KBS 2TV dramas achieve the grand slam by ranking number 1 in viewership.
The warring state of dramas is at its peak. Including ground-wave, general service cable and subscription-based cable channels, there are more than 20 dramas on air at the moment. Amidst all this, KBS miniseries (Mon/Tue and Wed/Thu) have all reached the top of the Box Office (from 2019.6.3 to 2019.6.9). This is significant, because it has been achieved amid fierce competition in the drama market. How did these KBS dramas, which achieved the grand slam with the highest ratings, captivate viewers?...More
"We wish historical dramas revive"
Actor Yoo Dong-geun's speech was quite the issue last year at the KBS Drama Awards. He pleaded for the revival of traditional sageuk dramas by mentioning "Mr. Sunshine", a drama from a different company, which is very exceptional...More
"I declare discharge from the military".
Stars who have been serving their duties to the country are almost done. National Service is a compulsory duty every Korean man has to respond to, and the same goes for Hallyu stars. Every year, they put down their duties as stars and concentrate on doing their best for national defense...More
Actress Go Joon-hee threatened to take legal actions against the rumors tying her to former Big Bang member Seungri.
Go Joon-hee's attorney made a press release on the 10th saying, "Ever since news that she quit the drama "Perfume", there have been rumors that Go Joon-hee's withdrawal from the drama is because there is truth behind the rumors about her regarding Seungri. We would like to state once again that it is not true and strong legal action is currently underway against the creators and perpetuators of these rumors"...More
"Doctor Prisoner" continues to attract the attention of the public and is rated quite highly even after just a few weeks of airing.
The first episode of the KBS drama "Doctor Prisoner" began on the 20th...More
Everyone is anticipating the comeback of Ji Chang-wook.
Ji Chang-wook posted a picture a while ago, wearing a rider jacket and riding his motorbike...More
Yoo Ah-in posted a picture on his Instagram with the hashtags; "Hug @lalamichmich @ithk #birkenstockxrickowens".
In the picture, he has a huge smile on his face...More
The 85th and 86th episodes of "My Only One" continued to show the dramas strength and popularity with viewers...More
Presented by Jun Hyun-moo and UEE on December 31, 2018, New Year's Eve, we now present to you the winners of the KBS Drama Awards...More
"My Only One" has received a lot of love from viewers and its almost 40% ratings reflect those sentiments. Due to this incredible popularity, the KBS 2TV weekend drama is in talks to be extended up to six episodes...More
KBS Drama Awards 2018 trailer for the 2018/12/31 ceremony...More
KBS Drama Awards 2018 most popular couple Online vote for the 2018/12/31 ceremony...More
KBS Drama Awards 2018 most popular actress Online vote for the 2018/12/31 ceremony...More
KBS Drama Awards 2018 most popular actor Online vote for the 2018/12/31 ceremony...More
According to Nielsen Korea nationwide, the MBC drama "Less Than Evil" rated 7.4% and 9.1%. This is slightly less than the previous episodes of 8.6% and 10.6%...More
KBS Drama Awards 2018 nominees for the 2018/12/31 ceremony...More
We have an exciting, woman-centric project coming up, and a fresh main cast has been chosen for it. "Just Dance" is an 8-episode growth drama about a group of young women performing dancesport (competitive ballroom dancing) against the backdrop of Geoje city's declining shipbuilding industry...More
The second KBS Drama Special teaser is out.
The teaser is subtitled 'Life is sad, anger, and love' and it shows the various emotions of the characters...More
New teaser released for the 2018 KBS Drama Special Series...More
Actor Yeo Wook-hwan is getting married on the 20th in Seoul to a woman 2 years younger than him. The bride is a beautiful and accomplished young lady in the restaurant business...More
Is there anybody else out there who almost fainted after watching this fine actor in the new KBS drama "Suits"? That sounded really dramatic of me, but I'm not exaggerating. Park Hyung-sik gets more and more handsome after each drama that he stars in. I thought it was impossible for him to get cuter after his last show, "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon", but he did...More
On the 27th of April, actor Dong Ha's agency announced that Dong Ha will enter service in the 5th Division of Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province on May 1st...More
Choi Kang-hee turns into a test-taker.
She posted pictures on Instagram saying, "I love going to the convenient store secretly, choosing what I want, and eating everything...More
Actress Lee Yoo-ri shared her delightful afternoon and ageless beauty...More
The KBS drama "Jugglers" ended in first place according to Nielsen Korea nationwide, clocking in at 9.1%...More
KBS 2TV weekend drama "My Golden Life" set its fourth record in a rowwith 42.8%, according to Nielsen Korea...More
Jung Ryeo-won made a powerful statement against sexual offenders in her acceptance speech at the 2017 KBS Drama Awards...More
The KBS Drama Awards was the top rated awards according to Nielson Korea nationwide, clicking in at 11.8% and 11.9% on the 31st of December...More
The year of 2017 was full of adorable couples on KBS. A total of 13 nominees were up for the Best Couple Award and the winners were chosen by audience votes on the official 2017 KBS Drama Award website...More
Presented by Namgoong Min, Lee Yoo-ri and comedian Park Soo-hong on December 31, 2017, New Year's Eve, the KBS Drama Awards was an exciting affair that recognized the hard work of the people who brought us this year's excellent KBS television. We now present to you the winners of the KBS Drama Awards...More
New Year's Eve saw some beautiful ladies on the red carpet for the 2017 KBS Drama Awards. Take a look at the fashion-forward actresses of KBS and vote for the best dressed...More
From head-to-toe, the gents of the 2017 KBS Drama Awards are dapper in their red carpet best on New Year's Eve. Check out the fashion of this year's actors and vote for the best dressed at the KBS Drama Awards...More
KBS Drama Awards 2017 2nd trailer...More
After some back and fourth over whether or not they'd be held, the KBS Drama Awards are on and the trailer has dropped for the Daesang, or Grand Prize, winner category. Who would you like to see win the Grand Prize for acting...More
KBS Drama Awards 2017 most popular couple Online vote for the 2017/12/31 ceremony...More
KBS Drama Awards 2017 most popular actress Online vote for the 2017/12/31 ceremony...More
KBS Drama Awards 2017 most popular actor Online vote for the 2017/12/31 ceremony...More
KBS Drama Awards 2017 nominees for the 2017/12/31 ceremony...More
KBS Drama Awards 2017, best couple award video presentation...More
Actress Song Hye-kyo is attending the state banquet in China on an invitation from Chinese President Xi Jinping...More
"Mad Dog" showed a different side of Kim Hye-sung.
The KBS drama "Mad Dog" ended on the 30th and showed the typically bright actor successfully bring out the darkness and sadness of On Nu-ri...More
According to MBC, Han Sunhwa is considering the new weekend drama "My Husband Oh Jak-doo, which is a romantic drama about a woman in her mid-thirties who tries to win the social prominence and position of a married woman by looking for a husband...More
Kim Soo-hyun, who joined the Paju 1st Division training camp, completed the five-week basic military training on the 29th. During training, he received an excellence award from the division officer for a high standard of service as a model for others...More
The KBS drama "Suits" will be the first remake of the popular drama that has been on USA Network since 2011...More
Tablo's daughter Haru looks just like her mother.
Kang Hye-jung posted pictures of her and her daughter on Instagram...More
A web-drama based on female soldiers is being starred by Boyfriend's Donghyun and Ha Yeon-joo.
According to sources, "Useless Romance" begins filming on the 18th. It was reported that this drama will be released in February next year on KBSN but things have changed and it will be broadcast on Naver TV in January...More
Park Sung-hoon is starring in the new KBS drama "Black Knight".
Park Sung-hoon plays Park Gon, a man who dreamed of being an artist, but who took over his father's business instead. He used to have a crush on his childhood friend Jeong Hae-ra (Shin Se-kyung), but couldn't get close to her because of his father. Park Gon has led an affluent life and he resents his father who has never acknowledged him...More
According to sources, actress Park Ah-in is joining the cast of tvN drama "Mr. Sunshine" as Ko Ae-soon, a character with a story to tell...More
I'm really in love with the variety and thought that has gone into this KBS drama special series so far. "Drama Special - You're Closer Than I Think" proves no different, at least from the promo material. A couple falls in love, then the man, a bookstore owner who runs a podcast, is jilted. This is the story of his search for his lost bride and of the bride's search of a dark secret...More
Our four country bumpkins are raring up for their November 24 release with Kai at the helm of an adorable looking cast. He's a city slicker who is sent to the countryside where he will learn a thing or two about life. I'm not expecting too much heaviness out of this KBS drama. Rather, I hope to look to it when I need a pick me up...More
"My Man's Secret" is looking mighty angsty from this trailer with relationships budding where they shouldn't, guilty faces shown every other frame, and a lot of rainy days to show that all of the feels will be out during this KBS drama's run...More
Actress Jo Bo-ah's pictures from when she was in school surfaced online. She looks fresh in her uniform and very much like the Joa BoA we know today...More
The nation's ladywoman, Min Ji-young, says she is getting married in a hotel in Gangnam next year to show host Kim Hyung-kyoon...More
"Drama Special - Buzzcut Love" seems like it will be one of the saddest amongst all of the KBS drama specials. Tragedy really isn't my cup of tea, but if this is shaping up to be as strong as the other advertised specials, then I could watch a young woman meet her end - even if it ends with me crying...More
According to KBS, the Drama Specials that were supposed to start at 11:40 PM KST beginning the 3rd of September have been moved forward one hour to 10:40 PM KST...More
His transformation is outstanding...
Rebel, murderer, chaebol, a knight on a white horse...
Tranforming into various characters for sixteen years...
A late bloomer who has been in the spotlight since two years ago...
Firm base in television as well......More
Former fashion model and current actor Lee Soo-hyuk is enlisting on the 10th of August.
He was born on the 31st of May, 1988 and turned thirty this year...More
There are many beautiful actresses in South Korea, but this particular actress is one of the most famous actress for her beauty. Actress Song Hye-kyo is not only beautiful on the outward appearance but also her inner beauty...More
Actor Cha In-pyo is attempting at something new at the age of fifty.
He set up a production company named TKC Pictures and headed for the States. He is currently working on a Hollywood film named "HeavenQuest: The Pilgrim's Progress". It is an action fantasy that modernly depicts the original novel "A Pilgrim's Progress". Filming started in Redding, California this month...More
Actor Song Joong-ki and actress Song Hye-kyo's surprise wedding announcement shocked every single k-drama fans across the world! As they selected October 31st as their big day, there are many people who are envious and sending negative messages but there are also many who are sending their biggest blessings and congratulating messages...More
There are many K-dramas with story revolving around the office. Office is where you go to work, to learn the ways of the society, make money, get yelled at by nasty bosses and sometimes even a heart fluttering romance...More
Actor Choi Sung-min is starring in "School 2017".
He's got the role of Han Deok-soo, an 18-year-old teen who wants to be a 'doctor in a sports car' but his grades are way below average. He doesn't understand why he needs to study and is a clumsy pacifist...More
We take a look at stars with their guards down from the past week...More
Joo Sang-wook and Cha Ye-ryun are leaving for Hawaii to get their wedding pictures taken.
They are headed for Honolulu on the 26th. They are about to get married and they are collaborating with a magazine on their wedding pictures...More
Actress Kim Min-jung is coming back with short hair.
She's starring in the new JTBC drama "Man to Man" as Hallyu star Yeo Woon-gwang's manager, Cha Do-ha...More
Actors Joo Sang-wook and Cha Ye-ryun are getting married after a year since they started seeing each other.
They are getting married in May...More
"Chief Kim" topped the charts once again.
According to Nielsen Korea, KBS drama "Chief Kim" rated 18.4%. This is 1.3% higher than last broadcast's 17.1%...More
EXO's Kai is in the middle of filming the new KBS drama "Andante".
Behind the scene cuts of the making were released...More
Offers are out to "Hwarang" lead, Park Seo-joon and film actress, Chun Woo-hee for new KBS drama, "Fight My Way". Both are still considering signing on for what promises to be a heart-warming drama about two underdogs fighting for their dreams...More
Actress Ko So-young claimed she enjoys watching TV shows.
A press conference was held in Seoul on the 9th in prior to the launch of the new KBS drama "The Perfect Wife"...More
Actress Song Hye-kyo was seen in black and white.
She posted a picture of herself on Instagram...More
Ku Hye-sun mentioned her marriage to Ahn Jae-hyun.
She is hosting a provate exhibition called 'Dark YELLOW' in an art museum in Seoul from the 5th to the 29th this month...More
Actor Han Suk-kyu was awarded the Grand Prize at the SBS Drama Awards for the first time in 5 years.
The "2016 SAF SBS Drama Awards" was held on the 31st of December. Han Suk-kyu took home the Grand Prize for his performance in the current drama "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim". This is the first time in 5 years since his nomination for "Deep-rooted Tree" in 2011...More
It's time for the year-end award ceremonies when the three major Korean broadcasters use trophies to reward their top performing actors and dramas. So, let's focus on what really matters: the red carpet fashion. Last up: the 2016 KBS Drama Awards!...More
KBS Drama Awards 2016 winners' list...More
Korean actors and actresses on the Red Carpet for KBS Drama Awards 2016...More
KBS drama, "Hwangjin-i", which aired in 2006, have reunited for its 10th anniversary...More
KBS has revealed that "Hwarang" will stop airing simultaneously in China...More
Upcoming KBS drama, "Hwarang", which is to air its first episode on December 19, will air a 60 minute special broadcast on December 16...More
Actress Nam Sang-mi is returning to TV to star in the upcoming KBS drama "Chief Kim", which is scheduled to be aired in January next year...More
New KBS drama, "Hwarang" is about the genuine love of youths...More
Actress Ko So-young will be making a comeback to dramas with the upcoming KBS drama, "The Perfect Wife"...More
Park Bo-gum has been the MC for the KBS 2TV music show "Music Bank" in the past.
He's going to MC for the KBS Drama Awards for two years in a row...More
She's sweet, desperate and energetic sometimes. She covers everything from mellow to action and she's everything an actress desires.
She's recently been going through what is perhaps the most complicated situation of her career. The drama and movie actress is coming back with a lovely character...More
Despite news stating that Namgoong Min has been confirmed for the new KBS drama, "Chief Kim", he released an official statement revealing that he is still looking over the part...More
The 2016 Asia Artist Awards is a ceremony where the most popular Korean dramas and music of the year come together.
They will begin the award ceremony on November 16...More
KBS drama "Uncontrollably Fond" showed Sin Joon-yeong (Kim Woo-bin) getting ready. Sin Joon-yeong and Noh Eul (Suzy) left on a trip together.
Joon-yeong then met Choi Hyeon-joon (Yoo Oh-sung) in a state where his memory was in the past and asked for him to make 'a good country to live in'...More
Kim Woo-bin and Suzy will present a culinary 'hug-from-behind' scene.
On July 1st, the upcoming KBS drama, "Uncontrollably Fond" to premiere on July 6 has revealed the ardent hug scene featuring the two stars...More
It's going to be heated summer. It's a time where pre-produced dramas are coming out and several actors and star writers are making a comeback. What draws attention the most are the actor-turned singers. Some of them are Suzy from Miss A, Choi Soo-young from Girls' Generation and IU...More
While Park Shin-yang has already rejected the offer to extend his apperances for KBS 2TV's Monday & Tuesday drama, 'Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho', KBS is currently making continuous efforts trying to persuade him.
On May 20, an official from KBS dramas told TV Report, "Park Shin-yang and his agency told us that it's difficult to extend his appearances in 'Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho' due to his schedule. However, we are currently persuading him continuously. And the plan to extend the drama has not been cancelled completely yet"...More
Actor Heo Joon-ho is coming back for the first time in 9 years.
He's going to star in the new KBS drama "Beautiful Mind" as a genius doctor named Lee Geon-myeong...More
While KBS 2TV's Wednesday & Thursday drama, 'Descendants of the Sun' is wrapping up on April 14th, a special program has been planned for the drama fans who are feeling sorry for letting it go.
According to an official with KBS drama department on April 11th, the special program of 'Descendants of the Sun' has been scheduled to broadcast on April 20th, 21st and 22nd for the consecutive three days...More
The 3 ground-wave companies are starting a new battle this 28th.
The SBS drama "Six Flying Dragons" is currently in the lead. Then comes MBC "Glamorous Temptation" and KBS "Babysitter". However, the upcoming dramas are hard to tell which one will be the most popular. That's because the upcoming dramas have the best cast and are prepared to battle for 1st place...More
Sweet guy Choi Taek from tvN drama series 'Answer Me 1988' and Yoo Si-jin from KBS drama series, 'Descendants of the Sun' finally met.
There was a pink carpet event '2016 SIA' in Dongdaemun Plaza in Seoul on the 15th...More
Song Joong-ki became the most famous actor in China.
According to Data and Marketing professional company of China entertainment VLinkage said on the 13th that their data showed Song Joong-ki became the most famous actor in China. Song Joong-ki was on the 8th place on March 8th, and 3rd place on March 9th...More
There's going to be a battle between broadcasting stations ground-wave and cable. Actors are going to be responsible for the four dramas. Unfortunately, actresses have been pushed out of the Monday and Tuesday game...More
Nam Bo-ra explained about her scandal.
Nam Bo-ra's agency Will Entertainment claimed, "Nam Bo-ra has unfortunately broken up with her boyfriend and have decided to remain friends"...More
Korean movie ""A Melody to Remember"" to be released in theatres on January 29th in CGV Los Angeles and nationwide on February 2nd
War took away many things
But hope was never gone.
South Korean platoon leader HAN Sang-ryul (Im Si-wan) lost his family and comrades due to the Korean War. He assigned to another unit and comes across war orphans, some of whom are exploited for profit. He decides to help the orphans by creating a choir, thereby healing their wounds with beautiful songs with the help of volunteer teacher Park Ju-mi (Go Ah-sung). Their beautiful voices rise from the battlefield and begin to melt everyone's hearts...More
With 2015 now over, drama awards are plentiful. From the channel organized ones, such as the SBS, MBC and KBS drama awards to the fan-made ones, now is the time to acknowledge the efforts and excellence of those who make Korean drama a reality for its viewers. The wonderful ladies of Korean drama, from PDs to actresses to musicians, are a big part of their success and also one many of its viewers can most relate to.
This is where blog "Underground K-Drama" comes in. Since 2013, its members have been running the "Women of K-Drama Awards", where fans can not only vote on their favorite women of Korean drama, but also participate in creating the nominations. The awards are already created for 2015, so if you would like to vote as well, click on the link at the bottom of this post...More
Kim Soo-hyun expressed his feelings about having received the Best Couple Award with Cha Tae-hyun.
The January 2nd show of KBS 2TV 'Entertainment Weekly' featured the interview with Kim Soo-hyun, who shared the honor of the Grand Prize of KBS Drama Awards with Go Doo-shim...More
This year's most searched celebrity on top portal Naver was Seolhyun of girl band AOA, who also debuted as an actress. She was especially popular among young men.
Her lead comes as something of a surprise since she was largely obscure for the first three years after AOA got started in 2012...More
Korean actresses posing on the 2015 KBS Drama Awards red carpet...More
Korean actors posing on the 2015 KBS Drama Awards red carpet...More
KBS Drama Awards 2015 winners' list...More
"The Merchant: Gaekju 2015" skips its shows both on Wednesday and Thursday this week due to the end of year awards ceremony.
The airtime schedule for dramas and entertainment shows has been changed majorly as KBS broadcasts two awards ceremony live on December 3oth and 31st...More
KBS 2TV's entertainment drama, "Producers" has been nominated for 2015 KBS Drama Awards.
An associate with KBS had told OSEN on November 12th, "Agreed to nominate "Producers" for KBS Drama Awards"...More
Jang Hyuk and Jung Tae-woo showed bromance. It hasn't been long since they met and although romance was expected between Jang Hyuk and Chae-ah, the bromance between Jang Hyuk and Jung Tae-woo seem deeper.
The KBS drama "The Merchant: Gaekju 2015" is the story of Cheon Bong-sam (Jang Hyuk) who starts off as a market seller to become a successful merchant. On the episode of the 14th, Bong-sam almost met his sister So-rae (Park Eun-hye). They missed each other by just moments so he set out to find the carriage that she was riding in and mistook So-sa's (Han Chae-ah) carriage for his sister's...More
Joo Da-young is starring in the new KBS 1TV drama "The Honey Pot".
She takes on the role of Choi Ji-ah, Kang Ma-roo's sister who isn't as smart as her step sister Choi Ah-ran (Seo Yi-an) but a cute and cheerful girl from a rich family...More
In the beginning of the drama, Kim Mi-sook and Lee Sang-woo were much too close to be seen as a mother and son. They called each other several times a day and Kim Mi-sook checked in on his whereabouts all the time. It made Lee Sang-woo seem like a mama's boy. However, there was a reason why they were so close.
KBS drama "All About My Mom" is the story of a mother San-ok (Go Doo-shim) and Jin-ae (Eugene) who don't get along half the time but think dearly of each other. Jin-ae and Hoon-jae (Lee Sang-woo) were working on Yeong-seon's (Kim Mi-sook) basement. Jin-ae left the work to Hoon-jae and Hoon-jae hid the fact that Yeong-seon was his mother...More
Please stop crying because Kim Soo-hyun's "Producers" ended.
More handsome oppas are coming back. As hot A-list actors are coming back to small screens, it is making female drama fans' hearts pound.
First of all, the king of period drama, Jang Hyuk is returning with KBS' period drama. His title, 'King of period drama' was earned since KBS 'The Slave Hunters', 2010. He received a grand award for his acting performance. He later made 'Deep-rooted Tree' and 'Shine or Go Crazy' big hits in a row and emerged to his current status...More
Actor Joo Won has confirmed his cast for SBS' new Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Yong Pal".
On June 3rd, a representative from Joo Won's agency told TV Daily, "Joo Won has confirmed his cast for "Yong Pal". We're in the middle of adjusting his schedule to shoot the drama"...More
Actor Ji Chang-wook shared his feeling about his appearance in the popular Chinese entertainment show, "Happy Camp".
On May 6th, Ji Chang-wook posted on his personal Instagram, "It was fun! Thank you, Happy Camp. You made me smile" along with a photo of himself from the show...More
Korea's top stars, Lee Min-ho
and Kim Soo-hyun
prove their unparalleled popularity in China by topping the popularity chart on Baidu Tieba.
Tieba operated by the largest search portal site in China is equivalent to the online fan cafes in Korea.
Baidu Tieba is a large online ...More
Actress Chae Si-ra is taking on a challenging role in a TV series which recently started airing. Her efforts not to be afraid of looking ugly seemed to pay off as the drama was off to a good start with a favorable viewers' response.
In the KBS drama "Unkind Women", which features three women from different generations, she plays a housewife who leads a tough life after she was expelled from high school, had a baby at 19, and lost all her money in the stock market...More
Lee Chae-eun is starring in the new KBS drama "Producers" which is a comedy about the life that goes on in the entertainment department.
Lee Chae-eun's role is Son Ji-yeon, a writer for the TV show "1 Night 2 Days" and shows much affection for her work. She's going to add life to the drama with her experience...More
Actor Choi Won-young is starring in the upcoming KBS drama "Hello Monster".
He takes on the role of a science researcher from a foreign company which supplies chemicals and machinery to all police investigative teams and experimental labs in universities. He's familiar with the ongoing criminal cases and is friendly with the investigators that go in and out of the lab. He's also in the position to manipulate evidence. He's got no family or friends and has an unusual past...More
On the March 10th episode of KBS drama "Blood"
, Jae-wook (Ji Jin-hee
) made a patient go out of the hospital as the patient became a trouble while he was being treated by new drug development team. The patient in terrible condition was abandoned in the middle of road by Jae-wook's subordinates.
A truck approached at the time and Ji-sang (More
According to several sources, Jang Nara is a likely candidate to star in the new KBS 2TV drama "Hello Monster".
The role she was offered is of Cha Ji-an, a special criminals investigative detective...More
KBS' "School" series returns with its 2015 version.
On March 3rd, an official from KBS drama department told TV Daily that "Who Are You - School 2015" had been confirmed as a drama to follow after the completion of "Blood"...More
Ji Chang-wook is a nice natured guy who doesn't mind the questions and knows how to answer them with wit. He answered the 8 straightforward questions honestly saying his favorite words were 'good actor'.
Top Star News met the actor in a café in Apgujeong on the 13th of February. He recently starred in the KBS drama "Healer" as Seo Jeong-hoo...More
Actor Bae Yong-joon broke up with Koo So-hee, a plutocrat.
A source reported that Bae Yong-joon broke up with Koo So-hee, who he'd been seeing for over a year. The reason for the break up is unknown but they are not shy about announcing it...More
Actor Joo Jong-hyuk is making a special appearance in "Unkind Women" as a handsome college guy.
"Unkind Women" which is being released on the 25th is about three generations of women learning the meaning of true life through love and hate. Joo Jong-hyuk stars as one of Professor Lee Ha-na's students and helps her out when she is in trouble...More
On the 16th episode of KBS drama, "Healer", Chae Yeong-sin (Park Min-young) witnessed Seo Jeong-hoo (Ji Chang-wook)'s crisis.
Chae Yeong-sin was shocked to find Seo Jeong-hoo's father, Seo Joon-seok was a suspect for the case of her father, Oh Gil-han's death. Seo Jeong-hoo promised he would clear the false accusation on his father, Seo Joon-seok. Seo Jeong-hoo went to see ex-police officer, Park Dong-cheol, who recorded Seo Joon-seok's statement...More
Nam Sang-mi is getting married to her entrepreneur groom in a church in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do on January 24th. The wedding will be private.
Her agency is keeping all the details as a secret including the specific location of the church and the time of the event.
The agency, JR Entertainment said, "Respecting the privacy of the groom, who is a non-celebrity, and the couple's families and relatives, the wedding will be held as a simple, private ceremony. We asked for understanding and sent our apologies in advance to her fellow actors and actresses...More
KBS Drama Awards 2014 winners' list...More
Actresses on the Red Carpet at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards, which took place at KBS Hall, Seoul on December 31, 2014. The above photo is Nam Ji-hyun ("This Is Family"). More photos after the jump...More
Actors Seo In-guk and Park Hyung-sik and actresses Kim Seul-gi and Nam Ji-hyun were co-awarded Best New Actor and Actress Awards from the KBS Drama Awards, which took place at KBS Hall, Seoul on December 31, 2014.
Seo In-guk said accepting his award "Thank you, all the staff as well as the people from my agency for working so hard behind the scenes. I would run out of time to say each name here so I'll call everyone later. Thank you for giving me this Best New Actor Award, the once in a lifetime award. I will continue to work hard until the ending of "The King's Face" trying to make it perfect...More
Plenty of hype is building around the KBS Drama Awards.
While there is no apparent drama of topic in the KBS department besides "The Joseon Shooter", some are curious if KBS 1TV "Jeong Do-jeon" will be taking home any prizes...More
Who will take home the Rookie award?
Many are curious to know who is going to be the winner of the 2014 KBS Drama Awards on the 31st...More
While Seo In-guk and Park Min-young are talked about as MC for the KBS Drama Awards, a final decision has not been made yet.
A source from KBS drama department said on the 8th, "We are considering Seo In-guk and Park Min-young as MC for the KBS Drama Awards", however it has not been confirmed yet. The event will be hosted by three MCs as usual this year again...More
On December 6th episode of JTBC, entertainment show, 'The Witch Hunter', actress, Han Go-eun, who was a winner from Super Model contest in 1995 and majored in fashion design made a gorgeous appearance wearing her goddess-like dress.
It was hard to believe she is already 39 years old with her age-defying beauty...More
Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum were casted as male and female leads for MBC drama, 'Kill Me, Heal Me' scheduled to broadcast January next year. This is the reunion of these two actors after one and half year since KBS2 "Secrets".
Ji Sung will play the role as the third generation chaebol, 'Cha Do-hyeon', who has 7 different personalities. Hwang Jung-eum will act as 'Oh Ri-jin', who is a first year resident doctor in mental health, also a secret personal physician for Cha Do-hyun. It is a joint production of Pan Entertainment and Chinese company Zhejiang Huace Film & TV in which 15 billion KRW has been invested...More
Actor Jung Il-woo is a likely candidate for the new KBS 2TV drama "Blood".
He's been offered the role and he's looking through the offer, says his management...More
Behind-the-scene stills of the KBS 2TV drama "Healer" have appeared online. Ji Chang-wook, Yoo Ji-tae and Do Ji-won are smiling brightly while holding a cup of tea.
The pictures were taken on the 28th of October which shows Do Ji-won preparing tea for everyone who was working so hard in the cold...More
Actor Ji Jin-hee is being careful about revealing anything about the new KBS 2TV drama "Blood".
His management claimed that he was offered a role for "Blood" and that it was one of the various offers he'd received...More
Actor Shim Ji-ho is starring in the new KBS drama "Sweet Secrets" as Cheon Seong-woon.
Cheon Seong-woon is the director of Winners' Group HQ and is a cold-blooded man who always plays by the rules. He gets involved with single mom Han Ah-reum and thinks of her as a typical woman but falls for her before he knows it. He turns more humane through her daughter Tiffany and becomes a strong support for them...More
The cast of KBS 2TV drama "The King's Face" got together for a script reading session.
The KBS drama department director, director Yoon Seong-sik, writer Lee Hyang-hee, the crew, Seo In-guk, Lee Sung-jae, Jo Yoon-hee, Kim Gyu-ri, Lee Soon-jae, Kim Myung-gon, Ahn Suk-hwan, Joo Jin-mo, Lee Byung-joon and others were there...More
The photo of Cha Yoo-jin, Joo Won's character, was finally released by the new KBS 2TV drama "Tomorrow's Cantabile".
Joo Won is wearing a white shirt and black pants in the image revealed by the production...More
Actress Oh Yeon-seo is enjoying the sweetest moment since her debut in show business about a decade ago with the success of MBC weekend drama "Jang Bo-ri Is Here!", in which she plays a starring role.
It was big challenge for Oh to portray a young woman speaking a distinctive local dialect from Jeolla Province in southwest Korea, especially when she was born and raised in South Gyeongsang Province, which has a totally different dialect...More
MBC has run into a wall with going forward with a drama. An issue has been brought up regarding KBS plagiarizing the movie "The Face Reader" and MBC could bring this issue to square one.
Jupiter Films and MBC have been talking about making a drama out of "The Face Reader". However, when issues about KBS "The King's Face" plagiarizing the movie came up, MBC wondered if there was a need to make a drama with the same source and subject...More
Son Ye-jin is a likely candidate to star in the new KBS 2TV drama "The King's Face".
It's true she's been offered a role but nothing else has been confirmed yet...More
It appears that Son Ye-jin was offered a role in KBS "The King's Face".
Her agency claims it was a long time ago and not much progress was made after that...More
Song Ha-yoon has been cast as the lead female of an online drama.
Song Ha-yoon is starring in the online drama that has been trending ever since the beginning of the collaboration between JYP and Yooku Tudou, the biggest video group in China and the casting of GOT7...More
Two official posters for the new KBS drama "High School - Love On" have been released.
KBS released these posters on the 1st and introduced the cast. The posters deliver a fresh and cheerful vibe...More
"Three Days" came in first this time.
According to Nielson Korea, SBS "Three Days" rated 11.9%. This is 0.8% higher than the previous episode...More
Actress Jeon Hye-bin has been cast for the role of Choi Hye-won in the new KBS 2TV drama "The Joseon Shooter".
Choi Hye-won is a charismatic beauty who is the leader of a gang. She has a dark past and desires to own all the wealth in the world. However, she meets Park Yoon-kang (Lee Joon-gi) and falls in love. Her desire for him puts her in a tragic spot...More
Yeon Jung-hoon (left) and Han Ga-in
Actors Han Ga-in and Yeon Jung-hoon are expecting their first child after nine years of marriage.
"Han Ga-in is pregnant. She and her husband are thrilled about the baby but they are taking things carefully as she is in the early stages of pregnancy", Han's agency BH Entertainment said on Monday.
They became romantically involved in 2003 after appearing together in a KBS drama and got married two years later...More
Actress Han Ga-in is 7 weeks pregnant.
According to a source, Han Ga-in has been 7 weeks pregnant but the announcement was made carefully due to the crisis of the Sewol ferry...More
Actress and boxer Lee Si-young will not participate in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games in September as she failed to enter the final tryouts on Tuesday. She also missed the previous two tryouts.
"She didn't have enough time to build up her skills for the bout", said Kim Won-chan, manager of Incheon City boxing team. "But we will keep working on her conditioning with the aim of getting her into the World Championships on Jeju Island in November"...More
Ku Hye-sun appeared on the SBS TV show "Running Man" as a guest.
She said she'd not been on a TV show for the longest time and was awkward about it...More
Kim Kang-woo is starring in the role of Kang Do-yoon in the new KBS 2TV drama "Golden Cross".
Kang Do-yoon is a man who worked hard to become a prosecutor. He thinks preciously of his mother and sister but suffers mental agony when his sister is killed and decides to take revenge...More
KBS 2TV weekend drama broadcasted its final episode.
On the final episode, Wang Bong (Jang Yong) and his family resolved to peace and happiness...More
Supporting actor Kim Yong-hee is starring in the new MBC drama "Sly and Single Again" as Lee Min-jung's brother, Na Soo-cheol.
He's a character who failed his business in Vietnam and escaped to Seoul. He is a troublemaker who manages to survive with the help of his sister Na Ae-ra (Lee Min-jung)...More
Actress Kyung Soo-jin is starring in the new JTBC drama "Secret Love Affair" which is to be broadcasted after the current drama "Can We Love??". She takes on the role of Park Da-mi, a girl who has a crush on the genius pianist Lee Seon-jae (Yoo Ah-in). She's a one-way character who has no eyes for anyone else but him. She's the life of the drama.
Kyung Soo-jin said, "I am happy to have landed in such a good role in the New Year. I think this will be a chance for me to show my pure side. I already feel friendly with Park Da-mi as she is a very bright and cheerful character. I am so happy to be able to work with amazing people and learn from them"...More
Lee Yoon-ji and Jung Woo met for the first time in 3 years.
They reunited at the KBS Drama Awards on the 31st of December. They met through the drama "Dandelion Family", 3 years ago as in-laws. They ran into each other in the corridor of the event hall...More
Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi and Yoona of Girls' Generation recently began dating, Lee's agency confirmed on Wednesday.
Their relationship was first revealed on Wednesday when an Internet news outlet released a photo of Lee picking up Yoona at her home immediately after he returned from a concert in Japan in October...More
KBS Drama Awards 2013 winners' list...More
Featuring the Actresses on the Red Carpet at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards, Moon Chae-won...More
Featuring the Actors on the Red Carpet at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards, Joo Won...More
Choi Won-young and Shim Yi-young are getting married next year.
The two of them have been dating for about 6 months and have decided on their wedding date as well as introduced their families. The month is set for February and they will let their friends and family know as soon as they have an exact date...More
Everyone is curious, who will win the award of the year? One thing is for sure and it's going to be a party for the actresses for sure.
The "2013 KBS Awards" is looking at Kim Hye-soo as a strong candidate. If she wins the Grand Award this year, it'll be her first in 10 years...More
Lee Bo-young (left) and Ji Sung
Celebrity couple Lee Bo-young and Ji Sung, who tied the knot in late September, have been voted actors of the year in a nationwide poll of 1,702 people aged 13 or older by Gallup Korea.
Lee ranked first with 11 percent of the vote and Ji placed second with 8.1 percent...More
On the first episode of KBS drama "Pretty Boy", portrays a beautiful, irresistable, woman-magnet man named Dokgo Mate (Jang Geun-suk).
On the other hand, average girl Kim Bo-tong (IU) reveals herself being deeply attracted to Mate from the start...More
Moon Chae-won has become a familiar face among many Korean households after playing the role of a pediatrician in the recently ended KBS drama "Good Doctor". In the show, she helps train an autistic resident at the hospital and eventually falls in love with him.
Moon has been lucky to star in a number of popular soaps and films, including "The Princess' Man" (2011). Her latest drama also garnered the highest viewer ratings of its time slot, with an average of 17.9 percent. Rather than pointing to her uncanny ability to pick out winning scripts, she said the secret of her success is that she has been blessed to work with good people...More
KBS drama "Secrets" held the throne.
According to Nielsen Korea, on the 9th episode of "Secrets" which aired on the 23rd of October, rated 15.3%...More
Yoon Eun-hye and Lee Dong-gun star in the new KBS drama "Choice of the Future" as Na Mi-rae who runs towards her dreams and Kim Sin, a cold and bad tempered announcer.
Their first encounter started on the 14th in Seoul. They greeted each other with enthusiasm and got along well. They then read their scripts together and went over their route...More
Actress Choi Soo-rin is starring in the KBS 1TV drama "Sweet Springs".
She is about to add fun starting from the middle of the drama and she's also made a short appearance on the ninety-fifth episode...More
Singer "BoA" is attempting at her first actual acting in the KBS drama "Hope for Love".
2 part pilot drama "Hope for Love" is a love story between two young man and woman and "BoA" stars as the leading actress Joo Yeon-ae along with Choi Daniel as Cha Ki-dae...More
"BoA" is revising the script for an upcoming KBS drama.
SM Entertainment claims she's been in meetings and has been revising the offer for a role in a drama...More
Kim Hyun-joong is coming back with the role of hero Sin Jeong-tae in the new KBS drama "Inspiring Generation".
"Inspiring Generation" is based in 1930 Shanghai about youths who go through love, friendship and passion. Sin Jeong-tae is clumsy and random at times but he is the greatest fighter in all of the backstreets of Shanghai...More
"Green Mass" is changing its title.
KBS 2TV "Green Mass" will be changed to "Good Doctor". This is because "Green Mass" can be difficult in the public's point of view to understand"...More
Actor Joo Sang-wook is starring in the KBS drama "Green Mass".
"Green Mass" is about a young man suffering from savant syndrome and autism as well as growth disability, along with the personality of a little boy, overcoming the world's view of him, and developing into a pediatrician. Joo Sang-wook takes on the role of pediatrician Kim Do-han...More
Actress Park Eun-bin's never changing beauty has the attention of netizens at the moment.
A collection of pictures of the actress Park Eun-bin has been going around the internet and it proves that she was born beautiful...More
"Gu Family Book" made a record after sending off Miss Kim.
According to Nielsen Korea, MBC drama "Gu Family Book" rated 16.4% on the fifteenth episode which is 0.5% higher than the previous...More
Rookie actor Gu Won has been cast for the KBS drama "Sword and Flower".
Gu Won landed himself in the role of a warrior Ho-tae. He said, "I wondered what I would look like with a moustache. It's my first historical and I am always going to do my best"...More
Park Se-young's movement is unusual. Park Se-young takes on the lead role of the KBS drama "Sweet Springs" and finished the first shoot recently.
Park Se-young posted on her Twitter, "Where is this?" on the 29th. "If you want to know, tune into KBS at 8:25 PM tomorrow. Tomorrow's the first show and I am nervous. You can see the new Park Se-young tomorrow". In the following picture, Park Se-young is smiling widely with an octopus in her hand...More
Actor couple Park Sol-mi and Han Jae-suk have released their wedding photos before they tie the knot this Sunday.
They met on the set of a KBS drama three years ago...More
Kim Hye-soo pointed out something to Oh Ji-ho who neglected contract workers.
On the episode of the KBS drama, "The Queen of Office" on the 2nd, 1000 containers of Dwenjang were returned from a market due to a draw up mistake from the management department in Y-Jang...More
Actress Lee Da-hae and David McInnis took a picture together and it as posted on her SNS saying, "Ray's final scene. It was short but you did a good job!"...More
Actress Choi Myung-gil is starring in the KBS 2TV drama "Gold, Appear!". This is the first time in a year and three months that she's coming back with a KBS drama.
Choi takes on the role of Yoon Sim-deok who started as staff in the jewel store she's currently managing in. She's an ordinary housewife who's seen so much jewelry most of her life but has no fancy ring of her own...More
The beautiful actress Han Chae-young has just announced happy news for her family. She's pregnant with her first child!
After having tied the knot six years ago, she is currently about 11 weeks pregnant...More
KBS drama "Lee Soon-sin is the Best" is on the plate for criticizing General Yi Sun-shin.
On the second episode of the weekend drama, Lee Soon-sin's (IU) became the start of all this....More
The beautiful actress Han Chae-young has just announced happy news for her family. She's pregnant with her first child!
After having tied the knot six years ago, she is currently about 11 weeks pregnant...More
Singer and actress IU got the question, "How was your family's reaction when you told them about your drama casting?" at the press releasing event of the upcoming KBS 2TV weekend drama, "Lee Soon-sin is the Best".
She answered, "My mother and grandmother love weekend KBS dramas. My mother said, "How can I see you after watching Lee Bo-young?" and I told her that Soon-shin also becomes prettier later"...More
Actress Nam Sang-mi is considering whether or not to star in the upcoming weekend drama "Goddess of Marriage".
Kim Sung-min is also in the process of negotiating terms and conditions for the lead role of the drama. The actor and actress are looking into it, but haven't made any final decisions yet. There's still a lot of time left until July when the drama starts...More
Actor Song Jong-ho is on board "Heaven's Order".
Song takes on the role of Lee Jeong-hwan in the upcoming KBS drama "Heaven's Order". Lee Jeong-hwan is Chosun's greatest detective who chases after the main character...More
It's no secret Jo Kwon knows how to kick up the dramatization in his dancing, but what about in an actual drama?
The leader of the ballad idol group 2AM has been cast in the new KBS drama "Come Back Miss Kim".
Jo Kwon's character will be the cheerful and energetic Woo Kye-kyung...More
Actor Lee Dong-wook, Song Ji-hyo and Yoon Jin-yi are about to attempt at a historical.
According to the media, the three will be starring in the upcoming KBS drama, "Heaven's Orders" which is the Joseon version of "The Chaser". A government official is on the run for being part of a human poisoning plot but struggles to save his daughter from a terminal illness...More
IU has a busy year ahead of her, with comeback plans for not only Korea, but Japan as well. She will be releasing a new Japanese album come March...More
IU has a busy year ahead of her, with comeback plans for not only Korea, but Japan as well. She will be releasing a new Japanese album come March...More
Jang Hyuk is about to display some fancy action in the upcoming KBS drama "IRIS 2".
Taking on the role of team director Jeong Yoo-gun in the NCC TF-A (Tech Force Asia, Jang Hyuk is going to show off some hard core martial arts skills...More
Jo Hyun-jae has been cast for the upcoming KBS drama "Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek" as Eddie Kang, an experienced elite who is well known all around the international advertisement world.
Having been back and forth China and Japan, Jo Hyun-jae is coming back with a drama for the first time in a year and a half. Jin Goo has been cast for the main role...More
2012 KBS Drama Awards : Winners' List...More
Actress Kim Sa-hee is attempting at her first leading role of her life.
According to several sources, Kim Sa-hee is starring in the upcoming jTBC drama "Thorn Flower". She stars as Kang Ji-min, an opposing character to Se-mi, played by Jang Shin-young...More
Actress Park Se-young may look cold and unapproachable from afar, but she quickly opens up and shows her warm personality as she strikes up conversation.
The 24-year-old newcomer resumed her acting career last year by appearing in several TV soaps. Recently she drew attention for her role in the SBS drama "Faith". She is now starring as a nerdy student in the new KBS drama "School 2013", which began airing early this week...More
The upcoming KBS 2TV drama "School 2013" revealed the school girl line up.
The KBS drama department told My Daily on the 26th, "The line up for "School 2013" has been figured out but the school girl line up isn't quite so ready"...More
Actress Lee Honey signed a contract with King Kong Entertainment.
Chairman Lee Jin-seong explained, "Lee Honey has attempted at various areas of the entertainment and she is about to step into a bigger part of the national and international market"...More
Actor Ahn Yong-joon has been cast for the new KBS drama "Jeon Woochi - Drama" as a young king who was put on the throne.
The young king is the younger sibling from a different mother of the previously dethroned king and a character who held onto his life during his time in the army. He couldn't take over complete power even after becoming king so he acts like he's loose, irresolute and weak...More
KBS drama "Ooh La La Couple" remained in first place despite the slight fall in percentage.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 9th, "Ooh La La Couple" on the 8th rated 14% which is 0.5% lower than the previous episode...More
Singer DJ DOC is making surprise appearance in the KBS drama "Ooh La La Couple".
Contents K explained that Kim will take on the role of Na Yeong-ok's (Kim Jung-eun) meanie sister-in-law Ko Il-lan's (Hyeon Junie) blind date. He will appear on the fourth episode on the 4th. Kim entertained those at the set with his fun character. He has so far appeared in many dramas as a cameo such as "The Slave Hunters" in KBS. DJ DOC wished for the drama's best with Kim Jung-eun and Choi Sung-gook...More
"Bridal Mask Limited" is coming back on the Chuseok weekend in 6 parts.
Drama channel KBS Drama announced that Yoon Seong-sik the director compressed the 28 episodes of "Bridal Mask" into 6 parts, titled, "Bridal Mask Limited – The Best 480 Minutes". "Bridal Mask Limited" will be shown continuously from 8AM to 4PM...More
Korean television is home to some of the most gifted actors in the world. Korean dramas, in particular, tend to put on display some of the best talents. And for those who want to watch Korean programming but live in the US, Direct TV offers international programming packages so you can watch the best shows and the top 4 Korean television actors...More
Jo Yeo-jung has been seen stretching every chance she gets.
Jo Yeo-jung posted on Twitter on the 11th, "In front of the lighthouse in Chungsapo. It's stretching playtime!...More
KBS drama "School", also known as the gateway to becoming a star is coming out soon.
A KBS spokesperson explained, "We are currently talking about the drama with the thought of airing on television. Meetings have been going on but nothing official has been confirmed yet"...More
2PM Wooyoung revealed his how-to.
KBS Drama channel "Beauty Queen: Beauty Paparazzi – Homme Special" chose the best vegetarian man and the animal man. 2PM's Wooyoung was chosen as the animal man who recently became of issue for his hot body...More
While top star Won Bin is coming back with a drama for the first time in 13 years, attention focuses on who will be his female partner.
He is almost confirmed to star in a drama produced by Kim Kyoo-tae and written by Noh Hee-kyeong. This is his first drama ever since the year 2000 KBS drama "Autumn in my Heart" and many are curious about his lady partner...More
Already having taken her first few steps in acting, power vocalist duo Davichi's Kang Min-kyung has been cast for her next project: a KBS drama.
A KBS representative confirmed on June 27th that Kang will indeed to playing a role in the upcoming new drama "Haeundae Lovers". She has already attended her first script reading on the 25th. The rep continued on, praising Kang's image and beauty which goes well with the character she's been cast as...More
Already having taken her first few steps in acting, power vocalist duo Davichi's Kang Min-kyung has been cast for her next project: a KBS drama.
A KBS representative confirmed on June 27th that Kang will indeed to playing a role in the upcoming new drama "Haeundae Lovers". She has already attended her first script reading on the 25th. The rep continued on, praising Kang's image and beauty which goes well with the character she's been cast as...More
SBS drama "THE CHASER - Drama" is doing better everyday.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 19th, "THE CHASER - Drama" rated 13.3%. This is 1.8% higher than the previous day and its best record...More
Joo Won finally realized who Bridal Mask was.
On the third episode of the KBS drama "Bridal Mask", Lee Kang-to (Joo Won) finally faced Lee Kang-san (Shin Hyun-joon).
After much complications Lee Kang-to faced the Bridal Mask and pointed a gun at him saying, "Bingo~ Bridal Mask...More
"Big" dropped in viewing percentage slightly in third place but the fun was maximized.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 6th, the second episode of the KBS drama "Big" rated 7.4%...More
Despite seeing a slight hiccup along the way over visa issues for international contestants, the brand new audition program brought to you by KBS Joy will finally be hitting the airwaves on May 17th.
The 2012 Global Super Idol competition is a project that invites contestants from Korea, China and Thailand, all hoping to be the next global idol superstars...More
Song Seung-heon walks down a street during a visit to Vietnam to shoot a television program this January.(Courtesy of Korea Foundation)
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon is coming back to his fans through the small screen.
Despite 16 years passing since his debut, Song, 35, remains as handsome and single as ever, coupled now with better acting ability. As one of the pioneers of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, his popularity continues to the rise, both in Korea and overseas...More
KBS drama "Love Rain" made it overseas.
"Love Rain" has been sold over to Japan, China, Hong Kong Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore and other American and European countries...More
The Best Pictures that at the 48th BaekSang Arts Awards chose were "Nameless Gangster" and SBS "Deep-rooted Tree".
Held in the Seoul Olympic Park Olympic Hall on the 26th, The 48th BaekSang Arts Awards was led by Lee Hwi-jae and Kim Ah-joong. Appointing 25 winning works and winners in TV and movies, the event chose those that were of hot issue and popularity without unexpected changes....More
Yoona's behind cuts from the KBS drama "Love Rain" was released on the 21st.
She has earned the nickname "Poo Ha-na" through her unique pouty face as her character of bright and cheerful Jeong Ha-na...More
The KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" won the bronze prize at this year's New York TV Festival, which was held in Las Vegas on April 17, in the category of mini-series, KBS revealed on April 18. The production director Kwak Ki Won, who attended the awards ceremony, said, "I hope that Hallyu, which has spread in Asian countries including Japan, will spread all over the world with this opportunity of winning the award"...More
Suzy of the girl group Miss A will appear in the KBS drama "Big". According to the production company Bon Factory on April 16, Suzy will play a mischievous and cheerful girl named Jang Ma Ri, who struggles to keep her own boyfriend.
The romantic comedy drama "Big" will be written by the so-called "Hong sisters", who wrote hit dramas such as "You're Beautiful", "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho", and "The Greatest Love", and it will present an extraordinary story in which the spirit of a eighteen-year-old boy enters the body of a thirty-year-old doctor...More
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong is the latest K-pop celebrity to be in the spotlight in the Windy City. The singer and actor plans to hold a world tour later this year. He will visit his fans (endearingly called Henecians) in their individual countries across the world as a follow up to his Asia tours.
During the course of his career, Kim Hyun-joong has visited Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, and many other Asian countries multiple times. The 25-year-old is a veteran in the music industry and he has even filmed one of his music videos in California...More
Nothing is predictable now.
The sixth episodes of the three major dramas from the three major broadcasting systems battled fiercely this week as SBS drama "The Rooftop Prince" caught up with MBC's "The King 2 Hearts". KBS drama "The Equator Man" also increased its viewering percentage just past 10%...More
Actress Kim Tae-hee revealed her hidden body.
A picture was posted on an online community website titled, "Kim Tae-hee looks good in black leather"...More
"My reason for wanting to tell a story from the '80s is because I feel that the current societal climate is very similar. About 3 years ago I got a feeling that the era of my deceased father was suddenly coming back, an era in which everyone's good will is only reserved for their own survival and well being. But like my own father, I did not see these people as selfish fools, but sympathized with them. I wanted to portray these characters not as criminals who were on the wrong side of the law, but as people who tried their best to survive and thrive despite the conditions they were in. People innately follow the times they live in and those who ride it architect the next generation. The '80s in South Korea were an incredibly volatile decade in which a single person's decision could change the direction of an entire era. Following men who lived through that decade, I wanted to show that the eighties had more dramatic appeal than any other decade. I wanted to inquire whether it was the times that were changing the people, or if it was the people that were changing the times. Most of all, I hope that the audience can laugh and identify with these men who lived like kings in the face of loyalty, betrayal, and ambition"....More
Actor Joo Won is continuously taking over the commercial business this early half of the year.
He is benefiting from the 'national drama' and 'national entertainment' effect, rising as the best blue chip in the 2012 commercial business...More
Actress Youn Yuh-jung didn't recognize her real son Yoo Joon-sang and angered at him.
Gwi-nam (Yoo Joon-sang) suspected a man who was pretending to be the real Gwi-nam on the episode of KBS drama "Unexpected You" on the 4th....More
Actress Yoo Da-in has been cast for the drama "Tasty Life".
She landed the role of third daughter Jang Joo-hyeon in the upcoming SBS weekend drama "Tasty Life". Yoo Da-in is a bright and bold character who always craves love but is always lonely...More
Actor Park Si-hoo, who was the male protagonist of the KBS drama "The Princess' Man", appeared as the special guest model in the largest wedding collection in Japan entitled "2012 Yumi Katusra Grand Collection in Tokyo" that was held in the JCB hall in Tokyo on February 21.
Yumi Katusra is a world renowned designer and she has held the Yumi Katusra collection every year to express beautiful weddings of Asian countries with an appropriate way to express modern sentiment. This year marks 17 years since its opening, and it has been held 72 times up to now...More
Singer Kim Hyung-jun from group SS501 revealed his triangular body shape.
He revealed his body line in the KBS drama "Glowing She". This is a scene from the swimming pool. He's never revealed his body before...More
MBC drama "Lights and Shadows" scored its best viewing percentage yet and is close to 20%.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 8th, the February 7th episode of "Lights and Shadows" rated 19.3%, which breaks its record of 17.7% from the 31st of January...More
Actress Lee Si-young, who never holds back while acting to present comical scenes in the KBS drama "Wild Romance", looks the most beautiful now compared to her previous dramas. Her natural appearance, such as her frizzy hair right after waking up, untidy makeup, loose clothes, and during hand-to-hand combat with men, looked completely ruined as an actress, but she looks the most beautiful and lovely in those scenes in her current drama. Lee Si-young (30) has been greatly praised for her appearance in "Wild Romance" (written by Park Yeon-seon and directed by Bae Kyeong-soo) by playing Yoo Eun Jae. Lee Si-young said, "Actually I am ready to present more comical acting in the drama, but the director is stopping me and making me control myself as he still regards me as the female protagonist (laugh), but Lee Dong-wook and I are always agonizing over how to produce laughter on the film set among the staff members. When the staff members laugh after looking at our acting, we become energized"...More
UEE made the entire nation cry with her tears.
On the fifty-third episode of the KBS drama "Ojak Brothers", aired on February 4th, she hears the cruel truth about being 'the daughter of the assailant' and convulsed in pain...More
Above piture: Chameleon actor Shin Ha-kyun who played a neurosurgeon named Lee Kang-hoon
The protagonist Lee Kang-hoon of the KBS 2TV drama "Brain" that finished airing last week was very different from the so-called "typical type of protagonist". He is filled with an inferiority complex about his deprived childhood and he concentrates everything on pursuing his single goal of success. Even when his mother passed away, his teacher Kim Sang Chul left him, and his girlfriend Lee Ji Hye said good-bye to him, he only hesitated for a moment and did not stop his race to success...More
"Dream High 2" will air its first episode on January 30.
The KBS drama "Dream High", which gained great popularity, will air its second season under the title of "Dream High 2" from January 30. Many idol stars will appear as the cast members like the first season, but it will present a different storyline featuring confrontation between the students at Kirin Art School. The previous season mainly presented how the young students at Kirin Art School developed their dreams of becoming stars, but the second season will mainly deal with the confrontations between students who have already become stars and students who want to become stars...More
Joo Won has gained popularity with his appearances in "Bread, Love and Dreams" and "Ojak Brothers".
Joo Won's first drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" had recorded almost 50 percent viewer ratings and his second drama "Ojak Brothers", in which he presents a sweet love story of the so-called "Tae-Ja couple", has recorded almost 30 percent viewer ratings. His characters in those two dramas are completely different. Goo Ma Joon, whom he played in "Bread, Love and Dreams", was an heir of a chaebol with a dark and distorted personality and Hawng Tae Hee, whom he is playing in "Ojak Brothers", is a diligent and trustworthy detective. Joo Won said, "I think that I am a very lucky person. I could appear in good works up to now, and the harmony with other cast members and the staff members seems to be perfect". Joo Won garnered the "Rookie Male Actor Award" at the year-end awards ceremony at KBS last year, and he has been cast as the protagonist in the blockbuster drama "Bridal Mask" that will begin airing from May. He said, "I think that I do not deserve such a good opportunity even though I really appreciate it. I want to present best acting like other excellent senior actors"...More
Someone is stirring up news about Ku Hye-sun online.
Recently on an online community bulletin board, several pictures of Ku Hye-sun were posted with the title, "Always the same, Ku Hye-sun's facial act then and now"...More
Big Bang's TOP (Choi Seung-hyun) plans on acting in 2012. It is very likely he will star in the drama "Celebrity", which deals with bizarre cases of celebrity scandals.
His management YG Entertainment claimed, "TOP is planning on acting this year and he has been looking through many drama and movie script. He is optimistic about "Celebrity"...More
The cast of "Wild Romance" pose at the press conference held in Guro, Seoul, Monday. Lee Si-young, third from left, plays a tomboy body guard who falls in love with a baseball star played by Lee Dong-wook, right. / Yonhap
By Noh Hyun-gi
"Wild Romance", a new comic KBS drama, offers a fresh type of romantic pairing _ a scandalous baseball player and his female bodyguard. Yet, even a quick look at the characters reveals that it is too similar to "Coffee Prince", a hit drama from 2007...More
KBS dramas and entertainment programs took the top ratings ranking of the week.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on January 2nd, out of the four broadcast channels -- KBS 1TV, KBS 2TV, MBC and SBS -- KBS 2TV weekend drama "Ojak Brothers" rated 29.1% and topped all weekend drama ratings...More
2011 KBS Drama Awards : Winners List...More
"Glory Jane" ended in happiness.
The twenty-third and twenty-fourth episodes of KBS drama "Glory Jane" were broadcasted consectutively on October 28th...More
Singer Seo Taiji, left, and actress Lee Ji-ah shocked the nation with their marriage history. / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi
For the most, entertainers make us laugh with their talents. But they are often the scrutiny of the limelight themselves, prompting news, sometimes rumors and controversies.
Here are the top entertainment news items that made headlines in 2011...More
Yoon Jane (Park Min-young) hit Seo Jae-myeong (Son Chang-min) in the head as she made a surprise announcement in the office.
On the twentieth episode of KBS drama "Glory Jane", Jane announced through the broadcasting system that she was going to share her stake in the company with the employees...More
Actress Lee Si-young has become a chic female bodyguard.
A steal cut of former judo player and current bodyguard Lee Si-young from the KBS drama "Wild Romance" which is about the romance between an aggressive and ignorant man with an aggressive and ignorant woman, has been revealed...More
The movie "5 Million-dollar Man", with singer and producer Park Jin-young in the lead role, had its opening ceremony on December 5th.
The ceremony featured bout 70 members of the staff and cast, including Park Jin-young, Min Hyo-rin, Oh Jung-se, Jo Hee-bong, Jo Sung-ha and more. Ceremonies and parties to inaugurate the shooting of a new film have been abandoned over the last year or two to reduce production costs but the distributor CJ E&M organized this little event to unite the production team. It was a serious atmosphere but Park Jin-young's jokes made everyone laugh...More
Medical dramas are returning to the small screen. The latest entry is KBS's "Brain", which will start Monday.
"Brain", set in a university hospital features four doctors and their mentor, rivalry and love.
Director Yoo Hyeon-gi teams up with script writer Yoon Kyeong-ah; formerly the duo worked together to make the popular KBS drama "Master of Study"".Ms. Yoon and I wanted to tell a story about the human mind; and in Western medicine's perspective, studying the human mind often means investigating the brain", said Yoo...More
Actor Song Joong-ki, who will play his first role as a protagonist in the movie "Penny Pinchers", gave an interview at a cafe in Samcheongdong on November 3. Asked about his favorite actor, he answered, "I admire the actor Leonardo DiCaprio and want to become an actor like him. He has excellent acting ability and many charms of his own. And he has successfully transformed into a characteristic actor from his previous image of a 'pretty boy'". His answer sounds very natural when considering his own characteristics. It will be his first appearance as a protagonist, but his recognition among audiences is already very high. He has appeared on various programs such as entertainment programs, dramas, and movies, and his appearance looked splendid even though he was not the main character of those programs. It might be because of his beautiful appearance, but his appearance was not his only virtue. He mentioned that he was a very competitive person, and it seemed to be true when looking at his concentration while appearing on any works on TV or on the movie screen...More
"Glory Jane" showed signs of turning from a baseball drama into a company drama.
In the episode of KBS drama "Glory Jane" on October 27th, Seo In-woo (Lee Jang-woo) announced retirement from the baseball team and looked like he was going to work in "The Great Trading Firm" with Kim Young-gwang (Cheong Jeong-myeong)...More
Actress Moon Chae-won, who had played the female protagonist -- the daughter of Soo Yang Dae Goon named Lee Se Ryung -- in the KBS drama "The Princess' Man" that recently finished airing, said, "I personally liked the happy ending of the drama even though I also thought it must have had a strong impact with a tragic ending. People tend to expect vicarious satisfaction from watching a drama (laugh). I was very much satisfied with the idea that I could deliver a message of hope to the viewers". She had obtained love after experiencing many troubles and difficulties in the drama, and her happiness seemed to have revived again. Moon Chae-won (25) was highly praised by the viewers for her excellent acting in "The Princess' Man" by playing the character who falls in tragic love with the son of Kim Jong Seo named Seung Yoo (Park Si-hoo) in the drama...More
Park Min-young's Weibo account has been published on the main page of the Chinese portal site "Sina.Com"...More
Actor Seo Do-young is going to join the KBS1 evening daily drama "Just You".
He takes on the role of perfect elite guy Han Seo-joon in "Just You" which will come out next year...More
Han Ye-seul, who left for USA after KBS drama "Spy MyeongWol" will return in October and promote her movie. According to the officials from her management and the movie, she will attend the events lined up for movie promotions...More
Will newly revealed KBS drama "Poseidon" put a stop to the Monday and Tuesday drama ordeal KBS is going through?
"Poseidon" started its voyage on the 19th. Coastal blockbuster, "Poseidon" is a mystery case solving drama with actor Lee Sung-jae, Choi Si-won and actress Lee Si-young as the coastal guards. ...More
Actor Jung Tae-woo (29) is joining the army today.
Jung Tae-woo will join the 306 training base this afternoon and receive training, then stand duty as a full time soldier....More
Actor Park Si-hoo will transform into a man bent on revenge in the KBS drama "The Princess' Man".
Park Si-hoo (33), who has caught viewers' attention by presenting enthusiastic acting that seems to break one of the barriers that has kept him back so far, said, "I have to express my feelings too much in the drama, so I usually become totally exhausted after filming. Once filming begins, I usually fall into a trance and I do not know how I am acting until I watch the drama later on TV". Thanks to passionate acting by the protagonists, the drama is rising in popularity, recording twenty percent viewer ratings on September 1...More
Actress No Kyung-joo returns to dramas for the first time in 14 years with new KBS drama "Glory Jane".
She takes on the role of Oh Jung-hae, a justified prosecutor who solves cases in the KBS 2TV drama "Glory Jane" coming on the 12th of October....More
Park Yoo-chun of JYJ speaks at a press conference for the 2011 Seoul International Drama Awards at the Press Center in central Seoul, Monday. He was chosen as the Best Korean Actor by fans voting on the Internet. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
The sixth Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA) will be held at KBS Hall in Yeouido today with a handful of top actors and "hallyu", or Korean wave, fans from across the globe.
This year's award embraces international fans of Korean dramas after signing memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with overseas fan communities of Korean drama in France, Romania, Peru, Chile and Mexico. Three leaders among them flew to Korea to attend the awards ceremony...More
Main actress Yoo Da-in from the movie "Re-encounter" has been cast for the movie "The Body's Back".
This movie is about the things that happen when Hyeon-cheol (Lee Beom-soo) who stands against the influence of core technology and Jin-woo (Ryoo Seung-bum) who put on a suicide show for insurance, get together...More
Actor Lee Min-ho (24) and actress Park Min-young (25) have became a couple. Their agencies said on August 23, "They have recently begun dating"...More
Life has imitated art for star couple Lee Min-ho (24) and Park Min-young (25), whose on-screen characters fell madly in love on the recently ended SBS drama "City Hunter" before the actors followed suit...More
Actor Jung Gyu-woon is in a relationship with a girlfriend older by a year than him.
His management Fantasio revealed, "Jung Gyu-woon has been in a relationship with a common woman since the beginning of this year. As much as she is a commoner, it's hard to say who she is"....More
Actress Han Ye-seul will return to KBS 2TV "Spy MyeongWol" on the 18th.
According to personnel, she will join the shoot from 10 AM in the morning. It has been 4 days since she refused to cooperate on the 14th. ...More
Actress Han Ye-seul speaks to reporters, Wednesday, at the Incheon International Airport. / Yonhap
By Do Je-hae
Actress Han Ye-seul returned to Seoul Wednesday, two days after she left for the United States following an abrupt departure from a lead role in the KBS drama series "Spy MyeongWol".
Although her actions have caused a rupture in the drama schedule, she showed confidence in her decision to leave...More
KBS said that the KBS drama "Spy MyeongWol" will finish with a total of eighteen episodes, and they apologized to viewers for a recent broadcasting problem.
KBS officially apologized for a broadcasting problem of "Spy MyeongWol" caused by actress Han Ye-seul on August 16. They also revealed, "We will try to minimize the problems of drama production by adopting an understudy actress for Han Ye-seul, and we will try to keep our promise with viewers by finishing the drama until the end of the episode". A head of the KBS drama production department, Ko Young Tak, appeared at the press conference held at KBS in Yeoyuido, and said, "We will find out a new actress who can replace Han Ye-seul after discussing it with the drama production company...More
While everyone is waiting to see what happens to the Han Ye-seul case, there are voices that claim that the weak condition of the Korean drama environment is what caused this incident.
Unlike America and Japan where they air a drama after having completely finished shooting it, Korea has been shooting and broadcasting nearly all at the same time for reasons such as ratings.
In a lucky case, some dramas are aired with 4 or so episodes pre-shot but then again the script doesn't come out and there are cases where the drama is edited only hours before the actual broadcast...More
Originally set for a early summer debut, the girl group Stellar, formed by SHINHWA's Eric Mun, had been pushed back due to one of the members, Kim Gayoung, taking a role in the KBS drama "Spy MyeongWol"...More
Actress Han Ye-seul arrives in Los Angeles, Tuesday. / Korea Times photo by Lee In-ho
By Chung Ah-young
Han Ye-seul, a leading actress on the KBS drama series "Spy MyeongWol", will return to a drama shoot amid controversy over her abrupt departure, according to her agency.
Sidus HQ said Tuesday that Han will return to the set from Los Angeles as soon as possible and will do her best until the drama ends.
"She was exhausted due to the hectic schedule so that she couldn't judge things properly, damaging others. We're sorry about that", the statement said. "We talked to Han on the phone at 2 p.m. and she said she will be back as soon as she gets a return ticket _ at least by Aug. 18"...More
Actress Han Ye-seul's sudden choice to leave to America on the 15th, recurred rumors about her marriage.
Some think Han Ye-seul might be approaching marriage as she suddenly chose to leave to America while her relationship with the KBS drama "Spy MyeongWol" staff is rocky....More
KBS drama "The Princess's Man" maintained its position in first place.
According to the AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 11th, "The Princess' Man" on the 10th rated 17.4%. ...More
Actress Sung Yu-ri successfully presented versatile acting by playing a maid in the KBS 2TV drama "Romance Town".
"At first, I thought that if I could have 10 billion won, I would be very happy. But actually gaining something for free is very uncomfortable. I felt good in the beginning of filming, but as time went on, and as I became engaged in troubles that happened due to money issues, I became wearied in the end". – Sung Yu-ri...More
From left, actors Eric Mun, Han Ye-seul and Lee Jin-wook pose during a press conference for "Spy MyeongWol" last week in Seoul. / Courtesy of KBS
By Kwon Mee-yoo
True love is often said to be borderless, but the DMZ dividing the North from the South on the Korean peninsula might be a tough one.
A new KBS drama bringing together a beautiful North Korean spy who falls in love with a top South Korean "hallyu" or Korean wave, actor starts today...More
Eric Mun plays a Hallyu star named Kang Woo in the new KBS 2TV Monday and Tuesday drama "Spy MyeongWol".
First generation idol star Eric Mun will make a comeback to TV dramas after a three-year break since his appearance in the KBS drama "Mighty Chil-woo" in 2008. Eric Mun will play a Hallyu star named Kang Woo -- who will be a target for a North Korean spy named Han Myung Wol (Han Ye-seul) -- in "Spy MyeongWol". During the production presentation held at the 63 Convention Center in Yeouido on July 5, Eric Mun said while smiling, "I worried whether I will be compared with another Hallyu star, Dok Ko Jin (Cha Seung-won), in the drama "The Greatest Love", and I studied very hard for differentiating my character from Dok Ko Jin. Actually, I was a huge fan of "The Greatest Love", and I watched every episode until the last one...More
The relationship between main characters in the movie "Ghastly" is putting up more expectations for the movie.
The main characters Han Da-gam, No Min-woo and Hyomin have the tie of having been in dramas related to the 'gu mi ho' (a legendary fox with nine tails). Of course, the three weren't in the same drama but the connection there creates great teamwork....More
By Kim Rahn
Producers and directors of soap operas and movies may have difficulty shooting as scheduled after a group of management agencies announced they were refusing to let their actors work due to unpaid wages and performance fees.
The Corea Entertainment Management Association disclosed Wednesday a list of companies responsible for 32 dramas and films, which have failed to pay actors, along with the names of the productions, production heads and directors who made the dramas.
It said actors of the agencies will not participate in films made by the companies in question.
The collective action follows a chronic overdue payment problem in the film and drama production industry.
"We concluded that we need to take action. From now on, our actors will not appear in soap operas and movies filmed by the named production companies", the association said in a statement.
According to a survey conducted on actors at the member agencies, the performers are owed 1.5 billion won in overdue payment for dramas and 700 million won for movies.
The association said both the productions and broadcasting companies that outsourced the dramas have not made any effort to solve the problem.
"Heads of production companies failed to pay performance fees and kept making dramas after setting up another production company or change their names. Then the overdue payment problem gets bigger. Broadcasting companies know this, but they keep outsourcing, saying the payment issue is between producers and actors, and not their business", Kim Gil-ho
, director of the association, said.
He said actors belonging to the association are top stars, such as Song Hye-kyo
. "Top actresses such as Song have still not been paid for appearing in the KBS drama 'Worlds Within
'. The production companies pay half of the fee first and th...More
Cute and sexy South Korean actress Lee Si-young poses for the camera in a recent event promoting a local inner wear fashion brand "Bodyguard MW".
The 29-year-old boxer-turned actress also works as a singer....More
Actor Park Si-hoo revealed a on site picture for "The Princess's Man".
New KBS drama "The Princess's Man" is a tragic comedy retelling the Chosun times, with Kim Si-hoo as Kim Seung-yoo, son of Kim Jong-seo in love with Se-ryeong (Moon Chae-won) daughter of General Soo-yang....More
Actress Han Hye-jin
revealed a picture taken with Uhm Ji-won
She loaded it on her Twitter on the 12th under the title, "In the bus with pretty Ji-won~ self cam is really difficult".
The first picture only shows half of their faces. Still, Han Hye-jin
's clear eyes and Ji-won's chic expres...More
Lead character of drama "A Bachelor's Vegetable Store".
Actor Yoon Si-yoon is now a single vegetable shop owner after being the bakery king....More
The annual International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT) kicked off in Seoul on Monday.
South Korean networks KBS and MBC are jointly hosting the four-day "INPUT 2011 Seoul" being held at the 63 Convention Center.
This year's theme is titled "Dare the Future!" Some 400 producers from 50 nations will watch various public television programs and discuss the role of public TV in the 21st century and ways for advancement.
Eighty-seven select programs from aro...More
Actress Min Hyo-rin proved her natural beauty with her graduation pictures.
On several online community bulletins her pictures from elementary, middle and high school were revealed on the 5th. In the pictures her name isn't Min Hyo-rin but her real name 'Jeong Eun-ran'....More
Actor Oh Ji-ho met someone in the subway he took for the first time in 10 years.
In the SBS "I Like Sundays – Running Man" on the 6th, Oh Ji-ho had a mission to go from 'Sinnonhyeok to Incheon International Airport'....More
With a cast headed by Jang Hyuk, Kim Hee-ae, Lee Min-jung and No Min-woo, and with a dramatic storyline set in the Korean business world of stocks, mergers and acquisitions - and chaebols, "Midas" is a highly anticipated television drama which has just started airing on primetime on SBS...More
A scene from the new SBS drama "Midas" / Courtesy of SBS
By Kwon Mee-yoo
SBS aims to reign the local drama scene again with money, ambition and love all intertwined in the series "Midas".
The drama will examine people's thoughts on money and desire, rather than feature normal happenings of everyday life...More
Eugene is thinking hard on starring in a Japanese horror movie.
She has currently been offered a role by director Akamatsu Yusuke and is going through it positively....More
The South Korean actress and model Han Ji-hye was born on June 29, 1984. She made her debut in 2001 in dramas before taking up a lead role in Sweet 18.
Born Lee Ji-hye, she used the stagename "Han Ji-hye" upon learning that her real name would cause confusion among fans with an older actress, Lena Lee, who has the same Korean name as Han...More
Singer Rain and actors Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Beom-soo have been selected as the winners of the 2nd Seoul 2011 Art Awards.
The association for Korean Art and Culture announced the award winners in a total of eleven categories at the Seoul 2011 Art Awards on February 15, including Rain in the category of World Star Grand Award and Girls' Generation in the category of Popular Singer Award. Actress Jeon Do-yeon and actors Lee Beom-soo and Jung Sung-hwa have been selected as the winners in the categories of movies, TV dramas, and musicals, respectively...More
It seems like the competition between Monday Tuesday dramas is going to start again with MBC drama "The Duo" slowly taking the lead.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research "The Duo" on the 14th recorded 13.3% which is more than the 12.8% it did on the 8th....More
Actress Han Hye-jin will play the protagonist named Suh Jung Eun in the KBS drama "The Thorn Birds".
The MBC TV drama "Jumong", in which Han appeared by playing the character "So Seo No", finished in March, 2007, but people still remember actress Han Hye-jin (30) as "So Seo No". She could not escape the character for the past four years. After the "Jumong", she appeared in dramas such as "Terroir" and "Jejoongwon" and the movie "No Mercy", but those works were not successful enough to remove her previous image from the "Jumong", which had recorded 51.9 percent viewer ratings. But this time, she said that she felt like having a perfectly good card in her hand...More
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Jungle Fish 2 - Movie"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Jang Geun-suk and Kim Ok-bin have been chosen as models for the newly launching brand "Codes Combine Hiker" in February.
Codes Combine Hiker revealed, "We have chosen Jang Geun-suk as he showed a style of his own in the KBS drama "Marry Me, Mary!" and for his usual unique fashion style and special sensitivity. Also Kim Ok-bin's city like and sexy image hits well into our brand image, therefore choosing her for the female model". ...More
Rumors about actor Hyun Bin and actress Song Hye-kyo have been heating up the Internet.
Their companies say they are well and denied the rumor but Hyun Bin, who really doesn't speak much about his private life, is causing rumors to go wild....More
By Ines Min
of the popular hit drama "Secret Garden"
(SBS) announced his upcoming entrance into the Japanese market, Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Yoon, who plays the role of hallyu (Korean wave) singer Oska in the fantasy-romance series, will release his first novel Jan. 25 followed by his first studio album on Feb. 16.
The book "Somunraebok" will be an autobiographical tale of his experiences, while the album will be called "Precious Days". The actor has previously released singles in both Japan and Korea, and performed in the series' original soundtrack concert earlier this month.
Yoon will sing a short live set and meet fans at Tokyo's Gotanda U-Port H...More
From left, actors Son Hyun-joo, Yoon Hae-young and Oh Man-seok
By Kwon Mee-yoo
A CSI world with an anarchic comic twist? Trouble-making crime investigators will be chasing after serial murderers this week on local television.
"Drama Special - Special Task Force MSS" is part of a KBS Drama Special, filled with new challenges for directors making short series consisting of four or eight episodes. The Drama Special originally was composed of weekly one-act dramas, but the station is trying something new this time...More
"ATHENA" viewer rating down... 2nd in line with "Dream High" with 13.8%
Monday Tuesday SBS drama "ATHENA" that started of with the top ranking fell to be the 2nd. ...More
Actor Song Il-gook
Actor Song Il-gook
will return to the small screen as the main lead in a new action drama set to air late next month, announced the drama's promoter YTREE MEDIA on Wednesday.
According to YTREE's press release yesterday, Song was cast in the upcoming KBS drama whose tentative title can be translated into 'Detectives in Trouble
', scheduled to go on air starting February 28, af...More
Actor Jung Gyu-woon (left) and actress Lee Soo-kyung in SBS drama "Love You a Thousand Times" [SBS]
Major broadcaster SBS announced today that its TV series "Love You a Thousand Times" will go on air in Bulgaria starting next month, making it the first Korean show to be exported to the European country.
According to a press release from SBS Contents Hub, the drama will be shown on Diema F, one of the five channels of Bulgaria's cable network NOVA which is a subsidiary of British DBS distributor and TV broadcaster VIASAT...More
KBS series "Dream High" [KBS]
KBS2 Monday & Tuesday 9:55 p.m.
KBS drama "Dream High" takes off at seven years from now, with singer "K", a graduate of Kirin Art School, appearing at the Grammy Awards ceremony. Chung Ha-myung (Bae Yong-joon), the director of Kirin High, reminisces on how all he did was strike a "break shot" (the first shot in billiards that scatters the balls). The problem with the first episode of "Dream High" was in those balls. The way Ko Hye-mi (played by Suzy), the so-called genius in vocal music, jeers at popular culture went beyond arrogance to make it seem forced and the scene where Jin-guk (Ok Taecyeon) easily fights off the men who are after Hye-mi, several loan sharks including their boss (Ahn Kil-gang) who are after her father, or the overuse of slow motion was cliche enough to be seen in a scene of an online comic book...More
G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Not everybody can express their thoughts through music. And not everybody can organize and speak of the result of the thoughts they have gained from making music. But G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) are musicians who can do both. They spoke only of their music throughout our interview with them and talked about the thoughts they injected into their music. Whether you agree with their music or not, we recommend you read this interview to hear what the two have to say about their music. This is what it means for these two young men in their early 20s, regarded as idols stars, to make their own music and present it to people.
10: How does it feel having to work together during Christmas time? (laugh)
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): We feel sorry for each other. (laugh)...More
Actor Jang Hyuk speaks at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards held at KBS' headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on December 31, 2010. [KBS]
Korean actor Jang Hyuk won the top prize at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards, held at the KBS Open Hall on December 31.
Jang received the grand prize of the year for his role as Dae-gil in the historical series "The Slave Hunters", making it his first award at a year-end ceremony.
"My heart is beating really fast right now and I want to thank director Kwak Jeong-hwan, scenarist Cheon Seong-il and my co-stars Sung Dong-il, Lee Da-hae and Oh Ji-ho", said Jang in his acceptance speech...More
Park Yoo-chun [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yoo-chun arrives at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards held at KBS' headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on December 31, 2010...More
Just like the results on year-end awards ceremonies, no choice will be supported by everyone. A drama cannot be considered 'better' just because more people have seen it nor can it be considered 'proper' just because more people like it. The drama, director, writer and actor of the year picked by the reporters and critics of 10Asia are strictly based on personal taste. The value of KBS TV series "The Slave Hunter" will not diminish just because KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" beat it out by one vote to take the title of drama of the year. And the fact that while last year, actress Go Hyun-jung received an overwhelming number of the votes for her role in MBC's "Queen Seon-deok" for best actress, but that this year Jang Hyuk and many other names were mentioned, may be proof that the Korean drama industry depicted on a larger variety of people. But one thing 10Asia can tell you for sure is that our writers have observed and loved Korean dramas during the past year like no other. So please, just sit back and enjoy.
―― TV Series of the Year: KBS "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" ――
From left, main cast of KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" Yoo Ah-in, Song Joong-ki, Park Min-young and Park Yoo-chun. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" may be "not the most well-made drama but most meaningful drama" (Yoon Hee-seong) of the year...More
There are things that cannot be expressed through annual awards ceremonies. The big trophies are not enough to describe the gratitude we feel for the dramas that contributed to brightening our days during the past year. This is why 10Asia is presenting the "Thank You" list in which we selected 10 memorable dramas. This is a shout-out to all those dramas that at time melted our hearts with highly appealing looks, made our hands and feet cringe yet leave our eyes and mouths smiling with famous lines, delighted us at the mere sight of some characters and left the single viewers green with jealously with the romance scenes. Let us thank all these dramas that took our emotions on a most exciting roller coaster ride. So thank you!...More
From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Chung-yong, Ji So-yun, Jeong Da-rae, and Son Yeon-jae
Sporting events were a big source of energy and pleasure for Koreans this year as young rising athletes shone in major world competitions.
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na secured her leading status in February by winning the gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics with the highest score ever by a female figure skater at 228.56 points. AP spoke of "a women's figure skating performance that likely will be remembered as one of the best of all time"...More
By Kwon Mee-yoo
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are considered skillful and diligent, though not very patient in Korean traditional beliefs, following the traits of real rabbits, a small but clever animal.
The hottest rabbit star could be singer and actor Lee Seung-gi who was born in 1987, turning 24 this year...More
The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) will make its 2010 KBS Drama Awards available live to iPhone subscribers in 55 nations.
Japanese and English subtitles will be made available for viewers of the a...More
Bae had planned the KBS drama "Dream High" together with Park Jin-young.
Bae Yong-joon definitely was in the spotlight at the production presentation of the KBS drama "Dream High" held at the Kintex on December 27. He participated as a creative producer of the drama, and he revealed that his personal goal to foster junior stars could be achieved by producing "Dream High". He said, "I have been interested in educating entertainers. In particular, I have had the thought of establishing a professional school for fostering entertainers and I found out that Park Jin-young had the same thought with me, so we came to work together to make this drama"...More
KBS drama "Marry Me, Please" ("All About Marriage") [KBS]
KBS weekend series "Marry Me, Please" ("All About Marriage") finished its run on top of the weekly TV charts during the third week of December, according to major research firms on Monday.
Data by Total National Media Research (TNmS) on Monday revealed that "Marry Me, Please" ("All About Marriage") scored an average viewership rating of 29.2 percent while recording a slightly higher rating of...More
Ha Hwang Haiyen
Korea's first Vietnamese Actress Ha Hwang Haiyen came here for years ago, and she has now become a naturalized Korean citizen and gained some popularity. She made her debut on KBS drama "Flowers For My Life" in 2007, a year after moving here, and has since appeared in a number of soaps on terrestrial channels including SBS and EBS.
"All of the soap operas I'm appearing in are set in the countryside", she says. "I always have outdoor shoots on weekdays, so I'm busy all week as I have to travel to provincial areas like Yesan and Taean in South Chungcheong Province"...More
Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
It has become awkward to call Kim Yoo-jung a 'child actress'. Other than the fact that she is young, her experience and acting skill she displays on the small and big screen easily surpasses that of adult actors.
In MBC TV series "Dong Yi", she held onto the attention of viewers in the show's early stages playing the young version of Dong Yi (Han Hyo-joo), in KBS drama "Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho" she showed the pitiful state her character is in as the weak one who holds deep sorrow within as well as being the protagonist of the tragic melodrama, and in MBC's "Flame of Desire" she extraordinarily pulled off the double role as the young versions of Na-young (Shin Eun-kyoung) and Hye-jin (Seo Woo) who are venomous to the point they are naughty. Hence Kim could be regarded one of the most impressive actors of the year...More
Actor Ahn Jae-mo, who is about to marry in January, revealed his wedding photos with his bride-to-be Lee Da-yeon.
An official from 'Won-gyu & Noblesse' said, “Ahn Jae-mo who changed his clothes from Hanbok to tuxedo, took care of his wife-to-be all outside shooting-long, since the weather was very cold. He looked like a perfect husband who is attentive and considerate....More
KBS drama "Dream High" [Holym (KEYEAST and JYPE) & CJ Media]
Still images of upcoming KBS drama "Dream High" were released today, according to a press release by Holym Co. and CJ Media on Monday.
The drama, a joint production between major entertainment agencies KEYEAST, JYP Entertainment and CJ Media, released two group photos that feature the main cast of the drama set to go on air next year...More
"My score is..". and "Cha Do Nam" (meaning a cold-hearted chic man of the city)
Many gloomy accidents and incidents including the sinking of corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island had occurred throughout this year in society, but many buzzwords had also been created and greatly loved by people in the popular culture. Popular programs such as "Superstar K - Season 2","High Kick Through The Roof", and "Bread, Love and Dreams" had entered the cradle of buzzwords, and those buzzwords had been talked about for a year by people, in pleasant times as well as times of suffering. But some buzzwords had aroused criticism and could not be kept as buzzwords. For example, the buzzwords created from the KBS comedy program "Gag Concert", saying "I am Dong Hyuk's old brother", which had made viewers feel refreshed, had been criticized by a civic group, who insisted, "the phrase is an inflammatory phrase base on populism"...More
Drama "Dream High' revealed Ok Taecyeon's gorgeous acrobatic action scenes.
These action scenes take place when Jin-gook helps Hye-mi, who was chased by Ma Doo-sik crew. Jin-gook shows off his action skill in this chase scene....More
KBS drama "President" [KBS]
Amid the race for presidency in the ruling party's camp, the sudden scandal with slush fund throws the main candidate off the balance. His wife confesses to him that it was her doing so he takes off to meet the prosecutors only to get shot on his way. All these events happened in less than half an hour in new KBS series "President", showing how very bold the drama is in unfolding so many incidents at once. Unlike other political dramas such as SBS series "THE CITY HALL" or "Daemul - Big Thing" which have female characters substitute a man's desire for power, "President" shows a world where one's desire for power is so strong that it is unbearable to place it in anyone else's hands...More
Gong Hyun-joo revealed her high school grad photo.
According to her company, Gong Hyun-joo's grad photo, which was recently released on the internet, has exactly same features as Gong Hyun-joo's present face....More
From left, KBS TV series "President" cast members Jay, Ha Hee-ra, Wang Ji-hye, Ha Hee-ra, Sungmin, Choi Soo-jong. [KBS]
"SBS TV series 'Daemul - Big Thing' bothers you, right?" This was the first question the production team for KBS drama "President" received at a press conference held ahead of the drama's premiere on December 15. It was not that hard to guess that question would come up sooner or later. After all, both dramas are about politics with both main characters striving to become presidents and to top it off, they will air on same day and time slot. This practically stole attention to the fact that it will be the first time in 19 years that actor Choi Soo-jong and actress Ha Hee-ra, married in real life, have come together as couple in the upcoming show as well, as president and the first lady, to be more precise. But Choi, who will play the role of Jang Il-joon assures that the two dramas "are entirely different dramas". So how will the two differ? "Daemul - Big Thing" versus "President" and President Seo Hye-rim (Go Hyun-jung) versus President Jang Il-joon. Which candidate gets chosen will be up to the voters, no, the TV viewers...More
Korean boy band JYJ [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejung (Kim Jae-joong), Park Yoo-chun and Junsu, will likely take the stage at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards, making it the first time they will perform on television since debuting as a trio.
"It's not 100% confirmed as of yet but we in currently in talks with JYJ for a congratulatory performance during the 2010 KBS Drama Awards", a high-ranking official from KBS said. "It would be great if they performed the song 'Calling You' from the drama 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal' since Park Yoo-chun gave such a memorable performance in the drama"...More
Actress Park Min-young [King Kong Entertainment]
Actress Park Min-young will be the new face for a local cosmetics brand, announced her agency King Kong Entertainment on Wednesday.
Park will be a model for Korean cosmetics brand THEFACESHOP, representing the company for a year both at home and abroad, together with male models Won Bin and Kim Hyun-joong who are both major heartthrobs in the country...More
Boy band MBLAQ [J.Tune Camp]
Five-member boy band MBLAQ will hold their first live concert in Singapore on Saturday.
According to the group's agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday, MBLAQ will take part in the Mnet Ultimate Live in Asia (MULA) Concert where they will perform not only as a group but stage solo performances as well...More
Park Min-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Actress Park Min-young rose to instant stardom through her debut role in MBC smash-hit sitcom "High Kick!" in 2006 by managing to shine amidst the throng of diverse characters with her role as Kang Youmi, an ignorent yet confident and cheerful girl in high school.
Yet such fast-obtained popularity rarely lasts for long and the industry does not allow an actress to see slow growth. In KBS drama "I Am Sam" she played a character who holds her emotions within herself while bullied by others rather than immediately respond like Youmi from "High Kick!" would have but viewers remembered her as the same cheerful high school student rather than notice the change between the two and in her acting skills.
She then did fairly well in pulling off her role as a princess who depicts on the most tragic narrative through traditional drama "Princess Ja Myung Go" but the low ratings the depressing show scored was applied to Park as well...More
Actor Lee Jung-jin [10Asia/Chae Ki-won]
"You might end up kissing your acting career good bye". This is what veteran comedian Lee Kyung-kyu said to actor Lee Jung-jin when he first appeared on KBS variety show "Happy Sunday" in March 2009. At the time he was being admitted as one of the regular members of the show's segment "What Makes a Man" and it was a joke thrown to Lee who would be the youngest among the crew fit to be called a middle-aged men's club but not completely groundless given his position at the time. It was true that Lee belonged in the heartthrob category, good looking enough to star as a hero in the MBC drama "I Love You, Don't Cry" (2009) but at the same time still lacking in presence outside the screen. His joining the variety program also posed risk to weakening the weak presence he had at the time. But after a year and a half we all know that it was all unnecessary concern...More
KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" [10Asia/ Chae Ki-won]
No talent can blossom without financial backup and love can become servile when penniless. For part-time piano instructor In-sa (Han Ji-hye) who is hard pressed even by her own students to prove her skills by playing Chopin on the spot, dream is just another word for failure. But failure is a foreign concept for 21-year- old Je-ro (Minho) who has never had any dreams. So when In-sa asked Je-ro about his dream all he could say was that it has never crossed his mind. True to his words, he was never passionate about anything. How wonderful it would be if the love between a pure genius and a woman who recognizes him for his gift could wash away all their past wounds. But life is just not that simple...More
Singer and actor Rain [Asia Economy Daily]
Popular Korean singer and actor Rain will perform at the closing ceremony of the 2010 16th Guangzhou Asian Games in China on Saturday.
Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment said on Friday that Rain will fly to China early tomorrow morning to take part in the event where he will sing three of his hit songs...More
My name is Jang Seo-won. My real name is Kim Seul-gi. I started acting in the theater after I graduated college but my parents gave me this new name after realizing that my name doesn't suit my image as an actor. They saved my name in their cellphones under the name “Seo-won” but they just say "Hey" when they're calling me at home. I guess they're not used to it yet.
I was born on November 1, 1982 as an only child.
My blood type is B but a part of me is as timid as type A. Thankfully I've learned to become more laid-back after serving in the army...More
Actress Yuko Fueki/Yoo Min [Ava Entertainment]
Japanese actress Yoo Min has landed a lead role in a new Fuji TV daytime TV series set to air starting January next year.
The drama's publicist Market Insight stated through a press release that the 31-year-old actress will play the main female lead opposite Japanese actor Hidenori Tokuyama in the drama titled "Sakura Shinjuu (さくら心中)"...More
Lee Jung-jin [10Asia]
"I am actor Lee Jung-jin and I'm still best-known for 2004 film 'Once Upon A Time In Highschool'", said the actor at the press conference for his new film "Troubleshooter" that premiered in September. It is not that he did not star in other films during the past six years. In film "Mapado" (2005) he evoked laughter by appearing in embarrassing 'mompe' pants (loose-fitting attire usually worn by old woman) and practically betraying his former career as a model and in MBC drama "9 End 2 Outs" (2007)" he offered his viewers with a different form of fun by playing a character full of twists called Byun Hyung-tae who looks like a perfectly charming guy only on the surface. And although he acted like a loser in the drama, writing down all the misdeeds his girlfriend makes and even fighting with her physically if necessary, he was still able to win women's hearts by being there when his girlfriend needed him the most. Nonetheless, it is the 2004 film "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" that stands as the most important character to refer to when describing actor Lee. Nothing could stop his character, the charismatic Woo-sik, who could scare off his opponents with just a few words. And he was the same when he had to leave school after losing in a fight against his rival or falling in love, knowing no hesitation. Just like Eun-joo (Han Ga-in) had chosen Woo-sik over the gentle, exemplary student Hyun-soo (kwon Sang-woo), it is this captivating aura that made Lee unforgettable to the audience...More
Ahn Jae-mo, who is appearing in 'King Geunchogo', right at the moment, will marry Lee Da-yeon on January the 9th.
They first met by baseball player Jo Yong-joon's introduction. They promised to marry in early November after 2 years of romance....More
Actor Yoo Ah-in [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Actor Yoo Ah-in has played a variety of roles, particularly of characters in their youths from different walks of life starting with the sweet high schooler in KBS TV series "Sharp" to the lost teenager in film "Boys of Tomorrow" to the lonely warrior in KBS' "Mighty Chil-woo" to the energetic patissier aspirant in film "Antique" and the 'guy these days' in KBS' "He Who Can't Marry".
Then most recently, he was Moon Jae-shin in KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" who was the outsider of royal academy SungKyunKwan, a fighter who resists corrupt society, and a romantist who watched the woman he loves from afar -- the very symbol of youths experiencing growing pains.
Yoo is 24 now and has grown a beard on his tanned face but whenever he smiles, he goes back to being the fair-complexioned boy whom viewers first saw on screen seven years ago. 10Asia met with the actor who came up with his own stage name Ah-in, meaning 'ein' in German, to constantly remind himself that he is a unique being in this world. It was not easy keeping up with the numerous ideas existing within the young man but it was definitely worth hearing.
10: You wrapped up filming of "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" on the day it ended its run. How have you spent the past few days? I think you must've been busy doing everything you hadn't been able to recently.
Yoo Ah-in: I've been drinking the whole time since I don't have to work at night. (laugh) But no matter till how late I drink, I've been waking up early because it's become a habit from filming "Sungkyunkwan Scandal". It makes me angry. (laugh) I actually get drunk pretty easily, maybe off half a bottle of soju [Korean vodka]? And I stay that way until I pass out. But I can't pull all-nighters anymore. I go home at around two or three in the morning. Why am I talking about drinking?...More
Actor Bae Soo-bin acts a scene from KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" at the broadcaster's drama set in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 8, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
“I used to take on roles that usually evoked unrealistic fantasy,” actor Bae Soo-bin who will star in the 23rd episode of the omnibus TV series KBS Drama Special "Just Say It!” admitted in regards to the parts he played for the past few years. Note that he just said that in the past tense. In the recent KBS single- episode drama “Just Say It!” Bae will play Gi-young, a lazy bum working in a district office, who hates his job and continues to be hung up over his first love of nine years ago. Given the past roles he has played in other dramas, such as the royal guard Cha Cheon-soo in MBC historical drama “Dong Yi" (2010), Park Joon-se in SBS series “Shining Inheritance" (2009), and King Jeong-jo in SBS drama “Painter of the Wind" (2008) where he was flawless physically and mentally, this is quite a change. So how will he pull off a pitiful character like Gi-young and what kind of meaning does this have for Bae? Below is 10Asia's interview with the actor at the set for the show...More
Actress Kim Gyu-ri acts a scene from KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" at the broadcaster's drama set in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 8, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
She has an interesting filmography. One who sees it may thinking time is going backwards for actressKim Gyu-ri . She made her debut playing Park Na-ri, one of the main characters, in KBS' TV "School" and took on the female lead in MBC's "I Love You Hyun-jung" and "Young-Jae's Golden Days" but recently has taken on memorable yet small roles in "Five Senses of Eros", "Runaway from Home" and "Ha Ha Ha". 10Asia was curious to know the mindset of the actress who recently starred in MBC's one-act drama "Best Theatre - We Teach Love" and now KBS' "Drama Special - Just Say It!"...More
Actor Bang Joong-hyun and actress Kim Gyu-ri act a scene from KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" at the broadcaster's drama center in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 8, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
KBS series "Drama City" which featured short, omnibus stories for the past 14 years in Korea, finished its run in 2008. Two years and two months passed since then and during that time, dramas adapted from comic books or online novels rose to the mainstream, leaving even less space for short dramas to make a comeback. Then on May 15, single-episode series did make a comeback through 24-part KBS Drama Special's first episode "Drama Special - Red Candy" by veteran scriptwriter Noh Hee-kyeong. The 23rd episode of the six month-long series titled "Drama Special - Just Say It!" will go on air on November 13. [Editor]...More
SBS drama "Daemul - Big Thing" [SBS]
SBS drama "Daemul - Big Thing" continued to remain the leader of Wednesdays and Thursdays prime time series though its ratings remained almost unchanged from last week.
According to data released by Total National Multimedia Statistic (TNmS) on Friday, the average viewership rating for "Daemul - Big Thing" was...More
MBC Sticom "All my Love"
When Mi-sun (Park Mi-sun
), a widowed mother of twins Geum-ji (Son Ga-in
) and Ok-yeop (Jo Kwon
) gets kicked out from a small room she lived in with her children, she tries to turn her life around by marrying Gap-soo (Kim Kap-soo
), the head of a rich private education institute. That is how new MBC sitcom "All my Love"
can be summarized but it premiered with several shaky elements.
SBS drama "Giant" [SBS]
SBS TV series "Giant", the steady front runner of Monday and Tuesday primetime dramas, saw its viewership rating breach the 30 percent mark for the first time.
The show scored an average rating of...More
Minho from boy band SHINee [Zoom Agency]
Minho, a member of a popular boy band SHINee, will make his acting debut through
"KBS Drama Special", a 24-part single-episode omnibus series showing on the major public network.
According to a press release distributed by PR agency Zoom on Tuesday, Minho will appear as Oh Je-ro, a man in his twenties who is gifted in music, in the show's final episode titled "Drama Special - Pianist" set to go on air November 20...More
Actress Han Ji-hye [Trophy Entertainment]
Actress Han Ji-hye has been cast as the heroine to the last episode of "KBS Drama Special", a 24-part single-episode omnibus series showing on the major public network.
A press release by Han's agency the Trophy Entertainment on Tuesday said that Han will play the role of a music teacher in the program's finale episode titled "Drama Special - Pianist" set to go on air November 20...More
Singer Sungmin [Feel-Lime EG Entertainment]
Sungmin from popular 13-member boy band "Super Junior" has been cast in a new KBS drama which will premiere next month.
Feel-LimeEG Entertainment, producer of the drama, announced through a press release Monday that the singer will play the son of a president in an upcoming series titled "President" starring veteran actor Choi Soo-jong...More
Writer Kim Tae-heui [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" finished its run on November 2. In the story set in late 18th century Joseon, a girl named Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-young) entered the royal academy of SungKyunKwan disguised as a boy where she learned that true learning heads toward people and that they are the very foundation of the country. King Jeongjo (Jo Sung-ha) too tells her, "Now it's your turn to dream of a new future for Joseon". Trying to describe the ideals young people have is not easy. One wrong step and it can sound like an empty slogan or childish passion. That was not the case for Kim Tae-heui though, the script writer of drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" who pulled it off by adding modernity and refreshing new scenes to the already charming SungKyungKwan story based on the book "The Days of SungKyunKwan Students". 10 Asia interviewed Kim just few hours before the drama wrapped up.
10: "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" was seen in various lights. Some saw it as an up-and-coming story, some as a historical political drama and others simply as melodrama. How did you decide on the direction of the story?
Kim Tae-heui: Before getting into the synopsis I had a lot of fun watching the SBS drama "Shining Inheritance"...More
Writer Kim Tae-heui [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: After episode 15, it seemed that you were trying to insert more stories into the drama and that caused some trouble to the flow of the drama. What do you regret the most?
Kim Tae-heui: I still don't know whether it was because I added “Geumdeungjisa” then rushed in having to wrap up the latter half of the story, or whether I should have just dealt with it probably and made the story longer. But I was worried that may lower the ratings for the show. (laugh). I tend to make my scripts long so most of the portions edited beforehand in the script was usually about Geumdeungjisa. It's something I'll reflect upon now and in the future when I do the next project.
10: But on the other hand, I believe there was a reason you included Geumdeungjisa episode in the drama, as a writer.
Kim Tae-heui: A girl in disguise as a boy didn't seem strong enough of an impact for the story. I was also worried with what else I should keep up the tension of the story after Yoo-hee's gender is revealed. And Geumdeungjisa was necessary in turning the original story into a drama. For example Hongbyeokseo (the red messenger) in the book tells a lot about problems in society but in doing the same thing in drama, it could be easily forgotten so I needed something to bring all the main characters together. Also, by linking it with King Jeongjo's reform plan I thought I could make the story much richer...More
Actress Moon Geun-young, who had revealed a new side by playing a cold character in the drama "Cinderella's Sister", will make a comeback to the small screen by playing a pleasant and lovely character in the KBS drama "Marry Me, Mary!"
Moon will play the female protagonist named Wi Mary who gets married twice in KBS's new Monday and Tuesday drama "Marry Me, Mary!" The character Mary represents the people in the so-called "880,000 won generation", who have to live life with only a small income. She had to take time off from university because she could not pay for the tuition, and she worked at a variety of occupations in temporary positions. But she never lost hope while living a difficult life. The optimistic and cheerful character Mary is contrasted to the cold and selfish character Eun Jo, whom Moon played in her previous drama "Cinderella's Sister"...More
A scene from KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" [KBS
It was a dream I did not want to wake up from, something I have not felt for some time. By now it will be a waste of breathe to go on about how well the drama portrayed the friendship, love and lessons among young scholars, how well it incorporated serious political themes into the story and such. But to quote heroine Yoon-hee's words that "people can get lost amid dizzy tracks in life and forget what they originally came for" as happened to many good dramas in the past, let us check whether that had not happened to this drama in regards to its initial theme and message of hope...More
Actor Jung Kyung-ho [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actor Jung Kyung-ho will enter the military on November 30.
According to Choun's agency N.O.A. Entertainment, the 27-year-old actor will leave for the 306th draft located in the city of Uijeongbu of the Gyeonggi Province at the end of this month...More
My name is Oh Chang-suk. My grandfather was the one who came up with my name.
I was born on June 2, 1982. I have one older sister and one younger sister but that by no means meant that I had a girly childhood -- we rather grew up like guys working out, fighting and then having to write letters of apologies to each other. (laugh)
I am currently majoring in industrial design at Sejong University. I became really burnt out after spending 15 hours a day working on projects for over a year and half. I grew a beard just like Robinson Crusoe, slept on a fold-out bed and washed my hair in the bathroom sink. (laugh) On top of that, design is something that you have to put every inch of yourself into and it becomes really tough if there's an error on your computer while you are working since all your work gets deleted. I used to look out the window watching people go to work while drinking a cup of coffee from the vending machine. I felt that I wouldn't be happy if I began working for a company because it is harder than being a student...More
Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun [KEYEAST]
Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun has been cast as the male lead for upcoming KBS musical TV series "Dream High", a collaboration between Korea's top entertainment firms KEYEAST and JYP Entertainment (JYPE).
A press release from KEYEAST on Monday announced that Kim will be playing the role of Song Sam-dong in the show, a guy who dreamed of owning his own farm but later decides to go a performing arts school after falling head over heels in love with Go Hae-mi...More
By Ines Min
Actor, singer and model Jang Geun-suk
is about to remind fans once more of his multi-faceted talents.
The 23-year-old has contributed three songs to the OST for his latest KBS drama "Marry Me, Mary!
', affiliated management company Y-Tree Media announced Monday.
sings three songs on the soundtrack", a spokesperson said. "The first song `Butak-hae, My Bus!' will be released today".
Jang plays the ro...More
Hallyu star Ryu Si-won (left) and Japanese singer Nobuteru Maeda (right)
Japanese rock group Tube leader Nobuteru Maeda will be singing at Hallyu star Ryu Si-won's wedding today.
At a press conference in early October, Ryoo had mentioned that he had several singers in mind to perform during his nuptials alongside Korean singer Kim Jin-pyo but declined to disclose whom...More
Korean actor Park Jae-jung at his fan meeting in Japan on October 9. [Eyagi Entertainment]
Korean actor Park Jae-jung held his first ever fan meeting in Japan last weekend, according to his agency Eyagi Entertainment.
Eyagi explained through a press release that Park met with 500 fans at the Scara Espasio Hall in Fukuoka on October 9...More
Korean actor Park Jae-jung [Eyagi Entertainment]
Korean actor Park Jae-jung will hold his first-ever fan meeting in Japan over the weekend, according to his agency Eyagi Entertainment on Wednesday.
Eyagi announced in a press release that Park will meet with his fans at the Scara Espasio Hall located in Fukuoka on October 9...More
has shown different charms in the drama "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
said, "I am physically okay, even enough to appear in another work right now, but I want to enjoy this great love from people now because I have never been loved this much before".
Actress Shin Min-ah
looked relaxed during an interview held at a cafe located in Gangnam on October 3.
In the SBS drama "My Girl is a Gumiho", which finished airing on September 30, she had shown a cheerful and cute image that she had presented in TV commercials up to now, and she had been loved greatly by viewers.
Her acting was good enough to silence all the critics who said that she was not a good actress even though she had gained fame as the "TV commercial queen". On the interview, she said, "I wanted to inform myself to as many people as possible by appearing in the drama and I wanted to come closer to the viewers, and certainly I could make those wishes come true by appearing in this drama. Many people called me 'Gumiho' on the set and they even followed me simply to see me from a close distance. I could feel that I had finally come closer to the public. When I can realize that I have built up such a friendly image with people, I feel really comfortable".
The drama had maintained around ten percent viewer ratings even during the time that the KBS drama "Bread, Love, and Dreams", which aired at the same time, recorded high viewer ratings. In the end, "My Girl is a Gumiho" recorded more than 20 percent viewer ratings.
played a lovely and wild-eyed Gumiho in the drama, and her acting actually led to the popularity of the drama. Her wish that she could introduce her...More
Hallyu star Ryu Si-won at his birthday celebration [R's Company]
Hallyu star Ryu Si-won was joined by 5,000 fans for a two-day event for his birthday celebration over the weekend, according to PR firm YTREE Media.
On Thursday, YTREE announced in a press release that 2,000 international fans met with the actor at the palace Changdeokgung on October 2 to learn about the historical landmark as well as take part in a photo session and literary contest...More
Actress Yoo Sun became the master of ceremony
Right at the moment, she is busy filming ‘G-Love’ with Jung Jae-young. The movie ‘G-Love’ is a film about a high school baseball team with an ex-baseball player who pasted his prime time and a school mistress; watching point is a strong friendship and love between high school baseball players. This is a second human drama genre challenge for director Kang Woo-seok 21 years after “Happiness is not in academic score order’ (1989)...More
Poster of Hallyu star Ryu Si-won's birthday celebration [R's Company]
Hallyu star Ryu Si-won will be celebrating his birthday with his fans this weekend, according to PR firm YTREE MEDIA on Thursday.
YTREE announced in a press release that Ryoo will meet with about 3,000 fans from Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, Hawaii, Canada and Taiwan for his birthday celebration titled "Harmony with Prince" to be held at the Gwangmyeong City Gymnasium in Gyeonggi Province on October 3...More
Rain will play a flirty private investigator in the KBS drama, "The Fugitive Plan B".
Singer and actor Rain (real name Jung Ji Hoon), who will make a comeback to the small screen after a five-year break by appearing in the KBS 2TV Wednesday and Thursday drama "The Fugitive Plan B", spoke up about the rumors of his upcoming military duty.
At the production presentation of the drama "The Fugitive Plan B" held at the Lotte Hotel in Sogongdong on September 27, Rain said, "The time to join the army might be around next year"...More
From left, upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" main cast Rain, Lee Na-young and Daniel Henney pose during a photocall of a press conference for the drama held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Gee-woo (played by Rain), an international investigator who has his smirking eyes hidden behind sunglasses, receives a request by Jini (played by Lee Na-young) one day to seek out Melchidec, a questionable character. Mutual trust is most important in an investigator-client relationship but for a certain reason, the two end up not trusting each other. And as soon as he accepts her request, Gee-woo, accused of killing his own colleague, starts being chased by detective Do-soo (played by Lee Jung-jin)...More
The writer of the KBS 2TV drama "Bread, Love, and Dreams", Kang Eun-kyeong, highly praised the actor Yoon Si-yoon, who performed the protagonist of the drama, by saying, "Yoon Si-yoon is a miraculous actor. Thanks to his powerful acting, viewers loved the drama and cheered for the drama's success".
At an interview with a reporter held on September 14, she said, "I think that the actor Yoon Si-yoon's sincere acting might be transferred to the viewers, which helps to record the high viewer ratings. Thanks to his sincere and heart-warming acting, viewers could feel like cheering for him while watching the drama"...More
Actors Yoon Si-yoon
and Lee Young-ah
will be named promotional ambassadors for North Chungcheong Province early next month. The two are starring in the hit KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams
" shot in Cheongju and other areas in the province.
"The innocent and considerate image of their characters in the drama refle...More
Korean actor and singer Jang Geun-suk [Tree J.Company]
Korean actor and singer Jang Geun-suk has signed on for a role in an upcoming KBS drama, according to his agency Tree J. Company on Friday.
Tree J. announced in a press release that he will be playing the role of an Indie rocker in the series, based on the web-based cartoon by writer Won Soo-yeon, tentatively titled "Marry Me, Mary!"...More
Korean actor Jo Han-sun speaks to reporters at the Nonsan training camp in the South Chungcheong Province of South Korea on September 9, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Jo Han-sun, who entered the Korean military today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory two-year services, has said he will greatly miss his baby daughter.
"I couldn't bring a picture of my daughter because we aren't allowed to bring in any personal possessions into the camp", he said during an interview with reporters ahead of entering the Nonsan training earlier today...More
Actor Park Sang-myun, who plays the captain named In Mok in the KBS drama "Bread, Love, and Dreams", said, "At first, I was agonized about playing the character In Mok. He is a quiet and decent person in the drama, and so I thought that I had to act totally differently from my real personality. But now I think that I made a very good decision" (laugh).
Park has been receiving the spotlight lately by presenting decent acting in the KBS 2TV drama "Bread, Love, and Dreams" as a naively honest head chef of the Palbong bakery whose name is Yang In Mok...More
The spy-action drama "ATHENA", in which actor Jung Woo-sung and actress Soo Ae will appear as the male and female protagonists, will be broadcast from this coming winter in December on SBS. The drama is a spin-off of the original "IRIS" drama and it is based on the original story of the KBS drama "IRIS", which had aired last year on KBS. "ATHENA" is very similar to the original "IRIS" as the production company Taewon Entertainment, which had produced "IRIS", will also produce this drama, and it has been equipped with an all-star cast and large-scale action and melodramatic storyline. But the backdrop of the drama has been expanded from the Korean peninsula and Asian countries into the whole world, and the relationships among cast members have become more complicated...More
Kim Myung-min's latest movie project, "Detective K" (working title), in which he plays the title character, will begin production on September 3...More
Japanese media say the Japanese prefecture of Akita has presented letters of appreciation to the producers and actors of KBS action drama "IRIS"
, thanking them for promoting Akita's image.
Chung Tae-won, the head of Taewon Entertainment which produced "IRIS"
and one of the stars of the drama, Jung Joon-ho
, visited Akita...More
The KBS drama "The Slave Hunters" has won the Grand Prize in the category of Hallyu drama, which was a newly established award from this year, in the Seoul International Drama Awards 2010.
The organizing committee of the Seoul International Drama Awards held a press conference in the Seoul Press Center on August 20 and selected the Grand Prize winner among Hallyu dramas, and "The Slave Hunters" was ultimately chosen as the best Hallyu drama. The actor Jang Hyuk, who appeared in "The Slave Hunters", and the actor Lee Byung-hun, who appeared in the drama "IRIS", were chosen as the best actors...More
Korean pop idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), Taeyang, G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idols Big Bang may be making a comeback to the local music scene in October or November, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Friday.
An official from YG told 10Asia over the phone, "There are plans for the boys to release a new album but it is tentative -- it will depend on the progress of the album"...More
"I had felt pressure before I began acting". -Park Yoo-chun
In the production presentation of the KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", which was held at the W Hotel located in Kwangjingu on August 17, Park Yoo-chun confessed that he had felt pressure before he had made his debut as an actor. He seemed to be nervous as he said, "If the feeling was just the pressure that people tend to feel when they start something new, I would have felt glad, but it was more likely the pressure coming from the stress; I had a heavy heart before I began acting"...More
Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi, who has become the most wanted person by appearing both on entertainment programs and in dramas, revealed his opinion by saying, "I never act when I appear on a reality entertainment program".
In the production presentation of the drama "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho", which was held on August 4, Lee Seung-gi answered the question asking whether appearing on entertainment programs has helped his acting by saying, "I have an ironclad rule that I never act on entertainment programs". He has appeared on KBS's most popular entertainment program "One Night and Two Days" for several years and has been an active participant as a cast member of the show...More
Actress Park Si-yeon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
There are many words in this world which can be used to describe a beautiful woman but the adjective which probably best suits actress Park Si-yeon is 'alluring'. The clean-cut contour of her face and deep eyes which became known first through her participation in the Miss Korea competition in 2000 and then a cosmetics commercial, continues to retain its classical beauty ten years later.
That may be why the characters Park played were women who drove many men to their destruction and misfortune...More
Korean actress Han Hyo-joo on historical drama "Dong Yi" [MBC]
MBC's historical epic "Dong Yi" drew in a bigger crowd this week, taking the No. 1 spot on television charts Monday and Tuesday nights for the 16th consecutive time.
Figures from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Wednesday revealed that "Dong Yi", into its 38th episode, scored viewership ratings of...More
Korean actor Yoon Si-yoon from No. 1 show in the country "Bread, Love and Dreams" [KBS]
KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" remained the most-watched television show in the country last week, hanging onto the No. 1 spot on viewership ratings charts for the fourth consecutive week.
Figures by TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that the series brought in ratings of...More
On-set pictures from upcoming KBS drama "The Fugitive Plan B" [Blog of Korean actress Yoon Son-ha]
Korean actress Yoon Son-ha has revealed pictures from the set of the upcoming KBS drama "The Fugitive Plan B" on her personal blog.
Yoon posted several photographs on her blog two days ago with the comment, "We filmed 'The Fugitive Plan B' at Chiba. I shot a lot of photos with the crew and other actors during my free time"...More
Picture of Tak-koo (played by Yoon Si-yoon) and Yoo-kyung (played by Kim Eugene) sharing a kiss on "Bread, Love and Dreams" [KBS]
KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" has once again placed atop TV charts, maintaining its reign as the most-watched Wednesday and Thursday night drama in the country for the sixth consecutive week.
Figures from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Friday revealed that "Bread, Love and Dreams", two months into showing...More
Korean actor Hyun Bin [Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Hyun Bin may enter the Korean military in early November, according to a sports newspaper on Thursday.
Local sports daily IS Plus reported that the actor will be entering Nonsan military camp in South Chungcheong Province on November 1 to start receiving five weeks of basic training as part of fulfilling his two-year mandatory military duties...More
Official poster of Etude's "Pink Play Concert" [Etude House]
Korean female idols 2NE1 and actor Lee Min-ho will be attending a concert for a make-up brand next month, according to concert host Etude House on Thursday.
Etude House announced in a press release that 2NE1, spokesmodels for Etude, and Lee will be attending the "Pink Play Concert" to be held at the Walker Hill Hotel Riverpark on August 20...More
Drama poster of "Bread, Love and Dreams" [KBS]
KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" continued to rule TV charts last week, holding onto the title of the most-watched show in the country for the second consecutive week.
Figures from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Monday indicated that "Bread, Love and Dreams" brought in a viewership rating of 36.3 percent while scoring a lower rating of 33.2 percent according to AGB Nielsen Media Research...More
Official poster of "Bread, Love and Dreams" [KBS]
KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" continued to cook up high ratings, remaining the No. 1 Wednesday and Thursday night TV show for the fifth consecutive week.
Figures from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Friday revealed that "Bread, Love and Dreams", into its tenth episode, recorded viewership ratings of 38.1 percent on June 7 and 34.5 percent last night, indicating an increase of an average 1.3 percent from last week...More
Actress Yoon Son-ha
, who has been acting in Japan, will make a comeback to Korean TV dramas after three years away with the KBS drama "The Fugitive Plan B
", in which Rain
(real name Jung Ji Hoon) will appear as a main protagonist.
According to a spokesperson for the production company of "The Fugitive Plan B
" on July 7, Yoon Son-ha
will play a femme fatale character named Hwang Mi Jin, who will approach detective Ji Woo (...More
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Lee's official Twitter page]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has set up an official Twitter account after falling victim to a Twitter impersonator last March.
The actor announced on his Cyworld mini-hompy board Thursday afternoon that he had created his own account (http://twitter.com/actorleeminho) on Twitter, a popular social networking and micro-blogging service.
Lee made his first Twitter entry, saying "I want to ride a bike" along with a photo of himself riding a bicycle in a commercial...More
Han Da-gam is wearing a white dress that shows off her beatiful legs....More
Drama poster of "Bread, Love and Dreams" [KBS]
KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" held onto its No. 1 spot on TV charts for the third consecutive week, even breaching the 30 percent mark for the first time during its run.
Numbers from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Friday revealed that "Bread, Love and Dreams", into its sixth episode, scored viewership ratings of 32.2 percent last night and 28.5 percent on Wednesday...More
will make a comeback to the small screen after four years away with the spy action drama "The Fugitive Plan B
", in which Rain
(real name Jung Ji Hoon) will also appear.
According to a statement released on June 21 by his agency, Henney will play a shipping magnate named Kai who loves Jin Yi (Lee Na-young
) in the drama "...More
Actor Lee Jung-jin
, who is now appearing on the KBS entertainment program "Qualifications of Men" as a cast member, has been cast in the KBS drama "The Fugitive Plan B
", in which singer and actor Rain
(real name Jung Ji Hoon) has already been cast.
According to a statement released on June 18 by his agency, Lee Jung-jin
will play the section chief of a foreign affair investigation in the police station named Do Soo. "The Fugitive Plan B
" is about people who are chasing an astronomical amount of money and it has become an issue as writer ...More
The cast of newly released drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" [KBS]
KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams", which premiered just last week, remained strong on the primetime lineup of Wednesday and Thursday nights, maintaining its second weekly No.1 position on TV charts.
Figures from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Friday indicated that the viewership ratings for "Bread, Love and Dreams" shot up by an average 10.6 percent from last week with a score of 28.5 percent on June 16 and 25.3 percent the following day...More
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun holds up her trophy from Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia [Ku Hye-sun's official Twitter site]
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun scored a win as a film director with her short feature "The Madonna" at the 12th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.
The actress, who received a special invitation to screen her short pic, was awarded the "Spotlight Award" at the event, she announced on her official Twitter page on Sunday...More
The 2010 South Africa World Cup started Friday. For a month in the middle of the hot summer, from June 11 to July 12, football fans will have great fun, watching the games. But for most Koreans, what is important is whether their national soccer team will advance to the top 16-team club. Stars in the Korean entertainment world share the wish. They are now taking photos of themselves in World Cup costumes to wish the best of luck to the 23 "Taegeuk Warriors".
Actor Jung Kyung-ho
, 28, released his photos, showing off his handsome looks and natural charm. Fashion brand Guess and men's magazine Arena have jointly published pictures of a variety of stars.
Actress Jang Shin-young
, 27, shows off an S-line body by turning into a cheerleader of the national team's official fan club Red Devils. In her pictures, she wears a sleeveless shirt and short white skirt.
The same-aged actress Min Young-won has become a sexy World Cup cheer girl on the cover of men's magazine Maxim. She is dressed in red clothes decorated blue and red on her shoulders.
"I hope the Korean national soccer team passes the first round in the World Cup", Min said after shooting photos for the cover.
A heroine of the KBS drama "Personal Taste"
, 29-year-old Son Yae-jin puts on a red cap and a school uniform, cheering the South Korean team with the vigor of youthfulness.
Transgender actress Lee Si-yeon
, 29, also has revealed her slim line, wearing a short skirt. In her pictures, the actress creates her own costumes and two cheering props: red horns and a three-pronged pitchfork.
Three racing models have joined in the cheering. Kim Ha-yeoul, 24, Choi Yoo-jung, 27, and Joo Da-ha, 26, have displayed their sexy appeal in World Cup photos.
"Photographers and stars put a great deal of time and care when they shoot photos like these. It's because fans like to see and follow the fashion during the World Cup cheering campaign", one fashion designer said.
"4년을 기다렸다"…스타들, '월드컵 화보'로 대표팀...More
Drama poster of new drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" [KBS2]
New KBS drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" proved to be major competition on Wednesday and Thursday nights, making its debut at No. 1 on TV ratings charts.
Figures from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Friday revealed that "Bread, Love and Dreams", which premiered on June 9, brought in viewership ratings of 15.7 percent on Wednesday and 16.9 percent the following night...More
Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Actress Kim So-yeon says "feels like I am back at the starting line"
Out of three Wednesday/Thursday evening dramas, which all premiered on the same day last March, SBS TV series "Prosecutor Princess" never scored the No. 1 viewership rating during its run. However, the show remained a well-made drama till the end with its tight storyline and unique characters played by all the right actors. It would not be an exaggeration to say that actress Kim So-yeon, who played the title character, displayed such impressive acting skills that it might perhaps be the biggest achievement anyone has made in the first half of the year. Even though it wasn't the so-called 'possessed acting', Kim So-yeon created an interesting chemistry seen in the perfect match-up of an actress and her character. After a long hiatus and challenging times, the actress, who used to be the representative star of trendy dramas in the 90s, is back at a brand new starting line. And she is more hungry for acting now more than ever, she says. 10Asia interviewed Kim So-yeon, whose sincerity shone through during the interview and was moving at unsuspecting moments...More
Korean actor Won Bin in a scene from film "The Man From Nowhere" [CJ Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Won Bin has unveiled pics from his upcoming film tentatively titled "The Man From Nowhere", which wrapped up shooting yesterday.
CJ Entertainment, which produced the film, released to the press several candid photos of the actor taken on the movie set, topless and sporting tight abs...More
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun, a self-proclaimed fan of Girls' Generation singer Yoona, recently cried tears of joy when she met her celebrity crush for the first time on a TV show.
During an appearance on KBS2 TV's celebrity talk show "Win Win", which aired Tuesday, the actress explained that she is a big fan of the popular girl band member...More
Actor Lee Sun-kyun takes part in a shoot for "Drama Special - Our Erotic Love" at the KBS building in the city of Sokcho of Gangwon Province on May 16, 2010. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Dong-chan (played by Lee Sun-kyun) is a producer at broadcasting company MBS' Seoul office. But he who was receiving the spotlight as a promising producer in the investigative reporting division of the news department, is assigned a post in the suburbs one day. And the program he is put in charge of is "My Heartwarming Hometown". The manager of his team tries to console him by saying they "do programs for Seoul once or twice a month" but all in vain. There is no way his words will reassure Dong-chan who emphasizes the importance of the media's function as a watchdog. Then Dong-chan experiences the most tragic accident of his life while at a beef soup restaurant -- the hot soup ends up wounding his 'private part'. And the main culprit is none other than Nam-hee (played by Hwang Woo-seul-hye), the reporter for "My Heartwarming Hometown"...More
Korean actor Han Jung-soo [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Han Jung-soo says "2010 was the luckiest year of my life"
Three years ago, when Han Jung-soo was appearing in the SBS TV series "King and I", he had the words "Justice, Courage, Passion, Wisdom, Faith" set as the background on his mobile phone screen. This sincere man who said he "wants to live with a sense of justice, not like a coward" and believes "how you live life is more important that what you achieve in life" is a rare find in the 21st century. And this year, in KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters" and SBS' "Prosecutor Princess", he played characters that were most similar to himself. And during that time, his mobile phone has changed to an iPhone, and its background from those five words to cartoon characters from his favorite comics "One Piece". 10Asia met with actor Han Jung-soo, who has remained the same in his beliefs over the years...More
Claziqquai female vocal Horan
, 31, was selected as an underwear model of M Corset, a female-underwear manufacturer in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul.
's mysterious moods and modern looks match well with our brand, Lefee", said Jang Sung-min, a deputy director of the marketing department at M Corset. "We also chose her because she is a passionate musician as well as a multi-entertainer challenging vast areas beyond music".
has many fans due to her intelligence as well as sexy looks. She now appears in a new KBS drama, ...More
Official poster for TV series "Personal Taste" [MBC]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho is proving his Hallyu star status with his recent TV series "Personal Taste" selling to five countries.
According to an industry source on Thursday, the MBC Wednesday-Thursday drama has been sold to United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan, Venezuela and Mexico...More
Korean actor Hyun Bin [photograph by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Korean actor Hyun Bin will release a single album in Japan, according to his agency AM Entertainment on Wednesday.
"The actor will be releasing a single album in Japan for his fans", a representative from AM explained, stressing that it "does not mean the start of a singing career"...More
A global market for the buying, selling, producing and financing of all TV entertainment content opened Thursday at BEXCO in Busan.
The Busan Contents Market, now in its fourth year, will run for the next three days under the slogan "BCM -- Your Treasure Island, Find Your Treasure".
Four-hundred-six TV program production and distribution companies from 31 nations --- including the U.S., Japan, and Singapore --- are taking part.
The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) has submitted to the market the KBS drama series it considers to have high export potential, inclu...More
(From left) Director Pyo Min-soo, actors Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jung and Jung Woong-in of TV series "Coffee House" [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
SBS Monday/Tuesday evening drama "Coffee House"
Written by Song Jae-jeong
Directed by Pyo Min-soo
Starring Kang Ji-hwan (as Lee Jin-soo), Park Si-yeon (as Seo Eun-young), Ham Eun-jung (as Kang Seung-yeon), Jung Woong-in (as Han Ji-won), Park Jae-jung (as Kim Dong-wook) etc.
In one sentence Unemployed Seung-yeon (played by Ham Eun-jung), who was studying to become a public officer, opens her eyes to the world of coffee and romance as she meets fussy writer Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan) and starts working as his assistant
Premiere date May 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM...More
Joint press interview with the cast of MBC TV series "Dong Yi"
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee on the set of TV series "Dong Yi" [MBC]
Ji Jin-hee says he is "happy to break stereotype" playing a king
The introduction of the "adorable King Sook-jong" was a landmark event for MBC TV series "Dong Yi" and the history of traditional dramas on the small screen. King Sook-jong is shown as a king who showers his royal blessings upon his servant court ladies with a bright smile, and one who runs around freely when he goes outside the palace walls for the first time. While the new character might have been born from director Lee Byeong-hoon's reinterpretation and writer Kim I-yeong's script, it was actor Ji Jin-hee who completed the transformation. We met the actor, who is showing new potential as a comic actor through KBS TV series "He Who Can't Marry" and film "Runaway from Home", at the joint press interview held May 6 on the Yong-in set of "Dong Yi"...More
A KBS television drama has received top accolades at the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards 2010.
KBS's "Korean Ghost Stories - The Curse of the Sajin Sword" was awarded gold in the category for TV and film during a ceremony held at American Airlin...More
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Ku Hye-sun is currently in talks to appear in a new TV series titled "The Musical", according to her agency YG Entertainment on Thursday.
"The casting for the drama has not been finalized... It is one of many offers that she has received", an official at YG said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily. "She is planning to appear in a drama in the second half of the year and so we are talking with [the producers of] "The Musical""...More
Actress Kim So-eun [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but one's voice sometimes has power beyond what one sees. That is why Kim So-eun stands out amongst all the numerous girls that have cheeks as rosy as peaches. Her slightly low tone of voice which is in contrast to her bubbly appearance, discerns her as an actress of good conduct yet one with determination. What stood out more than the dignity cast on her small face or the tears that wet her cheeks was the reverberation and depth of her voice in KBS drama "The Iron Empress" and in "Boys over Flowers", "He Who Can't Marry" and "Good Days when the Wind Blows", her voice once again did not go unnoticed...More
6. Work and Love, Love and Work: The story for all three stories are set at the workplace
"Prosecutor Princess": It is impossible to perfectly reenact the process of investigation that prosecutors carry out unless the program is a reality documentary. However, "Prosecutor Princess" adds an abundance of detail into depicting the daily life of a civil servant. The show has received reviews that even regular office workers can relate to the portrayal of the job description of a rookie prosecutor. "Princess" could become a good example of an office drama if it lays out the process of investigations with common sense.
"Personal Taste": One can't really say it is specialized. The drama does not explain through what process a house is designed, how to trim the different kinds of wood in order to make furniture, or what the necessary preparations are in carrying out a bidding. The scenes where Park Gae-in takes part in a furniture exhibition and has Jun Jin-ho cut the acrylic from a blind in order to avoid an emergency situation adds onto the sense of reality in telling the difficulties one struggles as an employee.
"Cinderella's Sister": Everyone gathers together at the makgeolli brewery called "Daesungdoga". However, this Goo Dae-sung's world of abundance and is one of the things that Song Gang-sook wants, but it does not display any characteristics as a work place. One might forget that it is a brewery, if it did not show the scene of Goo Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) drinking the residue left after rice liquor is drained before going to school. As a whole, the story of the self righteous self-made owner, the femme fatale-like new lady of the house, and the naive yet talkative workers and large family all seem like trite set-ups...More
Korean actor Park Si-hoo [Eyagi Entertainment]
Korean actor Park Si-hoo opened his official Japanese webpage over the weekend, according to his agency Eyagi Entertainment.
A press release by Eyagi on Saturday stated that the website (http://www.parksihoo.jp), open starting the previous day, is for Park's Japanese fans to receive up-to-date information on the actor's schedule.
The webpage will include pictures and videos of the actor and Park posted a welcome message on the website as an opening day gift to his fans...More
Korean actress Kim Ah-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Kim Ah-joong has been chosen to host the 46th annual BaekSang Arts Awards on Friday.
"We selected Kim to host the event because she has had an active career in the entertainment industry. She has hosted the show for the past two years and we believe she won't have any trouble on stage", explained an official with the event...More
and Choi Ji-woo
, who played Joon-sang and Yu-jin in the 2002 KBS drama "Winter Sonata
", will reunite to play the same roles after a break of seven years.
The two stars have provided voice-overs as Joon-sang and Yu-jin for the Japanese animation "Winter Sonata
", which aired for 15 episodes on SKY PerfecTV. They will make actual appearances in the final scene of the final episode.
The animation is a joint Korea-Japan production of the KBS drama "Winter Sonata
", which has played a major part in spreading Hallyu,...More
Actress Han Chae-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
There are many beautiful women in this world. But not everyone is called 'Barbie doll'. After making herself first known through KBS TV series "Autumn in my Heart", Han Chae-young has always been recognized for her unrivaled beauty. Yet at the same time, her 'goddess-like' appearance was also what created a distance between her and the audience.
So could it be that she herself sensed the disharmony that although she has a beauty which people cannot easily take their eyes off, it also makes it hard for people to approach her? Because for a while, Han appeared on the small screen playing roles far from her long-known image. Yet the popularity she gained from playing a lively high school girl in KBS TV series "Sassy Girl, Chun-hyang" or the impassioned acting she showed as an ordinary girl looking for employment in MBC's "Fireworks - 2006" did not help this star descend to the real world. She continued to remain a 'pretty' actress who was suited better for the role of a characters with haughty personalities or from wealthy backgrounds....More
CEO Lee Je-kwon) and Chorokbaem Media, Korean companies specializing in 3D content production and supply, have joined hands to collaborate on 3D content production.
Realscope, a subsidiary of KDC Corporation (029480ㆍCEO Chae Jong-won, Kim Sang-jin
), signed an MOU with Chorokbaem Media (CEO Gil Gyeong-jin), the producer of the popular sitcom High Kick Through The Roof
and the drama Chuno, to form a strategic partnership for 3D broadcasting technology and joint content production.
The two companies will work together in the areas of production, investment, promotion and marketing on investment promoti...More
Korean actress Min Ji-ah [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Min Ji-ah. I used go by my birth name Kim Min-ju while appearing in short plays but someone told me it would be better for me if I use 'Min' as my last name so I did before starting shooting for "The Slave Hunters". People around me said it sounded better and I think it sounds similar to my original name too.
My birthday is on October 31, 1983. I didn't do much on my last birthday because I was on set. If only I had a boyfriend... maybe he would have prepared a special event for me.
I was majoring in architectural design but what I really wanted to do was act so I transferred to Kyung Hee University and majored in theater and film. As a young girl, I loved watching movies so I took many film classes. I was in movie clubs when I was in middle and high school....More
Boy band 2PM member Ok Taecyeon [3HW Communications]
2PM member Ok Taecyeon began shooting for TV series "Cinderella's Sister" through which he will make his acting debut next month, according to its promoter 3HW Communications on Tuesday.
"Ok Taecyeon performed very well for the title scene, even though it was his first time standing in front of the camera as an actor", an official with the production company A-Story said of the shoot at the city of Yeoju in Gyeonggi Province on Friday....More
The original nation's younger sister Moon Geun-young has changed.
KBS drama "Cinderella's Sister" brings Moon in a very feminine and mature image.
Some stills show her changed look.
Moon was at a resort for filming last 19th and she had long straight hair holding a bouquet of wild flowers. She no longer looks like a young girl, but a mature woman!
She is not the only star that changed! The male character...More
Clockwise from top center, actor Im Chang-jung, actor Song Seung-heon, actress Choi Ji-woo, director Kim Jee-woon and actress Kim Tae-hee [10Asia]
He grabbed people's attention as soon as he made his acting debut. And he did great. He would then encounter a crisis but everytime, he would somehow find his way back. And he went around the world to look for new work. This is the life of this top star whose life is like a drama or drama turns out to be what his life is....More
Actor Kim Beom [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Kim Beom has grown as an actor everytime we see him. The young boy that first appeared in 2006 TV series "Rude Women" as a child who takes good care of his single mom, made himself known to the public through MBC sitcom "High Kick!" and made his presence more prominent through just a few series of appearances in the beginning of "East of Eden" playing the child part of Hallyu star Song Seung-heon. It became certain last year that he had secured a position on the small screen when he made the hearts of many female viewers flutter through KBS drama "Boys over Flowers".
Kim then showed how he had finally become a 'man' and one that is ready to play a lead role through SBS TV series "Dream - Drama". "Expressing a character is similar to trying on different clothes. The characters I played in 'Boys over Flowers' or 'Dream - Drama' were articles of clothing I tried on as a hanger or mannequin. They may not fit me initially since they may be too long or short but there comes a point when it fits you just right after some adjustment. That is when you look at yourself in the mirror and start being evaluated by others too for how you look in that item of clothing. Taking on a new role is like adding a new piece of clothing to your wardrobe so I must say that I'm very eager when it comes to work"....More
Hallyu star Hyun Bin [AM Entertainment]
A recent poll has shown Korean actor Hyun Bin is the No. 1 Hallyu star Thailand.
In a survey conducted on Thailand's largest Hallyu portal site Pantip.com, Hyun Bin topped a survey asking respondents to cast a vote for their favorite actor. The 28-year-old actor beat out some of Korea's top celebrities including Rain, So Ji-sub and Jang Geun-suk.
Three dramas that Hyun Bin starred in also ranked within the top 20 of voters' favorite dramas -- "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" in fourth place, "The Snow Queen" in 14th and "Worlds Within" in 20th....More
Brand "YES" brings Seo Woo as 'Lovely Girl' concept of the photoshoot.
She has a cute image and even has volume in her body line! She is the innocent glamorous image for the 2010 S/S pink and orange bright colored color and pattern underwear as...More
Actress Bae Doona in Air Doll [AIR DOLL Production Committee]
Korean actress Bae Doona will win her third best actress award in Japan for her role in film "Air Doll", according to her agency Barunson Entertainment on Thursday.
"Bae received an overwhelming number of the votes amongst the nominees for best actress", director Takeshi Kitano was quoted as saying of the 30-year-old actress who will claim her prize at the Tokyo Sports Movie Awards to be held February 28....More
Interview with the actor who appeared in 2009 hit film "Take Off" and most recently starred in movie "Lady Daddy" opposite actress Lee Na-young.
Korean actor Kim Ji-seok-I [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name is Kim Ji-suk. My real name is Kim Bo-suk. When I first debuted as a singer with my real name, many people confused me with senior actors Jung Bo-suk and Kim Bo-sung. The CEO of the agency I was at came up with the part 'Ji' for my name. He was also the one who came with actress Choi Ji-woo's name.
I was born on April 21, 1981. My family is composed of my parents, my older brother who is two years old than me and younger brother who just took his college entrance exams. My older brother and I have different brain structures. He is a member of Mensa and he also attended Oxford and KAIST. I wasn't too bad at my studies either but I wanted my parents to acknowledge me as much as they did my brother. That was the real reason I started acting.
My parents emphasized education and because of that I was lucky to have attended middle and high school in England. I was able to play soccer on vast green fields, but at the time I didn't appreciate it. I still dream about those green fields sometimes.
What I got out of my studies in England was a sense of professionalism and autonomy. I enjoyed the system where from a young age, you are able to study in the field that you wanted to pursue without someone forcing you. ...More
KBS drama, "IRIS" brought Kim So-yeon to the spotlight.
She is back through a new photoshoot where she is so sexy and attractive!
The ELLE's February issue brings her with a concept of frustration and despair. We can see...More
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
, star of the hit drama "Boys over Flowers
", will return to the small screen in a new drama for MBC this year.
Yonhap News Agency reported that Lee has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming drama "Personal Taste"
. He will play the role of Jun Jin-ho, a young man who pretends to be gay in order to become the roommate of a woman he likes. The female lead, who will play a woman who befriends only gay guys, has not been cast.
The 22-year-old Lee apologized for making his fans wait for his next project.
"I've waited long enough to mature as an actor. I promise to become a more experienced actor for my fans", he said.
will be written by Park Hye-kyeong
and directed by Son Hyeong-seok
. Filming is expected to start in February, with the first episode slated to air in Apri...More
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun at 2009 KBS Acting Awards [KBS]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun won three awards -- including the grand prize -- at the 2009 KBS Acting Awards, held at KBS Open Hall on December 31.
Lee was awarded the top acting prize of the year for his role in blockbuster drama "IRIS" and also won the Best Couple and Netizens' Choice awards.
"I started acting at KBS", said the actor in his acceptance speech. "When I had just debuted at KBS I heard about the acting awards.. I wondered if I would ever be able to go up on that stage. The very next year, I won the Best New Actor award".
He went on to say, "And now I've won Grand Prize on this stage. I'm very touched". He thanked the staff, actress Su-ae who -- believing Lee would win -- sent him a congratulatory text message in advance and his mother....More
By Han Sang-hee
There were no big surprises at the Drama Awards held by the three major networks ― KBS, SBS and MBC ― last year.
The Grand Prizes each went to Lee Byung-hun
for his work in "IRIS"
(KBS), Jang Seo-hee
for "Temptation of Wife
" (SBS) and Go Hyun-jung
for "Queen Seon-deok
Year-end drama awards have been criticized for being too generous when giving out awards and also not meeting the public's consensus. Last year's events were indeed generous, yet there were no decisions that caused anyone to shake their heads. However, there were distinctive trends that made the three events different from the past.
'30s Reigning the Small Screen
Unlike the pop industry where young idol bands are main stream, the older crowd is on top in the drama scene.
Lee, Jang and Ko are all in their '30s, beating their younger colleagues with their charisma, experience and impeccable acting skills.
Top prizes, including the Best Acting Awards, also went to actors and actresses in their thirties, including Chae Si-ra
By Janet Shin
Celebrities are always hounded by those trying to dig up scandals and personal affairs. Some of these stories may be matters of interest, but others may ruin a person's integrity and cause them to stop their public activities.
Celebrities can enjoy wealth, fame and adoration, but all these can disappear with just one bad scandal. Some celebrities barely survive such turmoil while others may disappear from the public eye.
As usual, many celebrity scandals were exposed this year whether we want to hear them or not.
Continuing on the theme of last week's article, the saju of Tiger Woods, this week focuses on Lee Byung-hun
, who is also embroiled in a scandal.
Lee, a "hallyu", or Korean Wave, star who appears in the KBS drama "IRIS"
, may have to go to court to defend himself against a lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought by a 22-year-old woman, a Canadian-Korean rhythmic gymnast, for damages from Lee's alleged false promises of marriage.
After meeting in Canada in 2008 during a promotional tour for the movie "The Good, the Bad, the Weird
", the two continued to keep in contact through phone calls and e-mails after Lee returned to Korea. The gymnast, known by her family name, Kwon, even visited Korea to spend some days at Lee's house. As Lee allegedly promised to provide financial support for Kwon's studies and gymnastics career, she moved ...More
Actress Go Hyun-jung [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
Top 10 People of 2009
In the entertainment industry, the end of a year is a season about watching and talking about "people". Many media outlets select their "person of the year" and people flock to year-end awards shows to hear a quote from stars that they do not get to see often. 10Asia picked our own figures of the year, but there is no red carpet or photo spotlights for the stars to enter upon. Our selection of "persons of 2009" are not top stars who attained the most popularity from the public, but people who changed the landscape of Korea's entertainment industry and stimulated the public with experiences that we had not had before. Here are ten people who showed us a new direction for upcoming 2010...More
By Cho Jae-hyon
Four Korean heartthrobs ― Lee Byung-hun
, Jang Dong-gun
, Song Seung-heon
and Won Bin
― enthralled 70,000 Japanese fans who packed the Tokyo Dome at a special Korean Wave or "hallyu" festival, Thursday.
This was the first time that the top stars have taken the same stage for a promotional event, dubbed "4Card ― Four of a Kind". The actors held two fan meetings on Thursday at the dome which accommodates ab...More
By Kim Tong-hyung
KBS, the biggest of the country's four national television networks, plans to exploit multicasting technology to add to the number of channels beamed over the airwaves.
The announcement, however, has cable television operators and the rest of the pay-TV industry fuming, as they fear the possibilities of bulked-up terrestrial channel packages choking off their viewership.
Multicasting, or multimode services (MMS) as KBS prefers to call it, refers to the use of digital compression technology to broadcast several television channels in the bandwidth space of a current analog broadcast signal.
The television industry has been discussing multicast offerings since local stations first transmitted their signals digitally in 2001, and the government-mandated switch to all-digital broadcasting by 2012 clearly makes the possibilities more intriguing.
KBS currently has two terrestrial channels, KBS 1 and 2, and also has four channels provided to cable and television networks - KBS Prime, KBS Drama, KBS N Sports and KBS Joy.
Controversy is building over news that actor Lee Byung-hun
is being paid W100 million per episode for appearing in the KBS drama "IRIS"
A newspaper reported on Wednesday that Lee was guaranteed at least W100 million for each episode of the spy thriller, considering a W25 million per episode performance fee and a W1.5 billion advance. The figure is well above the W15 million per episode guideline set by the Corea Drama Production Association (CODA), and the third highest in the industry history.
The record is a whopping W250 million per episode paid to actor Bae Yong-joon
for the MBC drama ...More
New KBS drama "IRIS" shows Lee Byung-hun and Jung Joon-ho as Korean country singers!
"IRIS" is about the National Security System agents who are also best friends and taking comic personalities also!
The two are celebrating their success of a mission and are showing off their talents in front of the team.
The first episode is released this 14th!
Actress Jang Shin-young
has applied for divorce after nearly three years of marriage.
Jang, 25, attributed her request to the wide gap in character with her husband. But press reports blamed the mounting debt of her businessman husband, identified only as Wi, 33, for the couple's breakup.
An acquaintance of Jang was quoted as saying, "Wi had been struggling with a lot of debt owing to business failures. They tried, in vain, to avoid divorce in consideration of their son".
Wi reportedly reached a final decision on divorce out of fear that his debt might affect Jang's acting career negatively.
Wi had been working for BOF (Boundarie...More
A preview for a Japanese drama starring hallyu (Korean wave) star So Ji-sub
will take place in Tokyo next week.
The show, "I am GHOST", will be featured on BEE TV, a mobile phone broadcaster, starting Oct. 20. The preview will be held at the Tokyo International Forum Hall in Yurakucho, Oct. 13.
So, 32, who plays heroine Mitsuki Tanimura, director Toshiro Sonoda and other staff members will give a full account of the filming process during the preview, according to Yonhap News.
"I am GHOST", BEE TV's first action drama, consists of 24 five-minute episodes.
The drama tells the ...More
By Han Sang-hee
Actor and singer Park Yong-ha
, one of the top Korean wave (hallyu) stars, will hold a concert at the Hawaii Convention Center Oct. 17, his agency, Yona Entertainment said.
It will be the first time in three years ― since the 32-year-old appeared at a solo concert in Oct. 14, 2006 ― for him to perform in Hawaii. The state has appointed the day as "Yong-ha Day" ever since.
"I am excited to think that I will meet my Hawaiian fans for t...More
KOCCA to host a seminar at KBI building, Mok-dong on Sept. 29
Win-Win strategy for broadcasting networks and independent production companies to be discussed to cope with changes occurred due to independent production quota policy
A venue is set to be made to provide a win-win solution for both broadcasting networks and independent production companies. Those companies have found it difficult to secure production fund since introduction of regulation on independent production quota.
Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister: Yu In-chon) and organized by Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA. President & CEO: Lee Jae-woong), 'Seminar on...More
He has been in the scenes and possibly part of the violent fight. Kangin had to quit from his MC position inthe cable channel KBS drama "Human Network Miracle".
Kangin's last filming has been last 8th and starting 28th, he will not be in the show aired.
Included in the star-studded cast of the new KBS drama, "IRIS"
, Top (Choi Seung-hyun
) of Big Bang showed his excitement at the drama's showcase held in Seoul's Cheonggye Plaza on Monday. Some 400 fans and journalists have come to the special event.
In his second acting role Top admitted that he's still getting used to acting and learning a lot from other actors. His first appearance on a TV drama was in another KBS series, "I Am Sam
". He said that acting and si...More
Actress Park Tam-hee will be the bright and charming gold miss!
The new KBS drama "The Queen Returns" will be about the gold miss Choi Joo-hee acted by Park!
The drama is also about a housewife who wished to be a ballerina and a ballerina who dreamed to be a housewife. The ballerina will be acted by Hwang Shin-hye and the housewife will be acted by Oh Yun-soo.
Park Tam-hee here, will be the dance university underclassman and a stage director for the ballet group in college, and once a fan of the ballerina, Do-kyeong but became anti-fan when ...More
By Han Sang-hee
Following the success of "Boys over Flowers
" early this year, KBS is bringing yet another stylish drama to television fans with leading stars Yoon Eun-hye
, Yoon Sang-heon and Jung Il-woo
According to the producer Ji Yeong-soo
, the drama "will offer humor and laughs, perfect for the summer season".
The storyline is simple: A former playboy, played by Yoon, gets himself a job as a servant of one of the richest and pickiest girls in town, and struggles to win both her money and heart. His plan takes a turn as a talented and rich lawyer, played by Jeong, steps between the two characters.
The three actors showcased their new styles and personalities at a press conference last week in southern Seoul, and fans can expect an interesting transformation from the trio.
The Fierce Heir
Korea's two top movie stars, Hyun Bin
and Song Hye-kyo
, admitted that they are in love. Having starred in the KBS drama "Worlds Within
" as reunited lovers, the two have become a real-life couple off-screen about two months ago. Hyeon's representative at A.M. Entertainment said the two have remained friends even after the drama ended last year and their friendship blossomed into love just recently.
Hyeon is currently starring in the drama "Friends, Our Story" on MBC, while Song is taking some time off. They're both Hallyu ...More
By Han Sang-hee
Supporting actors appearing in local dramas have begun unleashing their charms, and more viewers are starting to recognize their presence.
MBC's hit drama "Queen Seon-deok
" boasts a lineup of interesting characters surrounding the main character, Deok-man, played by Lee Yo-won
, who later becomes the first queen in Korea's history.
Lee is not the only actress enjoying the spotlight, as many viewers have taken notice of the villain, Mi-shil, played by Go Hyun-jung
Mi-shil dreams of becoming queen, but fails when Seondoek makes a splash in political circles. Ko, who is well known for her sweet and tender roles, has successfully transformed herself into the ambitious Mi-shil, who tries to scheme and threaten her way to the throne.
MBC explained before the drama's airing that Ko was originally offered the role of Seondeok, but she actually chose to take the part of the femme fatale after reading the script.
"I thought acting a very clear character would be better for me. I'm breaking out of my original roles, which were balanced and had a certain rhythm. I will do my best not to lose the viewers' attention", Ko said at a press confere...More
By Ines Min
Actress Hwang Shin-hye
is to return to the entertainment scene in the new KBS drama "The Queen Returns
" after a five-year hiatus.
In her new role, she will play a woman who goes to study abroad after losing her first love to a friend. When she returns, transformed into a figure of power and beauty, trouble begins to stir. A fierce batt...More
Yoon Eun-hye has been away from us for 2 years, now she is returning through a new KBS drama, "My Fair Lady".
The first filming has started! The scene was about Yoon's character receiving orders from the social services to take care of children in orphanages. She is also in the scenes of shooting for leisure.
Yoon's character is brought up like a princess in a high class family and she is loved...More
is becoming popular as a painter after rising to stardom as an actress in the Cinderella tale drama "Boys over Flowers
". Koo's exhibition titled "Tango" has been at Gallery La Mer in Insa-dong, Seoul since last Wednesday. On display are 50 works including the illustrations in her novel of the same title and paintings made shooting the hugely popular KBS drama.
She said that after the drama ended, sometimes she com...More
Actor Sol Kyung-gu
, 41, and actress Song Yoon-ah
, 36, will marry on May 28.
The renowned actor and actress plan to announce their scheduled wedding at Litz-Carlton Hotel in southern Seoul Saturday at 4 p.m.
They made up their mind to marry, following a recent greeting session of their families, a close source of the couple said.
"We appeared together in two films but we started dating in fall of 2007 in full scale", said Actress Song. "We spontaneously got to have mind to get marry each other".
Actor Seol earlier married his senior actor ...More
There has been a press meeting with reporters and the cast, Kim Ah-joong and Hwang Jung-min for the new KBS drama "The Accidental Couple".
This drama is about two main characters who make a contract marriage and their lives within those 6 months.
The first episode will be aired on the 29th....More
, a member of idol girl band Girls' Generation
, will be first introduced to Japan as an actress rather than as a singer. The KBS1 drama "You Are My Destiny
", in which she appeared, will be aired on the Japanese cable channel Eisei Gekijo from May 19. She won the Best New Actress award for the role she played in the drama at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards.
In promoting the family drama, to be broadcast in Hi-Vision,...More
On the 31st, there has been a press meeting for KBS drama "The Slingshot".
The actor and actresses are Park Yong-ha and Park Si-yeon.
The synopsis is that a man living and struggling to survuve in the jungle-like world that is controlled by money. This is a battle between geniuses who try to conquer this world of money....More
Kim plays a royal descendant of the Shilla Kingdom
Actor Kim Suk-hoon
talked on Monday about why he accepted the role he is currently playing in the new KBS2 TV drama "The Iron Empress
" in an interview at the KBS Drama Center in Suwon. "I liked the character (Kim Chi-yang) because he has two faces. He has not yet revealed them in the drama, but will soon do so", he said. "Kim Chi-yang is currently disguised as a Chinese merchant, but actually he is a man who has a great ambition to rebuild the Shilla Kingdom (57 BC–935 AD)".
A royal descendan...More
Appearing in KBS drama "Again, My Love
Actress Park Ye-jin
, who has been popular for her candidness on a reality entertainment program, is now playing a totally opposite role in a drama series.
In KBS 2TV's Wed-Thurs series "Again, My Love
" (script Jo Hee
, producer Kim Jong-chang
), which first aired on Wednesday, Park plays the intellectual and beautiful news anchor Choi Yun-hui. The ambitious Hillary Clinton wannabe is miles apart from her persona in the hit SBS ent...More
Singer and actor Ryu Si-won
(36) will sing the theme song of a Japanese drama.
His albums have ranked high on the Oricon chart upon their release in Japan. The song is "Cafe Wonderland" from the drama "おちゃべり", a new daytime drama airing on Mainichi TV and TBS-TV starting March 1.
"Cafe Wonderland" will be released March 11 as Ryu's 9th single title and his first this year, which marks the 5th anniversary of his debut in Japan.
Ryoo will also appear at the end of every episode of the 20-episode drama and deliver a 15-second "love" message targeting married wo...More
Tonight viewers face two choices: tune into the escapades of a strikingly handsome knight or go for a brand new melodrama.
For the past two weeks, ancient Korean hero Iljimae of MBC's "Iljimae Returns - Moon River
" has been winning the Wednesday and Thursday night miniseries ratings race. Now, the competition is heating up with a new series joining tonight's line-up.
Titled "Again, My Love
", KBS' latest installment takes Korean dramas back to their roots, with a twist. Instead of the usual tortured love triangle, "Again, My Love
" centers on an unconventional quintet of stars.
Rising celebrities Park Ye-jin
and Jung Gyu-woon
and veterans Choi Myung-gil
, Park Sang-won
and Jun In-hwa
weave a web of deceit, betrayal, and yes, adultery in the 24-episode series.
"I have done a lot of conventional family melodramas", said director Kim Jong-chang
of the hit series "My Rosy Life
" (2005) at a press conference Thursday.
Having mastered the art of the tear-jerker - remember the late ...More
Korean music mogul Park Jin-young
and Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon
announced a partnership to form a media contents corporation earlier this week.
Park's JYP Entertainment and Bae's company Key East, will venture into television production with a drama tentatively titled, "Dream High
", under the banner of their new enterprise. This will be the duo's first foray into TV production.
The series will begin casting and auditions later this month, which also includes general pre-production preparations. Projected to air in the first quarter of 2010, "Dream High
", is set in an entertainment academy where students dream of becoming the next continental superstar.
The drama will showcase actors in dance training and acting rehearsals that should pique the ...More
Actor and singer Choi Jin-young
, younger brother of late actress Choi Jin-sil
, appeared on the KBS "Park Jung Hoon Show" on Dec. 21, and spoke of his sister. "There were times when I resented her for passing on this huge burden to me", said a tearful Choi.
"I decided to come to the show because I wanted to show my sister in heaven that many people are still remembering her", he added.
Choi said after the divorce his sister suffered from malicious comments posted online -- and once decided to immigrate to the U.S. for the sake of her childre...More
This 5th, new KBS drama "Boys over Flowers" will be aired! This storyline is originally from a comic book which was highly popular.
This is a high fantasy romance genre which is very modern and highly fictional. It would reflect a dream that we might all have dreamed as teens.
The drama is set at a highly elitist high school which doesn't exist in real life. A laundry store owner's daughter Geum Jandi (Ku Hye-sun) is scouted to this school where the top 1% of the wealthy children get to go. She becomes a loner by the 4 boys who are known as F4 around the school....More
State-run broadcaster KBS is greeting the New Year with not one but two dramas: a remake of the iconic classic "Boys over Flowers
" and the epic "The Iron Empress
Historical romance "The Iron Empress
" hatches its 80-episode-long tale tomorrow night, spicing up the Goryeo Dynasty with the bloody escapades of a warrior woman played by veteran actress Chae Si-ra
Chae, the feline beauty who enchanted and frightened audiences in KBS' "Emperor of The Sea
" (2004), reprises her role as a ruthless Amazon in the upcoming drama.
"Men have been playing the lead in historical romances", said Chae, 40, at a press conference held on Dec. 19. "Now, I think it is time for women to do so. This drama will show people that there was an awesome and brave female leader during the Goryeo Dynasty".
Fearsome would be a more accurate description of the heroine, who is aptly called The Iron Empress
. The fourth wife of Goryeo Dynasty founder Taejo Wanggeon, the empress ruled as the regent for her son Mokjong, the dynasty's seventh ruler.
Determined to realize her ambitious goals for the kingdom of Goryeo, she dons armor, battles against foreign invaders, and tramples her lover, her son and brother in her rise to power. The audience is invited to watch her transform into a cold-hearted warrior.
"Every year we do a big scale drama", said Senior Producer/Director of KBS Drama Team 2 ...More
Author of Japanese comic "Boys over Flowers
", now made into a new KBS drama, has visited the set to offer her encouragement to the cast and staff. Yoko Kamio made an unofficial visit to Korea to show her support for this drama based on her work about a perky girl's high school adventures and romance with four hottest guys on campus.
"Boys over Flowers
" were published in 17 countries, including Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and even France. The romant...More
By Han Sang-hee
1. The Death of Celebrities in 2008
The suicide death of actor Ahn Jae-hwan
because his debt shocked the nation. Then, the suicide death of Korea's commercial queen and sweetheart, Choi Jin-sil
, friend to Ahn and his wife/comedian Jung Sun-hee
, jolted the nation. Choi's death hit the nation hard, with fellow celebrities following suit, including transsexual actress
Jang Chae-won, model Kim Ji-hoo, and vocal group M Street's leader Lee Seo-hyun.
Many stars passed away, leaving the entertainment industry and its fans grieving.
The first celebrity to leave fans was Kim Chang-ik, youngest member of the group Sanulrim. He was followed by famed composer Lee Young-hun, who died in February after suffering from colon cancer. In April, Turtleman from the pop group "Turtles" died from a heart attack, while Kim Min-soo
, member of the pop group Monday Kiz, passed away after being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Model Ion also died in a motorcycle accident. Most recently, actor Park Kwang-jeong
passed away after suffering from lung cancer.
2. The Popularity in "Real" Reality Shows
This year welcomed various reality shows, some new and some simply upgraded. The key factor of this year's reality programs is that the shows represent raw realism. MBC's "Infinity Challenge" showed its group practicing for a Latin dance competition and also a nationwide aerobic competition. KBS' "One Day Two Nights" presented a celebrity group visiting villages and carrying out tasks and games along the way. MBC's "We've Got Married" put popular celebrity couples in "marriages" and showed them living in the same house, and spending time together like other married couples. SBS joined in the fun with "The Family is Out", which brought a number of celebrities to the country picking fruits and vegetables, working in the fields and cooking things for themselves.
3. The Comeback of Big Stars and Rise of Idol Groups
The pop scene this year was busy with the return of big stars as well as the rise of hip pop idol groups. Singer Kim Gun-mo
appeared with his new album, which was made with composer Kim Chang-wan
for the first time since their split 13 years ago. Ballad singer Shin Seung-hun also returned after holding concerts in Japan. Singers Kim Jong-kook
and Jo Sung-mo returned after finishing their military service, while "JYP" Park Jin-young
, Rain and even Seo Taiji
returned to their loyal fans. Female singers were also strong, with Baek Ji-young
and Lee Soo-young
gracing the stage with new tunes.
The rise of the idol groups ― Big Bang, Wonder Girls, More
The New York premiere of the KBS drama series "Hwang-jin-i", starring actress Ha Ji-won
, will be held at the Korea Society in Manhattan, New York on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. The premiere event will screen the 10th and 12th episode of the drama series.
Following the screening, producer Kim Cheol-gyoo
and Harvard University Professor David McCann, who specializes in Korean literature, will hold a discussion session with audience members.
The event will a...More
Popular Korean actress Song Hye-kyo
will be returning to TV for the first time in four years. During a recent interview, the actress, who was recently cast in the new KBS drama series "Worlds Within
", said although she doesn't give too much thought to viewer ratings, she is starting to feel the pressure as the first episode's airing date draws near.
Song added that her co-star Hyun Bin
tried his best to calm down her nerves by telling her that there are good times and bad times and that she shouldn't care too much about the viewer ratings.
Whenever a series with a similar theme to a previous hit comes out, it is almost certain to get severely criticized.
KBS' "Worlds Within
", a new drama that bears striking similarities to SBS' "On Air"
, will face judgment tonight when it airs its first episode.
Like "On Air"
, this star-studded series tracks the drama production process. But unlike its predecessor - which revolved around a manager, an actress, a scriptwriter and a producer - "Worlds Within
" focuses on the relationship between two program directors, played by celebrities Song Hye-kyo
and Hyun Bin
Through Song and Hyun's characters, viewers will get an inside look into the world of television, with a bit of romance on the side.
But will it be compelling enough to nab the same high ratings as "On Air"
KBS has done everything in it...More
New KBS drama "The Iron Empress" will be starting next month starring Chae Si-ra as the queen!
Chae is surprising the staff and other actors by fulfillming the stunt action moves. She filmed a scene jumping off a cliff and running away from enemies with the costar Kim Suk-hoon acting as the future lover, Kim Chi-yang. She is also filming a scene where she has to swim through a current....More
The final episode of the hit KBS drama series "Mom's Dead Upset
" was aired on September 28. The popular drama series ended with a viewer rating of 40%. According to TNS Media Korea, the drama series garnered a viewer rating of 40.6% on Sunday. The highest viewer rating for the drama series was 42.7% on September 21.
In the final episode, Han-ja, who had left home and her family to enjoy some freedom of her own, returns home after finding out that her pregnant daughter-in-law Mi-yeon was showing signs of a miscarriage. The last scene ...More
recorded the main theme song for a TV drama series for the first time since his debut. Wheesung
sang "Alive... and Dead... ", the theme song for the brand new KBS drama series "Land of wind
" starring actors Song Il-gook
How would So Ji-sub
rate his acting? "Fifty-one out of 100". It is not the first time that the 32-year old has mentioned the score. He already said he would give himself 51 points when he was shooting KBS drama "I'm Sorry, I Love You
", which made him a top star in 2004. The score means his acting gives him a little more satisfaction than dissatisfaction. And after coming back from four years of absence due to his military service, that's how he still rates himself.
In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo, So explains, "I still give myself 51 points because I feel like starting all over again". Though his words seem modest, the number 51 might be the highest praise he could give himself.
His confidence is well reflected in his new movie ...More
Two of 'Nation of Wind', the masterpiece of Kim Jin-I
, will be published soon.
Economics Media (http://www.ecomix.co.kr) announced that they would provide the President Award '2008 Korean Comic Award' and two special editions which are the original ones of a KBS drama called 'Land of wind
' would be published.
This work has been started from off-line series in 1992 and now is serialized in WE6 (http:.www.we6.co.kr) which has been operated by cartoon writers of medium standing. It has been published in book forms till volume 22 by Sigongsa (a publishing company). And Economics Media (a publishing company) published it from volume 23 to 25. The special edition is reconstructing volume 1 to 22 to 4...More
New KBS drama "Love and Marriage" starring Kim Min-hee, Hwang Bo-ra, and Ok Go-woon brought laughter and giggles to the audience through their funny conversations with their face mask on.
This drama has the attention of its viewers with sweetness of romance like a chocolate. ...More
The KBS 2TV drama "Land of wind
" was sold to Japan at a price higher than past purchases for previous KBS dramas.
"We signed the contracts with Japan's biggest distributor, Pony Canyon, at the 'Broadcast Worldwide Exhibition & Conference (BCWW)' which opened on the 3rd", said a representative from KBS. "We can't reveal the exact price, but it is the greatest amount that has ever been paid for the export of a KBS program".
"Love and Marriage ", a brand new drama series on KBS 2TV, has kicked off with a viewer rating of 7% on August 25.
According to AGB Nielsen Research on August 26, "Love and Marriage " received a viewer rating of 7.4 percent for the first episode. "Mighty Chil-woo
" a recently-concluded drama series which preceded "Love and Marriage ", started with a viewer rating of 11.3% for the first episode, 14.7% for the final episode and an average viewer rating of 11.8%.
"Love and Marriage " is a romantic comedy which stars ...More
With the Beijing Olympics over, broadcasting networks face the challenge of filling the void. Both KBS and MBC have already stepped up to the plate with two brand-new dramas: "Love and Marriage
" and "East of Eden
Despite the recent dismissal of the network's former head, Jung Yun-joo, KBS is determined to prove that it will continue to air quality shows. The channel's latest Monday and Tuesday night installment, "Love and Marriage
", seeks to boost viewer ratings.
KBS faces some stiff competition. MBC, which failed to score high viewer ratings with their last Monday and Tuesday night series "When It's at Night
, is aiming high with its epic drama, "East of Eden
Featuring a star-studded cast, including heartthrob Song Seung-heon
, this 50-episode series reportedly racked up 25 billion won ($23 million) in production costs. Like the novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, this drama charts the tumultuous struggles between two households. The similarities, however, end there.
Set in Korea, the drama opens up in a coal mining town in the 1960s and ends in the 21st century. The plot revolves around Song Seung-heon
's character, Lee Dong-chul. Having witnessed his father's murder, Song's character is set on revenge. He faces the dark allure of crime as he enters the dirty world of casinos to get back at his father's murderer.
The actor Lee Eon
, whose real name Park Sang-min
, died yesterday in a motorcyle accident, his publicist said.
The 27-year-old had been considered an up-and-coming talent and had recently appeared in KBS' "Mighty Chil-woo
Eon reportedly died from a broken neck after crashing into the guardail of an overpass in Hannam-dong, Seoul. He was riding home from a party ...More
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, a model-turned-actor who starred in the popular MBC drama "