[HanCinema's Film Review] "Memoir of a Murderer" 2017/09/16,
Byeong-soo (played by Sul Kyung-gu) is an unreliable narrator. Well, OK, literally in the context of "Memoir of a Murderer" he's an aging veterinarian who suffers from increasingly worsening symptoms of dementia. This has forced Byeong-soo to give up on his side gig of being a serial killer. That's where the unreliable narrator aspect becomes interesting. Is Byeong-soo actually a serial killer, or is the elaborate diary of his past murderous deeds just wish fulfillment about what he feels like he should have done to all those horrible people who clearly deserved to die?,...More
[Lily's Take] From A Boy to A Man! Actor Yeo Jin-goo 2017/07/26,
I've been hearing how good the drama "Circle" was and wanting to watch the drama for a long time already. However, like I mentioned in few other posts, I'm a "Binge-watch-the-whole-season-in-3-days" type of a girl rather than the "Patiently-wait-for-the-new-episode-every-week" type,...More
Little White Dress Look, Who Wore it Best? 2017/05/29,
As spring is transitioning into summer, it's a perfect setting to wear a light, white dresses! We all know that every women should own a little black dress but if we have a black one, shouldn't we get a little white dress also? Well, compare to the black dress, white dress can be a bit difficult to style,...More
[Interview] Seolhyun, "Everyone meets and breaks up", "I'm doing well" 2016/10/20, Source, Seolhyun was chosen as the most wanted model of 2016 along with Kim Woo-bin. Her healthy good looks still appeal to the public. Seolhyun was interviewed suddenly on the 20th at an awards ceremony hosted by the Korean Advertisement Committee.
She's been through a lot this year. Even before the group AOA could start their 'Good Luck' performances, they were criticized for historical awareness and had to stop. Seolhyun also broke up with Zico last September. Still, she seemed fine and she thinks 2016 wasn't all that hard,...More
Zico and Seolhyun's relationship revealed 2016/08/11, Source,
Zico and Seolhyun are two of today's hottest idol stars. They have recently admitted that they are seeing each other.
Their managements announced that they were dependant on each other during hard times and eventually evolved into a relationship. They are only just getting to know each other,...More
AOA's Seolhyun Dating Boy Band Rapper 2016/08/11, Source,
Zico and SeolhyunSeolhyun of girl band AOA and Zico of boy band Block B have been in a romantic relationship for five months. Seolhyund's agency on Wednesday said they two became close because they "counted on each other while going through tough times",...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
[Webtoon] Dream Cast for Imitation! 2016/06/25, Source,
It is true that webtoons are a go-to source of inspiration for Korean dramas. Most recently, MBC expressed interest in creating a new TV drama based on Hee-Jung Park's Cat and Dog.
And Imitation, a webtoon about K-pop idols, could easily be the next inspiration for a film or a drama series, but who would be casted as its actors and actresses? Here are a few casting ideas that would be perfect!,...More
Starlets in Hot Water Over Ignorance of History 2016/05/16, Source, Seolhyun (left) and Jimin
Seolhyun and Jimin of girl group AOA have become targets of ridicule over their apparent lack of knowledge of Korean history.
The two starlets were asked about historical figures on a reality show on cable channel Onstyle were unable to identify Ahn Jung-geun, a famous independence fighter,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Orange Marmalade" 2016/04/23,
"Orange Marmalade" is a high school musical drama with a lot of heart and a double dose of sweetness, wrapped in the classic setting of the perpetual conflict between vampires and humans. The drama is packed with everything from romance and comedy, to suspense and melodrama. Even though it's based on a fantasy-themed webtoon, the drama does a good job of humanizing our characters and making them sweet and emotionally accessible. Even the vampires seem so human that it's easy to relate to them. For instance, our heroine's parents' constant worry over whether or not she's doing well in school warms my heart to pieces,...More
Lee Honey, "The most wanted" 2016/03/28, Source,
Beauty actress and former Miss Korea Lee Honey became The Most Wanted.
Men's Health conducted a survey on The Most Wanted Guy and Girl for its 11th Cool Guy Contest. A total of 309 Men's health users and supporters participated in the survey. Lee Honey received 26.5% votes and became the most wanted woman,...More
Seolhyun and Seo Kang-joon to leave to Jungle 2016/01/21, Source, Seolhyun and eo Kang-joon, the two stars whose popularity is on the uptrend, are leaving to the jungle soon. The combination of these two gorgeous looking stars is to be a first class cast for the SBS' variety travel show, 'Law of the Jungle'
According to an associate in the broadcasting company on January 21st, the two will join the new season of the show,...More
JYP on Defensive Over Tzuyu Twitterstorm 2016/01/19, Source,
The Twitterstorm involving Tzuyu, the Taiwan-born member of manufactured girl group TWICE, continues to escalate in Korea, China and Taiwan. The fracas erupted when Tzuyu, who is all of 16 years old, was seen in a webcast waving the Taiwanese flag and was promptly made to apologize by JYP, the talent mill that runs the band, which only made matters worse,...More
How Seolhyun Became a Star in a Single Year 2016/01/02, Source,
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
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 12 Final 2015/07/24,
And so, "Orange Marmalade" ends rather anticlimatically. This much was unavoidable. The main problem with the story is that we stopped halfway through to do a mostly unrelated Joseon vampire plot. The tension between Si-hoo and Ah-ra is quite cute, but the effect is badly mollified by the fact that these two never really interacted with each other all that much in either the past or the present. The resolution of that subplot is a pretty classic case of what might have been,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 11 2015/07/17,
One thing that's nice about the characters in "Orange Marmalade" is that they consistently act like teenagers. Jae-min is really grumpy about having to completely rethink his hatred of vampires, and this shows in his now muddled relationship with Ma-ri. He still likes her, but he's mad that she lied to him, but she lied to him for good reason because Jae-min can plainly see how everybody treats vampires, including him, and so Ma-ri's behavior was sort of justified from that angle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 10 2015/07/10,
The completion of the Joseon storyline appears to have added some necessary perspective to Jae-min and Ma-ri in the present day. Sure, the premature dissolution of their teen romance is disappointing, but at least they didn't fall victims to a murderous war between vampires and humans. Be that as it may, Ma-ri has now been outed as a vampire. So now she has to suffer from the prejudice of her classmates,...More
Suzy VS Seolhyun, two top 20s actresses compete 2015/07/01, Source, While AOA's Seolhyun is being looked at as one of the hottest girl these days, a rivalry has formed between her and Miss A's Suzy. Seolhyun is expanding her territory as an actress while Suzy seems to be stuck where she is.
Their competitive composition can be clearly seen in the advertisement industry. While Suzy has been the top model in her 20s for most ads until now, Seolhyun has grown so quickly and is taking over,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 8 2015/06/26,
In a somewhat confusing twist, it would appear that we're still not done with the Joseon portion of "Orange Marmalade". Lately I've found it more and more difficult to relate the Joseon phase to the high school part of the drama, and this turnabout doesn't make matters any different. At this point "Orange Marmalade" legitimately appears to be a historical fantasy action thriller, with high stakes combat, political maneuvering and almost incidentally, a love triangle,...More
Why a vampire? 2015/06/23, Source, They have sharp teeth and survive on human blood. However, they look just like humans so there's no telling them apart until they start doing something vampire-ish. The fact that people who are bitten by them also turn into vampires show that blood is the source of life of humans. Why did 'vampires' become a favorite subject between artists?
"Orange Marmalade" is based on a Naver Web-toon and it can be seen every Friday. Seolhyun, from AOA, plays in the role of Baek Mi-ri and Yeo Jin-goo is Jung Jae-min,...More
KCON New York Artist Announcements 2015/06/22, Source,
KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota has announced new additions to their east coast lineup with two groups who just released new albums today! AOA and TEEN TOP will be joining previously confirmed artists Girls' Generation and VIXX at the August 8 convention and concert held in the New York metro area at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. AOA is also booked for KCON Los Angeles and will perform at the Staples Center on Sunday, August 2,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 7 2015/06/19,
The whole star-crossed lovers thing has gotten to be a bit overdone. What makes it obvious is that quite a bit of the screentime is simply dedicated to Jae-min and Ma-ri moping about how they can't be together forever, and it's hard to escape the fact that this is a very modern romance narrative. That's not necessarily horrible on its own but given that this is the Joseon era I'd sort of expect that the possibility of concubinage would at least be discussed. Even if the vampire thing makes that obviously impractical,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 6 2015/06/12,
Bizarrely, the Joseon portion of "Orange Marmalade" actually feels more like a standard high school romance than the actual high school portion of the drama did. Back in the first four episodes the conflict was centered almost entirely around the fact that Ma-ri is a vampire, and vampires can't coexist with humans. Whereas in the Joseon portion, the vampire worldbuilding only really comes up when Ma-ri has to deal with inconveniences like her not having any idea how normal food works,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 5 2015/06/05,
This episode is less a continuation of the "Orange Marmalade" storyline as it is a completely new story with the same characters and concepts transported to the Joseon era. Like the title says right at the beginning- this is Season 2 Episode 1. Surprisingly the backdrop isn't quite as medieval as might be expected. Sure, the opening violent setpiece brings to mind a time period when normal people had way, way less patience for vampires. But beyond that, most of the vampires are relatively friendly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 4 2015/05/29,
First, a retraction. In my first review for "Orange Marmalade" I assumed, for no particularly good reason, that the drama is set in Seoul. This episode I finally realized that the setting is in fact the eastern portion of Jeju Island. This is an important clarification because let's be entirely honest here. The beautiful scenery is a pretty important aspect of the drama. Even when the actual plot hinges on the inherent tragedy of a teen vampire romance, it's the background ambience that's really beautiful and enchanting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 3 2015/05/22,
It would appear that "Orange Marmalade" has decided to take the more sensible route of having one normal-length episode instead of airing two somewhat shorter ones air right after the other. Well, good. The last two episodes only had about one episode worth of plot anyway, and this episode moves along quite zippily. By the end the particulars of the romance are clearly established, as well as countless other important, intriguing plot points,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episodes 1-2 2015/05/15,
Ma-ri (played by Seolhyun) is a teenage girl who also happens to be a vampire. People in "Orange Marmalade" tend to not like vampires, what with the whole blood sucking thing and war against humanity and all that. Trying to grow up in that environment, poor Ma-ri can't even be bothered to worry about normal hassles like perverts on the...tram? Subway? What exactly is that thing they keep riding on? In an alternate vampire universe, Seoul's public transportation developed in a slightly different way?,...More
AOA Seolhyun, "On my way to my dreams" 2015/04/28, Source, AOA Seolhyun passed through a gateway to get to stardom. She is the winner of the 8th Smart Model Contest in 2010. A Smart Model Contest chooses regular students as uniform models. The first contest was won by Song Hye-kyo, the fourth by Ko Eun-ah and the seventh by Jiyeon from T-ara. Go Joon-hee was in the third.
Seolhyun said, "I was in middle junior high when I was promoting uniforms. A friend and I heard about the contest and signed up for it. We didn't think we were going to win. I just thought of it as a chance to build up my experience as I was dreaming of becoming a star. I didn't even know that I made it to the semi finals when they called my name,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" 2015/02/14,
It's the seventies, and South Korea is well into an ambitious jobs program. First, bulldoze anything that doesn't look like a modern building and come up with skeevy business deals to build something respectable instead. Next, recruit the homeless people created by this process into either the police, the military or the mob. It doesn't really matter which- they're all pretty much the same really. Oh, you don't think that's such a good idea? Well shut your pie hole we have the guns. Now take this wooden plank and go beat up those democracy activists,...More
"Gangnam Blues" beats "Ode to My Father" 2015/01/21, Source,
"Gangnam Blues" gathered 150,000 audiences on the first day of its release and ranked first place.
According to the Korean Film Council, "Gangnam Blues" gathered 152,578 people on the first day of release with an accumulated numver of 163,400. Despite the fact that it's adult rated, it still came in first of the Box Office,...More
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