[HanCinema's Film Review] "Rampant" 2018/10/27
The opening scenes of "Rampant" rather effectively set the mood- a late night raid on a Dutch merchant ship in Korean waters leaves one of the pirates badly spooked after he gets mauled by a crazy person. Then we see that in addition to carrying a crazy person, the Dutch ship was also carrying a lot of guns. All of this is relevant to the machinations of minister Ja-joon (played by Jang Dong-gun), but when Prince Cheong (played by Hyun Bin) gets back from a long sojourn in China, all he sees is an empty wrecked town and no royal guard to meet him,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Good Morning President" 2018/10/27
Presidents are just normal human beings like you and me. In "Good Morning President" writer/director Jang Jin takes this banal idea to its natural conclusion. What if presidents were so normal, that they were like characters in situation comedies? What if dignified elder statesman Jeong-ho (played by Lee Soon-jae) had a preternatural obsession with the lottery? What if young hot-shot Hi-wook (played by Jang Dong-gun) kept getting distracted by bodily functions? What if the efficient businesswoman Kyeong-ja (played by Go Doo-shim) had to deal with her bumbling idiot husband Chang-myeon (played by Im Ha-ryong) unintentionally fomenting disaster?,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Nowhere to Hide" 2018/10/20
I have repeatedly mention that the new "Golden Era" of Korean cinema was headed by the plethora of great crime thrillers that were released during the 00's and the 10's ("Mother - 2009", "The Chaser", "I Saw the Devil", Park Chan-wook, etc). However, the genre also had successes before that time, as "Nowhere To Hide", which won a number of awards both locally and internationally, eloquently proves. Furthermore, Lee Myung-se's film manages to stand out from the vast plethora of similar titles due to its presentation, which actually uses the crime thriller aspect as a base for artistic "experimentations",...More
[Orion's Drama News] High-Tech Entourage 2018/05/26
We take a break from the main couple of "Are You Human Too" this week, but it's time to meet its extended cast in new promotional goodies. We have had a couple of new dramas announced recently, and their casting efforts are under way. I am currently whooshing through new series, so this season is going well. I hope yours is too,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.06 - 2018.04.08 2018/04/09
Local horror narrowly retains pole position amid stiff competition...
The low-budget horror "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" by director Jeong Beom-sik managed to hold off serious challenges from both "Ready Player One" and the recently released local comedy-drama "What a Man Wants" to retain the top stop. Jeong's surprise hit outplayed Steven Spielberg's adaption last weekend with 40% of the sales (983,018 admissions), and with the 513,673 (27%) admissions the film scored here, its total tally now stands at 2.2 million ($16.7 million),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.03.30 - 2018.04.01 2018/04/02
"Gonjiam" rises and outplays "Ready Player One" over Easter weekend...
Jeong Beom-sik's "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" enjoyed a successful limited release last weekend (fifth with 54,780 admissions) and has risen to the top of the chart following its official released last Wednesday. From 1,124 screens around the country, "Gonjiam", Jeong's second feature-length film as the sole director after "Casa Amor, Exclusive for Ladies" (2015), earned 39.62% of the sales, or 983,045 admissions ($7.6 million). The local horror/mystery managed to outplay Steven Spielberg's action-packed adaptation "Ready Player One",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Seven Years of Night" 2018/03/31
It is time to take a look at the depths human darkness and pain can reach in "Seven Years of Night"; the story of a broken man spiraling down his own abyss, and a predator out for revenge. Boasting great performances by Ryu Seung-ryong and Jang Dong-gun, what might seem as a standard revenge piece at first, reveals itself as the fierce battle of the characters against their own demons, whether they are open to facing them or not,...More
[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Jung Hae-in 2018/03/24, Source
I daresay, in 2018, the hottest young actor of K-drama world is none other than the actor Jung Hae-in. He seems to have everything: the handsome face, fit body, great acting skills, cute image, outstanding fashion sense, gentleman-like personality… the list could go on and on,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Do Fear the Reaper 2017/09/23
Even I cannot keep up with the torrential flow of drama news this week, but I have plenty to share and some of it is very exciting. Two dramas are premiering in the upcoming week and I take one last look at their pre-release goodies before wishing them and their viewers good luck and a good time. I also share the first glimpse into "Mad Dog" and thrilling new information about "Black". Join me for love, crime and smoke monsters,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "V.I.P" 2017/09/02
Sooner or later, in most serial killer stories, the serial killer needs to gain superpowers in order to remain a credible threat. With Gwang-il (played by Lee Jong-suk), that superpower is even dumber than usual. Gwang-il makes gratuitous messes everywhere he goes, and is easily identified as the culprit by the most trifling police work. It's only thanks to the inexplicable aid of high-ranking government officials, from North Korea to South Korea to the United States, that Gwang-il is a threat to anyone,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2017/08/27
Actor Jang Dong-gun opens up about his looks and life, The Korea Herald investigates racism in modern Korean culture, Koreans living in the diaspora water their roots, and America's most iconic men's magazine arrives in Korea,...More
Jang Dong-gun Comes out with Another R-Rated Film 2017/08/19, Source
Actor Jang Dong-gun is set to show off his rugged side, taking on a tough-guy role in an action-packed spy film to be released next week.
"It was my first time wearing glasses for a role since a TV series I appeared in about 20 years ago. I felt unnatural, as if I were wearing a disguise. In fact I tried on about 100 pairs to find the right ones before shooting started", Jang said at a press event on Thursday ahead of the release of the film "V.I.P",...More
Join the Celebrity Sports Teams! 2017/03/31, Source
When you are busy working in the entertainment industry, you must keep yourself healthy! And what better way is there to keep yourself healthy than enjoying a good sports, surrounded by your fellow star buddies?,...More
Ko So-young Returns to TV with a More Common Touch 2017/02/11, Source
Actress Ko So-young returns with a new TV series late this month, after taking a 10-year hiatus from acting.
In the TV series "The Perfect Wife" set to begin airing on Feb. 27, Ko plays a housewife who struggles to overcome hardship. Known for playing mostly elegant, sophisticated roles, her decision to appear as an ordinary middle-aged housewife has already received much attention,...More
Cool tension closing in on "V.I.P" director Park Hoon-jung 2016/12/26, Source
A man in a suit looking out the window, haggard from the previous night's drinking and at that moment, another man is doing work in the office, exhausted; this is what director Park Hoon-jung of the new movie "V.I.P" thought of while he was in the process of making the movie. The dilemma of people who have to move against their will as a serrated wheel of the system, is what Park paid attention to for a long time. The Korean National Intelligence and police, the North Korean Intelligence and the American CIA get involved over a man who is a suspect in "V.I.P" and it expands on the relationship between politics and dilemma,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Taegukgi" 2016/06/04
The fourth-in-a-row blockbuster regarding the relations between North and South Korea (after "Shiri", "JSA - Joint Security Area" and "Silmido"), broke the records of both budget, with $12,8 millions, and admissions, with 11.74 million spectators in the country's cinemas, while its earnings bordered on $70 million. Furthermore, it was a success in Japan earning $9,7 million, and it was also released in the United Stated, earning $1,1 million. Testament to the scale of the production are the years of research spent to ensure historic validity, the huge sets, and the number of supernumeraries used, who exceeded 25,000, in order to achieve absolute realism in the war scenes,...More
Photographer to Hold Adoption-Themed Exhibition Again This Year 2015/12/13, Source
Photographer Cho Sei-hon will hold an exhibition in Seoul late this month, just ahead of Christmas. Now in its 13th year, the exhibition has become an annual event for Cho, who has devoted much of his time over the past decade to taking pictures to raise awareness of adoption. Again this year, more than 20 celebrities, including singer Lee Moon-se and former baseball player Park Chan-ho, posed for photographs with babies who are up for adoption,...More
Jang Dong-gun's niece, Melody Day Yoomin posts her uncle's autograph 2015/06/09, Source
On June 9th, Yoomin posted on her personal Instagram, "I was so surprised this morning to find my name on the searched words list. I used to see him without knowing much about him when I was little. I'm now worried I might damage his reputation", along with a photo.
In the photo, it shows Jang Dong-gun's autograph with an affectionate message for his niece, 'Stay healthy and study hard. Grow up pretty',...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "2009 Lost Memories" 2015/04/04
Sakamoto (played by Jang Dong-gun) is an ethnically Korean investigator working for the Japanese government in an alternative reality where Japan won World War II. Actually the counter-historical is fairly interesting- so far as I can tell, in this timeline Japan avoided the Second Sino-Japanese War and instead engaged in brinksmanship with the Russians. This resulted in Japan joining the Allies and Russia allying with the Axis. It should come as little surprise that in this timeline America entered the war a lot earlier. Goodness knows we hated Communists a lot more than we did the Nazis,...More
What is Suzy to Lee Min-ho? The 'Suzy Manual' 2015/03/23, Source The web is burning with news about Lee Min-ho and Suzy being 'a thing'. It's no surprise a pretty girl and handsome boy are attracted to each other but the two of them are role models for lots of people and many want to know who has the upper hand. In Chinese people's eyes, it's Suzy that's even but not for those 'uncle fans' who had Suzy in their hearts.
We don't know what attracted them to each other but according to known facts we have created a 'Suzy Manual' to show what Suzy should be to Lee Min-ho,...More
Jang Dong-gun is back to studying 2015/02/05, Source Jang Dong-gun was admitted to Seoul Cyber University.
According to a media source on February 5th, his agency SM C&C said, "Actor Jang Dong-gun was admitted to Culture and Art Management at Seoul Cyber University. Due to the nature of the university, he will take courses online at home,...More
Incheon Asian Games Kicks Off with Grand Ceremony 2014/09/20, Source
The Incheon Asian Games officially kicks off with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday. The ceremony features four hours of performances as the continent's largest sporting event brings all Asian nations together. The Games will last until Oct . 4. A traditional folk music performance called pungmulnori designated as the host city's cultural assets will start the proceedings, and K-pop stars including Big Bang, CNBlue and EXO and actors Jang Dong-gun and Kim Soo-hyun will appear on stage to add glamor,...More
Big Stars to Perform at Incheon Asian Games 2014/08/05, Source
Renowned artists and K-pop stars will perform in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, which will take place between Sept. 19 and Oct. 4. Rapper Psy and boy band EXO will celebrate the Game's opening, while its promotional ambassador JYJ will sing the event's official song. Film director Im Kwon-taek, who is in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies, is working hard to highlight Korea's uniqueness, especially pop culture, which is sweeping across Asia and other parts of the world,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "No Tears for The Dead" 2014/06/20
It's pretty telling that the film's main effective emotional moments make a lot more sense without any kind of context. Take Mo-kyeong (played by Kim Min-hee). She's in pain because of the death of her daughter and husband- especially the former, because Mo-kyeong feels guilty about not being a better parent. This is some strong melodrama here- being a good parent is really hard.
Then we flash back to the main plot, and oh yeah, this is a story about assassins and brotherhood and laundered stock money and battles of honor and techno wizardry and, really, melodrama aside, the action here just gets increasingly and absurdly silly,...More
No Tears for the Dead (2014) 2014/06/06, Source "No Tears for the Dead"
Genres: Action and Drama
Running Time: 116 min.
Directed by: Lee Jeong-beom
Starring: Jang Dong-gun, Kim Min-hee
Synopsis: After immigrating to America and being abandoned by his own mother, Kon is raised to become a hit man. One day during a job, Kon accidentally kills a young girl and is plagued by guilt over killing an innocent child. His boss gives the despondent hit man a new job -- to kill the young girl's mother. His new target works as a risk manager at an investment firm. The grief-stricken mother buries herself in her work without knowing that she is in the heart of a dangerous conspiracy,...More
Legendary S. Korean Director of "The Man from Nowhere" Returns with the Highly Anticipated Film "No Tears for the Dead" 2014/06/04, Source
South Korea's highly anticipated film "No Tears for the Dead" (directed by Lee Jeong-beom) is set to be released in North American theaters June 20th!
PROLOGUE Veteran hitman Gon (Jang Dong-gun) receives a mission, which is to target Mogyeong (Kim Min-hee). The trouble is, he falls in love with her.
SYNOPSIS Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hitman. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible mistake of killing an innocent young girl. A flood of guilt takes over his life and the situation becomes worse when his boss assigns him the job of killing the young girl's mother. Gon's new target, Mogyeong, is a risk manager at an investment firm and has buried herself in work to bury her grief. She is completely unaware of her role at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy. Finally, she meets the man who wants to tell her the truth behind the death of her child,...More
Shin Min-ah and Kim Min-hee, on the big screen 2014/04/30, Source
Two actresses are taking a leap onto the big screen.
Best friends and most standing out actresses in their 30s, Kim Min-hee and Shin Min-ah are coming out with new movies this June. They went through the course of cover models in their teens, youth stars in their 20s and now they're attempting at something new in their 30s,...More
Blockbusters coming soon this spring 2014/03/10, Source
The formality of Korean blockbuster movies is breaking up.
It starts off with Hyun Bin. With the release of "The King's Wrath" in April, other movies such as Son Ye-jin's "Pirates" and other blockbusters fill up the line. These blockbusters cost more than 10 billion won each and the atmosphere seems completely different from that of movies that usually come out into the open in July ~ August,...More
Celebrities Favor Gangnam Luxury Condos 2013/06/28, Source
Actor Jung Woo-sung is moving into a luxury condominium in the affluent Gangnam area of southern Seoul where his friend and fellow actor Lee Jung-jae has already bought a unit.
The condo, currently under construction, is in Samseong-dong. It stands 16 stories high and contains only 18 units between 155 and 293 sq.m. Units cost between W2 billion and W5.5 billion (US$1=W1,151),...More
Star Power Wanes at Box Office 2013/03/23, Source
Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand", which was released in Korea on Feb. 21, has tanked at the box office and dropped off the list after attracting only 66,698 spectators in just under a month. The film is directed by Kim Jee-woon, who shot to fame with "The Good, the Bad and the Weird", but the combination of top director and star was unable to attract viewers. This appears to be part of a wider trend where star power is fading in favor of strong storylines. Film booking site Maxmovie asked 2,754 members of its website from Feb. 26 to March 6 what they consider when choosing a movie and found that a massive 74.2 percent said the plot is the most important factor,...More
[Guest Review] "My Way" 2013/03/08, Source
Tatsuo and Jun-Shik
"My Way" is a poignant, dramatic account of two men, one Korean (Jun-Shik) and the other Japanese (Tatsuo), who forge a bond in their favorite activity, running. Early on in life, it's clear that the Koreans living in Japan, during the days of the Japanese Empire were looked down upon. Even Tatsuo projects this attitude towards his friend. One day at a party, when both the boys were young adults, a package arrives at a party, where Tatsuo's grandfather, a high ranking military man, was greeting party-goers,...More
A look at the K-dramas of 2012 2013/01/01, Source
This year was really a wild ride. It was my second full year as a k-drama watcher and my first full year blogging. Phew. Did 2012 go by as quickly for you as it did for me?
Some of it I loved, and some of it left me lukewarm. There were a few dramas I really wish I could obliterate from my memory. But the good ones made up for it, 'cause there were some GOOD dramas.
The reviews will be highly biased and highly noninclusive. It's about what I remembered at the end of the year 2012. How did these shows impact me? Am I still salivating? Or did I forget it existed until I had to write this thing?,...More
G-Dragon Voted Best-Dressed Celebrity of the Year 2012/12/25, Source
Pop star G-Dragon was the best-dressed celebrity of 2012. The Chosun Ilbo asked 25 fashion designers and stylists who they felt were the leading trendsetters of the year. The top 15 advanced to the second round of voting, where the top 10 were decided. G-Dragon of K-pop group Big Bang came first with 10 votes. He established himself as a fashionista early in his career with a wide range of styles from street fashion to luxury and is said to be capable of making any piece of clothing his own,...More
Singer Byul Still Shining 10 Years After Debut 2012/11/30, Source
When Byul released her debut album in 2002, JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin-young gave her the stage name Byul ("S tar"), signifying his desire for her to become a shining light in the Korean music industry. Although Byul has failed to dominate the firmament of stars, she has managed to keep shining with a soft glow for the last decade and recently released her latest album "No stalgia" in commemoration of her 10th year in the limelight. "This album is to celebrate the 10th year [since my debut]", she said. "But I'm not attaching too much significance to this, or trying to prove myself in any particular way. I just, as always, sang songs that convey my every day feelings and thoughts,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/08, Source It's the start of a new week and our Michelle Kim is here for our daily arts and culture segment. Today, she will tell us about a dance performance she saw this weekend and a Korean film that premiered recently at the Busan film festival. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what was the performance you saw this weekend[Reporter : ] I went to see Sweden's Cullberg Ballet Company, which is in town as the opening performance of the 15th Seoul International Dance Festival. The festival features a wide rang of choreographic styles, and Cullberg started it off with three innovative works from its repertoire. Take a look. The Seoul International Dance Festival kicked off on Friday with a performance at the Gangdong Arts Center by the Cullberg Ballet Company from Sweden. The company, which is known for its modern interpretations of classical ballet works, last appeared in Korea nearly 10 years ago in 2003,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/10/03, Source
Hello, everyone. Im Lena with the latest K-pop news updates. Well start off with news about global sensation Psy. Last night, Psy whos at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the U.K. music chart treated some 8,000 Korean fans to a free performance at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul,...More
SM C&C Merges With AM Entertainment 2012/09/20, Source SM Entertainment seems to be growing by the day. It's affiliate group, SM C&C, has just merged with talent agency giant AM Entertainment, home to some of Korea's A-list actors and actresses. According to an SM C&C rep on September 19th, talents like Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul, and Han Ji-min, have all joined SM C&C. With this movie, SM C&C is hoping to grow as a representative video contents and drama production center in Asia. This will just another strategic move on SM Entertainment's part, in addition to its ambitions of becoming a global acting management company,...More
Kim Min-jong and Jang Dong-gun, who's getting married? 2012/08/05, Source
Spoilers outgrow with 2 more episodes to go
With everything done and over on the 31st of last month, SBS weekend drama "A Gentleman's Dignity" is fighting with spoilers. With the final episode being postponed last weekend because of the London Olympics, the drama crew are doing everything they can to hide the finale. Viewers are expecting the drama to end in a happy ending. However, the end of the four characters is barely visible,...More
(42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens 2012/07/04, Source
Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
Art and Culture 2012/06/20, Source
And now it's time for our arts and culture report with Michelle Kim. I hear today she has updates on the Shanghai International Film Festival that opened a couple of days ago and a photo exhibition that's ongoing at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today ?,...More
Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars 2012/05/21, Source Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the nation's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie.
Some 25,784 people voted from April 18 to May 5. The two drew 10.1 and 13.7 percent of the votes respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best -- as opposed to most popular -- actor and actress, with 18 and 23.3 percent.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
Jung Joon-ha to wed girlfriend 'Nemo' in May 2012/04/02, Source
By Kwaak Je-yup
One of Korea's celebrity bachelors is ready to put an end to his single life.
Jung Joon-ha, comedian best known for his part in the six-man team on MBC's weekly show "Infinity Challenge", announced Monday that he is tying the knot with his girlfriend of three years in May,...More
Terracotta Far East Film Festival opening and closing film 2012/02/21, Source
Terracotta is London's premier celebration of the film and culture of the Far East. With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, an unbeatable programme of exclusive cast and crew Q&As, intro's and masterclasses and fabulous public parties the Terracotta Far East Film Festival really does have something for everybody,...More
Feature profile - My Way 2012/02/10, Source Headed for the Berlinale Panorama section, director Kang Je-gyu's "My Way"is a historic film is more ways than one. KANG Byeong-jin goes over the details.
World War II film "My Way" is Kang Je-gyu's fourth film as a director, following "The Gingko Bed", "Shiri" and "Taegukgi". "Shiri" was the first Korean film to bring in over 2 million admissions in Seoul (back when nationwide figures were unavailable and the capital's statistics were used as rule-of thumb). On its release, "Taegukgi" along with "Silmido" opened the era of Korean films with admissions of 10 million and more.
Even from the outside, "My Way" seems like an extension of the challenges Kang's work took on before. The film's stage spans Korea to China through the former Soviet Union to Normandy, and it stars Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri, the top stars of Korea and Japan respectively. More than anything, the film's budget of about KW28 billion (US$24.8 million) is the highest ever in Korean cinema history,...More
Jang Dong-gun Returns to Primetime Drama 2012/02/03, Source
Actor Jang Dong-gun is returning to primetime TV drama after a 12-year absence. He decided to appear in a 20-episode weekend drama called "A Gentleman's Dignity", which is scheduled to air from May on SBS, said his management agency AM Entertainment.
This comes over a decade after the 40-year-old actor starred in MBC's "All About Eve" in 2000. According to the agency's press release, his upcoming drama is about the careers and love lives of urban professionals,...More
No Photoshop, just Kim Ha-neul 2012/01/24, Source
Actress Kim Ha-neul showed off her long legs.
She exposed her chic body in the February edition of fashion magazine " Singles " recently. She displayed her slim figure in shorts, without her usual smile,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Way" or The High Way? 2012/01/14
With a production budget of about KRW 28 billion (US$24 million), Kang Je-gyu's "My Way" marks not only his first in seven years but it is most expensive Korean film ever made. The film was originally going to be Kang's first foreign feature film but Kang decline Warner Brothers' investment proposal and, instead, accepted the support of SK Telecom and CJ E&M's film business division to put up the bulk of capital required. With its international cast and wildly epic scope, "My Way" is a shell shocking thrill ride that examines the futility of war through the relationship of two unlikely friends,...More
South Korean Box Office in 2011 2012/01/14, Source Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle.
Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
[Interview] Director KANG Je-gyu 2012/01/14, Source
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
Actor JANG Dong-gun 2012/01/14, Source After starring in Korea's biggest budget war movie of all time, actor Jang Dong-gun met with Korean Cinema Today's LEE Hwa-jung to talk about his work.
Based on a true story, "My Way" is about the unbelievable journey of a Korean man who was drafted by the Japanese army during World War II. He was captured by the Russians and put in a labor camp, then became a soldier in the German army, and finally was captured by the US army in Normandy. A record of the spectacular struggle of an individual in history, director Kang Je-gyu's latest action dramastars Jang Dong-gun in the role of Jun-shik, a young marathoner who just wants to get back home,...More
Going My Way with KANG Je-gyu 2012/01/14, Source
The dramatization of a true war-time story that spans years, continents, and changing friendships and enmities, "My Way" is director Kang Je-gyu's comeback after seven years. KANG Byeong-jin looks at what went into the making of the film.
"My Way" deals with a true story that is practically legend. In the late 1930s, a man from Joseon ends up going to China and the Soviet Union towards Germany and finally ends up on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Amongst the US National Archives' records of the invasion of Normandy was found a photograph of an Asian man in a German uniform at Normandy. American historian Stephen Ambrose wrote in his book "D-Day", "At the beach called Utah on the day of the invasion, Lt. Robert Brewer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, captured four Asians in Wehrmacht uniforms. No one could speak their language; eventually it was learned that they were Koreans",...More
K-celebrities now VCR2 2011/12/29, Source
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Just keep running behind me!"
"My Way" opened in the theaters on December 22nd, and in just five days reached over one million viewers! Meet the stars of Korea's big box office hit.
These days, movies from both Korea and abroad are fighting to attract the largest crowds during the holiday rush. "My Way", starring Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun, seems to be leading the pack,...More
Won Bin Becomes 'Actor of the Year' for Two Consecutive Years 2011/12/23, Source
Gallup Korea conducted a survey to select the "Actor of the Year", and Won Bin has been chosen as the best actor for two years in a row. Gallup Korea said on December 22 that they had conducted a survey with 1,728 respondents from both men and women aged 13 or older across the nation from November 18 until December 6 to ask the best movie star of the year, and Won Bin obtained 11.3 percent of the votes. Gallup Korea let the respondents select two actors and counted the total votes,...More
Kang Je-gyu: 'I Devoted My Passion to 'My Way" 2011/12/16, Source
The director Kang Je-gyu who has written the history of Korean movies, said during the interview with News Y (news channel by Yonhap News) on December 15, "I gave my best effort and passion that I have spared for the past seven years while taking a break to produce the movie "My Way"." He led the boom of Korean movies with his hit movies such as "The Gingko Bed" (1996) and "Shiri" (1998), and his previous movie "Taegukgi" (2004) recorded the largest number of audience members, which was 11.7 million,...More
Korean Mega War Movie Targets Pan-Asian Audience 2011/12/15, Source Kang Je-gyu's new pan-Asian movie "My Way" premieres on Dec. 22. Kang, who drew over 10 million spectators with the clunking history epic "Taegukgi" in 2004, is now hoping for Asia-wide success with the biggest budget and the most ambitious scale in many years.
The movie portrays the tragic destiny of two young men, one from Korea and the other from Japan, who are drafted into the Japanese Army during World War II and later have to fight in Soviet and German uniform. The movie is very loosely based on a true story,...More
S. Korean Actress Ko So-Young 2011/11/19, Source
poses for camera at the "2011 Style Icon Awards" ceremony held at CJ E&M Center in Seoul's Sangam-dong on Nov. 3, 2011.
A number of actors and actresses and other entertainers took part in the event.
Ko So-young was born on Oct. 6, 1972. She graduated from Chung-Ang University with a major in Drama & Cinema. She was known as one of South Korea's "ideal women".
Ko was born in Seoul, South Korea. She attended an all-female high school before gaining early admission to Chung-Ang University, where she studied computer science,...More
[BIFF Everything] Han Hyo-joo has autograph session in front of an elevator 2011/10/09, Source
-- Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri had drinks at a street vendor stall on October 6th. After the opening ceremony of BIFF, the "My Way" duo sat down at a street stall and tipped soju glasses into their mouths all night. Bodyguards surrounded the vendor street.
-- Han Hyo-joo had an off-schedule autograph session. She was surrounded by 20 or so Japanese fans on October 7th, at the Grand Hotel lobby elevator. Her bodyguards tried to stop them but she gave them her autograph and held their hands. She experienced the popularity that sold out all the tickets for "Always" within seven seconds of its release,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story "Always", starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director Lee Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
Kim Yuna, Most Memorable Ad Model For First Half of 2011 2011/08/18, Source
World-renowned figure skater Kim Yuna leaves deep impressions not only on the ice, but through her many advertisements.
According to a report on the most memorable ad model for the first half of 2011 conducted by government organizations, Kim came out on top with 10.5% of the votes. This is her third win after being number one in 2009 and 2010,...More
Korea's total box office dips 2.3%, but local films go up 9.9% 2011/07/08, Source By KOFIC
Korea's box office in the first half of 2011 has dipped 2.3%. From January to June, theaters took in 68.3 million admissions and KW536.4bn (US$507.2m), down from the 69.76 million admissions and KW549.3bn (US$519.4m) in the same period of time in 2010.
Last year, 3D films with higher ticket prices led by "Avatar" brought about an increase in box office gross despite a decrease in admissions. This year's 3D tentpoles such as "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" did well at the box office but were not enough to make up for decreasing admissions,...More
Kwon eyes Chinese film career 2011/05/30, Source
SHENZHEN, China (AP) - After building a name for himself in the South Korean film and TV industries, kwon Sang-woo is setting his sights on another booming Asian entertainment market - China.
The 34-year-old actor is shooting a Chinese-language romance alongside Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung and will next join the Jackie Chan project "Chinese Zodiac",...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
Jang Dong-gun will depart to attend Cannes 2011/05/11, Source
Actor Jang Dong-gun will depart to France to attend the Cannes International Film Festival today.
He will depart form Incheon International Airport on the 12th in the afternoon and participate in 3 nights and 4 days of the festival's events. He will attend the product release of his won movie "My Way" by director Kang Jae-gyu and focus on promoting it with movie makers as the main target.,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
"My Way" to hold preview on the 15th in Cannes 2011/05/02, Source
Director Kang Jae-gyu's movie "My Way" will be having a preview in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival.
"My Way" will have a preview in front of movie makers from all over the world on the 15th of May. It is particularly a special event because it's happening in the biggest movie market in the world and it is a part of a foreign sales promotion by revealing it first to buyers who will visit the market.,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Stars to unite for new global management 2011/04/08, Source
By Chung Ah-young
Hallyu stars will join forces to establish a collaborative agency to target the Asian market.
Keyeast, Bae Yong-joon's management agency, said Friday that six management agencies, AM Ent, Star J, SM, YG, JYP and Keyeast, will combine to launch UAM (United Asia Management) this month,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/03/30, Source
Next we have our segment of with Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Today on WEEKLY STAR SCENE, we're going to take a look at the issues that have heated up the entertainment industry during the week! First, we have some good news! On Monday, March 28th, one of Korea's most well-known bachelors, actor Jung Joon-ho, tied a knot with TV announcer 이하정, who is by the way, nine years his junior! Without further a do, let's take a closer look,...More
10 billion won "My Way" get out of risk of suspension 2011/03/09, Source "My Way" by Kang Jae-gyu managed to get out of the risk of suspension with 10 billion won (US$10 million) already invested.
The Seoul District Court revealed they dismissed the request of violation of copyright by Kim, who had transferred the rights to the movie, against the productions Directors.
The court said, "It looks like the movie started shooting last October and a sum of 10 billion won has already been invested. If the movie was to be suspended the production itself will fail and there is a big risk of not being able to recover the loss",...More
Weekly star scene 2011/02/16, Source Show transcript
Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene".
We have our entertainment reporter Lee Dami in the studio with us, today. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영!
Well, what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today for , as always, I'll deliver the news and issues that heated up the entertainment industry! First up is the news of JYJ's Kim Jun-su, who is enjoying stardom as a musical actor as well as a recording artist. Let's kick off this week's by taking a look at this new dark horse of the musical industry,...More
Hyun Bin: 'I Feel No Fear About Joining Marines' 2011/02/14, Source Hyun Bin enthusiastically played the male protagonist named Hoon in the movie "Late Autumn - 2010".
Actor Hyun Bin, who appeared in "Late Autumn - 2010" with Chinese actress Tang Wei, said, "I hope that I can become a more mature and strong person in the military". This year, Hyun Bin has been enjoying the most success since his debut. The SBS drama "Secret Garden", in which he appeared, recorded high viewer ratings of around 30 percent, and his movies "Late Autumn - 2010" and "Come Rain Come Shine" were officially invited to the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. He has been spending the busiest time by holding promotional activities for his movies and filming various TV commercials, but he will join the Marine Corps on March 7. He will leave the screen at the time he has received the greatest love by people. During an interview with Hyun Bin held at the Wangsibri CGV, he said, "I have no fear about joining the military",...More
Here's To More Korean Talent Starring in Hollywood Movies! 2011/02/12, Source
By Daniel Matthews
Did anyone get a chance to watch the film, "The Warrior's Way"? It was pretty recently released (back in December) and starred Korea's version of Brad Pitt, Jang Dong-gun. Regrettably I missed this film. I was sorely disappointed that I didn't see it, not because I was excited about the latest tale of ninjas and warriors and ninja-like warriors. No, it was because of the fact that this was one of the very few recent opportunities that I would have had the chance to see a Korean actor opposite a Non-Korean actress in a "love interest" type of role on the big screen,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Thank You List 2010/12/31, Source
There are things that cannot be expressed through annual awards ceremonies. The big trophies are not enough to describe the gratitude we feel for the dramas that contributed to brightening our days during the past year. This is why 10Asia is presenting the "Thank You" list in which we selected 10 memorable dramas. This is a shout-out to all those dramas that at time melted our hearts with highly appealing looks, made our hands and feet cringe yet leave our eyes and mouths smiling with famous lines, delighted us at the mere sight of some characters and left the single viewers green with jealously with the romance scenes. Let us thank all these dramas that took our emotions on a most exciting roller coaster ride. So thank you!,...More
Han Chae-young in China to film new movie 2010/12/23, Source
Korean actress Han Chae-young [BH Entertainment]
Korean actor Han Chae-young flew into China over the weekend to begin filming a new movie.
"Han is currently in China for movie 'Big Deal'. She flew out last Saturday and is scheduled to continue working there until the end of January", a PR official from her agency BH Entertainment told 10Asia over the phone,...More
TVCF, the largest advertising Web portal in Korea, said,...More
Star couple shows presidential life 2010/12/10, Source
Actor Choi Soo-jong, left, and his wife, actress Ha Hee-ra
By Han Sang-hee
The evening news these days has been quite a show, literally, with politicians throwing fists and chairs at one another regarding next year's budget. While it seems as if television doesn't need any more political drama, a new soap on KBS is aiming to captivate viewers with the man in the middle of the political chaos, discussion and controversy: the president,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Jang Dong-gun 2010/11/25, Source 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 2010/11/25, Source
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
Spectacular Visual Effects in Movie 'The Warrior's Way' 2010/11/24, Source
A man once called "a man with empty eyes" (Jang Dong-gun) has trained his mind and body for a long time and finally defeats all his enemies, and becomes the top swordsman in the world. But he feels doubts about killing people and decides to hide himself in a remote place in a western village located across the sea with a baby whose parents had been killed by his own sword. He has lived a quiet life by running a laundry and gradually opens his mind to a tomboy named Lynne (Kate Bosworth), who has been trying to come closer to him,...More
Kate Bosworth says filming with Jang Dong-gun new but not different 2010/11/23, Source
Hollywood actress Kate Bosworth speaks to reporters at a press screening for film "The Warrior's Way" held at the COEX Megabox theater in Seoul, South Korea on November 22, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Hollywood actress Kate Bosworth has said working on film "The Warrior's Way", helmed by a Korean director and starring a Korean actor, was a new experience but not a different one.
Bosworth made the remark during a press screening for the film in Seoul on Monday while speaking to reporters about the pic directed by Sngmoo Lee and featuring Jang Dong-gun as the main character,...More
Jang Dong-gun brings Asian vibe to Hollywood 2010/11/23, Source
A scene from upcoming Hollywood flick "The Warrior's Way", starring Korean actor Jang Dong-gun, left.
By Lee Hyo-won
This is not your typical Western. In a village swallowed up by sandstorms, a lone Asian swordsman — rather than a gun-trotting cowboy — awaits a final showdown with his foe.
This is Jang Dong-gun, playing a mysterious assassin from the Far East who is forced to hide in the American badlands in the Barrie M. Osborne ("Lord of the Rings")-produced movie "The Warrior's Way". The $40 million project co-stars "Superman Returns" sweetheart Kate Bosworth as Jang's love interest and Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush ("Pirates of the Caribbean") as an alcoholic villager,...More
"My name is Shim Eun-kyung", Kathleen Stephens, undoubtedly the most popular American ambassador assigned to the country as of late, said in fluent Korean to introduce herself upon arriving at Incheon Airport to assume her post on Sept. 23, 2008.
[Hallyu] Move over girls, the boys are back! 2010/11/18, Source
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong
By Han Sang-hee
It seems like only yesterday that young, handsome and talented male singers and actors paved the path for local television programs to debut overseas. The word "hallyu" has become a household term in so many Asian countries, including Japan, China and Thailand, and the torch has been passed to yet another group of talented stars, particularly K-pop girl groups. Just when fans may have thought the pretty girls have captivated Asia, the boys, both old and new, have jumped right back into the picture, but on a more diverse scale.
The females take over...
Currently, girl groups are doing a good job in continuing the hallyu craze. Some local press are even calling it the "second phase of hallyu", and the groups have music chart success, concerts and television shows to prove it,...More
[PIFF] Jang Dong-gun "Warrior" is Asian western film 2010/10/11, Source
American film producer and director Barrie Osborne and Korean actor Jang Dong-gun pose during a photocall of a press conference for film "The Warrior's Way" held at the Haeundae Grand Hotel in Busan, South Korea on October 9, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The storyline of "The Warrior's Way" may sound like that of a typical western film -- a man leaves behind his past to live in peace at a quiet village when one day, the village is attacked by intruders and the man fights till his death to defend the village. However, as director Sngmoo Lee explained at a press conference in Busan on Saturday, his latest feature flips the story to have as Asian warrior fight for a Western village, the warrior played by Korean actor Jang Dong-gun,...More
Jeong looks to China beyond Hollywood 2010/10/11, Source
Korean heartthrob Jung Woo-sung, right, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from John Woo's "Reign of the Assassins". Su Chao-bin co-directed the film, which is showing at the ongoing Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival, before opening in theaters nationwide on Oct. 14. /Courtesy of SBS Contents Hub
By Lee Hyo-won
As Asia's leading cinema event, the Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), whose 15th edition opened Thursday, most appropriately showcases the latest trends, including most notably the ever-expanding influence of Sino-cinema,...More
Drama Tackles 'Presidency' 2010/08/26, Source
A drama is about to tackle the topic of the presidency.
Korean dramas about politics and historical stories had featured the president mainly as a background character so far, but these days the president has been the protagonist of a few mini-series dramas in a row, and the president has suddenly stood out as a "popular job" in dramas.
SBS TV's new drama "Daemul - Big Thing", which will begin airing from October, and KBS 2TV's new drama "President", which will begin airing from December, are stories of politicians who run for the presidency. Both dramas will focus on the process to run for the presidency, and the stories happening after being elected as the president will be unfolded as well,...More
Andre Kim was considered the first male Korean designer, and an unofficial ambassador of Korean fashion to the world.
At a young age, Kim said he was always interested in the art,...More
Han Chae-young signs with U.S. agency CAA 2010/08/11, Source
Actress Han Chae-young [BH Entertainment]
Korean actress Han Chae-young has signed with Hollywood agency CAA (Creative Artists Agency), according to her agency BH Entertainment on Wednesday. BH made the announcement through a press release, explaining that its overseas networks and previous experience in successfully launching actor Lee Byung-hun's career in the United States, contributed to reaching the agreement,...More
Hallyu Stars Accused of Ignoring Korean Fans 2010/07/23, Source
It has continuously been pointed out that Hallyu stars who are actively performing overseas rarely arrange performances and events for Korean fans.
Hallyu stars reportedly consistently neglect Korean fans and usually do not have much contact with fans in Korea; on the other hand, they have adopted friendly images to the public overseas by holding large-scale fan meetings and releasing photo and music albums.
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo, who evoked criticism with a hit-and-run last month, has raised controversy because he delivered a message of apology on his official Japanese fan website before his Korean website. After the news on his hit-and-run was spread, he just made a brief apology in Korea on the following day, which was June 25, simply by using the press release that his agency had distributed, but he still had not personally expressed an apology officially in Korea for three weeks after the accident. On the contrary, his agency had urgently left apology messages on the board of his official website in Japan on the very next day, which was on June 25,...More
Where Do Stars Who Advertise Apartments Live? 2010/07/15, Source Developers have been hiring celebrities to advertise their apartment brands to borrow a little of the stars' glamour for their properties. That leads inevitably to the question: where do these stars themselves live? As it turns out, none of them live in the apartments they advertise.
Son Ye-jin pulls out from Kang Je-gyu Hollywood debut pic 2010/07/05, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin [Barunson Entertainment]
Actress Son Ye-jin has taken back her decision to play the lead female role in South Korean director Kang Je-gyu's Hollywood debut pic, according to her agency Barunson Entertainment and the film's producer on Monday.
Son was set to star in the film opposite top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun in the war film tentatively titled "My Way", but decided to pull out over a drastic reduction of her character's weight in the film after modifications were made to the scenario,...More
Han Chae-young meets with Hollywood agencies 2010/06/22, Source
Korean actress Han Chae-young [10Asia]
Korean actress Han Chae-young appears to be eyeing for a Hollywood debut, recently meeting with several major Hollywood agencies including CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and William Morris, according to her agency BH Entertainment on Tuesday.
An executive at BH told 10Asia over the phone that the actress, who left for the U.S. earlier this month, had meetings with several agents and producers who had shown interest in the star,...More
Rain and Jun Ji-hyun's agencies deny dating rumors 2010/06/10, Source
Top Korean stars Jun Ji-hyun (left) and Rain
Agencies for top Korean stars Rain and Jun Ji-hyun have denied the romantic status of their stars, saying the recent news of the two dating, as one local media reported, is "not true" and "groundless".
Around 11 a.m. this morning, Sportsseoul.com released a shocking report that the two actors have been dating since last October along with a witness testimony that Rain had often visited Jeon's apartment in Seoul's affluent Samsung-dong district,...More
Jang Dong-gun's 6 months pregnant wife spotted 2010/06/09, Source
Six-month pregnant Ko So-young spotted on the streets of Hongdae [Y-Star]
Korean actress Ko So-young, six months pregnant with her husband actor Jang Dong-gun's baby, was spotted in the streets of Seoul last week, according to cable entertainment channel Y-Star on Wednesday.
Y-Star released photographs it had snapped last Friday of Ko, leaving a studio after a commercial shoot in the Hongik University area which is known for its various independent and underground culture,...More
WFP unveils photos of Jang Dong-gun in Laos 2010/06/09, Source
Korean actor Jang Dong-gun and local children of Laos [WFP/photographed by Toru Tokota]
Photographs of Korean actor Jang Dong-gun visiting Laos in March were unveiled today.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on its official website revealed pictures of Jang, the goodwill ambassador for the WFP, of when he was in Laos three months ago to shoot a promotional antipoverty documentary.
The documentary features Jang visiting local schools in the country to provide free meals for its students -- their province was hit by a Typhoon last September causing a flood to ruin the country's crops,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Jang Dong-gun in "My Way" 2010/06/04 Jang Dong-gun had been enjoying his married life but will soon working on a new film starting in October!
He has been casted as the main character for the movie titled "My Way". This movie was supposed to be filmed starting in July but Jang Dong-gun wanted to spend time with his new family and his new son before getting busy for a new film.
This is directed by director Kang Je-gyu and it is set on the time of World War 2's Normandy invasion. A soldier who becomes a Nazi will be the main story.,...More
Chae Rim to appear in Chinese remake of "All About Eve" 2010/05/27, Source
Korean actress Chae Rim [Sidus HQ]
Korean actress Chae Rim will be making a special appearance in a Chinese remake of her hit TV series "All About Eve", according to her agency Sidus HQ on Thursday.
Sidus HQ announced in a press release that the actress will be playing a beautiful and accomplished anchorwoman in the Chinese adaptation of "All About Eve", a former girlfriend of a male character set to be played by Korean actor Jang Hywok. The role had not existed in the original Korean drama,...More
Kim Jae-wook says Kim Nam-gil "like a time bomb" - Part 1 2010/05/20, Source "Cold revenge, fiery ambition, fatal love" The catch phrase for new SBS TV series "Bad Man" set to first air on May 26 is strong. The story of a man and a woman who dream of climbing the social ladder and the children of a conglomerate family who fall for their temptation. But at the press conference for this passionate melodrama, one could feel the charm of each actor which increased the anticipation for the show, rather than being a somber setting. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for "Bad Man" with Kim Nam-gil (as Shim Gun-wook) who created the mood with his constant jokes, the well-mannered and honest Han Ga-in (as Moon Jae-in), the experienced 20-year veteran actress Oh Yun-soo (as Hong Tae-ra) and Kim Jae-wook (as Hong Tae-sung) who would give clear distinctive subjective answers to questions.
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil at the press conference for TV series "Bad Man" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Character Shim Gun-wook is introduced as a 'Mr. Perfect'. I think it would have been inevitable to keep telling yourself that while in shoot. Was there anything in particular that you prepared for this character?,...More
[10LINE] Actress Moon Geun-young 2010/05/06, Source
Clockwise from top center: actress Im Soo-jung, actor Kim Rae-won, actor Park Gun-hyung, actor Kim Joo-hyuk and actress Lee Mi-sook [10Asia]
Moon Geun-young Star. Icon. Nation's little sister. Now we call her by her name "Geun-yeong".
Shin Ae-dukMoon Geun-young's grandmother. As a child, Moon began her day watching morning dramas with her grandmother and at nights would fall asleep while talking with her grandmother on what happened during the day with her parents being busy working. Her grandmother told her, "In life, people go through various ups and downs but I don't want you to think about that too much and rather work on refining yourself and grow up to become an intelligent actress". Moon Geun-young's mother told her that the money she makes "is not our money" and suggested in donating it as "a way of investing your love to society". One of the biggest reasons that Moon was able to act from a young age until now without faltering is because of the unconditional support she received from her family,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wed on May 2 2010/05/02, Source
Actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young at their wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young got married in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, ending months of media frenzy over their 18-year friendship and romance.
The star couple, dubbed Korea's equivalent of Brangelina, held a photo and Q&A session several hours prior to the ceremony, answering questions by reporters about the wedding and their baby -- Ko is four months pregnant,...More
Hyun Bin to hold fan meeting in Japan this week 2010/04/27, Source
Korean actor Hyun Bin [AM Entertainment]
Korean actor Hyun Bin will be visiting Japan later this week to hold a fan meeting in Yokohama, according to his agency AM Entertainment.
An official at AM explained that the actor will be meeting with some 7,000 fans at the event titled "2010 Hyun Bin Do the motion? Aloha, My barista!" on Thursday afternoon, 5 p.m, at the Yokohama Arena,...More
Actress Ko So-young revealed that she is three months pregnant, Thursday, ahead of her marriage next month to,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young pre-wedding photos unveiled 2010/04/21, Source
Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young [AM Entertainment]
The pre-wedding photographs of top Korean stars Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young have been revealed.
Jang's agency AM Entertainment released an official statement late on Wednesday containing two black-and-white photos of the groom-to-be sporting a tuxedo and his fiancee donning a different wedding gown in each picture.
The photo shoot, which took place in private last Saturday, had been helmed by renowned wedding photographer Hong Hye-jeon,...More
Ko So-young to wear Oscar de la Renta at May wedding 2010/04/20, Source
Korean actress Ko So-young in a fashion spread for January issue of ELLE Korea magazine [ELLE Korea]
Korean actress Ko So-young will be wearing U.S. designer Oscar de la Renta's gown at her wedding to Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun next month, according to her stylist Jung Yoon-ki.
Jung said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Monday that the actress has "made the final decision to wear Oscar de la Renta" at the wedding ceremony, to be held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wedding already boring? 2010/04/19, Source
The couple of the century will be wed this May 2nd! Last weekend, the wedding pictures have been taken for the couple and invitations have been sent out. The new home where Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young will be moving into has its new furniture ready for their move!
The hotel where they will be wed is a top class hotel where many stars get married.
The reporters and fans have tried to get as much information on their wedding and keep themselves updated as possible. The couple is in spotlight wherever they,...More
Jang Dong-gun returns from charity work in Laos 2010/04/05, Source
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun has returned from doing charity work in Laos last week, according to his agency AM Entertainment.
AM explained that the actor spent a week in Laos shooting a promotional antipoverty documentary as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and returned to Korea on April 1.
"Many people were worried because he was going to a remote area where it is easy to catch an epidemic", an official at AM was quoted as saying. "But Jang Dong-gun was very determined [to go]",...More
The Luxury Properties Owned by Korean Stars 2010/03/18, Source Sports, TV and movie stars are the envy of many, and that has if anything increased with the revelations of their vast real estate holdings. Although such cases are limited to only the highest-paid st,...More
Jang Dong-gun officially announces May 2 wedding 2010/03/08, Source
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun at his fan meeting held at COEX Auditorium in Seoul, Korea on March 6, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun announced at his fan meeting over the weekend that he will wed his actress girlfriend Ko So-young on May 2.
The Hallyu star gave the much-awaited confirmation in front of some 1,000 local and overseas fans at Seoul's COEX Auditorium on Saturday, keeping his promise that they would be the first to hear about any news regarding his marriage.,...More
Jang Dong-gun to announce May 2 wedding at fan meeting 2010/03/04, Source
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun will reveal during his fan meeting this weekend that he will tie the knot with his actress girlfriend Ko So-young on May 2, according to multiple sources.
Although the couple have yet to make an official announcement, sources close to both actors said the two will hold a private wedding at The Shilla hotel in Seoul which will be attended only by family and close friends.
An official at Jang's agency AM Entertainment did not deny news of their marriage, saying that "an official statement will be made in an appropriate way to the media too" around the time of his fan meeting to be held at Seoul's COEX Auditorium on March 6.,...More
Jang Dong-gun to reveal wedding plans at fan meeting 2010/03/03, Source
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun will be revealing his plans to get married in May during an upcoming fan meeting set for the weekend, according to an entertainment industry source.
The source explained that the parents of the Hallyu star and his actress girlfriend Ko So-young recently met and settled on a date for a wedding in May. Jang is expected to tell fans about the news at his fan meeting on March 6.
Another source said the two stars, making preparations for the marriage, are in the process of closing a deal on their new house in Seoul's Heukseuk-dong where they will move into immediately after holding their nuptials.,...More
Son Ye-jin hops aboard new Kang Je-gyu pic 2010/02/18, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin [Barunson Entertainment]
Actress Son Ye-jin has joined the cast of top South Korean director Kang Je-gyu's Hollywood debut pic, according to the film's producer on Thursday.
The critically acclaimed actress will play the main female role opposite Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun in the film tentatively titled "My Way", based on the Invasion of Normandy during World War II.
Son will play the role of a woman who agonizes over her love for a Korean man and a Japanese man who both fight in the war.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Wedding bells, when? 2010/01/31, Source
Top star Jang Dong-gun will be having a press meeting to tell the news of marriage at his fan meeting in March!
There will be a birthday fan meeting in March but what is most expected is the details of marriage plans that he will be having with Ko So-young!
The fan meeting will be a private one and more information will,...More
Jang is currently a goodwill ambassador for the,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young deny mid-May wedding rumor 2010/01/26, Source
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun (left) and Ko So-young [Asia Economic Daily]
Multiple sources have denied another round of rumor saying top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young have fixed a date for their marriage.
A local media report had claimed yesterday that the star couple has made reservations for a wedding to be held at a hotel in Seoul with May 15 the most likely date they will marry.
But a source close to the actress said, "A wedding date has not been set as of yet. It will be announced officially, through a press release or press conference, when an exact date comes out".,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young rumored to wed in May 2010/01/21, Source
Korean star couple Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young, who admitted to their two-year romantic relationship last November, are again sparking rumors of a wedding in May, according to various reports surrounding the couple.
First, there was talk among industry sources that Ko was seen around Seoul, shopping for a wedding dress at high-end bridal shops.
Then producers of "ENEWS" -- which airs on Korea cable channel tvN -- reported that an employee at one of the wedding shops had said the 37-year-old actress had been eyeing American bridal brand Kenneth Pool. ENEWS even went as far as to predict that Ko "will choose a simple, romantic dress".,...More
Jang Dong-gun to undergo knee surgery this week 2010/01/13, Source
Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun is scheduled to undergo knee surgery this week, according to his agency on Wednesday.
An official at AM Entertainment explained that the actor was admitted into a hospital yesterday to receive surgery for his left knee, which he injured while shooting the 2004 blockbuster film "Taegukgi ". The actor will reportedly stay in the hospital for about a week and continue physical therapy for about a month afterwards.,...More
Lee Na-young turns man in film "Lady Daddy" 2010/01/05, Source
From left, actor Kim Ji-seok-I, child actor Kim Hee-soo, actress Lee Na-young and director Lee Kwang-jae pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "Lady Daddy" at a Megabox theater in Seoul, South Korea on January 4, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] A son you were not even aware of being born comes looking for you one day. Yes, many things change over a decade but what has changed is the gender of the dad. Hence, there was no instantaneous recognition between the two nor a tearful reunion between Ji-hyun (played by Lee Na-young) and his son Yoo-bin (played by Kim Hee-soo). The two start living together but will Ji-hyun be able to keep his secret between his son and boyfriend Joon-suh (played by Kim Ji-suk)? "Lady Daddy" is romantic comedy film which touches upon as lightly as it possibly can, on the issue of the not-so-light topic of transgenders. The main cast work in harmony with each other -- Lee Na-young who acts the role of a clumsy and soft-hearted dad, Kim Hee-soo as the chic and mature son and Kim Ji-suk who plays a man head over heels in love with his woman, while the excellent comical acting by supporting actors Kim Heung-soo and Kim Hee-won adds extra flavor to the film. Below are excerpts of the press conference for "Lady Daddy" held at a Megabox theater on Monday attended by the main cast and director Lee Kwang-jae. Q: Is there anything you focused on in particular in tell your story about transgenders in the film? It's not easy to portray such a topic with warmth and happiness in a commercial movie like yours.Lee Kwang-jae (Lee KJ): Rather than focusing on what each character should be like, I wanted to show that people make certain special decisions in their lives and live according to that choice. And I wanted to show that Ji-hyun's decision to become a woman was just one of the many choice's that anyone could make. I wanted to portray this with warmth by basing her story on universal emotions such as love between family members or a man and a woman.,...More
[FOCUS] The 16 stars of 2009 - Part 3 2009/12/31, Source Kim Nam-gil
Actor Kim Nam-gil [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
It may seem foolish to identify an actor as a role he played but Kim Nam-gil is similar in many ways to the character Bidam he played in MBC TV series "Queen Seon-deok" this year. His ability to throw in jokes in between the dialogue on every occasion he gets while also being able to go back straight to being serious and genuine to give heartfelt and mature responses for the actual interview, proved Kim is great at handling various situations. "I had once talked about this with actor Jung Jae-young -- people who grew up wealthy can understand those who grew up hungry but not sympathize with them. And vice versa, those who haven't been wealthy before cannot be aware of or know the difficulties wealthy people face despite seemingly living in abundance. Even I myself think "If I only had money. You can do everything in Korea if you have money. What could be so tough about it?" But my parents let me experience a lot of things such as part-time jobs so bit by bit, I think I've received a lot of help getting where I am in terms of my acting",...More
Jang Dong-gun to undergo knee surgery next year 2009/12/24, Source
Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun is scheduled to undergo knee surgery early next year, according to his agency on Thursday.
An official at AM Entertainment explained that the actor will have surgery "sometime around January or February" on his left knee, which he injured while shooting the 2004 blockbuster film "Taegukgi ".
The actor reportedly complained of being in pain while shooting action scenes or doing high-intensity workouts although he does not have much problem with daily activities. He had reportedly been planning to have the surgery since wrapping up "Good Morning President" and his Hollywood debut film "Warrior's Way".,...More
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
One of Asia's Largest Int'l Film Festival Kicks Off in Busan 2009/10/08, Source One of Asia's largest film events… the Pusan International Film Festival kicked off at the Suyoungman Yacht Marina in Korea's southeastern port city of Busan on Thursday.
With more than a hundred star-studded celebrities and filmmakers in attendance… the night was filled with glitz and glam, excite,...More
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
Pusan Film Fest Unveils Record Line-up 2009/10/07, Source Asia's biggest film festival rolls out the red carpet on Oct.8,2009, buoyed by more funds, a new home and a determination to remain the premier springboard for regional talent to attain global recognition.
The world's financial woes have forced many film festivals to scale back operations this ye,...More
Jang Dong-gun makes a comeback onscreen as a character not unlike himself ― an eligible bachelor ̵,...More
14th Pusan Int'l Film Fest Boasts Huge Line-Up 2009/09/18, Source The 14th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's top film industry event, has announced a record line-up of 355 films from 70 countries, up from 315 last year. Running October 8 – 16 in Busan, Korea's second largest city, PIFF will introduce 98 World Premieres and 46 Interna,...More
PIFF to Screen Record Number of Films 2009/09/09, Source Korea's largest film event, the Pusan International Film Festival, will feature a record 355 movies from 70 countries this year, with 144 films to be premiered during the nine-day event from Oct. 8 to,...More
The Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) will open its 14th edition with a star-studded local drama, organizers announced Tuesday, spotlighting the recovery of the South Korean movie industry.
The leading Asian event from Oct. 8 to 16 in the southern,...More
When Stars Bank on Advertising Only 2009/09/05, Source Despite numerous box office bombs and once-in-a-blue-moon TV soap appearances, some actors and actresses enjoy wild successes as commercial models, firmly establishing an aura of mystery even among ce,...More
Which will it be _ teenage love and friendship, or the real, yet humorous lives of ruthless lawyers? Television fans will now have the chance to explore the two different worlds with the new dramas "Friends, Our Story" on MBC and,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Jang Dong-gun and Yoo Jae-suk in commercial together 2009/04/25, Source The hot fashion brand GIORDANO has picked Jang Dong-gun and Yoo Jae-suk as their models for this new commercial shoot.
It is for a campaign for which they are bringing humor and wit to this commercial film.
They seem very exited and vibrant in their facial expressions!
'CHEER U UP CAMPAIGN' is to give hope and happiness to the viewers who are suffering through the economic decline today.
This campaign commercial will be around the country starting May 6th.,...More
Young star Jung Il-woo is back as the stylish and righteous warrior Iljimae, the Joseon Kingdom's Robin Hood. Originally a comic strip, it has been made into dramas most recently last year. But MBC is aiming,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Go Ara picked best model by Kwangjoo citizens! 2008/10/23, Source Actress Go Ara and actor Lee Sun-kyun has been picked the best models for this year. The two stars have attended the KAA ceremony, "2008 Korea Kwangjoo Festival- Kwangjoo Night Awards".
They have been picked because of how they present the products they model for in commercials with amiable and attractive ways. It is a picky process with 3 steps to go through to be chosen the best model in commercial films.
Go Ara has won the votes with 43.1 percent. Her innocent and bright image in commercials for,...More
Chungmuro Film Festival Invites Top Stars 2008/09/01, Source Korea's top film stars will grace the 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul, which is slated to open on September 3rd. The opening ceremony will be held at the Korea National Theater Wedn,...More
Action movies show the human body twisting in unimaginable ways and engage the audience in the art of primal combat. Here come two films, one about the making of an unconventional action movie, and the other which documents the stuntmen who help make such films pos,...More
Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...More
A Korean Wave Rises in Hollywood 2008/04/08, Source More and more young Korean-American actors and actresses are making their presence felt in Hollywood, the global Mecca of the movie world. One of them is Aaron Yoo. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Yoo entered the entertainment industry and made his name with a supporting role i,...More
Revealing of stars who are different inside and out 2008/03/27, Source It is not an exaggeration when we say stars live on their "image". It is because the public image they portray can determine their success or failure. Controlling one's image is that important. This sometimes becomes a double-edge sword to stars. If there are stars who are met with public favor thro,...More
According to an article in Asia Net, New York, on 28th, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS-www.isaps.org) launched a study on 'the,...More
Stars aligning for the Year of the Rat 2008/02/06 Apart from being famous worldwide, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Al Gore and Zinedine Zidane have one other thing in common -- they were born in the Year of the Rat, according to the traditional zodiac system still widely used in Korea.
With the first day of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, rats, the first a,...More
Social Trends and Issues for 2008 2008/01/07, Source Environmental concerns such as global warming are expected to be a hot topic in Korea this year.
It's of course just one of the many social issues Koreans will be facing in 2008.
Kang Min-ji has more.
With 2007 headed to the history books, Koreans are looking forward to a new year and wondering,...More
The Korea Broadcast Advertising Group commissioned a survey on consumer patterns to pollster Research International. The percentage of regular subscribers to t,...More
Born in the Year of the Rat 2007/12/31, Source In the Year of the Rat, Korean pop culture is led by those born in another, in 1972. Coincidence or cosmic determination? Readers may decide for themselves. Known as the "president of culture" in the 1990s, Seo Taiji releasef his 15th anniversary,...More
Korea's heartthrob Jang Dong-gun, 35, will be the new face for Hera Homme, the men's collection of a major,...More
Song Hye-kyo in US Indie 2007/11/21, Source Korean star Song Hye-kyo will star in director SON Soo-beom's feature film directorial debut Fetish. The film is a low-budget independent film project. SONG's role will be eighty percent in English. Arno Frisch (Funny Game) has also been cast,...More
Korea's 20-somethings Being Sidelined 2007/11/07, Source It's tough being in your 20s in Korea. With youth unemployment hovering at 7 percent for four or five years running, 20-somethings are being squeezed between hyper-energetic teens and those in their vigorous 30s. The Twens are variously described as the "No Graduation Generation" -- because students,...More
10 Influential Women on the Cultural Scene (1950-2007) 2007/10/22, Source The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these moment,...More
KOFIC Announces Fellows for The 2007 Filmmakers Development Lab. 2007/07/02, Source Officiating in Los Angeles at the opening of the first representative office of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) outside Korea, Chairperson Ms. An Cheong Sook today announced the line up of Fellows and Mentors for the second KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab aimed at emerging filmmakers of Korean and,...More
The Ideal Young Korean Male -- Revealed 2007/06/28, Source A plastic surgeon has published a composite image of the ideal male Korean face. Rhee Seung-chul, the head of plastic surgery at Hanil General Hospital, made the image from the faces of 16 Korean Wave,...More
Positive Effect of South Korean Media Claimed in North Korea 2007/02/14, Source A survey was conducted among 30 North Korean defectors who are currently living in South Korea. According to them, the North Korean government is trying to improve people's lives to anticipate possible social unrest which they suspect could be ignited by what people see in South Korean popular cultu,...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
Korean Wave Swamps N.Korean Authorities 2007/02/01, Source South Korean popular culture has become a headache for North Korean authorities, who seem unable to stem its samizdat spread there. Quoting North Korean refugees, a government official said Thursday many South Korean soap operas and movies have made their way into North Korea, and some young people,...More
If you suffer from an "imbalance" because of watching the same-old soaps with same-old love triangles and affairs, dramas about medical doctors may be just the prescription you need.
This year, four new medical dramas will air, attracting viewers who want to see,...More
Rain, Jun Ji-hyun Top on Fantasy Spouse List 2006/12/30, Source A recent survey to uncover the number-one heartthrob for unmarried people shows that single men would most like to marry actress Jeon Ji-hyun and single women would sooner be hitched with singer Rain than any other man.
In the poll of 437 (217 men, 220 women) single members of the matchmaking fir,...More
Korea's 30 Most Influential Pop Culture Figures Released 2006/12/28, Source CJ Entertainment Vice Chairwoman Lee Mi-kyeong has been cited as the most influential figure in Korean popular culture, according to the results of the Herald Business Daily's survey of the country's top 30 pop icons released on Thursday.
The business daily said that the survey was conducted on a,...More
Arirang Surveys Popularity of Korean Celebrities 2006/12/27, Source Thanks for staying with us.
We at Arirang just recently conducted a global survey on the popularity of Korean celebrities.
The survey in mid-December asked 775 people from 46 countries with whom they'd like to watch the first sunrise of the new year.
Topping the female chart were actresses,...More
In a recent survey conducted by a matchmaking agency that asked its female clients who they thought were the most eligible bachelors in the country, comedian Yoo Jae,...More
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
Directed by Kwak Gyeong-taek, the film is a story about a face-off between two young men from the Sou,...More
"King and Clown" nominated for 15 categories of Daejong award 2006/06/20, Source The film "The King and the Clown" has been nominated for 15 categories at the 43rd Daejong Film Festival slated to open on July 21. The number is the most categories a single film has ever been nominated for in the festival's history. The runner-ups were "Typhoon" with 12 categories and "Welcome to,...More
In the daily's Saturday edition, Stephen Hunter said the movie deals with loss, pain and a sense of insignificance shared by Kor,...More
Typhoon Landfall in the U.S. 2006/05/31, Source The Korean blockbuster "Typhoon" (Tae-poong in Korean) will be screened nationwide in major metropolises such as LA, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, Chicagofrom June 2nd.
A Korean Broadcasting Institute report said Tuesday that Japanese satellite network BS aired last month nine Korean dramas on five of its channels, up from five dramas on four channels in Febru,...More
The Berlin International Film Festival wrapped February 18th with several prizes awarded to ethnic Koreans. Composer Peter KAM received the Silver Bear for Best Film Music for his score in the Hong Kong made Isabella.
To celebrate his birthday, Jang held a fan meeting with about 1,000 fans from 14 regions, including Korea, Japa,...More
Ahn Jae-wook Plans to Sweep Americas 2006/02/27, Source Korean actor and singer Ahn Jae-wook, a pioneer of the Korean pop-culture craze, or Korean Wave, is planning to sweep the American continent following Asia. Ahn plans to tour Asia starting from Tokyo on March 31 and moving on to China, Hong Ko,...More
Japanese-Born TV Star in 'Reverse Export' 2006/02/24, Source The Japanese-born actress Yoo Min (27) is preparing for a triumphant return her homeland via the small screen. At a press conference on Thursday, Yuko Fueki, as her birth certificate reads, confirmed she has signed a contract with the influential m,...More
January saw local Korean films enjoying one of their best months in history, taking in box office receipts of over 78 percent despite the presence of US heavywe,...More
Korean Men in Grip of Plastic Surgery Craze 2006/02/09, Source At university, Han was considered a bit of a heartthrob for his good looks, but early this month he nonetheless spent W4 million (US$4,000) on a softer chin. He is one of an increasing number of Korean men who are succumbing to the plastic surgery craze that has gripped the country.
The film, the most expensive in South Korean history at 40,...More
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
Korean Actor Jang Dong-gun on Cover of "TIME Asian Edition" 2005/11/11, Source The latest Asian edition of the U.S. magazine "TIME" featured a cover story on the Republic of Korea (ROK) titled, "Breaking Through". The article centered on the nation's "new wave of creativity", which was spreading to the movie, music and science industries.
It may be disappointing that there has not been a mega hit film this year nor any art films that have stood at the center of attention at renowned international film,...More
Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star 2005/10/20, Source Who is the most popular star in Chungmuro, Korea's Hollywood? The Chosun Ilbo asked the country's 12 most influential film producers, who are thought to be the most realistic in evaluating the commercial value of actors and actresses, "How many viewers do you think a movie will attract across the co,...More
PIFF aims high in its 10th year 2005/10/06, Source Busan, Korea's biggest port city, will see more celebrities of the world's film industry than ever during the 10th annual Pusan International Film Festival, which kicks off a nine-day-run tonight in its beautiful sea village of Haeundae and downtown Nampo-dong.
Mexican fans ask President Roh to send hallyu stars 2005/09/12, Source The popularity of Korean pop culture is soaring in Mexico, where President Roh Moo-hyun made a recent visit. The first time Mexican viewers saw a Korean television drama was in October 2002, when the local broadcaster Mexiquense showed the MBC series ",...More
If everything we read in the papers were true, actress Song Hye-kyo would be leading a double life. In one, she makes appearances every so often at press showings of her feature works donning pretty dresses a,...More
PUSAN - A scene after the Korean War (1950-1953): A South Korean protagonist finally meets his North Korean foe in Pusan for the first time. As soon as they sense each other at the gate of a hotel, they grab for their guns and start firing.
I was riding home in a cab in Gangnam, Seoul at 2:00 a.m. when a face appeared outside my window. The face had a hairstyle like cotton candy. The figure taking the back seat of a motorcycle passed by at high speed. I heard a voice shouting a queer sound, something like "Kkiyo!,...More
It's 6:00 a.m. on November 13 in the lobby of the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel. Over 100 Japanese women in their thirties and forties fill the lobby despite the early morning hour. They are waiting for "Dongon-sang", better known as the Korean actor Lee Dong-gun.
Keeping the 'Korea Wave' washing onto Asian shores 2004/08/26, Source When President Roh Moo-hyun invited Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and his delegation for a luncheon meeting last September, something unexpected happened. After a moment of calm, the Vietnam officials stood up one by one and started to line up in front of a woman, asking her to sign their,...More
Director Kang looks to the world 2004/07/01, Source Kang Jae-gyu's office in Gangnam, southern Seoul, is a cross between a bachelor pad and a lesson in modern interior decorating. Outfitted with a black leather furniture set, small metal trinkets and full-length posters of his movies, his office looks like something right out of a Nick Hornby novel.,...More
One of the most widely talked about cultural phenomena of the last decade or so is the renaissance of the Korean cinema and TV. Korean cinema has become a major success story both commercially and artistically, and both in domestic and international markets. Just in recent months,,...More