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[Interview] Park Shin-hye, "Slump? Rest is all you need"

Source | 2017/11/20 | | Permalink

The public has seen Park Shin-hye since she was young. She was born in 1990 and starred in the 2003 drama "Stairways to Heaven" as the younger version of Choi Ji-woo. It wasn't her dream to become an actress. She initially wanted to become a singer and once belonged to Lee Seung-hwan's agency.

It was coincidence that she became an actress. She just went for an audition when she was fourteen years old. She landed herself a role in "Stairways to Heaven" and on top of that, her impressive performance led to the extension of one episode...More

[Interview] Suzy, "It's not enough, I am a step closer to maturity"

Source | 2017/11/20 | | Permalink

Suzy is one of Hallyu's representing beauties. Her innocent and pure image earned her the name 'nation's first love' and now she's the 'nation's goddess'.

This singer and actress starred in the most recent SBS drama "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" as Nam Hong-joo, a social reporter who had postmonitions...More

[Interview] "The Fortress" Director Hwang Dong-hyuk by The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2017/11/11 | | Permalink

It's a rare honor when a filmmaker has the opportunity to make cinematic history even once in their career. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk has had two nods; first with "Silenced" {"Dogani"} his harrowing account of real-life events, which created such outrage that new laws against child abuse were enacted. He went on to something completely different with "Miss Granny", which broke box office records, not only in South Korea, but in various blockbuster remakes around Asia.

Director Hwang returns with his historical epic, "The Fortress", spotlighting one of early Korea's most pivotal and tragic moments. Featuring some of South Korea's greatest stars and a score by Oscar-winner, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hwang spoke with me about balancing the film's thrilling action sequences with its heartfelt story...More

[Interview] Kang Yoon-sung: I think it is important to move the audience in genre movies

2017/10/14 | | Permalink

Kang Yoon-Sung has been in show business since the start of the previous decade, having acted in "Please Teach Me English" in 2003. "The Outlaws" (aka "Crime City") is his first full feature film as a director.

On the occasion of the screening of "The Outlaws" (Festival entry as "Crime City") at London Korean Film Festival, we speak with him about his film, his collaboration with Ma Dong-seok, Korean movie industry, and many other topics...More

[Interview] Kang Ha-neul, "I feel awkward talking to women"

Source | 2017/09/03 | | Permalink

Kang Ha-neul was in Hong Kong and Singapore to promote the movie "Midnight Runners" with director Jason Kim. According local media, Kang Ha-neul responded to questions with eagerness...More

[Interview ] "Midnight Runners" Kang Ha-neul, "Success is thanks to director Jason Kim"

Source | 2017/09/03 | | Permalink

There have been many Korean police movies where policemen track down criminals. "Two Cops" (1993), "Public Enemy Returns" (2008), "Veteran" (2015), and "Confidential Assignment" (2017) are just a few. These films are based on cops in their thirties and forties with experience and carefully thought out plans to capture their suspects...More

[Interview] Park Seo-joon, "I think Kang Ha-neul will be more handsome when he's back from the military"

Source | 2017/08/31 | | Permalink

"Midnight Runners" has hit the jackpot: the film has grossed 5 million admissions

There have been many Korean police movies where policemen track down criminals. "Two Cops" (1993), "Public Enemy Returns" (2008), "The Veteran" (2015), and "Confidential Assignment" (2017) are just a few. These films are based on cops in their thirties and forties with experience and carefully thought out plans to capture their suspects...More

[Interview] Lee Se-yeong, "I would like to work with Yoon Si-yoon again"

Source | 2017/08/21 | | Permalink

"Acting out emotions I've never acted out before has left me feeling stunned. Romance wasn't the main element in the drama so I feel I could have done better in showing more emotions".

Lee Se-yeong starred in the KBS 2TV drama "The Best Hit" as Choi Woo-seung, a bar examiner for 3 years. Lee Se-yeong said, "I wonder if there is better teamwork than what we had". "The Best Hit" is a time-slip drama about an old top star who was thought to be dead, coming back. Choi Woo-seung is a character who studies hard, hoping for a steady life. She was a very realistic and typical character...More

[Interview] Hong Deok-pyo: I'm generally interested in my surrounding environment, like the twisted relationship amongst people and the irrationality of the Korean society.

2017/08/19 | | Permalink

Yeon Sang-ho is now globally recognizable, after "Train to Busan" Can you tell us a bit about your long collaboration with him?

Director Yeon and I have known each other for more than 10 years, when we were working on our own short animation films. We knew we had a lot of the same ideas in common and even had plans to collaborate in a film. Due to circumstances, we couldn't at the time, but after Studio Dadashow started to stabilize, we started working together. Since then, we've worked as the producer or director accordingly in each other's films. For both "Master and Man" and "The Senior Class", I directed while Yeon produced the film...More

[Interview] Hyun Juni, "I feel like a rookie again"

Source | 2017/08/16 | | Permalink

Hyun Juni is off to a fresh start. She left BH Entertainment and moved to Six Oceans. She's about to star in a new drama. She's excited. "I am starting a brand new 10 years".

Hyun Juni started off as a singer. She was the vocalist for the group Bella Mafia. As an actress, she debuted in 2008 with the MBC drama "Beethoven Virus". She made a strong impression of herself here and that was 10 years ago...More

[Interview] "V.I.P" Kim Myung-min - Without Hesitation but Renewed

Source | 2017/08/14 | | Permalink

In the movie, "V.I.P", actor Kim Myung-min plays the detective, Chae I-do. He is an important role who have to catch the criminal...More

[Interview] "V.I.P" Jang Dong-gun - The Emotion Rises the More You Hide It

Source | 2017/08/14 | | Permalink

Actor Jang Dong-gun took out his vapor cigarette. It's been about 6 months since he quit smoking and started with his vapor cigarette about 2 weeks ago...More

[Interview] "V.I.P" Park Hee-soon - Let's Loosen Up A Bit

Source | 2017/08/14 | | Permalink


"When director Park Hoon-jung made his first movie, "The Showdown", I was the main character and now he gives me a support character in "V.I.P". I asked him, isn't this a bit unfair? (*laugh*)" Director Park Hoon-jung's long-time friend, actor Park Hee-soon tells a casting behind story as he laughed...More

[Interview] "V.I.P" Lee Jong-suk - The Cruelty Hidden Behind His Innocent Face

Source | 2017/08/14 | | Permalink

Very Important Person, "V.I.P" is the character Kim Gwang-il in this movie, played by actor Lee Jong-suk...More

[Interview] "The Best Hit" Dong Hyun-bae's source of energy is his family

Source | 2017/08/10 | | Permalink

Actor Dong Hyun-bae made strides as an actor, finally stripping himself of the title, 'Big Bang Tae-yang's older brother'.

Dong Hyun-bae starred in the KBS 2TV drama "The Best Hit" as a rapper wannabe, MC Drill, a fun character who suffers from stage fright due to an unfortunate incident...More

[Interview] Lee Jung-hyun, "Son Ye-jin introduced me to an actress group"

Source | 2017/08/09 | | Permalink

[Interview] Park Min-young, "I experienced the worst of emotions"

Source | 2017/08/09 | | Permalink

"Queen for 7 Days" is based on a Josun historical tragedy about an unfortunate queen who was on the throne for 7 days before she was dethroned. "Queen for 7 Days" deals with Queen Dan Kyeong (Park Min-young), Joong Jong (Yeon Woo-jin) and Yeon San (Lee Dong-gun).

Park Min-young played the key role in this drama. She cried all throughout the drama and poured out her emotions. We met Park Min-young for an interview last week...More

[Interview] So Ji-sub, "I was up for it even before I saw the script"

Source | 2017/08/08 | | Permalink

"The Battleship Island" recorded 6,077,100 by the 6th of August. The drama features a bandmaster named Lee Kang-ok (Hwang Jung-min), his only daughter Lee So-hee (Kim Su-an), Choi Chil-seong (So Ji-sub), a gang leader and Oh Mal-nyeon (Lee Jung-hyun) who has been through all kinds of struggles under Japanese Imperialism in 1945.

So Ji-sub claims he decided he was going to be in the movie without even looking at the scenario....More

[Interview] "Secret Forest" Shin Hye-sun, "I'm lucky to have been in it"

Source | 2017/08/07 | | Permalink

Actress Shin Hye-sun took on the role of Yeong Eun-soo, an attractive but unfortunate character in the tvN drama "Secret Forest". "Secret Forest" is a thriller about an investigator named Hwang Si-mok (Cho Seung-woo) without feelings, meeting a warm hearted policewoman named Han Yeo-jin (Bae Doona). The drama was popular for the casts' great performance, outstanding storyline and directing.

Shin Hye-sun's role of Yeong Eun-soo was a woman who avenges her father who was dishonored as the Minister of Justice and forced down from his position. She was later found dead in the drama. She was nicknamed 'Yeong Ddo' which means 'crazy Yeong Eun-soo...More

[Interview] "The Battleship Island" Song Joong-ki thinks hard on the next movie

Source | 2017/08/06 | | Permalink

Looking back at weddings, sometimes a year is even not enough to prepare for a wedding. Do Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki feel that way too?

"The Fact" interviewed Song Joong-ki last month. It may seem a little early but Song Joong-ki has that reputation where people are curious what movie he'll come out with next...More

[Interview] Han Ye-ri with The Lady Miz Diva at NYAFF17

Source | 2017/08/05 | | Permalink

Visiting the New York Asian Film Festival in celebration of her film, "A Quiet Dream", actress Han Ye-ri shared a few words with me about the film and her hopes for Korean cinema overseas...More

[Interview] Lee Kyoung-mi: I have always been drawn to the ironies and irrationalities of society - New York Asian Film Festival

2017/08/05 | | Permalink

Lee Kyoung-mi was born in Seoul, and graduated with a Russian degree from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. After working at a company for three years, she entered the School of Film, TV & Multimedia of the Korea National University of Arts, graduating with a major in Filmmaking in 2004. Her short film "Feel Good Story", about an employee given the task of figuring out how her company can evade paying taxes, garnered several awards in the film festival circuit in 2004...More

[Interview] Kim Sae-ron, "Quitting school", "There's many things I want to do"

Source | 2017/08/03 | | Permalink

"Happy birthday"

Kim Sae-ron did an interview with "Meal With A ★". It began with celebrations as the 2000 born celebrated her 17th birthday on the 31st of July. We presented her with a chocolate cake with a bear on top and she smiled and said, "I can't eat cheesecake so I'm glad"...More

[Interview] Ryoo Seung-wan, "Tearing the Japanese flag, why shouldn't we do it?"

Source | 2017/08/02 | | Permalink

"The Veteran" director Ryoo Seung-wan is known as the '10-million-viewer' director and he's back with the sad Korean historical movie "The Battleship Island".

"The Battleship Island" is based in the year 1945 during the Japanese Invasion when the people of the Josun land risked their lives to escape from "The Battleship Island". These people were taken to this island under the pretext of 'making money'...More

[Interview] "The Villainess" Kim Seo-hyung, "Low success"

Source | 2017/07/31 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Seo-hyung came back with a picture collaboration with bnt. In the following interview, she talked about her philosophies in acting and her values in life.

Kim Seo-hyung starred in the movie "The Villainess" with Kim Ok-bin, Sin Ha-gyoon and Seong Joon. They even went to Cannes with it...More

[Interview Part 2] Park Seo-joon, "Fight My Way" was lovely thanks to Kim Ji-won"

Source | 2017/07/30 | | Permalink

Park Seo-joon talked about Kim Ji-won who starred in the drama "Fight My Way" with him.

He was told he earned himself the nicknames, 'romantic comedy king' and or 'the romantic comedy bulldozer' and Park Seo-joon smiled shyly...More

[Interview Part 1] Park Seo-joon's teamwork with Kang Ha-neul

Source | 2017/07/30 | | Permalink

Actor Park Seo-joon had a lot of good things to say about actor Kang Ha-neul.

Park Seo-joon was interviewed recently in a café in Seoul. He talked about Kang Ha-neul who starred in "Midnight Runners" with him. "We didn't really know each other until this movie. I thought him to be healthy and hardworking and that's exactly what he is"...More

[Interview] Gang Dong-won with The Lady Miz Diva at NYAFF17

Source | 2017/07/29 | | Permalink

The hottest actor in Korea came to the New York Asian Film Festival to receive its Star Asia Award. Gang Dong-won spoke with me exclusively about his preparations as an actor, how he taught himself English, and the possibility of appearing in an international film...More

[Interview] Song Kang-ho not afraid of politics, "Can't break conviction"

Source | 2017/07/27 | | Permalink

Song Kang-ho is back.

In a café in Seoul, we met actor Song Kang-ho who is coming back with the movie "A Taxi Driver". All his movies put together make up over 10 million viewers...More

[Interview] Song Joong-ki's keywords, #songhyekyo #thebattleshipisland #socialtainer #SongSongCouple

Source | 2017/07/26 | | Permalink

Actor Song Joong-ki is the hottest actor at the moment. He starred in the Japanese Invasion movie "The Battleship Island" and is getting married to Hallyu star Song Hye-kyo.

We met Song Joong-ki in a café in Seoul. "The Battleship Island" and 'Song Hye-kyo' were all that were on his mind...More

[Interview] Eom Tae-hwa: I wanted to ask, "Is it really true what we know as common sense?"

2017/07/22 | | Permalink

On the occasion of the screening of his film at New York Asian Film Festival, we speak with the director of "Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned" about the ideas in the film, the Korean movie industry and the melodrama that seems to feature in every movie, the casting, and many other topics in a very interesting interview...More

[Interview] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Yoo Seung-ho, "I look forward to my reward vacation"

Source | 2017/07/19 | | Permalink

Yoo Seung-ho is very upright. He turned down a special administration offer to college and he joined the military when he was 21. He's a good example for many and he's grown up well.

Yoo Seung-ho starred in the MBC drama "Ruler: Master of the Mask" as Prince Yi Seon...More

[Interview] Kim So-hyun, "Acting for 10 years? It feels like I'm at the beginning at the age of twenty"

Source | 2017/07/19 | | Permalink

Kim So-hyun has been at it without a break. She debuted in 2007 with the drama "Happy Woman" and has constantly been active. She is being called 'the troika Kim's' along with Kim Yoo-jung and Kim Sae-ron and she is one of the most looked forward to actresses. She starred in dramas "The Sun and the Moon", "Missing You", "IRIS 2" and the movie "The Last Princess" and also played the main role of the dramas "Who Are You - School 2015" and "Drama Special - Page Turner".

In the last teen years, Kim So-hyun was interviewed by Sports Hanguk. She recently starred in the MBC drama "Ruler: Master of the Mask" and she was Han Ga-eun in the flesh the way she boldly answered our questions. She did think on her answers a little at some point but her answers were clear and confident...More

[Interview] Song Il-gook, "My ancestors are helping me"

Source | 2017/07/02 | | Permalink

"I am a lucky person. Things work out better than I put effort into. I matured when I looked through my grandfather's (Kim Jwa-jin) historical pictures with my mother. I feel my ancestors are helping me".

Actor Song Il-gook is the eldest grandson of independence fighter Kim Jwa-jin and Kim Doo-han from "The General's Son". He is an actor and politician Kim Eul-dong's son. He is also the father of triplets Dae-han, Min-guk and Man-se...More

[Interview] Choi Wooshik with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2017/07/01 | | Permalink

Choi Wooshik's outstanding performance in 2014's haunting, heartbreaking "Set Me Free" not only won him the Busan International Film Festival Actor of the Year and the prestigious Blue Dragon awards, it also gained him a place in the incredible international cast of Director Bong Joon-ho's "Okja", as a rebellious avatar for Bong's message to today's youth.

In his first overseas interview, Choi told me about his early days that led to meeting US stars, Steven Yeun and Paul Dano on the "Okja" set, and his future projects...More

[Interview] Cho Hyun-hoon: Families are not only those who are connected by blood - New York Asian Film Festival

2017/07/01 | | Permalink

Cho Hyun-hoon started his career directing shorts, with "Metamorphosis" and "The Mother's Family" being his first works. The latter enjoyed some success, winning the Acting Award in the Busan International Short Film Festival in 2013. "Jane" is his debut feature.

On the occasion of "Jane" screening at New York Asian Film Festival (Festival entry), we speak with him about the ideas in his film, the details of its production, Korean cinema, and other topics...More

[Interview] Song Joong-ki, "Interesting connections? I don't want to say them"

Source | 2017/06/21 | | Permalink

Actor Song Joong-ki celebrated the anniversary of Sports Seoul which was first published in the year 1985, the year he was born too.

Song Joong-ki is remembered for his role as Yoo Si-jin in the drama "Descendants of the Sun" from last year. This year, he's coming back with the movie "The Battleship Island" as Park Moo-yeong...More

[Interview] Song Joong-ki, "Born in 1985! Those were my rookie days"

Source | 2017/06/21 | | Permalink

Actor Song Joong-ki celebrated the anniversary of Sports Seoul which was first published in the year 1985, the year he was born, too.

Song Joong-ki is remembered for his role as Yoo Si-jin in the drama "Descendants of the Sun" from last year. This year, he's coming back with the movie "The Battleship Island" as Park Moo-yeong...More

[Interview] John H. Lee: I think I can even make a movie in Africa!

2017/06/02 | | Permalink

Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee moved to the U.S. at the age of 12. Upon graduating from the film school at New York University, Lee made his feature debut with "The Cut Runs Deep".  Since his successful debut, Lee has directed numerous international music videos and T.V. commercials in East Asia and Europe, eventually opting to move his residence back to Seoul in search of his spiritual roots. In 2004, Lee directed his second feature film, a love story, entitled, "A Moment to Remember", which became the highest grossing domestic film in the romance genre in the history of Korean cinema. His next films include "Sayonara Itsuka",  a Japanese- language film, "71-Into the Fire", "The Third Way of Love", a Chinese film. Hi latest movie is "Operation Chromite" the first Korean film to cast an A-list Hollywood actor in a prominent role, Liam Neeson...More

[Interview] Kwon Yool, "Why I don't have scandals? I want to focus on work"

Source | 2017/05/30 | | Permalink

"Why don't I have scandals?"

Actor Kwon Yool is very thorough in self-management. He lost 7 kilograms for the SBS drama "Whisper" and played the part of Kang Jeong-il. It's obvious he's been thirsty for success 10 years into his career...More

[Interview] Go Ah-sung, "I reorganized myself through Eun Ho-won"

Source | 2017/05/29 | | Permalink

Go Ah-sung is proving herself worthy. She's already been to Cannes before she turned 20 through the movie "The Host" and visited Cannes two more times with "The Traveler" and "The Office". Not only that, she's been busy with dramas "Master of Study" and "Heard It Through the Grapevine".

Challenges oncoming, Go Ah-sung did it again with the MBC drama "Radiant Office". She was Eun Ho-won for four months and Sports Hanguk managed to seize an interview with her...More

[Interview] Lee Honey, "Kim Tae-hee's pregnancy is great news. Marriage? I would have already gone"

Source | 2017/05/28 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Honey sent her deepest congratulations to her best friend Kim Tae-hee getting pregnant.

During an interview, Lee Honey said, "I have never seen her so happy and comfortable as she is now. I can see that she's very happy with herself and her decisions"...More

[Interview] Im Si-wan, "From idol to actor, I wonder if this is the right path for me"

Source | 2017/05/15 | | Permalink

Actor Im Si-wan is back with "The Merciless". The cruelty behind the innocent face is unexpected and not only does he increase engagement, but he expands his base as an actor.

"I look back on the path I've been and I'm surprised. I wonder if this is the right way for me. I have been in various dramas and movies and I wonder if I haven't used up all my luck at once. Still, I'm not worried because I'm thankful I got a lot of experience through them"...More

[Interview] Jero Yun: South Korean voices are changing in this generation

2017/05/13 | | Permalink

Jero Yun was born in Busan, in 1980. At the age of 13,  he entered the Atelier of drawing and painting. After studying at Busan Design High school, he began to study classic Art at the University, in 1998. In 2001, he arrived in France, continued his studies in Beaux-arts de Nancy (Fine Art school) and then  in ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris) where he studied classic cinema and documentary.  In 2008, he entered the Le Fresnoy, where he directed the middle-length feature film "In the Dark", which was shot in Korea, and the short film "Red Road", selected in several international festivals...More

[Interview] Namgoong Min from "Chief Kim" wants the Best Couple Award

Source | 2017/05/10 | | Permalink

"I am going to get an award at the end of the year~"

This is one of the best ad-libs from the KBS 2TV drama "Chief Kim". This line came out during a conversation between Kim Sung-ryung (Namgoong Min) and Seo Yool (Junho)....More

[Interview] Lee Sun-kyun, "The 10 million won drapes; Jeon Hye-jin-II wants it"

Source | 2017/05/01 | | Permalink

The mustache, the drapes and the king's hat looked good on him. Actor Lee Sun-kyun who has never been in a period movie before, starred in the comical fusion movie "The King's Case Note". The result is successful.

"The King's Case Note" is about a king named Ye Jong and his trusty advisor Obo who search for the truth of a mysterious rumor themselves. Lee Sun-kyun plays Ye Jong and Obo is played by Ahn Jae-hong. This movie claims 'comedy' by introducing the two actors' chemistry...More

[Interview] Actor Junho's passion for 'perfection'

Source | 2017/04/27 | | Permalink

"3 months went by so quickly. I opened my eyes and it was already over. When I couldn't sleep I wished it was over soon but now that it's really over, I am disappointed".

Junho recently starred in the KBS 2TV drama "Chief Kim" as Seo Yool. He remembers it as a busy 3 months but to viewers, it was an opportunity to remember him not as 2PM Junho but 'actor Junho'...More

[Interview] Park Bo-young, "I am thankful for my popularity but it's just a moment"

Source | 2017/04/26 | | Permalink

Actress Park Bo-young has been in many dramas and movies. However, the next four titles are enough to show who she is. The 2008 movie "Speedy Scandal" recorded 8 million viewers but she stops appearing in anything 4 years after that due to legal conflict with her agency. Everyone worried that she might not return but it lasted only a while. She then returned in 2012 with "A Werewolf Boy" and recorded 7 million viewers. Park Bo-young came out with a tvN drama in 2015 called "Oh My Ghostess". That's not all, she recently starred in the JTBC drama "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" and proved her powers.

Q: "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon " is now over...More

[Interview] Nam Sang-mi, an actress to the bone

Source | 2017/04/20 | | Permalink

Teenage boys were always crowded around the Lotteria in front of Hanyang University in 2002 because of a part time female employee there. She was known as 'Lotteria girl' until she was scouted by agents and she is now one of the most passionate actresses there is. We are talking about Nam Sang-mi (33).

She told us everything about debuting, getting married, giving birth and coming back to work...More

[Interview] "Suspicious Partner" Ji Chang-wook goes to the same salon as Nam Ji-hyun

Source | 2017/04/13 | | Permalink

Actor Ji Chang-wook is coming back as a romantic comedy king.

Actor Ji Chang-wook was interviewed regarding his role in the upcoming SBS drama "Suspicious Partner"...More

[Interview] "Ordinary Person" Jang Hyeok, "I am not violent"

Source | 2017/04/06 | | Permalink

Actor Jang Hyeok takes on the character of Gyu-nam a spiteful prosecutor who has his own principles. He said he wanted to act out a huge system, a wall and he was determined to make this serious character work. Even so, he said, "I am not like him in real life. I don't act as violently as Kyu-nam".

"Ordinary Person" is based in the year 1987. An ordinary detective named Kang Seong-jin (Son Hyun-joo) gets involved with a series of murders that puts the whole country in shock, which also shakes up his life. The movie came out on the 23rd of April...More

[Interview] "Part-Time Spy" Kang Ye-won, "Namgoong Min was nice"

Source | 2017/03/21 | | Permalink

The country has 6.44 million temporary workers. They have Nowhere to Turn to even if they get discharged overnight. The government released a system of elementary school sports instructors in 2008 but most schools only employ them for 11 months. This is part of a scheme to avoid paying pension which becomes true if the position is filled for 12 months.

In 2012, 2014 and 2016 released a law forbidding the 'breaking down of contract' but it didn't work. It's spring but it's still winter for those without real jobs...More

[Interview] Kim Rae-won from 'youth star' to 'actor'

Source | 2017/03/17 | | Permalink

"All I had was passion and spirit in my 20s. I was proud of the title, 'youth star' and I only had eyes for what was mine. Now that I'm near 40, I want to be an actor. I want to act for real".

Actor Kim Rae-won spoke these words with sincerity and in a quiet tone. He's been in romance, comedy, mellow, action, noire and now criminal action. He's been successful so far and many may think he's quite an intelligent actor but that's not all...More

[Interview] Ryu Hyun-kyung, "I am always sorry to my fans, I'll make them proud"

Source | 2017/03/06 | | Permalink

Ryu Hyun-kyung has been acting for 22 years. However, she claims she's got more to go.

She recently featured in the Style X magazine and she is looking forward to the release of the movie "The Artist: Reborn" in which she starred in with Park Jung-min...More

[Interview] Song Hye-kyo, "I want to act with Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Hye-soo and Jun Ji-hyun"

Source | 2017/03/06 | | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo mentioned Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Hye-soo and Jun Ji-hyun as actresses she would like to work with.

Song Hye-kyo talked about her thoughts on marriage, competition and friendship between actresses and looking forward to 40...More

[Interview] Cho Jin-woong, "I want to be like Shin Goo who rings people's hearts with just his voice"

Source | 2017/03/02 | | Permalink

"I woke up at 4AM this morning. I can't sleep when I think about "Bluebeard". I had nightmares while I was filming. In the nightmare, I was on stage giving my speech when the audience walked out with scary expressions on their faces. I shook with fright before I woke up. This is the first time in 20 years I've been this nervous about a movie...More

[Interview] "Hwarang" Go Ara, always thinking about acting

Source | 2017/03/02 | | Permalink

Go Ara started acting as a child. Now she's grown up and a young woman.

Go Ara starred in the KBS 2TV drama "Hwarang" as a half-royal who was born between a royal father and a peasant mother. She co-starred with six Hwarangs...More

[Interview] "Hwarang" Jin Ju-hyeong, "I want to go to Hollywood like Lee Byung-hun"

Source | 2017/02/22 | | Permalink

He's good looking and he has an attractive, low-toned voice. He is actor Jin Ju-hyeong.

He recently starred in the KBS 2TV drama "Hwarang" and he had an interview with TV Report...More

[Interview] Son Tae-gyum: My ultimate goal is to live as a film director until death.

2017/02/17 | | Permalink

Son Tae-gyum was born in 1986 in South Korea and graduated from the Department of Cinema Studies at Chung-Ang University. With "Fly By Night" (2011), he won the Cinéfondation third prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. In 2012, he joins Korean Academy of Film and directs "Bicycle Thief". In 2013, his "In the Summer" wins Busan Film Festival's Sonje Award. "Baby Beside Me" is his debut feature...More

[Interview] Kim Min-jae-I, ""Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" was a turning point"

Source | 2017/02/14 | | Permalink

Actor Kim Min-jae-I showed much love for "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim".

He played Park Eun-tak in the drama and he claims he's matured a little and met a lot of great people. He says, "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" is his turning point...More

[Interview] Lee Ji-hoon-I, "I won't put my name to shame", "I want to be an actor that enjoys acting"

Source | 2017/02/08 | | Permalink

"I won't put my name to shame and be an actor that enjoys acting"

This actor from the latest SBS drama "The Legend of the Blue Sea", played the bad guy Heo Chi-hoon who darkens with the matters of inheritance and secret of birth. He is Heo Joon-jae's (Lee Min-ho) step-brother and the person responsible for the Mermaid (Jun Ji-hyun) and Dam Ryeong's (Lee Min-ho) death in the past life. Lee Ji-hoon-I completed his National Service and debuted in 2012 with the KBS 2TV drama "School 2013". He then starred in "Six Flying Dragons", "Mirror of the Witch" and "Go-ho's Starry Night"...More

[Interview] Ji Chang-wook, "Eating cup noodles in a PC room is the best"

Source | 2017/02/06 | | Permalink

"I go to the neighborhood traditional bar these days. I love it there and I can warm up. I don't cover up my face. I don't care if people see me".

Actor Ji Chang-wook looked very excited about the release of his new movie "Fabricated City". He claims he is so anxious that he can't sleep and was smiling all the time. "Fabricated City" is another action genre for the actor and he says he's 'got a good feeling'...More

[Interview] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" and "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Yang Se-jong, "I want to be a long-serving actor"

Source | 2017/02/01 | | Permalink

"I want to be a long-serving actor".

Actor Yang Se-jong was recently in the SBS drama "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" and is now back with "Saimdang: Light's Diary". His actual debut was supposed to be the drama "Saimdang: Light's Diary" as it was pre-produced, but delays with pre-production resulted in "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" becoming his debut drama. Despite the fact that he's a rookie, his good looks and great performance has put him in the spotlight right away. He is also a lucky one as he got to work with great seniors such as Han Suk-kyu and Lee Young-ae...More

[Interview] "The King" Jo In-sung, "Too much attention, I hope it doesn't affect the movie"

Source | 2017/01/16 | | Permalink

Actor Jo In-sung joined the showbiz as soon as he debuted as a model in 1998. Under his father's influence as an Air Force officer, he joined the Air Force himself in 2009 but before that, he settled himself down as an actor by staring in various dramas and movies like "Jump", "School 3", "New Non Stop", "Piano", "Daemang", "Shoot for the Stars", "Something Happened in Bali", "Spring Days", "Madeleine", "The Classic", "Love of South and North", "A Dirty Carnival", "A Frozen Flower" and more.

All of his dramas succeeded in all ways and movies "The Classic" made a mark of 1,540,000, "A Dirty Carnival" 2,040,000 and "A Frozen Flower" 3,770,000...More

[Interview] Part 2 - Lee Sung-kyung, "I am not ashamed of Kim Bok-joo"

Source | 2017/01/15 | | Permalink

"Lee Sung-kyung, a weighlifter?"

That's right. Not only did her fans worry about it but so did Lee Sung-kyung...More

[Interview] Part 1 - Lee Sung-kyung, "I was defensive when I was younger, I don't have a boyfriend now"

Source | 2017/01/15 | | Permalink

"I was defensive when I was younger"

'A bubbly girl who might be bouncing off the walls' is what described Lee Sung-kyung when she was interviewed during "It's Okay, That's Love" 3 years ago. "It's Okay, That's Love" was her first drama debut and she played the role of a gir...More

[Interview] Hyun Bin, "It's a war field in front of the camera"

Source | 2017/01/12 | | Permalink

"There have been a lot of fights in my head. I didn't know if I should do what I want or if I should do what the public wants, but now I think it's my role to perfect the various images of me and show it to them.

Hyun Bin is attempting at his first action movie in "Confidential Assignment" that's coming out on the 18th. He takes on the role of a North Korean detective and former Special Forces agent. He is under orders to track down his superior who disappeared with the copper plates of fake paper money and joins forces with South Korean detective Yoo Hae-jin...More

[Interview] Cha Tae-hyun, "I want my son to be a TV director"

Source | 2017/01/02 | | Permalink

Cha Tae-hyun's path is unusual. He is attracted to works others are reluctant about and he goes beyond entertainment. He's not like other actors as he's much more casual but now it's no surprise if he says he's coming out with an album project. He's been communicating with the pubic since the day he debuted and this time he even sings the OST to his own drama "Because I Love You".

We met Cha Tae-hyun for an interview regarding the upcoming movie "Because I Love You", which is a healing comedy about a songwriter with memory loss named Lee-hyeong (Cha Tae-hyun) who goes in and out of other people's bodies. He co-stars with Kim Yoo-jung and acts as her Cupid...More

[Interview] Kim Young-kwang, an innocent boy, "Bye Avengers~"

Source | 2016/12/21 | | Permalink

Former model Kim Young-kwang is worthy of being called an actor. He starred in his first ground-wave drama "The Man In My House". The viewing percentage was low but his stable acting lead to his impressive performance as leading actor. Unlike his reliable and refined appearance in his pictures, he is innocent and cheerful and he talks well about himself.

- Ground-wave wasn't much different...More

[Interview] "Master" Lee Byung-hun, "Short break, family and baby care"

Source | 2016/12/14 | | Permalink

Lee Byung-hun mentioned his family as his refuge.

Lee Byung-hun has had a busy year as he appeared in the Hollywood movie "The Magnificent Seven", made a short appearance in the movie "Secret Agent" and he starred in "Master" with Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin. In 2017, he's coming out with films "A Single Rider" and "The Fortress"...More

[Interview] Kim Nam-gil, "My current interest is the Blue House"

Source | 2016/12/12 | | Permalink

Pandora's Box is open. "Pandora" was released on the 7th and an estimated audience of 1.5 million went to see the movie over the weekend. In the middle of it all is actor Kim Nam-gil. He plays Jae-hyeok who throws himself in the middle of a nuclear explosion to save his family. He's no Hollywood hero. He's just an ordinary man.

As we met Kim Nam-gil for an interview, he didn't look sophisticated or comical. He just wore a black shirt with a cap and we listened to what he had to say about the movie...More

[Interview] "Shopping King Louis" Seo In-guk, "Secret to my success? I blend with the character naturally"

Source | 2016/12/06 | | Permalink

Seo In-guk has had a busy 2016. It's been busy but it's been a memorable year for him. His album "The Season That's You" came out in March then he starred in the OCN drama "38 Revenue Collection Unit" and MBC drama "Shopping King Louis".

We met the actor for an interview recently. He's been busier since after the drama, but he's looking more laid back than ever...More

[Interview] "Shopping King Louis" Nam Ji-hyun, "I want to be an easygoing actress"

Source | 2016/12/05 | | Permalink

Nam Ji-hyun has been walking on solid ground since she was a young actress. She has become a true actress since the drama "Shopping King Louis". The public looks forward to her future.

Nam Ji-hyun was all smiles when she arrived for this interview even though she must've been terribly busy. Nam Ji-hyun is going to have a good end-of-the-year as she won the Best Entertainer prize at the 2016 Asia Artist Awards...More

[Interview] "My Wife Is Having an Affair" Song Ji-hyo, "A chance to look back at my life"

Source | 2016/12/04 | | Permalink

Song Ji-hyo, the actress of "My Wife Is Having an Affair" talked about the drama.

Song Ji-hyo played super-working mom and Lee Sun-kyun's wife Jeong Soo-yeon in "My Wife Is Having an Affair', a JTBC drama. "Jeong Soo-yeon is not a perfectionist but she doesn't like to make mistakes and tries to take responsibility for everything that she's been given. She has had this pressure for a long time so she doesn't know who 'she' is and her identity just kind of disappears after a while"...More

[Interview] "Missing Woman" Gong Hyo-jin, 'I feel provocative after being 'Gongbli' for so long'

Source | 2016/11/23 | | Permalink

Just a couple of weeks ago, Gong Hyo-jin was 'Gongbli' in the SBS drama "Incarnation of Jealousy". She was adored by two men at the same time and she was a weather forecaster with a strong will of living. She was feisty and sophisticated.

However, in the upcoming movie called "Missing Woman", Gong Hyo-jin is unfamiliar and even creepy. She plays Han-mae, a Chinese babysitter who works for a single working mom and disappears one day with the baby. Everything about her turns out to be a lie and her true story unravels...More

[Interview] "Split" Yoo Ji-tae suggested foil perm for movie image

Source | 2016/11/15 | | Permalink

Actor Yoo Ji-tae is back with a shady character.

He stars in the movie "Split" which was released on the 9th as Cheol-jong. He was a national athlete at one point of his life but lost everything due to an accident, became a petroleum salesman during the day and a gambling bowler at night...More

[Interview] Actor Ji Chang-wook's sight on #thirties #KimJeHa #military #twoyoonas

Source | 2016/11/14 | | Permalink

Actor Ji Chang-wook came back with the tvN drama "The K2" as Kim Je-ha. He debuted in the year 2008 with a drama and continued to go uphill with "My Too Perfect Sons", "Smile, Dong-hae", "Empress Qi" and more. He is also a musical actor and recently starred in the musical, "The Days".

He's been going back and forth China and Korea and he's soon turning thirty. "What's going to change is that I'm turning thirty and becoming a real man. A real grown-up. This is the second chapter of my life. I experienced a young life and started working in my 20s. Now in my 30s, I know much about society but I'm not tainted by it. Some may say I'm experienced but some may say otherwise"...More

[Interview] Park Bo-gum is Park Bo-gum

Source | 2016/11/10 | | Permalink

A lot has changed. There's a saying, 'Park Bo-gum is magic' and more people recognize him. Still, he's Park Bo-gum.

He's one of the hottest stars today. The café in which he had an interview regarding the end of his latest drama "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds", was crowded with fans who came to see him. He was cheerful throughout the interview and he didn't forget to say "Thank You"...More

[Interview] "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" Kim Yoo-jung, "I love Ra-on"

Source | 2016/11/07 | | Permalink

She grew up well. The recent Kim Yoo-jung we met was mature and grown up. It's not just her looks that have grown up, but also the way she talks and the way she thinks about acting. She's not a child anymore. She's actress Kim Yoo-jung; cheerful and honest.

"Usually when a drama is over, I feel relieved but this time I'm disappointed. I made a lot of good memories this time"...More

[Interview] Yoo Yeon-seok with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2016/11/05 | | Permalink

Since his 2003 debut in "Old Boy", the most famous South Korean film of all time, the path of actor Yoo Yeon-seok has been a fascinating one. From dry spells, to "overnight success" in the TV drama, "Answer Me 1994"; Yoo has constantly reinvented himself in both character roles in films like "A Werewolf Boy", "Architecture 101", "The Royal Tailor" and "Whistle Blower", and romantic leads in "Beauty Inside" and "Love, Lies"

I'm very honoured to present my exclusive interview with Yoo Yeon-seok, his first to a US publication. We spoke days before the confirmation of his newest role in the upcoming TV drama, "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" (About which I did ask, but was not allowed by his agency to receive an answer due to the upcoming announcement.).

Yoo and I chatted about the devotion to acting that kept him motivated through the tough times, his international fandom, and his hopes and expectations for the future...More

[Interview] Shim Eun-kyung, "The slumps? Grown-up child? I'm always like this, don't worry"

Source | 2016/11/02 | | Permalink

Actress Shim Eun-kyung's time flies. Some remember Shim Eun-kyung as a young actress and some remember her as a sly and humorous actress.

Shim Eun-kyung has become an oasis that's here to solve the 'poverty of female actors'. She's changing on the outside but on the inside, she's always an actress who's always worried...More

[Interview] Park Bo-gum is on top of the list for casting

Source | 2016/10/26 | | Permalink

"I don't know if I deserve all this attention. I am afraid and I have a lot of weight on my shoulders".

From "Answer Me 1988" to "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds", Park Bo-gum has had a wonderful year with consecutive hits. Park Bo-gum is modest but lively and maybe that's because his recent drama "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" started off and ended with a bang. He's the next greatest actor next to Song Joong-ki and he has even created phrases like 'Bo-geom ache' and 'Bo-geom magic'...More

[Interview] "The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop" Lee Se-yeong, "Son Ye-jin is my role model"

Source | 2016/10/24 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Se-yeong is spreading her charms in the KBS 2TV drama "The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop".

Lee Se-yeong takes on the role of Min Hyo-won, a daughter of a rich family who is obsessed with Kang Tae-yang (Hyun Woo). She's cute and charming. She likes Kang Tae-yang but pretends she doesn't although her expressions and actions say it all...More

[Interview] "A Quiet Dream" Han Ye-ri, "Yang Ik-june, Park Jung-bum, Yoon Jong-bin are great actors"

Source | 2016/10/24 | | Permalink

"I would love to act as a dancer one day".

Actress Han Ye-ri (Kim Ye-ri) has a unique appeal about her. It's not just her face but her performance as an actress is special.

She was a student at Korea National University Of Arts but gave it up when she was offered a role in a short film and became an actress. She started dancing since she was 28 months old and she could have become a dancer but movie makers wouldn't leave her be...More

[Interview] Seolhyun, "Everyone meets and breaks up", "I'm doing well"

Source | 2016/10/20 | | Permalink

Seolhyun was chosen as the most wanted model of 2016 along with Kim Woo-bin. Her healthy good looks still appeal to the public. Seolhyun was interviewed suddenly on the 20th at an awards ceremony hosted by the Korean Advertisement Committee.

She's been through a lot this year. Even before the group AOA could start their 'Good Luck' performances, they were criticized for historical awareness and had to stop. Seolhyun also broke up with Zico last September. Still, she seemed fine and she thinks 2016 wasn't all that hard...More

[Interview] Kim Jee-woon with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2016/10/15 | | Permalink

In the 5 years since our last chat with Director Kim Jee-woon, he made a full-fledged Hollywood film and then returned to South Korea to create his latest box office smash, "The Age of Shadows". Director Kim spoke with me about his spy thriller, based on real events during the Japanese occupation of Korea, as it premiered in New York City as part of Korean Movie Night. 

We talked about his 20-year collaboration with acting legend Song Kang-ho, Oscar consideration, the influence of John Cassavetes and James Coburn, and he revealed the name of the lead actor for his long-awaited adaptation of "Jin-Roh" (Titled "Inrang"). Oh, and his leading lady, Han Ji-min, makes a cute cameo.

...More

[Interview] Han Ji-min with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2016/10/15 | | Permalink

Acting since she was in high school, Han Ji-min long ruled the Korean dramaverse with shows like Padam Padam and Rooftop Prince, and made her mark in features like Detective K and The Fatal Encounter. In Director Kim Jee-woon's Japanese invasion spy thriller, "The Age of Shadows", Han reveals a gritty side as the lone lady in a nest of Korean freedom fighters, showing viewers she's much more than just a pretty face.

...More

[Interview] Park Eun-bin, "If acting wasn't fun, I would have quit"

Source | 2016/10/10 | | Permalink

"Won't the reporters get bored if I gave the same answers?"

A month ago, when Park Eun-bin was interviewed by many media sources, that's what she said when she was asked if she was tired. "I tried to make my responses different but that doesn't always work". She laughed a very innocent laugh. The mysterious Song Ji-won had become 25 years old Park Eun-bin...More

[Interview] Kang Ji-hwan, "It's been a long journey in "Monster - 2016""

Source | 2016/09/29 | | Permalink

The eight month long "Monster - 2016" wasn't easy for veteran actor Kang Ji-hwan as well. He had to take on the weight of a lead character, the heavy story line, the frequent action scenes and the injuries that came along with it. "Monster - 2016" was a lot of pressure for him. However, he stood strong and "Monster - 2016" ended successfully.

In an interview with the actor, he said, "I don't know how time went by while filming "Monster - 2016". It's been about ten days now. I've never done a 50 episode drama before and it was tough mentally and physically but there were good people around me to help me through it"...More

[Interview] Lee Joon-ik with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2016/09/17 | | Permalink

Korean Cultural Center New York : Master Series: Lee Joon-ik

We had a very happy reunion with Director Lee Joon-ik during his visit to New York City this summer. Following his return after five years to the New York Asian Film Festival to present his latest movie, "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet", Director Lee was given the honor of becoming the first subject of the Korean Cultural Center of New York's Master Series retrospective of his films.

I chatted with Director Lee about his cinematic successes, his disappointments, his filmmaking process and his future...More

[Interview] Lee Min-ho, "Hallyu star, awkward but proud"

Source | 2016/09/14 | | Permalink

X Sports News interviewed selected Hallyu stars to celebrate its 9th year anniversary. We release interviews with Lee Min-ho, Jang Geun-suk, Hwang Chi-yeol and others.

Lee Min-ho started off with "Boys over Flowers" then "Faith", the movies "Gangnam Blues" and "Bounty Hunters". Lee Min-ho is known as a Hallyu star that represents Korea and soon he's coming back with the SBS drama "The Legend of the Blue Sea" with Jun Ji-hyun...More

[Interview] Gong Yoo, "I suffered by myself and tried hard"

Source | 2016/09/11 | | Permalink

"The Age of Shadows" Song Yoo hit 10 million this summer with "Train to Busan". This time he's holding hands with producer Kim Jee-woon.

He seems like a crybaby, seeing as that he says he had to struggle to make the movie work but he was serious. He's honest and serious. In an interview, producer Kim Jee-woon had said, "Gong Yoo was good" but Gong Yoo said, "You could have told me that on site".

Gong Yoo 'struggled' to be Kim Woo-jin in "The Age of Shadows". Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo put together made two large mountains...More

[Interview] Yoon Kyun-sang, "Lee Jong-suk, Byun Yo-han and Kim Rae-won are precious friends" (2)

Source | 2016/09/11 | | Permalink

Actor Yoon Kyun-sang has been working non-stop in "Faith", "Gabdong - The Serial Killer", "Pinocchio", "Six Flying Dragons" and "Doctors".

He's been on the run for his dreams...More

[Interview] "Doctors" Yoon Kyun-sang, "I joined the drama because it was what I wanted" (1)

Source | 2016/09/11 | | Permalink

The 21 year old young man who wanted to be an actor became a real actor 10 years later. We are talking about Yoon Kyun-sang.

He starred in the SBS drama "Doctors" which ended successfully in the 20s. He took on the role of Jeong Yoon-do, a nasty but soft hearted doctor. He was born and raised in a wealthy family but he's been scarred due to family matters. He is strong but weak at the same time...More

[Interview] Yoon Kye-sang, "I had to be alert between Jeon Do-yeon and Yoo Ji-tae"

Source | 2016/08/31 | | Permalink

"One of my favorite dramas is still "Alone in Love". It has been since I was in the military. I wanted to do something like that and "The Good Wife" has fulfilled my wish. The drama let me realize that love is the only truth in this world of contradiction. It's influenced me a lot".

It's been 13 years since Yoon Kye-sang started acting. He is no longer an 'actor turned idol'. He's been acting steadily for a while now and he seems relaxed...More

[Interview] "Train to Busan" Jung Yu-mi, "Our movie should be watched in various angles"

Source | 2016/07/26 | | Permalink

Jung Yu-mi from dramas and movies "Discovery of Romance", "Our Sunhi" and "The Himalayas", starred in the movie "Train to Busan" as Seong-kyeong.

An interview was held with the actress recently and she spoke about "Train to Busan" with a satisfying smile...More

[Interview] "Lucky Romance" Ryu Jun-yeol, "I am lucky to be successful"

Source | 2016/07/21 | | Permalink

Actor Ryu Jun-yeol debuted last year. He's only been at this for 2 years but the speed of his growth is "Lucky".

He's become one of those actors who 'starred in the tvN "Respond" series and became a star'. Many people had doubts about Ryu Jun-yeol who had no previous experiences in dramas but by the first and second episode, he was 'it'. Later, he landed himself in the leading role of a ground-wave drama...More

[Interview] "Trick" Kang Ye-won, "A movie is a director's art"

Source | 2016/07/19 | | Permalink

Kang Ye-won has tremendous passion and affection for movies. One reason that is not an overstatement is because she doesn't choose her work for success. It may seem like she didn't come across work that didn't reflect her opinion as much, but as time goes by, she chooses her work for the 'work' itself.

"My Ordinary Love Story" was highly reviewed for the performance of the cast and the director's great work but the movie itself wasn't a great success. KBS 2TV "Baek-hee is Back" wasn't a success either but she made a stance. There was a lot of talk that "Baek-hee is Back" was just a plot to buy time for "Beautiful Mind". It was only four episodes long and it was taken so suddenly, but Kang Ye-won did it...More

[Interview] Gong Yoo, "It was do or die"

Source | 2016/07/14 | | Permalink

"Some say "Train to Busan" is a commercial summer movie, but I think otherwise. I thought it was a sad movie when I first saw the scenario. As a person in this society, I was able to relate to several parts of the movie and I hope the audience can too".

"Train to Busan" is a movie about a KTX train to Busan being swarmed with Zombies. It is directed by Yeon Sang-ho...More

[Interview] Why did Cho Jin-woong get mad at his fan club?

Source | 2016/07/13 | | Permalink

The term 'Ajae-fatale' means a middle aged man who has the scent of a beast. Jo Sung-ha was one of them in the past.

Now the term 'Ajae-fatale' symbolizes Cho Jin-woong. We met Cho Jin-woong for an interview regarding the movie "The Hunt". He was found to be humorous in the interview for "A Hard Day" and once again, he didn't fail...More

[Interview] Yoo Seung-ho goes for comedy in "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River"

Source | 2016/07/11 | | Permalink

'The nation's little brother' is now a trusted actor. Yoo Seung-ho is back with "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River".

Other casts of the movie are Ko Chang-seok, Ra Mi-ran, Xiumin from EXO and more. The movie is about Kim Seon-dal who fools the king and even sells the Daedong River...More

[Interview] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Eric Moon meets his life drama

Source | 2016/06/30 | | Permalink

Group Shinhwa's Eric Moon met his life drama. He's become the 'romantic comedy king or roco king' and he's met so many precious people through it.

tvN drama "Oh Hae-Young Again" is about a woman named Oh Hae-yeong (Seo Hyun-jin) whose life is tangled up because of another Oh Hae-yeong (Jeon Hye-bin) who is more successful than her. Between them there is a man named Park Do-kyeong (Eric Moon) who is a music director and Oh Hae-yeong's lover...More

[Interview] Yoo Seung-ho, "Is there a nice girl with short hair?"

Source | 2016/06/27 | | Permalink

Yoo Seung-ho is a star but his true identity is hidden behind a veil. It's because he's only been in dramas and movies. Before and even after he joined the army, he's refused to take interviews and said, "I will do them only when I can clearly speak my mind".

The 'mystery' behind Yoo Seung-ho only led to more curiosity and that was his plan. Now, Yoo Seung-ho is one of the leading actors in his 20s and he finally accepted an interview. He's currently looking forward to the release of the movie "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River"...More

[Interview] Son Ye-jin, "I was at war with fear"

Source | 2016/06/19 | | Permalink

Actress Son Ye-jin said she was always at war with fear.

She's been in various types of movies but she always felt 'fear'. However, the source of her being able to concentrate on acting and only acting without a scandal in her 15-year career may be from 'fear'...More

[Interview] "Familyhood" Ma Dong-seok, "I'm lazy in everything but work"

Source | 2016/06/13 | | Permalink

Actor Ma Dong-seok claims he's lazier than he looks.

Ma Dong-seok was interviewed on the 13th in a café in Seoul and he said, "I'm diligent when it comes to work, but otherwise I'm lazy"...More

[Interview] Lee Wonsuk with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2016/06/11 | | Permalink

There must be something really special about your movies when you've only made two and you find yourself the subject of a retrospective at the legendary Smithsonian Museum. Our dear friend, Lee Wonsuk, director of the brilliant and hilarious "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips", and the award-winning feast for the eyes, "The Royal Tailor", gave us his thoughts on the honor, looks back on the making of those films and reveals his future projects, including a live-action adaptation of the popular webtoon, "LOOKISM"...More

[Interview] Lee Sung-kyung, "Actress Lee Sung-kyung isn't awkward anymore"

Source | 2016/06/08 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Sung-kyung, who is busy making the drama "Doctors", posed for pictures in the fashion magazine GRAZIA.

Pictures were taken in a small alleyway in Haebangchon, Seoul...More

[Interview] "The Handmaiden" Kim Tae-ri, "I used to work hard as a student"

Source | 2016/06/07 | | Permalink

The competition of 1 out of 1,500, Park Chan-wook, Cannes, homosexual bed scenes, exposure...these were some of the things Kim Tae-ri had to endure. It was a great amount of weight for a rookie but she managed it.

"The Handmaiden" is a movie about the characters fooling each other around and around to get their hands on money. Park Chan-wook transformed Kim Tae-ri as a servant named Sook-hee...More

[Interview] Yoo In-young, "I would do anything new, even if I'm not the star"

Source | 2016/06/06 | | Permalink

Yoo In-young is so likeable. She usually takes up the 'bad girl' roles but everyone still loves her. This time on the MBC drama "Goodbye, Mr. Black", she tried out a new role.

"I was so happy that I was between two guys but that was short lived. Still, I am happy that I got both of their attention. It was wrong, but it's not easy to come across something like that"...More

[Interview] Ha Jung-woo, "Kim Tae-ri was born for "'The Handmaiden'"

Source | 2016/06/06 | | Permalink

Actor Ha Jung-woo praised actress Lee Tae-ri who starred in the movie "The Handmaiden".

Ha Jung-woo was interviewed on the 27th of May. He mentioned Kim Tae-ri by saying, "She's young but there's nothing about her that I want to point out. She's well trained and director Park Chan-wook put a lot of effort in her"...More

[Interview] "The Handmaiden" Kim Min-hee, "How can I explain love in just a single moment?"

Source | 2016/05/30 | | Permalink

Kim Min-hee from "The Handmaiden" shows that the aura of an actress decides the quality of a movie. The 'charming and beautiful' and 'like no other in heaven' Hideko brightened up the screens. The homosexual bed scene and level of exposure in the beginning were no match for Kim Min-hee. She's proven that acting can be beautiful.

Kim Min-hee debuted as a magazine model and appeared in commercials and dramas like "School 2" but she was known more for her taste in fashion than acting. She starred in writer Noh Hee-kyeong's "Goodbye Solo" 10 years ago and finally earned herself some credit. Then she continued to star in movies "Hellcats", "Actresses", "Helpless" and more. In "Helpless" Kim Min-hee put on the face of a woman about whom everything was a lie...More

[Interview] Lee Seo-jin, "UEE's relationship? I found out through papers"

Source | 2016/05/05 | | Permalink

"Marriage Contract" Lee Seo-jin seemed to have found what fits him best.

He looked comfortable and easygoing. His character didn't seem forced and pretended; it's as if he just put on a face he always had. Viewers immersed into the naturally act he had and the drama ended with 22.4%...More

[Interview] Song Hye-kyo speaks of "Descendants of the Sun" and Song Joong-ki

Source | 2016/05/05 | | Permalink

There are several dramas that remind us of Song Hye-kyo. Some think of "Autumn in my Heart" that made her the icon of innocence and some think of "Full House" which emphasized the cheerfulness in her. There are also "Worlds Within" and "That Winter, the Wind Blows". Song Hye-kyo has been in that many dramas until now.

However, this year's drama has become her newest 'life drama' and that is the KBS 2TV drama "Descendants of the Sun". Hong Hye-kyo took on the role of Kang Mo-yeon, a doctor full of humanism. The side of her, which didn't get intimidated in front of injustice, made her a 'girl crush' and her clumsy and cute character has the viewers going crazy for her. She was romantically involved with Song Joong-ki in this drama and 'The Fact' met her for an interview...More

[Interview] 'Phantom Detective' Lee Je-hoon, "I want to make a sequel with Byun Yo-han"

Source | 2016/05/04 | | Permalink

Lee Je-hoon revealed his aspiration for the movie "Phantom Detective".

Lee Je-hoon had an interview with Herald POP and talked about the movie...More

[Interview] Director Jang Tae-yoo says it's impossible to create "My Love from the Star 2"

Source | 2016/04/21 | | Permalink

Someone has been keeping busy and that's director Jang Tae-yoo who created the SBS drama "My Love from the Star". One good drama can make anyone a busy man. Talk about "My Love from the Star 2" became an issue but Director Jang is just grateful for all the attention.

Articles quoting Chinese media came spilling out on the 18th. According to the articles, director Jang Tae-yoo revealed that he was preparing for "My Love from the Star 2"...More

[Interview] "Did I show off?" Song Hye-kyo is forgiven

Source | 2016/04/20 | | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo's words are in the spotlight.

Actress Song Hye-kyo held a press conference in celebration of the end of the KBS 2TV drama "Descendants of the Sun". The successful drama actress seemed calm and relaxed in front of the press and she was honest about her answers...More

[Interview] Han Hyo-joo, "If I was in a three way situation? I would choose to get hurt"

Source | 2016/04/19 | | Permalink

"I enjoy harmony. Whether it be life or love, I like things to be harmonious and natural".

Han Hyo-joo means harmony. We see actress Han Hyo-joo when we're talking about work and character but when it comes to personal talk, she's honest and natural...More

[HanCinema's Exclusive Interview] Jasper Cho + 3 Signed Photos Giveaway

2016/04/16 | | Permalink

Hello HanCinema fans! I am so pleased to bring you our interview with Jasper Cho, the talented young actor who just finished an amazing run as Dr. Daniel Spencer in the hottest drama of the year, "Descendants of the Sun". Thank you to all of you who asked questions. Please read on to find out which two lucky fans had their questions answered by Jasper and to see what he had to say about working on "Descendants of the Sun", how he broke into the industry, and much, much more...More

[Interview] Yoo Yeon-seok, "Did I keep my promise to never change?"

Source | 2016/04/06 | | Permalink

Yoo Yeon-seok's mellow is sink or swim. It's either purely innocent or cruelly mean. If "Old Boy" and "Answer Me 1994" are the first, then "Architecture 101" and "Perfect Proposal" are the latter.

"Loves, Lies" is somewhere in between them. "Loves, Lies" is the story of the final gisaengs So-yool (Han Hyo-joo) and Yeon-hee (Chun Woo-hee) who dreamt of being singers. They meet the greatest song writer of the time Yoon Woo (Yoo Yeon-seok)...More

[Interview] Hyeri, "Looking forward to working with Ji Sung and Kang Min-hyuk"

Source | 2016/04/06 | | Permalink

Girl's Day member and actress Hyeri is starring in the new SBS drama "Entertainers" with Ji Sung.

SBS drama "Entertainers" is based on a project between an audacious manager named Sin Seok-ho (Ji Sung) and an amateur band named Entertainers. Hyeri stars in the drama as the vocal Jo Ha-neul's (Kang Min-hyuk) guardian Jeong Green...More

[Interview] Im Soo-jung brings out her true colors

Source | 2016/04/06 | | Permalink

Im Soo-jung's sensitivity inspired the director. However, Im Soo-jung's face which looks like it has a story created a drama on its own. Im Soo-jung had starred in a romantic comedy before but she stands out more in movies like "A Tale of Two Sisters", "...ing" and "Come Rain Come Shine".

"Time Renegades" lets Im Soo-jung shine. She plays a woman who goes through 30 years between 1983 and 2015. This is the first time she's playing two roles at once. She easily performed the task of being 'the same but not the same'...More

[Interview #3] Song Il-gook's 3 colors, "During election campaign, I have to be a good son"

Source | 2016/03/30 | | Permalink

Song Il-gook's mother is a Saenuri-party candidate of the National Assembly. She was the 18th and 19th member of the National Assembly and this coming 13th of April, she's running for the district of Songpa. She used to be an actress in the past.

"I know I'll be shamed but I have to do it"...More

[Interview #2] Song Il-gook's 3 colors, "I am a 80% triplet's daddy"

Source | 2016/03/30 | | Permalink

Song Il-gook is father to triplets Dae-han, Min-guk and Man-se. He married his wife in 2008 and they had triplets 4 years later in 2012. The father and sons starred in the KBS 2TV show "The Return of the Superman" for a while.

"The triplets are the greatest gift of my life"...More

[Interview #1] Song Il-gook's 3 colors, "Jang Yeong-sil - Drama" was perfect for me

Source | 2016/03/30 | | Permalink

Song Il-gook is an actor. He used to like drawing as a teenager so he wanted to go to art school but things didn't work out and he ended up in Theater and Film to do stage art. Everyone knows the story of him following his mother and actress Kim Eul-dong to work and becoming an actor on Yoo Dong-geun's suggestion. He debuted in 1998 and rose to stardom with the historical drama "Jumong".

"I want to act until I'm in my grave"...More

[Interview] "Missing You - 2016" Shim Eun-kyung's sincere concerns about acting

Source | 2016/03/27 | | Permalink

Actress Shim Eun-kyung seemed nervous and uncomfortable about something throughout the whole interview. She lacked confidence in her voice and she hung head several times. She was not the actress we know from "Sunny - 2010" or "Miss Granny". We had to push back our questions every time she hung her head. We felt pity for the girl sitting in front of us who kept reflecting on herself when she should be promoting her upcoming movie "Missing You - 2016". We listened to what the actress had to say.

We met Shim Eun-kyung recently in Seoul. The writing, "You killed my dad didn't you?" on the poster of the movie "Missing You - 2016" hints what the movie is about. "Missing You - 2016" starring Shim Eun-kyung, Kim Sung-oh and Yoon Je-moon depicts a girl who waits 15 years for her father's killer to get out of prison and a detective named Dae-yeong (Yoon Je-moon) who looks after her. They go after the killer Ki-bum (Kim Sung-oh)...More

[Interview] Jin Goo, "Mind controlling because of "Descendants of the Sun" popularity"

Source | 2016/03/22 | | Permalink

Jin Goo debuted in 2003 with the SBS drama "All In". He played Lee Byung-hun's childhood role and left a strong impression. Thirteen years later now, Jin Goo is doing an outstanding job.

Jin Goo is starring in the KBS 2TV drama "Descendants of the Sun". He poses as a soldier and one so realistic it's hard to know if he was actually born to be one...More

[Interview #2] The four leads of "Descendants of the Sun", from heart throbbing to affection

Source | 2016/03/17 | | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki are one couple in "Descendants of the Sun" with an age gap and the second couple is Jin Goo and Kim Ji-won.

Kim Ji-won who is starring in the drama as Yoon Myeong-joo said, "Jin Goo looked at me at first and said, "This isn't the Yoon Myeong-joo I imagined". He thought Yoon Myeong-joo would be sexy, but I am short and child-like. Still, I wear a uniform in the drama so I feel sexy in it"...More

[Interview #1] "Descendants of the Sun" Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki's chemistry

Source | 2016/03/17 | | Permalink

There might be those who've never watched it before but those who have watched it can't stop. The outstanding performance of the cast and the mesmerizing storyline has taken over the drama scene. The 'soldier talk' used in the drama for more reality and the Song-Song Couple's chemistry is bringing about a syndrome.

A press conference was held on the 16th with Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo and Kim Ji-won...More

[HanCinema's Exclusive Interview] Sam Okyere

2016/03/12 | | Permalink

Hello everyone! I'm very pleased to present HanCinema viewers an exclusive interview with rising Ghanaian star, Sam Okyere. Sam is a humble, intelligent man who is a go-getter and knows how to make things happen. He's worked hard to become the successful Korean entertainer and t.v. personality that he is and HanCinema got to hear all about it first hand. Now you will, too...More

[Interview #2] Kim So-hyun, "I nearly died in the sea swim scene"

Source | 2016/03/07 | | Permalink

There must've been difficulties that followed the good parts. In "Pure Love - Movie", Soo-ok is the daughter of a female diver so she had to be comfortable with water. However, So-hyeon doesn't even know how to swim so she experienced a slight trauma in the sea. The most difficult scene for her was the sea-swimming scene.

Kim So-hyun said, "At the beginning of the movie, there is a scene where I jump into the ocean with my friends. About two days were decided for this. However, on the first day, the water was so deep it scared me. The director wanted the scene to be a long take, but I had swallowed too much water already. It was salty sea water as well. I couldn't do it so I yelled for help. The staff who were in the water were so surprised they lifted me up right away"...More

[Interview #1] How 17-year-old Kim So-hyun prepares for her next drama

Source | 2016/03/07 | | Permalink

She had her first real gig at the age of 17. She had to act with those her age without anyone older than her leading the way. It was a big challenge for her. As soon as she was done with a drama, she joined the movie set, and although she couldn't be with the other sisters and brothers as she is still underaged, Kim So-hyun had another experience.

In the movie "Pure Love - Movie", Kim So-hyun appears as Beom-sil's (Doh Kyung-soo) first love and has a crippled leg which forces her to limp. She had to be careful about her leg and concentrate on it the whole time. She prepared for this movie like any other grown-up would have and this is what makes her stand out amongst her fellow actors and actresses...More

[Interview] Kim Go-eun-I, "I still think I did good in starring in "Cheese In the Trap"

Source | 2016/02/28 | | Permalink

tvN drama "Cheese in the Trap" is in a spot of trouble and this led to a problem for the cast as well. To some, the drama is a blessing and to others, it might have been an upsetting attempt.

For Kim Go-eun-I, it's a special drama. She was the exact Hong Seol from the original web-toon. She brought out the best in herself and the drama turned out to be beneficial for her...More

[Interview #2] "Cheese in the Trap" Park Hae-jin, "There is no cutting-edge ending"

Source | 2016/02/25 | | Permalink

tvN drama is in a spot of trouble lately. Despite the good start, the drama has suddenly gone to the hills by deviating away from the original web-toon.

The viewers first, then the web-toon writer portrayed their complaints on blogs. Then Park Hae-jin's agency expressed its periphrastic problems on SNS. Then Park Hae-jin himself spoke honestly about the drama to OSEN...More

[Interview #1] "Cheese in the Trap" Park Hae-jin, "I want to ask the director about the parts that were cut out"

Source | 2016/02/25 | | Permalink

Actor Park Hae-jin spoke about the tvN drama "Cheese in the Trap". He was the first one to be cast in the drama even when the director wasn't found and put a lot of affection into it but unfortunately the drama has gone to the mountains.

Park Hae-jin spoke with OSEN and said, "I am starring in "Cheese in the Trap" but I don't know where I come in"...More

[Interview #2] Esom, "Jung Woo-sung is experienced, Kang Ha-neul is passionate"

Source | 2016/02/16 | | Permalink

Actress Esom works well with any actor in anything from thriller to romance.

She starred in the movie "Like for Likes" with Kang Ha-neul. She played Jang Na-yeon in this three-couple movie and Kang Ha-neul played a born-single man named Lee Soo-ho...More

[Interview #1] Esom, "Mysteriousness? I want to be a natural actress"

Source | 2016/02/16 | | Permalink

"I don't want to be mysterious. I think it's important to be natural. If my character is too strong in a movie or a drama, the public might see my as too cold so I want to be friendly. I strive to be honest and natural".

Esom takes on the role of Jang Na-yeon in the movie "Like for Likes". Unlike "Scarlet Innocence", she's an appealing woman who is deeply honest with her feelings for others...More

[Interview #3] "Like For Likes" Choi Ji-woo, "I am careful of SNS"

Source | 2016/02/15 | | Permalink

Actress Choi Ji-woo mentioned SNS.

She was recently interviewed and she said she doesn't have SNS...More

[Interview #2] "Like For Likes" How Choi Ji-woo deals with criticism

Source | 2016/02/15 | | Permalink

Choi Ji-woo was recently interviewed in a café for the movie "Like for Likes" and she said, "I don't get hurt easily. I forget things quickly. Although, I think about what happened at night when I go to bed, but it doesn't last very long".

We asked if that was her character or did she develop this habit as an actress and she responded, "Most of it developed during my career. I just found a way to protect myself and experienced helped me"...More

[Interview #1] "Like For Likes" Choi Ji-woo, "Greed to be the top? I like it better 6 ways"

Source | 2016/02/15 | | Permalink

Actress Choi Ji-woo is coming out with a movie.

She was interviewed recently for the movie "Like for Likes" and she said, "It's not that I didn't want to star in a movie but somehow my decision headed for dramas"...More

[Interview #2] "Cheese In The Trap" Kim Go-eun-I and the kiss with Park Hae-jin

Source | 2016/02/14 | | Permalink

The most memorable scene to Kim Go-eun-I is the kiss on the bench with Park Hae-jin. She said she pretended she was a real university student with the fluttery feelings of someone in love.

"The kiss scene with Yoo Jeong (Park Hae-jin) was a great scene. I think what Hong Seol felt that night represents all the fellow ladies out there. It was very real and Yoo Jeong was cute because he was 'drunk' according to the script"...More

[Interview #1] "Cheese In The Trap" Kim Go-eun-I, "Hong Seol and I are alike"

Source | 2016/02/14 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Go-eun-I is a key character in the tvN drama "Cheese in the Trap". When a drama has a popular original, there is a certain verification process one has to go through with the fans of the original. There were words of expectations and worry from fans at the news of Kim Go-eun-I having been cast for the role of Hong Seol.

"Cheese in the Trap" is now halfway there and the result so far is outstanding. It is the first tvN drama to have gone over 7% and it is saying something as it competes with other ground-wave dramas on Mondays and Tuesdays. Kim Go-eun-I was all smiles about the success of her first drama ever...More

[Interview] Doh Kyung-soo, an honest actor

Source | 2016/02/11 | | Permalink

'Double Million Seller', Quadruple crown winner at 2015 MAMA and triple crown winner of the 2016 Golden Disk Music Awards

These are the records set by the group EXO. They top charts with every album they release and everything they do or say becomes an issue...More

[Interview] Ryu Jun-yeol, "Forever on my side, 'Cheetah' Ra Mi-ran"

Source | 2016/02/11 | | Permalink

It was a rapid progress.

Actor Ryu Jun-yeol who debuted in 2014 appeared like a comet. He starred in the short film "Midnight Sun" and feature film "Socialphobia" then in the tvN drama "Answer Me 1988" and rose to stardom. He has been tagged 'husband material Ryu Jun-yeol and his fan meeting sold out 1,500 seats in just 2 minutes...More

[Interview #2] "Answer Me 1988" Hyeri, "Deok-seon in shackles?"

Source | 2016/01/27 | | Permalink

Hyeri is a leading actress in her 20s. She found the perfect role for her in "Answer Me 1988" and that's Deok-seon.

She could easily become arrogant as she is one of the most wanted stars in the entertainment business but she's deeper than that. "I realized as I was in the middle of "Answer Me 1988" that the more I am prepared, the better the results are. So I think it's better to take the time to get ready for something instead of doing it in a hurry"...More

[Interview #1] "Answer Me 1988" Hyeri, "I cried because I had to say goodbye to Deok-seon"

Source | 2016/01/27 | | Permalink

Hyeri is a leading actress in her 20s. She found the perfect role for her in "Answer Me 1988" and that's Deok-seon.

She could easily become arrogant as she is one of the most wanted stars in the entertainment business but she's deeper than that. "I realized as I was in the middle of "Answer Me 1988" that the more I am prepared, the better the results are. So I think it's better to take the time to get ready for something instead of doing it in a hurry"...More

[Interview] Why did Moon Chae-won act normal?

Source | 2016/01/19 | | Permalink

She was normal. There was nothing appealing about her but she filled that up with her charm. It's the actresses luck if she can draw attention with a perfect character but making something out of nothing is something every actor or actress should try. This is why Moon Chae-won is more beautiful.

The movie "Mood of the Day" starred Moon Chae-won as Soo-jeong, a conservative woman. Moon Chae-won said, "As part of an audience, I wasn't really a fan of romantic comedies. So even as I'm doing it myself, there are a lot of things I don't know"...More

[Interview] "SORI: Voice from the Heart" actor Lee Sung-min, "I nearly cried in one of the scenes"

Source | 2016/01/18 | | Permalink

"I've only come halfway".

The response for "SORI: Voice from the Heart" is good. But actor Lee Sung-min says that's not enough...More

[Interview #3] Im Si-wan, "I pitied Hwang Kwanghee during the "Infinity Challenge" acting lesson"

Source | 2016/01/11 | | Permalink

Actor and ZE:A - Children of Empire idol group member Im Si-wan supported Hwang Kwanghee.

In an interview with the actor and singer on the 11th, he said, "I know Hwang Kwanghee well and he hesitates to bring out the sincerity in him"...More

[Interview #2] Im Si-wan, "I'm no good at singing or dancing"

Source | 2016/01/11 | | Permalink

Actor and ZE:A - Children of Empire idol group member Im Si-wan was missing his singer life.

In an interview with the actor and singer, he said, "I was able to start acting because I was lucky and I get offered more acting opportunities than music. I am thankful for the offers I get"...More

[Interview #1] Why Im Si-wan cut back in drinking in the day

Source | 2016/01/11 | | Permalink

Actor and ZE:A - Children of Empire idol group member Im Si-wan expressed his love for drinking.

An interview was conducted with Im Si-wan on the 11th and he said, "It was physically difficult for me in the action scene with Lee Hee-joon and it was hard not being able to drink while I was working"...More

[Interview] It looks like Go Ara is in love

Source | 2016/01/11 | | Permalink

Go Ara is in love. The movie "The Joseon Magician" has made her eyes all hearts. She's been seen in the drama "Answer Me 1994" and "You're Surrounded" recently. Being a typical doll-face, this time she stars in a fantasy melo-historical in a Hanbok.

Go Ara's passion for "The Joseon Magician" is something else. Every word she says in the movie is full of eagerness and happiness but it all comes from her passion. She seems like a girl who doesn't even know she's in love...More

[Interview] "The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale" Jung Suk-won

Source | 2015/12/27 | | Permalink

Those who remember actor Jung Suk-won as 'Baek Ji-yeong's man' need to see "The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale".

"The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale" is the story of a Joseon hunter who quit hunting, but uses his gun one last time on the last tiger of the Joseon. Jung Suk-won takes on the role of General Ryu who is ashamed to be a part of Joseon...More

[Interview] Yoon Kye-sang's 'virtue of absence'

Source | 2015/12/09 | | Permalink

Singer and actor Yoon Kye-sang is immensely busy these days promoting his newest movie "Love Guide for Dumpees" and preparing for g.o.d's end-of-year concert. However, this is nothing for him compared to the busy life he lived as g.o.d in the years 1990~2000.

Yoon Kye-sang last played the role of a domestic lawyer Yoon Jin-won in "Minority Opinion" and this time he's back with a romantic comedy called "Love Guide for Dumpees". The movie starts with Jeong-hoon (Yoon Kye-sang) and Si-hoo (Han Ye-ri) attending their ex's wedding and spending the night together drunk...More

[Interview] Suzy, "I can't do anything if I'm too caught up with being 'the nation's first love'" - Part 2

Source | 2015/11/24 | | Permalink

Read Part 1 of the interview with Suzy

Q: There is respect in the romance you experience with Shin Jae-hyo played by Ryoo Seung-ryong who is your master, was there any difficulty?

Suzy: No difficulties. He was good to me and made me feel comfortable. He was very reassuring. I relied on him a lot. I really felt his words when he would compliment me. When I got his number I saved him as Shin Jae-hyo and called him master on the set...More

[Interview] "Remember" writer Yoon Hyeon-ho, "I wrote this thinking of Yoo Seung-ho"

Source | 2015/11/24 | | Permalink

Writer Yoon Hyeon-ho answered 10 questions prior to the broadcast.

The new SBS drama "Remember" is written by Yoon Hyeon-ho who wrote the heart-thumping movie, "The Attorney" which successfully gathered 11.3 million people. Yoon Hyeon-ho also just completed the movie "Confidential Assignment"...More

[Interview] Suzy's bold growth phase - Part 1

Source | 2015/11/23 | | Permalink

Suzy's choice was suberb.

The movie "The Sound of a Flower" is the story of Jin Chae-seon, Joseon's first female Pansori singer. Bae Suzy debuted in the year 2010 with Miss A and got to where she is today by acting and singing at the same time. The story of the child who dreamt of singing is just like the Gwangju girl Suzy who also dreamt of being a singer. Suzy said, "When I read the script, it wasn't hard to get into the feeling. I thought about myself when I was in training and I related to the tough times she must have gone through"...More

[Interview] No misunderstandings before conversing: Cho Seung-woo

Source | 2015/11/17 | | Permalink

There's a lot of talk about Cho Seung-woo.

There are rumors that he is sharp, he's bad-tempered, he hates side scripts and that he doesn't do musicals unless he's paid a lot. Most of them are exaggerated or just plain rumors. He's not frequently published in media and it's hard to see him anywhere besides musicals and movies so he hasn't really had a chance to explain himself. Of course, there was no need to...More

[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "Jeju Island with Rain?" - Part 3

Source | 2015/11/04 | | Permalink

Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.

The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20% but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of an odd character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores"...More

[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "I can't possibly be prettier than this" - Part 2

Source | 2015/11/03 | | Permalink

Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.

The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20%, but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged, then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of a very stranger character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores"...More

[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "Laying down? I almost got bedsores" - Part 1

Source | 2015/11/02 | | Permalink

Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.

The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20%, but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of a very stranger character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores"...More

[HanCinema's Industry Interview] 10 Questions for Actor Kahlid Elijah Tapia

2015/09/05 | | Permalink

HanCinema recently met up with actor Kahlid Elijah Tapia to find out about his experience working in South Korea's television and film industry.

You came to South Korea back in 2009 to teach English. What was it about the country and culture that inspired you to explore its film and television industry?

This is a funny one actually because it wasn't the country or the culture. I was living in Florida taking acting classes before I came to Korea and I actually was just wanting to live in this country for one year and go home. A fellow actress and now close friend recommended that I put my headshot and resume on Craigslist. I thought to myself, "For what?" "This is Korea, I can't get anything done here". But I did it and 28 credits on IMDb later, I'm still here. What I learned after posting my information is that I can be an actor anywhere. Especially in this internet driven age...More

[Interview] "Oh My Ghostess" Kim Seul-gi saved by Jo Jeong-seok and Park Bo-young?

Source | 2015/08/31 | | Permalink

Kim Seul-gi was a woman.

She was better known for her foul mouthed character in the tvN TV show "SNL Korea" before the interview. Her role in "Discovery of Romance" softened it up a little but she has feminized more in the recent tvN drama "Oh My Ghostess"...More

[Interview] Choi Daniel, "It's been a miracle for me..."

Source | 2015/08/23 | | Permalink

"This past year has been a miracle for me".

Actor Choi Daniel is getting some action for the first time in 10 years. He recently recovered from an unknown leg injury in 2013 so this means a lot to him. "Untouchable Lawmen" is something special for this full grown actor...More

[Interview] Ha Ji-won isn't bothered by the percentage or scandal

Source | 2015/08/19 | | Permalink

Ha Ji-won says her effect has worn off.

She's been mostly successful with "Secret Garden" and "The King 2 Hearts" but she didn't make it big with "The Time I Loved You"...More

[Interview] "The Assassination" Lee Jung-jae, "My romance has dried up and I lost my co-workers..."

Source | 2015/08/19 | | Permalink

Lee Jung-jae talked about his endless roles of being the bad guy.

"The Assassination" is the first movie this year to have made 10 million views and as for Lee Jung-jae, it's his second 10 million hit movie following "The Thieves". In "The Assassination", Lee Jung-jae plays an independent movement soldier named Yeom Seok-jin in his 20s then a spy who betrays his country in his 30s. It must've been a concern playing a role like this near the 70th anniversary of independence in Korea but he said it was a challenge he wanted to try. It was torturing and made him lonely at the same time...More

[Interview] Lee Hyun-woo, life right now

Source | 2015/08/13 | | Permalink

It's been 10 years since Lee Hyun-woo started acting. He's 23. He wants to be better and also enjoy life. He mentioned that "Northern Limit Line" was what he got at the end of endless effort. However, he knows well of the precious time he's spending. He thinks hard about his life as an actor and he knows he has to be faithful for a better future. Knowing what he's thinking and what he's into, helped in getting to know him...More

[Interview] 'Blue Bird Nest' Chae Soo-bin, "I cried at the text 'well done'"

Source | 2015/08/12 | | Permalink

Chae Soo-bin is a bright actress. She smiles brightly and makes people feel good when she speaks. Her positive vibes is what brought her to where she is since 3 years of her debut.

Chae Soo-bin has been Han Eun-soo for the past 8 months. "Blue Bird Nest" was her first leading role and she did a good job being Han Eun-soo. Those who asked who she was in the beginning now say, "I watch "Blue Bird Nest" because of Chae Soo-bin". We met Chae Soo-bin on the 12th.

She was even brighter than we expected. She was full of energy despite the 8 month long journey she just took...More

[Interview] Kim Sa-rang, "My Love Eun-dong" changed me"

Source | 2015/08/02 | | Permalink

She gave up sexy. Instead she showed endless potential as an actress. Kim Sa-rang has become the nation's Sa-rang through "My Love Eun-dong". She was Ji Eun-dong and Seo Jeong-eun for the past 4 months. It's like she never left at all.

Kim Sa-rang was as beautiful as ever. She had once said that eating three meals a day led to weight and as if she still keeps to her words, she looked outstanding. Yoon Seul from "Secret Garden" was no longer there. She looked innocent and easygoing...More

[Interview] Actress A claims sexual harassment: "Actor B ripped my clothes and touched me"

Source | 2015/07/12 | | Permalink

A media source reported on July 2nd, that the police were investigating a case where an actress claimed that her co-star sexually harassed her while filming a scene where the husband inflicted violence on his wife. This case has been sent to the prosecutors for further investigation.

Actress 'A' agreed to an interview although it might be a tough time for her. She's being reflected to the public as 'hysterical' and not being able to accept an improvisation for a good movie...More

[Interview] "Madonna" Kwon So-hyun-I, "I was asked to get mental therapy"

Source | 2015/06/30 | | Permalink

"I feel overwhelmed at the thought of something created by so many people finally being released more than the thought of me on the screens. I watched myself in the movie and I'm shy about it. I want to do more in the future".

Kwon So-hyun-I debuted with the movie "Madonna" and she is known as an ambitious and proud actress. She pulled off being a pregnant woman in a car accident and a victim to sexual harassment at work. She's known as the next Chun Woo-hee and she's been wanted from several agencies even before the release of the movie...More

[Interview] Listening to Ku Hye-sun's music

Source | 2015/06/17 | | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun is out with her newest new age album called "Breath 2" for the first time in 6 years. But that's no surprise because Ku Hye-sun has been very busy as an actress, film director, hosting exhibitions and publishing novels. There have been people who looked at her with jaundiced eyes and the reasons being that she released mostly repertoires and her acting skills. However, her music is comfortable enough for anyone to hear. Listening to them with closed eyes releases a field of imaginations. Her music makes one liberal and so did the interview with her. The discussion was mainly her album and the talk of music soon became talk of people...More

[Interview] Ryoo Seung-bum after wandering for 3 years, "I've become an outsider"

Source | 2015/06/15 | | Permalink

'Freedom' explains only Ryoo Seung-bum in this country. He debuted in the year 2000 and continued to star in "No Manners", "Crying Fist", "Bloody Tie", "The Unjust", "Over my Dead Body", "The Berlin File" and more. He's always been a free soul in movie and he's a known fashion freak.

Q: The movie is being released on the 17th. Have you had a chance to see it yet?...More

[Interview] "Perfect Proposal" Im Soo-jung, "I am an actress and I can't help it"

Source | 2015/06/01 | | Permalink

This is the first movie she's done in three years since "Everything about my Wife". "Perfect Proposal" is a movie based on an original called "Woman of Hay".

"Perfect Proposal" is a crime mellow about Ji-yeon (Im Soo-jung) who is in a desperate situation and Seong-yeol (Yoo Yeon-seok) who suggests something that will change her life completely...More

[Interview] "The Shameless" Jeon Do-yeon, "Cannes supports my potential"

Source | 2015/05/27 | | Permalink

Jeon Do-yeon's name is all about trust. The audience always has high expectations from her as an actress and not just a star. There is no need for promoting her stardom as she herself induces curiosity about a movie and builds trust.

The same goes for "The Shameless" which was invited to the 68th Cannes International Film Festival for its potential. Jeon Do-yeon won the Best Actress at Cannes in 2007 for "Secret Sunshine" and "The Shameless" was her fourth visit to Cannes. We met Jeon Do-yeon in a café in Seoul after she returned from Cannes...More

[Interview] Kim Nam-gil, "Cannes? It's only the beginning"

Source | 2015/05/21 | | Permalink

It's a challenge to work with Jeon Do-yeon. Whether it be a woman or man, you are soon going to be overpowered by her aura. She's dangerous.

Kim Nam-gil chose her intentionally. He co-starred with her in the movie "The Shameless" which is about a detective who will do anything to catch a criminal and approaching a woman to catch one. Jeon Do-yeon is the woman of the killer and Kim Nam-gil is the detective...More

[The 68th Cannes - Interview] "The Office" Go Ah-sung, "I'm just an intern"

Source | 2015/05/20 | | Permalink

Actress Go Ah-sung went to Cannes for the third time. This time she was invited to the event for "The Office".

"The Office" is about an ordinary office man named Kim Byeong-gook (Bae Sung-woo) killing all of his family and returning to the office only to hide himself. Then he kills his colleagues one by one. Go Ah-sung plays Lee Mi-rae who stands in the middle of the mystery...More

[Interview] Park Seo-joon from "Chronicles of Evil"

Source | 2015/05/19 | | Permalink

"I don't know the score. I was more curious about the reactions".

That's what he said when we congratulated him on coming in first at the box office...More

[Interview] Jeon Do-yeon, "Not anyone can go to Cannes"

Source | 2015/05/18 | | Permalink

Kim Nam-gil and Jeon Do-yeon talked about their experience at Cannes.

Actress Jeon Do-yeon and actor Kim Nam-gil were invited to the 68th Cannes International Film Festival for their movie "The Shameless" and had an interview with News N.

Jeon Do-yeon was one of the judges at CIFF last year and she said, "It's tough to judge a movie and to be judged. They are both equally tough".

Jeon Do-yeon has been to Cannes for "Secret Sunshine", "The Housemaid - 2010" and this time, "The Shameless". She said, "I never thought I'd go there again with "The Shameless". I shot a movie for the first time in 15 years and I felt so awkward on set. I was scared"...More

[Interview] "The Treacherous" Joo Ji-hoon, "Was it too much?"

Source | 2015/05/14 | | Permalink

"I think an actor must face the public and develop himself.

There's determination in Joo Ji-hoon's words. He says he's nervous in front of the media on the day he presents the results of his many months of hard work but he's constantly smiling. He also continues a conversation smoothly...More

[Interview] Na Jong-chan, a bright tomorrow

Source | 2015/04/21 | | Permalink

He looks like a different person without the warrior suit and beard. He's 187 centimeters tall and good looking. He's just 22 years old and he's rookie actor Na Jong-chan.

Na Jong-chan starred in the MBC drama "Shine or Go Crazy" as warrior Se Won. He was the head of Wang Sik-ryeom's (Lee Duk-hwa) team of assassins who was in love with the prettiest woman of all, Hwang-bo Yeo-won (Lee Honey). Later, it turned out he was Sin Yool's (Oh Yeon-seo) brother...More

[Interview] K-pop star, Hyeri turns into advocate for young part time workers

Source | 2015/04/11 | | Permalink

Decent treatment for young part-timers!

Hyeri (pictured, Lee Hye-ri), a 21-year-old member of K-pop girl group "Girl's Day", has got new nicknames thanks to her new commercial to call for decent treatment for young part-timers. In an e-mail interview with the Dong-A Ilbo on Tuesday, Hyeri expressed her feelings about the commercial series, saying, I hope the campaign can contribute to make a society where employers treat part-time workers like their own daughters and sons. This is the first time for the K-pop singer to express her thoughts on part-timers poor treatment after starring in "Albamon" (a domestic part-time recruitment site) commercials that have made known the minimum wage issue...More

[Interview] Kim Sang-kyung, waiting for the fourth detective

Source | 2015/03/31 | | Permalink

Kim Sang-kyung is known as the 'detective specialist' among fans. He's played a detective three times in his 17 years of acting.

This time he plays detective Tae-soo in the recently released movie "The Deal"...More

[Interview] "Twenty" Kim Woo-bin, "I didn't know what to do about the extreme lines"

Source | 2015/03/24 | | Permalink

"Twenty" is a youth movie. However it doesn't have the touching moment or message like other youth movies. It is wound with sparks and enjoyment. The movie ends while you're laughing. It tells you about the spark of youth and makes one think back to the days when they were young.

Kim Woo-bin is in "Twenty". There are three boys who became friends after having the same crush on a girl named So-min (Jung So-min). Dong-woo (Junho) studies for college, Kyeong-jae (Kang Ha-neul) just got into college and Chi-ho (Kim Woo-bin) doesn't go to school or work. He lives everyday meaninglessly until he meets wannabe star Eun-hye (Jung Joo-yeon) and sparks interest in movies...More

[Interview] The Girl Within: Actress Kim Hyun-joo

Source | 2015/03/23 | | Permalink

She's cosmo and strongly ambitious, that's how we describe actress Kim Hyun-joo.

Almost 20 years into her career, she's created yet another hit. She starred in the KBS 2TV weekend drama "This Is Family" which held a record of more than 40% in viewing percentage...More

[Interview] Geum Dan-bi cuts her hair

Source | 2015/03/22 | | Permalink

Actress and former Miss Korea Geum Dan-bi has made a fancy comeback in the role of Kim Hyo-kyeong in "Apgujeong Midnight Sun".

Hyo-kyeong is a very noble and pure hearted character who only has eyes for her husband (Sim Hyeong-tak) despite the neglect she gets from her sister-in-law Baek Ya (Park Ha-na). She loses her husband to an accident and raises their child alone. She then married Yuk Seon-joong (Lee Joo-hyun) and starts a new marriage life...More

[Interview] On Joo-wan, "I like a person who arouses curiosity"

Source | 2015/03/11 | | Permalink

There's someone who rode the rollercoaster in this year's drama "Punch - Drama". On Joo-wan played investigator Lee Ho-seong who guarded Sin Ha-kyeong (Kim Ah-joong) in the beginning and then later stood in the middle of corruption. He smiles shyly as he says, "I took myself back to the middle. I am realizing more and more that communication is most important no matter what role you are in". Now 12 years into his career, the actor seems like he's still maturing and says he feels like he's caught a lucky break.

Q: Did you predict the success of "Punch - Drama"?

"The grown-ups in my hometown love it. They think it's the best thing that's ever happened to me. I had my trust in the producer and writer"...More

[Interview] Kim Sang-kyung, "I knew Kim Woo-bin would succeed"

Source | 2015/03/05 | | Permalink

Actor Kim Sang-kyung is like the guy next door. We met him in a café for this interview and he had a laugh loud enough to ring the entire café and was very humorous. He knows each and everyone's names on site when he's at work and he also uses the reporter's name when addressing one.

He seems just like Moon Tae-joo, one of the characters in the record breaking 40% KBS 2TV drama "This Is Family". However, he is already famous for his seriousness. He's known to be one of the most sincere actors as he played a detective in the movies "Memories of Murder" and "Montage" and a king in the drama "The Great King Sejong"...More

[Interview] Lee Yeon-hee wants to work with Kwon Seok-jang again

Source | 2015/03/04 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Yeon-hee is getting the hang of acting.

Lee Yeon-hee was reviewed again when she starred in the 2013 drama "Gu Family Book". She then continued onto "Miss Korea" and now the movie "Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island" with Kim Myung-min and Oh Dal-soo...More

[Interview] Jo Yoon-hee, "I am free now that I am beyond my 20s"

Source | 2015/03/02 | | Permalink

"I was so shy and used to be busy hiding, but now I want to become livelier".

The high school student who used to be so shy in front of the camera is now a well-seasoned actress 14 years into her career. She debuted in 1999 through Lee Soo-yeong's music video "I Believe" and starred in the sitcom "Orange" in 2002. She maintained her pace to get to where she is now and she is a step closer to becoming a mature actress. She completed her first historical drama "The King's Face" and on her face, is her cute smile and sense of relief. The way she spoke every word with concern also made her look intelligent...More

[Interview] Lovely Park Min-young, "I was thirsty for acting"

Source | 2015/02/22 | | Permalink

 Park Min-young threw off the 'mysterious veil' and attempted at something new through "Healer". She claims she was so thirsty to act when she made her comeback half a year after "A New Leaf".

The Park Min-young we know isn't cold and haughty. She's warm and passionate about her job and sticks to her decisions...More

[Interview Issue] Ha Jung-woo, "I was stimulated by how professional Ha Ji-won was"

Source | 2015/01/28 | | Permalink

Actor Ha Jung-woo is directing his second movie, "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" based on a best seller written by Wi Hwa. Those based on originals have much to worry about because there will be people who have read the original script and have high expectations. Ha Jung-woo didn't hesitate to list "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" on his filmography.

"Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" is about Heo Sam-gwan, a man who has no money, no plans and nothing to lose. While he has to take care of his beautiful wife Heo Ok-ran (Ha Ji-won) and his three sons, he faces the biggest risk of his life...More

[Interview] Lee Jong-suk, "I was fearful when I first encountered "Pinocchio""

Source | 2015/01/25 | | Permalink

Lee Jong-suk claims he was afraid after "Doctor Stranger". He could've had a break in his career but writer Park Hye-ryeon and doctor Jo Soo-won called him and he overcame the slump he was in. Their reunion was an issue from the beginning and "Pinocchio" successfully closed curtains in first place.

"Pinocchio" is a youth drama about the real-time events of social reporters' lives starring Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-hye, Kim Young-kwang, Lee Yoo-bi, Lee Pil-mo, Kang Shin-il, Jin Kyung, Kim Kwang-kyu, Byun Hee-bong and more...More

[Interview] Moon Chae-won's belly dance and relationships

Source | 2015/01/14 | | Permalink

"Today's Love" is daringly said to be the "My Sassy Girl" of 2015. Moon Chae-won is the 'it girl' as she dances and swears, but she's still a lovely girl who we can't take our eyes off.

Moon Chae-won is a weather reporter named Hyeon-woo who has a friend she's known for 18 years and is somewhat more than a friend but not lovers with him. This is Moon Chae-won's first romance comedy and she's landed herself in a pretty good character...More

[Interview] Yoo Ji-tae, "How can love change?"

Source | 2015/01/06 | | Permalink

Yoo Ji-tae said the words, "How can love change?" in the movie "One Fine Spring Day" but he proved love doesn't have to change with his lifetime partner Kim Hyo-jin. In the movie "The Tenor Lirico Spinto" in which he stars as a genius tenor who's lost his voice, his favorite song is 'As Si Ben Mio' which means "Oh My Love". It's not an overstatement to say he's the god of love.

Q: We know you to have knowledge about classical music...More

[Interview] "Ode To My Father" director Yoon Je-gyoon

Source | 2014/12/29 | | Permalink

Director JK Youn, who succeeded in gathering 10 million viewers with "Haeundae" in 2009, is back. This time it's "Ode to My Father". Being the most controversial movie of the year, "Ode to My Father" has recorded 4.2 million audiences up to date.

It's all thanks to JK Youn for increasing the value of the movie. There aren't many directors whose name brings about curiosity to the public. However, they remember JK Youn. It could've been pressure for him to come back with a movie for the first time in 5 years...More

[Interview] Ku Hye-sun, "To those who reject me"

Source | 2014/12/08 | | Permalink

There's no knowing her. She's been successful as an actress, producer, composing, conversation and more. It's hard to regulate her in one category. Ku Hye-sun always stimulates the curiosity with her ways of releasing her desires with various ways.

However, her ways of expression don't always agree with the public. Criticisms that she's an unrecognized but pretty actress who is caught up in her world and just branching out through various methods, is always bothering her. Why is she dealing with all these criticisms and still struggling to fulfill her desires?...More

[Interview] Micky Yoochun "Haemoo", like a sponge

Source | 2014/08/10 | | Permalink

Is there another lucky actor like him? There is an idol actor who's come out with a movie produced by Bong Joon-ho and starred by Kim Yun-seok, Moon Sung-keun and other outstanding stars. This actor has performed well, no, much more than that. We are talking about Micky Yoochun from JYJ who takes on the role of the youngest crew member, Dong-sik.

There are stereotypes about idols these days without a doubt. Their popularity might've started off with fandom but whether or not idols establish their positions as actors is completely up to them. However, Micky Yoochun grabbed the opportunity given to him and worked hard to make it work out his way....More

[Interview] Jun Ji-hyun, "I barely expected the grand prize"

Source | 2014/05/27 | | Permalink

Actress Jun Ji-hyun laughed and cried at the Baeksang Arts Awards. She got the Rookie Award in 1999 for "White Valentine" and this is the first time in 15 years after that. With the TV Grand Prize in her hand, Jun Ji-hyun said, "I feel my heart being heard to the public with this award". She started crying. She came back with the SBS drama "My Love from the Star" for the first time in 14 years and created the character "Cheon Song-I", which no one else will be able to replace. This character caused another Hallyu drama shockwave across the country which reached all the way to China, the first time since "Jang Geum" from "Dae Jang Geum". Jun Ji-hyun had been in the acting career for 10 years; there's never enough positive reviews about her in acting and now she's at the highest point of her life...More

[Star Interview] Lee Yoon-ji, "The Wang Family" welcomed me to my 30's"

Source | 2014/02/26 | | Permalink

She took on the role of Wang Gwang-park, the third daughter in The Wang Family. She co-starred with her partner Han Juwan and made everyone come together with her romantic act.

"The Wang Family" has always been brought up for its dramatic topic and layout. The viewing percentage was phenomenal. A staggering 48.3% was recorded by Nielsen Korea. Lee Yoon-ji learned wisdom of life and drew out her life strategy during this time.

▲How does it feel to have completed a drama which half the nation watched?...More

[Interview] Jo In-sung, "Song Hye-kyo is beautiful, that's it"

Source | 2013/04/07 | | Permalink

"I had nail care to express my emotions with my hands"

Jo In-sung who just finished the drama "That Winter, the Wind Blows" said, "I don't want to star in anything like that for a while". This drama was a first since the movie "A Frozen Flower" 5 years ago. He seemed sad to let Oh Soo go as he said, "The drama lingers so much that I called the writer, Noh Hee-kyeong the day after the last shoot and cried on the phone. "That Winter, the Wind Blows" is something I put more effort in than a movie". He also said, "Song Hye-kyo is beautiful enough for any man to want"...More

[Interview] Yoon Si-yoon, "I am responsible for what I am…"

Source | 2013/03/01 | | Permalink

Yoon Si-yoon is different.

Yoon Si-yoon attempted at a trendy character in the recent tvN drama, "Flower Boy Next Door", unlike the sincere characters he's been in such as MBC drama, "Me Too, Flower!" or KBS "Bread, Love and Dreams". He played the role of a genius creative director Enrique Geum from Spain who is fidgety and whiny like a little child. He also created a fantasy image which makes one imagine if there really is a guy like Enrique out there...More

[Interview] Korean-American Actress Jennivere Song Lee

Source | 2013/01/20 | | Permalink

Born in Queens to Korean parents, Jennivere is a first generation Korean American. From an early age, Jennivere had a strong passion for the arts. She took tap, jazz and ballet classes throughout her childhood as in addition to playing piano and making costumes for church plays. As soon as she was of legal age, Jennivere worked two jobs after school. She worked weekdays after school at an ice cream bakery and as an orthodontist assistant on the weekends.

When she was 16, her mother enrolled her in fashion design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Noticing Jennivere's restlessness, her English teacher recommended she take a drama class. Jennivere enjoyed the class but never considered pursuing it as a career, since it was rare to see Asian actors on television. Upon graduation from high school, she took a break to work, travel, write and soul search. After a year, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fashion Design major. While at FIT, she learned of her more fulfilling first love - writing. After taking another break from her studies to work and experience life, she became a personal fitness trainer, a real estate agent, waitress, personal assistant, photographic model, artist model and even a street canvasser for Greenpeace during a very cold winter! She feels that her life experiences add enrichment and fuel her need to experience even more life has to offer...More

[Interview] Han Ji-min and Micky Yoochun's ending of "The Rooftop Prince"

Source | 2012/06/03 | | Permalink

Actor and actress Micky Yoochun and Han Ji-min expressed their thoughts about the ending of "The Rooftop Prince".

The two took on the roles of Lee Gak and Yong Tae-yong and Boo Yong and Park Ha in the drama "The Rooftop Prince" that ended on the 24th of May. They played two lovers back and forth the modern and Chosun times.

Han Ji-min and Micky Yoochun were full of love for their characters after the drama. They were happy and disappointed at the same time when their character names were mentioned...More

[Interview] Lee Beom-soo who is alert for act ups

Source | 2012/04/02 | | Permalink

What does a fun and lively shooting site mean for Lee Beom-soo?

In an interview with OSEN along with the release of the movie "Over my Dead Body", when Lee Beom-soo was asked who he thought was a good atmosphere maker during the movie shoot, he thought about it for a while and started talking carefully about his ideas of a fun person on set...More

[Interview] Han Ga-in, "It's not that I didn't, I couldn't"

Source | 2012/03/27 | | Permalink

The 'it' girl is Han Ga-in (30, Kim Hyun-joo) these days. It took her 10 years to become 'the lovable actress' from 'the pretty commercial star'.

She took in all the criticism she will hear in a lifetime, all at once on "The Sun and the Moon". People ask "Is that X her?" in the movie "Architecture 101".

Out of the box and into the public's arms, Han Ga-in talked about the past 6 months she lived as an actress. "I knew it was going to be hard but I got the courage and it was beyond harder than imagined but I survived with tenacity".

Seeing the box office top 1 result, she pats herself on the head and says, "It was right of me to get my courage together"...More

[Interview] Kim Soo-hyun, "Bae Yong-joon's idea of Hwon..."

Source | 2012/03/25 | | Permalink

"Don't you dare sty far from me. This is a king's order".

Women can't deny the order of King Hwon. Those mesmerized by him fell in 'Soo-hyeon ache' and their hearts thumped at the words, "I will untie this coat string for the Queen". Kim Soo-hyun meets with Jun Ji-hyun in the movie "The Thieves". This time it's Jun Ji-hyun after Suzy and Han Ga-in. It really is Kim Soo-hyun's generation as he's going in and out of all people's hearts all over the country.

- You are getting together with Jun Ji-hyun in "The Thieves". Han Ga-in and now Jun Ji-hyun. Are you the lucky one or is she?...More

[Interview] Director KANG Je-gyu

Source | 2012/01/14 | | Permalink

After shooting Korea's most expensive film in history, director Kang Je-gyu talks to KANG Byeong-jin about shooting on location with multi-national cast and crew, and his thoughts for the future.

KCT: Why were you so captivated by this true story? 

Kang: I was shocked to find that such an unfortunate and dynamic tale could exist in real life. If our ancestors survived the turmoil of history, I wanted to know what drew them to be so tenacious and passionate about life. Those thoughts gave me a thrill. I also wondered if this kind of opportunity would ever come to me again. As a film director, it was a meaningful challenge to create a film out of this kind of story...More

[Interview] Lee Min-jung "City girl? I want to try period pieces too"

Source | 2011/12/29 | | Permalink

'Goddess' Lee Min-jung (29) has come back to screens a year after "Cyrano Angency".

She has returned as Sin Jin-ah, a former singer and current DJ in the movie "Wonderful Radio"...More

[Interview] "Penny Pinchers" Shin So-yul on a scooter

Source | 2011/11/20 | | Permalink

"I caused the accident due to my clumsy driving, it must've hurt..."

She has gentle eyes and a never fading smile on her lips. She answers all questions with a bold voice one by one. She is Shin So-yul from the movie "Penny Pinchers" and the SBS drama "Deep-rooted Tree". She seemed more feminine with her hair down and forehead showing...More

[Interview] "Pretty Boy" Jung Il-woo's keyword is OO

Source | 2011/11/17 | | Permalink

Actor Jung Il-woo (24) works hard. He returned to acting with tvN drama "Flower Boy Ramyun Shop" right after last May's "49 Days".

Having been evaluated well for his performance as the 'scheduler' in "49 Days", "Flower Boy Ramyun Shop" was a bold attempt. It's a romantic comedy drama, something that he's never tried before...More

[Interview] Jang Geun-suk "Can't compare with Bae Yong-joon"

Source | 2011/11/13 | | Permalink

"It's impossible to compare me with Bae Yong-joon. He's historical. I am just a newborn chick".

Actor Jang Geun-suk (24) said this as he was being compared to the byword for Hallyu, Bae Yong-joon. He continued, "We are not even alike and I am way below him. I hope I can dream of becoming a rooster one day. Of course, my fans are younger" and smiled...More

[Interview] Hyun Bin, Cha Seung-won, Lee Dong-wook... will become popular when with Kim Sun-ah

Source | 2011/09/14 | | Permalink

"The male character has to be cool".

"Kim Sun-ah has to make no adjustments. She leads the atmosphere very well".

That's what Lee Dong-wook said. She approached him first in the SBS weekend drama "Scent of a Woman", which is his return project. Having finished with "Scent of a Woman" and waiting for the release of the movie "Fighting Spirit", we met Kim Sun-ah in a restaurant in Myeong-dong....More

[Spoiler] [INTERVIEW] Director Hong Sang-soo (Part 1 & 2)

Source | 2011/09/07 | | Permalink

The lights in director Hong Sang-soo's study never go out. After releasing "Ha Ha Ha" and "Oki's Movie" in early summer and fall, respectively, of last year, he is back with his 12th report "The Day He Arrives" set for a release on September 8, which is still interesting, again detailed and a particularly beautiful record of a winter...More

"My Princess" Ryu Soo-young, "I thank Kim Tae-hee" [Interview]

Source | 2011/03/21 | | Permalink

Actor Ryu Soo-young expressed his gratitude to Kim Tae-hee whom he acted with in his come back project.

After being discharged from the army last year in September, he played the role of Nam Jeong-woo, a professor of antiquities, who was loved by Kim Tae-hee who became a princess later....More

[Star Interview] Jung Il-woo "I want people to think I've changed"

Source | 2011/03/20 | | Permalink

"High Kick!" 'Yoon-ho' Jung Il-woo comes back...SBS "49 Days" scheduler.

Actor Jung Il-woo has come back in 2 years....More

[Interview] Yoon Eun-hye "I cried because of my acting issue"

Source | 2011/03/09 | | Permalink

"I have never thought I was good at acting. I know I got here through luck. I know I'm not everything but won't I improve if I try my best?

Yoon Eun-hye was careful yet feisty at an interview in a café in Seoul, with the movie "My Black Mini Dress" coming soon on the 24th.

She seemed as though if there were no problems with it being published, she would talk honestly about everything for hours. This was evidence that she had been heart-aching because of the tag that followed her around saying she was a singer turned actress. She said she was hurt most my bad comments and articles as bad as they are...More

[Star Interview] Han Ji-min "Marriage? With someone bright and healthy"

Source | 2011/01/17 | | Permalink

"Look at this picture. Isn't it cute?"

Actress Han Ji-min showed a picture in her cell phone before the interview. It was a picture of a boy with big eyes. It was her nephew born on the 28th of December. Her sister had given birth and he was just adorable and amazing. As she is in her thirties now she would naturally think about marriage. Almost at the end of the interview she spoke about her thoughts about marriage....More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 1

Source | 2011/01/04 | | Permalink

G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Not everybody can express their thoughts through music. And not everybody can organize and speak of the result of the thoughts they have gained from making music. But G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) are musicians who can do both. They spoke only of their music throughout our interview with them and talked about the thoughts they injected into their music. Whether you agree with their music or not, we recommend you read this interview to hear what the two have to say about their music. This is what it means for these two young men in their early 20s, regarded as idols stars, to make their own music and present it to people.

10: How does it feel having to work together during Christmas time? (laugh)
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): We feel sorry for each other. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 2

Source | 2011/01/04 | | Permalink

G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: I think the other units would've been interesting as well.
G-Dragon: But it turned out that they're all busy with their individual activities and appearing on variety shows. (laugh) Only T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and I had some time to kill so we ended up working together and producing the most songs together. (laugh) But our other projects were getting pushed back so Yang suggested we try various experiments for Big Bang's music in the mean time and then have Big Bang's album itself contain songs with all five of our voices instead of in units. So that's why Seungri's song, which was actually supposed to go into Big Bang's album, will be released in his upcoming solo album and we're releasing our songs separately as well.

10: So it seems like your album came about by coincidence but how did you two actually make music together? It seems like you two had entirely different interpretations of "BABY GOOD NIGHT"?
G-Dragon: He has changed his name to e.knock now but that song was made when I was over at Kush's house. I was just hanging out with him when he played the arrangement for "BABY GOOD NIGHT" he'd made, asking me what I thought about it...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 3

Source | 2011/01/04 | | Permalink

T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: But "HIGH HIGH" and "OH YEAH" were not composed by you two although they're the title tracks to your album.
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): When we first started working together, we wanted to do more heartwarming music. But we needed to take the public into consideration to a certain extent and our CEO thought the same as well so we asked Teddy for his help. We set the direction the details to the songs would take but we somewhat needed to go with a style that people are familiar with.
G-Dragon: There actually hadn't been that many of Teddy's songs in Big Bang's albums so far. We always talk about this with Teddy as well but it had been hard to work with him because composers with strong musical tendencies don't work with each other a lot. But we came to realize that we couldn't stay like this so we had talked with him from six months ago and reached a conclusion. (laugh) When we get a song from Teddy, he'll pass a song to us after he comes up with the structure for it. He'll take his hands off of it completely. Then we'll talk again to him again to share our opinions. I think these are the two songs we worked on together properly...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Pt. 1

Source | 2010/12/30 | | Permalink

Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

During the performance of their new song "Knockout", T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), during most of the time, either stood still or moved slowly when he rapped while his partner G-Dragon moved wildly around the stage. But no one would dare say he moves less for their performance of "Knockout" only becomes complete when G-Dragon's swiftness is combined with T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)'s heaviness along with the presence of their unique characters that are as different as their hairstyles. Furthermore, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) has the ability to 'eat up' the audience with the most unexpected movements. He once used to be one of the five members of Big Bang who worried over his lack of dancing skills but he can now capture people's attention without so much as moving a muscle. Here is T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)'s remarks about performing on stage, his thoughts and his confidence. 10Asia will publish its interview with both T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon tomorrow...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Pt. 2

Source | 2010/12/30 | | Permalink

Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: You are in a sense, unrealistic, aren't you? Big Bang members aren't exactly the ordinary lot.
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): I do think that. Sometimes when I have a drink with G-Dragon we do feel great about how everything is going in our daily lives but lonely at the same time. Although there are things hard to handle at our age and things that we have missed out on, we also achieved just as much, which makes us think that we live in a dream world. Sometimes even we have trouble identifying whether we live in dream or reality...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang G-Dragon Pt. 1

Source | 2010/12/29 | | Permalink

The reporters of 10Asia spent three days, starting December 24 till 26, working. It was the weekend that included Christmas. However, who cares about working? During those three days, we watched the performance by G-Dragonand T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), we interviewed them on the set of their show and took pictures of them on stage. We just feel bad for them having to spend Christmas with the two who said they feel bad for each other. Below are the excerpts from 10Asia's interview with G-Dragon.

Big Bang member G-Dragon [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: You seem to have some dark bags under your eyes. (laugh)
G-Dragon: Yes, I performed all night yesterday as well. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang G-Dragon Pt. 2

Source | 2010/12/29 | | Permalink

Big Bang G-Dragon [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: That was why I felt bad about "Heartbreaker". While you did a thorough job on perfecting a single idea with " Lies ", that same process was missing in "Heartbreaker" giving a likely reason to doubt even if it wasn't a plagery. I wonder if things could've turned out different if you had more time.
G-Dragon: That's when I realized that I will always need much time for preparation. I used to compose songs on the spot, as if pulling things out of a vending machine but now I can't bear to stand before my fans with music made in such a way, and it also affects my attitude on stage as well...More

[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 1

Source | 2010/12/22 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

It has become awkward to call Kim Yoo-jung a 'child actress'. Other than the fact that she is young, her experience and acting skill she displays on the small and big screen easily surpasses that of adult actors.

In MBC TV series "Dong Yi", she held onto the attention of viewers in the show's early stages playing the young version of Dong Yi (Han Hyo-joo), in KBS drama "Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho" she showed the pitiful state her character is in as the weak one who holds deep sorrow within as well as being the protagonist of the tragic melodrama, and in MBC's "Flame of Desire" she extraordinarily pulled off the double role as the young versions of Na-young (Shin Eun-kyoung) and Hye-jin (Seo Woo) who are venomous to the point they are naughty. Hence Kim could be regarded one of the most impressive actors of the year...More

[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 2

Source | 2010/12/22 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: You recently played a middle school student in "Happy Maker Soonjung". How was that?
Kim Yoo-jung: It was fun because I got to wear a uniform but I don't think there's much difference in terms of the acting.

10: What do you think it'll be like when you go to middle school?
Kim Yoo-jung: I think I'll have a lot of fun. People say it's when you have the most fun. Oh, except for the studying. (laugh) Middle schools these days have snack bars, right? But not in Ilsan! And they study more than kids do in Seoul. Elementary schools in Seoul only test you in Korean language, math, social studies and science, and although it may differ depending on your principal, in the city of Goyang you get tested in English and the arts and physical education as well...More

[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 3

Source | 2010/12/22 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 

10: What is the first role you played that you felt the fun in acting?
Kim Yoo-jung: I wanted to act well in "Haeundae" and "All For Love" left a strong impression on me. I enjoyed working on "The Chaser" as well but I think I had the most fun with acting in "Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho". I came to think that I would like to act for the rest of my life.

10: I guess you had fun on set although the drama itself was sad and scary.
Kim Yoo-jung: It was so much fun that I'd like to go back to those times! The crew treated me very well, they would always give me good food, and the actors were very nice as well. Mr. Jang Hyun-sung in particular is like a real dad and friend. He's filming a new daily drama these days but he said the set isn't as cheerful without me and that he thought of me while eating meat so he called me, asking for me to join them. (laugh) And I like the director for "Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho" the most as well. He's always smiling and was very cute. He looks like a fox when he smiles...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 1

Source | 2010/12/09 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Sun-kyun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

"I think all guys are the same when they become dads, in the sense that we think that we need to take care of our family as the breadwinner of the house rather than wanting to become a certain kind of actor", actor Lee Sun-kyun said in his mellow ringing voice. This man, who viewers thought would wait eternally for the main female character in his movies and dramas with his mild voice and gaze, has become a real man who now has a wife and son. And it may be coincidence but with his more recent roles -- from film "Paju" and "Oki's Movie" to MBC TV series "Pasta" -- Lee at times became violent and sometimes even a loser instead of the angelic romantic guy he was most often regarded as. The reason that romantic comedy pic "Petty Romance" comes as a pleasant surprise to fans is that he has gone back to working on a romantic story but has managed to play a character with a sharp temper. Some viewers may think he has merely made a change, while others may think he has matured. Maybe the interview below will help you make a clearer judgement.

10: Your moustache is what stands out to me the most about you from the very start.
Lee Sun-kyun: It was my look in film "Petty Romance". The script for it had originally said my character is not well off financially but still looks amazing on the outside, looking like a model and dressing nicely as well. But this didn't seem to go with the circumstances he is in...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 2

Source | 2010/12/09 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Sun-kyun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 

10: We talked about your wife just now but it doesn't seem weird when we see you dating women in dramas. At the same time, such acting could start to come off as weird if the fact that you're married and have a child gets too well-known.
Lee Sun-kyun: That's what people say but it's the truth even if I don't talk about it. And everybody knows anyway. There's no need to go around asking people not to talk about it nor any need for me to bring it up on purpose. I'll just answer questions on them when people ask about them. But I do think it's unfair when an article on me focuses solely on them -- when I've been talking for an hour about my movie but the article will turn out to be about my family which I talked about on the side. I sometimes wonder what's the use talking about my movies for four days and six hours each day, until I'm practically burnt out, (laugh) when that's what ends up getting written about me. I understand that reporters need to draw attention but I wish they would write about my family on the side.

10: It could be because you're a star. They're curious to know what you the real Lee Sun-kyun is like, outside the person we see on screen.
Lee Sun-kyun: And of course I should be thankful about that. It's great but… Even right now, we're talking about so many things… (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Jong-suk

Source | 2010/12/07 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Jong-suk [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Lee Jong-suk.
I was born on September 14, 1989. I am originally from Yongin and I began to live on my own in Seoul since high school after entering a performing arts school.
I am the eldest of two sons and one daughter. My brother is two years younger than me and my sister is four years younger. It is really funny when I think about how we used to fight slapping each other's heads. (laugh)
I'm very shy. I couldn't even raise my hand to do presentations in school. I'm usually the one who calls people up or visits them when I become close with someone. I am really close with a senior, who is preparing to become a singer, from my high school and we usually eat out a lot near my house. Who pays? I always pay for us two. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Park Min-young - Part 1

Source | 2010/12/01 | | Permalink

Park Min-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Actress Park Min-young rose to instant stardom through her debut role in MBC smash-hit sitcom "High Kick!" in 2006 by managing to shine amidst the throng of diverse characters with her role as Kang Youmi, an ignorent yet confident and cheerful girl in high school.

Yet such fast-obtained popularity rarely lasts for long and the industry does not allow an actress to see slow growth. In KBS drama "I Am Sam" she played a character who holds her emotions within herself while bullied by others rather than immediately respond like Youmi from "High Kick!" would have but viewers remembered her as the same cheerful high school student rather than notice the change between the two and in her acting skills.

She then did fairly well in pulling off her role as a princess who depicts on the most tragic narrative through traditional drama "Princess Ja Myung Go" but the low ratings the depressing show scored was applied to Park as well...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Park Min-young - Part 2

Source | 2010/12/01 | | Permalink

Park Min-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 

10: As happy as you were with your character, I'm sure there was a point where the role actually became comfortable for you.
Park Min-young: From the third or fourth episode? That's when the acting became easier. I was still a bit lost during the first two episodes or so because I hadn't fully digested my role so I had to put in a conscious effort to control the tone of my voice or emotions but I started feeling comfortable after that. And the director and writer left a lot up to me to decide so I increasingly felt comfortable. Then at certain scenes, for example, where I realize that my father was reading to me instead of my brother, I immersed myself into the role to an uncontrollable point.

10: So that may be why but it seems like the Park Min-young we know has improved a lot as an actress as well. For example, it didn't seem like you cowered in the scene with veteran actor Kim Kap-soo.
Park Min-young: Mr. Kim Kap-soo wasn't the godly senior actor I usually see him as when we shot that scene but just the high-ranking government official that he is in the drama. And Yoon-hee was someone who is always sure of herself...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Park Min-young - Part 3

Source | 2010/12/01 | | Permalink

Park Min-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: Does that mean you're sure you won't be swayed by how well or badly your projects do from now on?
Park Min-young: That's right. It happened when I became conceited after "High Kick!", thinking that I had become popular. But I came to realize that it was actually the show and my character that were popular, that I was nobody, and that the public will turn their backs on me if I don't try hard. So I won't think that the popularity I regained through "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" is about me. It's about the show being popular and how people loved my character Kim Yoon-hee. And if at this point, I don't put an effort into showing what kind of person I am, I'll become forgotten again. I also came to realize that not everything is in my hands, that it's not just a matter of me doing a good job with my acting. In times where the public's taste changes every second, if you keep repeating the style of acting you think they like best or stick to the image of you that you think they like the most, they will also be the first ones to notice it and get sick of it. That's why I chose to take on film "Cat" (tentative title) as my next project...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Jang Dong-gun

Source | 2010/11/25 | | Permalink

Jang Dong-gun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Throughout a time span of three years, the title to Jang Dong-gun's upcoming Hollywood debut film changed from "Sand Warrior" to "Laundry Warrior"and to the current "The Warrior's Way". And during that time, Jang silently waited for the film to wrap up post-production and set a distributor. That is even more so why fans and industry have been curious to how he feels about the movie whose release date has finally been set for December 2 but to him, "The Warrior's Way" was more about how well he fulfills his duties as an actor representing Korea rather than his excitement over the film being released in Hollywood. Below are excerpts from the press interview held after the screening for the film set for a release on December 2.

10: Have you read any of the reviews that people have posted on the Internet of "The Warrior's Way" after watching it at the screening?
Jang Dong-gun: Not all of them but I heard people's opinion on it is split. (laugh) I did expect the movie to somewhat appeal only to certain tastes because it doesn't deliver any particular message or show the meaning to life...More

[INTERVIEW] Hollywood actress Kate Bosworth

Source | 2010/11/25 | | Permalink

Kate Bosworth [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Quite often she is referred to as a 'fashionista' or 'Orlando Bloom's ex-girlfriend' but Kate Bosworth is an actress whose filmography is more interesting than her sense in fashion or personal life. After debuting at the age of 14 through movie "The Horse Whisperer", she started appearing in films which required her to act well across actors her senior. Critics were cold when she played roles in "Beyond the Sea" starring Kevin Spacey and "The Girl in the Park" with Sigourney Weaver, but Bosworth has not ceased to take up new challenges. And now she has played the role of Western girl Lynne in "The Warrior's Way", the character who leads the emotional flow of the story. Lynne was portrayed as someone who can get angry yet will never scream at anyone and one who will get sad yet will not despair. Below are excerpts from the press interview held after the screening for the film set for a release on December 2...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Jang Seo-won

Source | 2010/11/24 | | Permalink

My name is Jang Seo-won. My real name is Kim Seul-gi. I started acting in the theater after I graduated college but my parents gave me this new name after realizing that my name doesn't suit my image as an actor. They saved my name in their cellphones under the name “Seo-won” but they just say "Hey" when they're calling me at home. I guess they're not used to it yet.

I was born on November 1, 1982 as an only child.

My blood type is B but a part of me is as timid as type A. Thankfully I've learned to become more laid-back after serving in the army...More

[INTERVIEW] Director Ryoo Seung-wan - Part 1

Source | 2010/11/18 | | Permalink

Director Ryoo Seung-wan [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

It has already been ten years since director Ryoo Seung-wan, whom we thought would always be the 'action kid', showed up in the film industry with "Die Bad". And while having shot ten movies during that time, he has been on a break over movies that have flopped, agonized over people not liking his scripts, and is now old enough to look back in embarrassment on childish remarks he made a long time ago.

However, his movie "The Unjust" is the result of what he describes as having "lived through and felt". And it presents us with a form of shock that is different to what the audience has felt from his previous films -- a sense of reality so vivid that is weighs down us as very much the Republic of Korea that we live in today. What happened to him? In his interview with 10Asia, Ryoo Seung-wan talks about "what hasn't changed but has changed".
* This article may contain spoilers.

10: The response to "The Unjust" had been extremely positive even ahead of its premiere, securing the highest number of advance ticket reservations and seeing many favorable articles on the movie. You must be happy doing this interview.
Ryoo Seung-wan: I should be modest but it's true that I'm happy...More

[INTERVIEW] Director Ryoo Seung-wan - Part 2

Source | 2010/11/18 | | Permalink

Director Ryoo Seung-wan [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: But the empathy felt toward the characters or organizations within the movie is almost at a national level ? to the extent that it seems almost surprising that the actors felt the script doesn't make sense. Don't you believe discord and conflict between prosecutors and the police, and corruption within public organizations exists everywhere quite openly?
Ryoo Seung-wan: But it wasn't the incidents within the movie or the structure of the story that drew me to the script. I wasn't even No. 1 on the list of directors the production company had in mind for the film. What I was interested in was the individuals who get caught up in the incident. Many people who bow their heads and go on their knees in front of others to make a living but wait for the time that the situation will turn around. Including myself. (laugh) That's why I wasn't too worried when something that occurs in the movie happened in reality. The movie focused more on the individuals.

10: What left a strong impression was that nobody had absolute power when it comes to their relationships. It was a pandemonium, with no entrance nor exit, where the power structure and the winner and loser constantly changes.
Ryoo Seung-wan: Of them, I think Jooyang (Ryoo Seung-bum) in particular was similar to me because a movie director is allowed to exercise dictatorship...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Han Ji-hye

Source | 2010/11/18 | | Permalink

Actress Han Ji-hye [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Han Ji-hye now has seven years of acting experience under her belt, a career long enough to consider KBS TV series "Sweet 18", the first TV series she played the female lead, a drama from her past. And it may have seemed like she came to a brief halt when she showed similar acting skills in film "My boyfriend is type-B" and "Sweet 18", but she expanded the range of characters she plays through MBC drama "East of Eden" and film "Blades of Blood". The reckless high school girl who had no particular dream in "Sweet 18" has matured into a woman who helps a young man achieve his dreams in KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" and a reliable senior to SHINee member Minho who is taking his first shot at acting.

10: You're standing in front of the camera for the first time in a year since getting married.
Han Ji-hye: I actually went to a lot of events such as film festivals but the last time I appeared in a TV series was "East of Eden". I really missed acting a lot during the short time I was on the break so I was thinking I'd be happy to be whatever role I was given. That's when I was offered this role so I'm taking part in filming for the drama thinking that I'm shooting a short film...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress and model Jeong Eun-chae

Source | 2010/11/16 | | Permalink

Actress and model Jeong Eun-chae [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Interview with Korean actress and model Jeong Eun-chae

My name is Jeong Eun-chae.
I was born on November 24, 1986. Oh, come to think of it, it's almost my birthday. I didn't know that time was going by because I've been doing two years worth of work during the past two months.
I studied abroad in London when I was 15 years old. My whole family lived there for two years when I was about four or five years old. My father was there because of his job and at the time both my parents really liked the country and decided that they would send their child to study there when they get older...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Ah-in - Part 1

Source | 2010/11/12 | | Permalink

Actor Yoo Ah-in [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Actor Yoo Ah-in has played a variety of roles, particularly of characters in their youths from different walks of life starting with the sweet high schooler in KBS TV series "Sharp" to the lost teenager in film "Boys of Tomorrow" to the lonely warrior in KBS' "Mighty Chil-woo" to the energetic patissier aspirant in film "Antique" and the 'guy these days' in KBS' "He Who Can't Marry".

Then most recently, he was Moon Jae-shin in KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" who was the outsider of royal academy SungKyunKwan, a fighter who resists corrupt society, and a romantist who watched the woman he loves from afar -- the very symbol of youths experiencing growing pains.

Yoo is 24 now and has grown a beard on his tanned face but whenever he smiles, he goes back to being the fair-complexioned boy whom viewers first saw on screen seven years ago. 10Asia met with the actor who came up with his own stage name Ah-in, meaning 'ein' in German, to constantly remind himself that he is a unique being in this world. It was not easy keeping up with the numerous ideas existing within the young man but it was definitely worth hearing.

10: You wrapped up filming of "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" on the day it ended its run. How have you spent the past few days? I think you must've been busy doing everything you hadn't been able to recently.
Yoo Ah-in: I've been drinking the whole time since I don't have to work at night. (laugh) But no matter till how late I drink, I've been waking up early because it's become a habit from filming "Sungkyunkwan Scandal". It makes me angry. (laugh) I actually get drunk pretty easily, maybe off half a bottle of soju [Korean vodka]? And I stay that way until I pass out. But I can't pull all-nighters anymore. I go home at around two or three in the morning. Why am I talking about drinking?...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Ah-in - Part 2

Source | 2010/11/12 | | Permalink

Actor Yoo Ah-in [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: In "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", all four of you were of similar ages. How was that?
Yoo Ah-in: I was prejudiced about them. I wasn't able to get close to them in the beginning because of the thought that celebrities will be like this and that and that's why I usually don't become friends with them. (laugh) I understand that they can't help being self-centered, that what they feel is important, and they need to receive more attention. But I rid myself of a lot of them -- through Micky Yoochun, my prejudice of idols and Hallyu stars, through Park Min-young my prejudice of fellow actresses, and through Song Joong-ki my prejudice of actors. So in the way that Jae-shin came out of his shell and came to accept Yoon-hee, Seon-joon and Yong-ha, I myself came to see these people in real life in a good way which means I myself matured as well. I had fun shooting the drama. I just wish we had more honest conversations about acting. But what I thank Joong-ki for is that he gave me a lot of advice comfortably. I came to realize that he's not just plain sly, he's sly in the sense that he wants what's best for everyone.

10: Writing is an act which contains your will to express something that you feel inside. You had mainly been writing on your Cyworld account and started writing on Twitter a few months ago. How has that been?
Yoo Ah-in: When I'm away from home, I'm in dire need of the time and space that will let me go back to being myself. For three to four months, I felt uncomfortable not being able to live my life as myself. So being able to voice what I think and communicate with people through Twitter as Uhm Hong-shik, as actor Yoo Ah-in, was very comforting. In a way, it's a blessing and honor, and I learned a lot from the thousands of responses I receive from my single comment. Of course, some were just light or routine remarks but quite a lot of the responses awakened me and taught me lessons, as well as reminding me of what a closed person I am. So, I'm going to stay on Twitter. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Ah-in - Part 3

Source | 2010/11/12 | | Permalink

Actor Yoo Ah-in [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: What do you think you were like before you started acting? About ten years ago?
Yoo Ah-in: I think I was similar to who I am now. I was the ordinary loser who blended in well amongst the other 40 to 50 students in my class but when I delve into more detailed memories and proofs of who I was in my past, it makes me think that people's nature does not change easily. (laugh) I once came across something I wrote for evaluation during ethics class when I was around 14. I had written about how I would achieve my dream but it wasn't about 'what' I would become. "I think it is people's job to find true happiness", is what I wrote. I think it was because that's all I needed to think about back then. And school was a much smaller and stable form of society than society actually is. Not that I liked school that much either. (laugh)

10: What did you not like about it so much?
Yoo Ah-in: Because a lot of things about it was unnatural. I had never opted for any of the things that happened to me but they just happened as if they were natural occurences. Of course, education is mandatory which is why my mother sent me to school and I would have been in big trouble if she hadn't. (laugh) But I don't think schools teach you how to think. It's a thought that comes to me when I'm writing as well. I write mainly for myself on my Cyworld account and to communicate with others through my Twitter account but it's not because I need answers. And even if I was seeking for an answer, I don't think you should expect to find it easily. I wish people would not say, "This is difficult. I don't know what this is about. Please explain in a simpler way", after taking a mere glance at what I write. What fun would there be in finding what the answer to something is as soon as you look at it? Words are easy to written down and be shared but not light. So if you are someone who visits my accounts because you are interested in me, I'm hoping you will figure out your answer to what I have said through me rather than find it easily and make conclusions about me. I am the most important person to everyone...More

[INTERVIEW] Bae Soo-bin

Source | 2010/11/12 | | Permalink

Actor Bae Soo-bin acts a scene from KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" at the broadcaster's drama set in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 8, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

“I used to take on roles that usually evoked unrealistic fantasy,” actor Bae Soo-bin who will star in the 23rd episode of the omnibus TV series KBS Drama Special "Just Say It!” admitted in regards to the parts he played for the past few years. Note that he just said that in the past tense. In the recent KBS single- episode drama “Just Say It!” Bae will play Gi-young, a lazy bum working in a district office, who hates his job and continues to be hung up over his first love of nine years ago. Given the past roles he has played in other dramas, such as the royal guard Cha Cheon-soo in MBC historical drama “Dong Yi" (2010), Park Joon-se in SBS series “Shining Inheritance" (2009), and King Jeong-jo in SBS drama “Painter of the Wind" (2008) where he was flawless physically and mentally, this is quite a change. So how will he pull off a pitiful character like Gi-young and what kind of meaning does this have for Bae? Below is 10Asia's interview with the actor at the set for the show...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Gyu-ri

Source | 2010/11/12 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Gyu-ri acts a scene from KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" at the broadcaster's drama set in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 8, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

She has an interesting filmography. One who sees it may thinking time is going backwards for actressKim Gyu-ri . She made her debut playing Park Na-ri, one of the main characters, in KBS' TV "School" and took on the female lead in MBC's "I Love You Hyun-jung" and "Young-Jae's Golden Days" but recently has taken on memorable yet small roles in "Five Senses of Eros", "Runaway from Home" and "Ha Ha Ha". 10Asia was curious to know the mindset of the actress who recently starred in MBC's one-act drama "Best Theatre - We Teach Love" and now KBS' "Drama Special - Just Say It!"...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Ji-won

Source | 2010/11/09 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Ji-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Kim Ji-won. I like my name but since it's such a common name, so many people come up whenever you search my name on portal sites. I even asked my mom on what she thought of me working with a stage name but she firmly told me no.
I was born on October 19, 1992. My family is composed of my parents and my older sister who is two years older than me.
My friends threw me a surprise birthday party this year. They called my house and to make it seem as if there was an emergency, told me to come down quickly. And when the elevator doors opened up my friends were standing outside with a birthday cake! The sad thing was that they were all girls...(laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] KBS drama "SungKyunKwan Scandal" writer Kim Tae-heui - Part 1

Source | 2010/11/05 | | Permalink

Writer Kim Tae-heui [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

KBS TV series “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” finished its run on November 2. In the story set in late 18th century Joseon, a girl named Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-young) entered the royal academy of SungKyunKwan disguised as a boy where she learned that true learning heads toward people and that they are the very foundation of the country. King Jeongjo (Jo Sung-ha) too tells her, “Now it's your turn to dream of a new future for Joseon.” Trying to describe the ideals young people have is not easy. One wrong step and it can sound like an empty slogan or childish passion. That was not the case for Kim Tae-heui though, the script writer of drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" who pulled it off by adding modernity and refreshing new scenes to the already charming SungKyungKwan story based on the book “The Days of SungKyunKwan Students.” 10 Asia interviewed Kim just few hours before the drama wrapped up.

10: “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” was seen in various lights. Some saw it as an up-and-coming story, some as a historical political drama and others simply as melodrama. How did you decide on the direction of the story?
Kim Tae-heui: Before getting into the synopsis I had a lot of fun watching the SBS drama “Shining Inheritance”...More

[INTERVIEW] KBS drama "SungKyunKwan Scandal" writer Kim Tae-heui - Part 2

Source | 2010/11/05 | | Permalink

Writer Kim Tae-heui [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: After episode 15, it seemed that you were trying to insert more stories into the drama and that caused some trouble to the flow of the drama. What do you regret the most?
Kim Tae-heui: I still don't know whether it was because I added “Geumdeungjisa” then rushed in having to wrap up the latter half of the story, or whether I should have just dealt with it probably and made the story longer. But I was worried that may lower the ratings for the show. (laugh). I tend to make my scripts long so most of the portions edited beforehand in the script was usually about Geumdeungjisa. It's something I'll reflect upon now and in the future when I do the next project.

10: But on the other hand, I believe there was a reason you included Geumdeungjisa episode in the drama, as a writer.
Kim Tae-heui: A girl in disguise as a boy didn't seem strong enough of an impact for the story. I was also worried with what else I should keep up the tension of the story after Yoo-hee's gender is revealed. And Geumdeungjisa was necessary in turning the original story into a drama. For example Hongbyeokseo (the red messenger) in the book tells a lot about problems in society but in doing the same thing in drama, it could be easily forgotten so I needed something to bring all the main characters together. Also, by linking it with King Jeongjo's reform plan I thought I could make the story much richer...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Go Soo - Part 1

Source | 2010/11/04 | | Permalink

Go Soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

For long, since his debut at the age of 20 in 1998, Go Soo has stolen the hearts of many women with his strong facial features which have earned him the nickname 'Ko-vid', in place of 'David' of the David Statue.

Yet instead of believing that his good looks will keep him popular, a mistake so often made by those who are born beautiful, he has been creating his identity as an actor who slowly but steadily and surely has expanded on his realm of acting.

After starring in SBS TV series "Piano" in 2001 which won him titles as best new actor and most popular actor at the network's year-end awards ceremony, Go Soo, now 32, still puts in as much thought and effort as he did into his acting when he first made his debut.

He was on close to a four-year hiatus to fulfill Korea's mandatory military duties but he has proven he is no less of the actor he was when he stepped out of the public's eye starting 2006...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Go Soo - Part 2

Source | 2010/11/04 | | Permalink

Go Soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: There definitely is that sort of consistency to your characters. And that's why it's difficult to imagine you playing a mean role.
Go Soo: Whether it be meanness or pureness, I think they all arise from the situation the character is put in. If he was in a situation where he had to be mean, he would look so anyways, even if he didn't put on a nasty expression.

10: But we haven't seen such acting from you yet. Do you maybe not want to try your hand at such roles?
Go Soo: I do want to as an actor but it's not that important for me. If I wanted to express such things, it could show in my work in a ridiculous way but what's important for me is the script I have right now. I can play mean roles when I'm handed them or I'm put in a situation too. But what's in my hands now is what's important for me.

10: Then it goes down to the issue of what the creator wants. Are there people who want to use you for such roles?
Go Soo: There are. Screenwriters or directors sometimes tell me that it would be great to show a different side to someone like me and that they think a lot about how that can be done. Because someone doing something unlikely of them has greater impact than someone doing something they're likely to do...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Oh Chang-suk

Source | 2010/11/03 | | Permalink

My name is Oh Chang-suk. My grandfather was the one who came up with my name.
I was born on June 2, 1982. I have one older sister and one younger sister but that by no means meant that I had a girly childhood -- we rather grew up like guys working out, fighting and then having to write letters of apologies to each other. (laugh)
I am currently majoring in industrial design at Sejong University. I became really burnt out after spending 15 hours a day working on projects for over a year and half. I grew a beard just like Robinson Crusoe, slept on a fold-out bed and washed my hair in the bathroom sink. (laugh) On top of that, design is something that you have to put every inch of yourself into and it becomes really tough if there's an error on your computer while you are working since all your work gets deleted. I used to look out the window watching people go to work while drinking a cup of coffee from the vending machine. I felt that I wouldn't be happy if I began working for a company because it is harder than being a student...More

[INTERVIEW] Girls' Generation - Part 1

Source | 2010/11/03 | | Permalink

Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]

Q: You placed first on Oricon's singles chart. How did it feel?
Tiffany:
We all cried. We were performing on stage when news came that we took third place with our first single "Genie" but we still all cried upon hearing about it. When we took No. 1, I woke up to a text message saying we got first place (laugh) and I cried as soon as I saw it.

Q: Before, your seniors went to Japan with the mindset that they are starting their singing careers all over again. But you acted like pop stars from overseas from the very beginning. How have you been treated in Japan?
Hyoyeon:
I think the Japanese people we have met are just naturally kind and polite rather than us having received any form of special treatment.
Tiffany: I think I've rather gone back to the mindset of when we debuted three years ago. And I've become more cautious as well. But I told myself I should have fun even though we're overseas.
Jessica: I was tearing up from the moment we held our showcase because I was so excited. I could hear our fans' cheering before going on stage so my heart was overflowing with joy from the fact that the venue was full...More

[INTERVIEW] Girls' Generation - Part 2

Source | 2010/11/03 | | Permalink

Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]

Q: In "Hoot", you each take turns receiving the spotlight. Is there anything that you pay particular attention to when you each sing your parts?
Taeyeon: What I was surprised while monitoring ourselves was that each member was putting on facial expressions as well while doing the choreography. And I thought that must look refreshing for the third person. And I wanted us to be able to express ourselves in line with the lyrics.

Q: Sunny and Jessica, you each sing in very unique voices in your parts. What had the director asked of you?
Jessica: That I sing in a sharp voice. We each went with how we feel based on that.
Sunny: When we were recording, the director said there's a part where my voice sets the basic tone for when we sing altogether, so he asked I sing in a really unique voice. As if I was being strangled. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Soo-hyuk

Source | 2010/11/01 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Soo-hyuk [Photo by Lee jin-hyuk, 10Asia]

My name is Lee Soo-hyuk. It's actually Lee Hyeok-soo and I had been using both names for quite a while until I decided to settle with Lee Soo-hyuk. My parents and old friends who've known me for a long time call me by my old name Hyeok-soo but I don't mind being addressed as Soo-hyeok either because it has been my name that I have gotten used to for quite some time now. It's Hyeok as in the Chinese character “赫” meaning 'brilliance' and Soo “秀” as in 'outstanding.”'

I was born on May, 31, 1988. I have lived mainly in Seoul and the Gyeonggi Province.

My family is composed of my parents and a four year younger sister. She will take the college entrance exam this year so my dad threw a party for a one day and I bought the cake for it. Due to our age difference, I haven't had the chance to get very close with her but I've been trying to be more considerate to her for the past few years...More

[INTERVIEW] Indie female singer Yozoh

Source | 2010/10/28 | | Permalink

Yozoh [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Yozoh takes her time in getting things done. During her interview with 10Asia, instead of coming up with a well-polished speedy answer, this indie pop singer started by piecing the questions together first. “I'm not good when it comes to speaking,” she says but it is that extra time which gives the interviewer the time to concentrate on who she really is. As she revealed how she much she loves to drink, how she laughed at others' dirty jokes and even laughed at herself for posting too many fancy pictures of herself online, it became easier to look past the facade of “Yozoh the singing goddess of Hongdae district” and see what Yozoh herself is really about.

10: You were invited to the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), the biggest film festival in Asia two years in a row with your first film “Cafe Noir" (2009) and latter film “Come, Closer" (2010). You must've become more used to being an actress now. (laugh)
Yozoh: The second time wasn't any easier...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Ryu Hyun-kyung

Source | 2010/10/14 | | Permalink

Interview with Korean actress Ryu Hyun-kyung

Korean actress Ryu Hyun-kyung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Ryu Hyun-kyung.
I was born on March 10, 1983.
My family is composed of my parents and my sister. My sister and I are three years apart and she teaches elementary school students. Are we close? Of course we are...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon - Part 1

Source | 2010/10/08 | | Permalink

Actor Yoon Si-yoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

He debuted last year through MBC's smash hit sitcom "High Kick Through The Roof", the sequel to director Kim Byung-wook's popular family series from 2006. He then landed the leading role in KBS TV series "Bread, Love and Dreams", which averaged viewership ratings of 36 percent and breached the 50 percent mark on its finale episode. With just two acting roles, Yoon Si-yoon went from a noname newcomer to a star. 10Asia sat down with the 24-year-old actor to talk about his past, present and future.

10: I understand that you're doing interview after interview after "Bread, Love and Dreams" ended its run. This must be the first time you're experiencing such a thing.
Yoon: It is. This is already my fourth today. And I still have a similar number left (to do)...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon - Part 2

Source | 2010/10/08 | | Permalink

Actor Yoon Si-yoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 

10: Is that why then? Some people make those around them feel uncomfortable while they're working hard but that's doesn't seem like what Tak-goo was like.
Yoon Si-yoon: He's someone that's just happy to do what he does. I never had to act the emotion of him being nervous when he gets results. He just did what he did, he got the results, and 'wow, I'm done', is what it was for him. And he only feels happiness because he enjoyed the process of what he did. The reason he smiled and jumped about after the competition wasn't because he won but because he could make bread out of boiled barley that the child who helped him gave him. That's why Tak-goo isn't a hero. He's just a kid who likes normalities...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon - Part 3

Source | 2010/10/08 | | Permalink

Actor Yoon Si-yoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: But you sometimes play your roles with an appeal of a main character at star level.
Yoon Si-yoon: I think roles are about harmonizing. And I actually still don't know that well so I'm telling you based on the fact that I think my senior actors are the answer. Everything needs to harmonize. I sometimes need to let go of what's my own. Of course I could raise ratings by having me stand out in a certain way. But when a drama's over, I think there's nothing worse than when all people remember is the main character, if after a movie you say 'Oh, it was a Yoon Si-yoon film'. That means that person is a celebrity not an actor. I could have gotten into shape by working out and showing a more sophisticated Tak-goo but that's not him. Harmonizing with other is who Tak-goo is. Of all the fine array of actors who appeared in our drama, not once did one of them try to stand out. I need to learn that. There are so many people out there who try much harder than I do, yet walk to places because they can't make enough money even for transportation. I'm being rude to them if I obsess over acting that makes me look cool...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Joo Won

Source | 2010/09/29 | | Permalink

Korean actor Joo Won [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Joo Won. My given name is Moon Joon-won. My father came up the name Joo Won for me after I made it into college. It means 'what the Lord wants and what I should do for the Lord'.
I was born in Seoul on September 30, 1987 but I currently reside in Yong-in.
My family is composed of my parents and my brother who is five years older than me. My brother and I are the type of siblings that if we don't talk outside of the house you wouldn't think we were related. One can say that my brother is a 'real man' because he is well-built and has a tough personality, whereas I am thinner and the soft type...More

[INTERVIEW] Super Junior's Shindong, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk - Part 1

Source | 2010/09/29 | | Permalink

From left, Super Junior members Shindong (Shindong), Leeteuk and Eun-hyuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

SBS talk show "Steel Heart" aired for the first time on October 6 of last year. And during the early stages of this massive show, while over 20 guests 'battled' each other with stories which are funny, sad or absurd, regular panelist Boom created small segments titled 'Boomkikago' and 'Boom Academy' which filled up the spaces in between such talk. His joining the military less than a month after the show premiered created a vacuum but his brilliant students Leeteuk, Shindong (Shindong) and Eun-hyuk of boy band Super Junior continued his legacy with 'Teukgigayo' and 'Teuk Academy'. So how did these boys -- prince charming to numerous girls and hosts of their own radio shows -- carry on 'Teuk Academy' for a year? 10Asia met with the three who were busy preparing for a recording of "Steel Heart"...More

[INTERVIEW] Super Junior's Shindong, Lee Teuk, Eunhyuk - Part 2

Source | 2010/09/29 | | Permalink

Leeteuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: Shindong (Shindong), your dress up show is also popular. You recently even pulled off actress Shin Min-a's look from SBS TV series "My Girlfriend is Gumiho". I'm sure even the preparation that goes into isn't an easy job so what would you say are the difficulties you experience if there are any?
Shindong (Shindong): I actually had dressed up a lot since a long time ago -- so much that there were almost nothing I hadn't dressed up as. I used to dress up once a day when I used to host a show on cable channel Mnet. But dressing up as someone isn't just about dressing up like them. There is a large amount of pressure that comes from the fact that you need to express yourself to be exactly like that person while doing it so that it's also fun and what I was worried about a lot was whether the onlooker would enjoy watching me do it...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Min-jung - Part 1

Source | 2010/09/28 | | Permalink

Lee Min-jung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: "Cyrano Agency" is a movie which contains elements of humor throughout. You seem to have said many times that you had fun reading the script so where was it that you broke out into laughter?
Lee Min-jung: The scene where Sang-yong (played by Choi Daniel) objects to the pastor's sermon? I thought it was really funny while reading the script when he asked for a deal, demanding the pastor end his sermon in an hour "Including the sermon, singing hymns and the words of guidance!" and the pastor responds "You win".

10: But I think the script must've been different from the completed movie.
Lee Min-jung: Because there are parts of the script which have been expressed down to every detail while some things did not manage to make it into the movie. And there are parts which were changed on set as well...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Min-jung - Part 2

Source | 2010/09/28 | | Permalink

Lee Min-jung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: But aren't you able to use what you watched back then in your acting now?
Lee Min-jung: An actor can't experience everything so I think it's a positive thing to see what you've imagined through books in more detail. It's the same with watching other people's acting or a theater performance. So I tended to put in an effort to do as a large variety of this as possible. In middle school, I liked to listen to music so saving up the allowance my mom gives me to buy one or two CDs was the moment I waited for the most. A lot of the music I heard back then is left in my memory but after becoming able to download music or buy several CDs at once now, I just pass the music I don't like. Before I used to listen to a CD on my CD player until I buy a new album. I think such experiences are good.

10: You talk of such experiences in the past tense. Exactly until which point does that apply retroactively?
Lee Min-jung:...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Min-jung - Part 3

Source | 2010/09/28 | | Permalink

Lee Min-jung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: Do you still feel like you're a rookie?
Lee Min-jung: I haven't done that many films or dramas yet and I'm now into about my fifth year into acting so aren't I still a rookie?

10: Then what do you think about the popularity you currently have as a rookie?
Lee Min-jung: Hmm... There has been a time period during which the public didn't know me so I don't think I'm the sort that became a star in a day. I think I took one step at a time. Although "Boys over Flowers" helped me to take about two steps up...More

[INTERVIEW] Korean actor Jeon Tae-soo

Source | 2010/09/14 | | Permalink

Interview with Korean actor Jeon Tae-soo

Korean actor Jeon Tae-soo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Jeon Tae-soo. I had thoughts of using a stage name like my sister but I decided to use my real name because people say Jeon Tae-soo has a good vibe to it.
I was born on March 2, 1984.
I have three older sisters. My second oldest sister is Korean actress Ha Ji-won and my other two sisters are both married. My oldest sister's son is in second grade and is quite fond of me. I think it's because I have a lot of video and computer games in my room.
I used to play soccer on the Suwon Samsung Youth team. I was right wing and I sometimes moved to the top. I was the kind of player that would dribble the ball and score a goal rather than being a striker. And then I had to quit when I was a freshmen in high school because my father was strongly against it...More

[INTERVIEW] Kim Tae-hee - Part 1

Source | 2010/09/13 | | Permalink

Kim Tae-hee [Beck Una/10Asia]

Do you know Kim Tae-hee? Well, of course you know her. It is the name of she who has been endowed with beauty as well as intelligence, attending Korea's top school Seoul National University. To some she has been the object of admiration while to others, the goddess who must be worshipped unconditionally. And at the same time, she is also the one who has been publicly bestowed the harsh and pitiless judgement that she is pretty but without appeal or smart but bad at acting.

But alas. The nearly hour-long conversation with the actress in person revealed that she is not the Miss Perfect from another town but closer to being the frank and honest girl from next door. She was not needlessly modest, did not set forth any ungrounded pride, talked in a straightforward manner with a simple personality which knew what to acknowledge and what to admit to, proving she was not a unicorn which exists only in imaginations and myths, but rather a healthy stallion which had just started to gearing up her horsepower. This is just the first record of the first step we have taken in getting to know about this lady whom we had said we know so well but did not actually know much about...More

[INTERVIEW] Kim Tae-hee - Part 2

Source | 2010/09/13 | | Permalink

Kim Tae-hee [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una: In "Grand Prix", the woman who always seeks victory first goes through the hardship of losing the horse she loves in order to discover the joy of spending time with her horse. Ultimately, nothing that is precious comes free. What have you probably lost from the point you started acting to now where you have just started to feel the joy in acting?
Kim Tae-hee: What you've lost is probably ultimately what you've gained. I wouldn't know as much as I do now or be as strong if I had been hurt less and led an easy life. What I have lost is... privacy? (laugh)

Beck: Well it's true that as much as your life has become abundant, it has become tiresome as well.
Kim Tae-hee: I'm not the type that regrets easily. I think I'd take this road again, even if I could go back into my past. Should I call it fate? Always. I like how I've gotten where I am right now. I really don't have moments where I regret wishing I had done something in the past or reminisce that a certain point in my past was great. I'm the type that forgets everything and my memory isn't that great either...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Hyeon Junie

Source | 2010/09/07 | | Permalink

Interview with actress Hyeon Junie

Korean actress Hyeon Junie [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Hyeon Junie. It’s my actual name and not a stage name. My grandfather went to the naming center to come up with the name. What does it mean? I don't think it has any special meaning. (laugh) Every time I started a new school year, my homeroom teacher would ask, "Who's Hyeon Junie? Are both your parents foreigners?"
I was born on August 1, 1985. My family is composed of my parents and my sister who is eight years younger than me...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Hae-jin - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/25 | | Permalink

Actor Yoo Hae-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Yoo Hae-jin is an actor with a face that is hard to predict. With his comical yet strangely sharp facial features, he has played roles crossing between a police and gangster, a clown and butcher, and an idiot to villian, while managing to create completely different characters to the many 'bullies' he has been. But he is an actor who is hard to predict not only when he is acting. He is famous for being a perfectionist who will go to the region whose dialect he has to learn for his role and take dozens of ideas to the set of film "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" in which he was an animal. He is also a romantist who said his favorite movie is "In the Mood for Love" and will hum a tune by Nat King Cole in a low voice. But the Yoo who is best at comedic roles and is the so-called 'indispensable supporting actor' for being glib, is quite reticent in person...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Hae-jin - Part 2

Source | 2010/08/25 | | Permalink

Actor Yoo Hae-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: You said in an interview before that "supporting actors don't have enough time and the script isn't so kind to them". Maybe that's why but you're famous for being an actor who is always very prepared. You are said to have produced dozens of ideas for playing your role in "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard".
Yoo Hae-jin: Nah, not dozens. (laugh) Whether it be the director, crew or actors, we're there to make a good movie. So I just think about whether there would be anything better since I'm part of it as well. In that sense I'm more active than passive but it's not because I'm trying to stand out. Rather, if I think I stand out too much I'll tell the director so and if he agrees, we go with my idea and if not, I set my opinions aside because the director is the one who is looking at everything in the big picture. And when I don't know what to do either, I lay forth the problem first and then ask for help. I do try to find a better direction though and ask, "Director, I can't think of anything no matter how hard I try. Is there something else we could try?"

10: Every actor works in different ways but it doesn't seem like a common method. It's probably not easy for an actor to make suggestions to the director.
Yoo Hae-jin: That's why you have to be careful how you do it...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Hae-jin - Part 3

Source | 2010/08/25 | | Permalink

Actor Yoo Hae-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: There are times when one has to evaluate their own looks objectively. What do you feel then?
Yoo Hae-jin: I think, "Aren't you ugly". (laugh)

10: Has that thought not changed over the years?
Yoo Hae-jin: It has changed. I don't think such thoughts anymore. And it's not because people recognize me now but how can one live dwelling on their own looks like that? I did a bit when I was younger and going through puberty but I'm past that age. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/20 | | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

"I don't know where he went. Whether he went to the countryside by himself, whether he went to meet his mother, or he might've been on his way to commit suicide". This was Kim Jae-wook's explanation of his character Hong Jae-wook from SBS TV series "Bad Man" who left alone, leaving everything behind. This man who had always been the first to take on the most 'hot' and trendy roles as proven in MBC drama "Coffee Prince" and film "Antique", always turned his back on the spotlight headed towards him. And he then showed a new side to him through "Bad Man" by playing an heir of a conglomerate who is temperamental and acts the way he pleases, yet on the inside is actually craving for affection. But despite his jobs as being a model, actor and musician, the most attractive aspect to Kim is Kim Jae-wook himself. 10Asia took a peak into the interesting world that this 27-year-old man lives in.

10: It's been about two weeks since shooting for "Bad Man" has ended. How have you been since then?
Kim Jae-wook: It feels like it's been more than a month. I did nothing but sleep. I'm tired no matter how much I sleep and the fatigue won't go away...More

[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 2

Source | 2010/08/20 | | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: I heard that you spoke almost no Korean when you first returned to Korea around the time you entered elementary school. It must've been very stressful not being able to speak your native language at that age.
Kim Jae-wook: Hmm... This is from a very long time ago but my dad and older brother actually spoke Japanese well but not my mom. So me and my mom communicated in a very weird way and instead, I think I knew how to communicate with Koreans who don't speak any Japanese. I learned the Korean alphabet only after I got into school, while everyone else was learning what one plus one is, but kids young early at that age.

10: The strict rules and uniform system of Korean middle and high schools is difficult for even normal Korean students to bear. I heard you tended to ask many questions about irrational regulations regarding clothing or hair when you were in school. I'm curious to know how you beared through those times because such conflict leads to extreme clashes or the student quitting school.
Kim Jae-wook: Once, when I was in middle school, I told my parents that I might not go to high school while we were in the car on our way to eat out. My dad isn't the type that interferes with my life but for the first time that day, I remember him saying, "But still, how about you study humanities in high school?" And being able to join a band when I go to high school played a big part too...More

[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 3

Source | 2010/08/20 | | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: Well since you're done with the drama, you'll have to start your activities with band 'Walrus'. How did this come about in the beginning?
Kim Jae-wook: We're all friends from college. It started with the three of us but we didn't have a bassist so one person joined recently. I had always wanted to work with him and it turns out he finished serving in the military early this year so I half forced him to join. (laugh)

10: I heard that it's been nine years since Walrus was formed. You weren't able to pursue your activities as a band very actively so what was the driving force behind you remaining together?
Kim Jae-wook: I'm not sure about that either. And I don't know about the other members but I at least have never given up on the fact that I'll do a band. Added to that, I always thought, 'I'm going to do a band. I'm going to do it with these guys'...More

[INTERVIEW] Korean actor Lee Min-ho-I

Source | 2010/08/18 | | Permalink

Interview with Korean actor Lee Min-ho-I

Korean actor Lee Min-ho-I [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Lee Min-ho-I.
I had considered using a stage name because many people confuse me with the other actor Lee Min-ho. My parents disapprove of that idea though and say that I should work harder instead of changing my name and taking a step backwards. So I'm just going to work hard and live with my name. (laugh)
I was born on June 28, 1993. My co-stars Seo Shin-ae and Kim Yoo-jung asked what I wanted for my birthday this year. I couldn't ask them to buy me a present because I am older than them, so I instead told them to write me a letter. They each gave me a handwritten letter, chocolates and a foam cleanser. I was so thankful...More

[INTERVIEW] Avex Asia Managing Dir. Buddy Marini - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/18 | | Permalink

Avex Asia Managing Director Buddy Marini [Avex Asia]

As former head of the international division of Japanese entertainment conglomerate Avex Group's artist management company, Buddy Marini had spearheaded artist development and international artist management in Asia for the region's top singers such as Korea's BoA and TVXQ and Japan's Ayumi Hamasaki.

Now, as Managing Director of Avex Asia Limited, Marini is in charge of the company's film business in Asia which invests and co-produces films with Asian filmmakers. One of their most noted productions is John Woo epic "Red Cliff", a co-production between Avex, U.S.-based Lion Rock and China Film Group...More

[INTERVIEW] Avex Asia Managing Dir. Buddy Marini - Part 2

Source | 2010/08/18 | | Permalink

Avex Asia Managing Director Buddy Marini [Avex Asia]

Q: In what ways do you think the NAFF could do better?
A: I would like to see more Korean company participation. I think there's a lot of creative people there such as Korean directors and producers with projects, but I'd like to see more industry people there. And I think programming-wise it's always been very interesting and keeps getting more interesting
so it's good but I'm feeling that maybe this year, perhaps it's because of the industry situation as a whole, I didn't feel it was as dynamic as last year. The first time I came I had fun meeting all these independent directors and producers that I usually don't meet. And last year I thought it was getting bigger in scope. But this year, I felt it wasn't as good as last year because the Korean companies weren't here. Last year, industry people from Seoul made appearances here but many didn't this year. I think the fest needs to, or at least NAFF, they need to incorporate this aspect more...More

[INTERVIEW] Jay Park - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/09 | | Permalink

Singer Jay Park poses during a photo session of a press conference ahead of performing at the "Summer Week&T" music festival held at the Naksan Beach in Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

We met with Jay Park. This seems to be the only way to describe his press conference held at Naksan Beach in the Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, where he was appearing in public officially for the second time.

The 23-year-old singer was also just hours away from giving his first stage performance since going solo, taking to the stage of the two-day "Summer Week&T" festival with his act right before Korea's king of hip-hop Drunken Tiger and two before American hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco...More

[INTERVIEW] Jay Park - Part 2

Source | 2010/08/09 | | Permalink

Singer Jay Park poses during a photo session of a press conference ahead of performing at the "Summer Week&T" music festival held at the Naksan Beach in Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: You weren't able to do what you wanted while you were in the United States. How did you cope with it?
Jay Park: It was really hard. Because I caused trouble for many people and I myself was upset too. That's why I kept quiet. So I just kept practicing and working part-time at a tire shop. But b-boying again helped a lot. I liked being able to dance with other people again because I hadn't been able to b-boy while pursuing my singing career. My body had been itching for it though. I was happy because I got to b-boy even though I wasn't singing...More

[INTERVIEW] Female singer BoA - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/09 | | Permalink

Korean pop singer BoA [SM Entertainment]


She has topped music charts in both Korea and Japan. She made her debut in the U.S. and took on the challenge of making it onto the Billboard charts and was recently cast in a Hollywood dance pic "Make Your Move" which will be produced by the makers of the film "Step Up". It took her ten years to achieve all these accomplishments. And BoA is now twenty-four years old. In that respect, "Hurricane Venus", BoA's first record release in Korea in five years, carries more meaning than it being just a new album. What kind of music does this singer, who has achieved almost everything she can achieve commercially and is now reaching her peak as a singer and dancer, want to make? Below are excerpts from a press conference with BoA, held on August 4.

Q: You have come to celebrate the tenth year of your career at a young age. How do you feel looking back on it?
BoA: Honestly, it's not like I have a certain feeling...More

[INTERVIEW] Female singer BoA - Part 2

Source | 2010/08/09 | | Permalink

Korean pop singer BoA [SM Entertainment] 

Q: It seems like you participated more on this album than you did on your previous ones. It even carries two tracks that were written by you.
BoA: I hadn't originally planned on writing a song. But once, I had finished touring in Japan and had nothing to do and no one play with so I bought a computer and a songwriting program. I had no agenda at the time and I just started making beats which it was fun. So I just kept on writing and out came a song. I actually thought the company wouldn't put it on the album but they told me the song is "better than expected". So I was like, what do they mean by better than expected? (laugh) For the track "Let Me", everyone knows that I love dancing so I wrote about the desire for dancing in the format of a battle. "Day By Day" is a pop ballad that has very dark lyrics. When I was working on it, I felt similar to how I had felt when writing the lyrics in Japan for a song called 'moon & sunrise' and I wanted to express things like joy, sorrow, hope and solitude...More

[INTERVIEW] Female singer BoA - Part 3

Source | 2010/08/09 | | Permalink

BoA [SM Entertainment]

Q: How did your Hollywood movie project come about?
BoA: Personally, I am a huge fan of the film "Step Up". That film made me re-think about street dancing and I gained passion for dancing. When I heard that the writer of that film offered me a role, I was very surprised. There has been a lot of talk over the years that I would start acting, but I wasn't up for it because my original job is being a singer and I was worried that once I started to act, it would look like acting was my full-time job. But I like that this movie is a dance film. As a singer, there is no opportunity to leave behind my dancing as a work of its own. But being able to express a two-hour movie with dancing, I think that, in itself, will be of great help to my career.

Q: Don't you want to keep acting, by any chance?
BoA: So far I don't have a huge interest in other areas...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Ha-neul - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/06 | | Permalink

Kim Ha-neul [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: At the last press conference for "Road No. 1", you had said you don't know whether you'd be able to pull off the role of your character Soo-yeon but once the drama started, it felt as if I was watching an angel.
Kim Ha-neul: She's full of love. And she knows how to love.

10: It's to the extent that it seems transcendental. You embrace characters like Soo-hyuk (played by Kim Jin-woo) who is a nuisance and look after Myung-ho with whom you are not related in any way.
Kim Ha-neul: I don't know. I myself fully understand and sympathize with her. The situation has been expressed in a slightly dramatic way but wouldn't anyone in her situation do what she is doing? And don't you feel sorry for Soo-hyuk? In how he is trapped inside an ideology...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Ha-neul - Part 2

Source | 2010/08/06 | | Permalink

Kim Ha-neul [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: Is it the first time you've immersed yourself in the character this much?
Kim Ha-neul: Extremely speaking, I could say it's the first time.

10: Then did you try to stay your character even when the camera wasn't rolling?
Kim Ha-neul: I definitely wanted to stay immersed rather than come out of it but the breaks in between were longer than I had expected them to be. I repeated the cycle of shooting for a few days then resting for a few so it was hard for me, whereas the guys kept shooting without any breaks. And even when I did feel like I needed to rest, I couldn't let go of Soo-yeon completely because then I would have a hard time trying to become her again when I go back into shoot. Even the male actors had a hard time going back to being their characters when they finally got the time to take about three days of break...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Won Bin - Part 1

Source | 2010/08/04 | | Permalink

Won Bin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: I heard that when you debuted, you had wanted to become an actor after watching Choi Min-soo starrer "Terrorist". "The Man From Nowhere" also revolves around the action sequences of one man. How did it feel?
Won Bin: For me, "Terrorist" was the greatest movie at the time. I dreamt of becoming an actor after watching that film. The time I spent working on "The Man From Nowhere" was a lot of fun for me. It was a new genre for me and I liked it even more because my character communicated with a child.

10: You must've been excited. (laugh)
Won Bin: It was fun. Many people worried that I might get hurts since there was so much action in it but I like moving around and sweating. I felt like I was playing a game doing the action scenes. I hadn't done this sort of action movie before so it was tough physically but it was new so it felt like I was learning something...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Won Bin - Part 2

Source | 2010/08/04 | | Permalink

Won Bin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: How did you feel about there being almost no change to his expression? And him saying very few lines. He shows most of his emotions through his eyes.
Won Bin: I think it's inevitable that he has become quiet because he hasn't gone outsid efor three years. He hadn't spoken to anyone and must've held great grief in his heart. I thought that it was only natural that there would be little change to his expression because of the character he is.

10: Wasn't it difficult trying to express your emotions through the slightest expression or look?
Won Bin: It was but it was rather more appealing. I think that the sadness he feels in his heart was delievered more effectively because he pushed down useless talk rather than expressing himself overly or shouting out loudly...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Won Bin - Part 3

Source | 2010/08/04 | | Permalink

Won Bin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: Then you must be more cautious about choosing new roles. What about a new movie do you regard as most important?
Won Bin: First, that the scenario is strong and what story it tells within it. And it was never on purpose but I think the roles I've played till now have been humane. They have always had an affinity. I think "The Man From Nowhere" too contains a form of love between a man and a child but I wonder whether I would've taken on the movie if there wasn't such form of communication...More

[INTERVIEW] Hollywood's "Remake King" Roy Lee

Source | 2010/08/03 | | Permalink

Roy Lee [Seoul Digital Forum]

For years, Korean-American producer Roy Lee of Beverly Hills-based Vertigo Entertainment has well maintained his reputation as Hollywood's "Remake King".

It first started with "The Ring", where Lee gained his first onscreen credit as executive producer after selling the remake right of Japanese horror flick "Ringu" on behalf of its Asian distributor to DreamWorks, which became a surprise hit in the United States in 2002, grossing over 129 million dollars on the box office...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Ji Sung - Part 1

Source | 2010/07/27 | | Permalink

Actor Ji Sung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 

10: It seems you often have to put on make-up that makes you look like to have a cold sore, just like you did for today's shoot. Did you know you'd be playing such a role that is so physically straining?
Ji Sung: I had heard from the screenwriter and director from when I first got to look at the synopsis.

10: You must've had to prepare for it a lot then.
Ji Sung: I had exercised regularly and although there was rumor that I was preparing for a skin-baring scene, I actually didn't have time to [work out] once we started filming. Other than that I had a lot of action and horse-riding scenes so I had to prepare for those a lot...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Ji Sung - part 2

Source | 2010/07/27 | | Permalink

Actor Ji Sung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: It often shows through the indifferent expression you put on when playing the role of King Su-ro that I can tell that you don't easily let your character's emotions lift up. One can't tell that he's someone who is suffering from a tragedy just by looking at his expression. Even when he's saving his queen Heo Hwang-ok (played by Seo Ji-hye) and cutting bamboo trees, rather than giving a piercing look, he just quite casually swings around his sword.
Ji Sung: He rather has fun with it. We set Su-ro as a character who is always at ease, no matter what situation he is in. He would have such a hard time if he took every single situation seriously. It's not even a life that he wanted for himself. However, you'll be able to tell once you watch the show this week but he again changes in the way he expresses his emotions. The way he accepts emotions changes so the way he expresses them changes too...More

[INTERVIEW] Korean actress Kang So-ra

Source | 2010/07/27 | | Permalink

Actress Kang So-ra [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Kang So-ra.
I was born on February 18, 1990. I was born early in the year so according to the Lunar calendar, I am a year older, which makes it easier for me to become friends with people born in 1989 but a bit weird to have people born in 1990 call me unni [older sister in Korean], so it's a bit difficult.
I published a martial arts novel when I was in fifth grade. The publication was based on a character named Ajin from a martial arts website and this one member whose ID was Nokcheon rooted a lot for me. It's sad that I don't have a copy of it...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Park Hae-il - Part 1

Source | 2010/07/19 | | Permalink

Park Hae-il [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

When told he had not changed much appearance-wise from the days of his debut film "Waikiki Brothers", Park Hae-il responded, "Because I'm still immature.".. But the caution he showed in explaining his role as Yoo Hae-gook in film "Moss" which he had won support for by fans of the original comic even while casting was in process, and using as minimal conclusive expressions about working with director Kang Woo-seok for the film, revealed that Park was far from being the boy in "Waikiki Brothers" who out of drunkeness, handed the score for a self-composed song to the girl he likes. It has already been nine years since then, during which he has enjoyed success from movies such as "Memories of Murder" or "The Host", as well as leave short yet long-lasting impressions in unique productions such as "Shim's Family". In short, he has constantly grown as an actor. And that is why we predicted he has grown yet again while working on "Moss".

10: When fans of original comic "Moss" simulated casting for the movie adaptation, you were the actor that was chosen the most for the role of Yoo Hae-gook.
Park Hae-il: I think that's just in terms of my image...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Park Hae-il - Part 2

Source | 2010/07/19 | | Permalink

Park Hae-il [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 

10: Just like you said, you have to maintain a tension with the villagers so I think having to pull off such a role as a stranger must've had an influence on the vibe on set even when the camera wasn't rolling.
Park Hae-il: Tremendously. We were filming over an extended period in the district of Muju and when we go onto the set to start shooting in the morning, Jung Jae-young would arrive at the dressing room first, starting the day by shaving his head. It almost felt like a ritual. And then I would start becoming wary of him while watching him get his make-up done which changed him into a village foreman, and then changed the look in his eyes. I also felt an immense amount of power from seeing how my senior actors would look at the conti while smoking in the shade before going into shoot, or how people would transform completely after having disappeared from the set for a while. And these are people who exude twice to three times that force about them once they actually go into shoot...More

[INTERVIEW] Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung

Source | 2010/07/13 | | Permalink

Interview with actress Shim Eun-kyung

Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung [10Asia/Lee Jin-hyuk]

My name is Shim Eun-kyung. I was born on May 31, 1994. I am a freshman in high school and I just finished taking my finals a few days ago. My summer vacation starts this week.
I have an older brother who is five years older than me. He entered the military in June and I'm thinking about sending him actress Han Ga-in's signature because he told me that the soldiers really like female celebrities...More

[INTERVIEW] Child actor Yeo Jin-goo

Source | 2010/07/06 | | Permalink

Interview with actor Yeo Jin-goo

Korean actor Yeo Jin-goo [10Asia/Chae Ki-won]

My name is Yeo Jin-goo. My name means the nine treasures and when I asked my mom why not ten, she said I should live my life looking for the last one.
I was born on August 13, 1997. I will be 14 years old and I am in seventh grade just like my character Gang-mo in SBS TV series "Giant".
I have a brother who is five years younger than me. He doesn't do it in front of me but when he's in front of his friends he boasts about me to them. However, he's not envious of me because I act or come out on TV. When I ask him if he wants to act he would say no, no, no. He is a lot more bashful than I am...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Jung Kyung-ho - Part 1

Source | 2010/06/30 | | Permalink

Jung Kyung-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

The first time 10Asia attempted to conduct an interview with Jung Kyung-ho was actually around the time SBS TV series "Smile, Love" was ending its run. Through the role of playing a hard-working and timid Kang Hyun-soo in "Smile, Love", it seemed that Jeong had come full circle on playing the type of characters that he often had in his previous works -- happy, handsome characters who appeared to have no particular problems but had a certain something that could not be easily fulfilled. Even the fictional couple in "Smile, Love" -- Hyun-soo and Jung-in (played by Lee Min-jung) -- were hugely adored by viewers. But at the time, he needed a break more than an interview and it was pushed back to a later date. At the present time, Jung Kyung-ho may be less "hot" than he was back then. But seeing him choose KBS' "Drama Special - The Great Kye Choon-bin" after he gained stardom through "Smile, Love", there are even more things 10Asia wants to know about him. Below is what we found out about the actor.

10: It has been quite a while since we saw you in SBS TV series "Smile, Love"....More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Jung Kyung-ho - Part 2

Source | 2010/06/30 | | Permalink

Jung Kyung-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: So what do you think actor Jung Kyung-ho is capable of showing?
Jung Kyung-ho (Jeong): I hate being depressed, it is just my nature. I try to be cheerful and I think there are some people who see it as a good thing.

10: Do you want to keep doing something you're good at or do you want to start showing some changes little by little?
Jeong: Right now, I just want to work on a good story with a good director and cast. That's what I enjoy.

10: Since you use the word ‘good’ a lot, what do you think that is? For example, what exactly is a good director in an actor’s point of view? ...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Yeon-seok

Source | 2010/06/29 | | Permalink

Interview with actor Yoo Yeon-seok

Korean actor Yoo Yeon-seok [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Yoo Yeon-seok. My real name is Ahn Yeon-seok but my agency suggested I go with another name because it sounds a bit weird. My mother's last name is Cho so I was going to go with Cho Yeon-seok but I felt that if I changed it I would only get supporting roles. And it would be weird if I called myself Joo Yeon-seok. (laugh) After thinking about it I changed it to Yoo Yeon-seok and plus it sounds good too.
I was born on April 11, 1984.
My father is a professor of selenodesy. I lived in Seoul until I was six years old and we moved to the South Gyeongsang Province because my dad was posted at a national university there...More

[INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 2

Source | 2010/06/25 | | Permalink

kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: I understand that you communicated with director John H. Lee in many ways too.
Kwon: I think it becomes difficult when the actor has to play a character which does not suit him and when he does not understand the movie. The reason I was able to have fun shooting this film although it was tough was because I suited me well. It seemed that the director judged that my idea of my character fit his idea of the character.

10: Were you not bored on set because it was all guys?
Kwon: No. It was actually more fun because it was just guys. There were many characters and my senior actors were a lot of fun too -- I had a lot of fun. And the city we were shooting in was small so eating and having a drink was our source of pleasure. With Cha Seung-won, we would look over what has been shot, tell each other what's good and also talk about things other than the movie. It's disappointing that we don't get to see each other much after returning to Seoul...More

[INTERVIEW] Uhm Ki-joon Man of Vendetta

Source | 2010/06/25 | | Permalink

Uhm Ki-joon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

He caught a cold for the first time in ten years. He got a nosebleed on the last day of the show for musical "Monte Cristo" and does six interviews a day. He has 15-year acting career with scores of musical numbers under his belt but he recently jumped into films, a new sphere of acting he has never taken on before, and is experiencing everything from scratch. 10Asia sat down with Uhm Ki-joon, who after 21 musicals, four plays and eight dramas, has taken on his first big screen role in "Man of Vendetta".

10: I understand that you're not the type that usually does a lot of interviews so you must be extremely busy with promoting your movie. It must be your first time experiencing this as much as this is your first movie.
Uhm Ki-joon: Yes. I had heard there would be 'many' but I didn't know it would be like this. When I went to the press conference for "Worlds Within", questions were mostly directed to Hyun Bin and Song Hye-kyo so I had just sat there quietly...... I've done 15 interviews so far and will do another six tomorrow. I'm thinking of minor roles from now on. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 1

Source | 2010/06/25 | | Permalink

kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

kwon Sang-woo is back to wearing a school uniform. He who placed films "My Tutor Friend" and "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" atop the local box office with roles as a high school student, is back as a student soldier full of rebelliousness in "71-Into the Fire" about the Korean War. Now a father of a son, a school uniform might have not been the right character for him to play. But in "71-Into the Fire", based on the true story of 71 student soldiers who fought against one of the most elite troops of the North Korean army, Kwon's eyes and expressions are the very eyes and expressions of a student soldier full of vehemence. The wailing directed to the oppressive system of Korean high schools that his character Hyun-soo let out in "Once Upon A Time In Highschool", has taken on an intensity that goes between life and death to save his country and his colleagues. 10Asia sat down to speak with Kwon who says the sacrifices the student soldiers made was "noble and heartbreaking"...More

[INTERVIEW Part 1] Kwon Sang-woo "thirsty" for "Fire" success

Source | 2010/06/23 | | Permalink

Actor kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo has said he is "thirsty" to see the success of his new film "71-Into the Fire", hoping the war pic will outshine the reputation of his former big screen hits.

"The movies I've starred in for the past eight years had all done well up till two years ago so I am thirsty for the success of this one", Kwon said of his expectations for "Fire" during an interview with Asia Economic Daily.

"In the end, it's up to the heavens but I do hope it breaks my previous record and that it becomes the highest grossing movie this year", the actor added...More

[INTERVIEW Part 2] Kwon Sang-woo eyeing acting roles in China

Source | 2010/06/23 | | Permalink

kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Actor kwon Sang-woo, one of the most successful stars in both Korea and Japan, has turned his eyes to China as he sets out to expand his acting career to a wider audience in Asia.

During an interview with Asia Economic Daily, the 33-year-old Hallyu star explained he is "looking into a film or drama role for next year in the Greater China region", and that "talks are currently in process"...More

[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actress Jung So-min

Source | 2010/06/22 | | Permalink

Interview with actress Jung So-min

Korean actress Jung So-min [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Jung So-min. My friends and I had a contest to pick out my stage name but I myself chose the name.
I was born on March 16, 1989. I am a junior at the Korea National University of Arts majoring in acting but I'm currently taking a semester off.
My family consists of my mom, dad and my little brother who is a senior in high school. I get into fights with my brother but they don't last for more than five minutes. We hang out a lot because I really like him and I'm glad he doesn't think I'm annoying. (laugh)
I learned ballet from elementary school until middle school. I had to quit because my parents were against it and I started to learn Korean traditional dance when I was in high school. If I continued to dance I probably would have done work relating to visiting other countries to spread the Korean traditional dance...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Part 1

Source | 2010/06/17 | | Permalink

Singer and actor T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

'A rapper with the face of a wolf yet the soul of a lamb'. This exquisite sentence a fan wrote on the Internet may be the most clear description of T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun). He is a rapper with sharp eyes and a tough voice but has the sentimentality to like Damian Rice and Labelle. And he is a member of one of Korea's top idol groups but was once a boy who fought against his inner insecurities. That is why it is useless to ask what sort of actor T.O.P wants to be or what project he has planned next as a rapper. Because as he has been doing from his teen years and continues to do so, he will write lyrics to express himself while sitting at his desk. And he said he chose to take on the role of Oh Jang-beom in "71-Into the Fire" because he felt he was looking at himself. 10Asia sat down with the 24-year-old singer and actor to talk about his acting, rapping and Choi Seung-hyun.

10: How does it feel doing an interview alone, without members of your group Big Bang?
T.O.P: I didn't have to talk a lot when I'm with them because there are those who are good at speaking but I have to talk a lot now. I think they'll make me talk a lot when I go back as a member of Big Bang so I think I should do a poor job of speaking at
interviews. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Part 2

Source | 2010/06/17 | | Permalink

Singer and actor T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]  

10: What kind of music did you listen to?
T.O.P: I listened only to classical music for six months while shooting "71-Into the Fire". I listened to a lot of Labelle. And I've been listening to Nine Inch Nails recently. I switch back and forth. (laugh)

10: Labelle is so elegant that women usually like it more.
T.O.P: There's a very feminine side to me. I'll write manly lyrics, those that will suit my voice but I think I also understand women's sentimentality to a certain point too. I think such aspects influence my rapping and acting too.

10: What's the difference between rapping and acting?
T.O.P: When I'm with Big Bang, I show who I am as TOP but when I'm acting, I think I show who I am as 24-year-old Choi Seung-hyun. Of course, both are me and both enjoy music. But I think TOP is an imaginary character who I had been picturing in my mind. He's another me that is not quite me. On the other hand, I am myself while doing this interview and a lot of the me you see right now is reflected into my acting ...More

[INTERVIEW] "Bad Man" Actors Kim Nam-gil and Kim Jae-wook

Source | 2010/06/16 | | Permalink

Korean actress Han Ga-in and actor Kim Nam-gil on the set of SBS' "Bad Man" [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Two men who shared the name Hong Tae-sung, live lives which are unfortunate in their own ways. Gun-wook (played by Kim Nam-gil), who is kicked out after being found to have not been the son of chairman Hong, wants to destroy everyone's lives by seducing both Monet (Jung So-min) and Tae-ra (Oh Yun-soo), while Hong's real son Tae-sung lives in anxiety and loneliness because he was a child of a concubine. The different charms of each character, such as the thoroughly calculative personality and animal instincts of Gun-wook and the impulsive and destructive yet easily wounded Tae-sung, are the new points to watching SBS' "Bad Man". Below are excerpts from a press conference with actors Kim Nam-gil and Kim Jae-wook on the open-set shoot of "Bad Man" in Yong-in, Gyeonggi Province on June 14...More

[INTERVIEW] "Bad Man" actresses Han Ga-in and Oh Yun-soo

Source | 2010/06/16 | | Permalink

Actors Kim Nam-gil (left) and Han Ga-in in TV series "Bad Man" [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

The young, smart woman has no money while a rich, beautiful woman does not know love. Female characters Jae-in (played by Han Ga-in) and Tae-ra (played by Oh Yun-soo) in SBS TV series "Bad Man" each have a desire that they cannot fulfill. Bad man Gun-wook (played by Kim Nam-gil), whom Jae-in approached when she mistook him for a conglomerate heir and whom Tae-ra wants to steal away from younger sister Monet (played by Jung So-min), twists their lives into an unexpected direction. What sort of a female character do actresses Han Ga-in, whose image transformed from pure and innocent girl to a materialistic woman who dreams of climbing the social ladder, and Oh Yun-soo, who plays the elegant married woman swayed by temptation so perfectly, want to show viewers? We met with the two actresses on the open-set shoot of "Bad Man" in Yong-in, Gyeonggi Province on June 14...More

[INTERVIEW] Musical actor Park Hyuk-kwon

Source | 2010/06/15 | | Permalink

Interview with musical actor Park Hyuk-kwon

Musical actor Park Hyuk-kwon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Park Hyuk-kwon.
I was born on July 11, 1971. On our family's register it says I was born in 1973 because my birth was reported later on. After making my debut, I thought it was bit too much when management once said my birth year was 1975. (laugh) So now I work with my birth year as 1971.
When I was a junior in high school, I went to school for two days and stopped going. I just hated going. I hated everything. I just hated everything about it from the teachers to the classmates to the school and even my home. So I left my home in Suwon, saying I was going to school and stayed in Incheon for two years. In order to make a living I worked as a waiter and at the marketplace. I returned home and took my GED (general equivalency diploma)...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 1

Source | 2010/06/09 | | Permalink

Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]  

Actress Kim So-yeon says "feels like I am back at the starting line"

Out of three Wednesday/Thursday evening dramas, which all premiered on the same day last March, SBS TV series "Prosecutor Princess" never scored the No. 1 viewership rating during its run. However, the show remained a well-made drama till the end with its tight storyline and unique characters played by all the right actors. It would not be an exaggeration to say that actress Kim So-yeon, who played the title character, displayed such impressive acting skills that it might perhaps be the biggest achievement anyone has made in the first half of the year. Even though it wasn't the so-called 'possessed acting', Kim So-yeon created an interesting chemistry seen in the perfect match-up of an actress and her character. After a long hiatus and challenging times, the actress, who used to be the representative star of trendy dramas in the 90s, is back at a brand new starting line. And she is more hungry for acting now more than ever, she says. 10Asia interviewed Kim So-yeon, whose sincerity shone through during the interview and was moving at unsuspecting moments...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 2

Source | 2010/06/09 | | Permalink

Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]  

10: You have been a star since your teenage years. At certain times when you didn't have any work, it would have been easy for you, both emotionally and financially, to choose to do projects that didn't suit you but you never did. How were you able to turn them down?
Kim: I came close to doing them many times, haha. I don't think there was anything that was completely out of the question for me to do. But there were times when I would have done a not-so-great drama but it flopped. There was one drama that I wasn't so crazy about but thought, 'I'll just do it anyway". But they ended up casting someone else and I was humiliated. When you are forced to go on a hiatus like that, you begin to feel very determined afterwards. A part of me thought that I should just wait for something else to come along. You tell yourself, 'This is not the end of me' and endure it. When I look back at such times, I think those experiences helped me in the end but back then it was really difficult! (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 3

Source | 2010/06/09 | | Permalink

Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]  

10: Your actual personality of being unpredictable and vivacious, that you showed on the talk show, often also shows in your portrayal of your character Ma Hae-ri. Have you considered yourself to be similar to her?
Kim So-yeon (Kim): Of course. From the start the director and writer told me to be myself and it was to the point where in the beginning, I became worried thinking 'Is this okay? I don’t feel like I’m acting'. The scenarist wrote the script incorporating my original form of speech and laughter and I think I couldn’t tell the difference between me and my character Hae-ri toward the end. I have two older sisters and I am the youngest of the three but I was the only who had a very cheerful personality ever since I was young. My dad even really really liked it when I would act in the most coquettish way and both my mom and dad see me as a little girl. Have you ever held hands with a boy? When did you ever kiss someone? They ask me these questions thinking I don't know how to. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Rain says "want to brag" about MTV Movie Awards win

Source | 2010/06/08 | | Permalink

Korean entertainer Rain in Los Angeles [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Rain says "really want to brag about this one", referring to his win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards

It was only a year ago that Rain was overwhelmed after winning a trophy at an awards ceremony which looked a lot like the MTV Video Music Awards. Of course, it was a television commercial for a Korean mobile telephone company. When Rain gave his acceptation speech at the fully-packed venue amidst the applause from the crowd, the sight looked so unattainable that it felt like "a miracle" or "a fictional news event". But this young man, who claims that "a miracle is something you create, not something somebody hands you", has eventually grabbed that very dream in his hand. Instead of uttering some unknown magic words, Rain endured extremely demanding, five-hours-a-day training sessions and kept on running like "a tiger on the verge of starving to death" to make it to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. At the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, 10Asia met with Rain -- a man who, like his name, exudes a freshness to the desert-adjacent, hot city of Los Angeles...More

[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actor and model Choi Ji-ho

Source | 2010/06/08 | | Permalink

Interview with actor and model Choi Ji-ho

Actor/Model Choi Ji-ho [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Choi Ji-ho.
I was born on November 25, 1980. I am 30 years old. I'm not really concerned with age because my goal in life is to live in an immature way. I think it’s just best to just go with the flow without making any mistakes.
I majored in taekwondo at Yongin University but I started doing sports when I was in middle school because it was the only way to get into college without studying. Once I was accepted I told my parents, 'Since I made it into a university, I'm going to do whatever I want'.
The movie "Antique" shows how I hang out in my everyday life. I felt very comfortable because I was already close with actors Joo Ji-hoon and Kim Jae-wook. The only difference was that there was a camera while we were hanging out...More

[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actor Kim Jun

Source | 2010/06/07 | | Permalink

Korean actor Kim Jun [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Kim Jun. My given name is Kim Hyung-jun. When I began my acting career, I changed my name a bit. It isn't a big difference and easy to memorize but I got used to the name even more quickly because the members of T-MAX would always call me Jun, as if it were my nickname.
My birthday is February 3, 1984. I came out in a lot of scenes with my co-star Kim Bum in "Boys Over Flower", who is five years younger than me. I had always been the youngest but I somehow ended up being the eldest so it was weird. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 1

Source | 2010/05/31 | | Permalink

Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]

Some say he is a ruthless producer. Some evaluate him as an intelligent businessman. Some consider him as a brother who knows what being loyal is about. After fearlessly stepping into Jeongmuro [where the history of Korean film started] in his early twenties as a film importer, he later placed his name on the power list of commercial film producers. He also was the chief of an entertainment company which sees large profits from importing major films such as "The Lord of the Ring" series by utilizing his innate business mindset and close relationship with Hollywood's major film studios.

Then he successfully wrapped up production of blockbuster drama "IRIS" last year and in June is set to start filming "ATHENA", a 20-billion won spin-off of the series starring top Korean actors Cha Seung-won and Jung Woo-sung...More

[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 2

Source | 2010/05/31 | | Permalink

Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una: The scale of your overseas location shoots have become bigger too.
Jeong Tae-won: Italy, Singapore, Japan, China... and we may go to New Zealand too. And we won't just shoot scenes for the beginning of the drama but we'll be going overseas midway too. We'll be filming more efficiently too because we've divided up the crew into three units. When team A is shooting in Italy, team B will be prepping in Singapore, while the last team will be in charge of doing the special effects and CG. There were several parts I realized I could shoot more effectively while making "IRIS" so I'm going to apply them as much as I can. And everything happened so quickly with "IRIS", there was no breathing space other than the scenes at the college in the first and second episodes, but there will be more humor in "ATHENA". I'll also have a lot of supporting actors positioned throughout the show.

Beck: When does "ATHENA" go into production?...More

[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 3

Source | 2010/05/31 | | Permalink

Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una: You're well-known as being a producer who works closely with the actors. There are many actors who like you or you get along with and you run a management agency too.
Jeong Tae-won: I always think of myself as their older brother. And that I should make the sacrifices for them first since I'm their older brother. But when I make new attempts, I expect them to engage in them for their faith in me rather than for the money. On the outside, Taewon [Entertainment] is perceived as a company which is overflowing with money but our organs are the only things that aren't held [as security]. (laugh) Every project is difficult in the beginning but the actors have always helped since they know their older brother is going to make a movie, not buy land, by making money. (laugh) Both "IRIS" and "71-Into the Fire" are also productions which would have been difficult to make without that trust. When a movie doesn't do well, the actors are the first people I feel sorry for. I wheedled them into doing it but I would leave a scratch in their life due to that film. It remains a debt in my heart. And I want to do whatever I can to repay that debt...More

[INTERVIEW] Han Jung-soo - Part 1

Source | 2010/05/28 | | Permalink

Korean actor Han Jung-soo [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]  

Han Jung-soo says "2010 was the luckiest year of my life"

Three years ago, when Han Jung-soo was appearing in the SBS TV series "King and I", he had the words "Justice, Courage, Passion, Wisdom, Faith" set as the background on his mobile phone screen. This sincere man who said he "wants to live with a sense of justice, not like a coward" and believes "how you live life is more important that what you achieve in life" is a rare find in the 21st century. And this year, in KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters" and SBS' "Prosecutor Princess", he played characters that were most similar to himself. And during that time, his mobile phone has changed to an iPhone, and its background from those five words to cartoon characters from his favorite comics "One Piece". 10Asia met with actor Han Jung-soo, who has remained the same in his beliefs over the years...More

[INTERVIEW] Han Jung-soo - Part 2

Source | 2010/05/28 | | Permalink

Korean actor Han Jung-soo [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]  

Q: You often played characters that were considered "cool" by men rather than women.
Han: Yeah. I want women to like me but I think they like sensitive and affectionate men like the character Lawyer Seo (played by Park Si-hoo). Well, it's fine. Being an actor that men like... (laugh)

Q: Your abs caused a stir during "The Slave Hunters" and I heard that you are extremely into sports -- you once even said that you wanted to be a mixed martial arts fighter. What kind of influence do you think training one's body has one's mental health?
Han: I like exercising by myself, so I just work out at the gym more than anything. I think that, as a man, you start to feel confident psychologically when your body gains a certain amount of strength. So I tell younger actors, "Don't just drink every day. Do some exercise. It's good for your health and good for your mind too". Contrary to how I look, I can't drink alcohol so I don't have any other way to relieve stress. It's either going to the gym or going to sleep. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Hong Sang-soo - Part 1

Source | 2010/05/24 | | Permalink

Director Hong Sang-soo [Beck Una/10Asia]

Hong Sang-soo's presence in the film industry has been celebrated since his first appearance -- his directorial debut pic "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well" was praised by critics and won several international acclaims. Fourteen years later, he has released his tenth production "Ha Ha Ha" where he has upped the cheerful tone to a never-before-seen level. Hong sat down with 10Asia to talk about the movie which has also been picked to present in the non-competitive "Un Certain Regard" category at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Beck Una: The response to your film "Ha Ha Ha" was great after the screening. Just like its title, "Ha Ha Ha" is like a romantic comedy which constantly makes you laugh. I think it's worth looking forward to the film becoming somewhat of a commercial success too.
Hong Sang-soo: Yes... I heard that the audience laughs a lot [while watching it]. But such stories... I had told a lot in my previous work too. But... in the end... it didn't do that well. Who knows. It would be nice if many people watched it. Even the smallest profit the film makes by people watching it will help in filming my next movie and I'll have at least a bit to share with the staff and actors. Of course, I've never promised I'd give them anything but I want to... I wish I could be able to...More

[INTERVIEW] Hong Sang-soo - Part 2

Source | 2010/05/24 | | Permalink

Director Hong Sang-soo [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una: I think you have good eye for observing or remembering people, looking at how you pick out the characteristic of the actors.
Hong Sang-soo: I don't know. But I don't remember some aspects to the point it's embarrassing. Like everyday things, people's faces. My memory is weird. I had said so jokingly in my film "Night and Day" too but I think it's genetical. (laugh) My mom once didn't recognize who she had worked with for tens of years. And I've experienced such shameful moments too. I honestly am not good at memorizing things that I tell myself to. I think I have some sort of resistance to things I have to memorize. Whatever it may be, not liking what you have to remember or hold onto purposely. I think my brain doesn't want to remember things that my body hasn't already taken in naturally. But when I'm writing scenarios in the morning, memories of the oddest moments just pop out from nowhere. Something I may have seen from more than several decades ago, what I saw in a magazine, what someone said a few days ago -- all sorts of memories suddenly pop into my mind...More

[INTERVIEW] Hong Sang-soo - Part 3

Source | 2010/05/24 | | Permalink

Director Hong Sang-soo [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una: The characters in "Ha Ha Ha" write poems, read poems and give poems to others as gifts. I don't know if it's because I watched director Lee Chang-dong's new film "Poetry" yesterday but I rethought about poems. I mean, writing poems is actually an act which we are quite unaccustomed to other than having written them in school.
Hong Sang-soo: Is that so? Don't people write poems?
Beck: Do you write poems?
Hong: Yes, occasionally. It's not really a big deal. For example, first line, an ashtray is transparent. Second line, the table is yellow. Or the ashtray is standing up but the table is laying down. Doesn't even that make it seem strange?
Beck: Hm... It does seem to create some kind of meaning in between the lines...More

[INTERVIEW] Yoon Jung-hee - Part 1

Source | 2010/05/20 | | Permalink

Yoon Jung-hee says ""Poetry" is worthy of winning best picture at Cannes"

 

Veteran Korean actress Yoon Jung-hee [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Here is a truly unbelievable story that one must believe. When Yoon Jung-hee was at the peak of her popularity in her career, she won an award at a film festival and went on a car parade in downtown Seoul. And what is even more unbelievable is that she left that popularity behind and left for France as she had planned. She was the biggest star to have graced the history of Korean film, an actress who keeps getting scripts even after she went to France and still has a fan club. And she chose director Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry" as her comeback movie, her first in fifteen years. What kind of a life does this actress live? We asked Yoon Jung-hee about her life and her films.

Q: You have been doing a lot of interviews with the press in time with the opening of film "Poetry". This kind of an experience is a first for you, isn't it?
Yoon: It is a first. When I was at the top of my game, I didn't have time and in many cases, reporters would come to the set or come in groups. But with this movie, I felt like it was my responsibility to truly inform people about this wonderful movie rather than just loving "Poetry" and leaving it after I had finished my work as an actress. I am learning a lot of new things doing interviews with new people, so I like it...More

[INTERVIEW] Yoon Jung-hee - Part 2

Source | 2010/05/20 | | Permalink

Veteran Korean actress Yoon Jung-hee [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]  

Q: What did director Lee Chang-dong tell you about your acting?
Yoon: I really liked how he coached me on my acting. He wrote the script, directed the film and even offered various ideas of Mi-ja that he had imagined of. During my conversations with director Lee Chang-dong, I was able to see a side of Yoon Jung-hee that I had not known about. We talked a lot and got along very well, so we were able to work hard on the film. Even in the scene that I shot thirty-five times, I could keep immersing myself into the character because I had something in common with her. Like Mi-ja, I too sometimes lose myself and become self-absorbed. (laugh) Another similarity is that I don't take anything in life for granted, not even the smallest thing, and I can lose myself in the beauty of it...More

[INTERVIEW] Yoon Jung-hee - Part 3

Source | 2010/05/20 | | Permalink

Actress Yoon Jung-hee [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Q: You were spunky. (laugh) For you to think like that at such a young age, your parents must have instilled a tremendous amount of confidence in you when they raised you.

Yoon: My father was an incredible romanticist. He told me it was his dream to send me to France and my younger siblings to the U.S. And his dreams came true eventually. And when we started kindergarten, he had us learn dancing and singing which helped a lot when I was acting. I did ballet and traditional Korean dance, my body knew how to move when I was doing dancing scenes in my movies.

Q: Wow, surely it couldn't have been easy to do that back in those days.
Yoon: My father went to Tokyo to study abroad. He went to law school in Japan and he took a lot of pictures with actors when he was studying there. (laugh) He didn't want to be an actor himself but he was very interested in that world...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Choi Song-hyun

Source | 2010/05/13 | | Permalink

Korean actress Choi Song-hyeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Choi Song-hyun.
I was born on April 11, 1982. I have a jinx where bad things have happened on all my previous birthdays, but this year I was very happy because I celebrated my birthday on set with the staff and other cast members.
My family consists of my parents and my two older sisters. Sometimes my parents still call me 'baby' because I'm the youngest. (laugh) My oldest sister and I are five years apart and I'm two years apart with my other sister. They are both married and I have two nephews.
All five of my closest friends got married last year and I'm the only bachelorette. They all met good guys and are living happy lives, otherwise they would have called me up to badmouth their husbands...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Seo Woo - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/28 | | Permalink

Korean actress Seo Woo posing during her interview 10Asia [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

The day before shooting ended at 5 a.m. in the morning. The shoot continued again later on the same day at 11 a.m. During the afternoon the outdoor shoot was put to a halt due to the rain. For half the day she waited in the car for the rain to stop. Things resumed at around 9 p.m. The temperature suddenly dropped on the open set of KBS' "Cinderella's Sister" which is built next to a lake. While shooting the drama, it repeats the feeling of being on the field or on a stakeout.

Seo Woo, well-known for her role in the critically acclaimed movie "Paju" which won awards and opened at several prestigious international film festivals including the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and at the Rotterdam Film Festival, sat down to speak with 10Asia about her current role as Hyo-seon in "Cinderella's Sister"...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Seo Woo - Part 2

Source | 2010/04/28 | | Permalink

Actress Seo Woo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: The atmosphere on set for "Cinderella's Sister" must be quite different since there are several other actors your age.
Seo Woo: We were really close in the beginning but we shoot in two separate groups now because we're much more busier so when we run into someone on set, we'll feel both happy and sorry for each other, shoot our scenes, and then say goodbye again. Cheon Jeong-myeong always puts in a lot of effort to keep us in line and help boost our spirits. More than anything, I'm really having a lot of fun.

10: How is it working with Moon Geun-young who plays the role of your sister?
Seo Woo: I respect her. She's a younger sister that I really like as well as a senior actor that I respect. I cannot even dare imitate her 11 years of acting experience, it's incredible that she has done it since she was so young, and she's someone that I feel is a real actor...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/27 | | Permalink

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

Source | 2010/04/27 | | Permalink

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

[INTERVIEW] Actor Baek Sung-hyun

Source | 2010/04/27 | | Permalink

Korean actor Baek Seong-hyeon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Baek Sung-hyun.
I was born on January 30, 1989.
I currently live in Gwangmyeong-si which is in the Gyeonggi Province. It's a lot better living there now because I can drive but before Gwangmeyong was a kingdom in itself. You had to take care of everything within the city -- from daily necessities to enjoying a cultural life. It's kind of unfortunate that the distance keeps me from becoming close with my fellow actors. It's not a big deal going out to Seoul but after having a couple of drinks, getting back home becomes a problem...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Chang-eui - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/22 | | Permalink

"I don't think I was not popular", Song said when asked how popular he had been since he had acted starting from his high school days in plays, but instead of a modest answer from him; he jokingly smiled and claimed it was true. The child who was "quiet yet played with others but at the same time was kind of scholarly" has stood on many stages and in front of numerous cameras, attracting the attention of others to gain the nickname of a 'refined playboy'. Currently, he stars in SBS drama "Life is Beautiful" as Yang Tae-sup, a homosexual physician. 10Asia met with actor Song Chang-eui and below are the excerpts from his interview.

10: Since taking on your role in "Life is Beautiful" you have been getting many compliments on how 'pure and innocent' you look. What is your secret? (laugh)
Song Chang-eui (Song): Really? I didn't know. (laugh) I lost some weight after deciding to take this role. I don't know if this applies to everyone but most homosexual people care about their looks, so I worked out a bit and my clothes were chosen by my stylist.

 

Korean actor Song Chang-ee [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]


10: Recently, your character Tae-sup garnered a lot of attention after coming out to his ex-girlfriend Chae-young (played by Yoo Min). What did you feel? ...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Chang-eui - Part 2

Source | 2010/04/22 | | Permalink

Actor Song Chang-ee [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]  

10: Tae-sup is a very quiet character. He isn't loud and doesn't say what is unnecessary but it's impressive to see how you depict his emotions so delicately through your eyes or expressions.
Song Chang-eui: I think a lot about the situation that is laid out in the script and why that situation is occuring. For example, when Tae-sup becomes flustered running into his uncle after he parts with Kyung-soo in front of his house but hears that his grandfather had been sick, I have to instinctively act surprised. When he is with his mother, he'll clash and get angry with her but suddenly smile for her too, and sometimes he will just brush past Ho-sup (played by Lee Sang-yoon) but also quarrel with him. It's important to show the subtle changes a character's emotions undergo depending on who he or she is with and under what circumstances, but I think it's even more so in the case of Tae-sup. It might not be caught on camera that well sometimes because the changes are so subtle, but it's fun expressing those details...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Jeon Do-yeon - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/21 | | Permalink

Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon [Asia Economic Daily]

Jeon Do-yeon was called the "Queen of Cannes" after she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film "Secret Sunshine".

Although winning a trophy at Cannes cannot be the absolute criterion for anything, it is worth remembering that so far only two Asian actresses -- Jeon and Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung -- have been named best actress at a world-renowned film event like Cannes.

Even among European and North American actresses, who usually monopolize the competition at film fests, only four have bagged the best lead actress trophy at Cannes -- Vanessa Redgrave, Barbara Hershey, Helen Mirren and Isabelle Huppert...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Jeon Do-yeon - Part 2

Source | 2010/04/21 | | Permalink

Korean actress Jeon Do-youn [Asia Economic Daily]

Jeon Do-yeon will be walking the red carpet at Cannes for the first time in three years since winning best actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 for her role in film "Secret Sunshine".

During the three year gap between films "Secret Sunshine" and "The Housemaid - 2010", Jeon Do-yeon went through big changes in her life -- getting married and giving birth. Ironically, Jeon had been single when she played a mother who had lost her son in "Sunshine" while she turned a mother when playing a maid who has an affair with a married man in "The Housemaid - 2010".

Jeon met with Asia Economic Daily on April 19, prior to the film's opening, and talked about her husband, saying that "he believes me and wants me to stay as the actress I am. When I am going through difficulties, he tells me 'you are not the type of person to be swayed by such things, so have faith in your choice and just keep going' and I respect him for that"...More

[INTERVIEW] Director-actor Yang Ik-june - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/09 | | Permalink

Director and actor Yang Ik-june [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

"This interview doesn't do me any good -- it's for the production company and the press", Yang Ik-june said with a grin at the start of his interview. He was referring to his latest film "Runaway from Home" released April 8.

The remark could have killed the atmosphere had it been said by any other, but rather helped to ease and loosen up both parties when said by the free-spirited actor and director, known for his goofy and easy-going ways.

At the same time, this same man swept international acclaims last year with his feature debut "Breathless" which he starred in as a bitter and abusive debt collector.

Yang spoke with 10Asia to reveal the utterly frank truth behind his filmmaking and acting career...More

[INTERVIEW] Director-actor Yang Ik-june - Part 2

Source | 2010/04/09 | | Permalink

Director and actor Yang Ik-june [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]  

10: The violence shown in "Breathless" was breathtaking -- there are plenty of films which are much more cruel and use more foul language, but the violence in your movie seemed to be much closer to what really happens in reality. That's why, while watching the film, I became increasingly curious of who you are too.
Yang Ik-june: I've lived my life suffering a lot -- to the extent I'll seem idiotic. When I was serving in the army, my senior did all sorts of things to me. But I put up with it for a while until I started thinking that it was wrong. No is no. That's why I have to keep thinking. I have to figure out how I'm going to live a more healthy and free life because no one else will do it for me. That's why I'm trying to exercise my right to speak as much as I can. I become too stressed when I go home when I put with whoever distresses me for no reason. I regret not having said anything before. (laugh) It still happens to me a lot so I've come up with a plan to cope with it.

10: What is it?
Yang: I once went to a coffee shop and asked if their outdoor terrace had an electric socket. The waiter answered 'probably' so I asked him to ask the manager. I felt so strange -- I had asked if there was one or not but probably? We might have clashed if I had asked him 'Is there one or not?' But you can't exactly say that his answer was extremely rude. So using my method, I opened a notebook, wrote the month and date and wrote down what I did and how the waiter answered...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Oh Ji-ho - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/09 | | Permalink

Korean actor Oh Ji-ho [photographed by Lee Jin-Hyeok/10Asia]  

Oh Ji-ho says "I learned how to really use my eyes" on 'The Slave Hunters'

The time has come finally to bid farewell to KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters". What kind of ending will come for this extraordinary drama -- which showed off fantastic imagery from the start, breaking records in viewership rating with terrifying speed and at the same time carried a fairly weighty political discussion? One does not know but one thing is for sure; that the key belongs to character Song Tae-ha (played by Oh Ji-ho), who had lived his life being loyal to his master but now dreams of making a better world. Now that even one of his enemies Dae-gil (played by Jang Hyeok) has decided to help him, what kind of dream does he have and how will he achieve them? And what has Oh Ji-do dreamed and achieved during the eight months that he spent portraying Song Tae-ha and unveiled his new possibilities? In a joint press interview held on March 24 -- the day before the final episode of "The Slave Hunters" --- the actor talked about the past eight months he spent working on the show...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Oh Ji-ho - Part 2

Source | 2010/04/09 | | Permalink

Korean actor Oh Ji-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Q: Do you think such change means that Tae-ha is growing up?
Oh: I think so. Tae-ha is someone who refuses to accept that Hye-won is the slave Eon-nyeon, and so when you tell him that Dae-gil is the same as any other nobleman, I think he must have thought about that himself. Tae-ha believes that he is carrying out his duty to save the people but he realizes that people actually hate aristocrats. And I think that is when he decides to be someone who mediates that gap and matures.

Q: I can understand that meeting Hye-won was what motivated him to change. But the much talked-about kissing scene on Jeju island seemed a bit out of context.
Oh: It must have seemed somewhat like that since people are saying so, but I think it also signifies that Tae-ha changed. If he was just a loyal solider, he would have just taken the young royal king with him in that situation. But as someone who lost his wife and child and feeling how could someone who couldn't save his family save a country, he had just been doing his best in protecting Hye-won...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye

Source | 2010/04/07 | | Permalink

Interview with actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye

Actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]  

My name is Hwang Woo-seul-hye. My real name is Hwang Jin-hee but when I became an actress, my mom went to the naming center and came up with this name. There were other names I could choose from but I liked the vibe 'Seul-hye' gave off.
I was born on August 10, 1979 and my hometown is Seoul.
I don't know about other things but I have perseverance. I'm the type that works really hard on the things I enjoy like I did with jazz dance and yoga. The biggest advantage of yoga is that it helps relieve stress and stabilizes the mind and soul. When I dance to loud music for jazz dancing, it helps get rid of my gloominess...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/06 | | Permalink

"The staff of our drama used to make fun of me and say we couldn't reach ratings of over 30 percent because of my soy sauce commercial". [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una (Beck): I think you must have felt a satisfaction from playing your character Choi Hyun-wook who was always spitting out whatever comes to his mind.
Lee Sun-kyun: The characters I had played in the past were more defensive than offensive but I think Choi was offensive till the very end. Now that I think about it, reporters would always emphasize how 'romantic' I am but it has changed now to 'finicky'. (laugh) I also referenced Gordon Ramsey character from "Hell's Kitchen". I hadn't had much time to discuss my character with the producer because the casting for "Pasta" got set late and I went into shoot right after my appearance was set. One day though, the producer came up to me and showed me a Joker card from "Batman", telling me that he wants Choi Hyun-wook to give off a similarly slightly crazy vibe. That's when I told myself I would try and express myself in various ways and however I want. There was a lot of acting on impulse too...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 2

Source | 2010/04/06 | | Permalink

One thing for sure though, was that if Choi Hyun-wook, if I do not do well, the show would flop". [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck: Unlike the amicable atmosphere we see in "Pasta", we heard you had to actually work intensively, as if you were almost shooting live.
Lee Sun-kyun: Wow, I wanted to die. Really. And I was grateful when our show got extended but me and [Kong] Hyo-jin were going nuts. We were shooting as if on a live schedule starting with around the seventh episode and from about the ninth episode on, I only slept a total 11 hours during a whole week. I was in a near-panic state too because I was in almost every scene and had so many lines. I would hallucinate and hear my own voice when I lie down after being in shoot for eight hours straight in the beginning. I really wanted to cry sometimes...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 3

Source | 2010/04/06 | | Permalink

"He was someone who had experienced trauma so huge that if it happened to me, I would have run away somewhere. But it was fun". [Myung Films]

Beck: I think you must have not had an easy time playing your character Joong-shik in "Paju". He was sort of like someone in the fog -- he was quite hard to define.
Lee Sun-kyun: It was difficult. But it was fun. He was a character who doesn't express himself a lot and it always very serious. He was someone who had experienced trauma so huge that if it happened to me, I would have run away somewhere or hid myself in a temple. Strangely enough though, the script for "Paju" was very easy to read. How should I put it -- it was as if I could feel the atmosphere the movie was in. I had a confidence in the director and the film itself. I had also been wanting to work on a more cinematic film at the time...More

[INTERVIEW] Clazziquai's Alex - Part 1

Source | 2010/04/01 | | Permalink

Clazziquai member Alex [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

There was a time when Alex was nicknamed the 'romantic guy'. He still is. But after he stopped appearing on hit MBC reality show "We Got Married", he did much more.

His music group Clazziquai released several more albums, he published a book titled "Spoon" containing stories about his life and cooking and shot his second drama "Pasta" which ended its run in early March.

He did not change himself radically everytime but rather showed himself in bits and pieces over an extended period of time. This interview too reveals only part of who he is. Here is the Alex as he explains himself, not the guy in a variety show or as a character in a drama...More

[INTERVIEW] Clazziquai's Alex - Part 2

Source | 2010/04/01 | | Permalink

Clazziquai member Alex [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]  

10: That's what was fun. A lot of things were left unexplained regarding Kim San because he isn't the leading character but he always had on that expression that said he knows everything.
Alex: It's true that some things weren't explained in detail because I wasn't the main character. As a joke, people said my character is a spiritual guardian. For example, I'd be in the kitchen when the chef and assistant chef are fighting. Poof and appear just like that in places I don't need to be. (laugh) But those scenes are necessary in explaining the moments Kim San stands alone and thinks to himself. That's how Kim San's character came to life. This purely comes from the scenarist's talent. I went looking for an acting teacher to teach me to become Kim San -- how to have an open mind like him, how I could play little jokes on the person I like without not revealing my emotions. I think there were also a lot of commonalities between Kim San and I...More

[INTERVIEW] Clazziquai's Alex - Part 3

Source | 2010/04/01 | | Permalink

Clazziquai member Alex [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: It seems that the people who became your fans after watching MBC's "We Got Married" and your fans from much earlier feel a difference in your image.
Alex: My fans are taken aback by my image from "We Got Married". I lost some things from doing "We Got Married" but I also gained a lot from it too. Once when I was wearing my helmet and riding my motorcycle down the Dongho bridge, when this woman asked for my autograph. I asked her how she knew it was me and she said she knew from seeing the lower part of my face. Her husband was sitting next to her, holding onto the handle, and he did not look too happy. (laugh) It's inevitable to lose something as you gain more attention. And I had been working on my solo album first, and then took on "Married", but most people think I released the album in a rush because I became popular from the show. Of course thanks to the public, my album was a success but I didn't like how people regarded me as someone who did the music I did because of the image I had portrayed from the show...More

[INTERVIEW] "High Kick Through The Roof" Actress Yoo In-na

Source | 2010/03/19 | | Permalink

"I was chosen? Thank you so much", is was what Yoo In-na said after receiving news she was selected as our next interviewee. The public have started to become curious about her, not just because of her role in MBC sitcom "High Kick Through The Roof", but because they are curious to find out more about this actress whose popularity has been increasing. She had been in training under her agency YG Entertainment for over a year to make her acting debut at the not-so-young age of 27 so we asked her the recent change in her life means to her.

Actress Yoo In-na [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: Your popularity right now is uncomparably high from when you first made your debut. Do you get treated differently for that? Boy band 2AM said their meals have changed since reaching No.1 on music programs...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon of "High Kick Through The Roof"

Source | 2010/03/18 | | Permalink

Actor Yoon Si-yoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Maybe it is possible to do things right the first time. Actor Yoon Si-yoon, who first met viewers through MBC sitcom "High Kick Through The Roof", has become very popular with his realistic portrayal of "student Joon-hyuk" experiencing first love. The actor says that he -- currently adored by all age groups ranging from the young female fans who get excited at the sight of him to the mothers who adore him like a son -- is "grateful" for the attention. But this actor, who believes the way to repay his fans' love is by not being easy on himself, is still thirsty to learn more about acting. He is someone who thinks more about how to take his next step in the right direction correctly rather than quickly...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Dong-wook

Source | 2010/03/16 | | Permalink

Actor Kim Dong-wook [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Kim Dong-wook.
I was born on July 29, 1983.
I like actor Johnny Depp especially in "Donnie Brasco" where he played an FBI agent who goes undercover and joins the mafia. I am greedy in the sense that I want to play masculine roles like that.
There was a period in my life where I felt uneasy if I didn't listen to music even for a minute. Wherever I went, wherever I was and even when I'm sleeping, I had to listen to music to calm myself mentally. I remember breaking my speakers when I connected them to my CD player and tried to play them in the shower. I still love music but not as much as I did back then...More

[INTERVIEW] Producer Song Byeong-joon of musical "Goong"

Source | 2010/03/15 | | Permalink

Actors rehearse for the musical adaptation of "Goong" [Group 8]

Song Byeong-joon hopes "'Goong' will set a good example for musical adaptation of dramas"
"Everybody makes mistakes on the stage. Don't try to make it obvious when you make one. Don't stick your tongue out because you got it wrong". In the rehearsal room at the basement of Chungmu Art Hall, some 40 male and female actors dance to music under the direction of choreographer Oh Jae-ik. Number 46, 92, 116... These people are the contestants for the second audition of musical "Goong", which premieres September 3 in Theater "Yong" at the National Museum of Korea. After the first audition, for which some 300 people applied, 80 people who made the second round were split into two teams and were tested again in dancing, singing and acting all day. ...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Jang Hyeok - Part 1

Source | 2010/03/11 | | Permalink

Korean actor Jang Hyeok [photographed by Lee Jin-Hyeok/10Asia]

Jang Hyeok says "The Slave Hunters" is a story about Lee Dae-gil growing up

"I would have something to say if it was about martial arts..". said Jang Hyeok before the interview, as if he were an action star who was in love with martial arts. But by the time the interview ended, I found out that to Jang Hyeok, talking about martial arts meant that he would talk about everything -- his acting and his life. Like a martial arts master finds enlightenment through martial arts, Jang Hyeok was devoting himself to his life through acting. He understands his character by melting martial arts into the acting, and reflects upon his life by analyzing the character. For Jang Hyeok to play Dae-gil in the KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters", it means the same as that he will pour out all of his life. See what and how much enlightenment he has gained from portraying Dae-gil...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Jang Hyeok - Part 2

Source | 2010/03/11 | | Permalink

10: For Dae-gil's martial arts skills, did you keep in mind the historical aspect and the environment Dae-gil is in? His style of fighting is apparently different from that of Tae-ha's. How did you approach that?
Jang: The action sequences are handled by the martial arts specialists but I wanted to do something more. An actor has to know how he wants things done so I thought it was right that I do both the action stunts and act at the same time. That's why I asked the director if I could design the martial arts sequences by direction of the martial arts director. In "Hunters", martial arts is also part of one's acting needed in showing that person's character. Tae-ha and Chul-oong practice traditional martial arts and follow the fixed structure and system used in the palace. A slave hunter like me learned martial arts to survive in the common streets so of course my style of martial arts will be different to theirs. It has to be different from the style Choi Jang-goon and Wang-son use.

Korean actor Jang hyuk [10Asia/Lee Jin-hyuk]

10: That's what I had been curious about. Dae-gil was born into an aristocrat family so he wouldn't have been taught martial arts properly. Dae-gil's martial arts moves are compact and swift which is remarkable just like the training you are receiving right now for jeet kune do...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Baek Jin-hee

Source | 2010/03/11 | | Permalink

Interview with actress Baek Jin-hee

Korean actress Baek Jin-hee [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 

My name is Baek Jin-hee.
My birthday is February 8, 1990. I can finally celebrate Adults Day this year! [The third Monday of May where young people in Korea celebrate turning twenty years old.]
I wanted to have a camera for my birthday, but I couldn't get one. When I was shooting the film "Eighteen and Nineteen", the guy from Hoya often took pictures of me with his camera, and they looked so much better than ones taken by a digital camera. But my mother was like, 'What are you going to do with a camera when you don't even know how to take photographs?" But I can only practice taking pictures if I have a camera...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Bo-young

Source | 2010/03/05 | | Permalink

Korean actress Lee Bo-young [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

A poster shoot for "Harvest Villa" was taking place at a studio in Nonhyun-dong of Seoul. The actors, each already full of character, displayed facial expressions that summarized the roles they had taken for the drama and drew curiosity by simply standing still in front of the camera. Actor Baek Yoon-shik, who plays the problem-solver in the drama, expressed his concern by saying, "Make me look sturdy". But once he went into shoot, he put on a tough guy-like appearance and looking relaxed, remarked "Should I act like I just killed about 50 people?" But it was actress Lee Bo-young, who plays the female lead in the drama and looked cheerful throughout the photo shoot, that stood out more than anyone at the studio. Her character Seo-rin approaches Bok-gyu (played by Shin Ha-kyun) pretending to be the perfect woman but she actually works in the adult entertainment business. Here we reveal the stories Lee told us about "Harvest Villa".

Q: This drama claims to be a cruel thriller. Were there any difficulties you encountered during the shooting?...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 1

Source | 2010/03/04 | | Permalink

Korean actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck: Una/10Asia]

Song Kang-ho interviewed and photographed by Beck: Una

Song Kang-ho is not a funny person. He is an entertaining actor. Song Kang-ho is not a friendly person. He is a familiar actor. Song Kang-ho is not a diligent person. He is an actor who always works. Song Kang-ho is not a successful/proud person. But he is an extraordinary actor. As the third object of "Interview 100", actor Song Kang-ho stood waiting with a cigarette in his mouth and looking more relaxed and comfortable than ever. And rather than giving a fussy greeting or a friendly hug, he simply waved a moderately warm hello with his hand.

Beck Una (Beck): When I saw you at the Pusan International Film Festival last year, you said not to expect much from "Secret Reunion" and joked that it was just a movie where you rode on actor Gang Dong-won's popularity from film "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard". But "Secret Reunion" turned out to be much more commercial.
Song Kang-ho (Song): I needed it to vent my spite from "Thirst". It was for the film! Hahahahaha!

Beck: You are usually very critical of your own films compared to other actors. What is your take on your film "Secret Reunion"?...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2

Source | 2010/03/04 | | Permalink

Actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck: What did you find likeable and entertaining about the script for "Secret Reunion"?
Song: Ten years ago, I did the films "Shiri" and "JSA - Joint Security Area" which are both about South Korea, North Korea and men. So, "Secret Reunion" was similar to them in a way, a similar story, but the overall outline of the movie is completely different from the previous films. The film doesn't treat the South-North division as its theme but rather takes an incredibly soft, light and sophisticated approach to it. I thought that was closer to how the audience currently feels about the division and there was something lovely about a North Korean spy and a former South Korean intelligence service agent living together. I don't think I would have done the movie if it dealt seriously about the division at times like now.

Beck:But didn't you choose to do the film because of the character or the role you would get to take on?...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 3

Source | 2010/03/04 | | Permalink

Korean actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck: That's actually what I wanted to ask you. Do you think it's possible to become an artist, or an actor, by pure effort and no natural talent?
Song: The concept behind the word 'effort' is a bit vague. There is no such thing as putting in an effort to act well. Effort could be another word for your determination to work hard but not the secret to good acting. If you are shooting an action scene, you can make effort at improving on your physique and working better with your co-stars. And I put in an effort to play the recorder in "Thirst". But I don't think one can act based solely on effort. 90 percent of it comes from natural talent and 10 percent from experience. The experience that you gain from countless acting roles.

Beck:You've already been an actor for very long -- ten years since the public recognized you as 'actor Song Kang-ho' and even much longer counting your career in theater. Don't you go through a slump or have less fun having to repeat the same job over and over again?...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Min Ji-ah

Source | 2010/02/25 | | Permalink

Korean actress Min Ji-ah [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Min Ji-ah. I used go by my birth name Kim Min-ju while appearing in short plays but someone told me it would be better for me if I use 'Min' as my last name so I did before starting shooting for "The Slave Hunters". People around me said it sounded better and I think it sounds similar to my original name too.
My birthday is on October 31, 1983. I didn't do much on my last birthday because I was on set. If only I had a boyfriend... maybe he would have prepared a special event for me.
I was majoring in architectural design but what I really wanted to do was act so I transferred to Kyung Hee University and majored in theater and film. As a young girl, I loved watching movies so I took many film classes. I was in movie clubs when I was in middle and high school....More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Hyun-woo - Part 1

Source | 2010/02/22 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Hyun-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Lee Hyun-woo may be a 16-year-old teenage boy barely entering the fifth year of his acting career but he has quietly and steadily been gaining experience to already hold over a dozen film and drama roles under his belt.

And his efforts have started to pay off since last month, with his prime time KBS TV series "Master of Study" scoring the highest viewership ratings amongst all televised Monday and Tuesday shows.

Lee is gaining increasing popularity as one of the main cast members, also including popular actors Yoo Seung-ho and Go Ah-sung, in "Master of Study" about a determined lawyer who offers to teach five rebellious students and get them accepted into the country's most prestigious college.

10Asia talked to Lee to ask about his acting career and future ambitions....More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Hyun-woo - Part 2

Source | 2010/02/22 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Hyun-woo [10Asia/Chae Ki-won]

Q: If you were accepted into Cheonha University, what would you like to major in?
Lee: Me? I would.. um.. not natural sciences but I am not the liberal arts type person either. I want to do something like sports... I would rather major in music or art rather than be a theater and acting major.

Q: The reason I asked the above question is because I am curious about the many dreams that 18-year-old Hyun-woo might have -- you have a lot of potential in many areas outside acting too.
Lee: I thought a lot about whether I would apply to the department of theater and acting or to a different department. But I had pursued acting and then realized one day that I'm already 18 and haven't had much time to do anything else. So it's highly likely that I would major in theater and acting but I don't know yet. If I learn to do something else that I am interested in, I might head into that direction. I like to learn how to do new things so if what I learned suits me, I could choose that path or I could show that through my acting. ...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Kwang-soo

Source | 2010/02/16 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Kwang-soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Lee Kwang-soo. I'd never left out my last name when mentioning my name but people I started being called Lee Kwang-soo from a certain point on.
I was born on July 14, 1985.
I wasn't short when I was young either but I was big and fat. I lost weight starting in middle school as I started to grow. I haven't gained weight ever since.
My parents are also on the tall side. My dad is 179 centimeters tall and my mom around 165. But my younger sister, who will turn 26 this year, isn't that tall....More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Ji Chang-wook

Source | 2010/02/08 | | Permalink

Interview with actor Ji Chang-wook

Actor Ji Chang-wook [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]

My name is Ji Chang-wook.
My birthday is July 5, 1987.
I am an only child. I am quiet at home to the extent that I'll seem brusque. The character Mi-poong that I play in KBS TV series "My Too Perfect Sons" is different from me in both background and personality.
During high school I wanted to work in architecture or engineering for no particular reason. When I was even younger, my dreams kept changing. I wanted to be in the police force, a teacher, a judge, lawyer, doctor and other jobs. Of course, my mind changed as I started to face reality. (laughs)
When I was in middle school, my homeroom teacher would call out the names of the students who ranked within the top 50 in the entire school and they would stand up to receive applause. I was upset that I wasn't one of the students who got to stand up so from then on, I forced myself to study hard. In the end, my name got called for applause but I think I was too young to know how cool it was to receive applause from my classmates....More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Hyeon-woo

Source | 2010/02/02 | | Permalink

Actor Kim Hyeon-woo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Interview with actor and singer Kim Hyeon-woo

My name is Kim Hyeon-woo. Now, I just go by Hyun-woo.
I was born on January 18, 1985. For my birthday this year, my fans surprised me by bringing a cake on set. This is the first time something like this has happened to me.
I have an older sister who is nine years older than me. She's married and has two children who are three and five-years-old. The two see me as the pushover uncle. They're always taking my money, toys, my keroro figure and stickers I collected from eating bread.
When I was younger, I use to have an old lady's perm. I had hated the perm back then because it was similar to my mom's and my grandmother's. Then upon going into shoot for "Pasta", my stylists decided to test out the old pop-star hairstyle which is long and curly. They kept cutting my hair shorter and shorter, ending up in my creating my current style which I like.
I wore my school uniform for my interview at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. I figured that my uniform would be better than any other attire. The professor who interviewed me asked, "Why are you wearing your school uniform?" to which I answered, "I don't have any money". And I acted as if I had all the confidence in the world, making my interview last eight minutes long compared to others' interviews which took three minutes maximum. Thankfully, I got accepted but I'm currently on a leave from school.
My fellow actor, No Min-woo who plays the role of Philip, and I have appeared in several other projects together including the film "A Frozen Flower" and MBC TV series "Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun". So others might have thought we auditioned together for the role of chefs from Italy, but I hadn't even know he had tried out. So when we had the first meeting for "Pasta", Min-woo called me in the parking lot and I thought to myself, "No...it couldn't be"....More

[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actor Kim San-ho

Source | 2010/01/27 | | Permalink

Interview with TV, film and musical actor Kim San-ho

Actor Kim San-ho [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Kim San-ho. A syllable in my name is used for everyone else in my family but I think he just flipped the name of the hospital where I was born which was "Ho San Women's Clinic"
I lived in Cheonan in the South Chungcheong Province from the day I was born on February 12, 1982 up until high school.
I am the youngest of three brothers. My family is composed of my parents, my two brothers, my eldest brother's wife and their two children. I love kids so whenever I visit my hometown, I play with the two. They always ask me to take them to Baskin Robbins (laughs).
I was a theater major at the Seoul Institute of the Arts when I enlisted for the army at the age of 21. I didn't think it was a big deal back then but after seeing one of my close friends enter the army at the age of 30, I'm relieved that I finished my term at an early age....More

[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi

Source | 2010/01/22 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Seung-gi [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: The photographer said you are good at putting on different expressions, as if you're acting while thinking about a certain situation. What do you think about when you take photos?
Lee Seung-gi (Lee): I noticed that some of my senior actors put on different expressions when they take photos. And it seems that the more I think, the more various expressions I can put on. That's why I imagine I'm acting when I'm being photographed.

10: Are you the type that usually prepares and thinks a lot in advance?
Lee: The president of my agency is strict (laugh) so even if I do start becoming lazy, people around me set me straight so that I can prepare in time. And it's different when I go to a shoot for TV shows with the ad-libs prepared. Even with talk show "Strong Heart", I can think up several dozens of ad-libs if I look at the script enough. But I'll only get to use one of them on the show so I keep thinking of the different situations which could arise on the show.

10: So the seemingly spontaneous remarks you make on "Strong Heart" are actually from thorough preparation.
Lee: That's why I have a headache. [Kang] Ho-dong is the main host of the show so he has no choice but to go along with the script. I can help make the show better by wrapping up a conversation after a guest answers Kang's question. But it's something you can't prepare in advance which is why it's so difficult....More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Ji-suk

Source | 2010/01/19 | | Permalink

Interview with the actor who appeared in 2009 hit film "Take Off" and most recently starred in movie "Lady Daddy" opposite actress Lee Na-young.

Korean actor Kim Ji-seok-I [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Kim Ji-suk. My real name is Kim Bo-suk. When I first debuted as a singer with my real name, many people confused me with senior actors Jung Bo-suk and Kim Bo-sung. The CEO of the agency I was at came up with the part 'Ji' for my name. He was also the one who came with actress Choi Ji-woo's name.
I was born on April 21, 1981. My family is composed of my parents, my older brother who is two years old than me and younger brother who just took his college entrance exams. My older brother and I have different brain structures. He is a member of Mensa and he also attended Oxford and KAIST. I wasn't too bad at my studies either but I wanted my parents to acknowledge me as much as they did my brother. That was the real reason I started acting.
My parents emphasized education and because of that I was lucky to have attended middle and high school in England. I was able to play soccer on vast green fields, but at the time I didn't appreciate it. I still dream about those green fields sometimes.
What I got out of my studies in England was a sense of professionalism and autonomy. I enjoyed the system where from a young age, you are able to study in the field that you wanted to pursue without someone forcing you. ...More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Na-young (Part 1)

Source | 2010/01/14 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Na-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Most actresses which men rave about, are less liked by women. But a handsome number of female fans became enchanted with Lee Na-young's roles in TV series such as "Ruler of Your Own World" and "Ireland". And words such as 'consistency', 'sturdiness' and 'prudence' -- normally used to describe someone of the male gender -- also befit this 31-year-old actress well.

She was the same on the set of film "Lady Daddy". The Lee Na-young that 10Asia met with sighed as she jokingly complained how the female members of the crew would ask for photographs with her when she dressed up as a man in particular, much more so than when she was herself. But it seemed unlike that her image as an actress will be affected after she dons a mustache and short hair to play her character Ji-hyun.

Below is 10Asia's interview with the actress who seeks after what she wants, even if it may be the long way around.

10: I hear that you choose your roles quite carefully so "Lady Daddy" was an surprising choice in many ways.
Lee Na-young (Lee): I made my mind up very quickly for film "Dream" and sitcom "High Kick Through The Roof" but took more time with "Lady Daddy" because many people around me were concerned about it. Before, I had never thought about 'image' in choosing a role but it seemed I should with this film since the topic may influence my image as an actress in Korea. That's why some people were telling me, "As an actress..". but in the end, I decided to think about my character and genre more than my image.

10: So what was the key factor that led you to take on "Lady Daddy"?
Lee: I liked the combination of comedy with the possibly risky topic we are usually careful to talk about. Sex change in particular is something Koreans are not used to and have little information or knowledge about. So I was extremely attracted to the collaboration of the topic and genre, and another thing was that I wanted to play the role of a man. I was very shocked upon seeing Kate Blanchett's acting in the film "I'm Not There". I had never thought I'd be able to play the role of a guy but also started wondering whether such an opportunity would arise in our country too. That's why, when I got the scenario for this film, I was worried about it. But I also told myself that it was unlikely I'd be given the chance to play this sort of a role again. That's why for me, what was important was 'being a guy' and not dressing up as one, whether it be as the person from his past or as a dad....More

[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Na-young (Part 2)

Source | 2010/01/14 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Na-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: Is it because you have to enter into a world that has already been established?
Lee Na-young (Lee): Of course. The character Lee Na-bong that I played in "High Kick Through The Roof" doesn't have a story like the other characters have. That's why it's even more embarrassing to enter that family-like world and leave it after shouting a few words. I think I'll watch it later on. If the response is good, I'll watch it within the next couple of days but probably much later on if it's quiet.

10: What are you most worried about?
Lee: That I might not be funny. I really wanted to deliver the element of 'fun' to the audience through "High Kick Through The Roof". [Upon hearing the sound of people's laughter outside] Ah... They're probably laughing because Mr. Jung Bo-suk is funny. What do I do... I'm so ashamed. I think I become ashamed much easier than I used to.

10: Why do you think that's happening?
Lee: I don't know. But I say I'm embarrassed much more than I used to. Whatever it is, even with taking photographs, it's so embarrassing. What do you think is the reason?...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Soo-hyun

Source | 2010/01/12 | | Permalink

Interview with the actor who appeared in SBS TV series "Father's House" and played the actor Go Soo's younger part in SBS TV series "Will It Snow for Christmas??"

Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Kim Soo-hyun. Some people are curious to know why I didn't make a stage name since my name is the same as that of the great scenarist Kim Su-hyun...... What would be good? Kim Soo-gyum? Kim... Carley? Hahahaha.
I was born on February 16, 1988. I major in acting at Joongang University.
I'm an only child but a brusque son at home. I still do call out for my mom though when I get startled.
My first part-time job was at a fastfood restaurant when I was in high school. But I got fired in the first three days because I couldn't get there on time after school. I still got paid for those three days though and how I was happy when I saw the money wired into my account. I heard that you're supposed to buy a pair of socks for your parents when you get paid for the first time so that's what I did... My mom never wore them though. I think I should've bought her socks with lace on it instead.
I once learned how to do mountain climbing. It was back when I was in high school and I used to climb boulders and even took part in competitions. I didn't win because I fell during the second course...... But I've also learned how to scuba dive. I put in an effort to learn sports that aren't usually easy to learn. ...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 1)

Source | 2010/01/11 | | Permalink

Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]

Sul Kyung-gu (Seol): Wow, it's been such a long time. I came here today with the thought of meeting an old friend, not to do an interview. Was the last time we met for an interview for "Rikidozan"? At the trailer on set in Bucheon?
Beck Una (Beck): Yes, you remember. That was the last time.

Seol: Ha... That's when I started going through rough times. "Rikidozan" flopped (laugh), I didn't have any work for eight months after that and then tried frantically to lose weight in a month to shoot "Another Public Enemy", going into a state of panic. You can guess how I was from the fact that I would ask the director, "Can we stop shooting today?"
Beck: Really? You're someone who would ask to do a re-shoot, not stop shoot.
Seol: Exactly.

Beck: To be frank, I think that's when it started. When, as an observer of the path you take as an actor, I started thinking 'What's this?' It seemed like you were going to another world....More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 2)

Source | 2010/01/11 | | Permalink

Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una (Beck): And that is when you decided to take the civil service examination.
Sul Kyung-gu (Seol): Haha. Let me explain that to you. I was dying to leave the Hanyang Repertory. I'd already graduated but that place was an extension of school while I wanted to meet a larger variety of people. I didn't think they'd let me go for no reason so I lied that I'm going to take the civil service exam. (laugh) But what's so spontaneous about me is that although I had left because I didn't like it, I didn't have anything to do right away. And I needed money but I didn't want to ask my parents for it so I ended up asking a senior of mine to give me a part-time job putting up posters. The interesting thing is that I ended up staying in the industry. Of course, if I had really taken off, I might have ended up becoming human trash. (laugh) Anyway, I had been at the job for about a month and a half? I was suddenly asked if I would want to take part in the musical "Line 1". Mr. Kim Min-ki had seen me about, putting up the posters and asked me if I would want to take part thinking that I'm hardworking. That had been my audition for it. Me and actors from all walks of life with all sorts of experience rehearsed for three months and wow, it was so much fun. That was the start of "Line 1". It also did very well. Before I took on film "Girls' Night Out", I was making two million won per month and drove a Sephia. (laugh) But after "Line 1", I had no work at all. That's when scenarist Lee Seon-mi, who used to do plays, recommended me to writer Jeong Seong-joo. And that is how I got to become part of the cast for morning TV series "Sisters". I think I'm a very person when it comes to human relationships.

Beck: Did you not think of taking on dramas after "Sisters"?
Seol: Why wouldn't I have? I was also asked to quite a lot. Not official auditions but one-on-one. But you know how you get glanced at from head to toe? I really hated the look they gave me when they do that. So after "Girls' Night Out" and then "Rainbow Trout", a man called Lee Chang-dong called me.

Beck: After he watched "Girls' Night Out"?...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 3)

Source | 2010/01/11 | | Permalink

Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]

Beck Una (Beck): "Haeundae" is actually on weird coordinates in terms of your filmography. In comparison to your past films which had a single main character, "Haeundae" was a film which didn't necessarily need you to be part of. On top of that, director Yoon JK is known for creating commercial films. So I've been curious to know how you got to work on this film.
Seol: I was once asked which director I work best with. To that I answered, "None of them". I make things work. "Haeundae" seemed like a movie calling for trouble. Like it would become a massive hit or flop horribly. Director Yoon may seem smart and clever on the outside but he seemed innocent in my eyes. I didn't see any murkiness in his eyes. And I am great with directors. Ryoo Seung-bum was surprised at me while shooting "No Mercy". He said I listen to well to the director. But what would I do? I'm not the director. The actor should listen. Of course, it gets annoying when my actions become limited. It's tough when the director limits my actions within the camera's angle. As long as I'm not trapped inside an angle, I can listen to what the director wants.

Beck: I felt from interviews that you were a hard time especially while shooting "Voice of a Murderer" -- that you were feeling lonely.
Seol: I was having a hard time personally. And it peaked during the times I shot "Cruel Winter Blues" and "Venus and Mars". To an extent I felt bad for my manager. I'm usually not the type that lets my personal life interfere with my work. But I felt that I failed to cut off my emotions in front of the camera during those days. Couldn't hide it in the expression -- it would all show. I feel very bad for director Han Ji-seung and actress Kim Tae-hee. I really was at my worst during "Venus and Mars"! The phrase I used often back then was that I had hit rock bottom. But I feel much more at ease after hitting rock bottom. The phrase I use most often nowadays is to 'go with the flow'. In a way, I might be even more bold than I used to be. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Choi Daniel - Part 1

Source | 2010/01/07 | | Permalink

Actor Choi Daniel [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

He first made himself known to the world in a TV commercial in 2008. As an employee who slacks off while his boss is not looking. Of course, these so-called 'CF stars' come and go with the change of seasons but Choi Daniel made his mark later that winter with TV series "Worlds Within". He played the role of an assistant director in the drama which recorded ratings in the single digit-range, but his realistic acting matched up to the acting of veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung and helped him not to go unnoticed amongst superstars Song Hye-kyo and Hyun Bin. He was not a 'pretty boy' or managed by a large talenthouse but Choi, who had acted on stages since he was in high school, was set to take his victory through acting. And now, he stands at the center of a love triangle in "High Kick Through The Roof" where he is the subject of both affection and admiration for Se-gyeong and the sometimes slow-witted boyfriend of Jung-eum. 10Asia met with the 23-year-old actor to get a closer look into his thoughts about acting.

10: You wrote a posting on your blog on the dawn between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Choi Daniel (Choi): Did you see it? That was when I got home after a shoot. I went back out for shoot again on Christmas Day.

10: It seems like you work on a killing schedule.
Choi: This is my first time working on a sitcom and I was surprised at how busy things are. I think we shoot all week. I feel like I'm taking a break on the days I have no nighttime shoot but maybe about two scenes to shoot during the daytime. (laugh)...More

[INTERVIEW] Choi Daniel - Part 2

Source | 2010/01/07 | | Permalink

Actor Choi Daniel [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: Then what sort of man do you think Lee Ji-hoon is, regardless of whether you are right or wrong.
Choi: I think he's a great guy. There are just certain things in life you have to do, such as saying a hello or pretending to smile, because its just basic manners. But Ji-hoon isn't like that. He'll do what he needs to do, say that it's all that matters and just walk away. I think that is what's so great about him -- having the courage to be someone who you rarely find in society. He could be ostracized for it if he gets unlucky. I guess you could say that he doesn't use unnecessary energy? I think that's why although he seems indifferent toward Jung-eum, his actions such as being nice to her keep appearing on the side.

10: That's actually what people are most interested in. He didn't say much after their kiss but spent Christmas Eve together, didn't say much again after that but declared she is his girlfriend. What's going on in his mind?
Choi: I'd give you an explanation if I had seen the full script but it keeps changing so I too don't exactly know what he's thinking. My prediction is that he doesn't want to tie her down but treat her well and take care of her. And when Jung-eum got frustrated because of it, he says he is her girlfriend to make her feel secure. It's hard to express it in words.

10: Then what do you think are the feelings he has for Se-gyeong?
Choi: I think Ji-hoon is someone who became an adult without going through growing pains. He did not get along with kids his age when he was young, he wasn't able to tell his friends not to leave when they do... so I think he ended up learning to enjoy himself while observing others. I think the reason he works so hard is because as he became a doctor, his family kept telling him he is doing a good job which would make him feel he is being loved by them. But Se-gyeong is experiencing growing pains. Ji-hoon sees this, feels sorry for her in a way and gets to realize his own trauma. Jung-eum on the other hand is someone who has a bright side to her -- something that Ji-hoon doesn't have. People are bound to be attracted to those who have aspects that they themselves don't have....More

[INTERVIEW] Choi Daniel - Part 3

Source | 2010/01/07 | | Permalink

Actor Choi Daniel [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

10: I'm still most curious about your name. Who made it and how?
Choi Daniel (Choi): My dad underwent surgery after my mother gave to birth to my older brother because they didn't want anymore children. In other words they didn't have plans to have a second child but I came along so my dad chose my name with it meaning that I'm a son from heaven. The name is from the bible so I won't deny it's a religious name but then again, my dad isn't a devout Christian. My dad lived overseas for a long time though so he had always been open to choosing English names for his children. Whether it be John or David, to him they're all names that can be given to anyone. My brother though, has a very normal Korean name.

What sort of fun do you look for in choosing a role to take on?
Choi: I look at how fun it will be acting the role of my character.

10: I think that's how you chose to take on Yang Soo-kyung from "Worlds Within".
Choi: No, I chose that drama because I liked the lines the characters say rather than my own character. I actually didn't really like Yang. The character is the most important factor for me in choosing whether I'll take on that film or drama but not the sole factor.

10: I'm surprised. Why didn't you like Yang?
Choi: He's outrageous. (laugh) Both a nuisance and outrageous. And what I disliked more than his character was the situation he was in. Becoming the toy between Joon-young and Jio. He was more of a tool. A tool aimed at stirring envy....More

[INTERVIEW] Gang Dong-won

Source | 2009/12/28 | | Permalink

Actor Kang Dong-won [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

It took some time to get used to talking with Gang Dong-won. And it is not because of his slow way of speech. Kang is one who will listen to a question, remain silent for a long time and give his answer just when you are about to ask another question because you thought he would not answer your previous question. He is an actor who will think over both the question and answer in his head thorougly, check how geniune his answer is and then speak. That is why we were able to experience 'sincerity' -- a value we thought existed only in letters -- from Kang who is the star of recent hit Korean film "WOOCHI" ("JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard").

10: You had quit smoking when starting to film "M" -- have you taken it up again?
Gang Dong-won (Kang): I failed (to quit). It's hard not to smoke while working on a film because you get stressed. And you also go out to drink a lot after shoots so I'd smoke once in a while when I do. I'm going to try quitting again next year.

10: You mentioned stress. Director Choi Dong-hoon used the word 'hell' to express what it was like on set of "WOOCHI".
Kang: I think the rough time the actors and directors have on set is different though. I simply got bruised here and there because the action scenes in "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" is all about speed. There are a lot of scenes where I dash this way and that, fall or ram into places, get beaten up and run away.

10: Working with director Choi must have been very different from working with director Lee Myung-sae of your previous films the "Duelist" or "M".
Kang: They have very different styles. They're both great at details but differ in their methods. Director Choi creates complex stories while director Lee goes with simple stories but uses a lot of detail in telling them.

10: This is also a commercial film in the traditional sense.
Kang: But I thought "Duelist" was also a very commercial movie. In the midst of filming some people had told me it's becoming too much of an art film but I and director Lee had claimed that it was a commercial film. Both of us had misjudged entirely. (laugh) I can, however, confidently say that "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" is a commercial film....More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Ambition

Source | 2009/01/22 | | Permalink

Many expect musical actress Kim So-hyun-I to be a primmer. After all, her educational and vocational backgrounds outshine most musicians of her age.

Kim, 33, made her debut as Christine in the smash hit musical "The Phantom of the Opera", followed by lead roles in other popular shows like "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Dae Jang Geum". Her elite educational background - a graduate of Seoul National University's College of Music - also would have reinforced the image.

But in reality, Kim is very down-to-earth in person, she said.

"I think the stereotypical image of me was created simply because the shows in which I played pretty noble women were more popular with the audience", said Kim in an interview last week.

"I'm quite bubbly like Sandy from musical 'Grease'."

But regardless of how she is in reality, she was probably meant to shine through these roles.

Kim's portrayal of the tough yet lovely Eliza Doolittle in the premiere of th...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Panel seeks to boost Korea's image

Source | 2009/01/22 | | Permalink

The Korean government yesterday set in motion an ambitious project to raise the international profile of the country, whose image abroad lags painfully behind its achievement in economics, democracy and diplomatic clout.

"Korea's national brand is seriously weak and the country's image does not compare with its national power. This is one of the tasks that the nation should address most urgently, as it strives to leap into the ranks of the world's most advanced countries", said Euh Yoon-dae, chairman of the Presidential Council on Nation Branding, which was formally launched yesterday.

The 47-member panel will advise President Lee Myung-bak on measures aimed at reinforcing Korea's reputation and "soft power" in the international community.

In an interview with The Korea Herald, he stressed the need of "strategic and creative thinking" in improving the image of the nation.

"We should break the mold in thinking about national image, which we usuall...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Marco sprints to stardom with his boyish charm

Source | 2008/12/18 | | Permalink

At first sight, the quiet and somewhat aloof Marco, 31, looks very different from his bubbly TV image.

Within minutes, however, he begins to let loose, and bursts into his signature boyish staccato laugh. Marco in real life turns out to be like Marco on television, or at least a slightly toned-down version.

Although already enjoying an modeling career and several stints in movies, Marco got his biggest break in the entertainment scene this year by acting as a pseudo-married couple with pop star Son Dam-bi on MBC's semi-reality show "Just Married".

A third-generation ethnic Korean from Argentina, Marco raised eyebrows and left people asking, "Who is that guy?" when he appeared on the hit show featuring four different celebrity couples.

His handsome looks and sculptured physique contrasted with an inarticulate Korean accent and uninhibited expression of his feelings, kept people, especially women, glued to the television.

"Yes. I think I am not that much different from how I appear on television", Marco said in an interview on Tuesday.

So can he feel the rising fame since he joined the show in September?

Marco gives the innocent reply that viewers would expect from hi...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Chon beats Hollywood odds in 'Twilight'

Source | 2008/12/03 | | Permalink

The joke goes something like this -- in Hollywood, if you toss a pebble in the air on a crowded street, whoever gets hit in the head is either an actor or a screenwriter -- or both.

Six years ago, Justin Chon was your typical struggling actor in Los Angeles trying to make it in Tinseltown. As if landing regular acting gigs wasn't hard enough, Chon had to fight against an industry that tends to typecast Asians.

But now he is on the cast of a movie that just hit pay-dirt at the box office in the United States. His recent film, "Twilight", based on a series of young-adult novels about romance between a teenage mortal and a vampire, opened number one in North America with a $69 million opening weekend haul.

Chon plays Eric Yorkie, whose character is the school goof who constantly pines for Bella's heart throughout the novels.

Quite surprising, the character was meant for a Caucasian actor.

In a town notorious for perpetuating negative Asian stereotypes, Chon, like many of his fellow Asian actors, has fought to make it in an industry that created such offensive caricatures as Breakfast at Tiffany's Mr. Yunioshi and Sixteen Candles' Long Duk Dong.

"Typically, Asian actors get cast as liquor store owners, violent gangsters or immigrants that can't speak a lick of English. We've all been part of the fabric of this nation for such a long time and to be cast as immigrants with thick accents is just offensive".

Chon, 27, has thus far managed to avoid playing stereotypes. Even when struggling to find work, he has never placed his integrity on the auction block.

Born and ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Korean-American actor aims high

Source | 2008/11/13 | | Permalink

One of the 21 actors and actresses to make the cut for the 2008 KBS New Actor/Actress Contest, Kang Soo-han-I, aged 24, is finally making his way into the spotlight.

"I came to Korea four years ago", said the Korean-American actor in an interview with The Korea Herald. "With one bag in my hand, I arrived in the airport on a snowy day. I knew no one. All I knew was, 'I want to act'".

Kang stayed over at the house of one of his mother's acquaintances until he found a place of his own. Before he entered the 2008 KBS New Actor/Actress Contest, Kang signed on with a Korean management agency, took acting classes and starred in commercials and music videos.

While learning the ropes of the entertainment industry, this Glendale, Califo...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] 'TV shows need time out'

Source | 2008/10/16 | | Permalink

Kim Tae-ho-I, 32, is now so famous he is recognized on the street. He is so busy that he hardly has time to sleep, let alone date.

He is one of the most famous directors in the field of Korea's television entertainment, with MBC's highly popular and even legendary reality program "Infinite Challenge" under his belt.

But Kim seems more concerned, rather than charged and satisfied.

"I need a break. I've been saying it for a long time. But what I mean by a break is that the program needs a break. I know I would want to come back to work just after a week of rest", Kim said in an interview with The Korea Herald at the MBC center in Yeouido.

Pointing to Korea's ineffective production systems, Kim talked about his work, ethics and vision.

After running for over three straight years, every week, Infinite Challenge has had its share of ups and downs. It enjoyed lofty viewer ratings for an entertainment show -- over 30 percent -- and of course, much lower ones. It was criticized for backpedaling at times, but mostly praised for pioneering a new form of entertainment show where most were stuck in a rut of comedians picking at each other's looks. Along with the success of Infinite Challenge, where six comedians with larger-than-life personalities are put in different situations and given challenges each week, Kim has earned his fame as well.

"Infinite Challenge is definitely the most meaningful program that I have directed", Kim said.

The show was radically different than its peers, with the closest attention paid to detail -- shown with witty subtitles and nimble-fingered editing. The show is said to have introduced for the very first time where the characters are fixed, and the theme changes from a talk show to a game show and even a soap opera, each week.

Infinite Chal...More

[Interview of the week] Thirty, rehearsal is over! Entertainer Lee Ji-hoon

Source | 2008/07/24 | | Permalink

It's been 12 years since Lee Ji-hoon's debut, but he is 'still' careful to define himself. The word 'still' may sound odd, but that seems most fitting. It's because he has overcome dangers that don't happen easily, and he is beginning to bear fruit for his longtime prayers. Lee Ji-hoon, who is turning thirty this year, says that his life so far has only been an introduction.

The thing I need is not a break but energy
"One glass of hot cocoa".
Mid-June brought an earlier heat wave, and Lee Ji-hoon, who we met at a cafe, ordered hot cocoa. Hot cocoa on a day for refreshing iced tea… He laughs and explains, feeling the eyes of the reporter on him.

"I didn't get to drink it this morning. I have filming left in the afternoon, so I'm going to replenish my calories". MBC drama "New Heart", which started November 2007 ended in February, in March and April, made his album and started filming KBS drama "You Are My Destiny", Japanese show in May and release of his sixth album ' The Classic '. Lee Ji-hoon, who has come nonstop, didn't need a break but replenishment. In the midst of his busy schedule with drama filming, interviews, and television programs, he is heavy-hearted for the lack of his album activities....More

[Interview] Jung Woo-sung "I feel like I'm a man now"

Source | 2008/07/17 | | Permalink

"I just filmed it excitedly? That's all a lie".

Jung Woo-sung is waving his had. He's talking about the action movie "The Good, the Bad, the Weird", which cost 17 billion won to produce. Director Kim Jee-woon, Song Kang-ho, and Lee Byung-hun all said, "It was tiring but I filmed it excitedly", but Jeong said, "They can only say that because it's over".

If you watch "The Good, the Bad, the Weird", which premieres on the 17th, Jung Woo-sung's words are not an exaggeration. Jung Woo-sung plays Do-won, a hunter of prize money, and he is as good as a stuntman. One cut shows him jumping out of a window of a train, rolling on a slope, posing and firing a rifle. An exclamation of surprise automatically comes out.

"There was no stunt double. Put in simple words, it was crazy. Because I risked my life. You know, if you go through a lot, the echoes of the memories are stronger too. When I watch the movie that I filmed like that, I get excited too".

While filming, Jung Woo-sung injured his left wrist. He was riding a horse with his hands off the reins, shooting a gun, when the horse jumped and he fell. The s...More

[Interview] Kim Heung-soo, "26 years old, stress of being at border between youth and adult"

Source | 2008/07/17 | | Permalink

It seemed that Kim Heung-soo had a lot of worries. During the whole interview, he spoke slowly and chose his words carefully. I thought his answer to a question was over so I would be thinking of the next question, but his answer would continue. It was like listening to a 'never-ending story'. If Jae-su, the youngest son in "More Beautiful Than a Flower" were to grow a little more, he would have been like him.

"I'm not very good at lying. I told you the truth about everything so you pick and choose".

After taking a break after 2005 SBS "Princess LuLu", he came back with MBC weekend drama "Ggak-du-gi". In the beginning of this year, he also starred in three other works, including movie "Hellcats", "Like Father, Like Son", MBC season drama "Special Investigation Team". Because of his busy schedule, he wasn't able to publicize ...More

[Interview] Into Kim Hyo-jin's down-to-earth charm

Source | 2008/07/17 | | Permalink

The main female character of popular drama "I Am Happy - Drama" (SBS), screen star Yoo Ji-tae's lover, an actress who does good deeds, a fashion trend setter… There are many phrases that can describe her. This week's guest is Kim Hyo-jin. She was in a fluster as she came into a small Japanese restaurant, saying that filming on set went longer than expected. The pre-ordered noodle and fried dishes came out then and the environment was perfect for drinks. She has grown from a high school star into a charming actress who takes care of work, love, and community. Kim Hyo-jin's charm twinkled during the three-hour interview.

Arguing with him? There's not enough time to love…

Natural physical contact? We rehearse plenty

As soon as she sat, she drank, saying, "Drink Talk has to start with a refreshing glass of drinks". She's sweet. "I turn red with even one glass". She grimaces but takes a sip without a word. Within 3 seconds, her face flushes. I'm a little sorry. "My limit is two glasses of wine, so it's not that I can't drink. I'm the type whose whole body turns red. My face also swells. If I take a sip at a business dinner, they don't really ask more from me".

She is getting a taste of happiness she never knew through weekend drama "I Am Happy - Drama". She has only been female leads in movies and miniseries. "I've always heard that home drama atmospheres are good, but now that I've experienced it, it has exceeded my expectations. We all think it's unfortunate that it'll be over soon and have an outing every week. Kim Yong-rim buys wine, Lee Hwi-hyang brings side dishes like hard-boiled fish, and we take turns drinking and eating. When I think of parting, I already get tears".

There are frequent affectionate scenes with married actor Lee Hoon. It seems it would be awkward, for there are many scenes where ...More

[Interview] Eugene "Feel the effect of time when I see Girl's Generation – Wonder Girls"

Source | 2008/07/03 | | Permalink

In 1997, the pop industry went wild at the entrance of three girls. SES, consisting of Eugene, Bada, and Shoo, hit Korean popular culture at a time when the word 'female idol' didn't even exist. Wonder Girls and Girl's Generation, who are causing a girl power storm in popular culture, owes a lot to SES.

Eleven years later, the three fairies are walking different paths. Bada is active as a solo singer, and Shoo is acting through musicals.

Eugene, who has had experience acting since the days of SES, has now left the label of being a singer and is a respectable actress. Eugene, who only has one movie out, has become the publicity spokesperson for the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, which may show sentiment of approval of her as a movie actress.

After the press conference for Puchon Film Festival on the 24th, we asked her about being a movie actress.

-You've been appointed as the publicity spokesperson for the Puchon Film Festival. Do you feel recognition as a movie actress?
Truthfully, I'm not sure. At first, I was just happy, but I'm getting a lot of questions like this. So I ...More

[Interview] Lee Seo-jin 'A great fate with Kim Jeong-eun's family'

Source | 2008/06/26 | | Permalink

First date after "Lovers" ending party
-It would have been good if your father who passed away saw "Yi San"
"Yes, he was sick for a while and when he turned 66, before the premiere of "Shadowless Sword", he passed away. He didn't approve of his last son becoming an actor, so it's more regretful. My grandfather passed away before "That Female in Your House" too. If he knew his grandson played King Jeong-jo, he would have been happy".

-If your father was reborn, what would you want to do with him?
"I have to do what he wanted. Play golf the whole day, and get drinks at night. I miss him a lot".

-You got closer to Lee Seung-chul with "Phoenix" right? Do ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Park Hae-mi back on musical stage

Source | 2008/06/26 | | Permalink

After spending some time in television drama, Park Hae-mi has a really good feeling about acting in musicals again.

The 44-year-old diva's latest role is in "Really Really Like You", a homemade musical that reenacts the Korea of the 1970s and 80s. The story is set in a roller skating rink - which was one of the hippest places for young people at the time.

"Since I went to school in those days, I can relate a lot to the show and therefore my acting can be more real", Park said.

Park also said she was very proud to be a part of the show because it is a Korean musical, "not a licensed foreign one that we need to pay royalties for".

She said the show is better suited to the local aud...More

[Interview] Moon Geun-young... after twenty, her harsh coming-of-age

Source | 2008/06/19 | | Permalink

The nation's younger sister, female student, rumors, and woman wearing men's clothes. Anyone can explain their lives in several words. If 21-year-old actress Moon Geun-young were to sum up her life, these four words will surface. Everyone who knows her agrees to these words and is curious about them. They also wanted to hear her true thoughts about these words. In the past, she was liked by young and old for her innocent image from "My Little Bride" and many commercials. But after her disappointing movie "Love Me Not", it was hard to see her in dramas or movies.

So three years of inactivity. Now, her first steps of her 20s will be as a 'woman dressed in men's clothes', as shocking as a 'high school student who married too early'. In the September SBS drama "Painter of the Wind", she is playing Shin Yun-bok, who is rumored to have gone in as a palace artist dressed as a man.

For Moon Geun-young, acting was a series of risks like these. As an actress, Moon Geun-young's life is not inferior to hers. As soon as she became a young woman after being the 'nation's younger sister', the thing that found her was evil rumors. Who can say Moon Geun-young only walked across the broad highway?

-Is the title of the 'nation's younger sister' overwhelming? If it is, how does it feel?
"The words 'younger sister' is pressure to the 'actress Moon Geun-young'. Because I can't always stay as a younger sister… Compared to that, the word 'nation's' is pressure to the ...More

[Interview] Han Ji-min, who finished filming "Yi San", interview "I wouldn't love a real king"

Source | 2008/06/12 | | Permalink

MBC historical drama "Yi San", which has been a top drama for nine months, has two episodes left from its total 77 episodes. Han Ji-min, who played Seong Song-yeon, the woman that the king loved, matured as an actress through this drama.

Song-yeon, who became a royal concubine, left the world on the 2nd by a disease, and made Yi San and all the viewers sad. The viewers' board overflowed with messages like "Please revive Song-yeon" and "If Song-yeon dies, what pleasure is there in watching?" It's because they were empathizing with the character of Song-yeon.

During the press conference, Director Lee Byeong-hoon said that Han Ji-min was "a bright actress with a clean appearance". Her small body frame incites men to protect her, her soft and pretty face, and the tears that flow from her sad eyes are still in viewers' memories. We had a phone interview with Han Ji-min as she was moving to her last filming on the 7th.

-You're filming even though Song-yeon is dead?
-Although she is dead, she comes out for a bit in Jeong-jo's imagination. If it's a scene of a memory, we can use a scene filmed before, but it's a fantastical scene where Jeong-jo meets Song-yeon, so we have to film it again.

-Thoughts on ending the drama
-For any work, there is meaning. When one work is done, I feel like I've climbed a mountain. But "Yi San" was a long drama, so it's on a bigger scale...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Korean power behind 'Kung Fu Panda'

Source | 2008/06/05 | | Permalink

"Kung Fu Panda", a new animated feature from DreamWorks, thrives on its sophisticated cinematography. When the main character named Po suffers a punch, the screen shifts into slow-motion for greater effect. When Po provides a slapstick gag, the camera does not move, allowing the audiences to enjoy the scene as it is.

The enhanced techniques have been spearheaded by Jhun Yong-duk, head of layout at DreamWorks -- equivalent to cinematographer or director of photography in conventional filmmaking.

It was Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive officer of DreamWorks, who asked Jhun to revamp the cinematography to give "Kung Fu Panda" its seamless and uninterrupted visuals.

"One day, I had a breakfast with Mr. Katzenberg, and he told me that 'Kung Fu Panda' should be made as a really cinematic film, so I did my homework, for about two months, and then gave a presentation to him about the cinematic camera technique, and he liked it", Jhun said in an interview with The Korea Herald on Wednesday.

It was a critical and rewa...More

[Interview] Song Kang-ho, "The answer is to not do it if it's not the best"

Source | 2008/05/29 | | Permalink

A paler Song Kang-ho said, "It took 23 hours and 50 minutes to come to Martinez Hotel from Pusan where I was filming "Thirst"". It is his second year coming to Cannes, last year with "Secret Sunshine"and this year with "The Good, the Bad, the Weird". He hopes that "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" can be a movie to revive the Korean movie industry from its slump. It has a screening on the 24th out of competition.

On the 23rd, Song Kang-ho consented to an interview for forty minutes on a hotel terrace, and continued to share fun stories while having dinner. He was tired, but he willingly answered questions about "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" and "Thirst" for the Korean reporters that visited Cannes. His hearty laughter spread across the café.

-This is your second year in a row at Cannes. Your current thoughts and feelings?
"Secret Sunshine" and "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" both have weird themes, and I'm glad that I was able to attend the most famous film festival.

-You seem worried.
The Korean movie industry has been in danger for about two years. The number of movies that came out this year is at 80....More

[Interview] Song Hye-kyo "I got to do a movie like a first love"

Source | 2008/05/22 | | Permalink

Top star Song Hye-kyo was at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival. She agreed to star in Director John Woo's next work "1949", and although she arrived in Cannes on the 17th, she had to hide in her hotel room.

On the 20th around 10:30 am, Director Woo and Producer Terence Chang held a press conference for their next work, and when Song Hye-kyo appeared, the Chinese journalists were shocked. It was because Director Woo did not even mention Song Hye-kyo in a briefing session on the 19th.

She wore a white dress and arrived with her opposing character, Chinese actor Chang Chen. She seemed flushed to be working with big names.

Song Hye-kyo said, "Director Woo contacted me after watching "Hwang Jin Yi", It's my honor to be able to work with a director that I respect". Her popularity is high in China beca...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Kim In-kwon plays a ruthless villain

Source | 2008/04/03 | | Permalink

One of the most powerful and lasting images in "Sookmyeong" ("Fate"), released on March 20, involves Kim In-kwon as Do-wan, a drug addict notorious for his merciless razor blade skills.

Particularly gruesome is the point when Do-wan uses the much-dreaded weapon against his elusive girlfriend. Even Kim had a hard time figuring out the reason for such a cruel act.

"How can a human being so vicious? Well, I believe Do-wan has a valid reason because he is on the verge of a breakdown after going through a life-or-death moment and, in fact, he has nothing to lose", Kim told The Korea Herald.

Kim, who made his debut as an actor in 1998, has upgraded and amplified his silver...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Han Ye-seul, a bilingual beauty, eyes foreign entertainment markets

Source | 2007/12/07 | | Permalink

At a recent film award ceremony, Han Ye-seul made a small scene. While singing a song on the stage in a tubetop dress, her innerwear came into view for a moment, but there's no going back since it was a live broadcast.

Han did not give much thought to the incident, but Korean online users, many of whom are obsessive about anything and everything related to beautiful actresses, launched a blame game, and their initial target was Han's fashion coordinator.

When things get ugly like this, fashion coordinators are likely to take all the blame. But Han did not back down; instead, she vigorously defended her staff in public, a fresh development that eventually made big headlines in entertainment sections of major local dailies and online media.

"She is a really hard-working person, and things happen, you know, so I didn't have any hard feelings about her or the incident on stage", said Han in an interview with The Korea Herald on Wednesday. "And I don't think it's shameful or anything because what's important is how to complete a performance on the stage successfully and exposing my underwear by accident was no big deal".

After all, Han has a different perspective on the typical reaction from Korean audiences. Born and brought up mostly in the United States, Han (whose English name is Leslie Kim) is one of a steadily gro...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] CNN executive: Korea a 'role model'

Source | 2007/10/17 | | Permalink

Korea, which has grown into "the world's technology hub and a giant incubator for futuristic technology", is a fascinating country that the world has much to learn from, said Debra Kocher, vice president of CNN International.

"The progress that South Korea has made in (the past) 30 years is extraordinary", she said in an interview with The Korea Herald on Monday.

"I think I heard the figure that 30 years ago the average per capita income (of Korea) was $85 (per month). That kind of change, becoming an industrial country and now technology driven country, it is something worth noting for the rest of the world and perhaps it is a role model for other countries", she said.

Kocher is now in Seoul to supervise "Eye on South Korea", CNN's weeklong special program to bring in-depth reports on the country to more than 220 million households around the world. The program, which began airing last weekend, features live reporting from different locations in...More

[Herald Interview] YB tour to rock Korea once again

Source | 2007/09/19 | | Permalink

Many pop stars, regardless of the genre they're in now, have memories of the head-banging good old days when rock and roll was their lives. Even pretty-faced boy band stars, who have little or no appeal to rock enthusiasts, often brag that they once played rock music when they were students, as if to suggest that they meant to be rock musicians, if only things had turned out better.

Whether or not their claims are true, it is hard to deny that rock music has never been a mainstream in the local pop music market, which has long been dominated by standard ballade and dance music, despite the cult-like status the music has achieved with a great number of would-be singers.

"Koreans seem to have an emotional allergy to rock music", deplored Yoon Do-hyun, 35, the lead vocalist for the rock band YB, which is short for its original name, the Yoon Do-hyun Band, in an interview with The Korea Herald on Thursday. "Maybe we are too sophisticated deep inside, having too many sad stories untold, to yell out our ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Moon Sung-keun returns to Daehangno stage

Source | 2007/08/27 | | Permalink

For Moon Sung-keun, an accomplished movie actor and now influential figure in the country's entertainment industry, the theater was the place where he learned the life of an actor and demonstrated his talents to the public for the first time. Although he was away from the theater, busy building his career both on the small and big screen, as well as continuing his controversial political activities in recent years, he is now making a big U-turn. The famed actor is returning to the Daehangno stage on Aug. 31 with a grotesque comedy "Byun".

Written by Hwang Ji-woo, famous playwright and incumbent president of the Korean National University of Arts, and produced by Lee Sang-wu, Moon's long- time friend and artistic director of the theater, Cha-ee-moo (meaning stage shipper), the drama depicts a dictator's obsession with love and power. The play also features a number of renowned actors such as Kang Shin-il, Park Kwang-jeong and Choi Young-min. The drama hits the stage at the Arko Art Center for two weeks.

Adding a big twist to the Korean classic tale "Choonhyang -- the story of everlasting love between the daughter of a "gisaeng", or a female entertainer from the Joseon Dynasty, and Mongryong, a man of noble blood -- the drama focuses on the unjustified political power of Saddo (meaning county headman) 'Byun', and his obsessi...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Stage actor steals the spotlight

Source | 2007/03/12 | | Permalink

Musicals have become a popular art form that Koreans have started to enjoy instead of going to movie theaters (even with discounts) or watching soap operas safely at home.

Although there is a dispute about the amount of money that theater-goers have to pay, it is quite amazing to see passionate fans, mostly in their 20s or even 40s, waiting for a glimpse of live stage stars outside of the theater, just like teenagers hanging around the residence of the popular boy group "Super Junior".

It is obviously not their looks, but their many talents that captivate musical theater fans.

Recognizing this new fandom in the country's performing arts industry, local TV and film productions are trying to inject the trend onto TV and movie screens. The result is, so far, quite successful, providing a fresh impact upon the existing pool of celebrities who depend largely on their looks.

Following in the footsteps of some musical actors appearing on TV or movie screens - like Park Gun-hyung, known as the dancing hero for the Korean version of the West End musical "Saturday Night Fever", and Park Hae-mi of the smash hit musical "Mamma Mia...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Jo Min-ki back to stage with more color

Source | 2007/03/08 | | Permalink

Jo Min-ki, one of top-rated actors on Korean TV screens, returns to theater next week with a Korean adaptation of the Russian classic "The Seagull".

The drama, originally written by legendary Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, tells a story about unrequited love in which all the characters love someone who does not care for them. Jo plays young and successful author Trigorin, who is in a triangle relationship with famous actress Arkadina and a local girl, Nina.

Jo said it was his affection toward the work that brought him the chance to be 'Trigorin' again.

The 41-year-old actor challenged for the role like every other candidate and had to go through six auditions to finally win the role.

Versatile actor Jo Min-ki, who was quite soft and merry during an interview, concentrates on his role `Trigorin` at the Korean adaptation of the Russian play, "The Seagull".
"I played Trigorin three years ago and you can think that there will be not so much difference as the same person is taking the role again. But I am sure Trigorin for the upcoming drama will be somewhat different as I have added my own interpretation a...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Biracial star sheds light on mixed-race kids

Source | 2007/02/14 | | Permalink

Hines Ward, the mixed-race American football star, was Korea's new found hero last year. The American football player, son to an African-American soldier and a Korean mother, captivated Koreans not only because he was the MVP title in the Super Bowl but also because he tried to help mixed-race people in Korea.

Support for multiracial people in Korea is likely to continue as another biracial star is on a visit to the country to meet underprivileged children suffering from invisible discrimination due to their "unique" looks.

Ursula Mayes, Korean-American model and actress, came to Seoul with her mother Lee Mi-heui on Sunday to help support biracial children.

"Because I understand the hardship, I can give ten times more to people who are going through the hardship", said Mayes in an interview with The Korea Herald on Monday at a hotel in Seoul.

"I will do a lot of charity work while I am here for mixed-blood children. I feel so close to them", she said. During her five-day ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]VJ links Korea to world

Source | 2007/02/12 | | Permalink

As a singer, Kim Isak, a 21-year-old Frankfurt-born Korean-American, was not exactly a top act, although she has the potential to be one. As a new VJ for Arirang TV's popular show "Pops in Seoul", she is literally "meeting with the world". The program meant to introduce Korean pop music to the rest of the world is being aired in 188 countries.

"Is that how many different countries it goes to? Wow", she exclaimed during an interview with The Korea Herald, saying that she didn't quite realize that her program was available in that many countries. "Whenever I watch programs like 'E News Hollywood', I was always interested in being that person, like °¶you know, talking about news and current events", she added.

On the program being aired everyday for 30 minutes from 9 p.m., Kim leads K-pop fans all over the world on a journey through the latest hits, introducing popular Korean music videos and catching up on the latest entertainment news. "I don't really need to study be...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Talk show mirrors diverse views on Korean culture

Source | 2007/01/29 | | Permalink

Globalization isn't just a word used for political and economic situations. The power of its foreign influence has begun to filter into other countries, and Korea is no exception.

KBS, the country's largest broadcaster, made an attempt to objectify the country from the viewpoint of the third person - foreigners living in Korea. The state-run broadcaster airs its "Global Talk Show Minyoduleui Suda (Girls' Talk) every Sunday morning. The first show deals with images of Korea and its people in the eyes of 16 beautiful ladies.

After four months on the air, the weekly program is gaining widespread popularity with viewer ratings hovering in the 12 percent range.

There are still pros and cons concerning the program. Some say the show relies heavily on the appearance of the foreign guests with their provocative costumes that show a lot of skin, while supporters say it tells viewers what Koreans are actually like.

Although it can sometimes be difficult to understand the intention behind the show, it seems obvious that viewers are anx...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Actor Lee Seo-jin seeks versatility

Source | 2006/12/11 | | Permalink

Korean Wave star Lee Seo-jin reminisces about his college days when acting in front of friends who were making amateur short films.

"I thought I would never choose acting for my career, but I slowly changed my mind after my friends told me I acted naturally while making short films", said Lee who studied business at New York University in the United States a decade ago, in an interview with The Korea Herald.

"I loved watching movies and was thinking about studying filmmaking when entering college because I had never imagined that I could become an actor", said Lee who faced great opposition over his chosen career from his family - said to have been engaged in the financial industry.

Lee still retains this image of nobility due to his background, but on the screen, he tries to be a completely different person.

Now 33, he has earned a reputation as an actor of versatility and intelligence who brings unusual subtlety and poignancy to his roles: a strong and tenacious detective who loves a female police inspector in the Joseon Dynasty while not saying a word to her in "Damo"; a poor orphan abandoned by his lover but who secretly keeps his love for her in "Firebird" ("Phoenix"); the lonely character, a 390 year-old vampire who falls in love with a high school girl in ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Lee Byung-hun eyes Hollywood

Source | 2006/11/20 | | Permalink

Given that Lee Byung-hun is one of the top-rated Korean Wave stars, it comes as no surprise that he is interested in grabbing a role for a Hollywood movie. The question is when and how he pulls it off.

"Some news media reported that I already entered Hollywood, but it's not true at all", Lee said in an interview. "Our agents are arranging meetings with Hollywood people, but I haven't found a role I could take".

Lee said he has indeed met with some of the top officials at famous studios such as Fox and Universal and got some proposals, but found the proposed roles not suitable for his image.

"I don't want to debut as another Asian actor who does some martial art. I want to play an independent role on an equal footing with other American actors in a Hollywood film", he said.

Lee received two casting proposals to play Asia's "James Bond", a main supporting role to top Hollywood actors, but he has not opted for such roles yet. The main reason was that...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Kim Hye-ja returns to stage with 'Doubt'

Source | 2006/11/20 | | Permalink

Kim Hye-ja, one of Korea's most seasoned actresses, returns to the stage with American playwright John Patrick Shanley's 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning drama "Doubt" at the ArKo Arts Center in Daehangno, downtown Seoul, early next month.

The experimental play, which constantly causes grief to the world of faith, plants total uncertainty and roils and divides audiences, has also won four Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Writer in 2005.

Set in 1964, a year after U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, "Doubt" depicts the world without certainty with a story of Sister Aloysius - a formidable nun who runs a grammar school in the Bronx - accusing Father Flynn of molesting some of the boys in the school.

Kim, one of the most admired actresses in the country for her everlasting acting talent and her passionate love of ch...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Korean TV drama makes notable debut in Africa

Source | 2006/11/13 | | Permalink

Africa seems ready to be the next destination for Hallyu or Korean Wave as SBS drama "All In" (2003) made an impressive debut in Botswana, an African country famous for its diamonds.

The SBS primetime drama "All In" has received unexpected attention from the local audience in Botswana and allows viewers to understand a little more about Korea, said Bapasi Magola Mphusu, director of Botswana Television and Radio.

"Africans ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Andy Lau urges Asian films to experiment

Source | 2006/10/16 | | Permalink

Hong Kong star expresses his wish to work with filmmakers in Korea

By Cho Chung-un

BUSAN - A key focus for this year's Pusan International Film Festival is to encourage more pan-Asian film productions by bolstering the increased commercial influence of Asian movies.

At the center of this mission stands Andy Lau Tak-wah, a Hong Kong star who has made tremendous contributions in unearthing new talented filmmakers across Asia.

The multitalented star with more than 130 films as an actor, producer credits and a number of chart-topping music albums has been selected as the Asian Filmmaker of the Year at PIFF for encouraging six new directors of the region to shoot high-definition feature-length films.

The list of supported films includes the low budget black comedy and the PIFF closing film, "Crazy Stone", directed by China's Ning Hao. "Film markets in Asia have made rapid improvements in recent years. But they still need to put in continuous efforts and experiment further to reach their potential", said ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Jang Jin breathes life into gangster film

Source | 2006/10/16 | | Permalink

Director Jang Jin is versatile. He started as an up-and-coming playwright and then became a leading drama director. But he never stopped toying with new ideas and is now one of the most widely recognized filmmakers in Korea.

No wonder critics and audiences are paying attention to Jang's sixth feature film, "Righteous Ties" (Georukhan gyeobo), opening on Thursday nationwide.

The film involves gangsters, a topic that may well spark some grumblings from those weary of this overused genre of choice for Korean moviemakers. But, hey, this is a work by director Jang, and his specialty is to surprise audiences in refreshing ways.

"I feel great pressure, and have to take full responsibility for my movie", Jang said in an interview with The Korea Herald.

Jang, a talented storyteller, said the reputation he has established is now putting too much pressure on him to deliver time and time again. "People call my new work a 'Jang Jin movie', and expect the film to be great and different, which I hope it is, but I'm feeling the stress", he said. Jang, a talented writ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Singer presents his version of 'Winter Sonata'

Source | 2006/10/01 | | Permalink

It sounds like a cliche, but for Koreans, Japan is a country that is close yet distant. And an opportunity to present what we have to them through a performance is meaningful in itself. "It is an opportunity that was hard to pass", said Im Tae-kyeong, the lead actor of the musical version of the all-time Korean hit TV drama "Winter Sonata", which will start its month-long performance in Tokyo from tomorrow.

Another reason this crossover tenor decided to participate in this show is related with its premiere in Sapporo, Japan. When it was unveiled earlier this year, Im had a hard time personally.

"I couldn't stop coughing before the first performance and it just wouldn't stop, and I barely made it through the presentation", recalled Im.

At first, he thought it was a cold but it went on for two months, although he constantly went to see doctors. "What made me nervous was that I am a 'stage person' and even when I had a cold, everything was fine ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Former Mr. 2 ready to enjoy heyday as actor

Source | 2006/09/18 | | Permalink

Fans of early '90s pop music probably remember Mr. 2, a male duo who hit the airwaves with "I'm Just Who I Am (Nan danji nailbbun)" and "White Winter (Hayan Gyeoul)". Their debut album, "Mr. 2", released in 1993, is still remembered as a masterpiece after all these years, which includes songs written by Ju Young-hoon and Yoon Il-sang.

After the group broke up in 2000 as one of its members, Lee Min-wook (currently known as "Yarn"), pursued a solo career. Park Sun-woo (Seon Woo), the other member, has gradually been forgotten from the public. Though he has played several supporting roles in films like "So Cute" (2004) and, most recently, "No Mercy for the Rude", none of them have gained the attenti...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Model watch: All-around player going strong

Source | 2006/08/24 | | Permalink

Staying in the fashion business for more than 10 years is a feat in itself. Starting as a model, albeit a "super" one, and then expanding that career to incorporate being a fashion designer as well as a TV actress, with a 9-year-old daughter and another one on the way, can be only described as the job of a superwoman.

Byun Jung-soo, however, seems to juggle this quite effortlessly, morphing into one job to another like a chameleon. "I am not the kind of person who is set on a single goal. For me, acting, modeling and designing are equally important", she told The Korea Herald before the second presentation of her Ellahoya line, which was held Wednesday.

The easy-to-coordinate line was launched a year ago. She has been known for her exquisite taste and seemingly insatiable appetite for fashion.

"For me, acting, modeling and designing are equally important", Byun Jung-soo says.
"As a model and as someone crazy about fashion, I have...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Korean-Japanese duo transcends differences

Source | 2006/08/14 | | Permalink

With Kangta & Vanness, a duo composed of former HOT member Kangta and F4 member Vanness Wu, constantly making headlines, another cross-national duo is seeking a greater measure of exposure.

They are Hachi & TJ, a collaboration of a 52-year-old Japanese Kasuga Hirohumi (Hachi) and a 27-year-old Korean Cho Tae-joon (TJ). In fact, the two men - who seem to share almost nothing but their passion for music - are among the biggest stars of the country's underground music scene.

Their first album "Haengbok (Happiness)", characterized by light acoustic guitar sound and simple lyrics about everyday life, was released on May 2, but the title song of the album, "Jangsahaja", (which translates loosely to "Let's Get Rich") had become a smash hit earlier than that, as the song was introduced online first in the form of a flash animated music video clip.

Hachi & TJ
The comic flash animation, starring animated characters of such comedy stars as Kim C, No Hong-chul and Park Hui-soon (be...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Everyone wants a piece of Daniel Henney

Source | 2006/07/31 | | Permalink

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon is a dream come true for many Japanese women who have yearned for a tender, loving man. In Korea, though, Daniel Henney has been the Prince Charming ever since he appeared in the 2005 TV show "My Lovely Sam-soon" ("My Name is Kim Sam-soon").

With his impossibly good looks, gentlemanly manner and perfect English, Henney shot to stardom, quite a leap even from his quite successful modeling career, which put him on the runways of the likes of Gucci and Armani.

This year, he has finished shooting his second drama, "Spring Waltz", and is filming "Seducing Mr. Perfect", his big-screen debut as well as his first attempt in being a leading actor.

Although he has done some theater work, such as off-Broadway in the United States, he admits that he is just getting his start as an actor.

"It's a very big change for me, and it's a lot different from doing dramas, which was extremely difficult, extremely tiring. I mean, it was a lot of fun and both were great dramas, but we were constantly shooting, sometimes for 15 hours straight without sleep", Henney told The Korea Herald. He said he has more time while shooting a movie than a drama.

"The shots are important, so it takes longer to take each shot. There is longer duration of...More

[Interview] Protect Korean Cinema

Source | 2006/06/15 | | Permalink

Screen quota important in fight against globalization

Kim Kyong-nyon / Jeon Ji-eun (internews)

In January the Korean government announced plans to halve the long-standing quota which imposes the screening of Korean films 146 days per year in cinemas, and thus significantly reduces the number of foreign films that can be shown. The move is part of a free trade agreement (F.T.A.) with the American government.

Members of the Korean film industry have been protesting against the plans and they are supported by the International Network for Cultural Diversity (I.N.C.D.).

The I.N.C.D. is a global network of cultural producers and non-governmental groups that includes 400 member organizations from 71 countries. It works to counter the adverse effects of globalization on world cultures.

I.N.C.D'.s part-time executive director Gary Neil said, "The fight to save the Korean screen quota isn't only for the benefit of the Koreans, but it is also for the global cultural movement".

Neil came to Korea on June 8 to learn what more could be done to help the campaign, and on June 11 agreed to be interviewed by OhmyNews at the office of the Coalition for Cultural Diversity in Moving Images in Seoul.

In addition to his work with I.N.C.D., Neil is a consultant in cultural policy and has been a representative of the actors, screenwriters and singers union in Canada since 1992. He has recently raised cultural concerns with the union with regards to Canada's F.T.A. negotiations with the U.S.

What brought you here?

From a global point of view, the fight to save the Korean screen quota is very important. As the screen quota is a cultural policy that actually works and is effective, it plays an important role in creating an environment where...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Actor Nam Kyeong-joo critical of star-studded musical stage

Source | 2006/05/25 | | Permalink

As the film industry is, and probably always will be, the musical industry has become a huge magnet for young wannabe entertainers. From K-pop stars such as Ok Koo-hyun ("Aida") and Kim Tae-woo ("Altar Boyz") to film and television actors like Kim Jung-hwa ("Mitbadageseo"), increasing numbers of star entertainers are seeking to boast their versatility through the genre.

Thanks largely to their popularity, musical dramas starring them have always been successes. It, however, doesn't mean that everyone involved is happy, nor is it good for the industry in the long run.

"Musical dramas need their own specialized talent", Nam Kyeong-joo, 41, one of the biggest musical stars who has dedicated nearly all of his entire career to the genre, said in a recent interview with The Korea Herald. "Being a musical actor takes more than decent singing skills, which means singing, dancing and acting should all ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Actor on a roll but still hungry

Source | 2006/04/05 | | Permalink

Meeting actor Park Yong-woo in person probably would make you wonder if this dark-skinned man with throaty voice is the same one who plays Hwang Dae-woo in the movie "My Scary Girl", which is released today.

In this romantic horror movie, Park plays a 30-year-old English lecturer who falls in love for the first time with Lee Mi-na (Choi Kang-hee), a uniquely charming murderess.

"Dae-woo was a cynic of love or romance, a pessimist who closed his mind to others before he met Mi-na. She brings out the innocence and passion buried deeply somewhere inside him", says Park of his character.

Park himself, however, is not sure if he can love a woman even when he finds out that she committed murder. "Maybe if I was younger, but from ...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Television drama producer finds stage just as rewarding

Source | 2006/02/13 | | Permalink

SAPPORO, Japan - When a performance of the musical "Winter Sonata" was over last Monday, the Japanese audience didn't rush to the exit. Instead, many of them began to swarm around a man in the audience who was wearing a black beret and red shirt.

He was Yoon Seok-ho, producer of the massively popular television series "Winter Sonata", who made his performing arts producer debut with the musical version of the drama that has been much more popular in Japan than in Korea. The fans - all females mostly in their 30s or 40s - started to take photos of him with their cell phone cameras, and he, as if he had already been accustomed to this type of ritual, treated his fans with respect and dignity.

"It's just like when I worked on television dramas: faults always look larger than all the other good things", Yoon said in an interview with The Korea Herald after the show.

Although the performance was successful enough to attract Japan's entertainment giant Amuse Entertainment to offer him a deal about sponsoring the next "...More

[HERALD INTERVIEW]Former S.E.S. member Shoo embarks on new career as an actress

Source | 2005/08/23 | | Permalink

Pop stars probably could easily become actors if they try, or vice versa. However, if not to show off their versatility, changing their careers completely is seldom worth the effort.

Shoo, former member of now-disbanded super girl trio S.E.S., however, is certainly among the few who have taken the transition earnestly and done it successfully. Playing the main role of Shelly in the recent musical "Bat Boy", Shoo, whose real name is Yoo Soo-young, said that she didn't want to be a singer again. "I don't miss the times when I was the member of the group either", she said.

It's not, according to Shoo, that she is on bad terms with Eugene (Eugene) and Bada, two other members of the band. In fact, they are all close enough to come to see Yoo's show last Friday, despite their busy schedules.

"I just like acting. More than anything else, I love the feeling of being united with the audience during the show, which lasts much longer than when I sing", Yoo explai...More

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