12 Beautiful actresses who rocked crossdressing 2017/07/25,
In the recent drama, "The King Loves", actress Yoona challenged herself in her very first historical drama with a crossdressing role. Yoona's acting improves daily and this time, her foray into a new area of acting has surprised everyone. She is doing well in this role, but her beauty simply can't be hidden behind men's clothing,...More
Who's Your Favorite Historical Drama Goddess? 2017/06/29,
Being in a historical drama is more challenging than it seems. Specially for the actresses, being able to look good in the traditional clothes, Hanbok, and the center parted hair-dos can be a bit of a difficult look to pull off if your proportion is not right. Moreover, the tone of the voice and languages used in the historical dramas are very different from that of a modern drama,...More
[Guest Drama Review] "Healer" 2017/03/04,
Filled with a good blend of suspense, mystery and just enough action, Healer was a surprisingly well executed and thought out drama. Following the life of Seo Jeong-hoo (Ji Chang-wook) aka Healer, the series begins with an introduction to his dangerous yet thrilling occupation as a so called "Night Courier", doing almost anything for money as long as it didn't involve killing. Pulled out of his lifestyle of isolation and dreaming of living on an island somewhere, he then meets Chae Yeong-sin (Park Min-young) our female lead,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 20 Final 2016/02/18,
There's two essential parts to the final episode of "Remember"- gratifying revenge and sadness. The sadness actually ends up coming from an unexpected angle, though. While Jin-woo's loss of memory is not glossed over or dismissed in any way, this material ends up being covered relatively shortly in the ending. Instead, we're left with grief at how everything managed to turn out so poorly, thus necessitating the elaborate revenge scheme,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 19 2016/02/17,
Gyoo-man is hard at work trying to alienate every possible character he can. I'm surprised that even the security guards are willing to put up with it anymore. Every scene we see them, those poor extras look massively uncomfortable. They don't even try to manhandle Gyoo-man's victims anymore, because he's gotten so public with the violent outbursts that odds are good they're going to show up on someone's cell phone camera too,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 18 2016/02/11,
Jin-woo's embarrassing moment of memory loss notwithstanding, it turns out there is in fact a crucial, subtle inconsistency in the black box video. I hadn't noticed it before, but then again I don't recall if we were ever actually shown the video in full context before either. Well, no matter. The point is that once Jin-woo gets reasonable doubt, he's able to get the gangsters to cooperate and from there it's one leg of the conspiracy down, with several left to go,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 17 2016/02/10,
In short order "Remember" tacks on a second trial to the first one. Which is a bit of a shame- I actually mostly like the rape storyline. The fact that it's taking a relatively long time to conclude doesn't even bother me so much because it makes sense for Gyoo-man's legal team to use delaying tactics. It takes time to manufacture evidence and bully witnesses into giving false testimony. What's more, this tactic has become increasingly ineffective since In-ah knows how they operate,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 16 2016/02/04,
Dong-ho, having finally quit his position as Gyoo-man's scumbag lawyer, finds some difficulty here in making amends and getting back on the right side. Personally I'm surprised anyone in Jin-woo's firm is willing to entertain the prospect of Dong-ho's helping at all. Yeah, we know that Dong-ho has meant well this whole time. But it's not like Jin-woo had any way of being aware of this save for the occasional oblique hint,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 15 2016/02/03,
Why does anyone ever cooperate with Gyoo-man on any task whatsoever? He doesn't even pretend to be friendly, the guy just barks orders out practically at random, and when he does reward loyalty there's always this thick veneer of condescension. Gyoo-man's family money is good, but it seems like there's only so much Gyoo-man a character can tolerate before deciding, you know, forget the money, I'd really much rather punch him in the face,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 14 2016/01/28,
Having moved very quickly through similar but mostly unrelated plot points the last several episodes, here "Remember" is forced into that most dreadful of contrivances- when a drama is forced to repeat its own moral conflicts to evade the fact that there's not much more plot to get through. Try taking a count of how many characters enter into discussions regarding the wisdom of current day decisions on the basis of backstory. It comes up a lot,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 13 2016/01/27,
At one point here the possibility is broached for an obviously adorable romantic scene between Jin-woo and In-ah. And the moment this possibility came up, I asked myself what was more likely- that we would actually get to see this adorably romantic scene, or that writer Yoon Hyeon-ho would once again find a way to end the episode the episode with borderline absurd melodrama? If you can't already guess the answer to that question, well, you probably have not been watching "Remember" up until now,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Healer" 2016/01/23,
Kill or Cure
It's hard to define "Healer" as it's got a little bit of everything: super spy, crime, drama, romance, and family. It weaves a lot of concepts together to form one well-written, well-executed, thrilling, and emotional fusion drama. The main story is a complex one, wrapped layers deep waiting for us to peel back. But at a high level, "Healer" is about a skilled "night courier" who steals items for clients in return for money and how his life completely changed with a strange job from a famous reporter requesting him to find a girl. Little did Healer or the audience realize how much their fates have been intertwined and that they would eventually work together to uncover important mysteries that not only involve everyone around them, but also explain their roots,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 12 2016/01/21,
Don't be fooled by the generally light overall tone of the episode. Sure, in the immediate sense it's all fun and games as Jin-woo's team celebrates their opening legal victory. There's even cute romance- an element that's been all too lacking since the early episodes, mainly because the revenge and melodrama have been hitting such a high point that there just hasn't been any space for it. But just round the corner there's always some new morbid plot twist,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 11 2016/01/20,
After taking a moment to remind us that Jin-woo is still grieving, "Remember" proceeds to demonstrate why Jae-hyeok's culpability as a convicted murderer actually creates as many problems as it solves for the villains. See, now that Jin-woo has no hope of saving his father, that means there's nothing stopping him from eliminating as many people on his list in the short term as possible. They were only ever useful to the extent they could exonerate Jae-hyeok. Now they're just enemies,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 10 2016/01/14,
While the story in "Remember" moves in a fairly predictable pattern, it's a pattern that changes and reorients itself so often that I'm constantly forgetting when the drama just did the exact same plot point practically a few minutes ago. Writer Yoon Hyeon-ho is without a doubt the master of distracting out-of-nowhere segues. Fainting? Never mind that there's legal adventures to be had! Witness intimidation? Wait, there's a gangster showdown at the junkyard! Look, more improbable courtroom theatrics! Melodrama! Witness intimidation again!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 9 2016/01/13,
The cliffhanger from the last episode ends up being solved with surprisingly little urgency. Which is to be expected, given the obvious misstep on the part of the gangster. It's one thing to kill ordinary people while on the payroll of the vast corporate conspiracy. Going after an actual prosecutor though, that's, that's just a really bad idea. Even bribed officials have to go after those crimes seriously, lest every two bit hood with a piece of string starts to try and avoid legal troubles by murdering cops,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 8 2016/01/07,
Jin-woo's initial plan to deal with his trumped-up murder charge is to just blow through everything and expose the conspiracy in its entirity. This plan fails mostly because if it worked we wouldn't have any more story to go through. So contrivance after contrivance is the rule of the day here as "Remember" moves to its mostly preordained conclusion- figuring out who the actual murderer is in the short term so Jin-woo can start up again from scratch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 7 2016/01/06,
Yeok-kyeong (played by Jung Hye-sung) is Gyoo-man's sister and I think she's the secondary love interest for Jin-woo although I'm not really sure. Yeok-kyeong is kind of a jerk, and yet there's no love lost between her and Gyoo-man. Yeok-kyeong clearly enjoys prodding him just as much as she does the heroes. As one of the few people Gyoo-man can't physically attack, Yeok-kyeong milks this advantage for all its worth. Soo-beom (played by Lee Si-eon) is Gyoo-man's gopher, and unfortunately enjoys no such immunity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 6 2015/12/24,
When last we left off Jin-woo was impeaching the credibility of an alleged sexual assault victim by bringing up a past boyfriend...no, don't go, hard as it may be to imagine "Remember" does manage to deal with this subject matter tactfully. Mainly because the direction clearly indicates that the basic thrust of Jin-woo's argument is in fact fairly scummy. Even bearing in mind that the guy is probably innocent it's hard to imagine a woman willing to go this far out on the basis of sheer spite,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 5 2015/12/23,
Writer Yoon Hyeon-ho seems pretty committed to the melodrama angle. Jin-woo's first on-screen case is barely even a case at all, he just storms into the courtroom, makes his argument, and then there's a big dramatic tearful moment on the courthouse steps where good and evil and justice and heartlessness are contrasted with the reality of the legal system. That's not even getting to the very violent high-strung violin music, which hits its harshest point in the final scenes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 4 2015/12/17,
With this episode "Remember" finishes the introductory phase of the story. We close out back in the present day, with our two leads now established as lawyers. Now that I've seen where "Remember" was going, I really wish the drama hadn't taken so much time with its backstory. I kept watching Jeon-hyeok's case expecting some kind of twist, but it never happened. We see in full detail here how the murder played out, and save for a weird blackout it's pretty much exactly what was originally implied back in the first episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 3 2015/12/16,
The first portion of this episode is spent going over plot points that have yet to actually be established, but of which we mostly know the substance. Of course there aren't going to be any meaningful obstacles to Dong-ho becoming Jae-hyeok's lawyer. Likewise, it's pretty obvious why Jae-hyeok signed a confession which we knew to be false. The confession isn't even consistent with the prosecution's own theory. They've already admitted that Jae-hyeok has memory problems, which is why he can't fill in missing details,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 2 2015/12/10,
Dong-ho (played by Park Sung-woong) is Jae-hyeok's attorney. Well, not yet anyway. That's the main exposition this episode is focusing on. How and why would an arrogant high-class lawyer with goofy sidekicks, comical fashion sense, a shameless self-promotional attitude, and a one hundred percent win rate take on Jae-hyeok's case, when it seems like Jae-hyeok is completely doomed from the outside?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember" Episode 1 2015/12/09,
Jin-woo (played by Yoo Seung-ho) is a young man who has spent the better part of the last four years trying to prove his father Jae-hyeok (played by Jun Kwang-ryul) innocent of murder. Jae-hyeok doesn't remember having committed the murder. In fact, Jae-hyeok doesn't really remember much of anything. Ironically, Jin-woo remembers everything in perfect detail. And that's the basic hook for "Remember". It's a drama about remembering or not remembering things,...More
Park Min-young copes with death of her companion dog 2015/05/27, Source, Park Min-young expressed her ardent emotion towards her companion dog.
On May 27th, Park Min-young posted on her personal Instagram, "Jjeobyi, who has been with me during my 20s. You, little teddy bear who always looked at me only, loved me, listened to me and consoled me. I pray you don't get sick any more and be always happy jumping around everywhere there. I love you, thank you". She also posted a photo of herself and a puppy. It seems that the puppy is the one she had to let go of,...More
[Photos] Park Min-young is angelic in a gorgeous white dress 2015/04/22, Source,
On April 22nd, actress Park Min-young attended the launching event of the global brand by Leaders Cosmetics, which took place at Banyan Tree Club and Spa in Jangchung-dong, Seoul.
Park Min-young hit the red carpet, dressed in the gorgeous white dress full of innocent appeals. The asymmetric design and the belt added the gorgeous touch to the refined style. She completed the look with the deep purple pair of peep toe heels,...More
What is Suzy to Lee Min-ho? The 'Suzy Manual' 2015/03/23, Source, The web is burning with news about Lee Min-ho and Suzy being 'a thing'. It's no surprise a pretty girl and handsome boy are attracted to each other but the two of them are role models for lots of people and many want to know who has the upper hand. In Chinese people's eyes, it's Suzy that's even but not for those 'uncle fans' who had Suzy in their hearts.
We don't know what attracted them to each other but according to known facts we have created a 'Suzy Manual' to show what Suzy should be to Lee Min-ho,...More
"Healer" drops slightly 2015/02/09, Source, With one more episode to go, "Healer" dropped in percentage slightly but the performance of the cast still stands out.
According to Nielsen Korea, KBS 2TV drama "Healer" rated 7.9%. This is 1.2% lower than the previous episode,...More
"Healer" begins filming 2014/11/04, Source, Yoo Ji-tae, Park Min-young and Ji Chang-wook were seen filming.
The new KBS 2TV drama started filming in Incheon and will move about to Seoul, Dae-jeon, Cheong-ju and all over the country for the making. The drama is currently focusing on the characters and filming the drama to the best of everyone's abilities,...More
"Pinocchio", will it succeed? 2014/09/28, Source,
Another drama based on the media has yet to come.
Media-based dramas aren't a preferable kind since their track record hasn't been a successful one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" 2014/07/05,
Korean dramas sometimes try stepping out of their limited genres and tropes, but also out of their format, even if more rarely. Trying something new is never easy and unfortunately, the more those attempts fail, the less willing the decision makers might be to give them another chance. However, effort and small successes count. 'A New Leaf' develops in a way very different to most dramas and while the one major flaw behind its efforts ultimately makes it feel like a failure, it gets some very important things right.
Kim Seok-joo (Kim Myung-min) is a very successful, but also very cynical and cold lawyer. After being involved in an accident that costs him his memory, he has to deal with his return to work and reacquaintance with his life and the person he used to be. Faced with his own cruelty and the cutthroat business of defending the corporate and financial elite, he begins to reassess his values and present,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 16 Final 2014/06/26,
The drama gives up any pretension of having an actual ending, as writer Choi Hee-ra decides to instead serve up a final case. While there are several parts of the case that relate to earlier storyline movements, for the most part this is just Seok-joo and his team working to do the right thing. They collect information, investigate and, ultimately, act as negotiators in order to bring about a just and proper resolution,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 15 2014/06/25,
We finally get some much-needed characterization for Ji-won and Ji-yoon, as this episode opens with a simple conversation they have about what their motivation is in life, and what they see the law as being useful for. I like how Ji-won is actually pretty charming here, and his arguments reasonably persuasive. The guy isn't a monster, he's just looking out for himself and accepting the reality of the system,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 14 2014/06/19,
The drama has decided its final conflict will be a battle of wills between Seok-joo and Ji-won. Too bad we know almost nothing about Ji-won's actual personality. "A New Leaf" has had a lot of trouble developing its characters beyond Seok-joo. I can't decide whether this was because of poor scripting or whether the drama's material was just too ambitious from the get go. There's just not enough time to do the series the epic justice it so badly wants to have,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 13 2014/06/18,
The focus this time is less on the legality and more on the amnesia- though not Seok-joo's, exactly, but rather that of his father, whose medical condition reaches a greater state of debilitation. We get more stories about hopes and dreams from the old days here, as Seok-joo asks Sin-il basic questions, and the older man gives full honest answers. Unsurprisingly, Seok-joo does not like the answers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 12 2014/06/12,
I got the feeling early on this episode that Yeong-woo is making up his plan as he goes along. The man is way too cool at Seok-joo's resignation, and it's difficult to see what sort of long term benefit Yeong-woo is supposed to reap from the departure of the firm's best lawyer. He appears to be assuming that Seok-joo will never turn against the firm at any point. Which I suppose may be logical from his perspective. We as the viewer know better mainly because we're watching a dramatic narrative,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 11 2014/06/11,
Seok-joo has to ask himself an odd question this episode- if I were me, what would I have done in order to help the company? He doesn't like the answers that he finds. Probably the worst of it is that he knows exactly the kinds of skills and reasoning it took to get him to this point, but that for him to use his abilities in this particular way is, well, pretty evil. There's no silver lining to anything here. Seok-joo really just has no idea what to think,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 10 2014/06/05,
The question as to why Jeong-seon accepted a proposal of marriage from Seok-joo is mostly resolved here. The other way around not so much, but "A New Leaf" is following the appropriate dramatic principles of only revealing a little bit of the essential information at a time in order to keep matters engaging. Although at this point there really are a lot more questions than there are any hints at answers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 9 2014/05/29,
The drama's still building up to something. What I'm not totally sure. It's obvious at this point there's a conspiracy against Seok-joo, but given that neither he nor Ji-yoon have any clear indication that something foul is afoot, for the most part we're just left with vague scheming that will presumably be dealt with at a later point once all this has been set up. That doesn't really bode well for the conflict department, although the material here is interesting enough to stand on its own,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 8 2014/05/22,
The drama takes a brief break from the legal proceedings to delve into Seok-joo's currently unknown past. The whole thing about a missing fiance sounds horribly contrived- but like a lot of the amnesia elements in "A New Leaf", it's actually pretty well integrated with Seok-joo's non-communicative standoffish character. As far as we can tell the main reason nobody can tell Seok-joo what's going on is because he never shared information about his personal life with anyone. Whether he had a good reason for this is as yet unknown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 7 2014/05/21,
We finally get to an episode filled with hardcore legal action. For most of the first part Seok-joo and Ji-yoon are investigating the exact particulars of the case, looking for inconsistencies and possible points of reasonable doubt. Then for the second part Seok-joo does his actual legal wrangling in the courtroom. Seok-joo is a very serious, very skilled lawyer, amnesia notwithstanding. His inquiries make for a hard cold strike even against characters who aren't really bad people,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 6 2014/05/15,
Seok-joo finally takes a step to turning his life around, though goodness knows it takes forever for him to get there. I thought we were going to watch him do some actual lawyering but it's only at the very end that he finally decides to use his legal powers for good instead of evil. It's a nice moment to build up to, but did we really need an entire episode to do it? It was obvious from the minute this woman showed up that she would be a part of his overall redemption arc,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 5 2014/05/14,
It turns out Seok-joo does have one personality trait that pretty clearly wasn't there in the first two episodes- curiousity. The weird personal recognition cliffhanger at the end of the last episode bothers the man here, and he works figure out what's happening. This might signal a problem at the law firm, but fortunately Seok-joo's prior lifestyle of apathy was a two way street. He didn't care, and he was aided in this by other characters who also did not care.
Oddly, the main person we'd expect to encourage him with this personal change is Ji-yoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "A New Leaf" 2014/05/10,
The name Kim Myung-min is usually one of those that need no introductions. While his presence does not guarantee a work's quality, he is usually the saving grace that elevates everything else, especially when given a good script. The fact that a talented cast led by him could not help much with the rocky and often tedious start of 'A New Leaf' is definitely something to worry about,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 4 2014/05/08,
Seok-joo does a lot of hands-on investigation this episode regarding a current case. Unfortunately it's difficult to tell what this means for his character- we didn't see enough of Seok-joo pre-amnesia to know whether this is a break in the routine for him. I'm going to assume that it is- Seok-joo is famous enough that his plan doesn't really make any sense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 3 2014/05/07,
It takes half the episode for anyone at the law firm to figure out where Seok-joo is. Strangely enough, his presence is clearly missed- everyone's in disaster mode trying to deal with the problems posed by his absence. Symbolically that says all we really need to know about Seok-joo's life right now. He is valued as an instrument in the legal machine- not an actual flesh and blood person. Note how Ji-yoon completely biffs a chance to find Seok-joo because she decides it's more important to deal with the legal stuff than an apparent medical emergency,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 2 2014/05/01,
The focus this time is on the full rape trial, and the unusual perspective this drama offers is an interesting one. Normally the perspective for this kind of plot is outrage over the crime of rape. By contrast, "A New Leaf" puts us in the same neutral state as Seok-joo. The guy obviously doesn't like or endorse rape, but his job is to defend the probable rapist, and that's exactly what he does.
Seok-joo's competence is unquestionable. Note how I used "probable rapist" above. Obviously we, the viewer know better, but the argument Seok-joo presents is rock solid,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 1 2014/04/30,
Seok-joo (played by Kim Myung-min) is a very competent, very stone cold lawyer who has long since stopped caring about the kind of work he does. The opening sequence is a very serious expose of war crimes during the Japanese Occupation. The tone very much feels like a firebrand work about the dark days of the past- then Seok-joo opens his mouth and, with a powerful commanding voice, lays out a strong legal framework that, while technically correct, feels rather horribly unjust.
The uncaring lawyer isn't exactly a novel concept in legal fiction,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "A New Leaf" 2014/04/19,
Amnesia is such a tricky thing in dramas. Much like a sworn enemy, it always pops up to ruin a work's credibility, lower its quality and save writers from their own inability to enrich their story. Also, it does not sit too well with many viewers. MBC's 'A New Leaf' takes a slightly different approach, making the recovery and reacquaintance with one's life after it its premise,...More
How Park Min-young and Song Seung-heon avoid the sun 2012/07/17, Source,
The first of the three dog's days has come at last. The steaming hot weather along with the rain and the humidity is not as bad for everyone than those actors and actresses who are currently in a historical drama.
Popular for its unique theme of 'time-slip', MBC drama "Dr. JIN" is being taken in the outdoor set of Ahn-sung in Kyeonggido. The cast has no choice but to stand under the simmering hot sun,...More
"Dr. JIN" Park Min-young holds the ancient stethescope 2012/06/21, Source,
MBC weekend drama "Dr. JIN" Park Min-young was captured with her eyes wide open with curiosity.
Park had been idolizing genius doctor Jin Hyuk (Song Seung-heon) from the 21st century as she watched him struggle to save lives and displayed determination when she jumped into fire to save the penicillin, also showed herself as the righteous person who knew how to treasure other lives and increased expectations on the character of Hong Yeong-rae,...More
"Dr. JIN" Kim Jae-joong, why his spiteful eyes look sad 2012/06/11, Source,
There is an actor who rings the heart with his eyes rather than his lines. Someone who is the bad guy but can't be disliked and is always thought about. That is Kim Jae-joong who takes on the role of Kim Kyeong-tak from the MBC weekend drama "Dr. JIN".
Kim Kyeong-tak is elite with outstanding martial arts skills and education but is insulted for the reason that he is the offspring of a concubine. He has to call his father 'my Lord', endure the insults he gets from his half-brother and never says no to what his father tells him to do even if it's something bad in fear of being abandoned,...More
'Sungkyunkwan Scandal' Wins Bronze Prize at New York TV Festival 2012/04/20, Source,
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
Park Min-young Emerges as Asian Fashion Icon 2012/04/17, Source,
Actress Park Min-young won the "Fashion Artist Award", given to Asian stars who wield influence in terms of fashion trends, at the China Music Awards in Macau on April 13.
At the ceremony, Park sported a long green dress, showing off her goddess-like stature and natural elegance. She also surprised Chinese viewers and fans with her fluent Mandarin during her acceptance speech,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] In Defense of "The Cat" 2011/10/29, Byun Seung-wook's "The Cat" has been misjudged and misunderstood. Before writing this I came across a number of reviews citing numerous issues they had with the film. These criticisms largely stemmed from examining the film as strictly a 'horror' film and how the conventions of the genre weren't well executed within it. In addition, "The Cat" was seen to contain poor tonal and thematic motifs, impotently embossing its narrative with soft-core techniques and themes that resulted in nothing more than an average viewing experience. This displeased me because my initial reaction to the film was very positive. After some thought and reflection on the film, I began to formulate some of reasons I found this film to be not only entertaining but thought provoking as well,...More
Yahoo! surveys say Micky Yuchun is the most popular in Asia 2011/08/24, Source,
Yahoo Korea's survey on the most popular actor in each country with the "Seoul Drama Awards 2011" coming up soon, resulted in Micky Yuchun.
As a result of the survey conducted online by Yahoo Korea from the 18th of July to August 16th, in Korean, English and Japanese, 48 thousand voted for Micky Yuchun as the most popular actor in the "2011 Seoul Drama Awards" out of 115 candidates. The total votingnumber was 130 thousand.,...More
Park Min-young Feels Lucky to Be Busy 2011/08/19, Source,
Those who know Park Min-young, who recently concluded SBS TV drama "City Hunter", says she is not just a pretty face but an actress with a solid foundation. But she is modest about her achievements. "Because I've been through a slump, I don't get easily carried away by favorable reviews. I think I was lucky to get parts in good shows. I just do what I have to do", she says,...More
[Spoiler] "City Hunter" episode 20 recap : So goodbye... don't cry and smile.... 2011/07/30,
Why everything must have an ending? We all know and fully understand that nothing lasts forever. But sometimes it's just hard to say goodbye and let it go.
The same thing happens to this drama. We've been spoiled by the "City Hunter" for the last 2 months since its first episode on the 25th of May. Anyway, despite our sadness and unwillingness to face the ending, lets see how the City Hunter ends up. Will it end like any other typical of Korean drama, where the underdog live happily ever after with their sweethearts? Or, will it serve us with something fresh and unpredicted ending?,...More
"The Princess' Man" can't be relieved 2011/07/20, Source,
KBS 2TV drama "The Princess' Man" started off with a two-digit rating from its first episode.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the first episode of "The Princess' Man" on the 20th rated 10.2%. The fact that it started off with a two-digit rating is very inspiring at a time when it doesn't often happen, however there is doubt on how long this can last. This is because the other drama that's airing at the same time, "City Hunter" is showing amazing endurance,...More
Nominees For The 2011 Seoul Drama Awards 2011/07/20, Source,
The preliminaries for the 2011 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA)have been conducted and the results are out!
The organizing committee for the SDAs announced on July 20th at 11 AM, the results of the preliminaries through a press conference. Under the theme of "Drama Road", this year's SDA ceremony has been confirmed to cover 204 works from 37 different countries,...More
Pororo takes over dramas as cameo 2011/06/08, Source,
Pororo is pleasing adults as well as children now.
On the 5th episode of SBS drama "City Hunter" on the 8th, Pororo made an appearance. Pororo is a penguin character that is also known as 'President Pororo' among children.,...More
Most Anticipated Horror Queen For Summer of 2011? 2011/05/30, Source,
As the weather gets hotter for the summer season, Koreans are looking forward to cooling down by watching chilling horror flicks in the theatres.
Many newbie stars have emerged from a hit scary movie, and people are starting to wonder, who will 2011's most popular scary movie star be?,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/05/19, Source, Show transcript
Once again it's time for our "weekly star scene", a roundup of the week's hottest entertainment news!
We have our oh so unique Dami in the studio with us to tell us more!
[Reporter : ] : Hello Sean and Hello 건영! This week we follow our stars in their oh so busy lives, as they go from rehearsing musicals to shooting dramas to promoting good causes. Without further a do, let's check it out!
What do Lee Min-ho, who rose to stardom with the hit drama "Boys Before Flowers" and Park Min-young, the beauty of "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" have in common,...More
"City Hunter" Lee Min-ho up on the trees 2011/04/19, Source, Lee Min-ho is the 'Prince of the jungle'.
Lee Min-ho climbed a tree with expert skills and managed to create an awesome scene for the new SBS drama "City Hunter". In this still cut, Lee Min-ho and Kim Sang-ho run up into the trees to avoid a gang chasing after them. Being about over 100 years old and as high as the second story of a building, the two actors climbed up this huge tree and could have been hurt by accident but they remained calm and acted comically. The two were also called the man and man couple of the jungle.,...More
Chungmuro, the girls are coming 2011/03/02, Source,
Actresses in their 20s are heading for a shift in generation on Korean screens.
Last year, Chungmuro went through 'lead actress famine'. This year it's different. Yoon Eun-hye, Park Min-young, Lee Si-young, Kim Ji-won and other strongly characterized actresses have got the lead roles in movies for the first time since their debuts. Based on their popularity they gained so far, they are taking the next step and taking a challenge in movies.,...More
Top Actresses Join Charity Drive 2011/02/16, Source,
Some of Korea's most glamorous actresses gathered on Tuesday to help youngsters who are the main support of their household. The 2nd Pink Wings Campaign is hosted by fashion magazine Vogue Girl and Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Drama and Director of the Year 2010/12/31, Source, 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 Ko 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 Hyeok 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 Micky Yoochun. [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
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Writer & Actor of the Year 2010/12/31, Source, ────── Writer of the Year: Kim Su-hyun ──────
Writer Kim Su-hyun [10Asia]
It is still Kim Su-hyun. Her SBS TV series "Life is Beautiful" may have seen slightly lower ratings than her previous works and the various controversies surrounding the show for the fact that it dealt with homosexuality, one of the hottest issues of debate in Korean society, may have left little space for it to be evaluated properly. But paradoxically, this showed that Kim, who has been a symbol in Korean TV writing history for over 40 years now, is "proof that she, headed into her seventies, still makes dramas that have an actual impact on reality, are controversial, and are 'real'",...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] "Thank You" List 2010/12/31, Source, 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! Eye-Cleanser of the YearKBS2 TV "Sungkyunkwan Scandal": Jalgeum Quartet
There is a fairy tale in Korea in which a filial daughter volunteers to sacrifice herself to a sea god in order to cure her father of his blindness,...More
[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 1 2010/12/22, Source,
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
JYJ likely to perform at 2010 KBS Drama Awards 2010/12/08, Source,
Korean boy band JYJ [Prain Inc.]
Korean boy band JYJ, composed of former TVXQ members Jaejung (Kim Jae-joong), Micky Yoochun 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 Micky Yoochun gave such a memorable performance in the drama",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Park Min-young - Part 1 2010/12/01, Source, 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
[INTERVIEW] Actress Park Min-young - Part 2 2010/12/01, Source, Park Min-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]10: As happy as you were with your character, I'm sure there was a point where the role actually became comfortable for you. Park Min-young: From the third or fourth episode? That's when the acting became easier. I was still a bit lost during the first two episodes or so because I hadn't fully digested my role so I had to put in a conscious effort to control the tone of my voice or emotions but I started feeling comfortable after that. And the director and writer left a lot up to me to decide so I increasingly felt comfortable. Then at certain scenes, for example, where I realize that my father was reading to me instead of my brother, I immersed myself into the role to an uncontrollable point. 10: So that may be why but it seems like the Park Min-young we know has improved a lot as an actress as well. For example, it didn't seem like you cowered in the scene with veteran actor Kim Kap-soo. Park Min-young:Mr. Kim Kap-soo wasn't the godly senior actor I usually see him as when we shot that scene but just the high-ranking government official that he is in the drama. And Yoon-hee was someone who is always sure of herself,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Park Min-young - Part 3 2010/12/01, Source, Park Min-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Does that mean you're sure you won't be swayed by how well or badly your projects do from now on? Park Min-young: That's right. It happened when I became conceited after "High Kick!", thinking that I had become popular. But I came to realize that it was actually the show and my character that were popular, that I was nobody, and that the public will turn their backs on me if I don't try hard. So I won't think that the popularity I regained through "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" is about me. It's about the show being popular and how people loved my character Kim Yoon-hee. And if at this point, I don't put an effort into showing what kind of person I am, I'll become forgotten again. I also came to realize that not everything is in my hands, that it's not just a matter of me doing a good job with my acting. In times where the public's taste changes every second, if you keep repeating the style of acting you think they like best or stick to the image of you that you think they like the most, they will also be the first ones to notice it and get sick of it. That's why I chose to take on film "Cat" (tentative title) as my next project,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Ah-in - Part 2 2010/11/12, Source,
Actor Yoo Ah-in [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: In "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", all four of you were of similar ages. How was that? Yoo Ah-in: I was prejudiced about them. I wasn't able to get close to them in the beginning because of the thought that celebrities will be like this and that and that's why I usually don't become friends with them. (laugh) I understand that they can't help being self-centered, that what they feel is important, and they need to receive more attention. But I rid myself of a lot of them -- through Micky Yoochun, my prejudice of idols and Hallyu stars, through Park Min-young my prejudice of fellow actresses, and through Song Joong-ki my prejudice of actors. So in the way that Jae-shin came out of his shell and came to accept Yoon-hee, Seon-joon and Yong-ha, I myself came to see these people in real life in a good way which means I myself matured as well. I had fun shooting the drama. I just wish we had more honest conversations about acting. But what I thank Joong-ki for is that he gave me a lot of advice comfortably. I came to realize that he's not just plain sly, he's sly in the sense that he wants what's best for everyone. 10: Writing is an act which contains your will to express something that you feel inside. You had mainly been writing on your Cyworld account and started writing on Twitter a few months ago. How has that been? Yoo Ah-in: When I'm away from home, I'm in dire need of the time and space that will let me go back to being myself. For three to four months, I felt uncomfortable not being able to live my life as myself. So being able to voice what I think and communicate with people through Twitter as Uhm Hong-shik, as actor Yoo Ah-in, was very comforting. In a way, it's a blessing and honor, and I learned a lot from the thousands of responses I receive from my single comment. Of course, some were just light or routine remarks but quite a lot of the responses awakened me and taught me lessons, as well as reminding me of what a closed person I am. So, I'm going to stay on Twitter. (laugh),...More
[REVIEW] Film "The Unjust" 2010/11/11, Source,
The film "The Unjust [CJ Entertainment]
In film "The Unjust", detective Dae-ho (Ma Dong-seok) calls his boss Choi Cheol-gi (Hwang Jung-min) 'big brother'. Dae-ho's son too addresses Choi as 'uncle'. Some may regard it as being courteous to an older person (according to Korean manners) but it is an entirely different story when one who graduated from the Korea National Police University refers to someone from another school as his senior. One of the excuses that Choi's superior Gang (Chun Ho-jin) uses to persuade Choi to join in the big scam of the movie is his promise to help Choi's own 'little brothers' advance in society. It is this family-like loyalty and friendship within the organization that fuels Choi's team. Furthermore, Cheol-gi does have the ability and charisma fit to be called a 'big brother'. Thanks to Cheol-gi's competency and the hard efforts of his perfectly loyal 'brothers', his team rises as the ace among the metropolitan investigation unit,...More
[INTERVIEW] KBS drama "SungKyunKwan Scandal" writer Kim Tae-heui - Part 1 2010/11/05, Source,
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
[REVIEW] KBS TV series "SungKyunKwan Scandal" - Finale Episode 2010/11/03, Source,
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
KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" press conf - Part 2 2010/07/16, Source,
Actor Song Joong-ki attends a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" held at the show's set in the city of Hwaseong in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 15, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Q: There is a bed scene between Seon-joon and Yoon-hee towards the latter half of the original novel "Sungkyungkwan Scandal". Should we be looking forward to that scene in the drama? Micky Yoochun: I'm guessing only the bed will be shown since it's a drama. (laugh) I'm sorry, the crew has told me to stop making these nonsensical jokes. Everyone: (Stands up) We are sorry. Micky Yoochun: Anyway, I think it would be difficult,...More
[ChanMi's star news] 'Pink Wings' support needy families 2010/02/16, Source,
The fashion magazine, "VOGUE GIRL" is celebrating its 8th year through the 'Pink Wings' campaign to aid the first daughters raising the family.
'Pink Wings' campaign wishes to be the helpers through the photoshoot that will be sold and profits given to the girls who are helping raise the family. This limited edition campaign will a,...More
In the past, original soundtrack albums were just a little extra something that came with a television drama. Now, however, more viewers and drama makers are starting to realize their importance and potential.
One of the most popular drama soundtracks lately ha,...More
New KBS horror series fails to frighten 2008/08/06, Source, There is nothing like a bit of hair-raising horror to chill a hot summer night. KBS' latest series "Korean Ghost Stories" - a spin-off of the cult classic of the same name - promised to bring audiences a bit of bone-chilling relief from the heat. But it looks like the new series may disappoint.
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