Lee Min-ho Takes Over France 2019/06/25, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho is hot in Paris, France.
He recently attended a fashion event in Paris and was welcomed by crowds of fans at Jardin du Luxembourg. Paris was his first foreign schedule after his discharge from National Service on the 25th of April,...More
Stars That Are Being Demobilized From the Military in 2019 2019/04/22, Source
"I declare discharge from the military".
Stars who have been serving their duties to the country are almost done. National Service is a compulsory duty every Korean man has to respond to, and the same goes for Hallyu stars. Every year, they put down their duties as stars and concentrate on doing their best for national defense,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Public Enemy Returns" 2018/10/20
It's oddly appropriate that right away in "Public Enemy Returns" we see big screen South Korean cop icon Cheol-joong face off against a bunch of elementary school students. They no longer respect law enforcement because of what they see in the movies, and Cheol-joong himself is a prime example of how police in South Korean film at the time were depicted as petty corrupt buffoons. Gangsters, meanwhile, were seen as cool, which is how teenage knuckleheads Ha-yeon (played by Lee Min-ho), Hee-chan (played by Lee Jae-won-I), and Seong-jin (played by Koo Seong-hwan) get wrapped up in the criminal underworld,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" Revisited 2018/04/28
I'm a bit embarrassed as to the flippant tone in my original review for "Gangnam Blues". Everything I wrote about the movie was accurate. Most people liked to discuss Lee Min-ho's status as a massive star and writer/director Yoo Ha's status as a noir film auteur, so the absurdity aspect seemed like a more unique and interesting angle. But three years and a couple of rewatches later, I've come around to seeing "Gangnam Blues" in a far more serious and relevant light- as a tacit, dark, and mostly true origin story as to where the glitz in Hallyu Wave really came from,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bounty Hunters" + Video 2017/09/30
As counter-intuitive as this idea might sound, it really is important for the main characters in big action movies to be kind of dumb, and clearly acknowledged as such by the script. Why? Because then their failures (or even successes) can be attributed to their stupidity, which is funny even if the overall situation has serious dramatic stakes. So it is in "Bounty Hunters", where our first introduction to San (played by Lee Min-ho) features him solving a problem with epic cool fighting moves- but ultimately failing due to his own ignorance of what the problem even was in the first place,...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
6 Eye-catching Actors Born in 1992 You Should Be Aware of! 2017/06/23, Source
Lately there have been many fresh faces that caught my attention while I watch K-dramas. As if to laugh at my current (overflowing) collection of my favorite actors, Korean showbiz keeps on finding great, handsome actors and pushing them my way. Well, what can I do? I'll always have enough room in my heart and my phone gallery storage for these good looking actors,...More
Lee Min-ho Set to Start Military Service 2017/05/11, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho is set to start his mandatory military service this week. Lee, who has actively engaged in charitable activities and donations, vowed to continue his good deeds while serving his military duties, in an e-mail interview on Wednesday.
Lee created an online fundraising platform in 2014 to encourage his fans to participate in donations and volunteering works,...More
'DMZ, The Wild" accompanied by Lee Min-ho as presenter 2017/03/21, Source
The prologue for "DMZ, The Wild" is being released by MBC.
"DMZ, The Wild" is a documentary on the wildlife situation at the DMZ. The project took a year and 5 months to complete and its presenter Lee Min-ho and the crew took a look at the survival tactics and rules of the wild that exist on this forbidden piece of land,...More
Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo and EXO engage 2016 Hallyu fans 2017/03/01, Source Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo and EXO are the stars that gained the most Hallyu fans last year.
The list for the 12th Soompi Awards was released. This event decides its winners according to votes of Hallyu fans all over the world.
The most competing part of the Soompi Awards was 'Artist of the Year'. Girl group Twice was tough competition. The result was EXO for their continuous hit songs "Lotto", "Lucky One" Monster" and "For Life",...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2017/02/26
Find out where to go all around Korea to learn the language, Lee Min-ho honoured for helping to boost Korea's image, a new report puts South Korea at the top globally in terms of life expectancy, and 10 Magazine has some great suggestions about where to learn Taekwondo in Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 16 2017/01/11
Joon-jae's mother did not get hit by a car. Instead we get a very satisfying reunion of mother and son that results in mutual sleuthing into Ji-hyeon's mother and her shadowy past. This plot thread took up the bulk of the hour with very little interference by Cheong's and Joon-jae's romance.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 15 2017/01/06
At last our main couple is on the same page. Cheong can be honest with Joon-jae about who she is and where she came from and feel comfortable with the fact that he loves her. While these two are growing closer, the villains are inching their way towards evil. While Ji-hyeon does become violent this episode, he is so deflated by a scolding from Dae-yeong that he loses all potency as a villain,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 14 2017/01/04
After a pre-empted episode last week, episode 14 tore into this week at full force with heavy plot and character development. There were a few awkward changes, but for the most part, it was one of the most interesting episodes to date. Part of what made it interesting was the change in Ji-hyeon's character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 13 2016/12/29
Joon-jae and Cheong grow closer, flirting like mad and coping with Cheong's attempt to learn about love via the internet. As they are sealed in their blissful bubble of romantic happiness, Dae-yeong and Ji-hyeon's mother continue their nefarious ways and are sadly joined by another,...More
[Spoiler] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun kiss 2016/12/22, Source
Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho) was nice and caring to Sim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun) who had had a rough day. When she asked if they were going to be together forever, he answered, "Not forever. I rented the house for 2 years. This isn't really my house. Only the things and furniture inside the house are mine. We are going to move. Sim Cheong asked who was moving it all and he answered, "You are. You're going with me".
Joon-jae was able to read Sim Cheong's mind and he went through joy and confusion at the same time. Joon-jae thought it was cute, the way Sim Cheong spent nights up thinking about anything and everything he said but he couldn't sleep,...More
What is the Hallyu Ban and its effect on Lee Min-ho? 2016/12/19, Source
Despite the fact that a 'Hallyu Ban' has been issued in China, actor Lee Min-ho is still as hot as ever. His Hallyu stardom and spin-offs are still the center of attention in the Chinese region.
According to local sources, Lee Min-ho has recently been selected as the model for China's biggest cell phone company. This company put forward Lee Min-ho to promote its latest item the Edge L. Pictures and footages of Lee Min-ho with the said item has been coming up on SNS and YouTube. His handsome looks earned him the nickname 'God' in China and it looks like the Hallyu Ban doesn't apply to him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 10 2016/12/16
Cheong's presence amongst the humans is causing quite a stir along with Dam-ryeong's clever intervention in Joon-jae's life. Around the couple, people are starting to cotton on that things aren't quite as they should be as the mermaid's otherworldly nature becomes more evident.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 9 2016/12/14
Sometimes all a man needs in life is the steadfast presence of someone who doesn't leave when the going gets tough. For Joon-jae, a man who was abandoned by his family in his youth, the unwavering devotion of mermaid Cheong gives him the strength to get through the tough times.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 8 2016/12/08
The parallels between past and present grow greater as Joon-jae experiences flashbacks of his previous life. Parallels don't just run between past and present, but between characters. In many ways such comparisons are useful, but in this drama they are belabored. That is the great downfall of this otherwise adorable drama, it overuses plot points and cute character traits until they lose their sparkle. Joon-jae's and Cheong's past romance, while sweet, doesn't have the insistence necessary to carry this story forward,...More
"The Legend of the Blue Sea" Lee Min-ho's 5 hot points 2016/12/06, Source
With the seventh and eighth episodes coming up, the SBS drama revealed 5 points of actor Lee Min-ho who plays Heo Joon-jae. Heo Joon-jae acts cold towards the mermaid Sim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun) but actually cares for her and protects her. Everything he does and says is becoming the hottest topic online. Let's take a look at some heart-throbbing scenes.
- 2 combo "Know~ don't know~" on the snow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Legend of the Blue Sea" Episode 3 2016/11/23
No matter how much the mermaid tries to stay away from her Joon-jae, fate in this tightly woven fabric of fantasy always leads him to her, or she to him. Oftentimes convenient coincidences are the product of lazy writing. In "The Legend of the Blue Sea" it tells the story of two lovers who fate transcends time and circumstance. Not only is it romantic, but it's fun, cool, and full of the opportunity for Jun Ji-hyun to time and time again prove herself the genius comedienne that she is. Episode 3 is comprised of three plot threads during three periods of time in our main characters' lives or the lives of their incarnations,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Genius Frauds and Red Carpets 2016/10/29
The next drama season has arrived and we have a lot of goodies to look forward to. "Entourage" begins airing next Friday and it has gone on the promotional offensive hard. Videos keep flooding out, interviews are given and the bromance is strong. "Legend of the Blue" sea will be with us on the 16th and we get a good look at its leading gentleman this week,...More
[HanCinema's Feature] "An Overview of the Korean Film Industry" 2016/08/27 To understand what the South Korean film industry is first you need to understand what film industries are in general. They are, in short, profitable enterprises designed to make money. That's a decidedly unglamorous description of a field that prides itself on making "art", but it's the cold hard truth. Hollywood, as a concept, only exists because a century ago the United States had a large, growing market for films. This made it possible for scale escalation and big budget movies. Most other countries with strong domestic film industries (India, Japan, and increasingly China) have the same advantage. Their domestic markets are so large it's easy to recoup production expenses,...More
Zico and Seolhyun's relationship revealed 2016/08/11, Source
Zico and Seolhyun are two of today's hottest idol stars. They have recently admitted that they are seeing each other.
Their managements announced that they were dependant on each other during hard times and eventually evolved into a relationship. They are only just getting to know each other,...More
[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON LA 2016 Saturday Concert Review + Poster Giveaway 2016/08/09
There is something magical about a K-pop concert. Perhaps it's the well-known talent, finesse, and beauty of K-pop stars. Perhaps it's the zest, intricacy, and cleverness of their music. Perhaps it's the fact that live K-pop performances are not easily come by in North America. KCON USA has been the major organization through which K-pop has become more accessible. Smaller organizers have begun to make places like New York and LA hotspots for K-pop. But the opportunity to see favorites is still far and few between. Regardless of the "why", the concerts at KCON LA 2016 presented by Toyota were a surreal experience. Let's jump into the first night of concerts when acts from rookie to pro graced the stage and had the crowd roaring the entire time,...More
KCON USA Presented by Toyota Draws Over 110,000 In 2016 2016/08/01, Source
Largest Korean fan convention in the world wraps north american dates with 76,000 attending 5th annual KCON Los Angeles KCON 2016 USA presented by Toyota celebrated its 5th anniversary attracting over 110,000 fans in NY and L.A. to the largest Korean culture convention in the world. This weekend, KCON 2016 LA received more than 76,000 attendees over three days, while last month over 42,000 attended KCON 2016 NY over two days. With KCON now being a worldwide event, also having a presence in Japan, Paris, Abu-dhabi, and more; KCON USA is still the most attended event internationally,...More
[HanCinema's Event Coverage] The Top 7 Things to Do at KCON 2016 2016/07/27
(Photo courtesy of CJ E&M)
It is D-2 days before KCON LA 2016 presented by Toyota and we're getting pumped here at HanCinema. The three day convention held at the staples center from July 29 to July 31 is going to be jam packed full of activities for Hallyu lovers. Here's a list of the top 7 things to check out and do while you're there,...More
Lee Min-ho at airport looks romantic in pink shirt 2016/06/27, Source Lee Min-ho has returned to Korea through the Incheon International Airport on June 27th, after he finished promotional events for his new movie, 'Bounty Hunter's in Chongqing, China.
Lee Min-ho completes the simple airport fashion in the soft and bright pink shirt and a pair of jeans. He is responding with his bright smile to all of his fans who gathered at the exit of the arrival terminal,...More
KCON LA: SHINee and I.O.I join line-up & KCON NY: Special Guests Im Si-wan and Park Bo-young 2016/05/29, Source
KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota revealed today that the pop boy band SHINee and up-and-coming girl group I.O.I will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup! Additionally, special guests Im Si-wan and Park Bo-young will attending KCON 2016 New York! Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY is returning to the Prudential Center and will expand to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON LA kicks off a month later and takes place July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center,...More
[Asian Filmist Guest Post List] 5 Korean movies to watch from 2015 2016/05/07, Source
While it is 2016 currently and Korean films are starting to pick up, it's good to look back at last year's films.
For many people, the end of last year was the era of Star Wars, since episode 7 came out. However, while Star Wars was watched by many Koreans here in Seoul, 2015 Korean films held their own. In fact, another movie, the Himalayas, outsold the famed science fiction film on opening week,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Drama Fights and Trolling Rumors 2016/04/23
We have had quite an eventful week in Dramaland. KBS, SM C&C and SBS are getting into a fight while actors and the fate of a drama are caught in the middle, rumors become news only to be refuted and we have a casting which is already dividing viewers. As usual, upcoming drama goodies and my personal drama updates are included, so join me in a recap of the craziness,...More
[Photos] Lee Min-ho shines in jeans 2016/04/19, Source Lee Min-ho entered Korea on April 18 after the 6th Beijing International Film Festival.
Hundreds of fans gathered at the airport to see him as he appeared in jeans and leather jacket. He looked comfortable in what he was wearing,...More
[Raine's Drama Insights] Why "Descendants of the Sun" is a Cultural Phenomenon 2016/03/26
"Descendants of the Sun" is a K-drama that has touched every corner of the Korean drama scene. That scene can be found all over the globe. Its presence in Asia is unprecedented while Viki's internet streaming and quick subbing has brought the drama to English-speaking audiences. The power that drives the drama is multi-faceted ranging from the money behind it, to the promotion, to the star power, to intense fan viewership and participation,...More
How Chinese Money Is Changing Korean Media 2016/02/21, Source
An influx of Chinese money is having a huge influence on the Korean media industry. One recent symptom was the case of Taiwanese-born teenage starlet Tzuyu, whose waving of her country's flag in an old clip sparked a Twitterstorm that sent her agency JYP into a blind panic.
Terrified of jeopardizing the Chinese market, JYP forced the girl to apologize on bended knee and declare her allegiance to the Motherland -- only to find that barely anyone in China had noticed.
Still, China's media contents market is growing 11 percent annually and is expected to surpass Japan's this year, which puts JYP's anxieties into perspective (US$1=W1,211).
According to the Small and Medium Business Administration, more than W1 trillion worth (~US$1 billion) of Chinese money had been invested in Korean computer games and entertainment programs as of September last year. Last week, China's top online retailer Alibaba announced it is investing W35.5 billion in another Korean talent mill, SM Entertainment, and with money comes clout,...More
Lee Min-ho and Suzy, "We're still together" 2016/02/11, Source Lee Min-ho and Suzy have been together for about a year now and despite their busy schedules, they still have much affection for each other.
The two officially announced their relationship a year ago and even China was wild about the issue. The couple then went through false news about having broken up around March. They denied it but that didn't stop speculations about them,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - Hongdae + Lee Min-ho Photo Set Giveaway 2016/01/23
Hongdae may easily be one of the hippest places in Seoul. It's where musicians and artists roam, create, and socialize. The young can find solace in the fast-paced atmosphere, delicious food, and hoards of people their own age. It's especially known for its indie artists: musicians, dancers, and other street performers. There is always a show in a club or on the streets. And don't forget the flea market, fun specialty shops, and pet cafes scattered everywhere. K-pop star and actor Jung Yong-hwa recommends it as a must-see place for anyone visiting Seoul,...More
Lee Min-ho in "Here" 2016/01/05, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho has prepared something special for his fans to celebrate his 9th year of becoming an actor.
Star Hous Entertainment is releasing his exclusive pictorial called "Here",...More
Lee Min-ho in Italy to shoot commercial for Ferrero Rocher 2015/10/02, Source
Italian premium chocolate brand Ferrero Rocher has chosen hallyu star Lee Min-ho as their new endorser and has started shooting a commercial in Rome, Italy.
Lee Min-ho, who is super popular in Korea as well as in Chinese community and other Asian countries, will participate in various marketing events starting this October and during the seasons of Christmas and Valentine's Day as an endorser for the global premium chocolate brand, Ferrero Rocher,...More
[Video] Lee Min-ho's Korean promotional footage hits 20,000,000 viewers in 50 days 2015/09/29, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho's promotional Korean video was viewed over 20,000,000 times on You Tube. Not only is it the most viewed Korean promotional video by the Korean Tourism Organization, it is the most viewed promotional video in Australia, England, Singapore, Japan and others. The number continues to rise and considering the length of the footage and different versions in different countries, the number can add up to be more.
The Lee Min-ho power is outstanding. The video begins with the title 'Korea, let your story begin' and recorded more than 7 million views in just 3 weeks. This is a record hit in the shortest time of a video release by the KTO,...More
Lee Min-ho wins court case 2015/09/13, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho won the trial against the company that used his name and face to sell products. The mask packs also known as Lee Min-ho packs are no longer available for sale.
Star House said, "According to the decision made by the Seoul Central Court, Lee Min-ho's name has been used to sell products that weren't signed for with the company. Therefore it is illegal and T, K and G companies have been banned from selling these products,...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
Lee Min-ho at COEX Convention center 2015/08/31, Source Lee Min-ho is entering to attend the photocall for his signing event arranged by Samsonite Red.
The event took place on the last day of photo exhibition, 'My Red Galllery' that Samsonite Red has organized to cheer up the young generations in their 20s and 30s and communicate with them closely,...More
Yoo Ah-in, Lee Seung-gi, Lee Min-ho working hard on projects before enlisting in army 2015/08/27, Source
It's not over till it's over.
All of male entertainers, who were born in 1986 and 1987, must enlist in the army within this year if early or within next year at the very latest. As you cannot avoid serving the mandatory military service if you're a Korean man, they don't have any other choice. However, they are concentrating on their acting career as if they would want to show it is not over till it's over.
It is evident that they are making efforts to communicate with their fans continuously. We've put together the three actors for this article: Yoo Ah-in, who will become an actor of 10 million viewers soon, Lee Seung-gi, who makes his noona fans smile automatically and effortlessly, Lee Min-ho, who is in the middle of getting ready for his Korea & China joint film project.
Yoo Ah-in works back and forth across the silver screen and the small screen.
Yoo Ah-in will be crowned as an actor of 10 million viewers this weekend for his role in movie, "Veteran" for the first time since he debuted. While he has already been recognized for his acting performances, he is now recognized for his marketability at the box office. He has been appearing in projects continuously without break from 2014 to 2015.
He will also appear on the small screen as well as the silver screen in 2015 this year. Yoo Ah-in is currently filming SBS' 'Six Flying Dragons'. In terms of his silver screen presence, he is getting ready for movie "The Throne" following after "Veteran" which was filmed last year and has been released recently. After "The Throne" has been released in September, his drama, 'Six Flying Dragons' will air its first episode in October.
Lee Seung-gi will concentrate on movies for the time being.
Lee Seung-gi's main title is a singer, however he has been broadening his position as an actor based on his strong acting performances. After he has made a comeback with his new album as a singer in last June, he will return to an entertainment program by co-starring in 'New Journey to the West' with the members of his previous entertainment show, '2 Days & 1 Night' and producer Na Yeong-seok,...More
Samsonite Red to invite 100 customers to Lee Min-ho's signing event 2015/08/12, Source
On August 12th, casual bag brand, Samsonite Red has announced that they will invite 100 customers to actor Lee Min-hos's fan signing event to take place on August 31st.
The signing event will be held on the last day of the youth photography exhibition, My RED Gallery, which is currently taking place to celebrate launching Fall and Winter 2015 products by Samsonite Red,...More
Lee Min-ho Promotes Korea Tourism 2015/08/01, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho has starred in a commercial promoting travel to Korea. The commercial is part of efforts by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to boost tourism after the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome,...More
Lee Min-ho appreciates his fans, accepting Producer's Choice Award at 19th BiFan 2015/07/16, Source
On July 16th, Lee Min-ho went on the stage to receive Producer's Choice Award at the 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, which took place at Bucheon Gymnasium in Wonmi-gu, Bucheon City, Gyeonggi-do.
Producer's Choice is awarded to actors and actresses, who have shown the most active and outstanding performances for the last one year. The recipients are selected jointly by Bifan, Korean Film Producers Association and Producers Guild of Korea. This year's recipients are Lee Min-ho and Moon Chae-won,...More
Lee Min-ho's files lawsuit 2015/06/10, Source Actor Lee Min-ho filed a lawsuit against various cosmetic companies for using his photos without permission.
Star House claimed on the 10th, "Lee Min-ho Packs have been selling throughout the country without the permission to use his picture from himself or this company. This is a violation of his publicity but also a cause of misunderstanding to those tourists who visit our country",...More
Lee Min-ho's three-step way serving fans 2015/05/22, Source
On May 22nd, Lee Min-ho fascinated Chinese fans with his unstinting way to serve his fans and by singing the sweet melodic songs at the '2015 Family Festival', which took place at Seoul Olympic Stadium, Jamsil, Songpa-gu, Seoul in order to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Lotte Duty Free.
The '2015 Family Festival' is held from May 22nd to 24th. Lee Min-ho, Park Hae-jin, Super Junior, Kim Beom-soo, Lee Seng-cheol, Davichi, Shinhwa, EXID, EXO, AOA and other stars will perform for the event,...More
Lee Min-ho Gives W100 Million to Nepal Recovery Effort 2015/05/06, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho has donated W100 million to UNICEF to aid victims of last month's devastating earthquake in Nepal (US$1=W1,081). Lee's management agency said Monday that the actor donated W100 million to the UNICEF Korean committee to help children and other victims in earthquake-stricken Nepal. He made the donation on behalf of his fan club, Minoz -- not in his own name,...More
TNGT along with with Lee Min-ho launches gift-giving promotional event 2015/04/23, Source
On April 23rd, men's total lifestyle brand, TNGT by LF (CEO: Goo Bongeol, www.lfcorp.com) has announced they will launch the promotion event with Lee Min-ho, 'The Tomorrow Man, Min-ho's Gift'.
Starting April 24th, TNGT stores nationwide will present a gift package, 'Min-ho's Gift' to their customers on first-come, first-served basis. 'Min-ho's Gift' includes an eco-friendly bag, a bracelet and 2015 S/S catalogue starring Lee Min-ho,...More
Lee Min-ho's unrealistic image 2015/03/31, Source While Suzy mentioned Lee Min-ho at Miss A's new album release showcase, reports of spotting him real live have been coming up.
Various pictures and posts about having seen the handsome actor in real life spread out on online communities and SNS in 2013,...More
Suzy's shy confession, "I have something to say" 2015/03/30, Source
missA Suzy was careful to open up about it. The 'Nation's first love' shyly started talking about the relationship with actor Lee Min-ho.
Suzy attended missA's comeback showcase on March 30th, which was held in K Art Hall in Olympics Park in Songpag-gu, Seould. As it was her first official appearance after admitting her relationship with Lee Min-ho, she seemed to be somewhat nervous,...More
Hot Stars Lee Min-ho, Suzy in Relationship 2015/03/24, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho and girl group miss A member Suzy have admitted they are in a relationship. Their agencies confirmed Monday that the two have been seeing each other for a month. The admission came after entertainment news outlet Dispatch reported that the two were seen on a date in London,...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
Official stance by Lee Min-ho and Suzy
Hallyu star Lee Min-ho and 'Nation's first love' Suzy have confirmed their relationship. The official statement came out one hour and twenty minutes later after the news broke of their relationship.
The agencies for Lee Min-ho and Suzy said in their official statements on March 23rd, "Suzy and Lee Min-ho have been seeing each other for around one month while they continue with the feelings of fondness towards each other. We kindly ask for your warm support for the two in relationship",...More
Advertisement battle: Lee Min-ho vs. Kim Soo-hyun 2015/03/22, Source The two of them have recently been chosen as the new faces of each others' advertisements. This is an interesting piece of information as there seems to be an invisible battle of ego.
Kim Soo-hyun was attacked first. He was the global model for bag brand Samsonite Red but wasn't able to re-sign at the end of December last year. Samsonite wanted Lee Min-ho instead,...More
Lee Min-ho's handsome picture 2015/03/19, Source At Star 1 took pictures of stars congratulating it on its 3rd year anniversary.
At Star 1 revealed picturea of the actress and many more on its Facebook saying, "3rd year anniversary relays!",...More
Lee Min-ho stars in Guess Spring and Summer 2015 collection 2015/03/16, Source
Guess, a brand name synonymous with sexy jeans, has unveiled Spring/Summer 2015 collection starring hallyu star Lee Min-ho.
The Guess Jeans collection released this season includes 'Carat Jeans' embellished with luxurious embroidery on the front, other denim items upgraded with destroyed and faded details, and shirts and jackets in various designs that can be matched with their denim items,...More
Lee Min-ho will come back through drama in the second half of this year 2015/02/26, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho plans to meet his fans through a drama in the second half of this year.
An official from his agency, Strahous Entertainment said to My Daily on February 26th, "We internally set up the plan to do three projects within this year (As the first half of the year has started) We have a plan to do a film in the mid-year and a drama in the second half of this year",...More
Lee Min-ho returns to Korea 2015/02/25, Source
On February 25th, Lee Min-ho has returned to Korea through the Incheon International Airport after completing his schedule for the promotion event of Kyochon Chicken in the Philippines.
Lee Min-ho was wearing a pair of big sunglasses, a scarf and ear buds. He matched the relaxed jacket and jeans to complete his airport look. His numerous fans crowded the airport to see him,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" 2015/02/14
It's the seventies, and South Korea is well into an ambitious jobs program. First, bulldoze anything that doesn't look like a modern building and come up with skeevy business deals to build something respectable instead. Next, recruit the homeless people created by this process into either the police, the military or the mob. It doesn't really matter which- they're all pretty much the same really. Oh, you don't think that's such a good idea? Well shut your pie hole we have the guns. Now take this wooden plank and go beat up those democracy activists,...More
Lee Min-ho to model for TNGT 2015/02/12, Source Total lifestyle brand TNGT appointed Lee Min-ho as their official model.
The brand released pictures of the actor in 'Real City Life'. The concept of the look is a sophisticated one where Lee Min-ho is wearing a blue jacket with matching jeans,...More
[Photos] Lee Min-ho's airport fashion 2015/02/02, Source Lee Min-ho is headed for Auckland, New Zealand from Incheon International Airport for the brand shooting of Eider '2015 Spring Summer Season'. He is wearing black jeans with an outdoor jacket. He looks comfortable yet, fashionable. The colors of the outdoor jacket add style to the active-look,...More
"Gangnam Blues" Lee Min-ho, "Violent and intimate scenes" 2015/01/25, Source Lee Min-ho has a quality of a superstar. It was hard to find the shy smile that he had when we met him in 2008 before he rose to stardom. Eight years later, he has become a great young man with a killer smile and charisma in his eyes. He was confident about his speech which made reporters proud of him.
Lee Min-ho's first leading role in "Gangnam Blues" is an action movie about the passion, loyalty and betrayal of two men during the time of the Gangnam land development. Lee Min-ho plays Kim Jong-dae who joins the land of war for his simple dream of obtaining a house of his own. Lee Min-ho asked how the movie was as soon as he met us. We honestly told him that there are pros and cons and he smiled as if he expected that answer,...More
Gangnam Blues (2014) 2015/01/24, Source
Genres: Action and Drama
Running Time: 135 min.
Directed by: Yoo Ha
Starring: Lee Min-ho, Kim Rae-won
Synopsis: Jong-dae and Yong-ki grew up in an orphanage like real brothers. After they leave the orphanage, they make a living by picking up paper and empty bottles. Jong-dae then becomes involved in a struggle of interests over development in Gangnam, the southern part of Seoul. In the process, he lives with Gil-su and Seon-hye as they accept Jong-dae like a family member. Meanwhile, Yong-ki joins Seoul's most powerful criminal organization and fights over the lands in Gangnam,...More
'Gangnam Blues' blasts off being expected to surpass 700,000 viewers in four days 2015/01/23, Source
It is getting more excited with the film, 'Gangnam Blues'.
According to the statistics by the integrated electronic system for movie tickets of Korean Film Council, 'Gangnam Blues' ranked top for the daily box office result on January 23rd by brining 148,043 moviegoers to the total of 751 theaters. Its accumulated number of viewers reached 440,213.
As the movie, "Big Hero", which was released on the same day, brought 99,732 through 697 theaters with the accumulated number of viewers of 277,028, the gap between the movies became bigger,...More
Lee Min-ho, "My target is to expand the number of male fans" 2015/01/22, Source Actor Lee Min-ho is a 'man'. His trademark was a soft and attractive as he played rich young men in "Boys over Flowers" and "The Heirs". His characters, tall height of 186 centimeters, handsome features and sophistication earned him the title, "Hallyu Prince".
Lee Min-ho is reborn in "Gangnam Blues" which is the struggle of passion, loyalty and betrayal between two men in the time of the Gangnam development in the 1970s. Lee Min-ho takes on the role of Kim Jong-dae, a junk-dealer who throws himself in the world of gangster war for the right of Gangnam development. The way he uses violence to get what he wants shows that he is a real man. We interviewed the actor recently and he repeated the words 'change' and 'challenge' several times,...More
"Gangnam Blues" beats "Ode to My Father" 2015/01/21, Source
"Gangnam Blues" gathered 150,000 audiences on the first day of its release and ranked first place.
According to the Korean Film Council, "Gangnam Blues" gathered 152,578 people on the first day of release with an accumulated numver of 163,400. Despite the fact that it's adult rated, it still came in first of the Box Office,...More
Lee Min-ho, "I like being a boy" 2015/01/21, Source With his first leading movie about to be released, Lee Min-ho became excited. He asked if media reviews always gave good comments and when we said no, he giggled like he does on TV.
From a love-drunk plutocrat to a warrior from the Koryeo times, Lee Min-ho has been widely active in modern and historical dramas. Then he landed himself in a leading role in director Yoo Ha's bloody noir,...More
Lee Min-ho, a global star indeed 2014/12/16, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho had an autograph signing session in prior to the launching of Jeju Air's new route from Busan to Guam.
Jeju Air held Lee Min-ho's autograph signing session in Busan on the 16th. The event celebrated the launching of Jeju Air's route from Busan to Guam,...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
Korean Wave Makes Splash in Cuba 2014/11/09, Source
Korean soap operas continue their implausible success around the world by making a splash in Cuba. The leisurely pace and somewhat stationary acting of the Korean fare apparently contrasts pleasantly with the endless high-octane histrionics of Latin American telenovelas. Early last year, state-run TV station Canal Habana began broadcasting "My Wife is a Superwoman", the first Korean drama to air on Cuban TV. The program drew ratings of more than 70 percent. Next to air were "My Fair Lady" and "Secret Garden", which led to a boom in Korean TV dramas in the Caribbean nation,...More
[Photos] Lee Min-ho's nice hands 2014/10/19, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho departed Korea from the Gimpo International Airport on the 19th.
As he was making his way to the departure hall, he held out his hand to shake hands with a fan while his fans screamed at his generosity,...More
DramaFever's Second Co-production to Premiere Exclusively on October 13 - Both Online And on Korean TV Channel KBS2 2014/10/09
Romantic Odd Couple Dramedy about Misfit Classical Musicians, "Tomorrow's Cantabile", is Based on Popular Japanese Manga Almonds to be Featured in Series Through Brand Integration Partnership DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, and KBS will co-produce the highly anticipated Korean drama, "Tomorrow's Cantabile" (Naeil's Cantabile). Based on the popular Japanese manga, Nodame Cantabile, the series will premiere in the U.S., as well as throughout North and South America, exclusively on DramaFever on October 13. Each week, a new episode will stream on DramaFever - professionally subtitled in English, Spanish and Portuguese - within 24 hours of the original South Korean airing on KBS2. The subtitled episodes will later be available on DramaFever syndication partner Hulu,...More
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon to come back 2014/07/17, Source
The Department of DefeNational Servicee clock goes around and around. Some actors in their 20s are done with service and will be coming back soon.
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon who were admitted to National Service in 2012, are almost done. They are currently positioned at the 27 District Recruit Training Center and the Seoul Police PromotioNational Service Unit. Lee Je-hoon gets discharged first on the 24th of this month and Yoo Seung-ho this coming 4th of December,...More
Lee Min-ho, "Date? Of course I want to" 2014/07/09, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho expressed that he would like to go on a date with someone.
He attended his fan meeting on the 8th in CGV Cheongdam and said, "I wanted to star in more dramas and movies during my twenties, but I don't think I can do more than one this year. I also want to be in a relationship with someone because communicating with someone and not just your lover, is a very important part of life",...More
Lee Min-ho is flooded with over 100 potential scripts 2014/06/22, Source Lee Min-ho's sources say that the actor has been getting floods of scenarios besides "Gangnam Blues". According to his agency, Lee Min-ho has been getting over 100 scripts and scenarios and they are being piled up for him every morning.
His agency says, "It's only natural that scripts are being built up for top stars like him and it's a form of concern, disguised as happiness. He is a Hallyu star and talented actor so the staff at the agency have become incredibly busy as well. Because of the global suggestions, we have professional manpower from reviews, analysis and interpreting",...More
Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye, to cancel or not? 2014/04/17, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye were to attend the Hallyu Star Family Concert in the Olympic Stadium on the 18th. However, several stars appearing in the concert including the two of them have requested to postpone the event to mourn for the tragic incident that happened on the 16th.
However, Lotte Duty Free is saying that won't be possible. The concert with domestic fans on the 19th and 20th have been postponed but the one on the 18th with 12,000 international fans will go on as usual,...More
Will Korean Soap Prompt China to Ease Censorship? 2014/03/21, Source
The Chinese government will allow provincial governments to make their own decision in censoring movies that are shown in their theaters, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The move is the first step in relaxing China's notoriously stringent censorship of movies and TV shows,...More
Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk's shift in generations 2014/02/12, Source
A shift is quickly occurring amongst Hallyu Stars.
Actors Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are the four top Hallyu actors and they have been evolving at a rapid rate. They are leading the shift in generation from the primary Hallyu generation, which would be Bae Yong-joon and others. These new Hallyu stars have been expanding their fan population like LTE, which make them global stars because of their limitless boundaries between international and domestic fans.
A person in the media claims, "Unlike the Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo generation, the newer Hallyu stars have been appealing to the world with a more friendly approach in various works. They have been able to expand their fan base with real time VOD and development of technology and the Internet, as well as SNS services",...More
Lee Min-ho's selfie 2014/01/20, Source Lee Min-ho posted a picture saying "I kept my promise" on Twitter.
He is looking up at the camera with his tongue sticking out. He actually looks cute and sexy and the same time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 20 Final 2013/12/12
I don't think I've ever been this frustrated by a happy ending before. A certain amount of schmaltz and contrivance is appropriate to get a story to end on a positive note, sure. But nearly every single conflict solved here quite literally appeared only one episode ago. And even in those cases where there was a bit more foreshadowing, we're talking extremely brief glimpses from several episodes ago.
The most annoying part about is that Kim Tan, our alleged main character, barely has anything to do with any of this. Yes, as usual, the scenes about the love story between him and Eun-Sang predominate,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 19 2013/12/11
There's lot of cuteness here as we get a bright cheery look at Kim Tan's birthday party, where all his friends have shown up and are having a gay old time taking pictures and doing basic teen stuff. Even the abrupt ending of Kim Tan confronting his father with Eun-Sang in tow is pretty fun. When the drama loses its pretensions and just lets its teen characters act like real teenagers, it can be fairly successful as light entertainment.
However, the more of this cute stuff that we see, the more the question comes up of how appropriate it is for the only apparent conflict in this drama to be deflated so close to the end,...More
Kim Tan from "The Heirs" in exams 2013/12/09, Source Lee Min-ho's role of Kim Tan from the SBS drama "The Heirs" appeared in test papers.
Test papers from a middle school mid-terms were revealed and in them was a question saying, "Kim Tan received a new book in exchange for a faulty one so in this case, what consumer rights does this stand in?",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 18 2013/12/05
It would seem that the immense effort tha previous episode made to convince the viewer that yes, the Kim Tan / Eun-Sang separation really is serious this time, was actually just an elaborate trick so that the drama could do the same plot, again, without it feeling too repetitive. I have to admit that it worked- there simply isn't enough time left at this point for "The Heirs" to try and stir up drama by separating them again. And I did have that brief optimism, for one episode.
But that's pretty much entirely gone now. This episode is immensely exhausting in the way it just keeps going on and on about the Kim Tan / Eun-Sang connection, wringing its hands about awful the situation is, until finally we get to a climatic moment where they finally resolve to do something to finish off the drama's issues once and for all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 17 2013/12/04
Most of the episode's runtime is dedicated to searching and pining about Eun-Sang. Surprisingly, it doesn't actually take that long for anyone to find her. The main conflict ends up being, all right, provided that we know where Eun-Sang is, then what? The barriers preventing her from getting together with Kim Tan are, as has been thoroughly noted, a lot more dense and problematic than just her staying in a different physical location.
Unfortunately there isn't really much going on here in the way of attacking those barriers. Personally, I have no big stake in Kim Tan and Eun-Sang getting back together soon, or even at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 16 2013/11/28
While the romantic storyline in this drama is fairly repetitive, I have to give it credit for managing to pull a fast one. Eun-Sang has been doing the pouty face thing for so long it genuinely didn't even occur to me that there was something more to it this time. In one sense, the episode really just repeats its own plot all over again- but thanks to the changed context and the way Kim Tan is typically the focus character, the ending manages to sneak in very effectively.
The corporate intrigue plotline manages to sputter out with comically little fanfare. We get a clear sense that, in the end, the balance of power really is pretty horribly one-sided,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 15 2013/11/27
I really don't like Kim Woo-bin's new haircut. The one he had before was really slick and sharp- it showed off the rough, smart edges of Yeong-Do, and the way it played off of his eyebrows was just great. But this new haircut is almost exactly the same as Lee Min-ho's, and while that kind of hair works for members of the Kim family, it lacks the sneaky smugness that the character of Yeong-Do really needs. It's also slightly confusing having so many unrelated cast members with similarproblems. In a me-looking hair.
Anyway, aside from the hair, there's some still some good stuff here. The episode starts out the same place we left off at the party, and we almost immediately delve into a hilarious bit of tit-for-tat,...More
"The Heirs" napping
The cast of "The Heirs" are struggling with sleep.
Images of the cast trying to make most of their 5 minutes of shut eye to re-energize themselves, were revealed on the 26th of November,...More
"The Heirs" Lee Min-ho's gluttony 2013/11/24, Source Lee Min-ho awed people with his gluttony as Kim Tan from the SBS drama "The Heirs" who was trying to resolve all misunderstandings and conflicts.
On the thirteenth episode of "The Heirs" Kim Tan revealed to his fiancé Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji-won) and her family that he was the son of a concubine and was driven out of the house my his father Kim Nam-yoon (Jung Dong-hwan) without a penny. He went to his brother Kim Won's (Choi Jin-hyuk) house. He pretended to be bright and cheerful and started eating as he said, "I was hit by father. He didn't say anything when I packed but just chased me out without any money. Is it because I'm the son of a concubine? I feel pretty sad",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 14 2013/11/21
The ostentatious displays by our lead characters have managed to get really nauseating. I knew when I started watching "The Heirs" that this was going to be a drama about the extremely rich and well-connected. What I liked about the early episodes was that there was this clear indication that being rich and well-connected is not necessarily a good thing for a person with lousy emotional attachments. The picturesque cityscape of beautiful Los Angeles was consistently tempered by the dark side of life there,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 13 2013/11/20
It's pretty inescapable at this point that, if one were to describe the things that Kim Tan does to a neutral observer, he would come off as a really awful person. Technically speaking I don't think he actually breaks into the apartment, but the very fact that he takes Eun-Sang there alone against her usual resistance, coupled with his subsequent actions, make it difficult to play any of this off in a sympathetic light. Granted, he acted the same back in Los Angeles- but that was when I thought these were characater flaws he was going to overcome,...More
"The Heirs" Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye hug 2013/11/19, Source
The episode of "The Heirs" on the 20th, Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) walks towards Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) who is crying without a word, staring at her, and hugs him by the neck. She couldn't stand watching him cry like that, looking at her so sadly and pushed herself close to him into a hug.
This scene was taken on the 11th in Seoul. It was taken for 3 hours in the cold and hearted up the atmosphere. Park Shin-hye lifted the back of her feet to reach for Lee Min-ho's tall height and he stiffened slightly for a second before, hugging her tightly back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 12 2013/11/14
The mixed metaphors this drama is putting out are starting to give me a headache. We're still doing the whole will-they-or-won't they thing with Kim Tan and Eun-Sang, and on a literal level, the drama seems to be making the statement that they should totally be together. We didn't even get a single episode of full separation out of the cliffhanger from last time and already we're back to teary romantic stuff.
But let's pivot around and look at the main subplot this episode, where big bro Kim Won ends up getting in trouble with their dad Nam-Yoon about a situation that is, in many ways, almost identical to the relationship between Kim Tan and Eun-Sang,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 11 2013/11/13
Yeong-Do has finally shown what he can offer Eun-Sang in terms of a romantic partner. Hatred and spite toward fellow human beings. That probably doesn't sound like a good thing- but the argument he makes is surprisingly persuasive. Eun-Sang has, for pretty much the entire series, been living in fear of constant disaster and has had to act in a placating way to try and avert it. But these attempts always fail and this episode is no exception to that rule.
As if inspired to prove Yeong-Do wrong, for example, Eun-Sang tries to head off Kim Tan's latest romantic advances by being more affectionate and kind in her rebuff this time around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 10 2013/11/07
It suddenly hit me this episode that "The Heirs" is a drama, not about ambitious young adults, but high school students. This would seem obvious, given how much of the action lately takes place at a high school. The trappings of wealth, however, consistently give the misleading impression that these characters have clearly defined goals and a coherent narrative trajectory. In reality, they're impulsive, selfish, and resentful.
Kim Tan, for example, is now explicitly trying to manipulate EunSang emotionally in very childish ways,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 9 2013/11/06
I'm pretty sure "The Heirs" is trying to make some sort of statement about traditional masculine gender roles in a courtship context, but I'll be darned if I have any idea what. The imagery this time around is too inescapable. This episode Eun-Sang receives come-ons, not just from leading men Kim Tan and Yeong-Do, but extras. And there's a strong frustration underscoring her reactions to these events that emphasizes the importance of diplomacy in her responses- she'll only go as far as she can without risking damage to her long-term prospects.
What makes this especially nuanced and difficult is that it's explicitly confirmed this episode that she does like Kim Tan,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 8 2013/10/31
Up until now I wasn't completely convinced that Yeong-Do's intentions toward Eun-Sang were romantic ones. This episode lays that doubt to rest, but not in the way I was expecting. It's extremely clear that Yeong-Do's aggressive cornering behavior bares a lot of similarity to when Kim Tan does the exact same thing, and Kim Tan's motives have never been in doubt. Especially since he helpfully engages in similar behavior this time around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 7 2013/10/30
The adults in this drama are pretty easy to spook. On multiple occasions in the Kim household we see characters panic just because some unfamiliar person shows up. Never mind that in both cases, the unfamiliar person has every possible reason to be in the house. It says quite a bit about their quilty consciences that even in their own extremely safe homes they panic at the thought of the unexpected happening.
This takes on depressing dimensions when taken in the context of Kim Won. Kim Tan wants to reconcile with his big brother so badly it hurts- I'm impressed at the little bro's tenacity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 6 2013/10/24
Now that Kim Tan and Yeong-Do have finally met, and presumably we're going to get into an actual plotline instead of just metaphors, it occurs to me that the narrative structure of "The Heirs" isn't particularly strong. I'm not totally sure what any of these characters want, how they're going to get it, and what, to them, will constitute a happy ending. The drama being difficult to predict is normally a high point, but there needs to be some sort of baseline,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 5 2013/10/23
This drama has a really weird take on romance that I'm still not totally sure how to compartmentalize. Multiple new romantic subplots manage to pop out of nowhere, and we even get a moment to remember that, hey, technically, the parents of the two crabbiest heirs are in a romantic subplot, too. It's just not something that comes up that much because for the most part this drama is, appropriately enough, about "The Heirs",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 4 2013/10/17
It turns out that, almost as soon as she gets back to Korea, Eun-Sang discovers that her life is once again ruined thanks to money. At this point it seems like Eun-Sang getting put through the ringer on this should be getting tiring- but I find it works really well with the overall theme of the drama being the impossibility of escape. Having to live in the house and be an apprentice maid is the ultimate indignity for Eun-Sang. Fortunately, it's also literally the ultimate indignity, as once she's adjusted the bad stuff finally stops happening,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 3 2013/10/16
Ah, the American road trip. A long, boring drive into the middle of nowhere that quickly loses its novelty. Meeting up with people who probably don't actually want to see you. That empty feeling inside realizing an entire day was wasted on a pointless sentimental gesture. Vast open space of poorly maintained roads, easy accidents, and no cell phone reception to call for help. Truly a feature of the culture worth idolizing.
I have no idea how much of the metaphors "The Heirs" is using are intentional, but I'm just plain astonished at how striking they are. This entire episode is a wake-up call to Kim Tan that he is not, in fact, as cool as he thinks he is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 2 2013/10/10
Eun-Sang (played by Park Shin-hye) sticks out in this drama as being the token teenager of a lower economic class. Kim Tan spends a lot of time deliberately needling her about her various peculiar attitudes, and this is all played for laughs. It's obvious to us, the audience, that this is a romantic drama where these two are supposed to get together, so it's funny. But "The Heirs" takes the bold, discomforting step of showing us why Eun-Sang's excessively non-confrontational attitude is probably the correct one.
There's even a line here that explicitly spells it out, when Eun-Sang mentions she wants this trip to have at least one (rather pitiful) positive memory. Kim Tan doesn't get this at all- he's been having lots of fun,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Heirs" Episode 1 2013/10/09
This drama starts out highlighting a rather ambivalent attitude toward the United States. On the the one hand, this is the country of awesome surfing, gorgeous scenery, and a crazy party atmosphere. On the other hand, the very name America appears to be synonymous with exploitative interaction between the sexes for ill-advised financial reasons. And this appears to be true for both the richer and poorer members of the cast.
I was not expecting "The Heirs" to take such an ambivalent attitude to Korean-American cultural interactions. But I have to admit- I'm really enjoying the creative direction. Cha Eun-Seok (played by Yoon Jin-seo) has a very interesting role here as the older sister who escapes conservative Korean society,...More
Lee Min-ho on the LA beach 2013/09/25, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho was seen on Malibu Beach in LA on the 17th. He was filming a scene for the SBS drama "The Heirs" and his aura was everywhere.
While wearing a surfing suit, Lee Min-ho displayed a flawless body, heating up the film set. He's been getting surfing lessons to brush up on his skills every now and then, even in between his busy filming schedule,...More
Ji Sung VS Kwon Sang-woo VS Lee Min-ho 2013/09/25, Source
A new battle has begun between the three broadcasting companies now that Chuseok is over. Fierce new dramas take over Wednesday and Thursday nights with different genres.
The first drama to be mentioned is the KBs 2TV drama "Secrets".
"Secrets" was pre-sold to Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Asian countries even before it was shown in Korea and it tells the story of a man who falls in love with the woman who kills his lover,...More
Lee Min-ho spotted surfing 2013/07/17, Source Lee Min-ho posted a picture on his SNS asking, "Guess where I am?"
In the picture, Lee has no shirt on, showing off his lean muscles, walking out of the waters in a surfing suit,...More
[Video] First Annual DramaFever Awards Winners Announced 2013/04/26, Source
Award recipients thank fans for their support exclusively on DramaFever NEW YORK, NY [April 26, 2013] - DramaFever announced the winners of its first annual DramaFever Awards today, highlighting the best of Korean drama in 2012. Fans cast over 550,000 votes for their favorite nominees in categories ranging from Drama of the Year to Best Bromance,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our School E.T". 2013/04/12
Seong-Gun (played by Kim Soo-ro) is an eccentric high school gym teacher who doesn't really teach his students anything academically useful. Whenever he is confronted with students engaging in unsavory behavior, be it through fighting, indolence, or poorly considered after-school activities, Seong-Gun reacts in the manner which involves the most possible violent physical exertion by all parties involved. A simple lecture amounting to "study more" seems quite beyond him,...More
Gear up with Wearable Technology 2013/03/30, Source
(Korean celebrities SNSD Yoonah and Lee Min-ho in advertisement for Korean hiking apparel brand, Eider)
Spring is in the air and that means Koreans will be heading out to one of the many hiking trails that criss-cross the peninsula's mountainous terrain. The Korean appetite for outdoor sports gear has skyrocketed in the last few years. The demand for both domestic and foreign brands grew 4.8 times from 1.2 trillion won in 2006 to 5.8 trillion Won in 2012 (Source: Chosun Ilbo).
I've tried to wrap my head around why, after centuries of hiking through Korea's countryside in everyday clothes, Koreans have started to invest so much in technical outdoor wear. The likely cause I can think of is the wider appeal for outdoor gear as styles become more comfortable, durable and stylish,...More
Lee Min-ho goes on live tour in May 2013/03/14, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho will be traveling 10 different cities on a live tour in May.
Lee Min-ho's agency claims, "Lee is releasing his special album this coming May all over the world at the same time and will start a world tour starting from Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan and the Philippines. The tour will go one until July". The profits of the show will go to the needy,...More
'Real' man Hyun Bin is the new face of Cantata 2013/01/10, Source
Actor Hyun Bin who just returned from the Marines has become the new model for Cantata according to Lotte Chilsung which has so far had only the top stars like So Ji-sub and Lee Min-ho to represent them.
Hyun Bin was at highest demand when he volunteered into the Marines. His ideal military life was a good example to many and this sincere image applied to advertisements, making him one of the most wanted stars on the front page,...More
Lee Min-ho for Bench: Photos from The Press Conference 2012/11/19, Source
I'm not a fortune teller but I know people would go gaga over this guy right here. Who is he? Well it's no other than Lee Min-ho. He's an Asian Superstar. He's also the newest GlobalBenchSetter. Yes you heard that right, he is the newest endorser of global brand Bench; and we were able to see him when he arrived in the Philippines. Without further ado, here are the shots from the afternoon press conference held at Makati,...More
Kim Hee-sun is the Goryeo version of Mata Hari 2012/10/07, Source Kim Hee-sun became Mata Hari in a still cut of the SBS drama "Faith". Kim Hee-sun is wearing a dress with fancy patterns and decoratiosn on her head. Her beauty is still there but her face is full of melancholy because of the Mata Hari mission. In the previous episode of the drama, Eun-soo (Kim Hee-sun) told Choi Yeong (Lee Min-ho) that she would get back the diary with her Mata Hari mission. Mata Hari is a female spy from the First World War. Eun-soo is about to save Choi Yeong who is in danger.
A spokesperson for the drama said, "Eun-soo fights to save Choi Yeong and they fall for each other even more",...More
[Spoiler] "Faith" Kim Hee-sun saves Lee Min-ho with CPR 2012/08/27, Source
Choi Yeong (Lee Min-ho) who tried letting go of his own life came back to life thanks to Yoo Eun-soo (Kim Hee-sun) on the SBS drama "Faith" on the 27th.
Choi Yeong who was unconscious from blood poisoning met his father in his dreams and confessed he couldn't forget the woman who hung herself after being taunted by King Chunghae. He thought of the times he spent with her and refused to wake up,...More
Kim Hee-sun to Return to TV After 6-Year Hiatus 2012/07/14, Source
Actress Kim Hee-sun is returning to TV after a six-year hiatus to star in the upcoming SBS drama "Faith", which is scheduled to be aired in mid-August. In the drama, Kim plays the role of a plastic surgeon who is abducted by a warrior, played by heartthrob Lee Min-ho, and taken back 700 years in time to his era.
The Chosun Ilbo interviewed Kim about her decision to return to TV and her future plans,...More
Lee Min-ho's self-cam 2012/05/10, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho uploaded a self-cam.
He posted a picture of himself on his Me Today on the 10th saying, "It's a happy May everyone! Thanks for the wishes! I am coming back wit "Faith" soon!",...More
Lee Kim Productions causing legal problems with SBS's "Faith"? 2012/04/05, Source
Lee Kim Productions, of the drama "Time Slip Dr. JIN", announced that they will firmly handle a conflict with the SBS drama "Faith". Lee Kim Productions has already submitted a certification of contents to the producers of "Faith" and is also considering submitting an injunction that would prohibit the drama from being broadcast.
The problem at hand is that the contents of the two dramas, "Faith" and "Time Slip Dr. JIN", are alike. The dramas are based on time travel and they also feature a modern day doctor traveling back in time. Lee Kim Productions has signed a contract with the creators of the original Japanese story and is producing "Time Slip Dr. JIN",...More
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/16, Source
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
We're kicking off the week with an adorable kiss scene between two hot pop idol stars.
F's Luna locked lips with SS501's Kim Kyu-jong in their first major acting debut, the TV drama "Go! Mrs. Go!",...More
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/09, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho recently topped a poll held in France.
[SOV] [Interview : Lee Min-ho, Actor ] "You're probably enjoying a happy life in Seoul, right
A popular Hallyu website in France, DMS, which stands for Dramas Mangas Sensei, held a poll to pick the best Korean drama and actor. Lee Min-ho ranked number 1 by a landslide!,...More
Lee Min-ho appears on "Delightful Talk" in China 2012/01/26, Source
Hallyu Star Lee Min-ho appeared on the Chinese TV program "Delightful Talk", which is ranked number one out of all Chinese TV programs. We have videos to show what he did to mesmerize fans.
"Delightful Talk" is a talk show on which only the top stars are cast for in China. Funan Wisung TV gave Lee Min-ho shocking treatment by reprogramming his segment on January 14th into a 'special' and giving him a full 90 minutes of airtime,...More
TOP Korean Dramas of 2011 2011/12/31
Are you left all alone on New Year's Day and don't know what to do? Or, maybe some besties are hanging around at your place and looking for some activities to do in the first day of 2012? If yes, then follow this instruction : 1. Hurry and go buy popcorns of your favourite flavor ; 2. Change to your most comfortable clothes ; 3. Prepare tissue on your side so it will be readily available if needed!,...More