Big Korean Drama Episode Guide
Official Synopsis: Betrayed by his girlfriend Han Jae Hee (Park Si Yeon), Kang Ma Roo (Song Joong Ki) uses Seo Eun Gi (Moon Chae Won), an heiress who has lost her memory, to exact his revenge.
Ratings: KBS ‘Nice Guy‘ was able to snatch the first place position from MBC‘s ‘Arang and the Magistrate‘ as it achieved a rating of 13.3%, while ‘Arang and the Magistrate’ still followed closely behind with a 13.1% rating. With intense competition between the two, it’ll be interesting to see who will continue being the winner of the ratings game. Meanwhile, SBS ‘To the Beautiful You‘ was able to increase in its ratings slightly with a 4.6%.
Warning- there are spoilers for the first ten episodes of ‘To the Beautiful You‘ ahead!
Due to what is either poor planning or unfortunate timing, the idol-laden KBS drama ‘To the Beautiful You’ has been struggling to gain viewers, consistently coming last in broadcast ratings for its Wednesday and Thursday night slots.This may be due to premiering during the final episodes of the wildly-popular ‘Bridal Mask‘ (KBS2), and now running at the same time as another popular drama, ‘Arang and the Magistrate‘ (MBC).In addition, this drama runs late at night, even though it is targeted at a younger demographic of viewers and should probably be playing a little earlier in the evening.
This drama draws on Hisaya Nakajo‘s manga series “Hana Kimi“ that was published by Hakusensha from 1996 to 2004. The Korean interpretation centers on Goo Jae Hee (Sulli), a Korean girl who live in the States, but transfers to an all-boys school in Korea.
Jae Hee decides on the transfer after watching a track and field competition on TV, and becomes inspired by high-jump athlete, Kang Tae Joon (Minho). She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Korea to go to the same school after he experiences an injury that may potentially end his athletic career.
These two episodes offered many an adorable moment for our lead couple, even giving us a glimpse of what their normal, happy life could look like. Now that Min Joon is ready to hold Song Yi close, he’s finally showing off more emotion. He’ll hold her hand, appear by her side when called, and may even drunkenly teleport into her bedroom. As his departure looms ever closer, he begins to make some important decisions about his future actions. What’s the use of an eternal life if he can’t be beside his loved one?
Korean music’s unchanging voice, Lee Sun Hee, is celebrating her 30-year career with her 15th studio album, “Serendipity“! This album comes five years since her last album in 2009, “Love.”
“Serendipity” celebrates both the singer’s growth and style of the past 30 years. She has composed nine out of the 11 tracks, and has written the lyrics for seven. The album title track is the pop ballad ”Meet Him Among Them.“
Travel guide author Littlemisshoo has recently released her second book “Oppa! Take Me to Korea!” after achieving great success to her first book titled “Travel to Korea in KPOP/KDRAMA Style”. K-Drama fans who plan on visiting Korea for filming locations will not only find comprehensive information in the book but also photos and easy-to-follow maps.
Some of the locations listed in this new guide includes Café Illuso, which was featured in the drama “That Winter, The Wind Blows,” the shopping mall in “Master’s Sun,” and the fried chicken shop opened by Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young)’s mother in “I Hear Your Voice,” just to name a few.
While looking through some celebrity CFs (because who can deny that Korean CFs are pretty entertaining), I happened upon some of G-Dragon”s works and realized that he had been a model for Gmarket Global for some time now! His CFs went as far back as 2010 (a pretty big commitment) and ranged from entertaining MVs to fun informational clips, even featuring other Big Bang members for more eye candy.
Gmarket Global is a pretty eclectic online, open market that has the cheapest options for everything from fashion to beauty to K-Pop in both English and Chinese, so many K-Pop fans all over the world probably already know about it. As a global market, it comes as no surprise that the company chose one of the most well-known and energetic Hallyu stars of Korea to be the face of the company!
Visitors to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in central Seoul browse products at the Design Lab section of the complex. Initially much of the place was supposed to be devoted to showcasing the works of independent designers, but it turned into a cluster of booths that sell products of design companies. By Park Sang-moon
From a distance, it looks like it could be something out of a fictional dystopian world or a disturbing UFO, but since its establishment, many here have praised it as an embodiment of experimental architecture, representing a futuristic ethos.
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Eric Nam is an enthusiastic K-Pop vocalist and leader in the Hallyu Wave.
B2M solo vocalist Eric Nam is one of the leaders in the movement to deliver K-Pop to worldwide audiences. As the host of Arirang TV”s popular music interview show “After School Club” Eric Nam has helped to bridge the gap between Korean speaking idols and their burgeoning global audiences.
English-speaking K-Pop fans have flocked to “After School Club,” which provides an opportunity for fans throughout the world to interact with their favorite K-Pop idols during its live stream. “After School Club” or “ASC” incorporates social media and YouTube in a unprecedented way.
Due to the success of “After School Club” and his appeal as a Korean-American solo artist, it was not surprising to find a large crowd gathered outside of the Viki booth at KCON 2014 that were hoping to have a chance to take a selfie with Eric Nam.
Viki sponsored the Eric Nam selfie experience at KCON 2014 and was also a Red Carpet sponsor. Eric Nam hosted the Red Carpet which led to the two “M Countdown” concerts. Fans who were present at the Red Carpet, as part of the fan engagement portion of KCON, and media were provided with the opportunity to hear Eric Nam deliver live English commentary for Viki TV.
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Fans had the opportunity to take selfies with Eric Nam at the Viki booth during KCON 2014.
During his appearance at the Viki booth, Eric Nam provided an interview to KpopStarz in which he discussed his experience as a Korean-American performer in K-Pop, Kollaboration, and the role that “After School Club” has maintained in the globalization of K-Pop.
KpopStarz: I really enjoy watching “After School Club” because I think the show has helped to make K-Pop more accessible to international audiences. How do you think “After School Club” has impacted the Hallyu Wave?
Eric Nam: The coolest thing about “After School Club” is that up until the show, fans were relying on other Korean shows with translations and captions, but now it is at a point where we can talk to them in Korean, as well as English. This brings more of a Western approach which is why it is so relevant to fans around the world.
This is also why it is so much fun to do. Fans are loving “After School Club” and engaging with us. We are so thankful and appreciative that people take the time to watch our show and interact with us.
KpopStarz: Do you find it surprising to see that there are now K-Pop fans throughout the world?
Eric Nam: Yes, I had no idea that so many people would be here. To see, meet, and be able to talk to fans or people who are interested in learning more about K-Pop, as well as Korea has been fascinating. It has been interesting to realize that K-Pop is a global movement.
KpopStarz: As a Kollaboration participant, what advice can you give to other Kollaboration contestants?
Eric Nam: I think Kollaboration has played such an important role in developing and nurturing Asian American talent. The more that people are involved, the bigger and the greater that it can become.
It is very important for people to get out and show their talents, while not being afraid to push the boundaries and limits of social norms. Instead of looking at what is expected of you, if you have a dream or a passion, go after it. That’s what we were made for. I encourage people to hone their craft and know what you love. Kollaboration is such a great venue for that.
KpopStarz: What has been your favorite thing to do so far?
Eric Nam: Coming to KCON has been a very cool experience. Stepping into the dressing room before I came out to the Viki set, I wanted to tear up. It’s so awesome that people are here, loving what we do.
As an artist, there is nothing more amazing than having someone tell me that they connected with my music or they connected to my personality. The rewarding thing to hear is that you helped me so much. Honestly, I can’t say that I played a big role in this, but if I have in any way impacted someone that makes my day worthwhile.
KpopStarz: Which “After School” guest has stood out from others?
Eric Nam: EXO definitely stands out. It was the first time “After School Club” hit worldwide trending. That was very cool. ZE:A was on the first show, so I will always remember them. After the show, I became close to Siwan and Kwanghee, so we see each other every once in a while.
Recently, INFINITE was just hilarious. Aside from them being my friends, they were hilarious from beginning to the end. Myself, along with the writers and Kevin (U-KISS), we all agreed that was one of the best shows we have done to date.
KpopStarz: That is the perfect segue to my next question. You recently collaborated with Hoya from INFINITE. Which other K-Pop artists would you most like to work with?
Eric Nam: There are so many K-Pop artists I would love to work with. I would love to do a hip hop collaboration, also. San E. or Dynamic Duo, also Bumkey and Verbal Jint. To be able to feature a collaboration with them would be amazing.
In K-Pop, Henry (Super Junior-M) is one of my great friends. Fans have suggested this collaboration and I think it would be great, as well. It would be really fun to do something together. Ailee is also a great friend, she would be another wonderful person to work with. It would be fun to work with Ailee, because we could sing in Korean and English, as well.
KpopStarz: Have you considered acting within K-Drama or film?
Eric Nam: I have considered acting and have auditioned. Unfortunately, I have been turned down for the roles I auditioned for. My acting is great, but I still need to work on my Korean pronunciation, which needs to be perfect for dramas or film . I have come to terms with this.
I was born and raised in the United States. I will never have the same perfect pronunciation as someone who lived in Korea their entire lives. It is the same for a Korean person who moves to the United States after living in Korea for 23 years, they will never have perfect English, as well. At first, this was very stressful for me and I had a hard time.
Now, I have accepted that it is what it is and if I can find a role [in a drama or film] that is willing to accept me for that, it would be great. It would be a great challenge.
KpopStarz: Do you think it is more difficult to perform as a K-Pop artist who is Korean-American?
Eric Nam: In Korean and English, I sound completely different. I feel like I sound a lot better in English, honestly. Trying to bridge that gap, with feeling and emotion, is the hardest part for me. I can knock an English song in an hour to two hours, a Korean song could take a couple of days. It’s been a challenge, but it is something that I am learning. I hope to be able to continue to improve on that aspect.
KpopStarz: Which aspect of KCON 2014 are you most looking forward to?
Eric Nam: The Viki booth has been awesome. I get to meet my fans, as well as my friends and family. This definitely the highlight. We also have the Viki TV Red Carpet which will be fun.
I have met almost every single person there before and have interviewed many of the artists who will be on the Red Carpet. We have hung out. It should be like friends hanging out and should be fun. I am also looking forward to the performances.
I honestly wish I was performing. I will save that for next year. I hope that KCON will have me, next year. More than anything, I am so thankful and appreciative that people invited me out. My fans lobbied for me to be here, so I am thankful to my fans and Viki. I am so excited and happy to be here.
KpopStarz: Can you tell me about any future projects or collaborations that you have in the works?
Eric Nam: I don’t have anything I can talk about. Hopefully, I will have an album out by the end of the year. I do a lot of guide vocals for the group Boyfriend. I am also working with 100% and Nicole Jung from KARA. Seeing them in the studio, helping them while they learn from me and vice versa, is a lot of fun. Hopefully, we will have more to come.
Eric Nam hosts “After School Club” which can be found on Arirang TV and Viki.
Special thanks to Eric Nam for his gracious participation in the interview and Viki for interview opportunity at KCON 2014.
“A perfect gentleman on-screen resulted him to be the “chosen one” as the face of OSIM uDiva. His dynamic characteristic appeals to the youngsters, while his charm enchanted the older generation; hence he is the perfect ambassador for the brand“, says the General Manager of OSIM Malaysia, Ms. Chia Sook Fun while speaking to the media during the press conference session which was held after the Fan Meet & Greet session.
Charming, gentleman, romantic; 1 man 3 characters. Sounds perfect for your dream man right? Triple your excitement and triple the fun, as you are about to embark on a journey with the Royal Prince of Korean drama, Lee Min-Ho.
Getting to Know You: A Guide to “Roommate,” Season 2 Written by Morgan On November 12, 2014
While season one of Roommate was lukewarm, season two’s start is almost too hot to handle. With new household additions, loud and eccentric personalities thrive in the house, providing the laughs from the get go.
There is only so much entertainment you can get by watching people live together, yet this season’s cast are raising the bar from last season. Roommate primarily draws a viewer’s interest through the celebrities who appear on the show and despite the varieties in age and occupation; this brings limited amounts of new viewers if they don’t already have an interest in the celebrities. Would you watch an episode of 2NE1TV if you had no interest 2NE1? No. Season one did not do too well in the ratings despite the star-studded cast, but now with the addition of new cast members, Roommate has the chance to increase it’s viewers.
Chief Oh and Dong-shik freeze and stare at their unwelcome new team member, who smirks at their reaction and notes Geu-rae’s impressive luck in his position, considering his lacking credentials. He chooses to settle in at Dong-shik’s desk while the rest of Sales Team 3 remain stone-faced.
Chief Oh requests a new team member, but Manager Kim refuses to comply. He says that Chief Park is a great addition to his team, since he’s had a great record in the company. He tells Chief Oh to compromise and just prioritize work.
Late on the latest gossip, Seok-yul runs around the office frantically looking for Geu-rae to ask about Chief Park. When he finds him, Geu-rae ignores his hysteria and approaches Baek-ki to thank him for his help. Behind them, the audit team heads to Sales Team 3 with boxes to collect Chief Park’s items, and Seok-yul gapes at their sight.
Seok-yul follows Geu-rae to the scene, where Chief Oh and Dong-shik watch the auditors pile all of Chief Park’s papers into boxes. Dong-shik notes that this is the biggest case of corruption since the company’s founding. As the audit team leaves, Geu-rae narrates the series of events that followed: all the previous bosses Chief Park worked under were called into examination, meaning that Manager Kim also couldn’t avoid blame.
Healing dramas have tried and failed before, but such words have a different weight to them when coming from creators who have been proven capable of delivering on them. Portraying the process of healing and facing one”s demons through the help of other people is a worthy goal and if done well, this will be a very uplifting drama for those struggling with themselves.
PD/Writer Duo and Casting
A good PD and writer alone do not a good drama make. It takes a combination of a lot of people and good collaboration to make something good, but as the leaders of the output, a PD and a writer are nonetheless important. With a cast comprised of known actors, but not huge stars and good hands to guide them and channel their good points, this can have the charm the creator duo is most famous for.
Shenyang, China. In a dark alley, a young man speaks with his mother on the phone, reassuring her that he’s traveling up from Busan. Let’s go ahead and introduce our hero by name: KIM SUN-WOO (Kim Jaejoong), whose smooth delivery flawlessly masks the lies he tells.
He climbs into a car, briefcase in hand, but barely drives off a few yards before a truck slams into the car. Several goons emerge and break in to confiscate the briefcase from an unconscious Sun-woo, and are instructed to nick his wallet and watch so it looks like petty larceny.
Because the boy’s face is GAUNT.
He looks kind of sickly T_T
I know he said that he lost 5kgs (about 11lbs for Americans) because he was anxious about his solo debut, but he is winning awards and his album is doing really great now. It is time to eat and fill out that skeletal face.
It’s not good enough to see him in photos with food; that can be set up. In the picture, he could have easily taken one spoonful and then pushed it away. I want to see a progression of him emptying out a spread of delicious Korean food to give assurance that this dinosaur is eating healthy.
Roundtable: Get Your Bracket On! Written by Seoulbeats On February 27, 2015
The Seoulbeats March Madness Showdown is underway! For those readers that are having trouble filling out their bracket predictions survey, we’ve got the inside scoop you need to turn your bracket from bust to boom. See what our panel of experts have to say about their predictions for the competition and use their educated guesses to help guide yours.
This week, we specifically asked: What are some potentially intriguing matchups to watch out for? Which underdog is most likely to pull off a surprising upset? Who are the clear favorites to win the whole thing? Which idols are you betting on?
Park Yoo Chun did well with his first film role. Playing the youngest shiphand on a fishing-vessel-turned-smuggling-ship in the film “Sea Fog” earned the JYJ singer and “Sensory Couple” star, two Best New Actor Awards. He also won Best Rookie Awards at the 51st Daejong Awards and the 15th Busan International Film Awards.
Not bad for his debut film, and, according to his management agency, C-JeS Entertainment, the actor has chosen a role in his second film, “Lucid Dream.”
AMMAN, PETRA and AQABA, Jordan – This Middle Eastern country has been gaining interest in Korea since the popular TV drama “Incomplete Life” filmed a few of its first and last episodes there last year. It was also mentioned in many domestic news outlets when the hyped travel show “Grandpas Over Flowers” considered it for its next destination earlier this year, although it decided to go another way in the end.To make the most of this intrigue, the Jordan Tourism Board has decided to focus on luring Korean travelers to the nation. Attracting more tourists is crucial for the country that is roughly the same size as Korea because it doesn”t produce any oil or have an abundance of natural resources to export.”Korea is one of the important markets to the Jordanian tourism industry”, said Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, the managing director of the tourism board. “We hope we get more travelers from Korea so that soon a direct flight will launch between the two countries. We expect that will happen by next year”.Although Korea has issued a low-level warning against traveling to Jordan, more than 15,000 Koreans visited the country last year. This number used to be larger, but regional turbulence due to extreme Islamic activists in nearby countries such as Syria has put a huge damper on Jordan”s attempt to boost its tourism industry, not only for Koreans but also for travelers worldwide. The country recorded 5.3 million visitors last year, a sharp decline from more than eight million in 2010. Tour guides were affected first. Since requests for guides have fallen sharply in the past years, those with no side job have had a hard time supporting their family, said Abdulla Abdwahsh, a mechanic who doubles as a guide. “I have been making it work because I have another business. Otherwise I would have struggled to support my family, just like many others who only had one job as a tour guide”, he explained.Worried by the recent lukewarm interest in traveling to Jordan, the tourism board decided to take action and invest $10 million this year with funds from its public and private sectors. It has been inviting travel bloggers and journalists to show that it is safe despite the geopolitical disadvantages it currently faces. “We expect to see an increasing number of travelers by the end of this year”, said Arabiyat. “[To match,] the country has been constructing more hotel rooms to triple the number of rooms in Jordan in the next five years”. Jordan currently has around 28,000 rooms. A new travel hubDue to the dwindling number of visitors to its most well-known tourist destination, the Unesco World Heritage site Petra, Jordan felt the need to provide more extensive travel routes for visitors. Instead of just promoting the ancient dwelling, a historical and archaeological jewel formed by the Nabataean in the first century B.C, the tourism board decided to turn coastal city Aqaba on the Red Sea into a new travel hub. The southern city is only two hours away by car from Petra and an hour from the Wadi Rum desert known for its sand dunes and camel caravans – another major attraction. It is much more conveniently located than the capital city Amman, which has the country”s largest international airport, as it is over three hours away from Petra and four hours from Wadi Rum. Visitors can enjoy both watersports and easy access to inland destinations in Aqaba. The government decided to cut fees for airlines so that more will launch routes in and out of the city. It also expects to bring more international conferences and conventions to the locale so that event participants can spend an extra day or two sightseeing. It will also welcome more cruise ships to its harbor. To Jordanians, the coastal city is precious because the country would be landlocked without it. Jordan made a deal with Saudi Arabia 50 years ago, trading a piece of its land, in order to acquire the seaside area. “What happened in 1965 is that Jordan and Saudi Arabia concluded a bilateral agreement that realigned and delimited the boundary, resulting in some exchange of territory, allowing Jordan to expand its port facilities at Aqaba and protecting the pasturage and watering rights of certain nomadic tribes”, said Nancy Tayyan, the head of the tourism marketing division at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.The area already has some luxury hotel chains including Kempinski and Intercontinental, as well as budget hotels. Many shops can arrange snorkeling or scuba diving. A celebrity welcomeWhile on a visit to historical sites near Amman such as Jerash or Ajloun Castle, this Korean reporter was shocked to receive a very excited welcome from students who surrounded her, screaming and asking to take photos. Chances are other Koreans who head to these areas will also receive the same treatment, as many young Jordanians seemed eager to meet residents of the country some of their favorite singers and actors are from. The large congregations of students in these tourist vicinities are due to the tourism board giving funding to local schools to ensure enough people are visiting Jordan”s historical sites. As a result, hundreds of students flood Jerash, one of the largest well-preserved sites of Roman architecture outside of Italy every day, or head to Ajloun Castle, a Muslim castle built in the 12th century. Thanks to the spread of Korean dramas and music shows online, many Jordanians have followed programs such as TV drama “The Heirs”, featuring actor Lee Min-ho and actress Park Shin-hye, and “My Love from the Star” with actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I. Some are fans of K-pop groups such as Super Junior and Exo. The students introduced themselves as fans of these celebrities and some even spoke in Korean, explaining that they are learning the language by watching the shows online. It was easier to communicate with them in Korean than in English. Taima, one of the girls who conversed in Korean, even danced to “Sorry Sorry”, one of the most popular songs by boy group Super Junior. Even if you”re just an ordinary Korea citizen you can experience what it would be like to live as a celebrity while in Jordan. Publicity shy? Avoid the crowds, cover yourself with a scarf and a pair of sunglasses and head to the Temple of Artemis, located about a 30-minute walk from the entrance. Perfect timingThe decrease in the number of visitors may be depressing news for Jordanians, but it works well for visitors as the country”s popular tourist destinations are not at all crowded. The night-time tour “Petra by Night”, which allows travelers to see the famous stone-carved construction Al Khazneh, which featured in the 1989 film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, also gave each participant enough time for a photo opportunity without other people in the background. A daytime walk into the site”s farthest monastery, called Ad Deir, is also very tranquil. Only a handfuls of travelers were spotted on the walk up the stairs. Even on arrival at the destination it was easy to get a clean shot of the natural stone landscape harmonizing with the human civilization in the monastery. Other popular religious travel locales such as Mount Nebo, where Moses is thought to have died, or Bethany, which is believed to be where Jesus Christ was baptized, are also free from hordes of tourists. Although Jordan is facing a dropping number of foreign visitors, the inflow of immigrants from neighboring countries enables travelers to meet plenty of people from different backgrounds. People who had left their homes in Syria or Palestine because of the situations there were everywhere – at stores, resorts or out on the streets – and were open to sharing their opinions on issues in the Middle East. Since Jordan shares its borders with Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, it is an ideal destination for people living in those nearby countries to visit. Because it has a variety of attractions such as mountains, coastal areas and developed cities, many people from those nations choose to go there on vacation. Another rare find is in Ma”in, about an hour away from the capital Amman and near the Dead Sea. The valley area spawns steam as the water running through its streams is heated from the volcanic mountains, creating natural hot springs. Anyone making a quick stop in town can use the public spa, but going to a resort is recommended for an overnight stay if you want to relax in a more secluded area. Whichever place you choose, make sure you walk into a natural cavernous sauna to relax in hot steam. Ordering a body scrub that uses salt from the Dead Sea is a must do. The treatment starts with being slathered in rich olive oil made from the crops of locally grown trees. The smell of the oil is so rich you may feel a sudden urge to find some bread and rub it on your body. If your skin is still crying out for additional moisture, try applying mud from the Dead Sea on it after checking out whether your body really stays afloat in the water. Safe or not?While traveling the country for about a week it was difficult to feel any danger around. Just like how Koreans don”t feel like their lives are on the line every time North Korea tops global news headlines, it felt like the news about strife surrounding Jordan didn”t have much to do with travelling the Middle Eastern country whose major national income comes from the tourism industry.Ironically, measures to keep hotels as safe as possible sometimes reminded many that there could be some danger. Just like how international airport require people pass through security with their luggage and belongings, many hotels and malls in Jordan also do a check at the entrance. A tour guide who can provide information and how to get around is recommended. Having a local who can accompany you throughout your trip to Jordan is helpful, as popular travel destinations are not easily accessible on public transportation. Do make sure to get travel alerts from your country as you will get automated updates regarding the situation in the area, if your country has a travel advisory issued on Jordan.
Weddings, weddings, weddings! With so many celebrities tying the knot these days, you might be wondering what wedding customs are like in Korea. We’ve noticed some questions in the comments section – for sure, Korean weddings can be confusing for those not in the know. Let’s take this time to talk about how they’re typically done!
The big proposal and the ring?
Don’t be fooled by what you see in all the K-dramas! The down-on-one-knee proposal actually isn’t standard in Korea. Instead, the topic of marriage is one which both partners decide and plan jointly. While this seems like the most equitable setup all around, it doesn’t lend itself naturally to those suspenseful fairytale proposals that you see in TV shows and movies.