[HanCinema Awards] Best Film of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/15,
Cinema in South Korea is busier than ever, with faces new and old and quite a few globetrotters that made notable appearances on the international scene in 2017. From December 15 to December 29 you can vote for your favorite film of 2017. Results for all categories will be revealed beginning December 30,...More
Foreigners' Favorite Korean Dramas 2017/09/27, Source,
The Korean Wave used to be limited to Asia but is now reaching the shores of the U.S. and other western countries as well. MsMojo, a website dedicated to pop culture, recently published a list of the 10 most popular Korean dramas among English-speaking fans,...More
[Guest Film Review] "The King" 2017/08/26,
Korean mainstream cinema has been moving towards Hollywood aesthetics and themes for some time now, and the particular one, which seems to draw much from Scorcese's "Goodfellas" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a distinct sample of the tendency. When the result is so entertaining as in this case, though, nothing else matters,...More
[Lily's Take] From A Boy to A Man! Actor Yeo Jin-goo 2017/07/26,
I've been hearing how good the drama "Circle" was and wanting to watch the drama for a long time already. However, like I mentioned in few other posts, I'm a "Binge-watch-the-whole-season-in-3-days" type of a girl rather than the "Patiently-wait-for-the-new-episode-every-week" type,...More
Which Top Stars Starred in the School Series? 2017/07/23, Source,
The famous School Series is back! Starting from 1999 to 2002, and then from 2012 to 2013, and restarting the legacy in 2015, the School Series accompanied my generation's school years. Having 7 different seasons, some episodes have similarities considering the limit of the genre but nevertheless, it is still the program that attracts all the young viewers, and still the program that every young actors and actresses wishes to take part in,...More
Top Stars Couple Chemistry in Advertisements 2017/06/26, Source,
Sometimes the couple chemistry we see in the advertisements can be even more impactful in our mind than the ones we see in a drama or a movie. Perhaps it's because of the short moment we see them together, it lingers in our head, wanting to see more of them, but some of the advertisement couples have been famous for their chemistry,...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
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017/02/13,
"Fabricated City" ends "Confidential Assignment"'s three-week run at the top...
After three weeks as Korea's number, Kim Seong-hoon-III's action film "Confidential Assignment" was supplanted at the top of the chart by a new local entry over the second weekend of February; Kim's sophomore feature added 543,401 admissions (22.9%) during its fourth week out, moving its total tally now to 7.2 million ($51.6 million), but it was not enough for country's highest-grossing film of the year to secure a fourth-straight weekend at the top of the pile,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The King" 2017/02/11,
So you know that scene where the hero is about to start cleansing the world of evil, then the villain pops up and offers vast power for him to instead assist the forces of evil in ruling the universe? In "The King", that hero is low-born prosecutor Tae-soo (played by Jo In-sung). That villain is high-ranking special prosecutor Kang-sik (played by Jung Woo-sung). The scene happens early on, the twist being that Tae-soo accepts the offer, then proceeds to spend the rest of the movie as a largely passive observer,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/02/04,
Disney to distribute its first Korean film, Film Journal International reviews "The King", KoBiz's latest infographic looks at Lunar New Year winners past and present, and Marvel's "Black Panther" set to shoot a massive chase scene in "the city of film",...More
[Interview] Doh Kyung-soo, an honest actor 2016/02/11, Source,
'Double Million Seller', Quadruple crown winner at 2015 MAMA and triple crown winner of the 2016 Golden Disk Music Awards
These are the records set by the group EXO. They top charts with every album they release and everything they do or say becomes an issue,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Korean Cooking Class with Food Director Kim Su-jin-I 2015/11/21,
My trip to Korea was full of amazing opportunities. I went to the world-renowned BIFF 2015, saw multiple K-pop concerts, visited breathtaking historical sites both modern and ancient, and interviewed many fabulous people. But it was one woman's school and class that may have been the pinnacle of that experience: a Q&A and lesson with Chef and Food Director Kim Su-jin-I and Teacher Lee "Ellie" Hye-won of the Food & Culture Academy. The Q&A was a lesson in how Korean food embodies the spirit of its vivacious people and what makes Korean food unique. Then we, the members of Korea Joa 2015, got to make two quintessential Korean dishes: japchae and bulgogi. Those members with dietary restrictions learned how to make haemul jeon. Check the recipes out at the end of this piece,...More
Actors with 'honey vocal cord' in their 20s/30s 2015/09/14, Source,
'Honey vocal cord' as in sweet voice is an important charming appeal for actors to have.
Attractive voice highlights emotions in acting by delivering them more vividly and makes audience focus more on his acting. The young actors in his 20s and 30s with the sweet voice as well as the charming look are 'perfect guys',...More
Actors' salary this year 2015/09/03, Source,
Curiosity rose for actors' pay after actresses' pay was released last month. We've updated the ranks from highest paid actors to the lowest.
According to studies, the gap between actors and actresses isn't that large. In case of the actors, they are more highly paid as they have a strong fan base all over the world. The prices of actors continuously rise but the actresses fill in the gaps with fashion and beauty advertisements. After actors make it big with dramas, they make more money off extracurricular events such as foreign fan meetings and such so they make extra profits,...More
How Kim Tae-hee escaped from being the scapegoat 2015/08/24, Source,
In the past, Kim Tae-hee's sister worked at Namoo Actors for 2 years. It was a permanent position with insurance. She was helping the managers and her sister who was making 5 billion won a year. There was no reason for anyone to stop the sister from coming into work and helping out.
However, there was a lot of noise about this as there is no case where a celebrity and his or her family worked out well together. There was also the question of how well a blood-related family could be rational when it came to making decisions about work and money matters,...More
[Funcurve Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" 2015/06/27, Source,
Love Is Hope
I wasn't sure what to expect of "It's Okay, That's Love" at all after hearing that it's about psychiatrists and psychological patients. However the atypical topic did immediately pique my curiosity but also uncertainty of what direction the Korean drama will take. Romance? Mystery? Fantasy? I decided to take a leap of faith and put my trust in two of my all time favorite actors: Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin. I was not let down as the lead actors gave outstanding performances - so good that it was worth shedding tears for. The unexpected bonus was that many of the supporting characters were equally unique and memorable,...More
Jo In-sung to return to big screen with 'The King' 2015/05/14, Source,
It seems that actor Jo In-sung will return to the big screen in seven years, as he is positively discussing about his appearance in director Han Jae-rim's new project, 'The King' at the moment.
An official from his agency IOK Entertainment told OSEN on May 14th, "He has not completed the last stage of the contract yet. However he's looking into the offer positively",...More
Jo In-sung participates in Finger Soul's sweet MV 2015/04/13, Source,
Finger Soul, a versatile composer who has been participating in numerous projects such as TV commercials and popular sitcom, came out with a new digital single, "Ddororororong", delivering the sweet scent of spring.
Prior to selling the single album, the music source has been released through Vivian SNS channel and Sony Music Facebook. Jo In-sung, an online novelist takes a girl into his house as a housemate and then the romantic relationship begins. The romantic vibe delivered via the soft and delicate video images is attracting attention online,...More
Hallyu's two face in China? 2014/12/14, Source,
50 million, 120 million and 200 million won per episode; this is the cost of the Korean drama publication rights in China.
The entertainment industry is smiling at the breeze of Hallyu in China. The enormous Chinese market is no doubt an attraction compared to the limited Korean market.
The more Hallyu enters the Chinese market, the dependence on Chinese capital is rising. When the breeze turns into a chilling wind, no one will know how the situation will turn out,...More
Jo In-sung, Kim Min-hee Call It Quits 2014/09/26, Source,
Actor Jo In-sung's relationship with actress Kim Min-hee has ended.
"Jo and Kim have been busy working and haven't been able to spend a lot of time together, resulting in their break-up", their agencies said in a joint press release on Wednesday.
Jo and Kim admitted to being in a relationship in March last year,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 16 Final 2014/09/11,
Now that Jae-yeol's conflict has been mostly resolved, what else is there for the drama to do? We're not going to see the long, drawn-out recovery process, since that would be boring even if it's obviously important. And yes, it needs to be noted that there are in fact two timeskips here, and while Jae-yeol appears to have dealt with his problems by the time we get to the true ending, there's nothing particularly magical or unrealistic about his portrayal of happiness.
It's the kind of happiness we see that bothers me. Surprise surprise, now that the main interesting dramatic issue of "It's Okay, That's Love" has been resolved, it's right back to all the little annoyances that drove me crazy for the majority of the drama's run,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 15 2014/09/10,
This episode is all about false reassurance. Jae-yeol takes minor recovery in his condition as justification for early release with...well, not bad consequences exactly. There's no significant disaster this episode that forces another serious reevaluation. It's more a matter of Jae-yeol just taking a hard look at himself and discovering the situation is exactly as dire as the doctors say. Everything is meticulously scripted and shot to lead to this shining moment of self-discovery.
It's a huge building moment of humility for him. Remember that this is the same Jae-yeol who has an unimpeachable reputation as a dreamboat. His aggressive borderline illegal behavior has, to date, only ever gotten him good things in regards to his relationship with Hae-soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 14 2014/09/04,
Provided you saw the preview last episode, it's pretty easy to guess every major storyline event that happens this episode. Consequently, up until Jae-yeol finally gets committed, the proceedings are pretty uninspiring, and at their worst even invoke shades of the sociopathy that has defined the drama up until this point. Jae-yeol may not be consciously dangerous, but he's definitely a threat to himself and others and it's easy to feel sorry for the passerby minding their own business who got stuck into this, even if we never see them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 13 2014/09/03,
Pretty much the entirity of this episode is devoted to the seriousness of Jae-yeol's mental condition, and I have to admit I was actually fairly surprised at how tastefully this was handled. So far the drama's exploration of psychiatric conditions has been pretty superficial. I guess that since Jae-yeol's a main character, though, there's a sort of gravity to what he's experiencing that for once requires everyone to actually act like a serious professional and calmly discuss the best way of getting him treatment.
Hae-soo undergoes a lot of conflict here, since it quickly becomes obvious that she will have to betray Jae-yeol's trust in the short term in order to get him long term treatment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 12 2014/08/28,
Jae-yeol and Hae-soo still spend a disproportionate amount of energy discussing marriage- but note the change in context. This isn't an abstraction. They aren't talking about this on a radio show like this was some kind of expert discussion. These are personal conversations in a casual atmosphere that deal with their situation on an individual level. There's actual genuine rapport here that's surprisingly effective.
It's a good demonstration of how "It's Okay, That's Love" is getting at least some of the genre fundamentals down correctly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 11 2014/08/27, Source,
Lot of talk about marriage this episode, and I have to admit, there's times I'm impressed at the new creative methods this drama keeps coming up with to agitate me. Secular discussion of the abstract concept of marriage tends to be a pretty lousy discussion prompt to begin with, but it's particularly annoying here given that neither of our main characters have any idea what a healthy marriage actually looks like. We just get a bunch of empty philosophizing, and even that's practically ignored by the cliffhanger.
Presumably this would be a lot more tolerable if I found these characters sympathetic or even particularly intelligent, but really, the drama's just tiresome on this point. Jae-yeol and Hae-soo seem to spend a lot more time talking about relationships than they do actually having a relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 10 2014/08/21,
We get into more of Jae-yeol's tragic past in this episode, as the murder is shown in almost complete detail, at least from Jae-beom's perspective. But was it a murder? The more I think about it the less sense the whole situation makes. Their father was a known abuser. This can be corroborated, making it trivially easy for any half decent lawyer to make a claim of self defense. And even if Jae-beom refused to make that defense by insisting he didn't do anything, at the very least it would be a mitigating factor in sentencing. Add that in to Jae-beom being a minor and the lenient nature of the Korean criminal justice system in general...
Look, what I'm getting at here is that this entire portion of the plot only makes sense from a screenwriting perspective. Trying to apply any lateral logic to the situation at all just serves to demonstrate how little sense any of it makes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 9 2014/08/20,
The Jae-yeol / Hae-soo loveline moves into a strong position of security here. The Okinawa trip concludes, and our leads return to Korea with a clear sense of mutual respect and understanding. For the most part this is just the natural progression of the sequence of events from the last episode. It's just a matter of a few serious chats, an airing out of various psychological issues, and there it is- intimacy.
There is not, at this point, anything that could be considered a serious emotional obstacle to the relationship. All of that was mainly on Hae-soo's end anyway,...More
SBS drama foreshadows, 'Kiss' 2014/08/19, Source,
SBS dramas kiss scenes are being called the must-see points.
The affectionate and kiss scenes from the drama "It's Okay, That's Love" starring Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin draw attention first. They have become the most affectionate couple these days with 8 kisses and elegant actions of love. Now that they've started dating the level has gone up and intimacy has become part of their daily lives. Even after arguing on a trip to Okinawa, they forgot about it soon and shared a kiss so deep and tingling that even the audience felt it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 8 2014/08/14,
This episode is mostly just a fun date, so there's not a whole lot of objectionable material. It really does do wonders for the Jae-yeol / Hae-soo romance to just have them away from other people for a change. Without any targets to provoke for the most part these two are able to behave like sensible human beings who are more focused on one another's needs and happiness than in petty oneupsmanship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 7 2014/08/13,
In the opening of this episode, in the aftermath of a mental patient's escaping due entirely to the fault of Dong-min, Hae-soo completely fails to notice that a man is being beaten by a baseball bat and dragged away right in front of her. Jae-yeol, for his part, rather than get help, manages to escalate the fight in such a way that it completely destroys a nearby unrelated private space. The situation is a terrifying one- not from the perspective of the drama, but rather from the onlookers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 6 2014/08/07,
The romance narrative has now moved into the push the other person away, not sure what to do next phase. Which is a very good phase to get into, since I, at least, needed time apart from the antics of these two. Hopefully the next time we get into an intimacy upgrade there will be some genuine affection involved rather than the skeevy pick up techniques that Jae-yeol has been using so far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 5 2014/08/06,
We're finally moving into the stage of the Jae-yeol / Hae-soo relationship where one of them actually starts acting like they like the other. Obviously it would be better if both of them would act like that, but I'll take what I can get. This episode gets one decent laugh near the start where Hae-soo, apparently still in her candid camera reverie, obviously has a complete tonal shift in the way she anticipates Jae-yeol's arrival,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 4 2014/07/31,
The cliffhanger of the last episode was mildly creepy. The opening of this episode continues in that direction, quickly becoming really creepy. I genuinely have no idea how to view Jae-yeol's actions here. Are these gestures supposed to be romantic? Then why do they feel so vaguely threatening? I might be able to accept this kind of playfulness from long separated lovers but these two quite literally met each other only a few episodes ago. I'm surprised Hae-soo puts up with it, considering how she never puts up with anything else,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 3 2014/07/30,
The drama continues to struggle against its main obstacle- the general unlikability of the main characters. I get that their antics are supposed to be cute, but most of the time I just end up thinking that these are not people I would ever want to be roommates with. Hae-soo takes vicious snipes and Jae-yeol chooses to escalate them. Living with one of them would be difficult enough- both at the same time is just plain worrisome,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 2 2014/07/24,
Jae-yeol and Hae-soo have a natural dislike of each other, among countless other obstacles, and "It's Okay, That's Love" is doing everything it can to slowly whittle these hindrances down. First up is the inconvenient fact of how both Jae-yeol and Hae-soo currently have significant others. The drama wastes no time in destroying both these relationships quite spectacularly. I mean, wow, yeah they were in the way, but wasn't this a little harsh?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 1 2014/07/23,
To the uninitiated viewer, the initial events of "It's Okay, That's Love" will probably come off as pretty scatalogical. We get a prison, a giant massive party, what looks like the set for some kind of commercial, a hospital, and finally, a television variety show, all of this before the drama's even had much of a chance to explain what's actually going on. It's not literally a commercial, by the way. That was just an assumption I made based on how sexily that particular scene was shot,...More
When are Bae Yong-joon, Won Bin and Lee Young-ae coming back? 2014/07/15, Source,
When can we see them?
Several writers and directors have been sending their calls of love but the actors remain silent. Top stars who are highly wanted have been gone for far too long. Lee Young-ae is one of them. They have been gone for a maximum of 9 years, enough for a mountain to change its form. They are on the top of the list but they are hard to see and now it's becoming frustrating,...More
Jo In-sung and Jun Ji-hyun cancel promotional plans 2014/04/16, Source,
While the whole country's mourning over sinking of the passenger ship in Jindo, actress Jun Ji-hyun and actor Jo In-sung cancelled their promotional events to express their mourning.
Winix, which Jo In-sung is modeling for reported to OSEN that the photo event scheduled on the 17th has been cancelled. It was decided that it was inappropriate to be having an event like this when the whole nation was in grief,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Classic" 2014/03/01,
The immediate standout quality of "The Classic" is its musical score. The sound weaves effortlessly between classical beats and more modern ones, marking a constant shift in situations. In the rustic countryside of South Korea, a certain beauty is built up to by the slowly rising frequency of the tones. Meanwhile, city life moves according to a quicker more modern beat. In either case, the quality of the sound reflects that same feeling of general life, of being young, and the hopeful optimism that's all too infectious regarding those bygone days.
Then actual conflicts start showing up in the story and all this stuff starts to get rather weird and annoying,...More
Attendance equals award... the absolute formula? 2014/01/01, Source,
The three broadcasting stations have completed their Drama Awards of the year 2013. However, there's disappointment in the way things have been run, lowering the authority of these awards. 'Sharing' and 'co-awarding' still exists and there's no denying the former-casting of winners.
Including Kim Hye-soo (KBS), Ha Ji-won (MBC) and Lee Bo-young (SBS), a total of 125 celebrities won awards and that's including overlapping awards,...More
Jo In-sung and "Kwon Bob" at last 2013/06/16,
The movie, "Kwon Bob" has started its countdown at last.
Investment deals have been made by CJ Group with China Film Group and Pegasus and Taihe Entertainment in April. They are now the official investors and distributors of the movie "Kwon Bob",...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 2 Recap 2013/03/22, Source,
So I think, thus far, I'm enjoying this show. There are some points I greatly dislike, especially the really obvious setups, but at the same time, it has a nice beat to it and the leads are engaging.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.3%, 1st overall. I think it deserved it. Nothing was new or surprising, but it was nicely put together, well-paced and engaging. That's pretty good for a second episode!,...More
Jo In-sung gets 13 stitches 2013/02/06, Source,
Actor Jo In-sung suffered a hand injury while shooting the upcoming SBS drama "That Winter, the Wind Blows". He was taken to a nearby hospital and stitched 13 times.
After having taken it easy at the hospital, he went back to set and completed the day's scene. A source from the drama said, "He was filming a scene where he hits the wall but a shard of glass next to him broke and hurt his hand. Everyone was shocked at this unexpected accident but his resolute attitude helped to clear things up",...More
Kim Bum is alive 2012/12/25, Source,
Actor Kim Bum posted a picture of himself on his Me Today on the 25th. He posted, "I am happy because of the presents you sent me! Thank you so much",...More
Red Carpet and Riches Still Await Three Heartthrobs on Return from Army 2012/12/22, Source,
From left, Hyun Bin, Gang Dong-won and Jo In-sung
The entertainment world is buzzing as three leading celebrities -- Jo In-sung, Gang Dong-won and Hyun Bin -- have all just returned from their mandatory military service. Movie, drama and commercial film producers are already competing fiercely to get hold of them, and consequently their value is rising even further. The stars reportedly received scripts for movies or TV dramas three to six months before each of them were discharged. Hyun Bin is said to have received dozens of movie and drama offers, and rumors are circulating that he has already signed five to six advertising deals, with more under discussion,...More
KBS "'School' to be made into a drama" 2012/08/23, Source,
KBS drama "School", also known as the gateway to becoming a star is coming out soon.
A KBS spokesperson explained, "We are currently talking about the drama with the thought of airing on television. Meetings have been going on but nothing official has been confirmed yet",...More
Jung Woo-sung swoons women 2012/05/16, Source, Jung Woo-sung transformed into a romantic outsider.
Jung Woo-sung was seen in a star style magazine called "High Cut". He appeared strong and warm at the same time with a tough leather jacket and white background. His outstanding length and expressions added to a high quality photo shoot. His Cartier bracelet and rings gave the impression of a 'royal prince',...More
Jo In-sung appears in Kim C's new music video 2012/04/04, Source,
Singer Kim C deployed some publicity tactics by recruiting the help of actor friend Jo In-sung to star in his new music clip. The title track "Love" from Kim C's new album "Priority" was released online on April 4 on YouTube.
In the music clip, the Hallyu star can be shown expressing himself physically, with no words, as the music of Kim C plays on. Kim C was the creative director of his own clip and the clip is framed as if Jo were being interviewed on the topic of love,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jang Hyuk and Jo In-sung are coming 2012/02/22, Source, "Snowpiercer", "The Flu", "Kwon Bob" great masterpieces
Top stars and veteran directors attempt at another leap hand in hand
Blockbusters are still in depression ever since 2009 movie "Haeundae". A failure in a large scale blockbuster can sometimes lead to a change in the investing environment. Still, the challenge continues. Top stars and veteran directors dream of another rebirth in Korean blockbusters,...More
Jo In-sung seen on the talk show "Show King" 2011/11/13, Source,
Actor Jo In-sung was on the Channel A talk show "Show King".
He was the first guest in this program, which was shot in a studio in Paju. This is his first talk show ever since his debut. Being evaluated as a 'blue chip' after his national service, he had been denying all the requests to star in programs. This, he said, is thanks to Kim Soo-mi,...More
2PM to tour Japan in December 2011/09/15, Source,
K-pop group 2PM
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group 2PM will give concerts across four Japanese cities in December.
The band will kick off the tour with concerts on Dec. 5 and 6 in Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka and will continue to give shows at Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Dec. 8 and Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 14. The tour will wrap up at Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Dec. 17,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/05/12, Source, Show transcript
Once again it's time for "weekly star scene", where we have a review of the events that moved and shook the Korean entertainment scene during the past week.
: We have no other than our unique Dami in the studio! Hello Dami.
[Reporter : ] : Hi 견영! Hi Sean! First let me ask 건영, who would you like to sing at your wedding: __________ . Why do you ask[Reporter : ] : Well, indeed, no wedding is complete without a congratulatory song. And don't you think is make the most unforgettable wedding if you could have a Hallyu star to perform on your big day
King of all trades, Lee Seung-gi, with his proven talents in singing, acting and hosting TV shows, has come to grace an otherwise ordinary wedding today,...More
Out Goes Hyun Bin, In Comes Jo In-sung 2011/05/05, Source,
The great thing about entertainment is that there's always a plethora of stars waiting to fill up every empty spot a star may leave behind. Take Hyun Bin's departure to join the marine corps which is almost timed perfectly with Jo In-sung's release from his military services,...More
Jo In-sung to Be Discharged from Military on May 4 2011/05/03, Source,
Actor Jo In-sung will complete his twenty five months-long military service and will be discharged from the military on May 4.
According to his agency's announcement made on May 2, Jo In-sung, who has served at the military band of the air force as a sergeant will be discharged from the Air Headquarters located in Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do on May 4 at 10:00 am,...More
His management agency said Monday that the actor, who serves as a serg,...More
Jo In-sung, gets award certificate from the chief of staff 2011/05/02, Source,
Actor Jo In-sung received an award certicicae from the chief of staff with his discharge coming up on the 4th.
According to his management Sidus HQ, his duty to the army all the while earned him the certificate and this the first time an award was presented by the chief of staff personally to a soldier.,...More
[Star ESI 3] Male celebs... "I was pretty one time..." 2011/05/01, Source,
Only women can be pretty? Men would be disappointed to hear that. Kim Heechul, Jang Geun-suk, Lee Joon-gi and more have been called "prettier men than women" for dressing up as women on TV or in movies. The pictures are of men that make women jealous.
★ Unchanging appearance
They say "Sandalwood is fragrant even in seed leaf". Jang Geun-suk is the one and only male celebrity who is from the "Pretty Child Contest". His smile from then is hard to distinguish if he is a boy or a girl. There is a reason for stealing 'nunas' (elder sister) hearts. The term 'pretty' is well suited for him.,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/04/20, Source,
Next we have our segment of "Weekly Star Scene", where we will take a look at a what is rocking the Korean entertainment industry during the week.
We have our one and only, Lee-Dami in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi there 건영 and Sean!,...More
Jo In-sung "Our military, much more dependable than known" 2011/03/07, Source,
"Our military is much more dependable than known outside".
Actor Jo In-sung who was at his highest popularity then volunteered for the military and is now serving in the air force with two months more to go, said in an exclusive interview with Seoul Newspapers, "I realized the power if our military that I didn't know before. Our nation doesn't have to be nervous. I am proud of the fact that F15K fighter planes in the air force I serve in protect the airspace and are reliable" he emphasized.,...More
Joo Jin-mo thinks Zhang Ziyi liked him 2010/09/16, Source,
Actor Joo Jin-mo on MBC talk show "Golden Fishery" [MBC]
Actor Joo Jin-mo has said that he felt that top Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi liked him when the two were co-stars for Korean film "Musa" almost ten years ago.
Joo made the remark on a pre-recorded session of MBC talk show "Golden Fishery - Knee Drop Guru" which went on air Wednesday, starting his explanation with "If I had known Zhang Ziyi would turn out like this... why did I",...More
Jay Park officially signs with SidusHQ 2010/07/16, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Jay Park, former leader of boy band 2PM has signed an exclusive contract with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
SidusHQ released a statement on Friday, explaining that they signed Park on officially as of July 15, the same day that mother company iHQ's Jung Hoon-tak returned to his position as C.E.O. in the firm,...More
Jay Park likely to sign with SidusHQ 2010/07/08, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park, the former leader of boy band 2PM, is likely to sign with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
"We are currently in final stages of negotiations with Park regarding an exclusive contract", a high-ranking official at SidusHQ explained on Thursday, adding that a decision is expected to be made next week since talks are "going in a positive direction",...More
[INTERVIEW] Child actor Yeo Jin-goo 2010/07/06, Source, Interview with actor Yeo Jin-goo
Korean actor Yeo Jin-goo [10Asia/Chae Ki-won]
My name is Yeo Jin-goo. My name means the nine treasures and when I asked my mom why not ten, she said I should live my life looking for the last one. I was born on August 13, 1997. I will be 14 years old and I am in seventh grade just like my character Gang-mo in SBS TV series "Giant". I have a brother who is five years younger than me. He doesn't do it in front of me but when he's in front of his friends he boasts about me to them. However, he's not envious of me because I act or come out on TV. When I ask him if he wants to act he would say no, no, no. He is a lot more bashful than I am,...More
Local celebrities including K-pop singer-actor Rain have teamed up with the Ministry of Culture and Internet portal Nate to upgrade Korea's image.
The campaign, dubbed "Creating a High-class Country With 28 Stars",...More
"Cinderella's Sister" is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (1) 2010/03/25, Source,
Actress Seo Woo attends a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "Cinderella's Sister" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 24, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: You must be quite determined since this is the first drama you're taking on since being discharged from the military.Chun Jung-myung (Cheon): While I was in the military, I had mentioned to Jo In-sung that I would like to take on a certain type of drama and it was similar in certain ways with "Cinderella's Sister". So I was happy when I got the part. I do feel pressured because reports have been saying I'm making a comeback for the first time in four years. I'm just focusing on my acting for now. Q: What was it about "Cinderella's Sister" that worked for you? Cheon: I personally had wanted to do a film but had told Jo that it may be better to do a drama first since the reaction comes faster. After I made up my mind to take on a drama, I thought hard over which I should do. I didn't think I would be ready to take on genres outside youth romance so "Cinderella's Sister" worked for me in that aspect too. And more than anything, I liked the producer and scenarist. My close actor friends, such as Ko Hyun-jung and Jo In-sung, had been in dramas by Kim Gyoo-wan. They said I'd have a hard time because my lines would be long but they told me it would be great and it would be an honor for me. Gi-hoon wasn't supposed to play such a big part in the drama. That's why I thought a newcomer would play the female role opposite me. But the script got changed the more I talked with the scenarist and my role got better,...More
Korean stars at shine at Korean military concert 2010/03/12, Source,
(From left) Korean actor Jo In-sung, TV personality Boom and actor Kim Jae-won salute at a military concert hosted by military broadcasting TV station KFN. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"We all love the Republic of Korea!" It was actor Kim Jae-won who suggested that they all cry out the cringy phrase and TV personality Boom and actor Jo In-sung complied to the request. To imagine that this quite unlikely mix of celebrities would make such a patriotic remark. But like in Wonderland where abnormal behavior is not regarded as abnormal, here at the concert for military officials hosted by military broadcasting TV station KFN, everything was in harmony and dissolved into one. Even when Tony of H.O.T., Andy of Shinhwa, Jang Su-won and Kim Jae-duc appeared one after another, there was no conflict among the former boy band members,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Bo-young 2010/03/05, Source,
Korean actress Lee Bo-young [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A poster shoot for "Harvest Villa" was taking place at a studio in Nonhyun-dong of Seoul. The actors, each already full of character, displayed facial expressions that summarized the roles they had taken for the drama and drew curiosity by simply standing still in front of the camera. Actor Baek Yoon-shik, who plays the problem-solver in the drama, expressed his concern by saying, "Make me look sturdy". But once he went into shoot, he put on a tough guy-like appearance and looking relaxed, remarked "Should I act like I just killed about 50 people?" But it was actress Lee Bo-young, who plays the female lead in the drama and looked cheerful throughout the photo shoot, that stood out more than anyone at the studio. Her character Seo-rin approaches Bok-gyu (played by Shin Ha-kyun) pretending to be the perfect woman but she actually works in the adult entertainment business. Here we reveal the stories Lee told us about "Harvest Villa".
Q: This drama claims to be a cruel thriller. Were there any difficulties you encountered during the shooting?,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Jo In-sung is public relations officer! 2010/02/27, Source, Jo In-sung is the public relations officer promoting the causes of the military soldiers.
He is so tall and handsome in his short military style hair and uniform.
It's hard to look good in such outfit and hairdo, but he looks so good in them.
It might be the long legs and small face.
However, he seems like he is doing well,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Soldier Jo In-sung, handsome still! 2009/10/02, Source, As a soldier in the airforce, Jo In-sung shows off his unchanged handsome smile.
Jo has been in the Open Music Festival last 27th as a part of the solders' choir!
He is proud to be part of the air force which he respected his father for being part of.
Jo has also been in the 61st Solder's Day for which there has been a festival with other stars in front of the president, generals, and,...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
[ChanMi's star news] Jo In-sung as a soldier 2009/04/20, Source, Top star Jo In-sung has entered military service as a pilot! He is in the air force division.
Jo's official air force pictures have been taken and we can see him as a serious soldier serving the country.
He will be trained for 5 weeks to enter the official Air Force base where he will be staying for 25 months.,...More
Some may say that hallyu, or the Korean wave, is over, but according to some celebrities' plans, the wave is just waiting for the perfect time to hit harder.
Singers and actors alike are moving their radars to Japan, with new albums, fan meetings and new dramas,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Jo In-sung's last model shoot! 2009/02/19, Source, Actors Jo In-sung and Sung Yu-ri are a stylish couple in this photoshoot.
Jo and Seong model for the unisex casual brand, Aden for the new advertisement. They are in a stylish and vintage set also with some cynical concepts.
The two seem comfortable and free in the sets.
They are a fantastic couple so passionate in modeling!,...More
Foreign films lead weekend 2009/01/24, Source, The Lunar New Year's holiday is traditionally a big season for Korean filmmakers. This year, however, only one Korean movie opens up to confront the onslaught of foreign rivals, reflecting the protracted slump of the domestic film industry.
One of the best ways to enjoy the festivity of the year-end would be watching a great movie with friends and family with buckets full of popcorn. Here are some of the movies, both local and from Hollywood, that will catch the eyes of movie-lovers during the holida,...More
[ChanMi's take] Seong Roo-ri and Jo In-sung a good couple? 2008/09/11, Source, Seong Roo-ri and Jo In-sung are shooting a new magazine shoot for Winter wear.
The two are modeling for the casual brand, ADEN for the winter season edition. The concept is a warm loving couple in the cold Winter. The two have a mature and a intimate feel through this photoshoot.
The two model and actors are stylish and so hot!!!!!,...More
Hite Beer Premium Stout held a poll on their homepage and 1701 male,...More
Body Exposure of Actors – how much? 2008/04/10, Source, The exposure of actresses in Korean movies has been a hot issue. Everyone wondered how much women expose themselves and if they acted without fear according to their role.
Now, the interest is to the exposure of actors. As much as the female body is beautiful, the male body is too. In promotions,...More
Korean-American director Jieho Lee was better known in Korea for marrying star actress Kim Min, but recently made headlines near and far by making his feature film debut with five of Hollywood's top stars. Before,...More
This year, some of the hottest male stars in Korean entertainment will temporarily leave the spotlight to enter the military as part of the two-year service,...More
Korean filmmakers bet on large-scale projects 2008/01/03, Source, Many local movie productions suffered setbacks last year, due to increased costs and the strengthened position of Hollywood blockbusters. In 2008, leading filmmakers are betting on large-scale projects to turn things around for the embattled local film industry.
Korea's heartthrob Jo In-sung will join hands once again with director,...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
Korean netizens choose Radio Star 2007/01/18, Source, Online film reservations site Maxmovie and Channel CGV have announced the results of their 4th annual Best Film Awards selections based on voting by internet users. With a total of 425,613 votes cast, the surprise winner for Best Picture was,...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
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
But watching him spitting out swear words w,...More
Chain of violence in 'Dirty Carnival' 2006/07/03, Source, While brutality is a dangerous subject in reality, it makes an excellent theme for a movie. A cruel gangster movie, for example, gives one the strange satisfaction of watching someone being stabbed to death, but at the same time, puts one at ease from knowing that he or she is safely away from the v,...More
Jo In-sung Is Back in 'Dirty Carnival' 2006/06/16, Source, It is the dream of Byung-du aka "Number 3" (Jo In-sung), always ignored at the Rotary gang, to find a sponsor with plenty of cash and tidy up his failed life. When his higher-up in the organization declines the order of wealthy businessman Hwang,...More
The path in the field where Won Bin and Kim Tae-hee quarreled over whether to eat Chinese noodles or spaghetti (LG Cyon ad, Sindu-ri in Taean-gun, Chungnam Province), the n,...More
Media Market Barriers Breaking Down 2005/07/08, Source, By Kim Ki-tae
The fast changing media contents market is destroying longstanding barriers between filmmakers, broadcasters, talent management firms and mobile carriers.
Film companies are beginning to make television dramas, while broadcasters are producing films. Talent manageme,...More
The actor Park Joong-hoon has turned forty this year. Despite his youthful vigor, he's now over the hill. In the virtual history movie "Heaven's Soldiers" set to premiere on July 15, he will play Admiral Yi Sun-shin. More
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