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Joo Sang-wook, Kim Bo-ra, Han Da-gam and Lee Tae-hwan to Star in "Touch"

Source | 2019/10/14 | Permalink

Actors Joo Sang-wook, Kim Bo-ra, Han Da-gam and Lee Tae-hwan are starring in the new Channel A drama "Touch" (writer Ahn Ho-kyeong, PD Min Yeon-hong).

This Friday / Saturday drama is due for release in January next year and it's a romantic beauty comedy about a make-up artist who goes bankrupt and an idol who fails to make her big debut finding new dreams...More

Kim Do-wan Cast in One-Act Drama "Drama Special - Understanding Dance"

Source | 2019/09/23 | Permalink

Rookie actor Kim Do-wan is starring in the KBS one-act drama "Drama Special - Understanding Dance".

Kim Do-wan recently played Jo Sang-hoon, a born genius in the jTBC drama "A Moment at Eighteen"...More

Young Swimming Instructor Finds Fulfillment Through YouTube Channel

Source | 2019/09/22 | Permalink

Lee Hyun-jin, a 30-year-old swimming instructor, has attracted over 192,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel "Lovely Swimmer", which offers tips for those learning the sport...More

Kim Jae-joong Turns Down Offer to Star in "Miss Mom Jane"

Source | 2019/09/10 | Permalink

Singer and actor Kim Jae-joong is not starring in the new Channel A drama "Miss Mom Jane".

According to his agency, his scheduling problems are the cause of the fall through...More

Less Cheesy Mellow Works With Viewers in Their 30s and 40s

Source | 2019/08/20 | Permalink

"It seems like everything precious in the world is ceasing to exist. It's like an empty cocoon left behind after the butterfly flies away".

This is what Park Ha-sun (Son Ji-eun) narrates in the first episode of the Channel A drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" as her husband (Jung Sang-hoon) leaves for work in the morning, kicking her shoes aside. She sees him off with coffee in a tumbler, but instead of nice words for her, he leaves after telling her to bathe his bird. There's no love in this dry relationship that they have. Meanwhile, a new man (Lee Sang-yeob) comes along and he's so much warmer and too humane to dismiss as an affair...More

[Photos] New Stills Added for the Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/08/12 | Permalink

New stills added for the Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[New Drama] "Touch"

Source | 2019/08/10 | Permalink

Upcoming Korean drama "Touch" added to HanCinema database...More

Will Joo Sang-wook Become a Make-up Artist in "Touch"?

Source | 2019/08/08 | Permalink

Will Joo Sang-wook be in "Touch"?

Joo Sang-wook's agency, Will Entertainment, announced that Joo Sang-wook is considering the new Channel A drama "Touch"...More

[Photos] New Stills Added for the Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/08/02 | Permalink

New stills added for the Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

OCN, From Movie Channel to Genre Drama Channel

Source | 2019/07/31 | Permalink

OCN was just a channel for movies in the beginning. Now it's the go-to spot for 'genre dramas'. It's been presenting mystery, school, and legal dramas unlike ground-wave channels and it has been successful so far. These dramas have gone multi-season right away and succeeded in securing a firm market by securing even hardcore fans...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Sung-wook Convicted for Sexual Assault

2019/07/31 | Permalink

Following the arrest of Kang Sung-wook for sexual assault Channel A has announced that they had canceled on demand services for the variety show that he had prominently starred in back in the summer of 2017, 'Heart Signal'. Because Kang Sung-wook was primarily an actor in stage musicals there is relatively little content that can be suspended in the wake of his arrest...More

[Photos] New Stills and Behind the Scenes Images Added for the Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/07/31 | Permalink

New stills and behind the scenes images added for the Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[New Drama] "Miss Mom Jane"

Source | 2019/07/27 | Permalink

Upcoming Korean drama "Miss Mom Jane" added to HanCinema database...More

[Photos] New Stills Added for the Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/07/26 | Permalink

New stills added for the Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

Kim Bo-ra Considers "Miss Mom Jane"

Source | 2019/07/25 | Permalink

Actress Kim Bo-ra is considering Channel A's "Miss Mom Jane".

Kim Bo-ra's agency announced that she is considering "Miss Mom Jane", but hasn't decided on anything...More

Kim Jae-joong Considers Korean Drama Adaptation of "Jane the Virgin"

Source | 2019/07/23 | Permalink

Singer and actor Kim Jae-joong is considering "Miss Mom Jane".

"Jane the Virgin" is a comedy drama about the titular character, who has made a vow to her grandmother to keep her virginity before marriage, becoming pregnant due to a doctor's mistake. This drama is already out with season 5 on American network The CW...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Jang Hyuk, Jin Seo-yeon and Choi Soo-young Courted for OCN Drama "Call It Like You See It"

2019/07/18 | Permalink

OCN comes in for the kill once more, and it's bringing quite the army. Jang Hyuk is back on the channel and although it's not for more "Voice", we'll be getting a reunion with its PD, Kim Hong-seon-I. On the recruitment process gunning for our hearts with him are Jin Seo-yeon and Choi Soo-young...More

[Photos] New Stills Added for the Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/07/18 | Permalink

New stills added for the Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Photos] New Stills Added for the Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/07/11 | Permalink

New stills added for the Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[HanCinema's News] Title Behind "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" Explained

2019/07/10 | Permalink

The new Channel A drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has attracted a lot of attention for its racy title. However, now that the drama has started airing "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" takes on a functional meaning, rather than a metaphorical one...More

Korean Dramas Starting Today 2019/07/05 in Kore

Source | 2019/07/05 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2019/07/05 in Korea "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" and "Chubby Romance - Season 2"...More

[Video] Preview Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/07/04 | Permalink

Preview released for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Videos] New Teasers Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/07/03 | Permalink

New teasers released for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Video] New Teaser Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/07/02 | Permalink

New teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Photos] New Ye Ji-won Stills Added for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/06/26 | Permalink

New Ye Ji-won stills added for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" Building up Hype

2019/06/14 | Permalink

The latest drama from Channel A, "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has been building up a lot of interest. Part of this is just due to the deliberately racy content and promotional images. Of course, a lot of this marketing is probably reasonably accurate. The drama represents a bold stride by Channel A into the dramamaking business, within which it is not well known...More

[Video] Fourth Teaser Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/06/14 | Permalink

Fourth teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Photo + Cast Update] New Poster Added and Cast Updated for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/06/12 | Permalink

New poster added and cast updated for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

JTBC Turns Webtoons "Itaewon Class" and "Twin Pub" Into Dramas

Source | 2019/06/12 | Permalink

Popular webtoons "Itaewon Class" and "Twin Pub" are becoming dramas on jTBC.

JTBC announced on the 12th that webtoons well known for their novelty and popularity are going to become dramas. The success of such a webtoon drama called "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" proved jTBC's capability, and the synergy between the channel and webtoons creates anticipation...More

[Video] Third Teaser Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/06/07 | Permalink

Third teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Photos] New Stills, Posters and Script Reading Stills Added for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/06/05 | Permalink

New stills, posters and script reading stills added for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Video] New Teaser Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/06/04 | Permalink

New teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[Video] First Teaser Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/05/24 | Permalink

First teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"...More

[HanCinema's News] How Joo Jin-mo Met his Future Wife

2019/04/19 | Permalink

Following news of Joo Jin-mo's imminent marriage, many have wondered how Joo Jin-mo met his bride to be. Min Hye-yeon is a family doctor who has made many appearances in a professional capacity on television variety shows, where she has sat on panels...More

Joo Jin-mo and Min Hye-yeon to Get Married in Jeju Island in June

Source | 2019/04/18 | Permalink

Actor Joo Jin-mo has acknowledged the fact that he's marrying doctor Min Hye-yeon, who is 10 years younger than him in Jeju Island in June.

According to his agency, the wedding date and location won't be disclosed, as it will be held in private...More

[New Drama] "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/04/06 | Permalink

Upcoming Korean drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" added to HanCinema database...More

Jung Sang-hoon to Star in "Love Affairs in the Afternoon"

Source | 2019/04/04 | Permalink

Actor Jung Sang-hoon is starring in the Channel A drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon".

"Love Affairs in the Afternoon" is an adult drama about forbidden love. It is a remake of a 2014 Japanese drama, "Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon", starring Park Ha-sun, Lee Sang-yeob, Ye Ji-won, and Jo Dong-hyuk...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Hae-soo and Lee Hee-joon Courted for Drama "Chimera"

2019/04/03 | Permalink

PD Kim Do-hoon ("Medical Top Team", "The Sun and the Moon") is planning his return after a 6-year break, and his upcoming piece, "Chimera", is courting one heck of an exciting duo. Actors Park Hae-soo and Lee Hee-joon are reportedly reviewing their respective casting offers favorably...More

Singer Joo Hyun-mi Embraces Trend to Reconnect with Fans

Source | 2019/03/23 | Permalink

Veteran singer Joo Hyun-mi opened a YouTube channel recently. Joo, who enjoyed popularity in the mid-1980s until the early 1990s, is one of the most successful singers in the field of Korea's old-style elegiac songs...More

Lee Pil-mo's Bride Has a Beautiful Story With Good Connections

Source | 2019/02/27 | Permalink

Lee Pil-mo's bride Seo Soo-yeon has good connections.

Channel A "Hearsay" spoke about Lee Pil-mo who met his bride on TV and recently got married...More

Korean Dramas Starting Today 2018/12/01 in Korea

Source | 2018/12/01 | Permalink

State-Run Shopping Channel to Sell Only Locally Made Products

Source | 2018/11/25 | Permalink

The government is turning the state-run home-shopping channel into an exclusive outlet for products made by small firms at home. The channel was launched in 2015 to promote small and mid-sized companies and help farmers and fishermen.

SMEs Minister Hong Jong-haak told reporters at the Korea Federation of SMEs in Yeouido, Seoul on Monday, "There will be no problem letting the channel sell 100 percent local products"...More

Song Da-eun and Jung Jae-ho Break Up

Source | 2018/11/19 | Permalink

Actress Song Da-eun's representatives confirm that she has broken up with Jung Jae-ho.

Ian Entertainment claimed official statements will be released soon...More

Korean Dramas Starting Today 2018/10/12 in Korea

Source | 2018/10/12 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2018/10/12 in Korea: "Drama Special - Ms. Kim's Mystery" and "Twelve Nights"...More

[Videos] New Teasers Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Twelve Nights"

Source | 2018/09/24 | Permalink

New teasers released for the upcoming Korean drama "Twelve Nights"...More

Star Couple Expecting 2nd Child

Source | 2018/08/17 | Permalink

Ji Sung (left) and Lee Bo-young

Celebrity couple Ji Sung and Lee Bo-young are expecting their second child...More

[Videos] First Teasers Released for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Twelve Nights"

Source | 2018/08/01 | Permalink

First teasers released for the upcoming Korean drama "Twelve Nights"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Bum-jin Joins "Twelve Nights" as Nightmare Boyfriend

2018/06/19 | Permalink

Travel-themed romance drama "Twelve Nights" is getting more names added to its cast, and this time around we have a "bad boy" character to be portrayed by Kim Bum-jin. His involvement makes me curious as to how the teased main romance is supposed to happen, so I guess we're in for some complicated relationship intrigue...More

[Orion's Drama News] Good Eats and Clean Sheets

2018/06/16 | Permalink

Sometimes fortune favors me enough to provide some very satisfying news, and I think that the good food, and handsome cleaning men of this week are pretty much the definition of paradise. "Let's Eat - Season 3" brings back the nom noms, while "Your House Helper" and its dream man will be clearing homes, worries and our viewer souls. Casting news is still pouring in, and today I take a look at some new and upcoming leads...More

[New Drama] Nothing Is More Romantic Than "Twelve Nights" Together

Source | 2018/06/16 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Twelve Nights"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Updated Cast for the Upcoming Korean Drama "Twelve Nights"

Source | 2018/06/15 | Permalink

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Twelve Nights"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Woman-centric Mystery "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Lands Channel and Air Date

2018/06/13 | Permalink

Upcoming drama based on the works of Agatha Christie, "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" has found its broadcasting station, and a rough premiere date has been set. The drama, which is still courting Kim Yunjin as its leading lady, has drawn my personal interest due to previously released information, although I have major reservations about its writer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyun-sung Joins Travel Romance Drama "Twelve Nights"

2018/06/13 | Permalink

There are some actors who feel omnipresent in Dramaland, and Jang Hyun-sung is one of them. The actor has officially joined upcoming travel romance drama "Twelve Nights", coming from the unlikely source of Channel A, and depicting a story of love through the shared adventures of its male and female lead...More

"City Fisher" Soyou

Source | 2018/02/01 | Permalink

Singer Soyou posted pictures on her Instagram.

She posted several pictures commenting, "City Fisher! Chujado!"...More

"Temporary Idols" Meets Global Fans on Netflix

Source | 2017/12/03 | Permalink

SBS and YG K Plus drama "Temporary Idols" was released on Netflix on the 27th of November and is accessible to viewers worldwide on Netflix...More

A peek behind Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's wedding

Source | 2017/11/13 | Permalink

"Rumor Has It" released behind-the-scene stories of Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's wedding...More

[New Drama] "Revive Hope, Mister Go Yong" aims to comfort job-seekers

Source | 2017/11/11 | Permalink

"Revive Hope, Mister Go Yong" is quite appropriate in this day and age of an over-saturated and highly competative Korean job market where job-seekers young and old struggle to find work...More

Jisook to star in "Revive Hope, Mister Go Yong"

Source | 2017/11/06 | Permalink

Jisook is leading in the web-drama "Revive Hope, Mister Go Yong"...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 3 captures for the Korean drama 'Special Laws of Romance'

Source | 2017/11/04 | Permalink

Added episode 3 captures for the Korean drama "Special Laws of Romance"...More

[New Drama] "Special Laws of Romance"

Source | 2017/10/28 | Permalink

VIXX's Hyuk joins Kim Min-kyu and Park Cho-rong for legal romance, "Special Laws of Romance"...More

[Spoiler] Added episodes 1 and 2 captures for the Korean drama 'Special Laws of Romance'

Source | 2017/10/28 | Permalink

Added episodes 1 and 2 captures for the Korean drama "Special Laws of Romance"...More

Korean web-drama starting today 2017/10/24 in Korea

Source | 2017/10/24 | Permalink

Korean web-drama starting today 2017/10/24 in Korea: "Special Laws of Romance"...More

The judicial branch full of love in "Special Laws of Romance"

Source | 2017/10/23 | Permalink

The premiere of the upcoming Channel A drama "Special Laws of Romance" with Hyuk from VIXX, Park Cho-rong from Apink, Kim Min-kyu and Ryu Jin was held in Seoul on the 23rd...More

Lee Si-kang to star in "Happy Sisters"

Source | 2017/10/18 | Permalink

Lee Si-kang is starring in the SBS drama "Happy Sisters", a happy drama about women in this generation who look for their identities and love...More

[Video] EXO Release New Album

Source | 2017/07/18 | Permalink

Boy band EXO are set to return with their fourth full-length album, "The War"...More

Seo In-guk and Yoo Ah-in sick during recruit season, why?

Source | 2017/04/24 | Permalink

"Heard It Through the Grapevines" dug through the truth about male celebrities.

The Channel A TV show broadcasted on celebrity recruits...More

Park Yoo-chun's fiance Hwang Hana's surprising past

Source | 2017/04/17 | Permalink

Apparently Park Yoo-chun is head over heels for Hwang Hana.

Channel A "Heard It Through The Grapevines" delivered news about Park Yoo-chun...More

Kim Min-hee and Hong Sang-soo first met 5 years ago

Source | 2017/03/22 | Permalink

Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee met 5 years ago.

Kim Min-hee appeared on tvN's "Baek Ji-yeon's People Inside" in March of 2012 with the release of the movie "Helpless"...More

"Heard It Through the Grapevines", Kim Hyun-joong's father's interview

Source | 2017/02/13 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joong's father was interviewed.

Channel A show "Heard It Through the Grapevines" delivered news about Kim Hyun-joong and the trial with his ex-girlfriend...More

"Lee Seung-gi has a kid" rumor gets slapped with fine

Source | 2017/01/30 | Permalink

The woman who spread rumors that Lee Seung-gi has a child, was slapped with a fine.

Last year in June, a rumor started about singer and actor Lee Seung-gi, saying that he had a child. Apparently, he had a child with his ex-makeup artist and was in contact with the child. A picture of a woman went around and made the rumor seem even more realistic...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Entourage"

2016/10/29 | Permalink

We do not know whether remakes of North American series will become a lasting part of Korean drama, but with interest increasing between the entertainment of both countries, it is probably not something which will stop soon. TvN had a good run with "The Good Wife" and now the channel and studio return with "Entourage".


The series depicts a young actor's rise to fame as he navigates the world of entertainment after being scouted by an agent determined to make him into a star. He is joined in this adventure by his friends, who get to experience a new world as the actor gains popularity...More

Arirang TV Enters U.K. with 24-Hour Channel

Source | 2016/10/02 | Permalink

Arirang TV began broadcasting in the U.K. on Tuesday via British satellite stations Sky UK and Freesat.

Some 6.6 million households there can now watch the English-language channel at all hours of the day and night. This now makes Arirang TV available in 106 countries...More

[Interview] Lee Joon-ik with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2016/09/17 | Permalink

Korean Cultural Center New York : Master Series: Lee Joon-ik

We had a very happy reunion with Director Lee Joon-ik during his visit to New York City this summer. Following his return after five years to the New York Asian Film Festival to present his latest movie, "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet", Director Lee was given the honor of becoming the first subject of the Korean Cultural Center of New York's Master Series retrospective of his films.

I chatted with Director Lee about his cinematic successes, his disappointments, his filmmaking process and his future...More

[Orion's Drama News] Conmen, Bodyguards and Love Triangles

2016/08/20 | Permalink

This week I share news about the expanding cast of "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and lament its lack of mermen. JTBC maybe-bromance drama about a hallyu star and his bodyguard now has its main creator duo and I am a bit torn, but mostly hopeful. "Incarnation of Jealousy" piles on the love triangles and said jealousy, which will surely create one big and hopefully entertaining romantic mayhem. Let us take a look at Dramaland's past week...More

Upcoming Korean web-drama "Finding Work"

Source | 2016/08/06 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean web-drama "Finding Work"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Han Jae-suk in web-drama "Searching For Work"

Source | 2016/08/01 | Permalink

Actor Han Jae-suk is starring in the new web-drama "Finding Work".

He takes on the role of Yeong-gyu, a young man who is looking for work....More

Lee Jin-wook on rape case: "She told me her password", 'A': "I am not a con artist"

Source | 2016/07/18 | Permalink

Actor Lee Jin-wook who is being accused of rape, is claiming that 'A' is a con artist.

According to the report by Channel A, Lee Jin-wook reported to police that 'A' gave him her house address and password under the pretense of asking him to fix something for her. He also submitted evidence of their conversation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective"

2016/06/25 | Permalink

After delivering some fun and original dramas like "Bad Guys", "Missing Noir M" and "My Beautiful Bride" in the last few years, OCN was well on its way to placing a love of gimmicks and repetitive concepts aside. Sadly for the channel and for viewers, "Vampire Detective" is a return of those issues simultaneously plagued by lack of vision and bad writing. Perhaps its few good elements can be used better in the future...More

Park Yoo-chun's accuser wants a billion in settlement

Source | 2016/06/20 | Permalink

The first person to have sued Park Yoo-chun for rape asked for a billion won (~US$1 million).

Channel A exclusively reported that the accuser asked Park Yoo-chun's agency for a billion won in settlement...More

The bar Park Yoo-chun goes to is a members-only bar

Source | 2016/06/14 | Permalink

The bar, which Park Yoo-chun visited a few days ago, is a hot and expensive members-only place.

A waitress from the bar was interviewed by Channel A and she said it was expensive for an average person to visit...More

"Heard It Through the Grapevines", Chinese cosmetics offers Song Joong-ki 10 billion

Source | 2016/05/02 | Permalink

Song Joong-ki is getting paid by the billions.

The Channel A TV show "Heard It Through the Grapevines" discussed top stars and PPL...More

[Photos] Just how appealing is Song Joong-ki?

Source | 2016/05/01 | Permalink

Song Joong-ki was spotted in an ad for cosmetics.

This French cosmetic brand released films of Song Joong-ki on the 2nd...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Master - God of Noodles"

2016/04/23 | Permalink

Revenge has been taken in all manner of ways in a genre very favored by Korean drama. The basics of these premises remain very similar, something which sadly extends to their entire plots sometimes. Worry not, however, because a new type of revenge has arrived. An apron is his cape and a rolling pin his weapon. It sounds funny, but do not underestimate "Master - God of Noodles"...More

AOA Seolhyun shines in just a T-Shirt

Source | 2016/04/12 | Permalink

AOA's Seolhyun encouraged fans to watch "Channel AOA".

Seolhyun posted a picture on her Instagram promoting "Channel AOA" at midnight...More

Song Joong-ki rumors, "New girlfriend every time"

Source | 2016/04/04 | Permalink

Song Joong-ki was mentioned in the Channel A TV show "Heard It Through the Grapevines".

Hong Jin-yeong said, "Song Joong-ki has had a new girlfriend in every movie or drama"...More

Kim Hye-soo almost kidnapped by stalker, 'Kicked him to the ground'

Source | 2016/03/21 | Permalink

Kim Hye-soo was almost been kidnapped by a stalker.

Channel A TV show "Heard It Through the Grapevines" MC Gong Hyung-jin, singer Hong Jin-yeong and panels Hong Suk-chun, Lee Ji-hye-II and others talked about stars who were bullied by their stalkers...More

[Press Release] RYU Entertainment has just opened an official website for its fans & friends

Source | 2016/03/06 | Permalink

- Artist & Contents Production Management Company 'RYU Ent.' will open its official website 'RYU GENERATION (aka. RYUGEN)' again on March 1st after its renewal.

- 'RYUGEN' is the official website of 'RYU Ent.' as well as a brand channel and a market platform for contents distribution of its artists...More

[USA and Canada] DramaFever Launches New CJ E&M Movie Channel

Source | 2016/01/25 | Permalink

New Feature for DramaFever Premium Subscribers Brings Best Korean Films, On Demand, to Fans in the U.S. and Canada

DramaFever (, the leading online destination for international television shows, movies and concerts, and the leading Asian pop culture producer and distributor CJ E&M have announced the launch of DramaFever's "CJ E&M Movie Channel".
Created as part of a previously-announced, multi-year licensing deal between the two companies, the CJ E&M Movie Channel will debut today, with two dozen films immediately available on demand to premium subscribers of DramaFever's OTT digital video network. Fans can access the channel at, and for the first three days...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/01/23 | Permalink

One blogger reflects on her two-week trip from west to east coast, get some great tips for travelling around South Korea, watch a documentary about Korea's food and travel sector, and find out how to make the most of The Land of the Morning Calm while you're studying abroad...More

Kim Tae-hee refuses marriage with Rain because of ad?

Source | 2016/01/11 | Permalink

"Heard It Through The Grapevines" Kim Tae-hee tracked down the reason why Kim Tae-hee kept denying rumors of marriage with Rain.

Channel A TV show "Heard It Through The Grapevines" talked about Kim Tae-hee and Rain...More

Shin Eun-kyung, why she doesn't see her child often

Source | 2015/12/14 | Permalink

Shin Eun-kyung revealed why she doesn't see her child in person.

Channel A TV show "Lee Eon-kyeong's Straightforward Talk" interviewed actress Shin Eun-kyung...More

[Reporter Ko Seung-hee's Channel Review] 2015 Dramas evaluation: From unfortunate classics to poor quality ones

Source | 2015/12/07 | Permalink

Dramas flooded this year from the 3 broadcasting stations: SBS, KBS, and MBC as well as JTBC and tvN.

The drama market gained life again as it withstood the years 2014 and 2015 which were called the years of 'unusual failures'. This is thanks to "My Love from the Star" 2 years ago. Dramas from E Channel and Drama Cube also stood out. One example would be "Riders: Get Tomorrow" which cost 300 million won to make. Drama H also presented the drama "You Will Love Me" starring Lee Tae-im. Dramas continued to spring up from everywhere and despite the poor viewing percentages, those involved in broadcasting say "Although there is the rise and fall in entertainment shows ranging from 5~7% in the weekdays, the contents that has the power to exceed this are dramas"...More

Dong-A Sports Awards to honor players picked by colleagues

Source | 2015/12/06 | Permalink

The 2015 Dong-A Sports Awards ceremony will take place at Four Seasons Hotel in central Seoul on Tuesday. The ceremony will honor sports stars who shined out during the year in mens professional baseball and soccer, and mens and womens pro basketball, volleyball, and golf, and winners will be voted in person by teammates who played together throughout the season.

The annual event, hosted jointly by The Dong-A Ilbo, Sports Dong-A, and Channel A, marks the seventh year, and its awards are presented to athletes of Korean nationals. In order to ensure fairness in selection of winners, officials from associations of each sport have formed the Dong-A Sports Awards steering committee, to select candidates. A total of 288 athletes, comprised of 30 to 50 players each in respective sports, have participated in the vote...More

Seo In-guk, "I want to experience bromance with Park Bo-gum"

Source | 2015/11/25 | Permalink

Singer and actor Seo In-guk wants to be in 'bromance' with Park Bo-gum.

On a live interview on Naver V App, Seo In-guk was asked who he wants to act with and he said, "It's someone the fans and everyone else loves. It's Park Bo-gum. He was my brother in the drama "I Remember You""...More

KBS America and NEW make a contract to distribute movie 'The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale' in North America

Source | 2015/11/11 | Permalink

KBS America will distribute Korean film, "The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale" to North America.

KBS America and film company NEW have announced during American Film Market, which started on November 4th, that they made a contract for the North American distribution of movie "The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale". This movie is a blockbuster movie for winter season 2015 by the film company NEW, which is well-known for the marketability and quality of their productions including "Miracle in Cell No.7" and "The Attorney"...More

Shin Hyun-joon and Hong Jin-yeong to host Channel A "Heard It from Hearsay"

Source | 2015/10/14 | Permalink

Actor Shin Hyun-joon and singer Hong Jin-yeong are co-hosting the new Channel A program "Heard It From Hearsay".

"Heard It From Hearsay" is a show where currently active reporters are featured and talk about celebrities and everything about them that people wanted to know...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "The Village: Achiara's Secret"

2015/10/03 | Permalink

The mystery thriller genre is not one we see often outside of cable television in Korean drama. This is for good reason, as will be explained shortly. More and more shows are injecting mystery and suspense into their stories, however, and this means that the genre is evolving and hopefully improving. "The Village: Achiara's Secret" has a very interesting premise and could be a great success with some proper care...More

Kim Young-kwang's kiss scene with Park Soo-jin, but what about Bae Yong-joon?

Source | 2015/09/22 | Permalink

Actor Kim Young-kwang's kiss scene with Park Soo-jin from an old drama has resurfaced.

The two starred in the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

Lee Min-ho's impact in the Philippines

Source | 2015/08/25 | Permalink

Hallyu star Lee Min-ho has influenced the Philippines too.

The Filipino global clothing brand BENCH signed a deal with Lee Min-ho for the fourth year since 2012...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Hidden Identity"

2015/06/13 | Permalink

TvN might be best known for its romantic comedies, but the station has offered more genres during its run. Shows like last year's "Incomplete Life" or 'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' have been well received while attempting a new approach for the channel and Korean drama in general. The new addition to this variety comes with crime drama "Hidden Identity", which might not sound exciting yet, but has all it needs to succeed...More

Jo In-sung participates in Finger Soul's sweet MV

Source | 2015/04/13 | Permalink

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

[Spoiler] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Gong Seung-yeon the troublemaker?

Source | 2015/04/06 | Permalink

Will Gong Seung-yeon become the troublemaker?

On the thirteenth episode of the SBS drama "Heard It Through the Grapevine", Bom (Go Ah-sung) had completely mesmerized her parents-in-law and Yeon-hee (Yoo Ho-jung) but her sister Noo-ri (Gong Seung-yeon) did something much too rash...More

Yoon Seung-ah's selfie with Donghae

Source | 2015/02/25 | Permalink


 Yoon Seung-ah took a selfie with Super Junior's Donghae.

Donghae revealed a sweet selfie of himself and Yoon Seung-ah who starred as his lover in the Channel A drama "Panda and Porcupine" in August 2012...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Spy - Drama"

2015/01/03 | Permalink

KBS2 has a unique talent, if it can be called that. It chooses some very original premises to give timeslots to and sometimes, those do really well in developing into very refreshing shows. That is until something goes wrong and these shows end up horrible disappointments, which does seem to happen often to this network lately. 'Spy - Drama' is about to fight a big battle with its timeslot, audience and channel and it needs all the luck it can get...More

Korean drama of the week "Panda and Hedgehog"

Source | 2014/10/23 | Permalink

Korean drama of the week "Panda and Hedgehog" (2012)

Directed by Lee Min-cheol

Written by Han Joon-yeong

Network  : Channel A

With Donghae, Yoon Seung-ah, Choi Jin-hyuk, Yoo So-young, Park Geun-hyung, Lee Moon-hee,...

16 episodes - Sat, Sun 19:30
A patissier named Ko Seung-ji (Donghae) who has been an orphan since young and always has his guard on like a porcupine meets a peaceful and easygoing Pan Da-yang, owner of 'Cafe Panda'...More

Korean movies opening today 2014/09/17 in Korea

Source | 2014/09/17 | Permalink

Korean movies opening today 2014/09/17 in Korea: "Food Chain" and "Dangerous Seduction - There's Only Loneliness Where Memories Lie"...More

[Video] Adult trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Food Chain"

Source | 2014/09/16 | Permalink

Adult trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Food Chain"...More

Upcoming Korean movie "Food Chain"

Source | 2014/09/12 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean movie "Food Chain"'s page to HanCinema database...More

[Video] Trailer released for the Korean movie 'Food Chain'

Source | 2014/09/12 | Permalink

Trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Food Chain"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Triangle - Drama"

2014/05/03 | Permalink

It is three men against a "Big Man" for the Monday and Tuesday 21:55 slot this spring, as 'Triangle - Drama' is bringing its share of male angst, separation and quite possibly revenge to the table. Facing some tough competition, even more so with 'Doctor Stranger' starting at the same time, and being the follow-up to this past half year's top drama ("Empress Qi"), the series has a lot to prove...More

Leading the Charge of Korean Entertainment Contents beyond Asia, CJ E&M Successfully Sells TV Program Formats to Europe and Latin America

2014/02/20 | Permalink

Formats of 'Super Diva', 'Crazy Market', "Yellow Boots", and "Crazy Love" sold to countries in Europe and Latin America
Seoul, Korea (February 20, 2014) - Leading the globalization of Korean entertainment contents beyond Asia, CJ E&M [], Asia's No.1 Contents Company, announced today that it has sold formats of its audition program Super Diva, quiz program Crazy Market, revenge drama "Yellow Boots", and romance drama "Crazy Love" to partners in Europe and Latin America. The successful deals for formats of these shows reflect CJ E&M's leading and effective push to introduce Korean entertainment contents beyond Asia where they are already massively popular...More

INSITE TV's New Reality Show, Documenting the Journey of an Affluent

Source | 2013/12/05 | Permalink

Singaporean in South Korea, Goes Viral
-         Available on INSITE TV's YouTube Channel:
-         Sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization to showcase K-Culture to foreign fans
The new online reality show "Miss Korea – I'm Mae" from INSITE TV, an online content channel operated by CJ E&M, has been a hit with fans worldwide. With the first episode recording close to 270,000 views, the show features 18-year old affluent Singaporean fashionista, Mae, exploring various aspects of K-Culture during a fun and chaotic two-month journey around the country...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] Returning to the Sunny side of Love.

2013/07/27 | Permalink

Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jung) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyuk). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010"...More

An interview with Eugene, singer-turned-actress

Source | 2013/06/28 | Permalink

Eugene, 32, in a hot pink blouse, walked in with a bright smile on her face. She was outspoken unlike Min Chae-won, a reserved character that she played in "A Hundred Year's Inheritance", a weekend drama recently ended with a viewership of over 30 percent.

I feel so free. I think I played such an introvert...More

Yoon Seung-ah in SBS "Empire of Gold"

Source | 2013/04/16 | Permalink

Actress Yoon Seung-ah is coming back with a drama called "Empire of Gold".

"Empire of Gold" is a political drama about the struggle for emperor during the turbulent era of Korean finance in the early 1990s for 20 years. Actor Go Soo and actress Lee Yo-won are already likely casts for the drama. Yoon Seung-ah will take on Go Soo's sister role...More

Kang Ye-bin, "My friends used to call me a cow because I have big breasts"

Source | 2013/04/10 | Permalink

Entertainer Kang Ye-bin has been bullied since she was young because of her body.

She spoke about the disadvantages of having a glamorous body on the Channel A TV show "Anger King" which she appeared with Ahn So-yeong...More

Ha Seok-jin and Lee Honey in "Shark"

Source | 2013/04/08 | Permalink

Actor Ha Seok-jin and Lee Honey have been cast for the upcoming KBS 2TV drama "Shark".

"Shark" is about a man who points a knife at his lover for revenge and a woman who is weakened by her first love and is in pain. This drama is the third revenge story in addition to "Revenge" and "Yawang"...More

Hwang Bo-ra's pure self-cam

Source | 2013/02/11 | Permalink

Actress Hwang Bo-ra took a self-cam looking very innocent.

She posted this picture on her mini homepage saying, "Happy Lunar New Year"...More

Ji Yoo in "Jang Ok-jeong Lives in Love" as Kim Tae-hee's rival

Source | 2013/01/31 | Permalink

Actress Ji Yoo has joined SBS drama "Jang Ok-jeong Lives in Love" according to Fox and Lion Entertainment.

She takes on the role of Ja Kyeong, the head of the fashion world and will be rivals with Ok-jeong (Kim Tae-hee) from the beginning. She also is in love with Hyeon Chi-soo (Jae Hee) who loves Ok-jeong...More

[Celebrity News Station] Park Yoo-chun a hit at Chinese media party

Source | 2013/01/13 | Permalink

JYJ's Park Yoo-chun attended a Chinese event and proved his popularity.

Park attended a Chinese media party on the 11th in Beijing. This event was reciprocated for the high popularity of his dramas, "The Rooftop Prince" and "Missing You"...More

2013 CES: Samsung unveils Enormous 85-inch 4K UHD TV and More

Source | 2013/01/13 | Permalink

Samsung unveiled a shipload of innovative products from laptops, cameras to fridges at the 2013 CES. But it's the company's TVs that are stealing all the attention.

Samsung announced its 85-inch S9 UHD TV. It wasn't enough for Samsung to make the world's largest ultra-high def 4K TV, they also had to include a bunch of other high-end features.

Samsung clearly focused on high quality for its latest TV. The powerful 2.2 channel audio is built into the frame and offers 120 watts of sound. It has Precision Black Pro technology that makes blacks look even darker and white and colors more vibrant. Aside from its stunning size, the S9 UHD TV itself is a work of art because it was designed to look like it was floating in its frame.

While exact pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed, the S9 UHD TV is also expected to come in 110 inches sometime later in 2013...More

Cha Lina speaks "Times were hard after her death"

Source | 2012/12/28 | Permalink

Singer Chae Lina spoke for the first time since the death of Kim Sung-su's ex-wife on the Channel A TV program "Live Open Studio".

She said, "I thought, if only I would've been hurt too. Then maybe it would've hurt a little less but it was agonizing"...More

Hong Soo-hyun in "All About My Romance"

Source | 2012/12/27 | Permalink

Actress Hong Soo-hyun is starring in the upcoming SBS drama "All About My Romance".

Several sources claim that Hong Soo-hyun is starring in the drama as the daughter of the owner of a newspaper company in which she is a reporter at as well. She is the character that likes Shin Ha-kyun...More

First ball thrower Lee Soo-jeong-I's unrealistic backside

Source | 2012/12/07 | Permalink

Lee Soo-jeong-I's S-line

Former racing model and current entertainer Lee Soo-jeong-I revealed a fantastic backline...More

Hwang Bo-ra is a columnist in "Something Shocking"

Source | 2012/11/11 | Permalink

Actress Hwang Bo-ra is becoming the leading lady of a romantic comedy.

Hwang has been cast for a weekly sitcom on Channel A called, "Something Shocking"...More

[Spoiler] "The King of Dramas" Fujii Mina strike with her beauty

Source | 2012/11/07 | Permalink

Fujii Mina struck the viewers with her doll-like beauty.

New SBS drama "The King of Dramas" on the 6th starred Fujii Mina as Akiko, the young wife of Japanese business man Watanabe (Jun Moo-song)...More

Yoon Seung-ah engrossed in her script

Source | 2012/09/13 | Permalink

Actress Yoon Seung-ah has been seen with her script constantly in her hands.

In the pictures revealed, Yoon is on the set of Channel A weekend drama "Panda and Hedgehog" practicing her lines...More

"Panda and Hedgehog" Park Geun-hyung lectures Donghae on relationships

Source | 2012/08/30 | Permalink

Park Geun-hyung coached Donghae on relationships.

Channel A weekend mini series "Panda and Hedgehog" Park Geun-yeong, the expert of acting, revealed his surprising techniques as he taught his grandson Ko Seung-ji (Donghae) about relationships...More

Yoon Seung-ah's first romantic comedy

Source | 2012/08/26 | Permalink

Actress Yoon Seung-ah is doing very well in her first romantic comedy.

Yoon takes on the role of Panda in the Channel A weekend drama "Panda and Hedgehog". She tries with all her might to save the Panda Café which only brings her negative profits...More

"Panda and Hedgehog" Yoon Seung-ah's treat!

Source | 2012/08/21 | Permalink

Actress Yoon Seung-ah treated the members of the Channel A "Panda and Hedgehog" to dinner.

Yoon took on the role of 'Panda' a cake shop owner who never profited from her business but always remained positive and bright in the drama "Panda and Hedgehog" that was aired for the first time on the 18th. She treated the staff and crew of the drama to dinner in celebration of the drama's first broadcast...More

Korean dramas starting today 2012/08/18 in Korea

Source | 2012/08/18 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2012/08/18 in Korea "May Queen", "Five Fingers" and "Panda and Hedgehog"...More

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"

Source | 2012/08/02 | Permalink

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"...More

Added new images for the upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"

Source | 2012/08/01 | Permalink

Added new images for the upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"...More

Nexon and Valve take aim at North America's MMORPG battlefield

Source | 2012/07/29 | Permalink

In the beginning there were City Ville, Farm Ville, Fish Ville, Pet Ville and so many more… Beyond the "Ville" naming scheme, they all have one thing in common – they were games played via Facebook's social platform.

These games have become incredibly popular in a short time, causing many industry watchers and gamers to wonder about the secret to their success. All of the games are available through Facebook, but more than their predecessors, they were very successful at using social elements to attract more players and encourage people to play more often...More

Added plenty of images and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"

Source | 2012/07/24 | Permalink

Added plenty of images and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"...More

Donghae creates a fun environment for work

Source | 2012/07/23 | Permalink

Donghae doesn't forget to smile although he's tired with filming.

Donghae transformed into a cameraman on the filming site of Channel A weekend drama "Panda and Hedgehog"...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"

Source | 2012/06/01 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Panda and Hedgehog"'s page to HanCinema database...More

As YouTube Turns Seven, Google Holds K-Pop-Themed Birthday Bash

Source | 2012/05/24 | Permalink

People wait to enter the Korean Music Wave in Google concert co-organized by YouTube and MBC at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on Monday (top); All of the performers appear on stage at the end of the concert. /Yonhap

Some 20,000 American K-pop fans gathered at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Monday evening to watch a concert dubbed "Korean Music Wave in Google". It was co-hosted by Google's YouTube and terrestrial Korean broadcaster MBC. The fans lined up for about 1 km to enter the venue...More

Donghae and Yoon Seung-ah in "Panda and Hedgehog"

Source | 2012/05/22 | Permalink

Super Junior Donghae and Yoon Seung-ah will be starring in a new drama called "Panda and Hedgehog".

"Panda and Hedgehog" is a romantic comedy drama about a young man with a temper like a porcupine on its guard meeting a chilled and relaxed girl like a panda and creating a kind of sweet love...More

K-Pop Expands the Hallyu Wave: SHINee, Wonder Girls, SNSD, 2PM Captivate World

Source | 2012/05/17 | Permalink

Girls' Generation (SNSD)

SHINee is the new Beatles of Asia. The Wonder Girls made their debut on Nickelodeon. Girls' Generation (SNSD) brought "The Boys" song to Late Night with David Letterman and Live With Kelly. 2PM became the new sexy icons in Japan. What do all these artist have in common? They have brought K-pop to the global scale.

South Korea began expanding its entertainment industry with the release of dramas like "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" in the early 2000s. Television stations airing these dramas began appearing all over the United States...More

Kim Ga-yeon proposes to Im Yo-hwan but no

Source | 2012/05/15 | Permalink

Actress Kim Ga-yeon who is in a relationship with pro-gamer 8 years younger than her for the fourth year confessed that she proposed to him but was rejected on the Channel A TV program "Show King".

MC Kim Soo-mi asked her if she was getting married this year and she answered back, "I always want to get married"...More

Ryu Si-won's "Goodbye Dear Wife" plummets down in just 2 episodes

Source | 2012/05/08 | Permalink

Actor Ryu Si-won's Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife" plummeted down in just two episodes.

According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 9th, the second episode of "Goodbye Dear Wife" rated 0.375%. This is 0.465% lower than the previous episode...More

"Goodbye Dear Wife" Ryu Si-won effect?

Source | 2012/05/07 | Permalink

Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife" started off poorly despite it being the first drama in four years for Ryu Si-won.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 8th, "Goodbye Dear Wife" aired on the 7th for the first time rated 0.84%...More

Korean dramas starting today 2012/05/07 in Korea

Source | 2012/05/07 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2012/05/07 in Korea "Goodbye Dear Wife", "I'll Give You The Stars and The Moon" and "TV Novel Dear Love"...More

Added new teasers and images for the upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"

Source | 2012/05/02 | Permalink

Added new teasers and images for the upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"...More

Added teaser, new stills and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"

Source | 2012/04/20 | Permalink

Added teaser, new stills and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"...More

"Syndrome" ends successfully with near 2%

Source | 2012/04/17 | Permalink

General Service Channel JTBC drama "Sydnrome" ended with a viewing rate of almost 2%.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 18th, "Syndrome" on the 17th ended with 1.890%...More

Actor Ryu Si-won's wife files divorce suit

Source | 2012/04/09 | Permalink

Ryu Si-won, 40, an actor and singer who is wildly popular in Japan and Korea, is in the midst of a divorce.

Various media outlets reported that Ryoo's wife filed for divorce last month with the Seoul Family Court...More

KBS, Vietnamese State Media to Invest in Joint TV Channel

Source | 2012/04/06 | Permalink

The Korean Broadcasting System and Vietnam's state media group VCT have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in production and distribution of media content.

Under the agreement signed on Friday at the headquarters of KBS in Seoul, the two broadcasters plan to jointly create and invest in a television channel and its content of drama, music and sports...More

Updated cast for the Korean drama "Color of Woman"

Source | 2012/04/04 | Permalink

Updated cast for the Korean drama "Color of Woman"...More

"Hanbando - Drama" ends without going over 1%

Source | 2012/04/03 | Permalink

"Hanbando - Drama" ended bitterly.

According to the AGB Nielsen Media Research, the final episode of the TV Chosun "Hanbando - Drama" rated 0.841%. This is 0.3% lower than the previous seventeenth episode....More

jTBC increases in viewing rate

Source | 2012/04/02 | Permalink

jTBC is becoming the drama kingdom.

According to AGB Nielsen Media research on the 3rd, the fifteenth episode of jTBC drama "Syndrome" rated 1.885%. This is 0.566% higher than the previous episode...More

"A Wife's Credentials" saves GS with 2%

Source | 2012/03/29 | Permalink

JTBC "A Wife's Credentials" hard working alone.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on he 29th, the ninth episode of the drama increased 0.396% from 2.011%...More

"A Wife's Credentials" maintains 2%

Source | 2012/03/28 | Permalink

The popularity of "A Wife's Credentials" is isn't usual.

According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 28th of March, the ninth episode of JTBC "A Wife's Credentials" rated 2.011%....More

Added images for the upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"

Source | 2012/03/28 | Permalink

Added images for the upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"...More

"Syndrome" 1% all alone

Source | 2012/03/27 | Permalink

General Service Channel JTBC drama "Syndrome" is maintaining its position in top place.

According to AGB Nielson Media research on the 28th of March, the fourteenth episode of "Syndrome" rated 1.319%. This is 0.161% lower than the thirteenth episode...More

Danny Ahn in "Goodbye Dear Wife" as Ryu Si-won's best friend

Source | 2012/03/20 | Permalink

Former GOD member Danny Ahn is starring in the drama as Ryu Si-won's best friend.

He will take on the role of Gye Dong-hee in Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"...More

"Syndrome" same viewing percentage

Source | 2012/03/20 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Syndrome" is continuing its stable viewing percentage.

According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 21st, the twelfth episode of the drama "Syndrome" rated 1.351%. This is 0.196% higher than the previous 1.155%...More

Park Ji-yoon comes back as bad girl with Ryu Si-won

Source | 2012/03/19 | Permalink

Singer and actress Park Ji-yoon is coming back as a bad girl with fatal appeal.

She has been cast for the role of Oh Hyang-gi, Ryu Si-won's first love on the Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife" which is being broadcasted on the 7th of May...More

"Syndrome" is unstoppable

Source | 2012/03/19 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Syndrome" is now unstoppable.

According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 20th, "Syndrome" on the 19th rated 1.155%. ...More

Korean dramas starting today 2012/03/19 in Korea

Source | 2012/03/19 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2012/03/19 in Korea "Fashion King" and "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition"...More

Ryu Si-won is tough lover in "Goodbye Dear Wife"

Source | 2012/03/18 | Permalink

Hallyu star Ryu Si-won is a tough lover.

Channel A "Goodbye Dear Wife" revealed a still cut of Ryu Si-won. He is coming back with "Goodbye Dear Wife" for the first time n 4 years as a former fighter and current CEO of a sports center...More

Korean dramas starting today 2012/03/17 in Korea

Source | 2012/03/17 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2012/03/17 in Korea "Dummy Mommy" and "Immortal Classic"...More

Hong Soo-hyun cast as Ryu Si-won's wife in "Goodbye Dear Wife"

Source | 2012/03/15 | Permalink

Actress Hong Soo-hyun has been chosen to be the wife of actor Ryu Si-won.

She has been cast for the role of Kang Seon-ah in the Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife" which will be aired on the 7th of May....More

[Photo N] Park Yoo-chun and Park Yoo-hwan "In sadness"

Source | 2012/03/15 | Permalink

Park Yoo-chun and his brother Park Yoo-hwan are in sadness as their father passed away.

Park Yoo-chun and Park Yoo-hwan's father's coffin left the funeral home on the morning of the 16th...More

Added images and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Immortal Classic"

Source | 2012/03/15 | Permalink

Added images and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Immortal Classic"...More

Added posters for the upcoming Korean drama "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition"

Source | 2012/03/09 | Permalink

Added posters for the upcoming Korean drama "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition"...More

MBN Yeon Jung-hoon and Uhm Ji-won's "Can Love Become Money" rated 0.4%

Source | 2012/03/04 | Permalink

General Service Channel MBN notified the poor start off of drama "Can Love Become Money".

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the first episode of MBN weekend drama "Can Love Become Money" rated 0.443%. It's usually a good job if a GSC drama hits 1% but this isn't even half of it...More

"A Wife's Credentials" Kim Hee-ae in an affair

Source | 2012/03/01 | Permalink

Would JTBC drama "A Wife's Credentials" be about to save its own pride?

According to AGN Nielson Media Research, the episode of JTBC drama "A Wife's Credentials" on the 1st of March rated 1.259%. This is 0.189% higher than the previous 1.070%....More

Kim Hee-ae's "A Wife's Credentials" leaps over 1% viewership, shows potential

Source | 2012/02/29 | Permalink

Can the "Queen of Ratings" Kim Hee-ae bring her power to the new general service channels?

According to AGB Neilsen Media Research, the first episode of "A Wife's Credentials" (written by Jeong Seong-joo, directed by Ahn Pan Seok), aired on February 29th, averaged 1.07% viewership nationally...More

[Spoiler] Added episodes 19 and 20 captures for the Korean drama 'Bachelor's Vegetable Store'

Source | 2012/02/24 | Permalink

Added episodes 19 and 20 captures for the Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

"Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Kim Yeong-gwang explodes with jealousy

Source | 2012/02/23 | Permalink

Actor Kim Yeong-gwang's extreme jealousy put Ji Chang-wook in danger.

On the latest episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", aired on February 23rd, it turned out that it was Lee Seul-woo (Kim Yeong-gwang) who put the vegetable shop's sing-sing man at risk...More

[Spoiler] "Fermented Family" ends with forgiveness and reconciliation

Source | 2012/02/23 | Permalink

General service channel JTBC drama "Fermented Family" ended successfully, with both forgiveness and reconciliation.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 24th, the February 23rd episode of "Fermented Family" took in 0.694% of viewers...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Jeon No-min's fatherly love

Source | 2012/02/22 | Permalink

In the latest episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", Jeon No-min's crying act made viewers cry along.

On this episode of "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop", aired on February 22nd, In Beom (Jeon No-min) became angry when he found out the truth about Choi Kang-seon (Hwang Shin-hye) and Jin Jin-sim (Wang Ji-hye)...More

"Bachelor's Vegetable Store" ratings rise, currently in the lead

Source | 2012/02/22 | Permalink

General service Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" increased its viewing percentage.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 23rd, the nineteenth episode of "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", aired on February 22nd, took in 0.877% of viewers. This is 0.496% higher than its previous 0.381%...More

[Spoiler] Added episodes 17 and 18 captures for the Korean drama 'Bachelor's Vegetable Store'

Source | 2012/02/17 | Permalink

Added episodes 17 and 18 captures for the Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"

Source | 2012/02/17 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Upcoming Korean drama "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition"

Source | 2012/02/17 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition"'s page to HanCinema database...More

"Fermented Family" decreases with final episode near

Source | 2012/02/16 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Fermented Family" decreased in viewing percentage.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research aired on the 17th, the twenty-second episode of "Fermented Family" rated 0.799%. This is 0.042% less that the previous episode...More

"Fermented Family" falls in rating

Source | 2012/02/15 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Fermented Family" fell slightly in viewing percentage.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 16th, the twentieth episode of "Fermented Family" aired on the 15th rated 0.842%. This is 0.13% less than the previous 1.005%....More

Ko Eun-ah and Park Yoo-hwan in idol drama "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition"

Source | 2012/02/15 | Permalink

Ko Eun-ah and Park Yoo-hwan have been cast as leading characters in the drama "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition".

According to several entertainment biz's, Ko Eun-ah and Park Yoo-hwan are going to star in the Channel A drama "K-Pop - The Ultimate Audition" starting from the 14th of March. Ko Eun-ah will take on the role of Seung-yeon and Park Yoo-hwan, Woo-hyeon...More

Ryu Si-won to star in Channel A "Goodbye Dear Wife"

Source | 2012/02/12 | Permalink

Comeback in 3 years as thoughtless husband.

Hallyu star Ryu Si-won (40) is coming back for the first time in 3 years with the Channel A drama "Goodbye Dear Wife"...More

"Fermented Family" reclaims 1% with end near

Source | 2012/02/09 | Permalink

"Fermented Family" restored 1% narrowly.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the, the twentieth episode of JTBC drama "Fermented Family" rated 1.061%....More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Wang Ji-hye's secret revealed

Source | 2012/02/09 | Permalink

Wang Ji-hye's secret from the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" has been revealed.

On the sixteenth episode of "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Han Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook) witnessed Mok Ga-on (Wang Ji-hye) and Choi Kang-seon together and began to suspect them...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" Wang Ji-hye and Park Soo-jin, tension between one man

Source | 2012/02/08 | Permalink

Wang Ji-hye and Park Soo-jin tensed up around Ji Chang-wook.

On the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" broadcasted on the 8th of February, the two women met each other at the hospital they took their mother's to. ...More

"Fermented Family" breaks through 1%

Source | 2012/02/08 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Fermented Family" broke through 1%.

According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 9th, the nineteenth episode of "Fermented Family" rated 1.005%. This is 0.021% more than the eighteenth episode....More

"Padam Padam" can't reach beyond 1% despite good reviews

Source | 2012/02/07 | Permalink

The final ratings for Jung Woo-sung and Han Ji-min's "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" stayed within 1%.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the final twentieth episode of JTBC's "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats", aired on the 7th of February, rated 1.878%...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Immortal Classic"

Source | 2012/02/03 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Immortal Classic"'s page to HanCinema database...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Wang Ji-hye says goodbye

Source | 2012/02/02 | Permalink

Actress Wang Ji-hye denied what her heart was feeling and rejected Ji Chang-wook.

On the latest episode of Channel A's "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", Wang Ji-hye told Han Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook) that she didn't want to be with him anymore because she had to concentrate on training to succede her boss...More

Ratings for "Fermented Family" fermenting now?

Source | 2012/02/02 | Permalink

Ratings for JTBC mini series "Fermented Family" are constantly rising with its conclusion coming near.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 3rd, the eighteenth episode of "Fermented Family", aired on February 2nd, rated 0.984%. This is 0.107% higher than the previous seventeenth episode...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Park Won-sook and Kim Yeong-gwang

Source | 2012/02/01 | Permalink

Park Won-sook from "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" shared warm love with her son Kim Yeong-gwang right before his police investigation.

On the episode of the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", Hwang Soo-ja (Park Won-sook) eventually broke down in tears when saying goodbye to her son Seul-woo (Kim Yeong-gwang), who was going away for a police investigation...More

[Spoiler] "Fermented Family" rating rise... Song Il-gook's past revealed at last

Source | 2012/02/01 | Permalink

Ratings for JTBC drama "Fermented Family" have increased. According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 2nd, the seventeenth episode of "Fermented Family" rated 0.877%. This is 0.066% higher than the sixteenth episode#.# "Fermented Family" is unraveling its storyline as it heads into the latter half of the drama and it see...More

"Padam Padam" increase in ratings with the end near

Source | 2012/01/31 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" proved that it can hold the lead among all the general service channel programs with a slight increase of its viewing percentage.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 1st, the January 31st episode of "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" rated 1.898%, which is a lot more than the 1.402% it scored on January 30th...More

"Padam Padam" ratings drop

Source | 2012/01/30 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" dropped slightly in the ratings.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's report on January 31st, the seventeenth episode of "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" rated 1.402%. This is 0.05% lower than the previous episode's 1.452%...More

"Fermented Family" ratings drop but still in the lead

Source | 2012/01/26 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Fermented Family" maintained its upward trend besides a ratings drop.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's report on January 27th, the sixteenth episode of "Fermented Family", aired on January 26th, rated 0.811%. This is 0.009% less than the previous episode's 0.820%...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" wins its survival mission

Source | 2012/01/26 | Permalink

On Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", Ji Chang-wook, Lee Kwang-soo, Sin Won-ho and Ji Hyeok won the survival project.

On the January 26th episode of "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook), Yoo-bong (Lee Kwang-soo), Ki-yeong (Ji Hyeok) and Chan-sol (Sin Won-ho) attempted a second mission in addition to their first...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 11 captures for the Korean drama 'Bachelor's Vegetable Store'

Source | 2012/01/26 | Permalink

Added episode 11 captures for the Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

Jeong Tae-won "Cha Seung-won became picky"

Source | 2012/01/25 | Permalink

Jeong Tae-won said Cha Seung-won has changed after the drama "The Greatest Love".

On the Channel A talk show "Show King" MC Shin Hyun-joon said, "All actors have their own images, but who is the most different from the image he portrays?"...More

"Fermented Family" viewing percentages goes up

Source | 2012/01/25 | Permalink

The viewing percentages for JTBC drama "Fermented Family" have gone up.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on January 26th, the fifteenth episode of "Fermented Family", aired on January 25th, rated 0.820%. This is 0.178% more than the previous episode's ratings...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Bachelor's survive their first opening mission

Source | 2012/01/25 | Permalink

Chang-wook's passion towards sprouting vegetables shone brightly.

The latest episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store", aired on January 25th, told the successful story of bachelors who attempted to discover new sprout vegetables...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Hwang Shin-hye pregnant

Source | 2012/01/24 | Permalink

Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" is about to take a new twist into its story with Hwang Shin-hye now pregnant.

Kang-seon (Hwang Shin-hye) reunited with Mok In-beom (Jeon Noh-min), hiding the fact that his daughter Ga-on died and fooling him into believing that Jin-sim (Wang Ji-hye) was his daughter...More

Ratings for Jeong Woo-seong's "Padam Padam"

Source | 2012/01/24 | Permalink

"Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" raised its ratings a little.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 24th of January, the sixteenth episode of "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" rated 1.452%. This is 0.157% higher than the fifteenth episode...More

Updated cast and added stills for the Korean drama "Happy and"

Source | 2012/01/20 | Permalink

Updated cast and added stills for the Korean drama "Happy and"...More

[Spoiler]"Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Ji Chang-wook loses a truck to Jang Hang-sun

Source | 2012/01/19 | Permalink

Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" featured Ji Chang-wook losing his truck to Jang Hang-sun and being at risk of losing his job.

To break apart Han Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook) from Mok Ga-eun (Wang Ji-hye), Choi Kang-seon (Hwang Shin-hye) ordered her assistant to offer Jeong Goo-gwang (Jang Hang-sun), the owner of the market, a very good deal in return for chasing out Tae-yang...More

Lee Honey "I'm wearing an apron again"

Source | 2012/01/15 | Permalink

Cast for the drama "Immortal Masterpiece" with Park Sun-young...

The connection between Lee Honey and cooking is quite peculiar...More

"Fermented Family" rates the lowest

Source | 2012/01/12 | Permalink

JTBC mini series "Fermented Family" rated the lowest score.

According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 13th, the twelfth episode of "Fermented Family" on the 11th rated 0.531%. This is 0.136% lower than the previous 0.667%...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Ji Chang-wook finds out about Wang Ji-hye

Source | 2012/01/12 | Permalink

Ji Chang-wook found out that Wang Ji-hye was the only daughter of Mok Yeong Group.

Han Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook) attended the vegetarian organization hosted by Lee Seul-woo (Kim Yeong-gwang) with Mok Ga-on (Wang Ji-hye) on the episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" on the 12th...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" the next Hyun Bin, Seong Ha

Source | 2012/01/11 | Permalink

  Actor Seong Ha, also known as the next Hyun Bin, appeared in the drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" for the first time. Actor Seong Ha appeared for the first time in the Channel A ...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" the next Hyun Bin, Seong Ha

Source | 2012/01/11 | Permalink

Actor Seong Ha, also known as the next Hyun Bin showed himself in the drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" for the first time. Actor Seong Ha appeared for the first time in the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" on the 11th. Seong Ha saved Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook) and his friend's from a group of gangsters. A group of gangsters paid a visit to Tae-yang who had officially started selling fruits and vegetables and making a success. Him and his friends try with all their might to stop them but all in vain. Just as they were feeling danger, Ki-yeong (<...More

[Spoiler] Added episodes 5 and 6 captures for the Korean drama 'Bachelor's Vegetable Store'

Source | 2012/01/06 | Permalink

Added episodes 5 and 6 captures for the Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Lee Kwang-soo is the best at playing alone

Source | 2012/01/05 | Permalink

Actor Lee Kwang-soo has turned into lonely bachelor Nam Yoo-bong in the Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store".

Kwang-soo showed how to overcome loneliness on the Janurary 5th episode...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Ji Chang-wook wins over Jang Hang-sun with spite and patience

Source | 2012/01/04 | Permalink

Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" Ji Chang-wook won over Jang Han-seon's heart with spite and patience.

Han Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook) announced that he will repay back the money to Jeong Goo-kwang (Jang Hang-sun) by working. Then he suggested flying in figs from the farms in the countryside...More

Four new TV channels face uncertain futures

Source | 2012/01/04 | Permalink

(Above picture: Protesters urge lawmakers to settle the conditions for the new channels under the media representative bill in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul, on Dec. 28. / Yonhap)

Just as in any turf war, a clear hierarchy exists among TV channels. KBS, MBC and SBS are indisputably placed higher than any cable channels. So far and for the near future, the new comprehensive programming channels affiliated with Korea's major dailies are likely to remain at the bottom, for viewers and aspiring media personas.

After much fanfare and controversy, four TV channels began service on Dec. 1. After a month, their overall ratings remain under 1 percent. According to a rating survey institute TNmS, the average rating for December was 0.42 percent for jTBC, 0.34 for MBN, 0.32 for TV Chosun and 0.30 for Channel A...More

"Padam Padam" suffers ratings fall two episodes in a row

Source | 2012/01/03 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" is still the strongest drama out of all general service channel programs despite its recent fall in percentage.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on January 4th, the tenth episode of "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" rated 1.480%. This is 0.302% more than the ninth episode...More

Traffic Broadcasting System looks beyond pop for 'hallyu' content

Source | 2012/01/02 | Permalink

(Above picture: Sung Kyung-hwan, president of Traffic Broadcasting System (tbs), speaks to The Korea Times at the radio station in Seoul on Dec. 27. / Korea Times photo by Noh Hyun-gi)

"I think it's problematic to think that K-pop is all of hallyu". Everyday life of Seoul or the traditional aspects of the culture that tbs aims to feature, can be part of hallyu for curious outsiders.

It is easy to assume that Traffic Broadcasting System (tbs)'s programs only deliver news on traffic congestion and accidents. Surprisingly, traffic news makes up only about 20 percent of the content on tbs' two radio channels (FM and eFM) and its lesser known TV channel according to the newly inaugurated president, Sung Kyung-hwan...More

[Spoiler] Added episodes 3 and 4 captures for the Korean drama 'Bachelor's Vegetable Store'

Source | 2011/12/30 | Permalink

Added episodes 3 and 4 captures for the Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

Min Ji-ah cast for movie "I Am A Murderer"

Source | 2011/12/28 | Permalink

Actress Min Ji-ah has been cast for the movie "I Am A Murderer".

She will be taking on the role of Kang Soo-yeon, who has a lead on a serial killer case that detective Jung Jae-young (Choi Hyeong-goo), her ex-boyfriend, is working...More

"Fermented Family" ratings still low

Source | 2011/12/28 | Permalink

JTBC special drama "Fermented Family" still recorded less than 1% despite a small increase in its ratings.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 29th, the seventh episode of "Fermented Family" rated 0.952%. This is 0.149% higher than the previous 0.803%...More

"Padam Padam" takes general service top spot with 2%, "Color of Woman" failing

Source | 2011/12/26 | Permalink

Ratings for "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" went above 2% yet again.

Ratings agency AGB Nielsen Media Research reported that the December 26th broadcast of the 7th episode of jTBC's "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" (written by Noh Hee-kyeong/directed by Kim Kyoo-tae) averaged 2.073% of viewers nationally, marking its second 2%-plus rating along with its 5th episode's 2.151%...More

[Spoiler] "Bachelor's Vegetable Shop" Hwang Shin-hye, a mother who lost her child

Source | 2011/12/22 | Permalink

Actress Hwang Shin-hye's sorrow act moved viewers' sensitivity.

Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" on the 22nd showed Hwang Shin-hye suffering from the pain of having lost her daughter in an accident...More

"Fermented Family" percentage goes up and down

Source | 2011/12/22 | Permalink

JTBC establishment special drama "Fermented Family" dropped to 0% again.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 23rd, the sixth episode of "Fermented Family" on the 23rd rated 0.803%. This is 0.259% less than the fifth episode on the 22nd...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama 'Bachelor's Vegetable Store'

Source | 2011/12/22 | Permalink

Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

"Bachelor's Vegetable Store", isn't it the same as "Kim Tak-goo's Vegetable Shop"?

Source | 2011/12/21 | Permalink

The first episode of Channel A drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" ended with excellent performances by kid actors.

Starring handsome actors and other cast members, "Bachelor's Vegetable Store" is determined to unravel serious subjects like youth unemployment in a pleasant way...More

Ratings increase for "Fermented Family"

Source | 2011/12/21 | Permalink

jTBC's foundational mini-series recovered, going over 1% in the ratings.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 22nd, the fifth episode of "Fermented Family" that aired on December 21st rated 1.062%. This is 0.267% higher than the 0.795% earned by the previous fourth episode...More

Korean drama starting today 2011/12/21 in Korea

Source | 2011/12/21 | Permalink

Korean drama starting today 2011/12/21 in Korea "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

"Color of Woman" Shim Ji-ho reveals firm chest and six pack

Source | 2011/12/19 | Permalink

Actor Shim Ji-ho showed his muscles through a gown he wore after a shower.

On the sixth episode of Channel A "Color of Woman" on the 20th, Shim Ji-ho got out of the shower wearing a gown. He displayed his firm chest and muscles through where the gown parted...More

[Spoiler] "Padam Padam" viewing rate go over 2%

Source | 2011/12/19 | Permalink

JTBC establishment special mini series "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" is driving on in the lead of all programs in the same time schedule.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 20th, "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats" on the 19th rated 2.151%. This is 0.655% higher than 1.496% from the fourth episode....More

YouTube Opens K-Pop Section

Source | 2011/12/16 | Permalink

YouTube has opened a separate section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, Google, which owns the video-sharing website, said on its official blog on Wednesday.

YouTube divides music into pop, rock, R&B, rap and other genres. But this is the first time it has created a separate genre for a particular country's music...More

Updated images and cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"

Source | 2011/12/15 | Permalink

Updated images and cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

Jung Joon-ho's humiliation VS Lee Byung-hun's six pack

Source | 2011/12/14 | Permalink

Actor Jung Joon-ho spoke about the time he was humiliated next to Lee Byung-hun.

He appeared in the Channel A talk show "Show King" and spoke about an incident that occurred during the drama "IRIS"...More

"Fermented Family" succeeds in rebounding

Source | 2011/12/14 | Permalink

General S=service channel JTBC's drama "Fermented Family" succeeded in rebounding.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 15th, the December 14th episode of "Fermented Family" rated 1.222%. This is 0.544% higher than the previous 0.678%...More

"Queen Insoo" 0.892%...unsteady 1% is over

Source | 2011/12/11 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Queen Insoo", which maintained a 1% rating for a while, is now dropping.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's December 12th report, JTBC drama "Queen Insoo" rated 0.892% of the national average, showing a decrease from the episode on December 10th, when it got 1.064%...More

Added images for the Korean drama "Color of Woman"

Source | 2011/12/10 | Permalink

Added images for the Korean drama "Color of Woman"...More

Jo In-sung reveals his nicknames

Source | 2011/12/07 | Permalink

Shin Min-ah made up a nickname for Jo In-sung.

Actor Jo In-sung revealed an anecdote related to his nickname on the general service Channel A talk show "Show King"...More

"Fermented Family" Fun story, starts off at 1.563%

Source | 2011/12/07 | Permalink

"Fermented Family" had an exciting start with an acceptable viewing percentage for a general service program.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's December 8th report, the first episode of JTBC drama "Fermented Family" on December 7th collected 1.563% of viewers. This was the best percentage among all general service channel programs...More

Jae Hee is the perfect director of HQ, "Lost 6 kg?"

Source | 2011/12/04 | Permalink

Actor Jae Hee returns as the lady-killer director of HQ in "Killer of Woman".

He will take on the role of director Yoon Joon-soo in the Channel A drama "Killer of Woman"...More

First day for general service channels, all ratings below 1%

Source | 2011/12/01 | Permalink

TV Chosun (Daily Chosun), JTBC (Daily Joong Ang), Channel A (Daily Dong A) and MBN (Mae Il Economy) opened all channels on the 1st of December but none of them could collect more than 1% of viewers.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 2nd, all four channels were below 1% except for one program; JTBC "News 10" rated 1.215%...More

A friend stands up for Kang Ho-dong in light of Yakuza accusations

Source | 2011/12/01 | Permalink

Since the media reported on Kang Ho-dong's involvement with the Japanese Yakuza, people around him have been pleading.

Channel A showed a video of Kang Ho-dong at a Yakuza gathering 23 years ago on their news...More

Comprehensive Programming TV Channels Go on the Air

Source | 2011/12/01 | Permalink

Four comprehensive programming TV channels and one news-only channel were launched in South Korea on Thursday.

The four TV channels are JoongAng Daily's JTBC, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun, Dong-A Ilbo's Channel A and Maeil Business Newspaper's MBN. The all-news cable channel is "news Y" of Yonhap news agency...More

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"

Source | 2011/11/30 | Permalink

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

Kim Sae-ron is growing up so fast

Source | 2011/11/28 | Permalink

Kim Sae-ron attended the press release event for Channel A establishing special drama "Heaven's Garden" on the 28th at the Palace Hotel in Seoul, seemingly taller. ...More

Added poster and new stills for the upcoming Korean drama "Heaven's Garden"

Source | 2011/11/28 | Permalink

Added poster and new stills for the upcoming Korean drama "Heaven's Garden"...More

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"

Source | 2011/11/28 | Permalink

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"...More

Korean Wave still riding High on SNS - YouTube to open an Official K-Pop Channel

Source | 2011/11/25 | Permalink

HyunA, 2NE1 and Super Junior member, Leeteuk Image source here

What is it that has aided in the K-pop and Korean Wave sensation spread so fast? In terms of K-pop, it is no doubt that YouTube has been a key influence in the global success K-pop has seen.

Both Asia-Pacific Google/YouTube representatives made a visit to Korea this summer and held an invitation only forum for SNS professionals. At the forum, YouTube representatives stated how they were shocked as to how popular K-pop was on their channels. Low and behold, a few months later, earlier this month on November 7, Google made the official announcement to make an official K-pop channel that will essentially hub together all the K-pop related channels on YouTube, to be in one spot...More

Yoon So-yi selected as leading female in Channel A's "Color of Woman"

Source | 2011/11/22 | Permalink

Actress Yoon So-yi has been chosen as the leading actress in the drama "Color of Woman".

In the Channel A drama, she is going to take on the role of Byeon So-ra, who is fiery and passionate about succeeding fairly through her hard work and skills...More

Added images for the upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"

Source | 2011/11/19 | Permalink

Added images for the upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"...More

Added first still and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"

Source | 2011/11/19 | Permalink

Added first still and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"...More

Added images for the upcoming Korean drama "Heaven's Garden"

Source | 2011/11/19 | Permalink

Added images for the upcoming Korean drama "Heaven's Garden"...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Happy and"

Source | 2011/11/19 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Happy and"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Jae Hee, "It's been three years"

Source | 2011/11/15 | Permalink

Actor Jae Hee (31) is going to star in the Channel A mini-series "Color of Woman". This is the first time in three years that he will appear in a drama, the last being KBS 2TV's "Evil Twin".

He takes on the role of business executive Yoon Joon-soo who has looks, education, talent and everything else. He is manly and pure. He is naïve enough to protect something with his life and takes responsibility for his words and actions. However, there is a loneliness inside him that no one knows about...More

Jo In-sung seen on the talk show "Show King"

Source | 2011/11/13 | Permalink

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

Eugene steps down from drama, sister in a car accident

Source | 2011/11/13 | Permalink

Actress Eugene has stepped down from her drama.

Her management announced on November 13th, "Eugene stepped down from the drama she was to be in after her marriage"...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"

Source | 2011/11/12 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Time Slip Dr. Jin"

Source | 2011/11/05 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Time Slip Dr. Jin"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"

Source | 2011/11/04 | Permalink

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"...More

Wang Ji-hye and Ji Chang-wook in "Bachelor's Vegetable Store"

Source | 2011/11/02 | Permalink

Drawn up for new general service channel Channel A...

Actress Wang Ji-hye and Ji Chang-wook are going general...More

[Updated] Hwang Jung-min, Jung Woo-sung 'screen stars'

Source | 2011/10/26 | Permalink

Coming back with general service channel dramas.

All those actors and actresses who were in theaters are now returning to TV...More

Korean Cable Television - A Mirror World

Source | 2011/10/22 | Permalink


OCN's "God's Quiz"

Up until a few months ago, when I first caught sight of "God's Quiz", I was not aware of cable channels in South Korea. Not even of their existence, let alone the works they produce. Which meant that the aforementioned series came as quite a shock to me. For one thing, it wasn't a melodrama, a romantic comedy or a sageuk, as it feels that public television does not know any other genres, save for the occasional exceptions. Or at least they don't get promoted as well as the same ol' same ol'.

This was a crime/medical series. Not only that, but it didn't feature a cast comprised of hot men and women sporting the most expensive and fancy clothes and being the center of everything simply because of their looks...More

Yoo In-young in the sitcom "Come, Come, Absolutely Come"

Source | 2011/10/20 | Permalink

Yoo In-young is in the line for a general service channel as well.

Yoo In-young has been cast for the MBC sitcom "Come, Come, Absolutely Come". Her role is Kim Sae-bom, a neighborhood character. She is a happy-go-lucky character who dreams of becoming a top star...More

Girls' Generation Poised for U.S. Album Release

Source | 2011/10/18 | Permalink

Courtesy of SM Entertainment

Girls' Generation will release an album in the U.S. through a Universal Music Group label. The top Korean girl band will launch a maxi single of their new song "The Boys" in November on Universal's Interscope Records, whose artists include Lady Gaga, Eminem and Black Eyed Peas...More

Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success

Source | 2011/10/08 | Permalink

Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move.

First target: star broadcast TV producer

General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"

Source | 2011/10/08 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Color of Woman"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Heaven's Garden"

Source | 2011/10/08 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Heaven's Garden"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Park Chung-hee, The Man"

Source | 2011/10/08 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Park Chung-hee, The Man"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Go Hyun-jung attempts for a new historical drama

Source | 2011/08/10 | Permalink

While top stars are getting ready to star in general service channel dramas, Go Hyun-jung is as well.

Go Hyun-jung has currently confirmed drama B from broadcasting company A on the inside and is tuning later schedules. The drama she will be in is a historical which company A is grandly preparing for the national founding day. It is known that she has been offered the best there is....More

Announcer Song commits suicide

Source | 2011/05/23 | Permalink

By Kim Rahn

Announcer Song Jee-seon killed herself by jumping from her apartment building in southern Seoul, police said Monday. The suicide comes about two weeks after she posted messages implying suicide on her Twitter account.

According to police, the 30-year-old announcer at MBC Sports Plus was found dead outside her studio apartment in Seocho-dong around 1:46 p.m. Rescuers of the National 119 Rescue Services transferred her to a nearby hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival.

An apartment guard who found the body said he heard a thud and found Song bleeding on the ground of the outside parking lot. The window of her home on the 19th floor was open, and police suspect she killed herself by jumping from the apartment.

On May 7, the cable channel announcer hinted at suicide by saying on her Twitter, "Please give me strength if you can't take me. It is so painful. I took three sleeping pills", and "God, please help me. I was going to jump but was frightened. I was to hang myself but it hurt. I said good...More

New Dong-A TV channel to start airing from 2nd half

Source | 2011/04/21 | Permalink

The Dong-A Ilbo's "Channel A" will begin general TV programming from the second half of the year.

The Korea Communications Commission approved the application submitted by Channel A at a general meeting Wednesday. The commission`s broadcast policy director Kim Jun-sang said, "The Dong-A Ilbo paid 407.6 billion won (376 million U.S. dollars) in capital and completed the establishment of a programming unit. Inspection by the advisory board of outside experts found no reason for disqualification".

The commission will issue a letter of approval to Channel A Thursday. Approval will expire after three years and the channel must start general programming within a year upon receipt of the approval letter.

The broadcas...More

Riding the Korean Wave in Nepal

Source | 2011/04/08 | Permalink

Thanks for staying with us.
The Korean wave, or Hallyu, has been hitting all parts of the globe from Southeast Asia to the Middle East to Europe.
And Arirang TV has been delivering the most up-to-date news of Korean stars to overseas fans.

And this Sunday, April 10th that is, marks the 15th anniversary of Arirang TV.
To thank the viewers around the globe, we thought it would be nice to meet up with some of the viewers ourselves.
Reporter Hwang Sung-hee just returned from Nepal after meeting with some of the fans there and she joins us in the studio now.
Hello Sung-hee.

[Reporter : ] Namaste, Sean, Conn-young. How was your trip[Reporter : ] It was great.
I just got back from Nepal only a few hours ago, and I miss it already.
You would think that Nepal would be very different from Korea in terms of its culture and tradition, and while that may be true, I felt at home in Kathmandu because I found so many traces of Korea there.
In even the most rural parts of the city, there were stores selling Korean movies and dramas.

That's very nice to hear.
And we hear that there are also many Arirang viewers in Kathmandu
[Reporter : ] Right.
One of the main reasons behind my trip was to meet up with viewers of Arirang TV in Nepal in celebration of our 15th anniversary.
A majority of Nepal's younger population is crazy about Korea's pop culture, watching almost all Korean dramas and movies and even dressing like Korean celebrities.
And most of them are avid viewers of Arirang TV as they say they can get the latest news on their favorite stars.
But don't get me wrong, because the channel seemed to be enjoyed by all age groups.
Why don't we take a look.

Nepal a country nestled between China and India with more than 80 percent of its population following Hinduism.
Nepal has maintai...More

Dreaming of "Dream High"

Source | 2011/02/18 | Permalink

Korean-Content.Com's Mark Russell Talks To JYP President Jimmy Jung

Jimmy Jung, president of JYP Entertainment, one of Korea's biggest music companies, had a dilemma – how could his company be successful making music when young people no longer buy music? After all, the Internet killed off physical music sales in Korea years ago, and the rest of the world since then. Endorsements and reality programs can only take you so far. The company needed something bigger...More

Korean TV: The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K

Source | 2011/01/06 | Permalink

The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K, was a hot issue in 2010 in Korea. Superstar K first started in 2009 summer on cable music TV channel Mnet. It had a highest viewer rating (8.47%) for a cable channel as of then. However, in 2010, the second season of Superstar K broke that rank and made a new highest viewer rating with 14.5%. It was aired only from July till October but the whole process took about seven months. Among 1,340,830 applicants, the final 11 people were selected to be aired on TV...More

Dong-A Media Group moves into broadcast sector

Source | 2011/01/01 | Permalink

The Dong-A Ilbo has been designated as an operator of four new general cable TV broadcasters set for launch in next year's second half.

The Korea Communications Commission in a general meeting Friday approved four operators from six bidders that applied for a business license for general cable TV broadcast stations. The four are Channel A, whose majority stakeholder is Dong-A, JTBC (JoongAng Media Network), CS TV (The Chosun Ilbo) and Maeil Business TV (Maeil Business Newspaper).

The commission also selected Yonhap News TV (Yonhap News Agency) as a specialized news broadcaster out of five companies that applied for a news broadcast license.

The review to select the operators of the general and news broadcasters was conducted Dec. 23 to Friday. Those selected earned 800 points or higher of the possible 1,000 points according to the principle of absolute ratings.

A general TV broadcaster is...More

Dong-A Ilbo submits application to start TV channel

Source | 2010/12/02 | Permalink

The Dong-A Ilbo submitted Wednesday a general TV programming business plan to the Korea Communications Commission to start the tentatively named "Channel A".

A Dong-A-led consortium will be headed by Ahn Kuk-jung, the head of the daily`s Broadcasting Promotion Committee and a former president and vice chairman of SBS.

Dong-A submitted the application spanning 200 pages at 2 p.m., and will submit additional documents by Wednesday next week, the deadline for final documents.

Having dedicated itself to media, education and cultural content over the past 90 ...More

Lee Joon-gi will work as Army Channel's radio DJ

Source | 2010/11/21 | Permalink

Lee Joon-gi, who is on the active list, will meet his fans as radio DJ of Army Channel.

According to an official, Lee Joon-gi will join Army Channel as a radio DJ from December, and will introduce the life in army to soldiers and civilians....More

KBS Opens World Korean Language Broadcasters Conference

Source | 2010/11/02 | Permalink

The 2010 World Korean Language Broadcasters Conference hosted by KBS opened on Tuesday.

The five-day conference, in its 16th year, will take place at the KBS headquarters in Seoul and also in Chuncheon City in Gangwon Province.

Attending the conference are 80 representatives of Korean language broadcasters from 12 countries including the U.S., China, Austr...More

SM unveils final batch of teaser photos of Girls' Generation

Source | 2010/10/21 | Permalink

K-pop idols Girls' Generation (from left to right): Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung [SM Entertainment]
Top Korean agency SM Entertainment unveiled the final teaser images of the members of Girls' Generation today.

The latest photographs revealed members Yoona, Yuri (Kwon Yuri) and Sooyoung dressed in the style of retro power girl for their upcoming mini-album "Hoot", which will go on sale on October 27...More

Chuseok: prime time for couch potatoes

Source | 2010/09/14 | Permalink

Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for couch potatos and film buffs, the perfect chance to camp out in front of the screen. A couple of date movies open the autumn lineup for the box office while TV networks are offering a colorful array of
programs for the big holiday and travelers can even tune into fun programs en route through IPTV, to make the long road trip less grueling.

By Han Sang-hee

Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for couch potatoes, the perfect time to camp out in front of the screen. TV networks are offering a colorful array of programs for the big holiday and travelers can even tune into fun programs en route through IPTV, to make the long road trip less grueling.

Major television networks KBS, MBC, SBS, EBS and the English channel Arirang TV are gearing up for one of the biggest holidays in Korea, albeit amid lingering doubts whether they are properly prepared for the annual occasion. Some have, while others simply repackaged their shows into a bundle of Chuseok specials.

While cable channels steal the spotlight with smart and original programs, it takes more these days to captivate viewers and hopefully, networks will learn some lessons after the holiday season is over.

KBS is aiming to schedule programs fit for the whole family, from middle-aged mothers, seniors, students and children, a clever distinction from other networks. The documentary "Mother and Daughter" (Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.) will reev...More

"The Housemaid" to open in U.S. theaters

Source | 2010/07/20 | Permalink

Official poster for Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus FNH]

Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" will be shown to U.S. audiences later this year, according to the film's distributor Sidus FNH on Tuesday.

Sidus FNH announced in a press release that production company Miro Vision, which handles overseas distribution for "Housemaid", has closed a U.S. distribution deal with IFC Films on July 16 (U.S. time)...More

miss A opens official website and YouTube channel

Source | 2010/06/29 | Permalink

Members of new girl group miss A [official miss A website]

The official website and video channel for new girl group miss A have opened, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Tuesday.

A press release from JYPE announced that the girls' website is available at and the video channel site on YouTube channel at

Drama 'IRIS' To Create New Hallyu Boom in Japan

Source | 2010/06/11 | Permalink

The action blockbuster drama "IRIS" has been spotlighted as it has broken new ground for Hallyu in Japan.

The drama has been recorded as the first Korean drama scheduled to be aired in prime time on Japanese terrestrial TV, and the flight route between Akita and Seoul--which was about to be eliminated--has been reinstated, as the place where the drama was filmed gained popularity as well. Also, many Japanese local governments competitively wanted to support the second season of the drama "IRIS" as soon as it became known that a second season would be produced. In addition, the OST concert of the drama was a great success. In this way, the drama has created great influence a little bit at a time...More

Media merger — Holy Grail or poisoned chalice?

Source | 2010/05/17 | Permalink

4 newspapers in all-or-nothing fight for cable channel licenses to secure next business model

By Kim Tong-hyung
Staff reporter

President Lee Myung-bak is aiming for a drastic change in the current mass media structure in two ways ― the creation of mega-media groups encompassing newspapers and television channels and the privatization of KBS and MBC.

For whatever reason Lee is determined and one of the most considerable changes is on the horizon ― picking winners among the established newspaper companies to establish two new "comprehensive" TV channels.

Although there are pros and cons regarding the profitability of such new channels, three big newspapers ― Chosun, Joongang and Donga all controlled by a major stakeholder ― as well as Maeil Business Daily hope that this opportunity will provide them with a new business model that will take them beyond what is widely seen as the impending demise of print news media.

The government has been pushing an ambitious plan to deregulate the media industry during the past two years, eliminating the traditional ban on media cross-ownership, which prevented a single company from owning both a newspaper and a television station.

The ownership restrictions involving television stations were eased to lure bigger companies to invest in the broadcasting sector. Previously, only companies with less than 3 trillion won (about $2.6 billion) in assets were able to own television news channels, but the revision of the broadcasting law last year raised the ceiling to 10 trillion won.

Critics are concerned that the compromised diversity in media ownership could hurt discourse, especially when they see the line between profit and reporting becoming blurry at traditional news organizations in a tightening advertising market.

In response, government officials maintain that deregulation is critical for the growth of the media industry and to enable the creation of globally-competitive companies that could hold their own against the likes of Disney and Fox.

But it doesn't appear that Korea will be getting its own Rupert Murdoch anytime soon, as the country's corporate heavyweights don't seem convinced that a full-blown television operation could turn into a golden goose.

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC), the country's converged regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications, will allocate an undetermined number of licenses for new cable channels, allowing them to provide comprehensive programming including news and entertainment, by the end of the y...More

Enjoy a Spring Day at 'EBS Character Festival'

Source | 2010/04/25 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

The Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and it is planning to hold exciting events and programs for its viewers.

The main event will take place at the Peace Square at Olympic Park, southern Seoul, April 28, where anyone can attend and enjoy the fun.

Visitors will get to watch the characters, children and hosts perform in the show "EBS Character Festival", and also see the 500th episode of "Let's Get Together Ding Dong Deng".

Children will be able to take photos with their favorite characters, including Bbungbbungi and the little penguin Pororo, among others from various sh...More

[TV Program] Combination of On-air and Online Broadcastings Proves to Be Profitable

Source | 2010/03/11 | Permalink

New services that blur the boundaries between on-air and online media are gaining ground as profit models for program providers, including cable TV.

According to an industry statement made on February 4, the marketing strategy of converging on-air and online services by animation channel Tooniverse, music channel MTV, and game channel Ongamenet has appealed to viewers. Recognizing that it was difficult to make viewers pay for content, these channels offered free VOD and invited viewers online to make separate purchases for related products.

Tooniland (, the Tooniverse homepage managed by Onmedia, offers animation VOD and related online games free of charge. Tooniland recorded 200 million page views for December and 300 million this Januar...More

Young Men, Not Women, Increasingly Perceived as Sex Symbol

Source | 2010/02/27 | Permalink

Gone are the days when young attractive women were the sex symbol of society in a mainly male-led society. Now, even a heavily Confucius-indoctrinated Korean society is not an exception.

Women in South Korea today enjoy watching the young male celebrities with six-pack abdomens on the popular series such as "The Slave Hunters". Switch the channel and there you see young, handsome male cooks on another TV hit, Pasta.

That's not all. There is now a new term, "honey thigh", popular among women to described the well-sculpted muscular body of Song ll-gook in yet another TV hit, "A Man Called God".

So, men, how do you feel all about this, Donga Ilbo's editorial writer, Chung Sung-hee, poses this question Saturday in a column. Chung is, yes, a woman.

"The popular equation `women's beauty, men's money', may...More

Arirang TV to Split Programming

Source | 2009/12/22 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Korea's English-only channel Arirang TV will have a facelift starting next year.

The network announced that it is increasing the number of news programs and also developing new shows to promote the nation's image around the world.

"We have decided to specialize our channel (depending on region) ― the channel aired in Korea through cable, satellite and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) will carry various programs that highlight multicultural families; while the channel that is aired overseas will feature programs that focus on introducing and featuring Korea", said Lee Sung-wan, the vice president of Ariran...More

TV Program Guide During 'Chuseok'

Source | 2009/09/29 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

The "Chuseok" weekend is just around the corner and both major and cable broadcasters have prepared various programs for friends and family to enjoy.

Special Programs

KBS is traveling back in history to explore the ancient boat that carried celadon porcelain a thousand years ago with their special program "Goryeo Celadon Porcelain; Temptation of Green Celadon". The program searches for the ancient route the famous porcelain traveled, along with the reason why it was so popular in China and Japan. "Goryeo" will air Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. on KBS.

"A Lecture from Heaven" will feature violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill's trip to a small village in South Chungcheong Province. The students live in a small village where it is hard to visit even a museum, let alone a music concert. O'Neill teaches them the basics of classical music and holds a small concert with them. "A Lecture From Heaven" will air Oct. 2 at 11:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, SBS is offering "Tasting Japan", a culinary journey to the neighboring country with hostess Jo Hye-ryun. SBS visited the area to figure out the charm of Japanese food that has attracted the taste buds of the world. Comedienne Cho, who is also a well-known celebrity in Japan, takes viewers to the narrow streets of a Ja...More

'Metajets' to be aired in 15 Asian countries

Source | 2009/07/07 | Permalink

Domestic TV animation 'Metajets' will debut on Disney Channel Asia. Disney is the largest animation channel in the world.
Sun-woo Entertainment (CEO: Kang Han-young) announced that Disney will air Metajets at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday in 15 Asian countries such as China, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos from late June.
'Metajets' is about a high-flying competition and combats of jet pilots. Sun-woo Entertainment has worked on joint investment, production, and distribution of it with Cookie Jar Entertainment from the stage of planning with the aim of its worldwide distribution.
The writer of TV drama '24' also wrote scenarios for 'Metajets', which created buzz. 'Metajets' enjoys popularity across various age groups with its rapid progress of the story and action...More

Dooly remains popular

Source | 2009/07/01 | Permalink

Consistently popular among children through broadcasting and the internet, Dooly made its comeback to TV screen in 21st years. Dooly is now airing on SBS and Tooniverse, an animation channel after it debuted on Christmas as 'Dooly the Baby Dinosaur' (26 episodes). On SBS, it is broadcast every Thursday 4.p.m. which is not a prime time. However, it records viewership of about 2% per every episode and has its highest rating of 4.4%. It is rebroadcast at the same time every Wednesday. On Tooniverse (Monday 5.p.m. and Friday 8.p.m.), it has maintained 2~3% ratings with its first episode recorded 3.4 % of rating in Feb., the highest among cable TV programs broadcast at the same time.
Dooly i...More

[ChanMi's movie news] "Insadong Scandal" press conference

Source | 2009/03/30 | Permalink

Choi Song-hyun has been an announcer for KBS channel and has been in a TV program titled, "Imagine Plus" where she was the MC.

Now, this new film, "Insadong Scandal" will be her debut film as an actress!

She has changed her image into a femme fatale who loves to wear leather jackets! Her character's name is Kong Soo-jeong who is stylish and tough!...More

K-Pop Fan-turned YouTube Star Visits Korea

Source | 2009/03/10 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

The Internet offers a wide range of entertainment options and now it has become one of the major windows to stardom. That was what happened to Natalie White. The 28-year-old musician from the United States who posted her videos on YouTube singing K-pop was "discovered" by local Internet users and was invited here to appear in SBS' popular program "Star King".

"I'm still trying to believe it. I always wanted to visit Korea but it all happened so fast, I can't actually believe I'm here now", she told The Korea Times during an interview last week.

White shot to stardom online with her distinctive voice and versions of popular songs like Girls' Generation's "Gee", TVXQ's "Mirotic" and one of her favorites, May Doni's "Molla-ing".

"I was working on my own songs and I was having writer's block. I love ...More

Rain to be face of Korean pop culture on Discovery

Source | 2009/02/02 | Permalink

Asian superstar Rain (Bi) will be featured in a documentary produced by the Discovery Channel about the rising stock of Korean pop culture.

The "Hip Korea" program will focus on the entertainer's significance as a representative for Korean pop on the world stage.

"As the foremost leader and face of Korean entertainment, Rain will be introduced and featured as the program's primary subject and will be described as an entertainer who was successful as a result of the nation's growth as a pop cultural hub in the Asian region", said a J. Tune Entertainment representative Friday.

J. Tune is an entertainment and media company formed by ...More

[BRIEFLY] Discovery to air film on Seoul

Source | 2008/12/23 | Permalink

The Discovery Channel in the United States will broadcast a documentary about the main attractions in Seoul.

Seoul City officials said the production team from the Discovery Channel had completed filming of the Han River, Namsan, Myeong-dong, Hongdae, and other popular sights. The documentary will be included in a series of documentaries about travel destinations set to begin in January of next year.

The documentary titled, "Hip Korea", will be divided into two parts and will feature Rain and Lee Byung-hun as hosts.

The first segment, hosted ...More

KBS Named an Official Olympic Channel

Source | 2008/08/01 | Permalink

KBS World has been named one of the official channels for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The organizing committee of the Beijing Olympics is currently providing the Korean channel at all Olympic sports facilities and stadiums, as well as the Olympic village an...More

The Good, the Bad, the Weird's U.S. release

Source | 2008/07/17 | Permalink

Kim Jee-woon's latest film "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" (Joheun Nom, Nappeun Nom, Isanghan Nom) will open in the U.S. in the first half of 2009, according to its distributor CJ Entertainment. The Korean flavoured western will play in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and three more major U.S. cities.

New York's Independent Film Channel agreed a deal with CJ Entertainment about Korea's most expensive film (US$ 17 million). Previously, "More

"Likable or Not" Excitement with a reason.. and emptiness

Source | 2008/05/15 | Permalink

KBS daily drama "Likable or Not", which had ratings up to 40%, ended on the 2nd.

This drama started with the intention to rethink the true meaning of family through the story of a remarried family from different bloodlines, backgrounds, and moral values.

But in the last episode, Baek-ho's (Kim Ji-suk) secret of his birth was revealed, and that purpose faded, leaving emptiness behind.

All the characters rounded off with forgiveness and reconciliation, and it couldn't escape the conventional aspects of the daily drama, which was pointed out as a limitation.

Even with the limitati...More

[THE HIGH TIDE OF THE KOREAN WAVE(33)] Whetting U.S. appetite for Korean TV dramas

Source | 2008/04/24 | Permalink

In the last few years, Korean films, TV dramas and pop music have become immensely popular abroad, a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave. This is the 33rd in a series of essays by a select group of scholars and journalists looking at the spread of Korean pop culture in Southeast Asian countries and beyond. - Ed.

Following is an email interview with Tom Larsen, president of YA Entertainment, the largest distributor of Korean TV drama DVDs in the United States. - Ed.

The Korea Herald: What is the current market position of Korean TV dramas in the U.S. market? How are they perceived in comparison with mainstream U.S., Chinese and Japanese programming?

Tom Larsen: Like most other TV programming from international markets, Korean TV dramas are generally considered a specialty entertainment niche here in the United States. Having said that, the popularity of Korean TV dramas in the United States has grown dramatically over the past five years. Korean TV dramas are now widely recognized in the United States as a leading entertainment option within the growing Asian entertainment category.

Several major U.S. cities now have a "second-tier" TV station which often broadcasts various Korean TV drama programs during primetime hours. Some of these smaller-scale TV stations have recently started to include English subtitles when they broadcast Korean TV dramas. However, the majority of avid Korean TV drama fans usually watch Korean TV dramas on DVD rather than on TV. (These TV stations are relatively few, and their schedules are too unpredictable.) My company, YA Entertainment, has been releasing Korean TV dramas on DVD with English subtitles since 2003. We now have over 60 individual titles in our DVD catalog.

When compared to Chinese and Japanese TV programming, I believe Korean TV dramas are by far the most popular among mainstream Americans. Even in the Chinese-American community, Chinese-language TV stations will air Korean TV dramas dubbed in Mandarin or Cantonese. Korean TV dramas are perceived as higher quality and more entertaining than Chinese TV programming and definitely more accessible than Japanese TV programming.

KH: Which Korean dramas are popular in the United States (in terms of genres, themes, character or title)?

TL: Our best selling titles over the past five years include "Stairway to Heaven", "Dae Jang Geum" (Jewel in the Palace), "My Name is Kim Sam-soon", "Damo", "Princess Hours", "All About Eve", "The Snow Queen", and "My Girl".

As the list above shows, Americans enjoy all types of Korean TV dramas: love stories, comedies, and historical epics. It's all about the storylines, cast (acting), production values, and soundtracks. If those four core elements are done very well, then it doesn't matter if the TV drama is a comedy or a tragic love story. Americans will like it.

My personal all-time favorites include "Sandglass", "Damo", "Glass Slipper", "All About Eve", "Save the Last Dance for Me", "Dae Jang Geum", and "Love Letter".

Some of the most popular actors include: Bae Yong-joon, Kim Rae-won, kwon Sang-woo, Jang Dong-gun, Kim Min-joon, and Lee Byung-hun.

The most popular actresses include: Choi Ji-woo, Lee Da-hae, Ha Ji-won, Lee Young-ae, Son Ye-jin, Bae Doona, Kim Ha-neul and Yoon Eun-hye.

KH: Who is watching Korean dramas in the United States? Why do they choose to watch Korean dramas and how do they respond?

TL: We have conducted multiple surveys over the past five years, surveying thousands of Korean TV drama "fans" in the United States. Interestingly, only 5 percent of survey respondents described themselves as "Korean". Therefore, roughly 95 percent of the people purchasing our Korean TV drama DVDs are not of Korean descent. The majority are Caucasian, Japanese-American, Chinese-American, and Filipino-American. And we are also finding strong growth in the Vietnamese and Latino/Hispanic communities.

As for gender, our surveys show that over 65 percent of Korean TV drama fans are female. However, based upon the dozens of e-mails I receive everyday from fans, the breakdown seems to be more like 50 percent male, 50 percent female.

Americans choose to watch Korean TV dramas for many different reasons. Korean TV dramas have many strengths (some of which I describe below), and each strength attracts certain subsets of viewers. More often than not, the response is positive. People describe Korean TV dramas as "addicting", "powerful and engrossing", and "highly entertaining".

Over the past few...More

[THE HIGH TIDE OF THE KOREAN WAVE(32)] Spain discovers Korea and cries out for more

Source | 2008/04/22 | Permalink

In the last few years, Korean films, TV dramas and pop music have become immensely popular abroad, a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave. This is the 32nd in a series of essays by a select group of scholars and journalists looking at the spread of Korean pop culture in Southeast Asian countries and beyond. - Ed.

Korea - both North and South - has long been unfamiliar to most Spaniards. Rising tensions between the two Koreas, derived mainly from nuclear development by North Korea, were the only news we heard from Korea. Before that, we knew a little about the Korean War in the 1950s, but did not know the cause of it.

In the 1960s, a famous comic depicting the war led by the "good" Americans against the "bad" communists was published and accepted by the anti-communist regime of Franco. This is how Spanish people of that era remember the Korean War.

But the majority of Spaniards may still have difficulty finding Korea on a world map. High-level visits from the King of Spain, politicians and members of parliament to Korea usually get little attention in the national media. However, Korea appeared on the front page of several major newspapers in Spain only a few months ago when then-President Roh Moo-hyun visited Madrid.

So, it is not surprising that there has not been a great deal of trade relations between Spain and Korea. Spain is the world's eighth-largest economy, while Korea is the 12th. Yet these economic figures are not enough to represent any particular relationship between the two countries, not to mention that our cultures do not have much in common.

Meanwhile, Korean companies chose not to label their products as "Made in Korea", instead veiling them among well-known Japanese products in Spain. This all combined to keep Korea a mystery, except to those few who found the culture interesting.

Building relations with Korea

In 1996, the Autonomous University of Barcelona expanded its number of Korean language classes, which had been developed by the School of Languages of Barcelona years prior. This effort was supported by Samsung, which iinitially helped introduce Korean studies to Spain. Later, Doosan also provided financial support to the UAB to promote Korean activities, in particular enabling the university to establish an exchange program between Korean and Spanish students. These Korea-related activities slowly succeeded in introducing Korea to Spain.

Furthermore, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, headed by President Antoni Negre, was one of the early pioneers in promoting business relations between Spain and Korea. Then the Hispanic-Korean bilateral committee was established, and the two countries engaged in various activities in connection with each other.

In 1999, the first Congress of Korean Studies was held by Spanish Korea experts, in Spanish, at the UAB, which included sessions on topics such as Korea in Catalonia. This Congress led to the official launch of Korean studies at the Center for International and Intercultural Studies of the UAB.

The Korea Foundation also played a crucial role in promoting Korea in Spain. By that time, numerous activities regarding Korea had been in place - for example, official coursework for studying the Korean language, economy, politics and history, as well as exhibitions on Korean art and cinema and two symposiums of Spanish sculpture in Korea.

In 2001 and 2003, Gyeonggi province organized the symposiums at a ceramic museum in Ichon. At least 40 Spanish sculptures, along with pieces from Koreans and foreign sculptors were displayed in the so-called Spanish Sculpture Park in Ichon. The open-air surroundings of this park, although affected by ...More

Yoon Eun-hye went to New York

Source | 2008/01/17 | Permalink

The photos of Yoon Eun-hye, which were taken while she was at New York, were released. Already these pictures became a hot topic among the public.

The account of Yoon Eun-hye's visit in New York will be broadcast on a cable channel and is already gaining a huge interest from the public. The photos show Yoon Eun-hye's typical cuteness and vivacity, who went to New York with her best friend.

In her pictures, she maintained simple but stylist attires. While she displayed a sophisticate look with glasses and a camera in her hand, taking photos of New York; the photos of her jogging in short and hood T-shirt and play with a dog she met on the way reminds us of Eun-chan from her latest drama, "...More

Script Writers, the Hong Sisters - would they be able to bring glory back to KBS miniseries department?

Source | 2008/01/03 | Permalink

On 2nd January, the first episode of a comic historical drama 'Hong Gil Dong' was televised, starring Kang Ji-hwan and Sung Yu-ri.

The baton is now handed over to the Hong Sisters, Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran. The KBS miniseries department, which fall into a slump last year hold their hopes to KBS miniseries hit script writers, Hong Mi-ran and Hong Jung-eun sisters. The Wed-Thu miniseries 'Hong Gil Dong' (Directed by Lee Jung-seob) is a fusion drama, which adopted a comic historical drama. The first episode was televised on 2nd January and is captivating the viewers with a unique script written by the Hong Sisters and the appearance of top stars including ...More

'February 29': Deja Vu All Over the Place

Source | 2007/12/02 | Permalink

[DVD Review] You Il-han's horror short given a lackluster adaptation

Kyu Hyun Kim (qhyunkim)

"4 Horror Tales" was the 2006 summer season's top-line experiment of producing four horror movies based on Yoo Il-han's short stories on the cheap in high definition video. The tab was picked up by CJ Entertainment and TV station SBS. Yoo himself was involved as executive producer, teaming up with Korea's resident horror specialist Ahn Byeong-ki ("Phone", "A.P.T", among others) and giving opportunities to four young directors to scare up the audience in theaters as well as on TV screens.

The first installment "February 29 - 4 Horror Tales" might be of interest to the fans of "Dae Jang Geum" ("Jewel in the Palace"), a mega-hit Korean TV drama, since two among its main cast members, Im Ho (who played the Choseon monarch Joongjong) and Park Eun-hye (Jang-geum's friend Yeon-saeng), star in the movie.

Park plays Ji-yeon, who we first see in a padded cell claiming to a skeptical journalist that a ghost of a female serial killer is responsible for a slew of killings on February 29, four years ago. In the main story, we find her working as a tollgate attendant. First she encounters a cryptic driver who keeps giving her blood-soaked tickets, and then someone who is dressed just like her be...More

MTV, Rain Campaign Against Human Trafficking

Source | 2007/10/23 | Permalink

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

MTV, one of the world's largest and influential television network, has launched "End Exploitation and Trafficking" (EXIT), a global campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. Along with Thai star Tata Young, Korea's pop singer Rain has joined in the action as the front man for the Asia Pacific region.

"This is a form of slavery that still exists today, and I don't think enough people are aware of that", said Simon Goff, 30, campaign director for MTV EXIT, told The Korea Times at MTV Korea in central Seoul, Friday.

Individuals are denied their basic human rights and are usually tricked or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude or other labor, according to the United States Trafficking Victims Protections Act (TVPA). After drugs, it is the second largest illegal trade in the world, and generates about $10 billion every year. Its total market value is around $32 billion.

The U.N. International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 2.5 million people worldwide are victims, of which over half live in Asia Pacific. The majority of them are women and children, most of whom are sexually exploited, Goff said.

"It is shocking and sad that the majority of these trafficked and exploited people are women and children. I hope I can be of help to those battling for these people", Rain was quoted as saying, according to MTV Korea.

Goff explained that the issue "was getting some attention from the media but certainly not directed toward young people… We're the biggest broadcaster in the world so we have the ability to target messages and target our audience, so on a pro-social level it works very well...More

Documentary Film Feast on EBS

Source | 2007/08/15 | Permalink

By Seo Dong-shin
Staff Reporter

From an all-girls ice hockey team in the Himalayas initiated by a Buddhist teen ("Thin Ice"), to a passionate Australian artist whose life was tragically cut short by a mysterious illness ("Girl in a Mirror"), to the cheerful Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio in Italy ("The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio"), life's stories from around the globe are colorful. And audiences can soon catch a glimpse of them all at the upcoming EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) scheduled Aug.27-Sept.2.

The annual festival, the fourth of its kind, will take place under the theme "People to People, Communication for Coexistence" this year.

A total of 292 documentary films from 74 countries will be screened in categories such as "Festival Choice", "Forefront of Documentary", "Meaning of Family", "Challenge of Hope", "Art and Life", "Portrait of an Era", and "Korean Independent Documentaries".

A special focus is given to five Asia-Pacific rim ...More

Animax Awards names 'Nuri is Helping' as the "best Korean work"

Source | 2007/08/14 | Permalink

The Animax Awards, hosted by animation channel Animax (CEO: Hong, Seung-Hwa), announced winning animations in Korea.

Having started in 2002 in Japan to discover original and fresh animated works, Animax Awards has now expanded to seven Asian countries including Korea.

From March 22 to May 31, the organization committee selected 31 from about 100 scenarios considered for their excellent qualities, one of which was hailed as having the best scenario in the Korean preliminaries.

The jury unanimously selected "Nuri is Helping..". by Won, Jong-Ik.

The winning work tells the story of Nuri, who is born with supernatural powers. Nuri suppresses his powers until one day, he is forced to use it during an unexpected event. After the incident, he travels all over t...More

Chinese Television To Broadcast Jang Nara Documentary

Source | 2007/07/12 | Permalink

The documentary about the current activity of singer Jang Nara, who is gaining great popularity in China, has been made.

A cable TV channel about Chinese culture will broadcast a special documentary commemorating 15 years of amity between Korea and China, "Beautiful Jang Nara", on July 14th.

This is the first documentary about Jang Nara which contains footages of her passion and her down-to-earth personality. It will cover closely her activities starting from her first individual concert in Beijing in June, filmed from the Incheon airport, concert practice, Beijing lifestyle, rehearsals, and the live concert.

This concert showed ...More

KOFIC Announces Fellows for The 2007 Filmmakers Development Lab.

Source | 2007/07/02 | Permalink

Officiating in Los Angeles at the opening of the first representative office of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) outside Korea, Chairperson Ms. An Cheong Sook today announced the line up of Fellows and Mentors for the second KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab aimed at emerging filmmakers of Korean and Korean descent in the diaspora.

The Filmmakers Development Lab chooses five emerging filmmakers from submitted scripts. These Fellows are matched with individual Mentors drawn from the film industry in Korea and the United States. The Fellows and Mentors spend a week in Hawaii in one-on-one sessions developing their scripts. The Fellows and their projects are then presented to producers, financiers, production companies at the Independent Feature Film Market in New York in September, and at the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea, in October. The Lab and its activities are wholly funded by the Korean Film Council, and held in partnership with the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, and the Independent Film Project in New York, and CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) in San Francisco.

"The first Filmmakers Development Lab held in 2006 was successful in encouraging and focusing the Fellows on developing their scripts and skills to help realize their projects and nurture their professional careers", said Chairperson An. "We are pleased to support and organize this second Lab to build on the success and experience of last year's effort. As a demonstration of our strong support of the Lab, and our wish to help filmmakers of Korean descent, we will also be awarding US$40,000 to the most meritorious Lab script or scripts later this year".

The Five Fellows for the Filmmakers Development Lab 2007 are:

NATHAN ADOLFSON – "MODEL AMERICAN" a Korean American adoptee from the Mid-West now based in Los Angeles, Nathan graduated from UCLA with a Spotlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking, Editing and Screenwriting, and the Directors' Guild of American (DGA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Motion Picture Direction for his personal diary documentary PASSING THROUGH which was also shown at Cannes International Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS. He has written scripts for independent feature films and is currently in preproduction on his directorial debut THE HELP.

CHRISTINA CHOE – "GUESS WHO'S COMING FOR KIMCHEE?" is a documentary filmmaker, video artist, TV editor and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. Her short films, TURMERIC BORDER MARKS and UNITED NATIONS OF HIP HOP have screened at film festivals worldwide, including AFI, Seattle, and Palm Springs. She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grant in Video, and as worked as editor in TV for ABC, VH1, HBO and History Channel.


Star Lee Hyori Stirring Interest in Japan

Source | 2007/04/16 | Permalink

Japan's Fuji TV network is showing extraordinary interest in sexy Korean star Lee Hyori.

Most of the Korean celebrities who are popular in Japan are men, such as Bae Yong-joon, Lee Byung-hun, Song Seung-heon and kwon Sang-woo. Only a few female Korean...More

SBS sets up 'Korea channel' in Taiwan

Source | 2006/11/27 | Permalink

SBS Production, an affiliate of the Seoul Broadcasting Station, is to set up a 24 hour-run Korean channel in Taiwan early next month.

The channel, which will be operated in cooperation with the Gala Television Corporation, Taiwan's biggest cable TV station, will air Korean TV programs including dramas, variety shows and documentaries, the company said.

All of the programs will be dubbed into Mandarin Ch...More

HANA TV launches CYWORLD Channel

Source | 2006/11/24 | Permalink

Hanaro Telecom announced last November 23 that it had signed an MOU with SK COMUNICATIONS, who runs CYWORLD, to enter into a business collaboration endeavor with the company so as to give HANA TV, its TV portal, a competitive edge.

With this MOU, HANA TV will soon launch a new CYWORLD channel, in which it will present the works selected at "STAGE" ( ), an open cultural space in CYWORLD, to HANA TV viewers starting early December.

The contents that will be featured on HANA TV...More

MBC documentary film advance to China market

Source | 2006/06/28 | Permalink

Shanghai Media Group will broadcast five MBC programs during June 22nd to 27th.

Recently, Chinese government stopped importing Korean dramas, while Korea Wave is in critical moment, Korean documentary film program will be introduced to China.

MBC said on 21st "Shanghai Media Group(SMG) as the biggest channel in Shanghai will broadcast MBC's popular documentary programs during 22nd to 27th.

According to the broadcasting schedule, 'The village only old people live', 'Glacier', 'Four fingers piani...More

Se7en, Park Yong-ha Receive Award at Japan Gold Disc Award

Source | 2006/03/10 | Permalink

Korean singers Se7en and Park Yong-ha each received an award at the Japan Gold Disc Award on Thursday evening.

Se7en's agency YG Entertainment said that it had been told by the host organization that Se7en would receive a special award given to mark the Year of Korea-Japan Friendship. At the ceremony, Se7en sang his second single ...More

Korean Stars Recognized by Asian Excellence Awards

Source | 2006/01/25 | Permalink

Korean Movie Stars KIm Yoo-jin and Korean-American Actor Daniel Dae Kim have been honored with the 'Asian Excellence Awards" by the American cable channel AZN Television which serves the growing Asian American community in the United States.

AZN Television announced on January 19 that it has selected Korean actor Daniel Dae Kim and actress Kim Yunjin as the outstanding male and female TV performers for 2005 at the AZN TV`s fifth annual "Asian Excellence Awards".
The two Kor...More

Korean Moviestars Nominated for Asian Excellence Awards

Source | 2006/01/16 | Permalink

The innovative new American cable channel AZN Television, dedicated to serving the burgeoning Asian American community, announced on January 11 2006, its nominees for the 2006 Asian Excellence Awards. A large number of Korean actors appeared on the nominee list, showing once again the power of the Korean wave.

The Asian Excellence Awards, featuring the Remy Martin X.O Honors, is intended to highlight the outstanding achievements of Asian Americans in the fields of entertainment, sports, film, music fashion and science.

The Remy Martin X.O Honors are non-competitive categories and awards will be bestowed for Lifetime Achievement, Inspiratio...More

Japanese spend the end of the year with "Dae jang geum"

Source | 2005/12/11 | Permalink

"Dae Jang Geum" has been now telecasted in the public broadcasting after NHK satellite channel and following "Winter Sonata" it hits Japan with the rating of more than 20%. NHK started to re-air two episodes one day intensively since December through BS2 satellite channel.

With its special airing, NHK drew up of the one-hour special programs like "Daejanggeum came", "We want to know more! Dae Jang Geum", "Looking for the mind of Dae Jang Geum", "Start from actress Lee Young-ae ...More

Rain Announces Global Ambitions on CNN

Source | 2005/11/21 | Permalink

K-pop star Rain's ambitions to take on the world became international news on Saturday when he announced them on CNN's "Talk Asia".

Rain told the cable news channel about his ambition to make it on the world stage after sweeping in Hong Kong, China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The 23-year-old star said his personal motto was, "Be humble, be patient, and do my best".

"Talk Asia", hosted by Lorraine Hahn, who was bo...More

EBS International Documentary Fest Under Way

Source | 2005/09/01 | Permalink

Film festival challenges viewers to reconsider the current commercialistic broadcasting environment

Cho Keon Ho (keonman)

The EBS International Documentary Festival 2005 is on now in Seoul to Sept. 3. The festival was launched last year by EBS, the leading Korean public broadcaster, and is dedicated to the cultivation of documentary films.

Among the 98 documentaries from 30 countries, 94 will be broadcast by EBS channel and 31 pieces will be shown at the EBS-SPACE in the EBS main office.

EIDF will be presented under the the...More

South Korean soaps also find large audiences in the US

Source | 2005/08/31 | Permalink

Millions of fans across Asia began tuning to South Korean soap operas in the late 1990s. Now, the dramas are winning over devotees in the United States such as Honolulu, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

While covering the filming set in the Chung-Ang Hospital for one of MBC dramas, the newspaper reported that the soaps also boosted the popularity of South Korean movies and singing acts, and even her culture.

The "Korean wave" of pop culture-also known as 'hallyu'-helps introduce the country to the world and breaking down historical grudges with its neighbors.


Korean soap operas gain popularity in North America

Source | 2005/08/30 | Permalink

Already big hits in other Asian countries, Korean soap operas are now grabbing audiences in North America. In the San Francisco Bay Area alone, "Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum)", a television series about a royal cook, was viewed by more than 100,000 people, U.S. daily San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sunday.

The figure exceeds that of ABC's "Extreme Makeover", the WB's "Starlet" or PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center", which are in a...More

'Titanic' Theme Voted Korea's Top Movie Song

Source | 2005/07/11 | Permalink

"My Heart Will Go On", the theme song to "Titanic", was chosen as the top movie song in Korea, according to a new poll released yesterday.

The cable movie channel OCN, along with the portal site Naver and cable music channel MTV Korea, surveyed 18,366 people from June 7 to 30 to compile a list of 100 favorite movie songs of Koreans.

A total of 41,327 votes were cast, with each person allowed to vote for five different songs.

"My Heart Will Go On", sung by Celine Dion for the blockbuster 1997 film, received the most votes with 3,955, or 9.5 percent of th...More

Martial Arts Action Channel ABO to Air "Tiger Brothers"Starring Chae Rim

Source | 2005/04/07 | Permalink

The martial arts action channel ABO will air the 33-episode Chinese epic drama "Tiger Brothers", starring Korean actress Chae Rim, from April 19. The drama ranked first in terms of viewer ratings when it was shown in 2004 in Taiwan by CTV and in Hong Kong by ATV. ABO will show "Tiger Brothers" Monday through Friday at 11:10 p.m.

The plot of this drama, regarded as a Chinese version of "Romeo and Juliet", revolves around two rival family clans, the Yangs and the Bans. But despite all the hatred and hostility between the families, a son from the Yang clan falls in love with a daughter from the Ban clan, and the two begin a heart-wrenching romance. The lead roles of this drama were played by the famous Taiwanese actor Alec Su You Peng and South Korean...More

KBS drama 'First love' shows an audience rating of eye-opening 2% level in Japan

Source | 2005/04/07 | Permalink

KBS drama 'First Love - 1996', which was aired for the first time by means of Japan NHK satellite channel on Mar. 31, showed an audience rating of 2% level in its first broadcast rarely for foreign dramas.

Such a program rating of Korean drama 'First love' is an exceptional result in a reality in which foreign drama on the air in NHK satellite channel right now, is difficult to exceed ordinarily a popurarity rating of 1%.

Korean drama 'Winter Sonata' also, which heated the TV audience in Japan last year, was no more than a popularity rating of 1-2 % level in NHK satellite channel at the opening part of the drama.

KBS Global Strategic Team said that a program rating of drama '...More

Television show breaks Korean-American stereotypes

Source | 2005/03/21 | Permalink

Fresh from just completing their first season run at the end of last month on a U.S. cable channel, the production team of "Egg WestCoast", a video magazine program for Korean-Americans, is confident it has played a role in breaking the stereotypes about Korean-Americans.

The program, produced by the California-based Choice Entertainment, aims to introduce Korean culture to second and third generation Korean-Americans who have scant knowledge about their parents' homeland, while at the same giving exposure to notable figures in the Korean-American community.

The idea for the show had been brewing in the mind of the program's executive producer Gary Choi for several years but it wasn't until last year that he...More

Arirang TV to Air in Malaysia

Source | 2005/03/14 | Permalink

Local English cable channel Arirang TV will start its broadcasting service in Malaysia. It will be aired for 24 hours a day from next month.

As the contract was made in November with MiTV, a newly created...More

British Documentary Filmmaker Hailed in NK

Source | 2004/10/14 | Permalink

British documentary director Daniel Gordon said that his documentary films don't have opinions, just facts.
Gordon is one of the most noticeable directors in this year's Pusan International Film Festival, which will end on Friday. His work, "A State of Mind", vividly shows the life of the North Korean people through mass calisthenics, a symbol of North Korean collectivism. The film has drawn so much attention that it sold out even before the film festival opened.

Gordon is puzzled by the popularity. He said that he had merely seen, filmed and talked about what actually happens.

Gordon's work, however, presents many scenes that have not been seen in other documentaries about North Korea. His film depicts the everyday life of North Koreans by telling the s...More

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