Tourists take a picture at a hanok village in Seoul on Sunday...More
"Nobody Knows" is a mystery tracking drama that poses the question, 'Would my life have changed if I had met a good grown-up?' and tells the story of a police officer who wants to protect children who are on the edge. The cast is made up of Kim Seo-hyung and Ryu Deok-hwan...More
There are over a 100 dramas a year and this has its downs for productions and ups for viewers. The keyword for this year is ' fantasy ' and ' well-made '. Top stars who are known for 'viewership guarantee' are standing in line with dramas for the year.
The fantasy vibe is stronger in dramas this year than tranquil. The most anticipated is, of course, "The King: Forever Sovereign" written by the best, Kim Eun-sook, starring Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun. "The King: Forever Sovereign" is a fantasy romance drama in which a deity has unleashed a demon unto the world of humans, and that demon has opened the door to a parallel world. The drama stands out in the way that each character has a unique set of skills...More
"Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life" went up in viewership.
Mountaineer Um Hong-gil poses with his honorary citizenship certificate from the Nepalese government in Kathmandu on Jan. 12. /Yonhap
Korean mountaineer Um Hong-gil has been made an honorary citizen of Nepal...More
An non-commissioned officer in the Army has had gender reassignment surgery while on leave and returned to base as a woman.
This is unheard-of in conservative Korea, and military authorities duly tried to discharge the soldier, but the soldier insists on continuing service as a woman. According to military officials on Thursday, the NCO had been serving as a tank driver at a military unit in northern Gyeonggi Province...More
Pak Se-ri has been named the recipient of this year's Bob Jones Award, becoming the first Korean to do so...More
Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis unveiled its first SUV on Wednesday. The GV80 is capable of automatic lane-change, and other high-tech functions.
It is not environmentally friendly, which may limit its appeal in the long run...More
Samsung acquired the second-highest number of patents in the U.S. last year...More
Park So-youn performs in Cirque du Soleil's ice show "Axel" in this undated photo from the Michigan Korean Weekly.
Former figure skater Park So-youn has found a new career path as a circus performer.
Park, once considered one of Korea's top prospects in the sport, garnered attention as she competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi along with figure skating star Kim Yu-na, although Park finished 21st due to the pressure of the event...More
A man identified as Yoon arrives to file for a retrial at the Suwon District Court in Gyeonggi Province on Nov. 13, 2019. /Yonhap
A court has ordered the retrial of a 53-year-old man who was wrongly convicted for a murder committed to which the infamous Hwaseong serial killer has now confessed...More
Kia is planning to make a massive investment to ramp up its electric vehicle lineup...More
It would cost 15 percent less to prepare the ancestral ritual table for Lunar New Year if groceries are bought in open-air markets instead of supermarkets, the Seoul Agro-Fisheries and Food Corporation said Tuesday...More
Kia's Telluride SUV was named one of the best new vehicles of the year in the U.S.
The eight-seater was chosen as the winner of the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award, while GM's Corvette won the Car of the Year award and mid-size pickup truck Jeep Gladiator the Truck of the Year...More
In further signs of a thaw in Korea's ties with China, some 3,500 Chinese schoolkids will visit Korea until next month.
The Korea Tourism Organization said Monday that the Chinese elementary and middle-school kids will visit Seoul, Incheon and Daegu during the winter festival. They set off from various parts of China and are arriving in seven batches until early February...More
North Koreans board a train to a new hot springs resort in Yangdok, South Pyongan Province at a railway station in Pyongyang, in this grab from the [North] Korean Central Television on Friday.
North Korea is going all out to mitigate international sanctions through tourism as it opens major resorts for the season with grand fanfare...More
Ride-hailing app TADA can now be used by visitors to Korea with foreign phone numbers and credit cards...More
Korea's population grew at the slowest pace in recent history but the elderly population crossed the 8 million mark for the first time...More
South Korean sports officials and athletes pose with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (center) after an IOC session in Switzerland on Friday. /Yonhap
South Korea will host the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games...More
Hyundai and its affiliate Kia said on Sunday their sales in the U.S. have increased for the first time in three years largely thanks to strong SUV sales...More
Fueled by expectations of a recovery in semiconductor prices, Samsung Electronics shares rose to record levels last week, propelling it into the global top 20 companies in terms of market capitalization...More
Woo-jeong (played by Yoo Da-in) is an artist who skirts a fine line between appropriating other artists, being influenced by them, and just stealing their work outright. For the most part Woo-jeong is never confronted on this behavior- she rather incredibly gets away with it for most of "The Snob" to the point it took me way too long to tell whether she was actually a fraud or not. Which weirdly enough is part of the point here, as "The Snob" is Woo-jeong's argument that art can't be stolen and also that it's OK to just make stuff up to sell a book...More
In the opening scene to "GANG" we watch Ji-hoon (played by Cha Ji-hyuk) leading a small army of high school students to a showdown with the meek-looking Chang-sik (played by Baek Ji-min), who is listening to music with his headphones. A rather misleading subtitle then tells us that we're flashing back three months to when Ji-hoon first transferred to the school. It's misleading because we never actually get back to that confrontation, and "GANG" closes right before the two start fighting...More
The first film made in the country after achieving independence from Japan exemplified all the frustration of both the industry and director Choi In-gyu for being forced to shoot Japanese propaganda movies during the colonization period, and has a title to match these sentiments, as it also known as "Viva Freedom". However, and quite ironically, Choi would experience censorship decades later, under Park Chung-hee's regime, resulting in a incomplete film that has many scenes lost due to deterioration of time or political censorship...More
Korean Air staff pose with bokjori or straw rice strainers at Incheon International Airport on Friday. The bokjori is believed to bring fortune and prosperity for the Lunar New Year...More
A woman folds hanbok or traditional Korea dress donated for upcycling in Seoul on Friday...More
Visitors throw arrows into a narrow barrel in a traditional game called tuho at a snow festival in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province on Friday...More
Though "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" has been enjoying powerfully strong ratings, criticism of the drama's writing relative to the first season has been seeping in. In the most recent episode a young doctor played by Lee Sung-kyung takes a pill to calm herself prior to her first surgery. She subsequently collapses in an apparent overdose...More
Gong Hyung-jin has spoken out concerning his knowledge of Joo Jin-mo's phone hacking. According to the actor, he had to go into damage control mode after the contents of Joo Jin-mo's phone were released. Gong Hyung-jin knows Joo Jin-mo socially, mainly through the recreational sports activities...More
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Political thriller delves into the untold true story of scandal and intrigue in the Korean government
"The Man Standing Next", a South Korean political drama, will open at CGV Buena Park on January 24th and CGV Los Angeles on January 31st. The film tells the untold story of a 1970 scandal in the KCIA, the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, and is based on the non-fiction hit book "KCIA Chiefs"...More
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Secret Zoo-a South Korean Comedy- Hits Theaters in Los Angeles and Buena Park on January 24th
Heartwarming and hilarious... See what happens when a failing zoo tries to become successful with humans pretending to be animals...More
K-pop superband BTS has sold over 3 million copies of their upcoming album since pre-orders began just one week ago...More
Girl group Momoland pose for a picture ahead of a rehearsal for a TV program in Seoul on Thursday...More
Singer Song Ga-in poses for a photo before a TV show in Seoul on Thursday...More
Models promote kitchen utensils in a department store in Seoul on Thursday...More
Shoppers look at hanbok or traditional Korean dress in a market in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "My Husband Oh Jak-doo" (2018)
Directed by Baek Ho-min
Written by Yoo Yoon-kyeong
Network: MBC Dramanet
With UEE, Kim Kang-woo, Jung Sang-hoon, Han Sunhwa, Park Jung-soo, Seol Jung-hwan,...
24 Episodes - Sat 20:50 (2 episodes per day)
A romantic drama about a woman in her mid-thirties who tries to win the social prominence and position of a married woman by looking for a husband...More
Actress Go Ara re-signed with her current agency, Artist Company.
The agency says the agreement was based on deep trust and faith and promises to support the actress with everything she needs to carry on her career...More
Actress Yoo In-young was featured in the February issue of the fashion magazine Grazia.
Her hair shines and her skin glows in this pictorial...More
Actor Seo Ji-hoon was featured in the style magazine Star1.
The actor of 5 years mentioned the film "Bleak Night" as the start to it all. "I didn't know anything but youth dramas until I watched "Bleak Night". The dark side of youths was shocking to me and I registered myself in an acting institute right after watching it"....More
The new KBS 2TV weekend drama "I've Been There Once" is a fun and heartwarming drama about the gap between parents and their offspring when it comes to divorce and finding their own true happiness...More
Netflix 2020 original series "My Holo Love" is coming out.
Park Hyun-sun revealed a picture of her engagement ring. A man in a grey suit is kneeling on one leg in front of Park Hyun-sun and proposing to her with a ring. In another picture, she is wearing the ring...More
"Love With Flaws" ended with 2.9%.
"Wind, Clouds and Rain" is about the beautiful challenge of a man who has a set of outstanding skills and looks back on the reality of today. Ko Sung-hee was offered the role of a mysterious character named Hwang Bong-ryeon who can foresee the future...More
While "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" has been setting excellent ratings via the depiction of its idealistic lead character, the medical profession in the real world of South Korea has been taking a beating...More
Director Son Jae-gon is having a big weekend. His new movie, "Secret Zoo", is currently leading the South Korean box office going into the weekend, giving Son Jae-gon a notable success in his first movie since his 2010 film "Villain and Widow". The film starred Kim Suk-kyu and Kim Hye-soo in the leading roles. The former actor is now appearing in the title role in "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2", while the latter will lead "Hyena" next month...More
On January 16th Joo Jin-mo published a legal statement regarding his hacked cell phone. Though Joo Jin-mo is not believed to be responsible for leaking the contents of his cell phone directly, he has come under criticism for the content of many of the images therein...More
Main trailer, new poster and behind-the-scenes stills added for the upcoming Korean movie "The Closet"
Children learn to perform a traditional bow in a kindergarten in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday...More
Visitors walk in the cold at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Duck-shaped pedal boats are moored in a frozen stream in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on Wednesday...More
"Hi Bye Mama" is about the 49-day 'reincarnation project' of a ghost mother to become a human being, the husband who started a new life after overcoming the great pain of losing his wife, and their child...More
Park Seo-joon styled a men's spring look.
Actor Lee Seung-gi and his fan club shared some warmth.
It turns out Lee Seung-gi donated 100 million won (about $86,300) to the Shinchon Severance Hospital for the cost of rehabilitation for hospital patients. His fan alliance, AIREN, celebrated his birthday on the 13th and joined in the donation with 10 million won for patients who are undergoing rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries...More
"Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation" is a satisfactory investigative drama about a group of eccentric outsiders from different areas using all methods necessary to solve unsolved crimes. It is the third Dramatic Cinema piece since "Trap - Drama" and "Strangers from Hell", these pieces being dense, well-made genre series created through the special collaboration of movie and drama production styles and people...More
It turns out actor Ji Chang-wook was offered a role in a new drama, but hasn't made up his mind yet, according to Glorious Entertainment.
It is a stage of fixation for the drama industry.
The concentration of drama casting is getting worse. Fancy and popular stars with high reputation have taken over the TV, so that there's no way fresh newbies in their 20s can squeeze in. The saying, "I woke up and I was a star" is an old saying for the 90s now...More
Lee Min-ho, Kim Soo-hyun and Im Si-wan had to take a leave of absence to serve their duties to the country, and there others that filled in the empty spots as 'box office guarantee actors'. They are Park Seo-joon and Jung Hae-in. These two completed their military duties at the early ages of 20 and 21 and debuted as actors. Thanks to that, they were able to focus on their careers as actors without a hiatus, taking over the top positions in the drama industry...More
"Woman of 9.9 Billion" is going up and down in viewership.
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VAST Entertainment recently released a somewhat cryptic message on social media, stating that they were dedicated to protecting actors under their representation and were preparing careful records of rumors against them. No specific names were provided in the fairly generic warning...More
On January 15th the Cyber Investigations Department of the Seoul Police confirmed that they were looking into the hacking of Joo Jin-mo's phone. The official statement suggests that while the original crime was visited upon Joo Jin-mo, the focus of the investigation is on secondary victims to the hacking...More
On January 15th a source close to Jang Dong-gun confirmed that the actor had returned to South Korea on January 13th from a family vacation in Hawaii. His wife, Ko So-young, and their two children, however, did not come with him...More
BTS (on TV screen) talk to artists and curators at the Serpentine Gallery in London via video link on Tuesday.
Hundreds of people flocked to the Serpentine Gallery in London on Tuesday to watch a world-wide art project created in collaboration with Korean super boy band BTS...More
Freshmen attend an event at Seoul National University in the capital on Tuesday...More
Volunteers deliver gift boxes to people in need in Busan on Tuesday, ahead of the Lunar New Year's Day...More
Mt. Halla on Jeju Island is covered with snow on Tuesday...More
Actress Jeon Yeo-bin will be working hard this year.
She's had a busy year in 2019. Her name was up in numerous film awards for her performance in "After My Death" and she also starred in the drama "Be Melodramatic" and the film "Paradise Evening". This rookie actress managed to engrave her image into those who watched her works...More
"Money Game", which begins on the 15th this month, is about the breathtaking struggle of those who try to prevent a national tragedy amid the biggest financial scandal, in which the fate of the Republic of Korea is at stake and there is a sharp conflict of beliefs...More
Actor Go Kyung-pyo is returning to fans after a his national service.
According to CL&COMPANY, the actor is done with his army duty on the 15th...More
"The Flower of Evil" is a suspense melodrama about a man who hides his cruel past and changes his identity, while his detective wife tracks down his past. It is helmed by PD Kim Cheol-gyoo of works such as "Confession - Drama", "Mother - Drama" and "Road to the Airport" and written by rookie writer Yoo Jeong-hee...More
"A Long Time" is about the things that occur when Yeon-kyeong (Bang Minah), who wants to be a singer songwriter, coincidentally runs into Hyeon-soo (Lee Ga-sub), her first love and a wound from the past, on her way to meet her musical inspiration and master of music for the opportunity of a lifetime...More
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" broke its own record.
One of the major factors behind the success of "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" was the charismatic performance of Han Suk-kyu in the title role. While Han Suk-kyu has reprised this role as expected in "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" the actor's short screentime in his own drama has started to puzzle fans...More
SBS, like most networks in 2019, went through a series of ups and downs. But so far in 2020 SBS has had almost entirely upshot in terms of its drama performances, as both of its late night dramas are enjoying ratings numbers upwards of 15%...More
Author Gong Ji-young has taken a position on the leaks presented by the Joo Jin-mo phone hacking. She is the first reasonably famous person, albeit not a celebrity, to openly question Jang Dong-gun's morality, suggesting that he should be investigated for soliciting prostitutes. The leaks presented both Joo Jin-mo and Jang Dong-gun in a very poor light...More
Director Bong Joon-ho poses with his trophy at the Critics' Choice Awards in California on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap
Chen, a member of boy band EXO, disclosed his wedding plans in a surprise announcement on Monday...More
Trainees take a selfie at their graduation ceremony at the Judicial Research and Training Institute in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on Monday...More
Vendors pile up fruit boxes at a farmers' market in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday, ahead of the Lunar New Year...More
Actress Lim Ji-yeon was featured in the January issue of high-end magazine The Neighbor.
The photoshoot was based on the theme of flowers. Lim Ji-yeon is just getting to know flowers through flower arrangement and she herself looked like an abstract painting of a flower in the pictorial...More
Actor Kim Kang-hoon is coming back with a tvN drama.
She appeared in the tvN Saturday / Sunday drama "Crash Landing on You" as the wedding shop owner who helps Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin) and Seo Dan (Seo Ji-hye) with their wedding plans. What drew attention was her spy-like customer service in trying to sell her 'imported' dresses...More
Son Hyun-joo, Jang Seung-jo and Lee Elijah are starring in the new jTBC drama "A Model Detective", a story of real detectives who race between people who want to get closer to the truth and those who want to cover it up.
Son Hyun-joo tackles the role of tough and loyal detective Kang Do-chang with 18 years of experience. Jang Seung-jo plays Oh Ji-hyeok, an elite homicide detective who doesn't share feelings with others due to childhood wounds and lives a dry life. Lee Elijah plays Jin Seo-kyeong, a reporter with 5 years experience for a newspaper that is included in the TOP 4...More
Will Kim Yoo-jung come back with a drama?
HODU&U Entertainment announced on the 13th that the actress will get on board "Secret Forest 2".
She appeared on the site for script reading with the other cast members on the 13th.
Has spring finally come for dramas? 2019 TV dramas faced a crisis. The plummeting viewership made broadcasting agents feel tense and they ended up getting rid of Monday dramas altogether. However, there's a drama that has been knocking on the 20% range continuously and bringing people back to watching TV.
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2", which began on the 6th is highly popular with the viewing percentage of 18.0%. Based in the run-down background of Doldam Hospital, it tells the story of real doctors and stars Han Suk-kyu, Lee Sung-kyung and Ahn Hyo-seop...More
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" has cemented its number 1 position among Monday / Tuesday dramas.
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The scaling back of drama production late last year has led to a surprising outcome. Though major networks have tried to cut back on dramas citing low ratings, recent projects have seen dramatic improvements in this area. "When the Camellia Blooms" hit ratings of 23.8% late last year...More
On January 13th sources close to actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young confirmed that the celebrity couple had taken their children on vacation to Hawaii. More details were not forthcoming, but an online commenter has claimed to have seen the family on a flight on January 7th...More
Children learn to perform a traditional bow at a community center in Daejeon on Sunday...More
People skate at an outdoor ice rink in Daegu on Sunday...More
Visitors look at snow sculptures in Taebaek, Gangwon Province on Sunday...More
"The Game: Towards Zero" is the story of a prophet named Tae-pyeong (Ok Taecyeon), who sees the moment right before death, and a homicide detective named Joon-yeong (Lee Yeon-hee) finding the truth behind a series of murders...More
Filming will begin as soon as casting is completed...More
Actor Kwak Dong-yeon's 2020 looks bright.
It looks like "Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life" is stagnant.
The number one movie this week is "Dolittle"...More
Most elderly people feel left out as restaurants and shops install automated ordering kiosks to cut down on human staff due to a sharp increase in the minimum wage, a poll suggests.
One of them is Oh Gwang-eun (77) from Seocho in southern Seoul, who recently came away empty-handed after trying in vain to order bread from a machine in a bakery...More
The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Thursday said it is stopping its "no-driving day" campaign after 17 years. Drivers who have signed up already can still claim their benefits until July 8...More
State-run universities will now be required to boost the quota of female faculty to more than 25 percent...More
A Netflix comedy has generated controversy for a supposedly racist remark in the trailer...More
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Thursday that 15 social media influencers and livestream retailers were nabbed for lying about the benefits of health supplements and other products...More
The number of deaths due to work-related accidents dropped sharply last year...More
The population of the Seoul metropolitan region outnumbers the whole of the rest of Korea's for the first time.
According to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, 25.93 million people were registered in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi Province as of December last year, accounting for 50.002 percent of the total population of 51.85 million...More
Shinsegae Department Store's branch in Gangnam exceeded W2 trillion in sales last year, a first for a single outlet in Korea, a spokesman said Tuesday (US$1=W1,166)...More
People enjoy unseasonably warm weather in a canola field on Jeju Island on Tuesday. /Yonhap
This winter has been unseasonably warm, with the average temperature in Korea last month just below three degrees Celsius, the eighth warmest since 1973...More
Admission to historic sites nationwide will be free over the upcoming Lunar New Year's Day later this month...More
Hyundai unveiled a concept for a flying car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday. It was part of its future vision for the next 10 years which also includes self-driving shuttles...More
A group of 5,000 reps from a Chinese health food company arrived in Korea on Tuesday for a six-day reward trip.
They are the biggest single group of Chinese tourists to arrive here since Beijing imposed an unofficial ban on group tours to Korea in March 2017...More
China's Byton plans to produce its new electric cars in Korea. The automaker on Sunday unveiled a new version of its M-Byte at a press sneak peek at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off its four-day run Tuesday...More
A record 13.39 million people visited Seoul's four major royal palaces and Jongmyo Shrine last year.
The surge came partly thanks to the opening of more areas of the palaces to the public that had formerly been off-limits and more guides who speak foreign languages...More
The latest of Korea's endless food fads is for super-spicy food, especially among the young who enjoy the thrill of burn and sweat that it brings.
"Ghost Pepper" instant noodles containing Bhut Jolokia peppers, originally made by Shinsegae Food only for sale in Malaysia, is being imported back to Korea and sold for a relatively hefty W15,000 per pack on the Internet (US$1=W1,170)...More
Korean cosmetics continue to gain popularity overseas...More
A woman looks at New Year's wishes at Jogye Temple in Seoul on Dec. 30, 2019.
The front lawn of Jogye Temple in Jongno, Seoul is filled with star-shaped post-its with the New Year's wishes of visitors, a tradition all over Korea...More
A man checks his looks in the men's powder room of Samgakji subway station in Seoul on Dec. 30, 2019.
Powder rooms are no longer limited to use by women as more and more young Korean men spend time primping and grooming. Seoul's Samgakji subway station opened a powder room for men for the first time in Korea in 2018. It has a big mirror and three shelves...More
Lee Tae-seok was a trained doctor and musician who spurned a worldly life for the Catholic priesthood to instead minister to people in war-torn Sudan way back in 2001. Lee Tae-seok continued this mission until his death in 2010. Later that year his missionary work was immortalized in the award-winning KBS documentary "Don't Cry for Me Sudan". During his lifetime Lee Tae-seok was also highly decorated for his charitable work...More
Hyeong-sik is a retired middle school teacher. He wasn't always like that. Originally the man was just a middle school art teacher, and after a lifetime of work, retirement brings the obvious question- now what? Hyeong-sik goes to conventions with his wife Woon-sook. Also they go on hikes together. We see Hyeong-sik occupy himself with teaching volunteer art classes to monks. Where "Montmartre de Papa" gets rolling is when Hyeong-sik gets an artist visa and heads for France...More
One of the first films to be shot under the 1940 Korean Film Law, "Spring of Korean Peninsula" was a box office success, as director Lee Byung-il managed to include the classic Korean folk story "The Story of Chunhyang" through a film-within-a film story, but also to incorporate all the elements the Japanese propaganda "suggested" through the aforementioned law...More
Actress Kang So-ra will appear in a big-screen comedy set for release next week.
The film "Secret Zoo", based on a popular webtoon of the same title, is her first-ever comedy. It revolves around a lawyer who takes over a zoo that is on the verge of bankruptcy, and its staff, who disguise themselves as zoo animals in an attempt to turn things around. Kang plays a veterinarian who joins the bizarre mission and pretends to be a lion...More
Singer HyunA poses at Incheon International Airport on Friday on her way to a concert in Vietnam...More
Chinese tourists pose for a picture at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Friday...More
Visitors enjoy warm weather in a flower garden on Jeju Island on Friday...More
TvN's upcoming "The Cursed" sees your unchecked capitalism, and raises you demon-powered unchecked capitalism, reminding us that things can always get worse. The series has released its first teaser and poster, among other promotional material, and it looks like we're in for a dark, violent and entertaining ride. Grab your snacks and crucifixes...More
In a recent appearance on the MBC Radio program 'Hope at Noon' Park Shin-hye claimed that she donated her performance fee for the nature documentary 'Humanimals' to charity. Park Shin-hye also stated on the program that she wasn't sure how much money she was supposed to have been paid, as she made her intentions in this regard known from the beginning...More
A baseball team featuring many celebrities has become a major source of public attention. 'The Playboys' has had veteran actor Kim Seung-woo listed as the team captain. Jang Dong-gun, Jung Woo-sung, Gong Hyung-jin, Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jong-hyuk, Oh Man-seok, Hyun Bin and Han Jae-suk among others are listed as members...More
Following confirmation from Huayi Brothers Korea that Joo Jin-mo's phone was hacked, dissemination of the phone's contents has developed into a controversy beyond the privacy of a single performer...More
Models promote plants in a superstore in Seoul on Thursday...More
A sign informing passengers to the U.S. about additional security checks is put up at Incheon International Airport on Thursday...More
Visitors take a lift at a ski resort in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Romans 8:37" (2017)
Directed by Shin Yeon-shick
With Lee Hyun-ho, Seo Dong-gab, Lee Ji-min-II, Jo Sung-woo-III, Heo Yeon-jeong, Hong Sung-choon-I,...
An evangelist enters a church to help his idol, but is confronted with rumors about the man that he will have to face.
In a world where we will never break, we begin to pray for our sins...More
He appeared in the final episode of the tvN drama "Psychopath Diary" in the role of 'Oh' who was locked up in prison under false accusations, but helped Yook Dong-sik (Yoon Si-yoon) escape. Tension increased as criminal Seo In-woo (Park Sung-hoon) entered the prison...More
He plays Gi-chil, a master of fine arts from the eighth episode...More
Man of men Ok Taecyeon who is sometimes mischievous and sometimes manly as can be, is coming back with a drama.
Actress Bae Jong-ok appeared on "Happy Together" and analyzed her image.
In the jTBC "Drama Festa - Luwak Human", Yoon Kyung-ho took on the role of Kim Yeong-seok, friend of salesman Jeong Cha-sik (Ahn Nae-sang) and a single-father who is about to get fired, but looks like he's living the fancy single life...More
MBC drama "The Game: Towards Zero" is the story of a prophet named Tae-pyeong (Ok Taecyeon), who sees the moment right before death, and a homicide detective named Joon-yeong (Lee Yeon-hee) finding the truth behind a series of murders...More
The pictorial was taken on the real set of top star Park Seok-min and Shin Ji-hoon, being the model that he is, pulled off every look with style. The cuts taken were then hung up around Park Seok-min's house set...More
"Woman of 9.9 Billion" came in first once again.
JTBC released a poster for the new Friday / Saturday drama "Itaewon Class".
Based on a webtoon of the same name, "Itaewon Class" is about a 'hip' revolt by stubborn and courageous youths living in this unfair world. It contains the starting of businesses of those who pursue freedom with their own values on a small street in Itaewon...More
The new tvN drama "Memorist" finalized its casting and had its first script reading.
Based on a webtoon of the same name, "Memorist" tells the story of a detective who 'reads' memories coming across a series of mysterious murders. Unlike typical heroes who hide their identities, the hero, Dong-baek, announces his 'memory scanning' abilities to the world and eliminates evil criminals...More
While there are no confirmations, line-up possibilities keep surfacing for the drama.
"Penthouse" is a story about a woman's desire, motherhood, and real estate success towards the entrance of high society. It is written by Kim Soon-ok and produced by Joo Dong-min from "The Last Empress"...More
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" has confirmed that for the second season, the drama has retained the services of professor Song Geum-jong of Soon Chun Hyang University as the drama's medical advisor. Song Geum-jong is also a surgeon who is attached to Cheonan Hospital, and was also hired as the medical advisor for the drama's first season...More
Yoo Su-bin is just one of the many side characters on "Crash Landing on You" who have made a surprising impact in popular discourse. Yoo Su-bin's character is a North Korean soldier who is obsessed with South Korean dramas. At one memorable moment he's so wrapped up in watching an episode of "Stairway to Heaven" that he fails to observe Son Ye-jin's character making a run for it...More
This time last year the career of Ha Jung-woo was in a less than stellar position. His big Christmas flick "Take Point" did quite poorly at the box office, only taking in four hundred thousand admissions, with a yearlong gap until his next release. Nevertheless, "Ashfall" made up for that shortfall this year, and Ha Jung-woo will soon appear in "The Closet", a mystery genre horror thriller with Kim Nam-gil with low expectations that will almost certainly be exceeded...More
BTS will release a new album next month...More
Several celebrities have been blackmailed by hackers threatening to expose personal information on their smartphones. Their personal data including photos and text messages were apparently stolen from Samsung's Cloud storage.
Singer Taeyeon attends the annual Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Jobseekers pack a public job fair in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Visitors enjoy snow on Mt. Halla on Jeju Island on Wednesday...More
Singer and actress IU (Lee Ji-eun) looked back on 2019.
She starred in the MBC FM "Kim Eana's Night letter" and recalled her past year...More
Ju Ji-hoon is going to be busy in 2020.
"Time to Hunt" is about four friends in a desperate city in financial crisis who plan a crime to search for a new utopia, and a mysterious man who is on their tails.
The still shows four characters wound up in tension right before they start running. Lee Je-hoon in the role of Joon-seok the planner is soaked in sweat and is gazing ahead with a look of anxiety in his face. Anticipation increases for this role attempt by Lee Je-hoon...More
Actor Kim Hak-chul reveals his second peak at life.
Actor Lee Seung-joon is working hard this year already.
General Service channels are overpowering ground-wave channels in entertainment and have an upgraded line-up this year. Cable and general service channels held back with dramas last year, but this year they come back with medical, mystery, thriller, fantasy and 'genre'. In fact, they announced a 'Korean version of Marvel' and presented a line-up that would encompass the entire generation...More
"Woman of 9.9 Billion" topped the charts.
Following the conclusion of new deals with CJ ENM and Netflix, jTBC, or more specifically the JTBC Contents Hub, has been making major moves in production...More
At the SBS Drama Awards Gong Hyo-jin expressed a strong distaste for connecting promises to hypothetical awards wins, citing an incident where Ha Jung-woo dragged her along on one of his promises...More
Seulgi of girl group Red Velvet poses at a promotional event for a cosmetics brand in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Children pose with wreaths they made at a winter program in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday...More
Camellias are in bloom at a park in Gwangju on Tuesday...More
"365: A Year of Defying Fate", which comes out in March, is a mystery survival game drama about those who go back in time by a year, dreaming of the perfect life, but getting caught in an unknown destiny. Ahn Min-yeong plays Song Ji-hyeon who assists psychiatrist Lee Sin (Kim Ji-soo) with all her loyalty...More
Actor Park Young-gyu got quietly married.
His management announced on the 2nd of January that the actor got married on the 25th of December with just close family and friends attending...More
"Money Game" is about the breathtaking struggle of those who try to prevent a national tragedy amid the biggest financial scandal, in which the fate of the Republic of Korea is at stake and there is a sharp conflict of beliefs...More
Skylife is investing 8.3 billion won in content production companies to secure original content.
Skylife has signed a contract to acquire convertible preferred stock with Studio & New, which created "Chief of Staff" and "Miss Hammurabi". As a result, Skylife will invest 8.3 billion won to acquire a 9.9% stake in Studio & New...More
"If safety training is conducted to the nation in advance, we can prevent accidents, both large and small".
Park Hae-jin set out to improve the safety of the nation. He is the first actor in the county to be promoted to a firefighter, making headlines on the day of his promotion, after a long conversation with the fire chief, proposing to protect himself and others in the event of major and small accidents by thoroughly educating the public on safety, thus being actively supported by the fire department...More
2020 has dawned. Celebrating 'The Year of the White Rat', the entertainment industry is also up for new expectations. Based on K-pop, which leads global trends, there is expectation in growth in various fields such as broadcasting, movies, dramas and performances. Also, attention is drawn to who will be the new face to shine this year and be loved by the public.
Grand Prize winners will be flocking to the home screens in early 2020. Viewers can't wait to see the unrivalled actors that stole the attention at the end-of-the-year award shows...More
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" is on a roll.
Lead actor Han Suk-kyu for "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" expressed enthusiasm for his latest project at a press conference for the drama, which was held on the same day as the drama's television premiere...More
Park Shin-hye has reentered South Korea's cultural landscape in surprising fashion this year, as the popular actress is currently appearing in, of all places, an MBC television documentary. 'Humanimals', a nature documentary which deals with humans in nature, also counts Kim Woo-bin among the credited cast, as he does the documentary's narration in his first work since being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer...More
Netflix Inc., the world's leading streaming entertainment service, announced a new Korean original series "The Silent Sea" (working title), and confirmed actor Jung Woo-sung serving as an executive producer of the show, which is set in a precarious future where Earth is running out of water...More
Gummy (left) and Jo Jung-suk
Yoon Na-moo, Kim Min-jae-I, Im Won-hee, Jin Kyung, Han Suk-kyu, Lee Sung-kyung, So Joo-yeon, Kim Joo-hun, Shin Dong-wook and Ahn Hyo-seop pose at a press junket for their new TV series "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" in Seoul on Monday...More
Students pose for a picture at their graduation ceremony at a middle school in Seoul on Monday...More
Students walk in the rain at Chonnam National University in Gwangju on Monday...More
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" is the story of 'real doctors' set against the backdrop of a run down hospital, and the first season ended in success with a record viewership of 27.6%. The line-up includes Han Suk-kyu, Lee Sung-kyung, Ahn Hyo-seop and Jin Kyung...More
Young blood is coming back this 2020 and they are Kim Woo-bin, Kim Soo-hyun and Kang Ha-neul. As they have been seeking new opportunities out of the spaces they've belonged to since their debut, they are determined to meet the new year.
Kim Woo-bin comes back after a 2 year hiatus. He marks the start with the MBC Special documentary "Humanimal". After he was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in 2017, he has been concentrating on recovering his health and is finally coming back with a 5-episode documentary narration of the life, death and coexistence of humans and animals...More
Management company The Pro Actors changed its company name to Light House to announce a fresh start to 2020.
The Pro Actors announced on the 6th, "We collaborate with SH Entertainment for a new beginning as Light House". The Pro Actors was established in 2012 with the aim of fostering artists loved by the public by discovering talented actors on stage such as plays and musicals and expanding their scope to dramas and movies. Since then, it has gained ground in the entertainment industry with successful management on actors such as Son Jong-hak and Park Ho-san, who have appeared in big projects such as tvN's " Incomplete Life" and "Prison Playbook"...More
Kim Hye-soo and Kim Hee-ae have stood firm in their places as actresses for a long time, and Kim Seo-hyung is now recognized as a creditable actress after a long period of no fame. They each walked down a different path, but they share a common factor, that their years of experience make them skilled actresses...More
Kim Seon-ho's character of Han Ji-pyeong is the SH Venture investing company's number one team leader. He is the example of a successful man who has a nice house, a nice car with a yearly income in the hundreds of millions, and even models for magazines...More
Legendary dramas are coming back with second seasons.
Every broadcasting agency has a new line-up to present, and they are heightening anticipation. Meanwhile, dramas which were the most popular amongst viewers are coming back with season 2...More
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" shows promise of success.
On January 6th Choi Seung-hyun (T.O.P) posted a picture of the American artist John Baldessari on his Instagram account. The portrait itself is unremarkable, but rather a comment made on the account is what has inspired interest...More
The TV Chosun drama "Queen: Love and War" has achieved a new ratings record of 4.3% in its third week of broadcasting. The steady rise in the drama's popularity appears to have persisted even though the drama was on break for December 28th and 29th...More
It is the first time that a Korean film has won the honor bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association...More
Boy band Big Bang are returning to the stage minus one member at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California from April 10-19...More
Another music video by girl group Black Pink garnered over 700 million views on YouTube last week...More
Visitors walk in front of an LG booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday. /Yonhap
Some 10,000 Koreans are expected to visit the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month...More
Members of girl group TWICE pose at an annual awards ceremony at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Sunday...More
Students take a drawing test as part of the college entrance exam at Samyook University in Seoul on Sunday...More
A girl looks at dried persimmons in a farm in Sancheong, South Gyeongsang Province on Sunday...More
Tourists enjoy ice fishing in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province on Sunday...More
Will MBC be able to revive its drama empire this year? The first runners-up are Lee Yeon-hee, Ok Taecyeon, Nam Ji-hyun and Lee Joon-hyuk. MBC's first dramas of the year 2020 are genre dramas with fantasy...More
"Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life" set another record.
Many everyday foodstuffs and stimulants can cause headaches unless people consume them in moderation because they agitate blood vessels in the brain and affect the nerves.
Cho Soo-jin at Hallym University Medical Center said, "If you suffer from headaches even though there are no major causes of stress, you need to look at what you are eating"...More
Fans gather to take pictures of K-pop stars at Incheon International Airport on Dec. 3, 2019.
Jihyo of girl group TWICE was injured last month when she was mobbed by fans at Gimpo International Airport on her return from overseas trip. One fan tripped over a photographer's ladder and accidentally lunged into the dance group star.
The arrival lobby was filled with semi-professional fans who wanted to take pictures of their idols...More
The rapid growth of online shopping is changing the face of retail in Korea.
Online shopping transactions in November last year surged 20.2 percent on-year to W12.8 trillion, surpassing W12 trillion for the first time (US$1=W1,158)...More
One of Korea's biggest winter festivals is set to kick off in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province next week.
The annual Sancheoneo Ice Festival will be held from Jan. 11 to Feb. 2 in the small town, which is surrounded by mountains. Hwacheon has a population of just 20,000, but it attracts over 1 million visitors each year...More
Golfer Park In-bee is expected to take the top spot as one of the best players from 2010 to 2019.
In a poll to vote for the "LPGA Player of the Decade", all three legends in U.S. LPGA history -- Annika Sorenstam, Kathy Whitworth and Mickey Wright -- named Park as their top pick...More
Koreans will enjoy fewer public holidays off this year because a handful for which no make-up holidays are mandated fall on a Sunday...More
Korean automakers suffered from sharply falling sales last year but are rolling out innovative new models this year. They are equipping new cars with cutting-edge technology to appeal to customers at a time of a global fall in sales of conventional cars.
Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis releases its first-ever SUV, the GV80, this month. Renault Samsung is also rolling out a coupe-type SUV called XM3 and five other new models, while GM Korea unveils the mid-sized Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV...More
Japanese people prefer Chinese to Koreans even though the island country's relations with both neighbors have historically been chilly, a poll suggests...More
Singles in middle age are increasingly waking up to the need to prepare for retirement, which they are likely to spend alone.
Singles under 39 accounted for the bulk or 35.6 percent of one-person households here in 2017, according to Statistics Korea, followed by those aged 40 to 59 who accounted for 32.4 percent and people over 60, who accounted for 32 percent. But by 2047, singles over 60 will account for a whopping 56.8 percent...More
Jeonse or Korean-style deposit leases in Seoul have risen 0.38 percent in December, the steepest increase since 0.48 percent in October last year, KB Kookmin Bank said Monday...More
Venture firms in Korea now employ more workers than the country's four major conglomerates...More
Kim Jin-su of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors is the highest-paid Korean player in Korea's professional football league...More
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Lotte Hotel will open an establishment in Seattle in June next year...More
Samsung is expected to launch a new foldable smartphone in February next year...More
Taek-il (played by Park Jung-min) is a perpetually grumpy teenager who runs off to Gunsan to prove that he's independent. This worries his mother Jeong-hye (played by Yum Jung-ah), who runs a toasted sandwich shop in some unfortunately prime real estate. Meanwhile Taek-il's best friend Sang-pil (played by Jung Hae-in) tries to get a start in business, which goes poorly since his partners are literal gangsters. Back in Gunsan, Taek-il picks fights and loses them with an increasingly colorful bunch of characters...More
As "Forbidden Dream" opens we see the legendary King Sejong (played by Han Suk-kyu) being carried around in his palanquin through a serious rainstorm. The human drawn carriage completely falls apart apart to the wailing of his loyal retainers. We then see the equally legendary court inventor Jang Yeong-sil (played by Choi Min-sik) stubbornly bracing for his fate as the obvious scapegoat to the incident. Then "Forbidden Dream" flashes back to when these two men first met...More
Discovered in 2013 in the China Film Archive, "Tuition" is one of the earliest films to result from Korean-Japanese collaborations, efforts that functioned as the vehicle for the expansion of the market of Japanese films in the colonial areas (mainly Manchuria and Korea), particularly since the vacuum created by the colonial government's suppression of American and other foreign films in Korea before 1937, left increased opportunities for such endeavors...More
People walk through a light tunnel in Milyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Friday...More
Visitors take a picture of a snow sculpture in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province on Friday, ahead of the upcoming Sancheoneo Ice Festival...More
It has been a long wait for us to get a solid first look into "Nobody Knows", but the first teaser has been well worth the wait. Brace yourselves, because Kim Seo-hyung is coming and she takes no prisoners. We have trauma, mystery, regrets of the past haunting the present and a youth who needs protection from powers beyond their control...More
According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "Ashfall" has passed the seven million viewer mark. The news comes as the disaster movie is set to win its third straight week at the South Korean box office in the face of relatively weak competition and a lack of compelling new releases...More
Following a holiday break prompted by the conclusion of the popular drama "VIP" last year, the latest season of dramas is set to begin in earnest when "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" premieres on January 6th. The follow-up to the popular 2016 drama "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" comes in with high expectations...More
Momo (left) and Kim Heechul
Children attend a Confucian school in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province on Thursday...More
Models promote mangoes in a superstore in Seoul on Thursday...More
Volunteers pack homemade bread for people in need in Busan on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Misty" (2018)
Directed by Mo Wan-il
Written by Je In
With Kim Nam-joo, Ji Jin-hee, Jeon Hye-jin-II, Im Tae-kyung, Go Joon, Jin Ki-joo,...
16 episodes - Fri, Sat 23:00
An anchorwoman is suspected of murder and her husband, a prosecutor-turned-public defender, decides to defend her. Through the process of fighting the murder charge, the couple grows closer again...More
The 2020 Year of the Rat has begun. The three ground-wave broadcasting stations are preparing new dramas and here is the line-up for the first half of the year...More
"Woman of 9.9 Billion" remained in first place despite a drop in viewership.
There has been a huge shift in home theaters in 2019; cable and general programming are finally producing results that threaten ground-wave channels. While ground-wave dramas plunged down to 2~3%, jTBC's "SKY Castle" jumped over the 20% wall. tvN and OCN haven't had significant results, but they created several popular dramas such as "Hotel Del Luna", "Crash Landing on You" and "Strangers from Hell".
It has become an environment where platforms for accessing content are diverse, and viewers are no longer dependent on just TV. The boundary between ground-wave, cable networks and general service channels has been drastically torn down, and a full-fledged 'content war' has now begun. tvN, OCN and jTBC have challenged the ground-wave with their strong new 2020 lineup...More
"Crash Landing on You" has announced that the drama will be taking a break this week. Two special episodes regarding the drama will be broadcast during its timeslots on January 4th and January 5th...More
Exotic foreign location shooting is nothing new for South Korean dramas. But the location shooting in Switzerland for "Crash Landing on You" has attracted unusual interest because rather than being a generic yet picturesque foreign location, Switzerland plays an important role in the story...More
On January 2nd Ha Jung-woo and Kim Nam-gil appeared at a press conference held for the upcoming February horror film "The Closet". The event at the Apgujeong CGV in the Gangnam district of Seoul featured both actors emphasizing how they wanted to try working in a kind of genre film they hadn't done before...More
The three who open the doors to 2020.
Han Suk-kyu, Shim Eun-kyung and Ok Taecyeon are opening the doors to the 2020 Year of the Rat. With the start of the New Year, the three ground-wave broadcasters are confidently releasing new work, and each of them will take advantage of their competitiveness to rein in the election...More
"Yacha" began filming on the 31st of December.
The first script reading for "Welcome" was held.
The 2020 March 25th starting KBS 2TV drama "Welcome" is a fantasy romantic drama about a cat who turns into a human man and a dog-like human woman, starring L, Shin Ye-eun in the lead and Seo Ji-hoon, Kang Hoon and Yoon Ye-joo in the following line-up. In addition, writer Joo Hwa-mi and PD Ji Byeong-hyeon are in charge of the drama...More
Actress Shin Se-kyung is melting away the coldness with her heartwarming act of kindness.
She donated her YouTube channel's proceeds to Good Neighbors, an NGO for International Relief Development, to support young women from crisis families. The donation she delivered will be used to make kits that include a year's worth of sanitary pads for girls growing up...More
Boy band Bangtan Boys perform at Times Square in New York on Dec. 31, 2019. /UPI-Yonhap
Boy band BTS rocked New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve in front of a huge crowd gathered for the countdown...More
People skate at an outdoor ice rink in Seoul Plaza in the capital on Wednesday...More
An installation symbolizing the Year of the Rat is set up at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Wednesday...More
People watch the first sunrise of the year on Mt. Halla on Jeju Island on Wednesday...More
"Woman of 9.9 Billion" surpassed 10% in the ratings.
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Winners of the OCN Awards 2019...More
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OCN Coming Soon - Happy year message from the actors of upcoming OCN dramas...More
People watch the first sunrise of the year in Ulsan on Wednesday...More
On December 31st a report comissioned by CJE&M and Nielsen Korea analyzed social media metrics for the fourth month of December...More
Kim Sun-ah was just one of many stars who were present at the SBS Drama Awards on December 31st. However, the lead actress for "Secret Boutique" left a strong impact on onlookers via her extremely distinctive hot pink dress...More
At the KBS Drama Awards on December 31st Gong Hyo-jin refused to tie any commitments to winning an award. Her statements were taken during a segment where Jun Hyun-moo in his role as emcee for the ceremony was asking audience members various questions...More
Over the New Year's holiday, marketing for "The Closet" has ramped up in South Korean theaters. The horror film, which is set to come out in February, stars Ha Jung-woo and Kim Nam-gil as men searching for a missing girl...More
The 2019 SBS Drama Awards - Gents on the red carpet...More
The 2019 SBS Drama Awards - Ladies on the red carpet...More
The 2019 KBS Drama Awards - Gents on the red carpet...More
The 2019 KBS Drama Awards - Ladies on the red carpet...More
Seoul is set to hold the city's annual bell-ringing event at Bosingak Bell Pavilion on Tuesday night to welcome in the New Year...More
Koreans are expected to welcome the New Year amid freezing cold while overcast skies will obscure the New Year's sunrise in many parts of the country...More
Girl group Momoland pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Monday...More
Children draw rats at a kindergarten in Gwangju on Monday to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rat...More
Visitors enjoy the sunset on a beach in Ulsan on Monday...More
The New Year is ready to meet viewers with new dramas, and actresses born in 90s with better acting skills. Based on limitless capabilities, they are raising expectations on their new and upcoming activities.
Lee Sung-kyung takes the start with the new SBS drama "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" as Cha Eun-chae, a hard-working genius fellow from cardiothoracic surgery. She's putting on the doctor's gown once again for the first time in 4 years since the SBS drama "Doctors". As a former model, the actress has homework to do. She's appeared in several roles, but there are still differences in her acting. She says she will make a change through "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2"...More
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2020 begins with new dramas.
With the start of the New Year, a colorful genre array of dramas is set to appear on TV. Viewers have high expectations, as they can meet works led by veteran actors such as Han Suk-kyu, Lee Sung-min and Sung Dong-il, who have lengthy experience, and acting skills...More
SBS is coming out with a new drama called "Penthouse".
According to SBS on the 27th, writer Kim Soon-ok and PD Joo Dong-min are working on a new drama called "Penthouse". It is a story about a woman's desire, motherhood, and real estate success towards the entrance of high society...More
The upcoming film "Count" has confirmed its lineup.
The film "Count" is about Si-heon (Jin Seon-kyu), a former medallist who is now a troublemaker physical educations teacher, and Yoon-woo (Sung Yoo-bin), a natural born rebel, taking a satisfying whack at life...More
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MBC Drama Awards 2019 red carpet...More
According to the Korean Film Council, "Ashfall" completed its second weekend at the domestic box office with over 5.7 million admissions. "Ashfall" has also led the box office for all eleven of the days it has been available...More
On December 29th "Crash Landing on You" recorded its best ratings yet of 9.2%. The drama has seen a steady improvement in ratings from the first episode, which rated 6.1%. For its Friday/Saturday night timeslot, "Crash Landing on You" has always been in first place among both dramas, as well as all general programming...More
As usual, South Korean cable dramas in 2019 showed strong diversity in genres, tone, and subject matter. But an increasing reliance on elaborate high concept premises has been showing increasingly erratic results. This year's indisputable tvN successes can be counted on one hand - "The Crowned Clown", "Arthdal Chronicles", "Hotel Del Luna" and "Memories of the Alhambra" all had solid ratings...More
Following the end of "VIP" many are wondering what the future holds for the drama's leading man, Lee Sang-yoon. Though a widely recognized presence in the South Korean entertainment industry, Lee Sang-yoon tends to be better known for variety show appearances than dramas...More
The number of moviegoers surpassed 220 million this year, setting a new record...More
Tourists brave the cold at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors wait for the sunrise at Jeongdongjin in Gangwon Province on Sunday...More
People ski in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province on Sunday...More
Various events are taking place across the country to bid farewell to 2019 and greet the arrival of 2020. Now is the time to make plans if you want to welcome the New Year by witnessing the first sunrise of 2020.
According to the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, the first sunrise of the New Year will occur at 7:37 a.m. on the easternmost islets of Dokdo. The sun will then be visible in Seoul at 7:47 a.m...More
Pengsoo, a penguin character on a YouTube channel, will strike a bell to usher in the New Year at the stroke of midnight...More
Foreign tourists pose after a ceremony to celebrate the milestone of 17.25 million visitors to Korea this year at Incheon International Airport on Thursday. /Courtesy of the Korea Tourism Organization
The number of foreign visitors to Korea this year has reached a new record of over 17.25 million...More
More than half of Koreans are believed to be less than fully healthy, while four in 10 suffer from obesity.
According to data published by the National Health Insurance Service on Thursday, of 15.08 million people who had general health checkups last year, 23.5 percent were found to be taking medication for diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes or tuberculosis, while 30.4 percent were at risk of developing one...More
Skatepark "OooOoO" designed by installation artist Koo Jeong-a /Courtesy of the Triennale Milano
Installation artist Koo Jeong-a has been named among the world's most inspiring people of the year by a German magazine....More
The aging population is a contributing factor to rising home prices over a long-term period, according a study by Korea Housing Finance Corporation out Wednesday...More
Around 30 percent of college graduates in Korea were forced to find service, sales and other jobs for which they were overqualified because of the slow economy, according to the Bank of Korea.
The BOK said this trend has become increasingly apparent since the 2000s, when the proportion already stood at 23.6 percent. At the time there were 6.31 million jobs available as 6.33 million university students were nearing graduation...More
The number of regions in Korea where married couples have no children is on a rapid increase.
Out of 228 cities and provincial towns across the country, the number where the total fertility rate is less than one child increased from 18 in 2015 to 87 last year, according to Statistics Korea. It is expected to reach nearly 100 this year...More
Nearly 200,000 middle-aged Koreans were doing nothing in particular with their lives last year, often living off their parents.
According to a recent study by the Korea Labor Institute, 195,000 people in their 40s are classified as "not in education, employment or training" or NEET. The term originally referred to people between 15 to 34 who are single, unemployed and not attending school, but the institute included those in their 40s in the study based on 18 years of economic activity data from Statistics Korea...More
Half of Koreans aged 40 to 64 eat alone every day, and many do not get the right nutrition, a study warns.
A team of researchers at Kyunghee University studied the eating habits of 7,728 middle-aged people between 2013 and 2017 and found that 50.8 percent of men and 61.1 percent of women ate alone at least once a day...More
A prolonged slump in Korea's job market has caused stress levels to peak among young jobseekers here, resulting in a sharp increase in patients seeking help for panic disorders...More
Lee Se-dol (left) smiles as his mother gives him flowers at a press conference in Sinan, South Jeolla Province on Saturday. /Yonhap
Go or baduk champion Lee Se-dol lost his match against a Korean-made computer program on Saturday.
He lost the third game of a three-round match against artificial intelligence-assisted HanDol developed by IT company NHN in his hometown of Sinan, South Jeolla Province after 181 stones...More
LG will unveil an array of new artificial intelligence technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show, the world's largest annual electronics fair, in Las Vegas in January next year...More
Hyundai's premium brand Genesis has sold more than 300,000 units worldwide since its launch in November 2015...More
Wine, once considered by most Koreans to be a drink for special occasions, is now as popular as beer and soju and commonly imbibed at regular meals...More
Though the province of Gando in the Yanbian province of China has an ethnic Korean makeup, it is not generally thought of as Korean. Nearly everyone who grew up in a time when the area would have been considered Korean is dead now. So it is that as one distinguished elderly pastor from North Gando comes to the end of his life, a historian goes out to research that man's home, its history, and how that related to the idea of Korea as a national identity...More
Early on in "The Song of the Diaspora: Arirang Road" director Lee Gyoo-chul asks a Korean immigrant to Central Asia about their miserable life in a generally exasperated tone. Were you ever upset? Did you ever wonder why this fate had to befall you? To which the elderly woman replies, it was fate. If I had been born today, I wouldn't be me. We all suffered together. This resigned sentiment proves critical to understanding just what the song of Arirang means...More
For the past month, I have been reading about the history of Korean cinema, since its beginning during the Japanese occupation years; thus, I thought it was about time to deal with films from that era. The aforementioned, 1936 film, which is also known as "Lullaby of Death" and "Mimong", is my first effort, and one of the first talkies in Korean movie history...More
Girl group ITZY pose at KBS' year-end music awards in Seoul on Friday...More
A mountain climber takes a photo of snowy scenery on Mt. Mudeung in Gwangjun on Friday...More
On December 27th Sidus HQ released new pictures of Kim Woo-bin, an actor who the agency represents. The new photos immediately drew attention for showing Kim Woo-bin off in his new long-haired style...More
After nine days of being publically available in South Korean theaters, "Ashfall" has broken the five million viewer mark. The disaster movie is doing exceptionally well going into its second weekend, with minimal competition from the historical drama "Forbidden Dream", the only new release of note...More
The latest drama from tvN, "Black Dog", has been a bit of a sleeper in the current ratings environment. But especially compared with tvN's overall lackluster year, the low profile drama about a teacher's life in the backrooms with a more functional focus on students has been gaining a following. The latest episode hit ratings of 4.3%, which is more than "Incomplete Life" had in its fourth episode...More
While Hyun Bin is the obvious male headliner for "Crash Landing on You", many of the drama's other actors have also brought out surprising interest from viewers. These side characters, North Korean soldiers in the internal continuity, have had excellent chemistry both with each other, as well as with the proper leads...More
Following an award-winning performance as a defense attorney in "Innocent Witness" earlier this year, Jung Woo-sung is set to become known for a very different kind of role in 2020 in "Beasts Clawing at Straws", where he will play a slovenly lowlife obsessed as the other characters are with a bag full of money...More
Students celebrate their high school graduation in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
Children observe a partial solar eclipse at a science museum in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday...More
Children play on ice sleds in Seoul on Thursday...More
People walk in the snow in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Home" (2017)
Directed by Kim Jong-woo
With Lee Hyo-je, Heo Joon-suk, Im Tae-poong, Kim Ha-na, Kang Yeon-jeong, Choi Yoo-song,...
Happiness drops from the skies!
A 14-year-old boy starts a project to make a family!...More
This pictorial focused on the long-haired actor, who had to grow his hair out for a role in his recent sageuk...More
Actress Im Soo-hyang was featured in the January issue of fashion magazine Cosmopolitan.
The drama is a romance between Lee Jeong-hoon (Kim Dong-wook), a next-generation anchor with hyperthymesia (highly superior autobiographical memory) who remembers things all the time, and rising star Yeo Ha-jin (Moon Ga-young), a 'scandal maker' who forgets the most important time in her life...More
Actor Lim Ju-hwan is tackling the role of a forensic scientist.
In one word, the 2019 MBC drama journey was a 'recession'. That's because only a few dramas made it to the top box office this year.
In order to overcome the crisis, the schedules of the dramas had been changed, but it did not have much effect...More
"Woman of 9.9 Billion" can't overpower Baek Jong-won.
"Beasts Clawing at Straws" won't come out until February of next year. But the project has already neen raising interest. In an already highly varied career, Jeon Do-yeon now adds another unusual role in the form of Yeon-hee, a sinister lowlife who competes with other lowlifes in the film to try and grab a hold of a bag of money...More
Following the broadcast of "Drama Stage 2020 - Big Data Romance", attention has been focused on Jeon So-min, the leading lady of the drama. Screenwriter Jung Hee-sun has described Jeon So-min in positive terms, describing their first encounter as a moment where Jeon So-min demonstrated how she perfectly typified the romantic comedy heroine...More
Chungha (left) and Baekho
Singer Chungha and Baekho of boy band NU'EST have been featured in a promotional video on Seoul's historical sites...More
Girl group AOA attend SBS' year-end music awards in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Baseball player Ryu Hyun-jin (left) and his wife Bae Ji-hyun arrive at Incheon International Airport on their way to Canada...More
Cheerleaders perform at a basketball game between ET Land Elephants and KT Sonicboom in Incheon on Wednesday...More
People gather for Christmas mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Supernatural abilities are always lurking behind every corner in Dramaland, and the criminal thriller genre is one ripe with potential for them. MBC's upcoming "The Game: Towards Zero", starring Ok Taecyeon, Lee Yeon-hee and Lim Ju-hwan, tackles the unyielding nature of one's set destiny through a hero who can predict other people's last moments...More
The lineup for drama leading roles in the second half of this year drew attention early on, as it was set up with actresses who combined their unique star quality and inner workings, including Son Ye-jin, Seo Hyun-jin and Jung Ryeo-won. In particular, the performances of Gong Hyo-jin and Jang Nara were more notable. Gong proved her name again by breaking the 20% barrier with the KBS 2TV drama "When the Camellia Blooms" and Jang has generated consecutive success in SBS's "The Last Empress" and the following "VIP". The highly anticipated actresses were greenlit, winning both a pass mark for acting and a favorable reception from viewers...More
The National Union of Media Workers, the Hope Solidarity Union Broadcasting Staff Branch and the Hanbit Media Labor and Human Rights Center (the 3 broadcasting labor unions) said they will file complaints against the production company Studio Dragon and CJ ENM over the OCN drama "Tell Me What You Saw" set to air in February next year.
The Hope Solidarity Union Broadcasting Staff Branch held a press conference and announced that it would file a complaint with the Employment and Labor Administration against CJ ENM, an OCN drama "Tell Me What You Saw" broadcaster, and Studio Dragon and H House, the production companies, for violating the Labor Standards Act and the Industrial Safety and Health Act...More
"Woman of 9.9 Billion" set its own record.
According to Nielsen Korea, the KBS 2TV drama "Woman of 9.9 Billion' rated 9.9% and 11.4% on the 25th...More
The special nature of TV drama in the year 2019 is the remarkable woman-dominated dramas with women in the lead. Some examples are the KBS drama "When the Camellia Blooms" (Gong Hyo-jin), "VIP" (Jang Nara) and "Woman of 9.9 Billion" (Jo Yeo-jung). There is also "Diary of a Prosecutor" (Jung Ryeo-won). According to professional agencies, the woman-dominated dramas mark high in viewership and topic, dominating the small screen and sufficiently overwhelming the popularity of man-dominated dramas.
Moon Geun-young from the tvN drama "Catch the Ghost" and Hyeri from "Miss Lee" top the list. KBS daily drama "Elegant Mother and Daughter" is practically a battle arena for Choi Myung-gil, Cha Ye-ryun, Oh Chae-yi and Ji Soo-won. JTBC drama "Chocolate" is about Ha Ji-won being in control of Yoon Kye-sang, Jang Seung-jo and Teo Yoo. KBS 2TV's "Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life" has Jo Yoon-hee, Seol In-ah and Jo Yoo-jung leading the next generation of Kim Mi-sook, Na Young-hee and Park Hae-mi...More
With the 2019 KBS Drama Awards on the 31st, the network broadcasting awards relay has begun. While this reminds us that the end of the year is nearing, it is also a festival acknowledging those who have worked hard throughout the year and focuses on who the grand prizes will be awarded to. This year, network broadcasters regained their self-esteem by reclaiming the throne of dramas, which was lost to cable and general service channels, as they sought to change the genres and production time of series.
Who will be the ones to top off the year's final festivities? The MBC Drama Awards air this 30th while SBS and KBS will hold their shows on the 31st...More
"The Cursed" is a mystery thriller about Im Jin-hee, a righteous reporter trying to uncover the secrets of Korea's largest IT company, Forest, meeting So-jin, a strong-spirited girl with special abilities, and fighting injustice...More
The drama is a romance between Lee Jeong-hoon (Kim Dong-wook), a next-generation anchor with hyperthymesia (highly superior autobiographical memory) who remembers things all the time, and rising star Yeo Ha-jin (Moon Ga-young), a 'scandal maker' who forgets the most important time in life...More
Shin Min-ah has a new pictorial and interview.
About playing Kang Seon-yeong in the jTBC drama "Chief of Staff - Season 2", she said, "It was a good character to play and I thought hard to express myself as a character who strives in the midst of hard times"....More