"Support Ending Credits", a video campaign supporting listing staff names in ending credits, is stirring up conversation...More
According to CJ E&M, tvN drama "Gabdong - The Serial Killer" is resuming as it has been cancelled until now due to the Sewol ferry tragedy.
"Grandpa Over Flowers" is still in discussion. "SNL Korea" and "Comedy Big League" had been cancelled and replaced by dramas and other programs...More
Added trailer, poster, stills and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "TV The Servant"...More
By Han Sang-hee
Today is the day that kids can have their own way in just about anything. To celebrate Children's Day, television broadcasters and cables channels have prepared a lineup of fun and interesting programs.
Children these days may be used to listening to K-pop songs by their favorite bands and singers, but how about tuning in to original music for children for a change?
MBC's "MBC Creative Dong-yo Contest" has been a favorite among songwriters and fans, and the show is still running, celebrating its 20th anniversary. In line with Children's Day, the show will be aired live at 5 p.m. with Shin-dong from boy band Super Ju...More
By Lee Hyo-won
The last episode of the TV series "Taewangsasingi" (The Four Guardian Gods of the King) airs tonight.
The drama's legacy, however, is expected to live on, especially now that it is showing on the small and big screens in Japan. The "blockbuster" TV drama is garnering a cult following with the likes of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" empire, with novels, books, CDs and DVDs among other products pouring onto the Korean and Japanese market.
Weaving together age-old myths and remnants of ancient Korean history with sophisticated computer graphics, "Taewangsasingi" has led the renaissance of period dramas on TV.
It has transcended the boundaries of conventional Korean TV soaps and signaled the rise of a new genre "TV picture", which combines the advantages of TV dramas and movies, according to director Park Jong-won
of "Eight Days", a mystery thriller set during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) that is currently airing on cable movie channel CGV.
Spanning 24 episodes, "Taewangsasingi" enjoys the narrative structure of a TV series, thereby having the advantage of telling an in-depth story, but super-sizes everything. Boasting a record 43 billion won budget, its action-packed battle sequences, period detail and CG-enhanced visuals evoked comparison to films such as "The Lord of the Rings". (Naturally, its broadcasting schedule was delayed several times due to the extensive post-production work).
Not surprisingly, "Taewangsasingi" recorded a stellar audience rate, consistently attracting about 30 percent, according to TNS Media Korea.
The popularity is e...More
Political Season Stirs Up Interest in Kings, Epic Dramas
By Chung Ah-young
"History is an unending dialogue between the present and the past", historian E.H. Carr once noted.
People living in the modern times seek wise answers by looking to the past, especially when the present is sometimes thrown into a critical state.
The huge popularity of epic dramas is an example of this, although the times are different, the issues are closely related to the present.
Among other historical subjects, King Jeongjo (1776-1800) is receiving attention in major dramas and even books nowadays.
"Lee San, Wind of the Palace" ("Yi San
"), now being aired on MBC, is gaining popularity since it opened on Sept. 17. The drama consists of 60 episodes covering the whole life of King Jeongjo who brought the Joseon Kingdom into "the era of renaissance".
Also, a 10-episode drama, titled "Eight Days", which will be broadcast on the cable movie channel CGV on Nov. 17, portrays mysterious events that take place during the king's visit to his father's tomb in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.
Prior to the two dramas, "Conspiracy in the Court" was broadcast on KBS in July, shedding light on the later years of King Jeongjo's reign.
But the popularity of the king as a dramatic motif began in 1993 with "Eternal Empire", a history-based novel that revolv...More
By Lee Hyo-won
Historical accounts are usually associated with heavyweight textbooks and a big yawn. But fresh interpretations by hot young actors are sending viewers on a delightful blast to the past through television. Monarchs are far from middle-aged, bald and pot-bellied _ young, sexy and love struck kings and court ladies dazzle in period pieces like "Yi San
", "King and I
" and "The Tudors", all sizzling with melodramatic court scandals and clandestine romances.
King in Love: "Yi San
" recounts the high-flying life and times of Yi San
or King Jeongjo (1752-1800), the 22nd king of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910). Lee Byung-hoon
, director of international hit "Jewel in the Palace" ("Dae Jang Geum
"), and Lee Seo-jin
, the hero of the phenomenally popular "Damo
" and "...More
By Seo Dong-shin
Japanese actor Takuya Kimura
won the Best Actor Award at the 2007 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA) held Monday night in Seoul. He won the award for his role in the Japanese TBS-made drama "The Grand Tribe", which aired on the cable channel XTM in Korea this summer.
British actress Helen Mirren won the Best Actress Award for her detective role in the popular British drama "Prime Suspect", which has aired on Mega TV, a channel run by telecom company KT, since July.
Both winners did not show up at the award ceremony, drawing criticism from viewers that the annual SDA, which is the second of its kind, failed to meet up to expectations. Instead, several Korean celebrities made special appearances for the ceremony as award presenters, including popular actors ...More
Lee Seon-ho who appeared in 'The Snow Queen
' as Kim Jung-Kyu, Hyun Bin
's best friend and prodigy, will transform into Joseon's greatest warrior.
He will be playing General Jang In Hyung who gave up his position despite having the best swordsmanship due to revolutions in the upcoming 10 episode series 'The 8th' which will be aired on Channel CGV in October.
Lee Seon-ho says, "I have been training at action school for more than 5 hours a day ...More
Director Lee Joon-ik
has announced his next project, reprising themes from his previous film "Radio Star
" (2006). He is currently preparing to shoot "Joyful Life", a nostalgic tale about three unhappy middle-agers who, some 20 years ago, had a room-salon-touring rock band along with a fourth member. Reunited after the funeral of the fourth, they meet the son of their Dead Friend
, and together form a new rock band to escape from their daily doldrums.
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 Lee Joon-ik
's "Radio Star"
ľa film which opened weakly at the box office but benefitted from strong word of mouth.
Other awards included Best Director to Bong Joon-ho
for his film ...More
"When Americans recognize me it's very surprising", confesses Kim Yunjin
, still evidently unused to being an internationally-known star thanks to her part in the hit TV drama "Lost". This Friday, she appears on a talk show on the cable channel CGV, making time to travel to Korea despite her hectic schedule in the U.S. to talk about her love of the series. "Lost" season 2 starts airing on the channel on Thursday.
Kim recalls how happy it made her when American fans appro...More