected and handed over information regarding people responsible for these crimes to legal authorities on the 26th...More
"Sisyphus: The Myth" is a science fiction mystery drama produced by Jin Hyeok from "Shining Inheritance", "Prosecutor Princess", "City Hunter", "Doctor Stranger", "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and others...More
"The Tale of Nokdu" started off in first place.
Following the massive success of "Exit - Movie" this summer, and the legitimacy it granted Yoona as an actress, there was much interest in "The Battle of Jangsari", about whether that movie would prove to be a similar success for Minho. While "The Battle of Jangsari" did win the overall box office over the weekend, it did not break a million viewers and is unlikely to set a similarly strong precedent...More
On the latest episode of the South Korean variety show 'My Little Old Boy' Lee Sang-yeob talked about "The Day I Died". According to Lee Sang-yeob, filming for the film has already started and he has been working on set with his co-star, Kim Hye-soo...More
According to figures released by the Korean Film Council "The Battle of Jangsari" won last weekend's competition at the box office. The war movie earned 689,686 admissions. This puts it significantly ahead of "By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" with 275,680 admissions...More
Actor Oh Ji-ho recently appeared on the morning radio program 'Park Seon-young's Cine Town' to discuss his latest movie. He describes his interest in "Rainbow Playground" as stemming from having children. Though Oh Ji-ho has said he used to be averse to public spaces with people, thanks to his children, now he seeks them out...More
On September 30th the cast and crew of "The Tale of Nokdu" appeared at a press event in Seoul to talk about the drama. South Korean media was on the scene to document the event, in particular the fetching blue outfit worn by lead actress Kim So-hyun...More
Lee Wan (left) and Lee Bo-mee
Girl group Black Pink's music video for "Kill This Love" surpassed 600 million views on YouTube on Sunday.
The feat came about 177 days after its release, breaking their own previous record held by "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", which took 221 days to reach the milestone, according to their management agency YG Entertainment...More
Visitors pack a university fair for Japanese schools in Seoul on Sunday...More
People practice yoga at an event in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province on Sunday...More
Visitors take a picture in a flower field at Olympic Park in Seoul on Sunday...More
"Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life" leaped over 20%.
Pro-anorexia websites and social media accounts are starting to draw alarming numbers of Korean teens as well.
Young people, mostly girls, who promote the bizarre "pro-ana" trend do not eat properly and starve themselves until their weight drops to 30-40 kg. When they do eat a proper meal, they feel guilty and exhibit bulimia symptoms of binging and forcing themselves to vomit...More
UNESCO has expressed support for South Korea's goal of turning the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas into a peaceful World Heritage Site...More
There has been no letup in the number of children who are placed in foster care because their parents abuse them, even as the total of abandoned children is declining...More
Hambak Island (circled) is located south of the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea on this map from the website of the Ministry of Defense.
A small island in the West Sea that houses a North Korean military installation is located south of the de facto maritime border on the Defense Ministry's own map...More
The number of people with loans from three or more financial institutions has risen by more than 20 percent in the last five years and now stands at 4.23 million.
Together they owe over W500 trillion, or W120 million per person on average (US$1=W1,200)...More
The number of empty and abandoned homes is increasing rapidly as the population ages and people tighten their belts.
A total of 1.42 million homes were empty last year, according to data from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Wednesday. The statistics cover houses or apartments that have been unoccupied for more than a year...More
A news report with a map published in the Chosun Ilbo on Oct. 31, 1965
Confusion is growing over a small island that appears to be nominally governed by South Korea but houses a North Korean military installation.
The government here says Hambak Island has been wrongly identified on some online maps but in fact lies north of the de facto maritime border between the two Koreas...More
Korea's suicide rate is on the rise again after five years of decline.
According to Statistics Korea on Tuesday, 13,670 people killed themselves last year, more than 37 a day. That translates into a suicide rate of 26.6 per 100,000 people, up 9.5 percent from 2017. The figure had been decreasing since 2013 when it was 28.5...More
Apartment prices grew at the highest rate so far this year in August, while the total number of homes sold also reached a new high. People in their 30s were the most avid buyers.
Market watchers say 30-somethings had been taking a wait-and-see approach last year due to soaring property prices but are now snapping up apartments before prices rebound from government curbs...More
Messaging app giant Kakao has caved in to government and taxi-lobby pressure and will now only launch a premium ride-hailing service that charges 20 to 40 percent more than regular cabs.
Kakao initially wanted to squeeze into the market by offering affordable rides amid mounting complaints from commuters who are tired of poor service from conventional taxis, which often refuse rides late at night. But hysterical protests from taxi drivers, including a couple of self-immolations, scuppered the plans...More
Hyundai has dominated the domestic car market so far this year, while the country's smaller carmakers -- GM Korea, Renault Samsung and Ssangyong -- continue to struggle.
According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association on Sunday, six of the top ten selling cars from January to August this year were Hyundais and the remaining four made by affiliate Kia...More
The title of "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" is somewhat misleading. Without a doubt, the four principal characters are all extremely dangerous people who strike fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere. But in person, they're oddly aloof and charming. Woong-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) likes to sew. Goo-tak (played by Kim Sang-joong) exudes a fatherly air over the team. No-soon (played by Kim Ah-joong) has great social skills, which she mostly uses for scams. While Yoo-seong (played by Jang Ki-yong) likes to fight, even he can tell when he's outgunned...More
Itami Jun was a Japanese architect. Curiously enough, the place where his work is best known is South Korea, or at least, that's where you're most likely to find examples of his work. "The Sea of Itami Jun" is a documentary that goes over why that is. Even though Itami Jun was a bit of an eccentric, going so far as get a South Korean passport when he's not even fluent in the local language, director Jung Da-woon does not look at his life through a nationalist lens, but rather an architectural one...More
It is always a bit strange to watch a film after you have met the director, and this is what happened to me in the case of Jeon Sungyeon and "The Fearless and Vulnerable". Fortunately, the documentary is quite interesting and so I did not have to slam a person I ended up liking. Let us see what the film is about though...More
Apart from making movies, Kim Mooyoung has also engaged in exhibiting research-based media art, which is being introduced to several countries. His first film, "Concrete" revovled around an undocumenteed Korean in Los Angeles...More
Akdong Musician /Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Sibling duo Akdong Musician released their first album in more than two years.
The duo had to take a hiatus from the music scene as the brother, Lee Chan-hyuk, joined the Marines for his mandatory military service, which he completed in May...More
Women draw on shoes at an event at a department store in Seoul on Friday...More
Drama fans rejoice, as we get some happy casting returns for "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2", pushing one major multi-season worry out of the way. While not everyone makes a return, there are enough new faces and stories to hopefully make up for that...More
Once in the South Korean market the notion that singers could become actors was treated with open disdain. But lately idols best known for their musical careers have been making progressively more convincing forays into acting. "Vagabond" is headlined by two such performers - Lee Seung-gi and Suzy were both famous as singers before they started doing high profile acting roles...More
On September 26th SonFeya posted a comment on her Facebook page in response to Song Young-hak's death. The comment describes Song Young-hak as being like an older brother to her, and makes reference to their meeting together earlier this year to appear in a short film. During that time they had discussed meeting together in the Hongdae University area in the future...More
On September 25th Oh Na-ra posted a picture of herself to Instagram with her "9.9 Billion Woman" co-star Lee Ji-hoon-I. The location of the picture is unclear, but it appears to be a shooting location for the drama. The two of them stand out as a surprisingly cute couple despite the sizable age difference between them...More
On September 26th Lee Seung-gi appeared at a fan signing event at the Lohbs Beauty Lab in the Itaewon district of Seoul. He was there because of his contract as a model with the brand Leaders Cosmetic...More
"Miss Lee" has been one of the more low-profile dramas of the current season. The drama's only real star of note is "Hyeri", who has long been criticized for a perceived lack of talent. However, the drama has been promoting itself more on uniqueness of concept than star popularity, purporting to show off a realistic working environment...More
Audiences mostly consider Korean movies synonymous with gangster films and foul language.
Lotte Cinema and the Chosun Ilbo polled 2,000 people and found that 25 percent thought of gangster films as the most representative genre of Korean cinema. Next came melodrama with 24 percent and historical epics with 16 percent...More
Girl group Brown Eyed Girls will release a new album next month, after a hiatus of nearly four years...More
Girls with sailor hats take a selfie at a job-training event in Daejeon on Thursday...More
Art installations are set up at Dadaepo Beach in Busan on Thursday...More
Mt. Seorak in Gangwon Province shows its first autumn colors on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Drama Special - Buzzcut Love" (2017)
Directed by Jo Woong
Written by Lee Jin-seok-II
With Kang Yeon-jung, Kim Jung-hyun, Min Jin-woong, Lee Jung-eun, Oh Na-ra, Lee Kang-wook,...
1 episode - Sun 22:40
Part of the "Drama Special" series
Also known as "Drama Special - Baldy's Romance"
The story of a 26-year-old woman, the decline of her health, her relationship with her hair as it falls out, and the man who shaves the rest of it away...More
Actor Ji Chang-wook is on the covers of the magazine 1st Look.
Moon Chae-won re-signed a contract with Namoo Actors.
Namoo Actors acknowledged this fact on the 26th...More
Actress Kim Min-jung is participating in the movement to help children with cancer by sharing her hair.
An organization for children with cancer announced that Kim Min-jung has decided to cut off her hair, which she's been growing out for a long time, to donate to children who are fighting cancer...More
As the passing of actor Song Young-hak was made public belatedly, a wave of mourning continues.
Media reported on the 26th that he passed away on the 24th...More
On September 26th "Sorikkun" released footage of the cast and crew first meeting each other at a special introductory event on September 17th. The event was held in anticipation of September 23rd, the day the Joseon era musical film started filming. The historical drama stars Lee Yoo-ri, Kim Dong-hwan, and Kim Min-joon in the leading roles as persons associated with traditional pansori music...More
On September 7th Song Hye-kyo was confirmed to have appeared at a fashion show event in New York City. Now a new report from the Hong Kong periodical Apple Daily suggests that Song will be staying in the city to take a short-term art course...More
"Deliver Us From Evil" has confirmed that actress Choi Hee-seo will be joining the cast. The news come just ahead of the domestic premiere of her leading role in the independent film "Our Body", which deals with a woman struggling to get a decent job who becomes fascinated by the apparently calming nature of jogging as a hobby...More
Ahead of its October 9th release date "Rainbow Playground held a press conference on September 25th. Still images released alongside the event have given a clearer idea as to the movie's tone. The story centers around Oh Ji-ho's character as he gets entangled in episodic encounters with the denizens of a peculiar neighborhood...More
Korean movies opening today 2019/09/26 in Korea: "Our Body", "Maggie", "Friday the 13th : The Conspiracy Begins", "Aewol - Written on the Wind", "Ireesha, The Daughter of Elf-king" and "Our Baseball"...More
Park Seo-joon attends a press conference for the Asiana International Short Film Festival in Seoul on Wednesday.
Actor Park Seo-joon has been appointed as a special juror for the annual Asiana International Short Film Festival.
Visitors look at artworks at an exhibition in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Visitors take a stroll at a park in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province on Wednesday...More
Actor Song Won-seok is starring in the new MBC weekend drama "No Second Chances", a satisfying drama about the guests at the run-down Nakwon Inn yelling 'there are no second chances in life' and getting back up on their feet.
The coming together of cast members Youn Yuh-jung, Joo Hyun, Han Jin-hee, Oh Ji-ho, Ye Ji-won, Park Se-wan, Kwak Dong-yeon, Park Ah-in, Song Won-seok, Park Joon-geum, Hwang Young-hee, Jung Suk-yong and Go Soo-hee foresees a harmony between them and antipation increases...More
Actor Won Bin's representatives denied the controversy that they asked to remove the mention of 'actor' in pictorials.
"When the Camellia Blooms" is on the rise.
An interview with husband-and-wife actors Jin Seon-kyu and Park Bo-kyung has attracted interest for its frank discussion of their attempts to balance family life with their careers. While Jin Seok-kyu is the more famous of the two, Park Bo-kyung has described herself as having a powerful hunger for the stage. After taking a break following the birth of their first child, she was determined to appear in at least one project before the birth of their second...More
While "Hotel Del Luna" had many popular elements bolstering its popularity, one of the easier ones to overlook were the drama's special effects, which convincingly came together to form a portrait of a purgatorial dream world. Digital Idea, the VFX company behind "Hotel Del Luna", now has another chance to shine with the premiere of "Vagabond"...More
In an interview on September 24th actor Hong Jong-hyun confirmed that he keeps contact with his co-stars from the 2017 historical drama "The King Loves", Im Si-wan and Yoona. In the drama the three actors formed a love triangle, where Hong Jong-hyun and Im Si-wan played members of the Goryeo royal family while Yoona was the daughter of a family stuck in political conflict with them...More
Lee Sang-geun was an unknown quantity when he made "Exit - Movie". Indeed, the director's relative inexperience was considered a strike against the movie's prospects before its release. But having easily risen to become the top-performing movie of the summer season, so too has Lee Sang-geun improved his profile...More
While Jung In-sun is best known for her recent appearance in the lead role of "Terius Behind Me", the actress has a surprisingly long pedigree in the South Korean entertainment industry. Recently, photos have been spread of her brief role in the famed serial killer investigation flick "Memories of Murder", where she appears as the girl in the ending...More
Mexican dancers perform in Seoul on Tuesday to promote the annual Cheonan World Dance Festival in South Chungcheong Province...More
Actor Kim Min-joon and Kwon Da-mi had their wedding pictures taken.
Kwon Da-mi posted the pictures on her SNS on the 24th. She added, "Not too long left! Let's be happy honey ♥"...More
Gong Hyo-jin hopes both her movie and drama to be successful.
"Welcome 2 Life" failed to break the record in its final episode.
A new movie theater has opened in the Hongdae district of Seoul. Hongdae is already home to a CGV, a Lotte Cinema, as well as an independent movie theater at the KT&G Sangsangmadang Complex, but the new theater is Megabox branded. It has five theaters and 726 seats...More
On the latest episode of 'Please Take Care of My Refrigerator' Kang Ki-young made some surprising comments about his "Crazy Romance" co-star Kim Rae-won, saying that Kim Rae-won could have a girlfriend if he didn't go fishing so often. When Kim Sung-joo asked Kim Rae-won who he went fishing with, Kim Rae-won replied that he had gone on trips with the actor Choi Jae-hwan as well as other celebrities...More
Director Yi Okseop has been making the rounds in anticipation of her upcoming film "Maggie", which stars Moon So-ri in a major role. Yi Okseop has had many praising words for the older woman, describing her as a pillar that helped keep the production together...More
August saw two major successes in South Korean independent film with "The House of Us" and "House of Hummingbird". The first has grossed over fifty thousand admissions and the second is set to break one hundred thousand this weekend. But aside from being popular in their own right, both films are noteworthy for having been directed by women, who have long had more difficulty than men in getting their films made, even on the independent film circuit...More
A press conference was held on September 24th for the upcoming movie "Crazy Romance". South Korea media was on the scene to take photos of lead actors Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin as well as director Kim Han-gyul...More
Girl group ITZY will begin their first world tour in November.
Their management agency JYP Entertainment teased the tour with posters and video clips on social media on Monday...More
Girl Group TWICE pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Monday...More
Visitors take a selfie in a flower field in Gongju, South Chungcheong Province on Monday...More
The new MBC weekend drama "No Second Chances" is a refreshing and satisfying drama about all the guests in Nakwon Inn yelling 'there are no second chances in life' and getting back on their feet...More
Credited actress Kim Hyun-joo is being featured in the October issue of ELLE.
She played lawyer Han Tae-joo in the OCN drama "WATCHER". In the photoshoot with ELLE, Kim Hyun-joo pulled off a green suit that no one would dare to try, and a black leather one-piece, as well as a white and natural shirt...More
Actor Kim Jae-wook showcased an intelligent and sophisticated look.
He recently modeled and interviewed with fashion magazine GQ Korea...More
TvN's "Arthdal Chronicles Part 3: Arth, The Prelude of All Legends" ended on the 22nd with a recorded average viewership of 7.4% and a maximum 8.1% for paid-platform households that integrate cable, satellite and IPTV, and topped the list of general service channels...More
Actress Ahn Eun-jin is on a roll.
Actress Kim Hee-sun might be in a new drama soon.
The friday-saturday KBS drama is resurrecting.
"Welcome 2 Life" went up in the ratings.
In retrospect, the best predictor for the current trend in successful South Korean movies was "Intimate Strangers" from last October. That adaptation of an Italian film had a strong cast, but little obvious frills. The story takes place during a dinner party and the tone is generally comedic with moments of drama thrown in. The movie needed 1.8 million admissions to break even, but ended up leaving the box office with over 5.2 million admissions...More
Following the conclusion of "Arthdal Chronicles" on September 22nd fans took to the Internet speculating about the drama earning a second season. Afterward, tvN responded to these queries with a statement saying that they were considering ordering another season. They mentioned that this had been in consideration from the beginning of production and that they were planning on issuing a decision soon...More
"Leverage: High Control Fraud Operation" is nearing its release. The new TV Chosun drama is based off of the American cable drama of the same name and deals with a team of scam artists. This is the first new TV Chosun drama since the conclusion of "Joseon Survival", which ended in embarrassment when Kang Ji-hwan was arrested for sexually assaulting other persons relevant to the production...More
On September 23rd the Korean Film Council released figures for the weekend box office. "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" was once again on top of the charts with a total of over 3.9 million credited admissions...More
Children draw on a road at a community festival in Seoul on Sunday...More
Pedestrians struggle against strong wind in Busan on Sunday as typhoon Tapah approaches the southern port city...More
A woman lights the torch for the annual National Sports Festival on Mt. Mani, Ganghwa Island on Sunday...More
"Arthdal Chronicles" part 3 ended with a record.
Students donate blood at a college in Busan on Monday. /Newsis
Korea only managed to collect optimum blood reserves on 97 days in 2018, falling below 100 for the first time ever, according to Korean Red Cross data.
The situation is also serious this year as the Red Cross has so far managed to secure optimum blood reserves lasting for five days ahead on only 49 days. Comparing January levels each year, Korea secured enough blood to last 6.5 days in early 2014, but that fell to 4.4 days in 2017 and to 4.1 days this year...More
More Koreans bought strengthening U.S. dollars last month than ever before, according to the Bank of Korea on Wednesday.
The central bank said that foreign currency deposits here totaled US$70.97 billion in August, up $1.3 billion from the previous month...More
Clear skies are seen above Gwanghwamun in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is running a "car-free week" this week. The green campaign is part of its effort to reduce air pollution...More
The number of single households in Korea this year has surpassed that of families to become the most common type in a country that was only recently famous for its close-knit family structures.
More than half of all households in Korea are expected to have no children by 2047 if the low birthrate persists, and many no longer bother getting married either...More
The population of Seoul is expected to fall below 10 million by the end of this year as residents move out into the suburbs where property is more affordable.
The city's population first surpassed the 10-million mark in 1988, but the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Tuesday it is expected to fall below either at the end of this year or during the first half of 2020...More
The government is trying to tighten regulations on cigarette sales, with a particular focus on vapes, in a bid to promote public health...More
Seoul is the world's sixth most-expensive city when it comes to groceries, according to Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database of consumer prices.
Numbeo analyzed the cost of living in 375 cities around the world, and while Seoul is the 26th most-expensive city overall, milk, beef, potatoes and other groceries are more expensive in Korea than even in New York, Tokyo and Oslo. Over the last 18 months, Numbeo gathered prices of 19 grocery products in supermarkets...More
Children from low-income households are more prone to smartphone addiction than those of the better off, according to a study by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs published Sunday...More
Korea has started issuing driver's licenses with vital information in English so they can be used overseas.
The National Police Agency said Sunday that the new licenses available from Monday can be used in 33 countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Guam, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey and the U.K...More
Samsung ranked third in terms of brand loyalty in a recent survey of over 55,000 American consumers...More
The cost of settling in Seoul is more expensive than in Tokyo, according to a study by German relocation service Movinga.
The study shows the cost of relocation and living in Seoul for the first three months totaling US$7,641, the 25th most expensive among 85 major cities in the world...More
Il-chool (played by Park Jung-min) is a young man who's obsessed with the game of poker. For good reason- he's pretty good at it and makes decent money there. At the very least, he can hustle a small table of other players. In the most striking scene of "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" we see Il-chool in a crowded study hall struggling to concentrate on the extremely boring lecture to help him ace an equally boring test because the poker chips of fantasy are just too alluring...More
Director Jeremy Joey first started filming "Life is a Dream We'll Wake up and Scream" back in 2012. He wanted a comprehensive look at the indie rock scene in the Hongdae district of Seoul by marking the journey of three bands trying to turn their passion into a profession. Though two of the three bands were successful, the documentary is bittersweet. In 2018 band members can be seen discussing an independent South Korean music scene that's not what it once was...More
This film was a strange watch for me, since a few days before I had watched "Alpinist: Confession of a Cameraman", Lim Il-jin's last film, that recorded, among others, the expedition that ended with the death of the director in 2018. Thus, watching a man I knew was dead, recording the climbing of the rugged Canadian bigwall, 'Bugaboo', became part of the review, making me feel a ritualistic sentiment, as I was writing this text. Let us see what "The Wall" is about, though...More
Born in Damyang in 1965, Chung is working on his new project, "Cinema Odyssey". Born in Busan in 1972. Lee's documentary, "She Loves to Massage Feet" (2003), was invited to the 5th Seoul Woman Film Festival and received the Excellence Award for Best Picture...More
The latest Video On Demand performance charts have been released for the second week of September, on September 20th. The highest requested movie during this time period was "Exit - Movie", while the most requested drama was "Graceful Family"...More
Director Kim Seong-ho and actress Kim Joo-ri have been chosen to lead the opening ceremony for the 11th annual Seoul International Architecture Film Festival. Director Kim Seong-ho is a more intuitive choice for the job than he might seem at first glance...More
On September 20th the Korean Asset Manager Corporation (KAMCO) announced that it was putting an upscale apartment in the Samsung district of Seoul up for auction from September 23rd to 25th. What's notable about the property is that the address, Samsung Terrace unit 1302, is the residence of actor Park Yoo-chun...More
On September 20th at the Imperial Palace in Seoul a press conference was held for the upcoming drama "Melting Me Softly", which is the comeback project for Ji Chang-wook following his two years of mandatory military service. South Korean news services were on the scene to take photos of the event...More
"Stove League" has confirmed that Jo Byeong-gyu will be appearing in the drama. Little is known about the project except that Namgoong Min will play the main role as a leader who takes control of a struggling team...More
Girl group Laboum pose ahead of a rehearsal for a TV show in Seoul on Thursday...More
Women take a photo at a flower field in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "The Spy Gone North" (2018)
Directed by Yoon Jong-bin
With Hwang Jung-min, Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hong-pa, Jung So-ri,...
Also known as "Duke", "Operation" and "Black Venus"
Started filming : 2017/01/25
Wrapped up filming : 2017/07/25
Based on the true story about the secret encounter between North and South Korea involving a special project...More
Lee Seung-gi looks great.
Suzy is out with a pictorial.
Actor Lee Dong-wook is the autumn man.
His agency released several A cut pictures from the October issue of Esquire...More
Actress Han Young is making a change.
Webtoons to TV shows, TV shows to films and films to novels; the element of multi-use, meaning using and selling one round of content into various genres, has become the basic strategy of the cultural industry. Because it utilizes content that has already been 'acknowledged' once, some degree of box office success is guaranteed.
However, there are exceptions. It's the cinematizing of dramas. Even the most popular drama can become a disaster when turned into a movie. Some examples are "Hwang Jin Yi", "The Last Blossom" and "Cheese in the Trap - Movie". However, there is something that broke this formula, and that is "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos"...More
Korean actors are going to Hollywood.
With the start of Lee Byung-hun's appearance in "G.I. Joe" in 2009, "Terminator Genisys" in 2015 and "The Magnificent Seven" in 2016 opening the gates for Korean actors to Hollywood, many Korean actors have been going there. Above all, it is meaningful that actors credited for their acting skills are knocking on the doors of Hollywood, and not just Hallyu stars like Lee Byung-hun and Rain with world-class fan bases in Asia...More
"When the Camellia Blooms" came in first.
With "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" CJ continues to show a surprisingly strong hold on the South Korean domestic box office. In addition to having the only two domestic ten million viewer hits of the year with "Extreme Job" and "Parasite", they also won the big summer blockbuster competition with "Exit - Movie" and have now with "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" also won Korean Thanksgiving weekend...More
Go Min-si has been making rapid progress as a supporting name in dramas. Since her debut in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" in 2017 she has alternated between minor roles and significant supporting roles in a large number of projects, even having a turn as the narrator in the recent major film "The Battle: Roar to Victory". She was the second lead in "Hundred Million Stars from the Sky" and how has a comparably important role in "Secret Boutique", her first on a broadcast network drama...More
KBS has released a character correlation chart to help keep track of the many people in its latest drama, "When the Camellia Blooms". The design of the chart is simpler and cuter than usual. Much of this has to do with the relatively small core cast and how most of them only have relationships with the lead characters and not each other...More
Many of the major dramas of the new season feature pairings that have already been seen before. For the extremely ambitious spy thriller "Vagabond" Lee Seung-gi and and Suzy were brought back together from their appearance in the 2013 fantasy historical drama "Gu Family Book". Much has changed since then - Suzy in particular has aged from a teenage singer to a young woman who is making a conscious effort to transition into being a serious actress...More
Politically themed dramas have long been seen as risky in the South Korean market. Politicians are not popular in the country and going into any degree of speficity about the beliefs of fictional characters is a sure fire way to anger those who identify against such beliefs. Recent political dramas, however, have been bolder about tackling real-life issues and have done reasonably well as a result...More
KBS 2TV "When the Camellia Blooms" is off to a good start!
The romantic comedy which stars Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul has beaten "Secret Boutique", its rival in the 10pm Wednesday-Thursday slot. Furthermore, it was the most watched drama of the night!...More
Soon-to-be married couples in hanbok or traditional Korean dress take a selfie in Seoul Plaza in the capital on Wednesday...More
Children chip in coins at an event in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Visitors look at a miniature display at a commemorative exhibition to celebrate the first anniversary of an inter-Korean declaration, at KINTEX in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday...More
Kim Jae-young is going to take over the small screen.