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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" Episodes 1-2 2017/05/30
MBC's latest Monday/Tuesday drama "Lookout" is a 32 episode run, but don't let that number fool you. It is a part of a new test split that both MBC and SBS are trying. A single hour-long episode is chopped into two half-hour episodes and aired the same night. In terms of your time, you'll be spending 16 episodes with the characters and stories of "Lookout". It's just all in a different package. Despite the awkward cut that the split has thrown into the middle of this first episode, Director Son Hyeong-seok ("Two Weeks", "Personal Taste") and Writer Kim Soo-eun have delivered quite the riveting first two episodes.,...More
Lee Min-ho is flooded with over 100 potential scripts 2014/06/22, Source Lee Min-ho's sources say that the actor has been getting floods of scenarios besides "Gangnam Blues". According to his agency, Lee Min-ho has been getting over 100 scripts and scenarios and they are being piled up for him every morning.
His agency says, "It's only natural that scripts are being built up for top stars like him and it's a form of concern, disguised as happiness. He is a Hallyu star and talented actor so the staff at the agency have become incredibly busy as well. Because of the global suggestions, we have professional manpower from reviews, analysis and interpreting",...More
Son Ye-jin Celebrates Birthday With Fans 2011/01/24, Source Actress Son Ye-jin rang in her 29th birthday with 100 of her fans from all over the world. We're talking from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Australia, and America, just to name a few. They all gathered on January 23rd-- although Son's birthday is on January 11th -- at the Musical House in Yaksu-dong of Seoul,...More
Lee Min-ho to release DVD of past year activities 2010/12/21, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho will release a DVD which sums up his activities from last year to 2010.
An official from his agency Starhaus Entertainment told 10Asia over the phone that Lee's DVD titled "Lee Minho 2009-2010", which was produced in Japan, will go on sale for fans in Japan and Korea starting December 24,...More
Buzzwords of Year 2010 in Pop Culture 2010/12/17, Source
"My score is..". and "Cha Do Nam" (meaning a cold-hearted chic man of the city)
Many gloomy accidents and incidents including the sinking of corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island had occurred throughout this year in society, but many buzzwords had also been created and greatly loved by people in the popular culture. Popular programs such as "Superstar K - Season 2","High Kick Through The Roof", and "Bread, Love and Dreams" had entered the cradle of buzzwords, and those buzzwords had been talked about for a year by people, in pleasant times as well as times of suffering. But some buzzwords had aroused criticism and could not be kept as buzzwords. For example, the buzzwords created from the KBS comedy program "Gag Concert", saying "I am Dong Hyuk's old brother", which had made viewers feel refreshed, had been criticized by a civic group, who insisted, "the phrase is an inflammatory phrase base on populism",...More
2AM In The Top 20 The Most Often In 2010 2010/12/06, Source One of the most representative music sites in Korea, Melon, took at a look at the past year to see which artists were included in the top 20 on their charts the most often. The verdict,...More
[PIFF] Interview - 2AM member Im Seulong 2010/10/12, Source
Im Seulong [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
While members of boy band 2AM have slowly expanded on the realm of music they do, away from their group -- Jo Kwon sung a duet with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-in (Son Ga-in) on MBC's make-believe reality show "We Got Married" and Lee Changmin formed a project duo named Homme with 8eight's Lee Hyeon -- Im Seulong's choice was to take on acting which he "had high aspirations for since becoming a celebrity". And within time span of less than a year, he has quite quickly taken on three roles starting with MBC TV series "Personal Taste" where he plays Tae-hoon who clings onto the woman he has a crush on, then "Best Theatre - Lunch Box" an MBC Sunday drama series whose title is translates into 'lunchbox', and movie "Acoustic",...More
Seulong leaves for Japan today 2010/09/17, Source
Korean boy band 2AM member Seulong [Official Seulong Twitter site]
Korean boy band 2AM member Seulong has revealed a picture of himself heading off to the airport on his Twitter account.
On Friday, the 23-year-old singer posted a photograph of himself sporting a black leather jacket, black t-shirt and black sunglasses, with a comment saying, "Going to Japan!",...More
Lee Min-ho attends fashion show in New York 2010/09/15, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho and French designer Christophe Lemaire at the Lacoste 2011 Summer/Spring collection fashion show in New York [APR Agency]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho attended the fashion show for clothing brand Lacoste in New York last weekend, according to Lacoste's PR firm APR agency on Wednesday,...More
The Asian-Pacific Producers Networks (APN) will honor Korean actor Lee Byung-hun, actress,...More
Lee Min-ho reveals pics from Maldives vacation 2010/08/09, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho on his Maldives vacation [Official Lee Min-ho Cyworld and Twitter]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has uploaded pictures from his recent vacation in the Maldives on his official Cyworld webpage and Twitter.
Last Friday, Lee posted several photographs of himself including one of himself on the beach sporting a navy blue t-shirt and white pants, a close-up shots from a swimming pool and another of himself talking on his phone while sitting on a bench,...More
Lee Min-ho sets up official Twitter account 2010/07/02, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Lee's official Twitter page]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has set up an official Twitter account after falling victim to a Twitter impersonator last March.
The actor announced on his Cyworld mini-hompy board Thursday afternoon that he had created his own account (http://twitter.com/actorleeminho) on Twitter, a popular social networking and micro-blogging service.
Lee made his first Twitter entry, saying "I want to ride a bike" along with a photo of himself riding a bicycle in a commercial,...More
Lee Min-ho spends weekend with Asian fans 2010/06/21, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Lee Min-ho celebrated his upcoming birthday with his fans over the weekend, hosting a fan meeting for some 4,500 fans who turned up from Korea, Japan and China to see the actor.
The actor entertained his local and foreign guests in various ways at the event titled "2010 The Special Day with Minoz" held at Seoul's Kyung Hee University on June 20,...More
Sexy stars cheer World Cup in photos 2010/06/11, Source The 2010 South Africa World Cup started Friday. For a month in the middle of the hot summer, from June 11 to July 12, football fans will have great fun, watching the games. But for most Koreans, what,...More
Lee Min-ho to meet and greet fans on June 20 2010/05/27, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho will hold a fan meeting on June 20, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment on Thursday.
Starhaus announced through a press release that the actor will meet with his fans at the event titled "2010, The Special Day with Minoz" at the Grand Peace Palace located in Kyung Hee University in June,...More
Korean society seems much more tolerant about homosexuality these days. But what about a gay kissing scene on a prime time TV drama? That may be too much for at leas,...More
Kim Ji-suk enters Korean military today 2010/05/24, Source
Korean actor Kim Ji-suk speaks to reporters before entering the Korean military [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Ji-suk entered the Korean army today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory two-year military services.
Speaking to a group of reporters and fans in front of Nonsan training camp on Monday, Kim remarked that actor Jang Hyuk, his co-star in the recent hit drama "The Slave Hunters", had told him that he "will be the first to visit [Kim] in the military",...More
[STAR DIARY] Lee Min-ho - Part 10 2010/05/09, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
After Lee Min-ho wrapped up "Boys over Flowers", it took viewers a year to see him again on the small screen -- in the currently-airing TV series "Personal Taste". But for Lee, he had only taken a break from work for about two or three months.
"I rested really well for like two, three months. I went skiing often, watched old dramas that I had not seen, went out for lots of good food and played many video games at home".
Now that he was a top star, it was only natural that he would start worrying about his next acting role. "I didn't feel pressured but I did think that I should act well. I worried a lot too -- over whether I play a macho role next or a cheerful character. But since I am still pretty young, I wanted to portray a cheerful character",...More
[ChanMi's take] Son Ye-jin vs UEE 2010/04/29, Source
The see through look has started last year 2009 and is being continued to this year. The flashy trend is no more but just in the steady sellers for those who want to be bold.
Rather, the feminine look is by see through look for which Son Ye-jin and UEE have taken.
Son Ye-jin has worn ths see through peach colored dress for the d,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Min-ho's new photoshoot 2010/04/27, Source
Drama "Personal Taste" brings popularity to Lee Min-ho once again. He is in a new 2010 Summer commercial shoot.
He is wearing a stylish casual suit jacket with checkered shirt, blue pants, and printed t-shirt. He is more trendy with this dandy look and soft smile!
This sharp and edgy style with retro modern sporty look will be available around this Summer!,...More
[STAR DIARY] Lee Min-ho - Part 1 2010/04/26, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
When character Goo Joon-pyo first appeared in the drama "Boys Over Flowers", it caused quite a sensation. With a hairstyle that looked made him look like someone who had just jumped out of a comic book and strong facial features, Lee Min-ho seem familiar yet difficult to place.
Some say that Lee Min-ho "became a star overnight" as he became an A-lister after starring in "Boys over Flowers". But he too had once been an aspiring actor who had been rejected at many auditions,...More
[ChanMi's take] Son Ye-jin VS 4MINUTE 2010/04/24, Source
Flowerprints are the Spring's must have items this year!
A Korean girl group by the name of 4 Minute was in Hong Kong wearing lovely flowerprint blouses for a photoshoot.
Son Ye-jin was also wearing this blouse in the drama "Personal Taste" with overalls!
This blouse can be worn in a very feminine look as the singers had and very,...More
Lee Hyori new album reigns Mnet charts 2010/04/20, Source
Korean queen of pop on Mnet's "Mnet Countdown' [Mnet]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has gracefully bowed onto the top spot of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
The songstress' title track from her fourth album "H. Logic" claimed the No. 1 position on the chart, pushing back last week's winner Rain to become the most-popular single during the week of April 12 to 18,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 1 2010/04/19, Source "Cinderella's Sister" VS "Prosecutor Princess" VS "Personal Taste"
Picking out your favorite flavor is only possible when you are dealing with ice creams. For drama maniacs, it is practically a torture that three dramas, who each premiered offering similar doses of fun, are all broadcast in the same time slot. You may have yet to decide which channel to settle on with the shows still early into their run, so here is a comparative analysis which could help you make up your mind on which show to watch real-time, which to watch the re-run of, and which to watch through your IPTV service provider.
1. The Moment of Truth: The one scene where you can witness the producers' hard efforts
"Cinderella's Sister" Song Gang-sook (played by Lee Mi-sook) wraps her arms around Goo Dae-sung (played by Kim Kap-soo) when she is startled while riding on the back of his rattling bicycle. But the bike actually rattled because Song Gang-sook had kicked its rear wheel. This single scene describes what the show's two characters are like -- the sly Song Gang-sook and Goo Dae-sung, who is clueless when it comes to women -- and sums up their romantic emotions for each other. Thanks to such scenes, "Cinderella's Sister" explained its basic set-up in one episode and went on to unfold its main story. How the producers left a lingering feeling through using restrained forms of expression, such as simply showing the bike left behind after the two characters fall from a low slanted row, rather than attempting to explain the details to the incident, was also impressive,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 2 2010/04/19, Source 6. Work and Love, Love and Work: The story for all three stories are set at the workplace
"Prosecutor Princess": It is impossible to perfectly reenact the process of investigation that prosecutors carry out unless the program is a reality documentary. However, "Prosecutor Princess" adds an abundance of detail into depicting the daily life of a civil servant. The show has received reviews that even regular office workers can relate to the portrayal of the job description of a rookie prosecutor. "Princess" could become a good example of an office drama if it lays out the process of investigations with common sense.
"Personal Taste": One can't really say it is specialized. The drama does not explain through what process a house is designed, how to trim the different kinds of wood in order to make furniture, or what the necessary preparations are in carrying out a bidding. The scenes where Park Gae-in takes part in a furniture exhibition and has Jun Jin-ho cut the acrylic from a blind in order to avoid an emergency situation adds onto the sense of reality in telling the difficulties one struggles as an employee.
"Cinderella's Sister": Everyone gathers together at the makgeolli brewery called "Daesungdoga". However, this Goo Dae-sung's world of abundance and is one of the things that Song Gang-sook wants, but it does not display any characteristics as a work place. One might forget that it is a brewery, if it did not show the scene of Goo Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) drinking the residue left after rice liquor is drained before going to school. As a whole, the story of the self righteous self-made owner, the femme fatale-like new lady of the house, and the naive yet talkative workers and large family all seem like trite set-ups,...More
"Personal Taste" will gain flavor, says Son Ye-jin - Part 1 2010/04/16, Source
From left, actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin pose during a press conference for MBC TV series "Personal Preference" at the public network's outdoor set in the city of Yongin of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on April 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Personal Taste", about a man pretending to be a homosexual in order to become roommates with a woman who wants to live with a gay male friend, was like welcomed rain on dry ground -- a light romantic comedy amidst the flood of grand historical dramas family destruction stories. News of the main cast amplified viewers anticipation for the show; Lee Min-ho was taking on a role for the first time since appearing in the hit show "Boys over Flowers" early last year and Son Ye-jin was to play the most comical character she had ever taken on since her debut. A press conference held Tuesday on the set of "Personal Taste" revealed that the actors' expectations for the show ran as high as their fans'. Below are excerpts from the event attended by Lee and Son,...More
"Personal Taste" will gain flavor, says Son Ye-jin - Part 2 2010/04/16, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Q: Son Ye-jin, you are Lee Min-ho's senior in the acting industry. Do you act as his acting teacher too?Son Ye-jin: He actually disregards me. He'll say, "It doesn't matter if I do it like this". (laugh) Lee Min-ho: This is a drama where chemistry between us is very important. That's why I dare to speak my mind and it helps a lot that she really listens to my opinions. She's amazing when it comes to interpreting situations she'll also help me realize things that I hadn't thought of so that's when I think she's a great actress. Son: Lee's greatest strength is that he is optimistic. When I worry that our ratings aren't as good as I thought they would be, he'll tell me that everything will be okay. And actors usually become very frustrated when their lines and directing don't go the way they want it to but Lee is good at letting go and organizing his thoughts in such situations. I too am the type that grumbles to myself. He is an actor with more potential for growth. I usually work with actors who are more than 10 years older than me, it's the first time I'm working with someone like Lee who is several years younger, so it feels quite weird and fun. I think there's a lot of synergy that comes from people my age,...More
On the set of MBC TV series "Personal Taste" 2010/04/16, Source
From left, actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin pose during a press conference for MBC TV series "Personal Taste" at the public network's outdoor set in the city of Yongin of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on April 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
It was just a water bottle shaped slightly different from the typical. But Lee Min-ho and Son Ye-jin talked about its shape as if they were extremely close friends ahead of a press conference held Tuesday on the set of MBC TV series "Personal Taste". After drinking water out of the bottle's cap which was much larger and spherical than usual, Lee kindly explained to Son, "I think this is used as a cup", resembling the delicate and composed Jun Jin-ho he plays for the show,...More
Rain celebrates double win on Mnet charts 2010/04/13, Source
Picture of Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Rain has made his way to the top of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Love Song".
The title track from the singer's latest album "BACK TO THE BASIC" bounced up three slots from its previous position to rank the hottest single during the week of April 5 to 11,...More
"Personal Taste" already stirring Asia 2010/04/01, Source
Official poster for TV series "Personal Taste" starring Son Ye-jin (left) and Lee Min-ho [MBC]
New MBC TV series "Personal Taste" is already stirring Korea and Asia since its premiered last night, according to Korea's major broadcaster MBC on Thursday.
MBC said in a press release that the show is already receiving inquiries about overseas broadcasting copyrights and has been sold at "unprecedented prices" to several countries in Asia including Hong Kong and Thailand,...More
Son Ye-jin says relieved Lee Min-ho "not young-looking" (1) 2010/03/26, Source For Son Ye-jin, it is a drama where she will play the most comical character since her debut. For Lee Min-ho, it is a drama he chose after long consideration for his comeback role since KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers". For Kim Ji-suk, it is the last drama he will take on before entering the Korean military. For Wang Ji-hye, it is her first step toward creating a new image and for Im Seulong, it is his debut as an adult actor. Will the MBC series [tentatively titled] "Personal Taste" be remembered as a special drama that fulfills the taste of the public, just as it is turning into a special drama for the actors, each for his personal reasons? Below are excerpts from the Q&A session at the press conference for "Personal Taste".
Korean actress Son Ye-jin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: How did you choose to do "Personal Taste"? Son Ye-jin (Son): Up till now, I have played characters that were older than my actual age. I don't really look old, but I had come to choose older parts because I was trying to show my serious, deep side. The film "White Night" was very hard on me psychologically and physically, so I wanted to do a fresh, young drama befitting my age for my next work. So it wasn't hard to choose "Personal Taste",...More
Son Ye-jin says relieved Lee Min-ho "not young-looking" (2) 2010/03/26, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin pose at the press conference for their upcoming MBC TV series tentatively titled "Personal Preference" in English, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 25, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]Q: If you were to compare your character [in "Personal Taste"] with Wang-son from "The Slave Hunters"? Kim Ji-suk (Kim): First of all, the two are different genres and the two are different characters. If Wang-son was the youngest character who was comic and provided fun to the drama, Chang-ryeol is a main character who has to lead the story. And he is also different from Wang-son in terms of appearance, so people might feel like they are seeing a little of Wang-son in the character, I expect viewers to quickly fall in love with Han Chang-ryeol. Han Chang-ryoel is the most luxurious character that I have ever played. What is crafty about a person's mind is that, when I was working on "The Slave Hunters", I wanted to do a modern drama. But now, with so many things to worry about including my appearance, I've come to think that dramas are all the same,...More
Lee Min-ho warns fans about fake Twitter account 2010/03/15, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has warned fans of a fake Twitter account opened up under his name, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment.
"What people currently know as Lee Min-ho's Twitter is a fake account", said an official at Starhaus on Friday, adding that they are preparing countermeasures to protect the actor's fans.,...More
2AM member Seulong to make acting debut 2010/03/02, Source
2AM member Lim Seulong [Asia Economic Daily]
K-pop 2AM member Seulong will be making his acting debut in a new MBC drama starring actors Son Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho, according to MBC on Tuesday.
Seulong will join the cast of the Wednesday and Thursday series to play the role of Kim Tae-hoon, the college junior of Lee's character Jin-ho, in the series tentatively titled "Personal Taste" in English.
"We chose Seulong for the role because of the bright and cheerful image he portrays on different variety shows -- exactly the kind of character Tae-hoon is. Even though this will be his first time acting, we know he will be a perfect fit for it", MBC explained.,...More
Lee Min-ho to make comeback in new drama 2010/01/11, Source
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho is set to make a comeback to the small screen in April, according to television broadcaster MBC on Monday. The actor has been cast for the lead role in a new MBC TV series, tentatively titled "Personal Taste", which is based on a novel of the same title by Korean writer Lee Se-in. Lee will play the role of Jun Jin-ho, who pretends to be a gay man in order to become roommates with a woman who wants to live with a gay male friend.,...More
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