31.3.13

[News] Song Seung Hun’s Fans Donate 5 Tons of Rice.


[News] Song Seung Hun’s Fans Donate 5 Tons of Rice. 
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According to actor Song Seung Hun’s agency “Storm S Company,” his fans from Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan donated five tons of rice on March 27 at the press conference for MBC’s new upcoming drama “When a Man Loves.”

On the packages of rice were special messages from the fans for Song Seung Hun, such as “Under the sky is this ruggedly good looking man” and “Good luck on new drama! Good luck on awesome ratings!”

On his Twitter on the same day, Song Seung Hun showed his appreciation as he left a message, “When a man receives rice! Thank you so much for your support!”
Meanwhile, the first episode of “When a Man Loves” will be aired on April 3, 2013.


[News] Won Bin Embraces his AWOO Doll for UNICEF.


[News] Won Bin Embraces his AWOO Doll for UNICEF.
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As a special representative of the Korean Committee for UNICEF, Won Bin participated in the AWOO campaign, making a couple on his own.
In 2007, UNICEF created the AWOO Doll Campaign, where people can ‘adopt’ an AWOO doll by purchasing a 30,000 won doll making kit or an already made doll. The money is then used to provide children with six different types of immunization shots and other needed items.



On March 28, the Korean Committee for UNICEF released new advertisement for the campaign, featuring Won Bin as the model, as he proudly held his own AWOO Doll, which he named Jose.  

Along with Won Bin, other stars, such as Kim Rae Won, Lee Min Ho, Song Ho Young, Lee Kwang Soo, After School’s Lizzy and Uee, U-Kiss, Sung Joon, Super Junior’s Donghae, and more have made an AWOO doll.


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[News] Lee Seung Gi Shares Thoughts on Working with Suzy.


[News] Lee Seung Gi Shares Thoughts on Working with Suzy.
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Actor Lee Seung Gi reveals what is like to work in historical drama.
The actor recently conducted an interview, and revealed what is like to work with Suzy, and what has he been doing to prepare for his role in his first historical drama, MBC's "Gu Family Book."

He started by commenting on his initials thoughts about this kind of dramas, he said, “I was worried about doing a historical drama, because there are some limitations like your the way you hair should be and the kind of clothing you use. Thankfully, the staff is doing a great job, and I can see and meet Choi Kang Chi.”

He also revealed what he did to prepare himself to fully embrace Choi Kang Hee, “As soon as I accepted the role, I enrolled in action school to learn the basics, I also started horseback riding lessons, and I also lost 6 pounds to fit the role.”

About his co-start he commented, “This is the first time I have to work with some that is younger than me. I think her cheerful attitude is refreshing. Her freshness attracts and she has been a great source of energy for the staff.”

The actor and Suzy will act as Choi Kang Hee, a half-man, half-nine tailed fox, who wants to become a complete human, and Dam Yeo Wool, the youngest martial arts master in town.

"Gu Family Book" will start airing on April 8th, at 10PM (KST).

[News] EXILE’s NAOTO to appear in 1st serial drama ‘Last Cinderella’.

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[News] EXILE’s NAOTO to appear in 1st serial drama ‘Last Cinderella’.
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On March 29, it was revealed that EXILE’s NAOTO will appear in Fuji TV’s serial drama “Last Cinderella” (Thursdays 10 PM).  The drama begins airing on April 11; this is NAOTO’s first ever serial drama.

The series is a romantic comedy that realistically depicts “Oyaji Joshi,” who are clumsy, but powerful woman who acts like an old man and are fully immersed in their jobs.

NAOTO plays Kashiwagi Tomonori, the assistant to the protagonist, a deputy manager at a beauty salon named Touyama Sakura (played by Shinohara Ryoko, 39).

On the production’s website, NAOTO’s character is described as “Perfect for the ‘romantic, the bullied, and the comedic’”. His character undergoes training in cutting hair, shampooing, and the like from a hair stylist friend. 

He spoke about becoming unreserved around Shinohara soon after filming started with, “It is similar to system shock – I am doing my best so that everyone will remember me as ‘NAOTO, the actor.’”


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[News] Ekin cheng gives up horses for cars.

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[News] Ekin cheng gives up horses for cars.
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The Ronny Yu Yun Tai directed, Adam Cheng Siu chau, Dior Cheng Yi Kin, Raymond Lam Fung, Vic Chou Yu Man, Wu Chun, Yu Bo and Fu Xinbo starred film SAVING GENERAL YANG (JUNG LIT YEUNG GA JEUNG) has been promoting nonstop in Hong Kong. Two nights ago a charity premiere took place and yesterday an ultimate ticket autograph session was held as they played games with the audience. Jai Jai helped two female participants who competed in the shooting game, much to the envy of onlooking fans.

Jai Jai was very convincing with his instruction to the two contestants. He explained that guys like guns. Earlier he had shooting training for a police film. He denied that he gave special treatment to female fans from Japan. "Ekin pushed him out to help. I conversed with her in Japanese. Actually she knew Mandarin and spoke it better than I do." Have they seen Lam Fung's girlfriend Karena Ng Chin Yu on this trip? Wu Chun said, "I know her, we worked together on a movie. We are so busy with the promotion that we don't even see Lam Fung enough."

Ekin after the film promotion will perform concerts in Macau and Guangzhou. Ekin revealed that director Yu Yun Tai had an idea to make a modern version of the film. They were all interested because they had a lot of fun while working together. However, they might not be horse riding heroes again. They might drive hot cars. He said, "I too want to drive a hot car because I am reluctant to buy one. My dream car is an electric sports car, which already exists overseas. The Hong Kong government is too slow as it still has not equipment like charging station and meter, so it's not available in Hong Kong yet."


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[Interview] Pianist Yiruma given a second life as composer.

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[Interview] Pianist Yiruma given a second life as composer.
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Yiruma, a famous New Age pianist, has now become successful in his new career as a composer.

While world pianists such as Andre Gagnon, Yuhki Kuramoto and Steve Barakatt were making hits in the early 2000s, a young pianist in his 20s brought fresh air to the industry.

Leaving behind the first chapter of his career, he is now interested in making his own music.

By creating songs for hot K-pop singers such as Baek Ji-young and 2AM, the 35-year-old had a fairly good start. The JoongAng Ilbo met the talented man, happy with his second life.




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Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Q. How did you step into the K-pop industry?

A. I actually majored in composition, but I haven’t had any opportunities to write songs before as I have been more recognized as a pianist. I had difficult times because people in Korea sometimes looked down on me since I haven’t written any songs that were huge hits. Previously, I did write several K-pop songs, but my pieces bloomed after working on Baek Ji-young’s “I Hate It” and 2AM’s “Coming to Me.” I’ve been hearing comments that all my creations sound like classical music, and now I have overcome my weakness. Recently, I’m working with producer 2Face on a project team called “Mind Tailor,” and I’m having fun.

What’s so interesting about K-pop music? What do you think of New Age music losing its popularity among people?

First of all, K-pop is totally different from what I used to work on. I’ve always thought that a musician should play something that many audiences want to hear, and popular music does appeal to the majority of people. But dealing with singers and producers, and keeping the deadline can be pretty tough.

Trends change so fast nowadays. Due to developments in technology, from some point, people began to make their own music at home even without audio-mastering. Then, the quality of piano music got poorer and the New Age songs became a cliche. Several years ago, I was worried about the boundary between amateurs and professionals getting more unclear, but I think professionals must thank amateurs since we can develop our craft in order to win over them. Overall, I feel alright because the fans are still there.

 
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As your tissue brand “Mon Dou Dou” has marked 10 billion won ($8.98 million) in sales, you are planning to build a facility for single moms. Can you explain the idea in more detail? How many people will the facility accommodate?

I first started the business to gather donations, but it got much bigger than I expected. As the company produces wet wipes, I thought helping out single mothers would be meaningful. When the firm constructs a building after a land purchase, Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, will handle the facility management supported by the Small and Medium Business Administration.

I will be able to know the exact number that we can allow by next month. I hope to provide comfort to as many as possible. Along the accommodation area, the company will also build a warehouse right beside it and let single moms have jobs there. They need places to stay and we also need employees. It’s a win-win.

[News] Park Shin Hye’s flawless profile draws attention.


[News] Park Shin Hye’s flawless profile draws attention. 
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Actress Park Shin Hye‘s flawless profile has been drawing attention.

On March 29th, she uploaded the photo above onto her personal Twitter with the message, “I had a poster photo shoot for ‘Rock Paper Scissors of Love‘. Turns out that this guy was the hero!

The “guy” that she mentioned turned out to be the adorable puppy that she took the photo with. Even though her post was about the puppy, her natural beauty was what was noticed by fans. Her sharp nose and flawless face made her profile image look stunning and beautiful.

Fans commented, “Her profile is so beautiful,” “I’m looking forward to her new film,” and “She seems to get prettier by the day.”

[News] Picture of Yoo Ah In Dress As King for “Jang Ok Jung”.


[News] Picture of Yoo Ah In Dress As King for “Jang Ok Jung”.
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Actor Yoo Ah In is King mode, and more than ready to play his role of His Royal Highness.

A picture of the actor wearing the King's clothes, while getting ready, was recently revealed.

In the photo, the actor was taking part of the drama's poster shooting, that took place on March 14th, at the SBS Tan Hyun Drama Studio in Ilsan.

He was dress in a blue-and-gold attire, usually used only by the royalty from the Joseon Dynasty. He also had the hair style used in that time.

On this day, the actor gave out candies to the ladies of the set, including actresses and staff members for White Day (when men give candies to women).

It was also said that this was the first time the actor was in location for filming. The actor have been busy filming movie “Ggang Chul Yi.” Due to his movie shooting, he also missed the recent press conference the drama offered a few days ago.

Also, SBS decided to shorten the name of the drama from “Jang Ok Jung Live for Love” to just “Jang Ok Jung.”

“Jang Ok Jung” is set to premiere on April 8th, on SBS at 10PM (KST).

[News] ‘Let’s Go! Dream Team’ gets awarded from the ’2013 Visit Korea Campaign’.

‘Let’s Go! Dream Team’ gets awarded from the ’2013 Visit Korea Campaign’

[News] ‘Let’s Go! Dream Team’ gets awarded from the ’2013 Visit Korea Campaign’.
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The cast of the ‘Let’s Go! Dream Team‘ was awarded by the ‘2013 Visit Korea Campaign‘!

The Korean Tourism Organization gave an award of gratitude to the team because they actively helped the campaign from the 17th to the 22nd. MC Lee Chang Myung, Son Ho Young, Park Jae Min, and T-ara‘s Eunjung and Hyomin received the gratitude award.

For this event, the Hallyu stars went on on the streets of Vietnam themselves and shouted “Visit Korea” as they distributed various promotional items, and even held a mini fan signing event. They talked to their fans and introduced them to Korea.

SHINee‘s Minho, ZE:A‘s Dongjun, miss A‘s Jia, Mighty Mouth‘s Shorry J, NS Yoon-G, and others also attended the event.

The special Hanoi episodes will air from April 7th to April 28th.

[News] Park Shi Hoo, The Messy Fight "Where is the Truth?".


[News] Park Shi Hoo, The Messy Fight "Where is the Truth?".
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What will be the fate of Park Shi Hoo and the woman who is accusing him of rape?

** Was there Traces of Drugs in the Soju?

Woman B had known K, Park Shi Hoo's friend. B introduced K to woman A, the woman accusing Park Shi Hoo of rape, after he requested for an introduction. A and K kept in touch constantly and built up their friendly relationship.

On February 14, K called A out for drinks with Park Shi Hoo. Park Shi Hoo also showed up to the bar after K told him there is somebody he should meet.

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After meeting at a café, they moved to a bar with a private room to drink after being noticed by too many civilians. A appeared at the bar to meet Park Shi Hoo and K later on. The time the three met at the bar is approximately 11PM on the night of February 14. Since Park Shi Hoo is not strong with alcohol and K had a minor surgery coming up, they ordered soju mixed with fruit vinegar. They shared 2 bottles of the fruit soju.

The time they leave the bar is approximately 1:50AM February 15. They end up going to Park Shi Hoo's place. All three get out of the car in the underground parking at his apartment. They fall asleep at Park Shi Hoo's place sometime between 2:10~2:20AM.

A left Park Shi Hoo's place on February 15, at 3PM. A has been captured by security cameras surrounding Park Shi Hoo's place. K left before A, at around 1PM. Later on, K and A communicate through Kakaotalk messaging and speak about what happened the night before. After A spoke with woman B about what happened, A decides to go to the police on February 15 to report that she had been raped. The police guided her to a women's center to receive blood and urine tests.

At the bar on February 14, three people shared 2 bottles but A claims to have lost consciousness on the way to Park Shi Hoo's place. The police have collected A's hair, blood and urine to test for any traces of drugs. As a response, representatives of Park Shi Hoo provided videos of A walking out of the bar completely fine. However, 10 or 20 minutes after they left the bar, the security cameras at Park Shi Hoo's place show K carrying A on his back. A also stated, "There is no way I could get drunk after sharing only 2 bottles of soju" and "I realized I was raped when I woke up."

Tests only showed traces of Park Shi Hoo's DNA but no drugs. However, representatives of A stated, "It has been reported that date rape drugs leave the body after 24 hours have passed" and "We can't forget about the possibility of drugs since A claims she is a heavy drinker."

** Rumors of A Being a Scam Artist?

The rumors about A trying to scam Park Shi Hoo began to spread after representatives of Park Shi Hoo released more conversations shared over Kakaotalk messaging. A news media source revealed that A had previously done the same thing to a man. A had told a man "I think I'm pregnant" and "Take responsibility" to a man she had sexual intercourse with.

Park Shi Hoo's representatives claimed that A is only after his money since it is ridiculous to suspect signs of pregnancy not even 24 hours after sexual intercourse. However, A's representatives stated that A had brought up pregnancy in her conversation with K while she was with the police when she spoke about signs of a pregnancy since they suggested her to keep a natural conversation going back and forth.

Also, it has been reported by representatives of Park Shi Hoo that A requested a very large amount of money to settle the case. Park Shi Hoo offered $100,000 but A requested more, which is when the possibility of a settlement ended.

** Did Something Happen Between Park Shi Hoo and the CEO of his Previous Agency?

In a Kakaotalk conversation, woman B had stated "Hold on, I'm talking to the CEO of Park Shi Hoo's previous agency about how to bring down Park Shi Hoo", "Park Shi Hoo will be begging on his knees so go to the police for now" and "The CEO of Park Shi Hoo's previous agency is really mad after being betrayed by Park Shi Hoo so we'll work with him to bring down Park Shi Hoo".

Representatives of Park Shi Hoo filed another lawsuit against the CEO of Eyagi Entertainment, Park Shi Hoo's previous entertainment agency. Park Shi Hoo's representatives stated that they have evidence that will be a deciding factor in the case.

The police are remaining silent after every little detail is made public and exaggerated.

** Park Shi Hoo's Career, Is it the End of it All?

If the court says Park Shi Hoo is innocent, he will be able to sue A for false accusation and slander. On the other hand, if the court says he is guilty of rape, he will not be able to avoid lawful punishment.

Both Park Shi Hoo and woman A have lost a lot throughout this process. Even if Park Shi Hoo is proven to be innocent, countless people will relate his name to the rape case and he might even be forced to end his acting career. Woman A will also be negatively affected regardless of the results since the details of her life have all been released to the public. The results of this case will decide what their fate holds.

[News] Kim Tae Hee Celebrates Birthday With “Jang Ok Jung” Staff.



[News] Kim Tae Hee Celebrates Birthday With “Jang Ok Jung” Staff.
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Actress Kim Tae Hee enjoyed a meaningful birthday this year!

On March 29, the staff of SBS’s upcoming drama “Jang Ok Jung” surprised one of its leading actors with a birthday cake.

A person close to her commented, “She wanted her birthday to pass quietly, but decided to partake in the birthday party as a consideration to the staff. She thinks that she had a meaningful birthday this year and is determined to put all her energy into the drama.”

Meanwhile, “Jang Ok Jung” will premiere on April 8 at 10pm (KST).

[News] 2PM’s Undisclosed New Song to be Theme for Japanese Drama.


[News] 2PM’s Undisclosed New Song to be Theme for Japanese Drama.
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An undisclosed song from 2PM, titled “Give Me Love,” has been chosen as the theme song for the upcoming Japanese drama, “Take Five.”

“Take Five” is a story about a group of ordinary men of different backgrounds who come together one day to form a heist group that will devote itself to stealing only from villains. It will premier next month on TBS.

Representatives of the drama stated, “2PM is a powerful  group that also has a soft charm. We asked them for the theme song because we thought their image would fit well with the drama.”

2PM will also reveal the music video for “Give Me Love” next month during their Japanese Tokyo Dome concerts, titled “Legend of 2PM,”  on April 20 and 21.

In related news, 2PM is also preparing for their comeback in Korea for this coming May. 

30.3.13

[News] Fangirling It With the Band – Kdrama style.

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[News] Fangirling It With the Band – Kdrama style.
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Kdramas provide a great opportunity to hang out with the band as several recent dramas focus on musicians. And K-band-dramas deliver some great soundtracks.

One reason the music dramas work so well is that producers often recruit musicians, who already know their way around a stage, to play fictional band members. The result is a sound fans can relate to.

The latest band-focused drama, "Shut Up Flower Boy Band," featured a fictional band called Eye Candy. The band consisted of the teens their teachers have written off as troublemakers and losers. To make things worse, the school they attend shuts down and the raucous rockers are transferred to a more conservative, elite school where they are immediately pegged for expulsion.

But a tragic death sets rock and roll destiny in motion. The band members must decide if music is more important than anything else.


The band created for this series has a great retro rock sound, heightened by the gruff voice of model-turned-actor Sung Joon. Before playing Kwon Ji Hyuk, he did not have much singing experience but he proceeded to rock the role. Kim Myung Soo played band member Lee Hyung Joo. Kim Myung Soo, a member of the group Infinite was already well known for his synchronized dancing and pretty face. Singer Lee Min Ki also had a cameo appearance, adding dramatic flair to his episodes.

"Shut Up Flower Boy Band" is an interesting series because it offers a more realistic look at the kinds of problems bands really face. Making it is often only the beginning.


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However, the soundtrack for the film, which featured Eye Candy's songs, effortlessly scored on many bias lists. While working on the song, "Jaywalking," music director Lee Jae Hak was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Sung Joon's singing.

"He is really good," said Lee. The show served as his band audition.

Another fun drama band was Take Care My Bus in "Mary Stayed Out All Night" with Jang Geun Suk singing the ballad, "I Will Promise You."



The singer and guitarist also played the lead musician in A.N.JELL, the band featured in the series "You're Beautiful." Other talented band members were Lee Hong Ki of FT Island, Jung Yung Hwa of CNBLUE and singer Park Shin Hye. Each of them gets a chance to sing on the OST. Their sound was so successful that after the series ended, fans clamored to see the fictional band perform.

Jung also took a second turn as a musician in "Heartstrings," in which his band, known as The Stupid, mixes metal rock riffs with traditional Korean instruments.



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Other dramas that feature bands are "Dream High," "Dream High 2," "I Am Legend," "What's Up," and "The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry."

Be sure to tell us about your favorite kdrama bands and why you would want to hang out with them.

[News] Lee Byung Hun Interviewed by American News Website.


[News] Lee Byung Hun Interviewed by American News Website.
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Lee Byung Hun is well known in Korea for his drama and film roles, especially his performance as the secret agent Kim Hyun Jun in the espionage thriller "IRIS."

In America, however, he is best known for his action role as the Cobra terrorist Storm Shadow. He played the character in the film, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" starring Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller. While the film got mixed reviews, critics agreed that his performance was notable. So it was no surprise that he returned to play Storm Shadow again in "G.I. Joe Retaliation," with Dwayne Johnson. The film recently premiered in Seoul.

In a recent interview by the Huffington Post, Lee said he was excited when he found out they were doing the sequel. Although he played the role in the previous movie, he confessed he had not expected a sequel to be made.

When asked to play the role originally, he had to do some homework. He was not familiar with the cartoon G.I. Joe as it was not shown in Korea, but even though the film would be based on the cartoon, the director and producer told him not to watch it.

Instead they familiarized him with the back-story and told him to create a character. In the cartoon, Storm Shadow is the Cobra commander's bodyguard. Throughout the G.I. Joe series, he changes sides more than once, allying himself with Cobra, G.I. Joe and his blood brother Snake Eyes, played by Ray Park.

"I just learned the basic story about G.I. Joe and the characters of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes and the history between them," said Lee in the interview. "I just got that basic type of information, and I tried to make it a creative character."

His role was fleshed out for the second movie and his character was given more emotions to express.

"I could express a lot of my emotions in part two," he told the Huffington Post.

The movie required three weeks of martial arts training and three months of weight training.

That training came in handy for the other movie he recently finished filming, in which he and Bruce Willis have several fights. He appeared as Han, an agent framed by Willis in the Red sequel, "Red 2."

For his work in the G.I. Joe movies, Lee was asked to imprint his hand and footprints in the cement before Grauman's Chinese Theater. He was one of only two Korean actors asked to do so. He told the Huffington Post that he hopes to continue to expand his career by playing varied roles.

[News] Kim Bum Enjoys The Nice Spring Weather in New BTS Stills.


[News] Kim Bum Enjoys The Nice Spring Weather in New BTS Stills. 
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Seems like actor Kim Bum is ready to enjoy the warmer temperatures.

On March 28th, the actor's agency King Kong Entertainment, revealed photos of the actor while filming for the drama “That Winter, The Wind Blows.”

In the pictures, the actor dressed as his character with black jeans, a white t-shirt and a leather jacket, is having fun at the behind the scenes of the drama, while enjoying a coffee, and the scenery of the place.

The actor was filming for a scene for his drama at the Dosan Park in Abgujeong District in Seoul a few days ago, and it seems like the warmer days makes him happy, and smiley.

Netizens who saw the picture commented, “He is so handsome as always.” “It seems like he really enjoys filming.” “he looks like a cute kid.” “His smile is so sweet.” “I don't want the drama to end.” and more.

Meanwhile, “That Winter, The Wind Blows” will come to a conclusion, next week on April 3rd, and viewers will discover if the drama will have a happy ending, or if the fate of its characters will follow the original version.


[News] Lee Min Ho Joins Hands with “A Gentleman’s Dignity” Writer for New Drama.


[News] Lee Min Ho Joins Hands with “A Gentleman’s Dignity” Writer for New Drama.  
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Great news for Lee Min Ho fans!

The “City Hunter” actor is set to return to the small screen this year with a new drama, “The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Bear the Weight- The Heirs” (tentative title) from the popular writer, Kim Eun Sook, who has also penned the hits “Secret Garden” and “A Gentleman’s Dignity,” among many others. The drama will be helmed by director Kang Shin Hyo, who also directed “Tazza” and “Midas.”

Lee Min Ho commented through his agency, Starhaus Entertainment, “After watching her dramas, I have always wanted to work with the writer. I think it will be meaningful to work with a writer and director that I respect.

According to representatives from the production agency, the female lead has yet to be cast.

“The Heirs” is expected to premier in the latter half of the year on SBS.

[News] "Level 7 Civil Servant" Last Words from the Cast and Crew.


[News] "Level 7 Civil Servant" Last Words from the Cast and Crew.
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The cast and crew of the MBC drama "Level 7 Civil Servant" revealed their thoughts about having to say goodbye to the viewers.

Few days ago, Choi Kang Hee updated her social networking site stating, "Seo Won just completed filming the last scene with Do Ha. Makes me feel so bad, leaving him with such scars. It makes me want to cry. Chan Sung..." Choi Kang Hee portrayed the character Kim Seo Won in the drama "Level 7 Civil Servant".

Hwang Chan Sung replied, "Seo Won, I'm very sorry until the end. I can't believe it. I had a bad feeling when I was confessing my love" via his social networking site.

Actor Joo Won, who played Kim Seo Won's boyfriend showed jealousy by stating, "You're saying you confessed your love to Seo Won?!"

Even though Joo Won and Hwang Chan Sung are only rivals in the drama, they joked around about their characters' situation.

In a recent interview, Hwang Chan Sung revealed, "Even though Joo Won and I are very nasty to each other in the drama, when we hear the words 'cut', we're always laughing together."

The MBC drama "Level 7 Civil Servant" broadcasted the finale on March 28.

[News] Song Seung Hun talks of his reunion with Chae Jung Ahn in ‘When a Man Loves’.


[News] Song Seung Hun talks of his reunion with Chae Jung Ahn in ‘When a Man Loves’.
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The press conference for upcoming MBC TV Wed-Thu drama ‘When a Man Loves’ was held on March 27th at the 63 Building in Yeouido, Seoul, and saw the presence of leading cast members like Song Seung Hun, Shin Se Kyung, Yeon Woo Jin, Chae Jung Ahn, and others.

When asked about his fellow cast member Chae Jung Ahn, Song Seung Hun said, “Everyone knows that Chae Jung Ahn was my first partner in my acting career. We were a couple in 1996 MBC TV drama ‘Three Guys and Three Girls’. Time has really flew by, and now we are acting together in a traditional romance drama again, but it still feels really refreshing to me like the first time.”

As for his co-star Shin Se Kyung, Song Seung Hun replied, “Although it’s our first collaboration, Shin Se Kyung is showing off her polished and mature acting skills that belies her relatively young age. She has in fact led me to constantly pick up new things along the way, I personally am looking forward to her performance in the drama.”

‘When a Man Loves’ will succeed the outgoing ‘7th Grade Civil Servant’ which ended its run yesterday, and talks of dramatic love stories that will happen to one’s life in that present moment. The drama is written by Kim In Young whose previous works include ‘Man of the Equator’ and ‘Woman of the Sun’, while directing the drama will be Kim Sang Ho who previously directed ‘Can You Hear My Heart’ and ‘Arang and the Magistrate’.

‘When a Man Loves’ starring Song Seung Hun, Shin Se Kyung, Yeon Woo Jin, and Chae Jung Ahn, will make its debut at 9:55PM (KST) from next Wednesday, April 3rd.

[News] New Stills of Lee Min Jung for “All About My Love Life”.


[News] New Stills of Lee Min Jung for “All About My Love Life”.
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Actress Lee Min Jun makes for one pretty politician.

Recently, SBS revealed stills of their upcoming drama “All About My Love Life” featuring Lee Min Jun in the middle of giving a speech.

The stills taken from a scene filmed in early march, shows a confident, and strong-willed No Min Young (Lee Min Jun) while talking in front of thousands of people, including the press on the Capitol Hill.

The actress was praised for her skills in speech, for her confident gaze, and for being able to get everyone's attention with her honest speech.

It was also said, that the director of the drama was very satisfied with the actress, and that she has been practicing hard, modifying the speech and her tone many times to perfectly perform it.

“All About My Love Life” the actress will play the role of a newly elected member of the national assembly. She decides to enter the political world, after her sister, who was a president candidate dies.

The drama starring, Shin Ha Kyun, Park Hee Soon, Han Chae Ah, and more will begin its run on April 4th, on SBS.

[News] Police Late in Handing Over Park Shi Hoo’s Case to Public Prosecutor.



[News] Police Late in Handing Over Park Shi Hoo’s Case to Public Prosecutor.
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The Seoul Western District Police Department, which is in charge of Park Shi Hoo’s sexual assault case, announced today, March 29, that they will be handing over the case to the Public Prosecutor’s office later than expected.

The department had declared earlier that the case would be sent over by the end of March but it seems the report will be delayed until at least the beginning of April.

Representatives from the police department explained that there were several reasons the investigation was prolonged, such as the delayed questioning of Park Shi Hoo and waiting for the lie-detector tests.

They are in the process of wrapping up, however, and will be able to hand over the case to the Public Prosecutor’s office in the first week of April.

[News] Kim Hyo Jin Talks About Her Bed Scene With Actress Uhm Jung Hwa.



[News] Kim Hyo Jin Talks About Her Bed Scene With Actress Uhm Jung Hwa.
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Actress Kim Hyo Jin shares how she shot the lesbian scene with co-star Uhm Jung Hwa.

On March 26th, the press conference for upcoming movie “In My End is My Beginning” was held at the Lotte Cinema in Seoul.
On the event, which was not attended by two of the leading roles, Uhm Jung Hwa, and Hwang Jung Min due to schedule conflicts, Kim Hyo Jin commented on the controversial scene.

In the movie, the two play the role of two women who start a relationship, after a tragedy.

The actress said, “This was the most important scene of the movie, I was able to film the scene with the help of Uhm Jung Hwa senior.” She added, “I didn’t think of anything, and just focused in the scene, Uhm Jung Hwa senior took good care of me.”

“In My End is My Beginning” is about a woman Lee Jung Ha (Uhm Jung Hwa) who's husband Min Jae In (Hwang Jung Min) dies while he was away on trip. After her husband's death, the man's lover Kang Naru (Kim Hyo Jin) asks Lee Jung Ha to let her live in her house. After Lee Jung Ha accepts, the two then will start a relationship.

The story was originally shown as one of the 5 stories in the movie “The Five Senses of Eros” which premiered on 2009. Then the story was turned into a full length movie and premiered on the Busan International Film Festival in October 2009, and will finally premiere on theaters on April 4th, after 4 years of production.

[News] "7th Grade Civil Servant" ends with 8.4%

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[News] "7th Grade Civil Servant" ends with 8.4%
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"7th Grade Civil Servant" ended with 8.4%.

According to Nielson Korea, "7th Grade Civil Servant" rated 8.4%.
This romantic comedy drama starred Choi Kang-hee, Joo Won and Hwang Chan-seong from 2PM.

It ended with Choi Kang-hee and Joo Won showing love for each other although they had to hide their missions from each other and fail.

The upcoming drama is Song Seung-heon and Sin Se-kyeong's "When A Man's in Love".

Meanwhile, SBS "That Winter, the Wind Blows" rated 15.1% and KBS 2TV "IRIS 2" rated 10.3%.

[News] Yoon Kye Sang and Park Shin Hye Look Awkward Yet Close Somehow in Poster Shoot.



[News] Yoon Kye Sang and Park Shin Hye Look Awkward Yet Close Somehow in Poster Shoot.
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On March 29, the production company of Rock, Paper, Scissors of Love released photos from the poster shoot for the film.
In the photos, Yoon Kye Sang and Park Shin Hye sit close together, and even sport big smiles with giant ′V′s.

The poster shoot took place in a concept different from other romantic comedies. The two had to pretend they were a bit wary around each other, recreating their first meeting. As this was only their second meeting, they were able to pull out the emotions fit for the shoot with ease.
Rock, Paper, Scissors of Love is a romcom on how a man who has never succeeded in wooing a girl finds his ideal type. Director Kim Ji Woon, the man behind such films as A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, The Bad, The Weird, will be taking over the film.

It will premiere through the Kolon Sports webpage in late April.

[News] "That Winter, The Wind Blows" Song Hye Kyo's Fate? Possible Spoiler Warning.


[News] "That Winter, The Wind Blows" Song Hye Kyo's Fate? Possible Spoiler Warning.
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"That Winter, The Wind Blows" During the hype about the fate of Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung, there is a prediction that Song Hye Kyo will choose suicide.

From various online bulletin boards regarding the finale of the SBS drama "That Winter, The Wind Blows", there are predictions of Oh Young's (Song Hye Kyo) suicide.

In the original story from Japan called, "I Don't Need Love", the main female character attempts suicide in the bathtub of her bathroom. In the 14th episode, Oh Young makes Secretary Wang (Bae Jong Ok) and Oh Soo (Jo In Sung) leave from her side. Oh Young if left to survive on her own without anybody to guide her. People are predicting that Oh Young will commit suicide from being unable to deal with her loneliness.

A representative from "That Winter, The Wind Blows" stated, "Although this is a story that is based on an original story, the writer Noh Hui Kyung transformed it into a new piece of writing. Therefore it is still a mystery whether 'That Winter, The Wind Blows' will contain the same ending as the original or not. Please stay tuned until the end to find out."

The SBS drama "That Winter, The Wind Blows" will broadcast the final episode on April 3. From the start of the drama, "That Winter, The Wind Blows" has been receiving the highest viewing rates. And regardless of the countless requests to make the story longer, the 16th episode will be the finale.

The reason for not adding more episodes is to complete the drama at its highest quality without dragging the story.

Currently, the fate of Oh Young and Oh Soo cannot be predicted. However, the production crew has previously revealed that characters Park Jin Sung (Kim Beom) and Jo Moo Cheol (Kim Tae Woo) will be the ones holding the key to the future.

Only time will tell whether Oh Young will really end up committing suicide in her bathroom or not. If so, will Oh Soo commit suicide as well, in order to follow her?

[News] IU in a cocktail dress for "Lee Soon-sin is the Best".

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[News] IU in a cocktail dress for "Lee Soon-sin is the Best".
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Actress IU is wearing a cocktail dress in a scene from the KBS 2Tv weekend drama, "Lee Soon-sin is the Best".

She is wearing a light purple cocktail dress which goes along well with her light milky skin. She looks loveable and fresh and at the same time, mature as she reveals her excellent bodyline like never before.

IU claimed, "I am happy to be able to show everyone how hard I've worked to become prettier".

Joon-ho (Jo Jeong-seok) has offered Soon-shin good opportunity for her to overcome the hardships she's facing at the moment after the death of her father (Jeong Dong-hwan). Viewers want the 'making Soon-shin a star' project to start soon enough.

A Story claimed, "The way they conflict and work alongside each other should be interesting this week. Wait for IU's continuous change".

[News] Han Chae-ah, "Everything About My Relationship".


[News] Han Chae-ah, "Everything About My Relationship".
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Han Chae-ah was seen during the making of "Everything About My Relationship".

Pictures were revealed online of the actress at a press conference in the drama.
Han Chae-ah takes on the role of Ahn Hee-seon, a political reporter and professional working woman.

"Everything About My Relationship" stars Sin Ha-gyoon, Park Hee-soon and Lee Min-jeong as well.

[News] Shin Se Kyung explains her role in ‘When a Man Loves’.


[News] Shin Se Kyung explains her role in ‘When a Man Loves’.
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The press conference for upcoming MBC TV Wed-Thu drama ‘When a Man Loves’ was held on March 27th at the 63 Building in Yeouido, Seoul, and saw the presence of leading cast members like Song Seung Hun, Shin Se Kyung, Yeon Woo Jin, Chae Jung Ahn, and others.

Shin Se Kyung explained her role during the press conference, “The role that I am playing is one that has a strong ego, and a strong desire to want to live an elite and high-class lifestyle. She is someone who would take materialistic pleasures over happiness because of her difficult childhood. But after meeting the love of her life, she starts to have conflicts over what she actually wants.”

She added, “Filming was done at a real hectic pace because of the packed schedules, so nothing interesting really happened. I will work hard to reprise my role, so that I will not burden the production.”

‘When a Man Loves’ will succeed the outgoing ‘7th Grade Civil Servant’ which ended its run yesterday, and talks of dramatic love stories that will happen to one’s life in that present moment. The drama is written by Kim In Young whose previous works include ‘Man of the Equator’ and ‘Woman of the Sun’, while directing the drama will be Kim Sang Ho who previously directed ‘Can You Hear My Heart’ and ‘Arang and the Magistrate’.

‘When a Man Loves’ starring Song Seung Hun, Shin Se Kyung, Yeon Woo Jin, and Chae Jung Ahn, will make its debut at 9:55PM (KST) from next Wednesday, April 3rd. /div>

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[News] Lee Min Ho confirmed to work with scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook with “Inheritors”.

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[News] Lee Min Ho confirmed to work with scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook with “Inheritors”.
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Actor Lee Min Ho will comeback with a drama.On March 29th, Lee Min Ho’s agency confirmed that Lee Min Ho decided to take the role for the upcoming SBS Drama “The One Who Wears the Crown, Endure the Weight - Inheritors (Short: ‘Inheritors’)” as his next project.

The upcoming drama “Inheritors” will be written by scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook and directed by Kang Jin Hyo PD in which many are anticipating that the three will come back with the best drama of 2013.

Up until now, Lee Min Ho was in “Boys Over Flowers,” “Personal Taste,” “City Hunter,” and “The Faith” which were all well known and loved by many fans worldwide. While on the other hand, scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook wrote famous dramas such as “Secret Garden,” “A Gentleman’s Dignity,” “Lovers in Paris,” etc., and even received the nickname “Viewership Maker.”

Also, scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook is well known for creating strong, male lead characters that haven’t been surpassed by anyone, so many people are looking forward to what she will bring into Lee Min Ho’s new transformation.

Lee Min Ho stated, “I’ve always wanted to work with scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook since I’ve been an avid viewer of her works, and now my wish is fulfilled. I believe that this will become a very meaningful work since I’ll be working with the scriptwriter and director whom I’ve always admired.”

Scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook also admired and had interest in Lee Min Ho. Scripwriter Kim wants to create a “Fitting Character” just for Lee Min Ho which showed her dedication for the coming project.Hwa and Dam Pictures production company stated, “It is confirmed that Lee Min Ho will be taking the role for the male lead, and we are currently in discussion for the female lead role.”

On the other hand, Lee Min Ho is giving his fan service by releasing an album in this coming May, and will start his tour with Korea following 10 different cities.

[News] Lee Min Ho confirmed for new drama ‘Heirs’.


[News] Lee Min Ho confirmed for new drama ‘Heirs’.
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You’ll soon be able to enjoy weekly doses of Lee Min Ho as he will be returning to the small screen through a new SBS drama ‘Heirs‘ (working title)!

‘Heirs’ will be a 20-episode drama and has already piqued the interest of fans with the reveal of its top-notch writer and director, Kim Eun Sook and Kang Shin Hyo PD, as well as its male lead Lee Min Ho.

Lee Min Ho shared, “As I normally watch writer Kim’s productions, I wanted to definitely work with her and my wish was fulfilled through this opportunity. Working with the writer and director whom I respect, I think it will become a meaningful production.”
The drama’s production company also stated, “Lee Min Ho is confirmed to play the male lead and we are currently working on the casting of the female lead.”

Meanwhile, Lee Min Ho will be meeting fans through a 10-city tour across Asia kicking off in Korea on May 25th!

[VOD & News] Lee Joon, Doojoon, and other ‘Iris 2′ cast members to appear in FPS game ‘Sudden Attack’.


[VOD & News] Lee Joon, Doojoon, and other ‘Iris 2′ cast members to appear in FPS game ‘Sudden Attack’.
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Fans will be able to meet their favorite ‘Iris 2‘ cast members as characters in the popular first person shooter game ‘Sudden Attack‘!

Of course, as the main stars of the drama, Lee Da Hae and Jang Hyuk are being added to the special character roster, but it’s been revealed that Lee Joon and Doojoon will also have their own characters in the game! The characters will use their real voices, and will even get special ‘Iris 2′ weapon items with special bonus effects.

The game also provided a new map for gamers to play based on the concept of the drama. Check out their BTS dubbing for the game below!

[News] Won Bin save lives with a doll for ‘UNICEF’.


[News] Won Bin save lives with a doll for ‘UNICEF’.
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Actor Won Bin broke away from his normally charismatic image for ‘Unicef‘s latest advertisement with his heartwarming smile.

‘Unicef’ unveiled the poster featuring Won Bin, who is hugging his self-made ‘Awoo’ doll which symbolizes the ‘saving of lives’. Fans can purchase the dolls for 30,000 won (~$27 USD), and each purchase goes towards helping a child receive vaccinations for six diseases and equipment to combat malaria.

Won Bin has been working with ‘Unicef’ as a special ambassador since 2007, sending his donations and doing his part to help children in need across Asia.

[News] ’7th Grade Civil Servant’ ends run with viewer ratings in the single digits.



[News] ’7th Grade Civil Servant’ ends run with viewer ratings in the single digits.
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With the tough competition it faces in its time slot, ‘7th Grade Civil Servant‘ ended with lackluster ratings.

According to AGB Nielsen, the drama hit its all-time low on Wednesday with 7.5%. It rose 0.9% to 8.4% on Thursday with its last episode, but it ranked last after ‘Wind Blows in Winter‘ and ‘Iris 2‘.

The drama had debuted well, and had solid ratings for its beginning episodes. However, the romantic comedy’s ratings declined with the beginning of the other dramas. It did manage to bounce back into second place ahead of ‘Iris 2′ for a few weeks, but fell back again into last spot later on.

Meanwhile, ‘Wind Blows in Winter’ ranked #1 once again this week with 15.1%, and ‘Iris 2′ followed with 10.3%.

’7th Grade Civil Servant’ will be followed by Shin Se Kyung and Song Seung Hun‘s ‘When A Man Loves‘.

[News] What To Know Before Watching A Historical KDrama.

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[News] What To Know Before Watching A Historical KDrama.
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While historical dramas or sageuk are not usually the way most non-Koreans are introduced to kdramas, there are many well worth watching. And there won't be a quiz on the history later.

There are, however, some things you should know about sageuk before you sample one.

First, watching them can require commitment. While most kdramas span between 16 and 20 episodes, historical dramas can have 50 to 100 episodes in a single season. Since each episode is a single hour, that is a serious investment of time. As a rule, the more accurately they attempt to portray history, the longer they are.

Second, if you think you are beginning to understand even a little bit of Korean, the formal language in historical dramas may confuse you.

Third, those crazy mesh hats worn by men in the Joseon era might make you giggle at first, but all it takes is a few dashing male leads and you will soon find them flattering.

And lastly, don't confuse sageuk with actual history. Some of them are inspired by real events (and may still alter them), while others are purely fiction. That said, these dramas offer hours of pure entertainment with plenty of visual appeal. Here are a few to start on:


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At 54 episodes, "Dae Jang Geum" tells the story of an orphaned cook that becomes a king's physician. It is based on the true story of Jang Geum, the first female doctor of the Joseon era.

At 62 episodes, "Queen Seondeok," follows the events in the life of a real queen, Seondeok of the Korean kingdom of Silla. She was the nation's first female ruler.

With only 20 picture-perfect episodes, the heartbreaking "Moon Embracing the Sun" is based on a novel about the romance between a fictional Joseon king and a shaman.

Based on the novel of the same, "Painter of the Wind," supposes that the Joseon era painter Shin Yun Bok was really a woman who disguised herself as a boy.

The 28-episode series "Bridal Mask" is set in 1930s Korea during the Japanese invasion. It concerns a Robin Hood type figure that stands up against the injustices of the invaders.

The 20-episode "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" is a fictional historical drama about a woman who pretends to be a boy so she can attend prestigious Sungkyunkwan University. If she's caught, she risks execution.

So, if you are in the mood for some lavish costumes, beautiful sets, stories of star-crossed lovers and some entertaining martial arts action, you may want to check these out.


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[News] Drama “Dr. Jin” to Air in Japan.


[News] Drama “Dr. Jin” to Air in Japan.
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MBC's historical drama Dr. Jin will start airing in Japan.

It was recently announced that “Dr. Jin” will start airing on Hallyu channel DATV starting in May 25th.

DATV uploaded its web page and let viewers know that they will be able to see the drama with Japanese subtitles soon.

The drama that stars Song Seung Hun, Lee Min Young, JYJ's Kim Jaejoong, and Lee Beom Soo started on May and finished in august in Korea with 22 episodes. It talked about a renown doctor in the present, who travels back in time to Joseon Dysnasty, after removing a tumor from a patient, he then meets a woman who looks like his fiancee, and those two are somehow connected.

The drama already has a good following, even before beginning. Both Song Seung Hun, and JYJ's Kim Jaejoong have a big amount of fans, therefore fans can't wait to see them on their TVs.

Besides, Japan, the drama has been sold to Taiwan and Singapore which will air the drama in April 1st.

The drama is based on Japanese manhwa named “Jin” which was already brought to the smalls screen in a Japanese drama with the same name. Of course many changes were made to “Dr. Jin” to give it a Korean feel to it.