Visitors pack the annual Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province on Sunday...More
People ski in a resort in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday...More
People take part in a swimming event in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province on Sunday...More
Prepare for another round of "Does he or doesn't he", as "A Korean Odyssey" continues to struggle with its lack of a main plot or any significant progress in character and world development. Episode seven is slower than usual and the creators are unfortunately back to treating the main romance as a conventional one, this time dangling the carrot of a love triangle with someone we do not even know...More
He posted a picture of themselves on Instagram on the 21st that showed them happily hanging out...More
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "My Golden Life", Seo Ji-an (Shin Hye-sun) decided to break up with Choi Do-kyung (Park Si-hoo) and Seo Ji-soo (Seo Eun-su) with Sun Woo-hyuk (Lee Tae-hwan)....More
On the latest episode of the tvN drama "A Korean Odyssey", Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) worried that the Geumganggo was going to disappear. Ma-wang (Cha Seung-won) tried to trick her into believing Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) made something to kill her...More
Korean Box Office for the Weekend 2018.01.19 ~ 2018.01.21
The number one movie this week is "Maze Runner: The Death Cure"...More
KoBiz puts three of Korea's "Golden Girls" in the spotlight, Maggie Lee reviews "1987: When the Day Comes" for Variety, two of actor Ha Jung-woo's films have now surpassed 10 million admissions, and Jason Bechervaise puts together his top ten Korean films of 2017 for The Korea Times...More
Make your own sweet walnut pastry with My Korean Kitchen, The Korea Times pairs wine with Gangwon's local delights ahead of the Winter Games, these hot and comforting foods will help you forget the chill, and multi-Michelin-starred restaurant owner welcomes travellers at Incheon International's new Terminal 2...More
The annual Korea Grand Sale that targets foreigners is now on, Hugh (My Korean Husband) shows Seoul to be a city that never sleeps, CBC looks at 8 things South Koreans do different, and artists unite to turn Incheon's new airport terminal into a world-class "artport"...More
Korea's long companionship with dogs charted in The Korea Times, Korea Exposé writer Juwon Park explains why cryptocurrencies means freedom from "Hell Joseon", Yonsei University graduate Suk Ji-hoon explores the history of Korea's recorded music, and do North Korean women do their makeup differently?...More
Korean nail art is now a $21 billion industry, Moon Jung-whe uses 'instant dolls' as a means of personal expression, The Korea Times interviews the illusionist/artists Yoon Dai, and could artists and architects from around the world unite to reimagine the DMZ for good?...More
Seoul city stands to lose nearly W25 billion from free subway and bus rides in a bid to reduce pollution from private cars in the rush hour (US$1=W1,072)...More
Couples who have children are happier than those without, a poll suggests. Kantar Public polled 1,004 people for the Chosun Ilbo and found that couples with kids tended to be happier with life and derived more satisfaction from it than those who did not...More
A message on the wall of the Apple Store construction site in Seoul last week says "nice to meet you" in Korean.
Apple announced Wednesday that it will open its very first fully-owned Korean store in Sinsa-dong in Seoul's Gangnam next week...More
Passengers pack a newly opened second terminal at Incheon International Airport on Thursday. /Newsis
A second passenger terminal formally opened at Incheon International Airport on Thursday...More
Kids walk along the street in masks in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Wednesday.
The government is pushing for more measures to combat toxic smog in Seoul...More
North and South Korea will hold a celebration in the North's scenic Mt. Kumgang resort on the eve of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and have skiers from both sides will train in Masikryong Ski Resort on North Korea's east coast...More
Nine out of 10 parents say they would send their children to private English crammers if the government insists on banning early English education in kindergartens, a straw poll suggests...More
Koreans have been breathing toxic fumes mixed with various carcinogens for three days as haze from China blanketed the country...More
The gap in housing prices between the swish Gangnam area of southern Seoul and the northern part of the capital has widened to a record high...More
Haze blankets the sky in Seoul on Sunday. /Yonhap
Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area were forecast to continue to be blanketed with toxic haze on Monday...More
Athletes from the two Koreas could march together behind a unification flag at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-whan said Monday...More
Most businesses make their hiring decisions even before job interviews are over, a straw poll suggest...More
Shadows fall across an icy pond in the Changdeok Palace secret garden...More
Winter trees stretch towards the sky above the walls and roofs of Changdeok Palace...More
I have finally reached a week when I can only fit about 2/3 of the news into my piece, but quality over quantity is what I live for. Well, when I manage to stop myself from rambling, that is. Today I take a look at the lovely romance of "Shall We Kiss First" and give a nice final cheer for "Mother - Drama", which is starting this upcoming week...More
I have been wondering when the "Argon" team would experience a greater crisis involving the massive responsibility of reporters in life and death matters, and the series has delivered. Something very dire happens and everyone has to handle the cost. Hye-rin is trying to make do with the decision forced on her and Yeon-hwa still struggles to find her place and her own voice. Meanwhile, Baek-jin makes a very important decision...More
A-i (played by Yoo Eun-mi) is a precocious middle school student still coping with the death of her grandmother. By chance, A-i and her mother Jeong-hee (played by Myung Se-bin) go to a small soybean paste stew restaurant across the street from their apartment. Jeong-hee notes that the singular dish prepared by proprietor Gi-bok (played by Lee Chun-hee) is nearly identical to the one prepared by her departed mother. From there, A-i is relentless in trying to discover Gi-bok's recipe...More
You can love or hate the remakes of Korean drama, but they are here to stay and they have the potential to evolve into solid works of their own. Choosing a critically acclaimed Japanese drama to do an adaptation of is not an easy decision, but "Mother - Drama" has a lot going for it. Will this manage to meet the great potential it has built up so far...More
The family at the heart of "Happy Bus Day" is highly dysfunctional. I don't mean that they're quirky eccentrics, I mean that most of them simply are not fit to mingle with normal human society as we know it. Their emotions range on a spectrum from blithe apathy to psychotic overreaction. The sole sane character is Sun-young (played by Kim Sun-young-III) who tries her best to be a normal housewife but is stymied by the sheer antisocial weirdness that is the household she married into...More
Originally Jung Il Woo went by the name of John Vincent Daly, for the entirely sensible reason that he was born and raised in rural Ohio. Most Americans of Jung Il Woo's generation only remembered Korea as a snapshot of the Korean War. Jung Il Woo was called there by religious vocation. A trained Jesuit, Jung Il Woo was just a young teacher at the then very small Sogang University. But driven to learn more about Korean culture, Jung Il woo kept embedding himself with the country's poor population, fighting alongside them against political repression...More
Ok Han-heum has already been the subject of two other documentaries by director Kim Sang-cheol. So I went into "Madman Ok Han-heum" with a bit of resignation. Considering all the scandals South Korean megachurches have been embroiled in during recent years, it feels a bit crass to so heavily romanticize one of the men most instrumental to their rise. So I was very surprised to actually watch "Madman Ok Han-heum" and discover that apparently Ok Han-heum himself felt the same way. The final years of his life were filled with dire warnings to the next generation of pastors to focus on Jesus, not their own career success...More
One of the most important South Korean filmmakers, Lee Chang-dong, directs and pens another masterpiece, this time using a real-life case where a small town schoolgirl was raped by a gang of teenage boys, as a base, to focus, instead, on the character of one of the boy's grandmother. For the part, he chose, and actually wrote the lead part for Yoon Jung-hee, a star of the 60s and the 70s who had retired in 1994. The result is truly magnificent...More
Genres: Comedy and Drama
Models promote a mixed martial arts event in Seoul on Friday...More
Comedienne Jang Do-youn and children pose in traditional earmuffs they made at sewing class in Seoul on Friday...More
Visitors look at a sculpture at a snow festival in Taebaek, Gangwon Province on Friday...More
As the battle for the new HBC 9 o'clock news anchor becomes more and more ruthless, so do Yoo Myeong-ho's tricks. Yeon-hwa and Jong-tae go after yet another item while Geun-hwa prepares his exit. With everyone busy in the "Argon" team and a particularly nasty lawsuit targeting Kim Baek-jin, one team member is met with a very unfair and potentially career-ending decision outside of their control...More
We finally get a first proper look at the heroine of "Children of a Lesser God", Kim Dan, through a new teaser and stills. After a long wait for the cryptic "sees what should not be seen" to become clearer, the video reveals what Dan's actual superpower is. My own question would be, does it come with a very creepy notification system...More
I knew this wouldn't be an easy watch, but you really get a feel for how challenging for the emotions and thoughts "Mother - Drama" will be when you watch this videos. There have been a few new ones released since I last checked in and one of them is a six-minute highlight revealing all the dreadful manipulation, deceit and abuse that take place to create Hye-na's (Heo Yool-I) plight...More
Sunmi poses at a showcase for her new album in Seoul on Thursday...More
A staffer at Korea Post shows commemorative stamps for the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Please Come Back, Mister" (2016)
Directed by Sin Yoon-seob
Written by Noh Hye-yeong
Network : SBS
With Rain, Kim Soo-ro, Kim In-kwon, Oh Yeon-seo, Lee Min-jung, Lee Honey,...
16 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00
Formerly known as "Hello, My Precious" (안녕 내 소중한 사람, an-nyeong nae so-jeong-han sa-lam)
Based on an original Japanese human comedy novel "7 Days of Tsubakiyama" by Asada Jiro, about a man who doesn't know he's dead, coming back alive and mingling with people he didn't know before and accepting death...More
Or at least I think that's what our hero is doing, and with Kang Ji-hwan's experience in sneaky, bold and often comedic characters getting into trouble, I assume we're in for a blast. The latest filming stills released by OCN for "Children of a Lesser God" also give us a better look at our heroine on the job and a sneak peek of our intimidating prosecutor...More
Well if this isn't the weirdest and potentially cutest love triangle ever. Jang Nara is currently considering upcoming drama "Dog, Witch, and Me", which is about a blind cellist, her guide dog and the veterinarian who wants to separate them. We all know where bickering leads in Dramaland, so that's one way to start, I suppose...More
Min-gyoo and Ji-ah just have a big romantic heart to heart explaining exactly everything that happened back when Ji-ah was pretending to be AZ3 and why. The sting of the drama's more illogical plot points is taken out a lot when we have Min-gyoo realizing just how stupid he was for not noticing the inconsistencies sooner. And it's just as sweet that Ji-ah is constantly moving to reassure Min-gyoo that no, he is not stupid, and she never thought of him as a mark...More
Each of "Misty"'s trailers are incredibly engaging and make me look forward to the drama. The cuts are tight, the acting is excellent, and the story looks to be on point. Hopefully it lives up to the very excellent teaser material...More
No one expected the drama to be this good. "Prison Playbook" ends on the 18th and it is the most searched drama on portal sites.
The stories of the people in Room 6 were craftily shaped and captured the viewers' attention. Kim Je-hyuk (Park Hae-soo) who was about to be released from prison was on the verge of danger because of chief Yeon (Joo Seok-tae)...More
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "I'm Not a Robot", KimMin-gyoo (Yoo Seung-ho) worked on finding the robot AZ3 (Chae Soo-bin) again. He met Hwang Do-won (Son Byung-ho) and asked him for the Santa Maria team in return for giving up his position. To Hwang Yoo-chul (Kang Ki-young), he expressed that the team had devoted everything for him and that he was ready to give up everything for them in return...More
"Return" increased in ratings with its second episode.
Ratings clocked in as 7.8% and 9.0%, and increase of 0.5%...More
A farmer couple box dried persimmons in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday...More
Staff put the finishing touches to Terminal 2 at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday, ahead of the grand opening...More
JTBC's upcoming mystery melodrama is gathering quite the ensemble for itself and we have many additions most of you can no doubt recognize. From co-workers to sidekicks and from friends to foes, everyone around Hye-ran and Tae-wook is going to get mighty busy when the grizzly deed takes place and Hye-ran becomes suspect number one for it...More
In pretty big news, despite the current non-confirmation, Park Shin-hye has been reported as a possible addition to the latest upcoming series by writer Kang Eun-kyeong, known for works such as "Dalja's Spring", "Gu Family Book" and "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim". The actress has officially responded through her agency that she has received the offer, but not a script at this point in time...More
Min-gyoo's relapse proves to be inevitably depressing. Even after the initial shock subsides and Min-gyoo's physical condition stabilizes, further revelations about the sheer extent of Baek-gyoon's fraud only make Min-gyoo more and more cantankerous. However nice Baek-gyoon tries to be here it's hard to see him as anything but the villain here. Especially since the drama's actual villain, Yoo-cheol, is nowhere to be found...More
I-na (played by Oh Yoon-ah) is the recently arrived manager of a local chain fitness center. Soo-ri (played by Yang Jung-won) is her generally sexy subordinate yoga instructor. While the physical attractiveness of Soo-ri in the first episode was relatively subdued, the second episode turns it up so much as to be in poor taste. The production team is sending a mixed message by saying that uploading sexy pictures of Yang Jung-won on the Internet is wrong, and then giving us an entire setpiece where she moans lasciviously in response to a massage...More
What an odd yet stunning combination of friends we have here...More
The movie "1987: When the Day Comes" hit the 6 million mark.
Singer and actress Suzy was spotted out and about.
A picture of her surfaced on an online community site...More
Chef Lee Chan-oh is divorced from Kim Sae-ron and his SNS is popular.
Previously, Lee Chan-oh posted a picture on the official Instagram of 'Shanu', his French restaurant that opened in March last year...More
He takes on the role of Min Yong-joon, a handsome, witty and gentleman...More
"My Husband Oh Jak-doo" is a romance drama about a realistic working girl named Han Seung-joo (UEE) who finds a man named Oh Jak-doo (Kim Kang-woo) to live with her as a husband to maintain her position as 'a married woman'....More
Jung Yong-hwa, a member of the group CN Blue, apologized for preferential treatment on his admission to a graduate school and fans are asking Kyung Hee University officials to make an official statement...More
"Return" started off with a bang.
Audiences enjoyed ""Myeoneuri - My Son's Crazy Wife", finding it amusing. The trailers didn't make it seem all that amusing, but these recommendations throw their weight behind it...More
A staff member from the Netflix original drama "Kingdom" passed away on the 16th and the Federation of Korean Movies (FKM) claims it was death from overwork and urges the government to take steps to improve the film and broadcast production sites...More
People wait to buy advance train tickets for the Lunar New Year at Seoul Station on Tuesday...More
Pedestrians wear masks in Seoul on Tuesday, as the capital is blanketed by haze...More
Ask and you shall receive, and although "A Korean Odyssey" is still dawdling on and regurgitating a lot of its key concepts this time around, there is at least one major point of progress in the ever so shaky thing that is its main romance. Ma-wang is feeling the burn of his little tasting and we are slowly discovering some connections made by our self-centered group of supernatural misfits...More
We have some new promotional material from "Mother - Drama" and that includes four collages of stills and two teasers I have been very much looking forward to. The stills show us the mood behind the scenes as well as a little more about the relationships and conflicts we can expect, while the teasers feel like the creators have read my mind and delivered something I've been itching to get...More
Our mystery darlings have new stills of them released and while it's more of what and who we know and love, the subtle upgrades are visible and most welcome. "Mystery Queen Season 2" has big shoes to fill after "Mystery Queen" and things are definitely looking mighty filling so far...More
At long last Kang-doo has come to the conclusion that he is in fact an idiot and badly underrating himself. Not only does he allow Moon-soo to start caring about him without needlessly pushing her away, Kang-doo goes even farther than that and admits that he cares about her, and wants their relationship to go back to the way it was. As in, they just make a point of seeing each other on a regular basis, sometimes with a specific goal, and other times just for fun...More
I've been wondering, who was Sin-woo's teacher in the original timeline? What happened to that guy? Why didn't he show up this time to take his job? It's a question that has become increasingly relevant as Sin-woo's memories differ from events in the new timeline. Although the bigger surprise is how much events don't change, or how they change in ways just minor enough that Sin-woo still mostly correctly guesses what has happened, save for a few minor details...More
So Mr. Bong has returned to the story. Good thing I figured out Mr. Bong and Mr. Jo were two different characters already or I would have been really confused...anyway, Mr. Bong's main purpose here is to confuse me as to how the company's human resources policies are supposed to work. By what standard is a consensual romantic relationship cause for dismissal, but delegating a secretary to buy lacy underwear is not?...More
Son Soo-hyeon posted a picture on Instagram.
In the photo, she's looking at the camera with a small smile on her face...More
Actress Lee Min-jung and Dynamic Duo's Choiza are friends.
Lee Min-jung posted a picture of them together on her Instagram on the 16th. "He didn't watch the movie, but came to the after party. We've known each other since high school so it's been 20 years...More
Because the movie "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" is still taking over the theaters and is about to hit 13 million viewers, Director Kim Yong-hwa and actor Ha Jung-woo received an Appreciation Plaque from Korea's Defense Security Command...More
Visitors look at hazy downtown Seoul from Mt. Nam on Monday...More
Seon-mi's burdens keep multiplying, as something happens to put our previously detached Bull Demon King in a much more invested position. After the big revelation of our heroine's mission, "A Korean Odyssey" takes a step back to look at her unique connection to Oh-gong. While the nature of this fake bond has been there for us to see, it is starting to dawn on Seon-mi that her needs tend to feed a dangerous and painful delusion of closeness on her end...More
Na-hee (played by Jo Seung-hee) is Sin-woo's fellow teacher. Naturally, Sin-woo remembers Na-hee as a teacher from high school, and so has always been creeped out by the obvious romantic pretensions Na-hee has toward him now in adult form. I rather like this subplot, because it's the most explicit example we have of how Sin-woo's memories of people from high school are different from what these people were actually like. As Sin-woo's teacher, Na-hee had inherent dignity. As Sin-woo's colleague, she has almost none...More
Once again "Jugglers" is able to salvage the relationship between Yoon-i and Chi-won by having them act like professional adults in the face of a bad situation. Yes, naturally Yoon-i is horrified and freaked out by the way her relationship with Chi-won has been outed. All the same, Chi-won is right there to remind her that this is not the end of the world. More importantly Chi-won is plenty willing to give Yoon-i emotional and physical space to recover, which is especially essential since a company investigation is now necessary...More
Kang-doo has been forced to acknowledge the death of someone he genuinely, deeply cared about. Kang-doo does not take the news very well, and most of this episode is just an exercise in the other characters trying their best to calm him down. Which works, sort of. After an initial violent outburst Kang-doo is quite subdued, and seems willing to accept that which was always inevitable. But one way or another, Kang-doo always twists the situation around so as to maximize the self-hatred...More
The main cast of "Miss Hammurabi" is settled and it brings variety and reunions. The upcoming jTBC legal drama is another 100% pre-produced piece and it has finalized its main cast of Go Ara, L and Sung Dong-il as three judges. I'm not sure how the cast would work chemistry-wise outside of the reunited Go Ara and Sung Dong-il, but it does sound like a fun combination in terms of character descriptions...More
Upcoming SBS drama "Shall We Kiss First" has released a sneak peek into its cast through script reading photos and there are many familiar faces here. The work by writer Bae Yoo-mi ("I Have a Lover", "Scandal") and director Son Jeong-hyeon ("Yeah, That's How It Is", "She Gets Married Thrice") is reported as a fun and interesting piece on disillusioned adults falling in love...More
Jung Young-ju's profile picture is something.
She posted pictures of her profile on Instagram last year with the words, "Profile shoot. I aged. It's alright. Health matters more. I am an actress. I am me...More
Actress Kim So-yeon won the hearts of "My Ugly Duckling" mothers.
A member of the popular boy group "Shinhwa" and an actor Kim Dong-wan released his plead to the persistent fans who've been visiting his home and waiting for his attention right outside of his private property...More
The movie "1987: When the Day Comes" came in at the top of the box office.
According to the Korean Film Commission, "1987" was screened in 1,120 theaters all over the country and drew in 410,729 audiences just on the 14th. The accumulated number since its release on the 17th of December last year is 5,786,988...More
He takes on the role of Jo Jae-yoo, a musical director. He has a reputation for his natural instincts and genius abilities and is known as 'the Mozart of musicals'. Although his abilities are solid, he's never experienced failure before so his humanity is seriously lacking...More
Despite the couple in "Shall We Kiss First" being older than the normal 20s rom-com characters, the romance in these teasers feels as fresh as new love always is. It's just a bit weighed down by years of experience...More
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Jugglers", Ja Yoon (Baek Jin-hee) was shocked that word about her relationship with Nam Chi-won (Choi Daniel) had spread and he promised that he would protect her...More
"1987" overthrows "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds"...
"Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds", Kim Yong-hwa's adaptation of the first half of Joo Ho-min's webcomic "Singwa Hamgge", is now the fifth highest-grossing Korean film of all time. Last weekend Kim's fifth film surpassed 10 million admissions, and with the 742,417 admissions (23.69%) it claimed over this past weekend, the film has now overtaken "The Thieves"'s $87.9 million. Since its release five days before Christmas, "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" has accrued 12.8 million admissions or $96.9 million...More
Girl group GFriend will embark on a tour of major Asian cities next month...More
Children sled in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Sunday...More
An Olympic torch bearer passes through the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul on Sunday...More
Mountain climbers enjoy snowy scenery on Mt. Halla on Jeju Island on Sunday...More
What an exciting year 2017 was and the perfect way to round it off was with your votes in the 2nd Annual HanCinema Awards. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!! And congratulations to all of the winners...More
Korean Box Office for the Weekend 2018.01.12 ~ 2018.01.14
The movie "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" will be made into a drama.
Sources say the script will be written next year and the drama will be released the after that...More
Clara shows off her lovely physique in a picturesque photo that she posted a picture on her Instagram on the 14th...More
On the latest episode of the JTBC drama "Untouchable", there was a mysterious incident in the Bukchon region where power is spread between Jang Joon-seo (Jin Goo), Jang Ki-seo (Kim Sung-kyun) and Jang Beum-ho (Park Geun-hyung)...More
Actor Lee Suk is getting married.
He's getting married to his girlfriend on the 27th of January in Seoul...More
On the latest episode of the tvN drama "A Korean Odyssey", King Woo-ma (Cha Seung-won) was struggling with his thirst after tasting Sun-mi's/Sam-jang's (Oh Yeon-seo) blood. He managed to control himself while alone with her, but he suffered from the after effects...More
On the latest episode of the OCN drama "Bad Guys : Vile City", Je-moon (Park Joong-hoon), who was investigating Jin-pyung's (Kim Moo-yeol) murder case, found some suspicious things about Park Gye-jang (Han Jae-young)...More
On the latest episode of the MBC weekend drama "Money Flower", Jang Hyuk told Lee Soon-jae who he was. Kang Pil-joo (Jang Hyuk) took the pink vase with papers to see Jang Sung-man (Lee Soon-jae). He handed him his father's keepsake, a necklace and cried, "Grandfather!". It was a reverse turn of events by Kang Pil-joo who beat Jang Bu-chun (Jang Seung-jo) to the big reveal...More
"My Golden Life" set another record.
The Korea Herald spies K-locations that have featured in Hollywood's dream machine, KoBiz reports on the success of female-led thrillers overseas, "A Taxi Driver" is not the first or last film to frame the socio-political conflicts of the 80s, and Dr. Kang Kim Hyewon wonders if K-film could ever be as popular as K-pop in Asia on Forbes...More
Korea's microwavable meal industry is warming up as new technologies emerge, learn how to make 'gul tteokguk' (oyster rice cake soup) on Korean Bapsang, foodie friends vlog their way through Korea's oldest traditional market, and Hahna Yoon reveals delightful "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants in Gwanghwamun Jip on Lonely Planet...More
Families matter at these three winter festivals, explore Jeju Island's diverse cuisine, Vogue's Eddie Heart has 37 great reasons to put Seoul on your travel bucket list, and this may be the closest thing to the 'ultimate guide' to Seoul...More
Atlas Obscura explores the connection between kimchi-making and family bonds, Quartz reveals the darker side of Korea's play culture, Korea Exposé checks the pulse of Korea's LGBT movement, and is modern Korea really "Hell Joseon"?...More
A local blind balloon artist has his first U.S. Exhibition in Baltimore, get a look at life along the DMZ with these eerie images, photographer Ken Lee captures steamy dumpling vendors in the act, and enjoy over 50 fantastic images of Gyeongju...More
Sex education for young children has become essential at a time when they have easy access to porn on the Internet that could lead them down the wrong alleys...More
Many women no longer bite their nails and wait until their boyfriends pop the question but propose themselves.
Lee Seon-hwan (30), an office worker in Seoul, proposed to her boyfriend, Koh Jung-wook (30) last year and tied the knot in November. "Our relationship did not specify gender roles, so I was the one who proposed", she says. "My husband was moved to tears"...More
Feverish security preparations are under way for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which are only a month away...More
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on Tuesday said restrictions on advertising for fattening products like carbonated drinks and fast foods will be maintained...More
Korea is likely to finish sixth overall at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with seven gold and three silver medals, according to Gracenote, a U.S.-based entertainment metadata provider, on Tuesday...More
Nearly all teachers oppose the use of mobile phones by pupils in class, according to a survey out on Wednesday...More
The net assets of Koreans in their 30s and 40s are shrinking, prompting concerns that they are poorly prepared for retirement...More
Train tickets for the Lunar New Year holiday will go on sale next week. The holiday lasts from Feb. 14 through 18...More
The government is poised to announce its decision this afternoon on a controversial agreement with Japan that indirectly compensates victims of wartime sex slavery, the Foreign Ministry said Monday...More
Koreans are even less happy now than under disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye, a survey suggests...More
There are 14 people in Korea who make W1 billion a month (US$1=W1,069). The highest-paid is a company CEO who makes W2.7 billion a month, a whopping 810 times the W3.33 million average monthly salary of office workers in Korea...More
The won is strengthening at an even faster clip. The Korean currency closed at W1,061.2 against the U.S. dollar last Tuesday, the first day of trading in the New Year, at the highest level in three years and two months...More
Boys in Korean elementary schools want to be sports stars but in Japan they want to be scientists. And while teacher is the most popular future job for little girls in Korea, their Japanese counterparts want to run restaurants...More
The number of salaried workers who earn massive outside income is rising...More
Staff of the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation pose with commemorative W2,000 bills for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in their office in Daejeon.
Commemorative W2,000 banknotes printed to mark the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have been a huge hit...More
Half of all property experts have a pessimistic outlook on the future of the property market, according to a survey out on Sunday...More
An artist's impression of a facility to be built in Gangneung, Gangwon Province to accommodate Muslim tourists
A prayer room for Muslim tourists will be provided during the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month...More
Duty-free sales at Incheon International Airport hit a record high last year...More
2018 has entered with a bang and that includes some big celebrity names returning to Dramaland for ambitious projects. We have a few such news bits this week that you can read more about and I also take a look at fresh material for "Children of a Lesser God". Between casting news, trailers and a hefty dose of stills, we have another busy week in Dramaland...More
So this time around the victim who Goo-hee attempts to help with the titular "Revenge Note" is an old friend with whom Goo-hee had a falling out, so we get a lot of flashbacks. In flashback, Goo-hee has shorter hair which makes her look older. This isn't a huge deal or anything, it's just counter-intuitive. Also it's the same haircut Kim Hyang-gi has in "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" which immediately made me realize, huh, I didn't notice that was her too...More
In-sook (played by Won Mi-kyung) is a grandmother with a real excellent knack for geometry. Sadly, this skill set has been unexplored for most of her life, as In-sook has lived as a normal housewife. Then she gets a job as a cleaning lady for a local billiards hall. Business is slow, so In-sook practices the game while no one else is around. Before long, she's lining up excellent shots, easily hitting as many as five sides at once...More
The kiss. It is often the crowning glory, highlight, and turning point of a rom-com. 2017 saw many sizzling kisses and you cast your vote for your favorite...More
In a small town near the demilitarized zone the economy is dictated almost entirely by the spending habits of American soldiers, an "America Town" if you will. The actual name of the town is not important because there were a lot of them back in the eighties. Some of them are still around even today. They're a bit of a wasteland really, which is unavoidable. Imagine you're a bored, lonely, depressed American soldier with a paycheck and nowhere better to go with your time off base. What would you buy?...More
Ja-hong (played by Cha Tae-hyun) is a very special man. Most people who die, they just end up getting stuck in line. The unlucky ones get trapped in eternal torment. Somewhat luckier ones get clerical positions and cool magical powers. Ja-hong's guardians Kang-rim (played by Ha Jung-woo) and Seaman Mac (played by Joo Ji-hoon) get combat abilities. Deok-choon (played by Kim Hyang-gi), the newbie and the lone woman, is stuck with just information gathering abilities. They all dream of reincarnation, of once again knowing what it is like to be human. But Ja-hong? He's under consideration for a position of considerable power in the underworld. "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" concerns itself with the question as to why...More
Jeong-won (played by Han Suk-kyu) is a photographer living a quiet life far from the bustle of the city. "Christmas in August" mostly just allows Jeong-won to be happy. He loves photography. Jeong-won takes genuine joy in the perfectionist pursuit of preserving the best possible image of a person for all eternity. Jeong-won too strives to live his own life in that way, maintaining an assuredly pleasant demeanor for people to remember him by...More
I have to admit that romantic comedies is one of the categories I rarely enjoy, as they are, for the most part, addressed to the female audience. "Hellcats" however, managed to get under my skin, as I found myself smiling repeatedly during the movie, particularly due to Kim Min-hee's performance, in one of her first, truly competent performances...More
From left, Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Ki Hong Lee pose at a press event to promote their film at a hotel in Seoul on Thursday.
The stars of the American film series "The Maze Runner" visited Korea to promote their latest and last installment ahead of its release next week...More
Southern Korea saw heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures on Thursday, with the southwestern city of Gwangju covered in 14.4 cm of snow.
This caused flight cancellations and traffic accidents in many parts of the region while visitors were stranded on Jeju Island as flights and ferries were grounded...More
Visitors have fun at the annual Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province on Friday...More
The Han River in Seoul is frozen on Friday...More
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I see your finger-heart and raise you a finger-gun, because the "Mystery Queen Season 2" One True Work-Pairing is here to make me wish I can just jump to February. KBS has released stills of Kwon Sang-woo and Choi Kang-hee during the filming of the drama's first teaser, and the finger-gun shots are a lovely extra...More
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In what is a bit of a jarring tonal and stylistic shift from the first three teasers of the series and their dark fairytale appeal, "Children of a Lesser God" decides to introduce its male lead in a more standard, sleek manner. Kang Ji-hwan's detective is here to dazzle us with his IQ of 167, which is somehow not enough to stop a Dramaland cop from being careless at a crime scene...More
I've been waiting a while to see what the inner workings of "Oasis Laundromat" looks like and these newest stills definitely highlight the family discord and push that aspect of the story front and center. All of the new stills are set in the laundromat where there is supposedly a treature to be found, one that seems to be wrenching the family members further apart...More
Park Na-rae poses at a press event in Seoul on Wednesday to promote her book.
Suddenly there is no escaping diminutive comedienne Park Na-rae on TV, where she appears as a regular panelist on no fewer than seven programs, including MBC reality show "I Live Alone...More
Pedestrians brave the cold in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Thursday...More
Mt. Halla on Jeju Island is covered in snow on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "COLLECTIVE INVENTION" (2015)
Directed by Kwon Oh-kwang
With Lee Kwang-soo, Lee Chun-hee, Park Bo-young, Jang Gwang, Lee Byung-joon, Kim Hee-won,...
Formerly known as "The Mutant"
Lee Kwang-soo takes on the role of a mutant in "COLLECTIVE INVENTION", which is about a clinical demonstration centered around rumors that someone's boyfriend is turning into a fish...More
In another case of a drama that slipped right by me, I only found out about the aforementioned "About Time" as I saw this piece of news last night. Lee Sang-yoon and Lee Sung-kyung have confirmed their roles as the leads to this romantic fantasy drama and while you may be rolling your eyes in a "not another time travel one" fashion, you may be as surprised as I was about the premise of this one...More
I love-hate it when I take my eyes away from a work for a bit and I am later met with a ton of goodies for it. "Mother - Drama" has kept busy with promotion and we got several new stills and three new teasers from the series. The elusive Hye-na (played by Heo Yool-I) is finally getting some focus, and her presence is as endearing and tragic as I expected...More
Bong-tae (played by Lee Jong-hyuk) is a cybercrimes investigator who is appearing on a cable news program to talk about his work. Bong-tae is a moderately awkward man who doesn't look or act like a cop at all, so the question is immediately begged- what could he have possibly done to warrant being put on television? Flash back to a couple of weeks earlier, when Bong-tae runs across Ryan (played by Brian Joo) busking in the park. These apparently random events are related, although it takes some time for "539 Yeonnam-dong" to explain how...More
With a bubbly new poster and a character teaser that is heaver on the "com" of "rom-com", "Radio Romance" is looking to be much more fun than serious, which dramaland could quite frankly use these days. So bring on the fluffy goodness...More
Cha Seung-won is considering the movie "Cheer Up, Mister Lee".
Which couple stole your hearts with their chemistry, partnership, and loveable relationship? You voted and let your favorite be known. It's time to reveal which pairing came out on top...More
The bulk of episode twenty-three is actually exactly what I was hoping for when it came to a reunion with Min-gyoo and Ji-ah. Sure, the whole situation is explicitly comically contrived, but it gets them talking. And the more Min-gyoo talks, the more obvious it is that he's a lonely socially isolated man who has no idea how ridiculous he sounds discussing AZ3 with excessive childish enthusiasm. Min-gyoo really needed this - a chance to talk about AZ3 with a stranger. That really was all he wanted...More
Women's brand Olivia Lauren chose Seo Ye-ji as its new face.
Olivia Lauren presents a younger and sensitive image through Seo Ye-ji. The luxurious, feminine sensibility pursued by the brand is expected to show fresh appeal by pairing it with the innocent and alluring image of Seo Ye-ji...More
Two of Korea's biggest masters in cinema are headed West.
Director Bong Joon-ho, who is known for movies "Memories of Murder" and "The Host", is working on making his movie "Snowpiercer" into a TV drama. American cable channel TNT is adapting "Snowpiercer" with Bong Joon-ho as its producer. However, he will be less involved as he's currently preoccupied with the release of his movie "Parasite"...More
Actor Lee Jung-jin and former girl group Nine Muses member Euaerin are in a relationship.
They have been seeing each other for 7 months...More
Thursday casting news bites are plentiful, raining down from drama gods and promising good things. Dramaland always does that, promises good things on which it sometimes delivers. However, today's casting is looking quite juicy, and I'm happy to see these actors getting work...More
Jo Jae-yoon has always played rather savory characters, and he looks to be tackling another one in "Drama Stage - Not Played". Wearing a Charlie Chaplin-esque moustache and wielding a pool cue, Jo will most certainly be an interesting pool instructor to our middle-aged pool prodigy, Won Mi-kyung...More
The English poster added for the upcoming Korean movie "I Have a Date with Spring" is certainly ominous and, well, let's face it, kinda of gross. If this is your kinda flick, then please enjoy a slice of buggy cake before the end of the world...More
Models show commemorative banknotes and coins for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Children play in the snow in Gwangju on Wednesday...More
Two leads checking something out on a bloody mirror is not exactly a descriptive pair of stills, but it's something and "something" is all I need to grasp onto during this slow burn of a promotional campaign for "Children of a Lesser God". Kang Ji-hwan and Kim Ok-bin look great in the newly released images and yes, I know that's like saying the ocean looks wet...More
Well, this is certainly a casting biggie! Actress Son Ye-jin makes her return to Korean drama after 5 years, and with "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" being an Ahn Pan-seok work currently courting Jung Hae-in as the man who is about to receive the titular food, pretty much everyone is excited about this in some way or other...More
Competition was fierce this year for the top 16 dramas of the year. You, HanCinema readers, voted and let your voices be heard. Which drama did you pick for Best Drama of 2017?...More
From lawyers to detectives to queens, the actresses of 2017 have taken them all on. You have chosen your favorite actress of the year and now it's time to see which lucky lady won your hearts...More
So having appeared briefly in a few inconsequential scenes, Ri-el simply drops away from Min-gyoo's life disinterestedly, much like how she re-entered it. While I appreciate "I'm Not a Robot" simply abandoning a subplot it obviously had no interest in developing in the first place, the drama then makes the bad decision to focus on the two aspects of the story I liked even less than Ri-el. There's the attempt by malicious forces to steal AZ3, and everyone continuing to deceive Min-gyoo...More
A letter that singer IU sent to SHINee's Jonghyun has resurfaced.
KBS 2TV drama "Black Knight" showed a slight drop in percentage, but still came in first.
Korean movie opening today 2018/01/10 in Korea: "An Affair 2: My Friend's Step Mother - Director's Cut"...More
Korean fantasy film "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" is enjoying success across Asia after conquering the box office at home by becoming the first movie to hit the 10 million viewer mark this year...More
Girl group Oh My Girl pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Taeyeon poses at a promotional event for a cosmetics brand in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Volunteers wish for the success of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in the host city, Gangwon Province on Tuesday...More
Pedestrians walk in the snow in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Tuesday...More
We already know that the heroine of "Misty" will be a murder suspect, but the second teaser released for the drama shows us that things had been less than ideal even before this incident. Ko Hye-ran's (Kim Nam-joo) life may have appeared perfect to the outside world, but the cracks start to show and the facade quickly falls apart when an ex-lover re-enters her life...More
It has been a while since we enjoyed some Kim Seo-hyung goodness in "The Good Wife" and I have yet to watch "The Villainess", so I'm glad to see the actress back in action. MBC's "The Great Seducer" has not been on my radar and now that I know it is based on the novel "Dangerous Liaisons", I am wondering how it will even work in Korean drama form...More
Historical dramas of 2017 made history in the HanCinema books. You've cast your vote and determined the best of the best...More
So Na Moon-hee is in this drama. I've had trouble discussing her character mostly because she doesn't appear to have a name. But the character has always been instructive. Superficially Na Moon-hee is playing the role of wise mentor figure, and she's always dispensing unwanted yet generally correct grandmotherly advice. Yet the old woman is never talking from a position of strength. If anything, she gives off the feeling of constant regret, although it's never been clear why...More
Secret relationships have never been a trope I particularly liked, although "Jugglers" really does take them to the next level in terms of sheer annoyance. All of the conflict is entirely because Chi-won and Yoon-i have decided to have a secret relationship for no good reason. The reason the Mr. Bong thing blew up into a scandal was because he was married. Chi-won is not married, at least not anymore. So at worst this is sexual harassment, which would be a problem for him, not her...More
While the first episode gave the clear impression that this was going to be the older Sin-woo's story, and that there was going to be more going on than just his attempts to drive the younger Sin-woo and Ji-soo together, so far that's pretty much the only storyline we have. We barely know anything about the other characters. So-ra (played by Dohee) is now Ji-soo's best friend, and has effectively brought her into the larger group, but the two have barely any screentime together...More
2017 saw fantastic actors land interesting, challenging, and engaging roles. We've fallen in love with so many of their performances. You voted to let us know who you think is the best actor of 2017...More
He captioned his post, "It seems like spring during the day but why at night...?"...More
Lee Jung-shin posted a picture on Instagram.
In the photo, he is in bed and looking straight at the camera...More
Boy group Infinite's Dongwoo is waiting for Hoya's call.
Dongwoo mentioned it at the Infinite third album "TOP SEED" show case on the 8th...More
JTBC drama "Just Between Lovers" released a preview of Lee Kang-doo (Junho) and Ha Moon-soo (Won Jin-ah) spending time together. Kang-doo told Moon-soo she ate prettily and the two were adorable together...More
This first teaser for "Little Forest" captures the heart of what made the Iragashi Daiske original so lovely: the friendship, the connection to home and land, and the humor. Kim Tae-ri's narration weaves through the teaser and definitely made me want to head to theaters to watch this Korean film adaptation...More
A visitor fishes in the ice at the annual Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province on Monday...More
Children make snowmen in a park in Daejeon on Monday...More
Well, this is certainly sudden and exciting news. Actors Cho Seung-woo and Lee Dong-wook have joined up the newly announced jTBC drama "Life", which is by the writer of "Secret Forest", Lee Soo-yeon-I. If that's not enough to get several groups of fans hyped beyond words, I don't know what would be...More
This woman can sure rock a suit, and going by the descriptions on character and actress alike, she can rock the role of an anchor woman as well. Kim Nam-joo hasn't been in a work since 2012 and it looks like audiences are more than eager to see her in "Misty". For yours truly, it will be a first since 2006 film "Voice of a Murderer"...More
So Kang-doo and Moon-soo appears to have broken up, or are at least fighting in such a way that they seem headed for a break-up. The actual reason for the fight is not important. This was just one of those dumb petty fights that couples get into because they have an emotionally charged moment and separate on bad terms. Then, unwilling to imply in even the vaguest way that they might have been wrong, they stubbornly refuse to make up...More
Sin-woo (played by Lee Jung-shin) is a high school teacher. We get a broad panorama of the town where he works, a look at his stroll to class, and finally an introduction to his students. Sin-woo's affectionate and oddly personal appraisals of the students come off as odd, even creepy, until he finally gets to Sin-woo (played by Seo Ji-hoon) who is literally just Sin-woo as a teenager. Yes, that's right, Sin-woo has time slipped back into 2007, and the first episode of "Longing Heart" explains how...More
So I appear to have confused Mr. Bong, who was Yoon-i's boss in the first episode, with Mr. Jo (played by In Gyo-jin), who has been the antagonist since then. On one end I want to apologize for being too stupid to realize that these are two completely different characters. On the other end I'm now struggling to remember how Yoon-i even knows Mr. Jo in the first place, or why he would have ever thought she would be on his team. Well, I guess it doesn't matter...More
Well, I asked for a main story and for Seon-mi's purpose in it, and episode four of "A Korean Odyssey" delivers. It turns out that our heroine has a much heavier burden to bear than expected and she needs her group of merry monsters to help her carry it. Seon-mi starts bonding with the group, but the reality of Oh-gong's forced connection to her leaves her feeling lonely as a challenging future approaches...More
Song Hye-kyo made a surprise appearance in the TV show "Different Goals 2".
Well, "Are You Human Too" is certainly looking quite slick with handsome Seo Kang-joon as both a chaebol and the android who is brought into a vicious world. Enjoy the first long trailer and watching the android come to terms with his new role and the fact that he isn't human...More
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Doubtful Victory", former President Lee Kwang-ho (Jeon Gook-hwan) and his son Lee Young-min (Baek Sung-kwang) were wrapped up in a drug case. Young-min was a drug addict...More
Local webcomic adaptation "Along With the Gods" surpasses 10-million admissions...
Kim Yong-hwa's fun fantasy flick "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" has sailed past the 10 million admissions mark after its third weekend out. From 1,256 screens, down from 1,666, "Along With the Gods" (which stars Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun, Joo Ji-hoon and Kim Hyang-gi) claimed 1.3 million admissions or 36.44% of the weekend sales. The first part of Kim's adaptation of Joo Ho-min's webcomic "Singwa Hamgge" is now on the verge of overtaking "Train to Busan" (11.5 million admissions) as the tenth highest-grossing Korean film of all time...More
Updated cast, images and videos for the upcoming Korean documentary "Myeoneuri - My Son's Crazy Wife"...More
The first peek into "Golden Slumber" juxtaposes the ordinary life of Gang Dong-won and the very explosive (literally) set of new events that change his life forever. They connect him to new people in this adaptation of Isaka Kotaro's original story and the song "Golden Slumber" is appropriately the back track...More
"Cross" is gearing up for its late January release by introducing a slew of teasers that highlight the fine moral line that Go Kyung-pyo's character walks while operating on the incarcerated who are linked to his father's death...More
Cheerleaders perform at a basketball game between KCC Egis and SK Knights in Seoul on Sunday...More
People practice yoga in a department store in Seoul on Sunday...More
People ski in a resort in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday...More
"A Korean Odyssey" is back this week and although the messy production and the injury that was caused due to it should never be forgotten or treated lightly, it looks like enough measures have been taken to keep the related authorities pleased for now. Story-wise, we are starting to get hints about the why of it all and the role of Seon-mi's fate in it, but we also meet new characters and backstories...More
From January to December, 2017 cast an array of talented men in film who rounded out the viewing experience and helped draw us into new worlds. You've cast your vote for your favorites and now it's time to see who won...More
The year of 2017 saw a slew of amazingly talented women in leading roles in an industry that is finally warming up to powerful females. You, HanCinema readers, have made your favorites known by casting your votes...More
Numberous outlets reported that the actor was offered a role and that he's looking into it...More
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV show "Happy Sunday - 1 Nights 2 Days", Kim Joon-ho, Defcon and Yoon Si-yoon traveled to Cuba to meet their fans in celebration of the show's 10th anniversary...More
EXO's Kai expressed his thoughts on the end of the drama "Andante".
The final episode of the KBS 1TV drama "Andante" ended on the 7th and Kai played the lead role of Lee Si-kyung. "Thank you for loving "Andante" and it was an honor to be able to work with everyone...More
Korean Box Office for the Weekend 2018.01.05 ~ 2018.01.07
KoBiz tracks local movies about inter-Korean relations, explore Korean cinema with these 15 great romantic comedies, South Korean films feature prominently on Film School Reject's list of the best foreign films of 2017, and Christopher Weatherspoon gives us a brief overview of the country's cinema scene for the last year...More
A 77-year-old grandmother becomes a YouTube star, watch kids in Seattle try Korean food for the first time, take a slow tour through some of Korea's hottest food districts, and Gordon Ramsay doesn't hold back in the Land of the Morning Calm...More
South Korea has a poop cafe, Korean Air's economy class is still among the best in the world, Channel News Asia looks at the prospect of increased winter sports tourism after the upcoming Winter Games, and Paul B (and his mom) give us a splendid and snappy overview of Korea's geography and culture...More
Get the best K-beauty advice from some of the country's top YouTubers, browse the most popular stories of last year from the hard-hitting Korea Expose, Quartz looks at the power political memes in Korea, and avoid committing these cultural faux pas...More
The last Joseon court paintings are on display in Seoul after nearly a hundred years, see snaps of one of Korea's most beloved dog breeds, photographer Ashley Crowther is interviewed by Vice about his work close to the DMZ, and this young fashion designer believes the hanbok is bringing sexy back...More
Festive indulgence prompts many people to don a hair shirt at the start of the New Year to get back in shape and bring their ballooning weight under control. But drastic measures can backfire, so the slimming regime should be approached with caution and long-term gradual goals rather than rapid results...More
Flowering tea is becoming ever more popular as young Koreans embrace the pretty and fragrant brew.
Chrysanthemum tea is perhaps the most famous variety, together with acacia and magnolia tea, but there are many other varieties that soothe and stimulate the senses, especially in the cold winter months...More
President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook walk with victims of wartime sex slavery at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Thursday. /Yonhap
President Moon Jae-in on Thursday invited to Cheong Wa Dae eight women who were forced into sex slavery during World War II.
First lady Kim Jung-sook, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and other key Cabinet members and presidential aides were also on hand to welcome the women...More
The worst times for burglaries are month of March and late weekend nights.
Security service provider S-1 on Thursday said burglars break in when people leave their houses for long hours as spring finally comes...More
Protesters rally in Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul in June last year (file photo).
Gray Gwanghwamun in central Seoul is the country's most profitable commercial district, ahead of glitzy Gangnam or the famous shopping area of Myeong-dong...More
Torchbearers hold the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in front of Bulguk Temple in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday. /Yonhap
The Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is set to arrive in Gyeonggi Province on Thursday after touring the nation since early November...More
Hiring a professional photographer to capture the moment of giving birth is becoming a trend among expecting parents. Women have been heading to the studios in the late stages of pregnancy ever since the famous Vanity Fair cover of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, but now the birth itself has be Instagrammable...More
Up to a quarter of part-time workers were either fired or had their working hours shortened after the government announced a drastic minimum wage hike last year...More
Three out of five debtors of loan sharks are office workers rather than the jobbing poor, according to a study by the Financial Services Commission released Monday...More
Korea's working-age population is dwindling faster than that of other OECD countries, according to a study...More
The number of births fell below 400,000 in 2017 for the first time. If the trend continues, fewer than 300,000 babies will be born in 2022, a study projects...More
Restaurants, beauty shops and gas stations are the worst offenders among small businesses failing to abide by wage and other working regulations...More
Volunteers pose at a stadium in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province last week.
An army of more than 24,000 volunteers on Tuesday started work to help ensure the success of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang...More
The government has set this year's export growth target at just a quarter of the 2017 achievement, which marked a record high...More
Social media are changing the ways Koreans interact, leading to ever fewer face-to-face encounters. But that extra distance also means that many have become more open about sharing slices of their private lives.
Reticent in person, they are more sociable than ever on the Internet. Once the number of guests at a person's housewarming or child's first birthday party used to be a gauge of his or her social status. Now it is the number of "likes" they get on Facebook or Instagram...More
Take a big step into a hopefully lovely 2018 to view all the upcoming drama goodies we can enjoy for yet another year. Dramaland has gone on a promotional spree after the slow holiday season and we have a lot of new teasers for several series coming up. As I look to future dramas for my picks, I am ever so slightly tempted to watch "Misty" on my free time...More
OCN has been so big on crime dramas, that Death himself gets one this time around. Granted, the titular hero of "Black" is only one Reaper out of many, but the series is right up his alley anyway. The series mixes fantasy, crime and romance, although that sadly proves too much by the end of things. Where does "Black" succeed and where could things have gone better? It depends on what you are looking for, but here is my take on it...More
"Argon" and the show within it of the same name have a surprise guest in this episode and they tackle some topics we do not often see in Korean drama, or rather often see painted in a very consistent and one-sided way. Sadly, the drama also throws a curve-ball at us with a certain character's health and this twists Baek-jin's arm into a decision that is necessary, but will only further infuriate his enemies...More
The main couple of any drama tends to steal the romantic limelight, but every once and a while there is a magical second romance that makes hearts flutter. HanCinema readers, you voted and made your favorite secondary couple in a drama known...More
So-i (played by Shin Eun-soo) is, in the modern day, an English teacher for private academies. The work is degrading and generally pointless, so it's with sincere joy that So-i comes homes to open a package from family in rural Nonsan. So-i wasn't actually raised out there. She just ended up stuck in the area for awhile because of issues with her mother. All the same, So-i's happy nostalgia flashbacks revolve around the Nonsan years, which is especially interesting when we look back to see what a brat So-i was...More
So Goo-joon's purpose has now been fully justifed to me. He is Goo-hee's terrible, evil older brother who constantly teases her yet is frustratingly difficult to get a rise out of. I liked how Goo-hee's revenge, though obviously satisfying to her, does not actually result in Goo-joon suffering on-screen. Because why would he give her the satisfaction? Goo-joon just does what terrible older brothers always do, and find more trifling ways to annoy Goo-hee that their parents will never believe because Goo-joon is oh-so-perfect...More
Investigator Park (played by Kim Yun-seok) is a state-sponsored Communist hunter. He doesn't play by the rules when it comes to dealing with pure evil. If Investigator Park needs to make the case, he will use whatever legal powers, violence, and intimidation necessary to force obstacles out of the way. At first glance Investigator Park may be mistaken as an agent of justice. But throughout "1987: When the Day Comes" we mostly see Investigator Park through the eyes of his victims- as a crazed psychopath who cannot be stopped and cannot be negotiated with. Which is a fitting metaphor for the South Korean dictatorship as a whole...More
Far off in the rural outskirts of Ulsan, there's a simple country restaurant called "The Return" with a plaque that reads, if you drink rice wine here, your loved one will return for you. There is no magical property to the plaque or the restaurant. The proprietor Mister Byeon (played by Kim Yu-seok) just liked the sentiment in those words. But through time and tide, various lonely people have come to "The Return" inspired by its message into believing that they, too, may meet their loved ones again, given enough patience at the restaurant...More
Director Daehae is a Buddhist nun. This may be seem counter-intuitive, given that "Sermon on the Mount" is, as the title implies, a movie about Christian theology. The runtime consists almost entirely of a bunch of seminary students sitting around in a cave casually discussing and debating various liturgy. There are frequent references to the more arcane aspects of religious belief, simplified into relatable analogies of great use to the believer and the non-believer alike...More
One could easily say that "Moby Dick" is another entry in the crime thriller genre that, in Hollywood style, uses the connection of the authorities with the capital to introduce a case of conspiracy that reaches the higher echelons of S. Korea, and he would not be very far from the truth. However, a few elements in the film make it stand out from the majority of similar productions...More
"Let's Watch the Sunset" sounds a bit on the grim side with its focus on a failing marriage and a life near its end. The good news is that we have Han Hye-jin and Yoon Sang-hyun consider the leads, and we can't really go wrong there. So, it's up to production to hold up its end...More
Students take a picture after a graduation ceremony at a high school in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Friday...More
People enjoy the snow in Mt. Halla on Jeju Island on Friday...More
Each drama has that actor or actress who, despite not being top billed, manages to steal the scene with their powerful acting. You cast your vote for your favorite scene stealer, and now it's time to see who won...More
Look at that casting goodness. Beloved actors as far as the eye can see. Sure, we're drowning in men and mostly everyone is wearing black and looking preemptively tired, but creating a work from scratch is no picnic. Jokes aside, the cast for "Children of a Lesser God" looks impressive and judging by the serious atmosphere in these images, the story looks grim...More
Upcoming guest house drama "Laughter in Waikiki" has cast the ladies to balance our its gents and now the series has also released script reading photos showing off its full main cast. One of many recent guest and share house dramas, "Laughter in Waikiki" follows three men who run such an establishment out of necessity and end up meeting interesting characters...More
Do Kyung-soo looks as charismatic as ever in this first still for "Swing Kids", the story of a tapper from north of the DMZ who is held prisoner during the Korean war. This is a juicy mix of art and brutal history that I'm looking forward to watching develop...More
I.O.I and DIA member, actress, and commercial star are just some keywords to describe Jung Chae-yeon (21).
The singer and actress debuted two years ago through an Mnet audition program called "Produce 101" in girl group I.O.I followed by DIA...More
Singer Kim Dong-ryul is set to release a new album next week.
His new album features five songs, including a duet with singer Lee So-ra...More
Children hug at a session for newcomers in an elementary school in Daejeon on Thursday...More
The outdoor ice rink in front of City Hall in Seoul is crowded with children on Thursday...More
The resolution to the whole elaborate deception storyline wraps up a lot faster than I was expecting. Before even episode nineteen has finished Min-gyoo and Ji-ah have already said their goodbyes, and episode twenty largely consists of them vigorously making a new start of their lives. Deep down inside Min-gyoo and Ji-ah are still quite lonely though, having become more attached to the master robot relationship than they had ever expected...More
We have more new faces for "Mystery Queen Season 2" and this one is very fresh in my memory and one I look forward to. Jang Yoo-sang has been cast in the drama as Kim I-kyung. Despite not standing out or being very sociable, I-kyung is actually a genius. Yes, it's that word again. At least he's not also a chaebol heir. I think and hope...More
We have another one approaching from tvN's Drama Stage series and this one-act work seems to be all about family. "Drama Stage - Our Place's Tasty Soybean Paste" has cast Myung Se-bin, Yoo Eun-mi, Lee Chun-hee and Tae Hang-ho in this hopefully heartwarming story about taking care of our own...More
In mid-December, HanCinema had the chance to visit the Los Angeles 4DX lab and experience the inclusive movie-watching experience that the 4DX technology offers. Now you have a limited chance to experience the same while watching the newest Korean box office hit to its screen, "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" if you're in the LA / SoCal area. This Ha Jung-woo and Cha Tae-hyun adventure has already grossed 10 million viewers since it's December 20th opening has now been adapted for the 4DX experience...More
Yoo In-na is an actress known for her sweet voice. She's highly popular as a radio DJ and has been running the KBS Cool FM "Turn Up the Volume" for four and a half years. Her popularity with listerners earned her the nicknames 'Honey' and 'Yoodi.' Therefore, many are anticipating her return to radio...More
Comedians Kim Min-gi and Hong Yoon-hwa, who have been together for eight years, are finally tying the knot.
Their families met last month and decided to set the date for November. The couple have always publicly expressed their love for each other...More
More manpower is being added to "A Korean Odyssey".
Girl's Generation's Choi Soo-young has new acting profiles.
The newly turned actress posted pictures on her Instagram...More
Actor Kim Bo-sung expressed his opinion on steady donation activities.
Actress Hwang Jung-eum posted a picture of herself on Instagram with the caption, "So excited for this shoot".
The picture shows her getting hair and make-up done for an advertisement. She gave birth in August last year and she's already regained her lovely figure...More
Kang So-ra posted pictures on her Instagram with the caption, "Daily life".
In the photo, she's wearing a denim jacket and sitting comfortably near a wall with a smile on her face...More
The new character posters for "Psychokinesis" are looking quite, well, electric. Each focuses on the characters' skillset or personalities whether that be Ryu Seung-ryong's telekinetic powers or his daughter's culinary skills. Enjoy and get ready for the film's release sometime this month...More
Girls take a selfie during a coming-of-age ceremony at a high school in Daejeon on Wednesday...More
Children have fun sledding in an ice rink in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday...More
Well, this will certainly be one powerful pairing if it happens, and with the flood of articles practically drooling over the potential, it better. Han Hye-jin had previously been announced as a yes-maybe for the drama, but now she and Yoon Sang-hyun are still reported as considering for the role of a couple facing death and the rediscovery of their relationship...More
Between all of the fun variations of fantasy dramas, the court dramas, the beautiful love lines, and the exciting villains, the 2017 drama offering was rich, which made choosing our favorites here at HanCinema was not easy. But we presented you with our favorite six dramas of the year and you voted for your favorites of our favorites...More
In very short order "I'm Not a Robot" has gone from cute and charming, if ethically ill-conceived, to straight-up depressing. At one point a minor character is murdered out of nowhere, and the other characters respond by shambling listlessly. There's no longer any joy in the interactions bewteen Min-gyoo and Ji-ah. Their reunion at the end has an amazingly dour tone- they're going through the motions to try and recreate happiness that no longer exists and never can...More
HanCinema presented its picks for the best films of the year, which was both difficult and fun with the selection from 2017 to choose from...More
The parent-child relationship is perhaps the most crucial one in mapping one's life further into adulthood and tvN's "Mother - Drama" is diving into some complicated mother and daughter bonds. The series has released stills of the two heroines smiling while locked in a hug, and remembering the context of this relationship truly stings during such moments...More
You have cast your vote and made your favorite K-drama villain of 2017 known. This person has earned your love through the creation of an excellent on-screen villain...More
Park Sung-hoon posted a picture on his Instagram.
In it, he sports a neat hair 'do is and a black turtle-neck. He looks quite slick even while posing casually...More
Representative Na Byeong-joon, founder of comprehensive entertainment company FANTAGIO, was unilaterally dismissed from one of the largest Chinese shareholder companies. The risk is high, as Chinese capital penetrates deep into the Korean entertainment industry. Executives and employees disagree with the dismissal of the representative of and set up an emergency committee while their celebrities are getting anxious...More
Lee Yoon-ji stands out in a black dress.
She posted a picture on her Instagram recently, thanking her Avengers team for making the last of 2017 a great one and saying she looked forward to 2018...More
In the TV show "Abnormal Summit", he claimed he wanted to be the president of Ghana. He still dreams. However, being president is not just his goal. His goal is to be make Ghana a better country...More
Did people die because of me? This is the sentiment conveyed by the newest poster for "The Remnants", a documentary about the Yongsan Disaster in which a protest resulted in death. Years later the protesters come together, but all is not well. The poster clearly shows the devastation of the event and its aftermath...More
Kim Myung-min and Oh Dal-soo remain quite the pairing in this third installment of the Detective K series, "Detective K: Secret of the Bloodsucking Demon" With Lee Min-ki has the titular Bloodsucking Demon and Kim Ji-won as the beautiful warrior against the dark, we have not only mystery and fun, but a brilliant cast. In February, we can enjoy...More
Trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "An Affair 2: My Friend's Step Mother - Director's Cut"...More
Sunmi will release a new single late this month, her management agency said Tuesday...More
The latest music video of boy band BTS reached over 100 million hits on YouTube on Tuesday...More
Postmen parade subcompact electric cars to be used for mail delivery, in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Department store staff deliver briquettes to the needy in Seoul on Tuesday...More
OCN is remaking ABC's "Mistresses" and the why all over my face is truly a breathtaking sight. I have not watched the original UK series or the US remake, but one look at its description and genre makes me wonder how it fits into the OCN pool in general. A soap mystery drama about women in sordid and illicit affairs does sound right up Dramaland alley, on the other hand. Just not OCN...More
With the secret plan between Baek-jin and Yeon-hwa to uncover the truth behind the Midtown Mall collapse hitting a slow point, it is time to get familiar with some other members of the "Argon" group. The two leads take on a case from Baek-jin's past that he must solve, the "ugly" and "old" lovebirds have an awkward meeting and the "Argon" underdog above Yeon-hwa gets a hefty dose of reality...More
You're probably sick of my excitement for this series and I feel you, but I also feel the pure, unadulterated joy that is the second season of a beloved drama, so I regret nothing! The first teaser has been released for "Mystery Queen Season 2" and while it's more of a concept one than a case of in-drama footage, it does reveal a few interesting things...More
There is bright new talent on the horizons of dramaland and you have voted for your favorites of 2017. Today we who you chose as the best up-and-coming actor...More
The literal Korean title of "Just Between Lovers" reads as the space between lovers. It's a very instructive title, because most of what we see really is just Kang-doo and Moon-soo spending time together. They don't necessarily do anything. Interpreted in a purely narrative sense Kang-doo and Moon-soo mostly just run errands. Whether or not they succeed in these errands is sort of besides the point, because no individual errand is all that important...More
So apparently the sweet spot for Yoon-i and Chi-won is not quite actually in a relationship, since now that they're officially together, we have to endure a secret office romance storyline. That on its own would not be a problem, except that Yoon-i and Chi-won have now become mostly incompetent again. They are so bad at keeping secrets it begs the question of why they bother trying to keep secrets in the first place...More
"Laughter in Waikiki" is a youthful drama about Dong-goo who dreams of becoming a movie director, Joon-gi who is quite quirky, and Doo-sik who is a freelance writer. The three live in a guest house that's about to go out of business...More
Cha Ye-ryun posted pictures on her Instagram.
She posted two pictures; one of her hugging a dog with a loving look on her face and another with her sitting across from the dog...More
Singer and actress Suzy was seen departing from Incheon International Airport on the 1st of January.
Although she wasn't wearing any makeup, she still looked lovely...More
Kang Han-na looks ravishing.
Actress Kim Chae-eun has joined the cast for the tvN drama, "Drama Stage - Fighter Choi Kang-soon", a drama about women who fight injustice. Kim Chae-eun takes on the role of a teacher named Song Hyun-joo...More
Actor Baek Sung-hyun is to serve his mandatory military duty.
He will be standing duty in The Coast Guard in the Jinhae Navy Education Headquarters in Changwon, Kyeongsang-namdo. He posted a statement on his SNS on the 23rd of December saying, "I know it's a little late, but I signed up for The Coast Guard and thankfully they accepted me...More
Former figure skating champion Kim Yuna is looking forward to the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The Pyeongchang Olympics ambassador appeared on the SBS 8 O'clock News for an interview...More
EXO's Baekhyun issued an apology for his earlier statement about depression.
On the 30th of December, a fan shared that she suffered from depression to Baekhyun during a fan sign session. Later, the fan posted of their interaction. Only part of the fan's post became viral, causing a large netizen reaction...More
On the latest episode of the tvN drama "Rude Miss Young-ae Season 16", Lee Seung-joon upset Lee Yeong-ae (Kim Hyun-sook). He was drunk one night and said in front of his father, "Yeong-ae treats me badly at home and at work. She doesn't give me a chance so everyone looks down on me. I have a lot to say...More
Local hits "Along With the Gods", "1987" and "Steel Rain" secure 90% of the sales during final weekend...
The last weekend of 2017 saw another massive win for Kim Yong-hwa's "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds", the first in a series of films adapted from Joo Ho-min's webcomic "Singwa Hamgge". Kim's fantasy drama entered the fray three days before Christmas and found massive support during its first weekend out. Its second weekend out was equally profitably: from 1,666 screens, down from 1,887, "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" added another 2.4 million admissions (53.73%) and has raced to become the second highest-grossing film of the year. Currently, Kim's much-anticipated film has grossed $64.2 million (8.5 million admissions)...More
Kim Tae-ri, Ryu Jun-yeol, and Jin Ki-joo share some of their photoshoot for their posters and send New Year's greetings on behalf of the film "Little Forest". It's a cute way to not only herald in the new year, but to also give us a taste of the poster photo shoot and the camaraderie between the three stars...More
"Brothers in Heaven" is out mid-January and the newest trailer definitely gives a taste of what kind of fighting we'll see as Sung Hoon takes on a baddie in the closed quarters of a container ship...More
Some 220 million movie tickets were sold in Korea last year, the most in the history of Korean cinema, largely due to three domestic Christmas hits...More
Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul is packed with visitors on Monday...More
Visitors fish in the ice on a lake in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on Monday...More
Mountain climbers wait to watch the first sunrise of the year on Mt, Jiri in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province on Monday...More
A fresh, exclusive Sedaily article reporting news of "Voice Season 2" states the return of Lee Ha-na, but not Jang Hyuk and it made me consider something; when is a sequel necessary, when is a spin-off wiser, and when should a work be left as is? This is something we rarely had to consider before when it came to Korean drama, and the implications of it are worth thinking about and discussing now...More
Two pictures credited to Kim Hyun-sook's Instagram account have surfaced from what looks like a possible poster or promotional stills making session for the cast of "Mystery Queen Season 2". It's not a lot, but it's enough to get a very desperate fan going and desperate I am. The cast looks lovely and the finger-gun is back, in front of its creator, no less...More
Happy New Year, HanCinema Readers! It has been so lovely to take this journey with you through Korean film and K-drama over the course of 2017. Wonderful things have been created, talented actors both new and old have graced our screens, and, of course, a few sad things have weighed on our hearts. With the joys and sorrows of 2017, we forge into 2018. Let's see where the Korean film and K-drama adventure takes us!
Let's not forget about 2017, yet! There are still some categories still open for voting, so be sure to cast your votes...More
The person who manages Junho's makeup, as well as the person in charge of continuity, are very good at their jobs. That very specific praise is prompted by Kang-doo's facial wounds, which are always changing just slightly from scene-to-scene. They slowly heal over time, but then he gets another one. I'm surprised those specific members of the production team are able to keep the wounds so consistent. It's a thankless job that can be very easily screwed up...More
In a surprising departure for a narrative that so far has not been taking its work seriously, "Jugglers" actually takes the ramifications of Yoon-i and Chi-won kissing and examines them in a professional context. The effect is rather ironic- Yoon-i and Chi-won are acting far more professionally now than they have been since the earliest episodes. The change is much welcomed, since it allows their romance to progress naturalistically rather than be clumsily forced by narrative turnabouts...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
Tapping into the new drama trend of robots and androids, "Are You Human Too" adds a little something special with its huge budget and flashy, well-crafted first teaser. Slick editing and action makes it feel like a blockbuster film, and the dialogue running through the teaser reflects that Seo Kang-joon's android character is trying to live life as a person while also fighting baddies and the fact that he isn't actually human. But as he says in the teaser, he is also Nam Shin (like the human in the coma). I expect him to carve his own unusual path...More
"Radio Romance" tells the tale of two people working at a radio station with different strengths who come together. This cute teaser highlights the romantic aspect of the drama between newly twenty (Korean age) Kim So-hyun and Yoon Doo-joon...More
The festive season is a time for heavy drinking, and hangover preventions can really help make the morning after easier...More
People gather to watch the first sunrise of the year in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province on Sunday...More
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The music sets the tone, rouses the spirits, quickens the blood, and can trigger memory for years to come. It is now time to reveal what you picked as the Best Drama OST of 2017...More
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Moon-sook (played by Park Hee-bon) is a bank teller. She doesn't have a full contract yet, but the time is fast approaching when the bank either has to offer Moon-sook a contract or just let her go. Incidentally, Moon-sook goes out with her team every month for a celebratory party at the karaoke bar. While this would be a great time to make a good impression, Moon-sook has no talent for singing. So instead, she takes tambourine classes...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