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[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - Myeongdong 2015/10/24
If there is one thing that can be said about Seoul, is that it truly is a city with something that will appeal to everyone. Its personality is multifaceted and deep. While parts of it rest, others come alive. There is always something to do, somewhere to go, and people to meet. Even cats, dogs, and raccoons await the friendly faces of tourists and locals alike in animal cafes. It is steeped in the rich history of Korea and flavored by the worldly wonders of Korea's immense expansion since its birth as a democracy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "All About My Romance" 2014/03/01
Politics is not something most would associate with love or romance. In fact, politics is often one of the sad things fans of romantic comedy want to run away from by means of happy escapism. Hearing those two combined in a romantic comedy drama would make many uncertain. However, we have to remember the medium and genre have a certain focus that viewers like and that it would be unwise to change that. Those who have watched works like the 1995 movie 'The American President' also know it is very doable without losing that focus. Thankfully for those who might not like the topic, 'All About My Romance' uses it in a very good and fun way that adds to its romance and comedy, rather than sully it,...More
A look at the K-dramas of 2012 2013/01/01, Source
This year was really a wild ride. It was my second full year as a k-drama watcher and my first full year blogging. Phew. Did 2012 go by as quickly for you as it did for me?
Some of it I loved, and some of it left me lukewarm. There were a few dramas I really wish I could obliterate from my memory. But the good ones made up for it, 'cause there were some GOOD dramas.
The reviews will be highly biased and highly noninclusive. It's about what I remembered at the end of the year 2012. How did these shows impact me? Am I still salivating? Or did I forget it existed until I had to write this thing?,...More
[REVIEW] KBS TV series "PRESIDENT" - 1st Episode 2010/12/16, Source
KBS drama "President" [KBS]
Amid the race for presidency in the ruling party's camp, the sudden scandal with slush fund throws the main candidate off the balance. His wife confesses to him that it was her doing so he takes off to meet the prosecutors only to get shot on his way. All these events happened in less than half an hour in new KBS series "President", showing how very bold the drama is in unfolding so many incidents at once. Unlike other political dramas such as SBS series "THE CITY HALL" or "Daemul - Big Thing" which have female characters substitute a man's desire for power, "President" shows a world where one's desire for power is so strong that it is unbearable to place it in anyone else's hands,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" - 1st Episode 2010/10/21, Source
A scene from SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" [SBS]
Shin Mi-rae (Kim Sun-ah) from SBS TV series "THE CITY HALL" dreamt of putting her heart into healing people's pain without separating her personal life from politics. And now, in a reality where that dream has been brutally shattered, Seo Hae-rim (Ko Hyeon-jepng) in SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" cries out "How am I supposed to explain this country to my child!" She is asking for 'an understandable explanation' to why the world around her is changing from power exercised under the name of the state and for it to serve at least as a community which can protect individuals who cannot protect themselves,...More
Drama Tackles 'Presidency' 2010/08/26, Source
A drama is about to tackle the topic of the presidency.
Korean dramas about politics and historical stories had featured the president mainly as a background character so far, but these days the president has been the protagonist of a few mini-series dramas in a row, and the president has suddenly stood out as a "popular job" in dramas.
SBS TV's new drama "Daemul - Big Thing", which will begin airing from October, and KBS 2TV's new drama "President", which will begin airing from December, are stories of politicians who run for the presidency. Both dramas will focus on the process to run for the presidency, and the stories happening after being elected as the president will be unfolded as well,...More
Lee Dong-gun appointed celebrity military officer 2010/07/23, Source
Korean actor Lee Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Dong-gun, who entered the military last month as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory army duties, will be working as a celebrity military officer for the remainder of his serving period.
According to Korea's Defense Media Agency on Friday, the actor was recently assigned to the PR department in the agency after receiving five weeks of basic training at Chuncheon's 102 Reserve,...More
Kim Sun-ah meets with 2,000 fans at Taiwan fan meeting 2010/06/15, Source
Korean actress Kim Sun-ah at her Taiwan fan meeting [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Sun-ah held her first Taiwan fan meeting over the weekend which attracted some 2,000 fans, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Tuesday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the event, held at the Taiwan International Convention Center on June 12, was also attended by 50 leading Chinese media outlets including ELTATV and ETTV,...More
Kim Sun-ah to hold fan meeting in Taiwan this weekend 2010/06/11, Source
Korean actress Kim Sun-ah [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Sun-ah will be visiting Taiwan this weekend to host her first-ever fan meeting in the country, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Friday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the actress, who left for Taiwan this morning, will be carrying out various activities in the country as part of celebrating the success of her SBS TV series "THE CITY HALL",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 1 2010/04/27, Source
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Actor Cha Seung-won never gets tired. He melted viewers' hearts through his role in SBS' "THE CITY HALL" last year and soon after played the stylish detective in movie "Secret - 2009". Then in order to play the role of Lee Mong-hak, he armed himself with sharp teeth and a long sword for film "Blades of Blood" which is set to open in theaters on April 29. A slew of other large productions starring Cha, including movie "71-Into the Fire" and drama "ATHENA" are also standing in line for release later this year. Below are excerpts from 10Asia's interview with Cha Seung-won.
10: Your film "Blades of Blood" is awaiting release. It's already receiving a lot of hype because it's helmed by famed director Lee Joon-ik and stars yourself and actor Hwang Jung-min. How do you feel about this movie? Cha Seung-won: I think it'll do roughly well. Roughly. (laugh) Last night I dreamt that I was heading somewhere, walking on a field covered with snow. Snow means wealth. And when I climbed over a fence, I saw was an ocean. I woke up saying wow! (laugh),...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2 2010/04/27, Source
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: "71-Into the Fire" is in post-production right now. What was it like filming the movie? It must have not been easy -- I saw photos taken on set which basically seemed like ruins.Cha Seung-won: I didn't see a single woman on set the whole time we shot "71-Into the Fire". kwon Sang-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and I thought 'Wow this is too much'. (laugh) You'll probably be able to tell from the photos but When you see the behind-the-scenes pictures all you see are men. 10: Maybe that's why Choi Seung-hyun received so much attention. (laugh) Cha: We all like him very much. There is no reason not to like him. He had a really tough time on set after having been an idol group singer. He would say hello at lunch, sit next to me and eat covered in make-up which makes him look messy. And when I ask him if filming is bearable, he would say he likes it. He's a really good guy,...More
Kim Sun-ah Holds First Fan Meeting in Japan and Hints at Film Role 2010/01/27, Source Actress Kim Sun-ah held the ceremony for her first Japanese fan meeting on January 25. She also participated in various programs such as a talk show, piano performances, and a gift segment at the "Premium Event 2010 with Kim Sun-ah" at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shijuku, Tokyo on the same evening.
Actress Kim Sun-ah waves her hand at the press interview before her first official Japanese fan meeting at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shijuku in Tokyo, Japan on January 25th.,...More
I'm a CityHaller and I'm proud
of it. I don’t know when I will be
seeing again the screen couple Shin
Mi-rae and Jo Gook.THE CITY HALL is
really a great drama that I watch
religiously and becomes my daily
vitamins since it was aired
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