NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

'Nation's Little Sister' Falls Down Growing Up

2007/01/14 Source

By Seo Dong-shin
Staff Reporter

Popular actress Moon Geun-young, affectionately called "the nation's little sister", is getting the cold shoulder these days.

Her latest film, "Love Me Not", in which she tried to abandon her image as a cute and innocent girl for that of a grown-up sex icon, flopped both critically and commercially late last year.

Now her latest appearance in a TV commercial is triggering a debate over whether the song and the footage were stolen.

While her role in the commercial was limited to acting, the latest criticism is among a series of perceived missteps the 20-year-old actress has made since she began trying to transform her image into that of an adult.

In the ad for KTF, a mobile carrier, Moon, wearing heavy makeup, shakes her scantily clad body in a fashion that reminds many viewers of pop singer and sex icon Lee Hyo-ri.

Since the ad began airing on major channels last month, some critics said her dancing may have been copied from the music video "Buttons" of American pop group the Pussycat Dolls.

Others also suspect that the song used in the commercial, titled "& Design" and sung by the actress, was copied from "My Old Story", a song written by popular 1980s singer-songwriter Cho Duk-bae. The refrains of the two songs sound similar, but the composer of "& Design" denied the allegations, saying he didn't know of Cho's song.

Since beginning her modeling career at the age of 12, Moon shot to stardom, starring in such hit films as "A Tale of Two Sisters" in 2003 and "My Little Bride" in 2004.

She is a freshman in the humanities department at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.

Source :

Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"'Nation's Little Sister' Falls Down Growing Up"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work from this source

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



 Previous news
  • Big dreams for K-dramas
    2007/01/13 (Source)
    "CSI", "24" and "Lost" -- if a show's a hit in the U.S., it will likely be a hit in Korea, too. Korean dramas are trying to make the formula work in reverse but still are unable to replicate Hollywood's success -- for now.

    Major hits in the U.S. cost studios about 3-4 billion won per episode. In ,...

  • Propelled to the Top by 200 Pounds
    2007/01/13 (Source)
    The actress Kim Ah-joong is the new star on the local film and pop music scenes. Everywhere, people ,...More

  • The Return of Robot Taekwon V
    2007/01/13 (Source)
    Who is your childhood hero? Many adults grew up admiring the amazing strength of Robot Taekwon V. Now you can relive the history on Jan. 18. when "Robot Taekwon V: The Movie" is released in theaters across Korea.

    Robot Taekwon V, a widely popular cartoon character, was first created by Kim Chung-,...

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations