Delicious Affair 2012 Korean Story Cast
GONG YOO as Seo Yoon Jae (Y)
LEE MIN JUNG asGil Da Ran (D)
BAEK SUNG HYUN as Gil Choong Sik – D’s younger brother. (CS)
SUZY as Jang Ma Ri (M)
SHIN WON HO as Kang Kyung Joon (K)
JANG HEE JIN as Lee Se Young. the female doctor who likes YJ. (S)
5 Things I LOVED in K-pop: 2014 Written by Johnelle On January 16, 2015
It feels not so long ago that I put together my picks for the best 5 Things of 2013 so it’s hard to believe that 2014 is over and that we are well on our way into 2015. 2014 was a tumultuous year with joy and sorrow, good and bad, love and hate. The following are the Things I LOVED the most about 2014 in the K-popiverse.
5. Surviving the K-popcalypse
We should’ve known that 2014 was going to be a rocky year for K-pop when on the first day of the year Lee Seung-gi and SNSD‘s Yoona were revealed to be dating. It was a rough year for Korea’s premiere girl group as soon after Sooyoung and actor Jung Kyung-ho, Tiffany and 2PM‘s Nichkhun and leader Taeyeon and Exo‘s Baek-hyun were all also revealed to be dating. Hyoyeon was charged with assault by her ex-boyfriend, and then the unthinkable–Jessica was booted from Girls Generation.
Name: 권상우 / Kwon Sang Woo (Gwon Sang Wu)
Profession: Actor and model
Birthplace: Daejeon, South Korea
Star sign: Leo
Blood type: O
Family: Wife/actress Son Tae Young, son (b. 2009-Feb-06), brother, sister-in-law and niece
Talent agency: ISTAR
Education: Hannam University (Fine Arts Education major)
Hobbies: Swimming, weight Training, basketball and boxing
Religion: Roman Catholic
The Faith – The Great Doctor Episode 12 Recap by njkim
Lee Min Ho as Choi Young
Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo
Yoo Oh Sung as Gi Cheol
Lee Philip as Jang Bin
Ryu Duk Hwan as King Gong Min
Park Se Young as Princess Nogook
Sung Hoon as Chun Eum Ja
Shin Eun Jung as Hwa Soo In
Lee Byung Joon as Jo Il Sin
Hi:D Last time, GC came to know that CY gonna visit him, and ES goesto CY worrying about him. Is CY gonna in danger?! Let’s see
KBS 2TV‘s ‘Nice Guy‘ came in 1st place in viewer ratings for this week’s latest episode.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki’s “Arang and the Magistrate” is currently number 1 in terms of Wed-Thurs drama ratings race. According to AGB Nielsen, the fantasy series recorded 14.5%, a 0.4% increase from the night before. It’s newest competitor “Nice Guy,” starring Moon Chae Won and Song Joong Ki, dropped down to single digits within the second episode, recording 9.9%. Meanwhile, “To the Beautiful You,” starring idols f(x)’s Sulli and SHINee’s Minho saw a slight increase, recording 5.8%.
Most recently, it’s announced that Korean film ‘A Bittersweet Life‘ directed by Kim Ji Woon, starring Lee Byung Hun will be remade in Hollywood.
One half of the directing duo behind ‘Menace II Society‘, ‘From Hell‘ and ‘The Book of Eli‘, director Albert Hughes, is set to direct a fast-tracked remake of the seminal Korean gangster film ‘A Bittersweet Life’.
The cast members of “Talk With Beauties” appeared as guests on the November 3rd broadcast of “Invincible Youth 2”.
During this episode, Girls’ Generation‘s Hyoyeon teamed up with “Talking With Beauties” member Bronin to do the farm work.
Hyoyeon at first curiously asked Bronin if she had dated any Korean men. In response, Bronin honestly answered, “I dated two Korean men before.”
Will f(x)′s Sulli and Joo Won act opposite each other?
On November 8, Yland, the makers of the upcoming movie Fashion King announced the Sulli has signed on to star in the film.
Fashion King is based on a popular Korean online cartoon series of the same title (and should not be confused with the 2012 drama).
The cartoon comically depicts the life of a high school boy as he matures into an adult, while dealing with issues in fashion. It received over four million views online from readers around Korea.
2014 may have begun more than a week ago now, but people are undoubtedly still writing 2013 on applications, papers, and such, aren”t they? The transition is never as easy, plus it is always nice to look back at the past year and sum it up so you can move onto the next with a fully refreshed mindset.
This is why allkpop writers alim17 and jennywill collaborated to put together some of the biggest trends of 2013. Check them out below!
SEE ALSO: Lee Hyori to recruit non-celebrity “Miss Korea”s for her stage at the “2013 SBS Gayo Daejun”
Warning: Contains Spoilers
Last year, tvN scored a smash hit with “Reply 1997,” transporting us to a much simpler decade infused with nostalgia, growing pains, 90s pop culture and fan girls. The drama premiered with little hype, but gained recognition through word of mouth, becoming a sensation and breaking the 6% ratings barrier, considered to be high for a cable drama, and that’s not even counting the rebroadcasts. In fact, Episodes 15 and 16 of “Reply 1997” was broadcast on tvN, Olive, Mnet, OCN, Onstyle and Ongamenet simultaneously. Set in 1997 Busan, “Reply 1997″ was the coming-of-age story of a group of high schoolers who grow through their own share of teenage troubles. Set in high school, the kids were faced with teenage problems such as the hopes and dreams for the future, the mystery of girls and the era of first loves.
There are many ways to measure the popularity of an actor in the box office, and one of these, possibly the easiest to see at-a-glance, is the accumulated number of theatergoers for each actor. Among all of the actors who have broken the one million mark in number of viewers for a single movie, here are the actors with the largest number of total theatergoers, compiled by MBN News. Each actor’s supporting characters, voice acting, and special appearances were all taken into consideration. The numbers were calculated with just Seoul data from 1990, as a nationwide count had not been established, and then from 2003 forward, the Korean Film Council’s complete aggregated count was used for calculation.
Screen shots of films screened at local theaters during the Chuseok holiday season. From top left: “My Brilliant Life“, “Tazza: The High Rollers 2“, “The King of Jokgu” and “Hill of Freedom“. From bottom left: “Lucy”, “Step Up: All In”, “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita in the New Haunts of Evil – Peko and the Five Explorers” and “Maya the Bee Movie”.
After the period action film “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” broke box office records nationwide, this Chuseok will be quieter than usual in terms of heavyweight releases – especially compared to 2012 and 2013. For the past two years, big-budget costume films such as “The Face Reader” (2013) and “Masquerade” (2012) hit cinemas around Chuseok, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving. This year, however, there are no widely anticipated movies coming to the box office in time for the annual holiday. But there are plenty of alternative options, ranging from action movies to dramas to quality art-house flicks, which are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Chuseok has always been a good time to head to the cinema as it is relatively less crowded at theaters during the long holiday period.For those who have decided to stay in the city instead of visiting their hometown or making an overseas trip, the Korea JoongAng Daily has come up with a list of the movies screening at local cinemas during the five-day holiday, which begins Saturday. Star-filled domestic films“Tazza: The High Rollers 2““Tazza: The High Rollers 2” may be the closest thing to a special “Chuseok film” this year with its starry cast, lighthearted storyline and tons of laughs.The sequel to 2006 box office hit “The War Of Flower” features Choi Seung-hyeon, better known as T.O.P from K-pop band Big Bang. Choi plays Dae-gil, the nephew of the good-natured male lead from the Tazza prequel, Goni, who had an innate talent for the Korean card game hwatu. Dae-gil is an ambitious young man and is also a hwatu natural, a skill he discovers when his genuine love for Mi-na (Sin Se-kyeong) leads him into the world of dangerous gambling.With their risque wardrobes, Sin and fellow female cast member Lee Honey, a beauty pageant-turned-actress, are sure to lure some males to the cinema. Actors Yoo Hae-jin and Kim Yoon-seok from the first feature also reappear as sidekicks in the film.“My Brilliant Life“Faithfully based on Kim Ae-ran“s 2011 novel of the same title, “My Brilliant Life” features some of the nation”s best-known actors, Kang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo, as a young, married couple.The film is centered on their child, Ah-reum, and his terminal illness, progeria – a rare genetic disorder that causes premature aging. Ah-reum is only 16 years old, but his physical age surpasses 80. Each character in the family endures hardship as a result of the disease – from making ends meet to dealing with deep wrinkles as a teenager – but they never lose hope.The film is sad, but it brings tears to your eyes in a heartwarming way. It incorporates the themes of family, hope and happiness, and, by the time the movie finishes, viewers will have discovered a new appreciation for life.Visual treats from Hollywood“Lucy”After a line of Hollywood summer movies that featured non-human heros such as apes, transforming cars and turtle ninjas, Luc Besson”s latest action flick “Lucy” will show us some of our favorite Hollywood stars, including Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, in more straightforward roles. In “Lucy”, viewers will also get a glimpse of Korean actor Choi Min-sik playing a villainous role as a mob boss.The movie is based on the old adage that humans only use 10 percent of their brains. But what happens if the brain functions at its fullest? The film explores the catastrophic situation this could result in.The film”s titular lead, played by Johansson, is a blue-eyed, pretty party girl who gets kidnapped by a Korean gangster and is forced to smuggle drugs in her stomach. While on the airplane, Lucy is beaten by members of another gang. The drugs dissolve into her abdomen, leading her brain to function at a higher capacity. “Step Up: All In”This is the “Step Up” series” fifth installment, and just like with many ongoing film franchises, it”s better not to get your hopes up too much about it. In the case of this dance flick, at least, the sharply coordinated choreography and the head-nodding beats and grooves will give viewers a thrill. The movie is also being released with 3-D effects, so the experience will get even more exciting. “All In” picks up from the fourth “Step Up” film, where the crew gained recognition by uploading videos of their flash mobs to YouTube. The team flies to Los Angeles and Las Vegas from their hometown of Miami, for a turn on a bigger stage. Some familiar faces from the second and third series, such as Adam G. Sevani, also make appearances. Authentic indie movies“Hill of Freedom“Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo“s latest romance movie has a serene, laid-back vibe and is an apt choice for couples or indie movie aficionados alike.In a testament to its quality, “Hill of Freedom” recently screened at the ongoing Venice International Film Festival.The movie draws upon the quest of Japanese teacher Mori, played by Ryo Kase, who returns to Korea to find the woman he loved years ago. During his stay in Seoul, Mori wanders around Bukchon, a neighborhood located in central Seoul that boasts its tranquil atmosphere and a historical background.Mori fails to track down the woman, who goes by her surname, Kwon, so instead he writes letters to her about his daily life from Hill of Freedom, a cafe owned by Young-sun (Moon So-ri).There are no dramatic or emotional moments throughout the film, which is expected considering Hong”s past record. But the nonchalant approach to ordinary people”s lives is the film”s strong point, just like always in the director”s understated movies. If you”re tired of gaudy commercial movies, this feature is for you. “The King of Jokgu“It”s not a comedy, nor a sports flick: “The King of Jokgu“, crafted by rookie director Woo Moon-gi, encompasses humor, drama, satire and romance – all in its slightly more than 100-minute running time.Man-sub has just returned to university after completing his military service, which is mandatory in Korea for most men, and finds out that the jokgu, or foot volleyball, court was removed in his absence. As a result, the former jokgu champion appeals to his university”s chancellor to build a new court instead of worrying about his GPA score, which is remarkably low. Every one of his peers spends their days building up their so-called “specs”, qualities, skills or test scores that they hope will lead to a good job, while all Man-sub wants to do is play jokgu and date a pretty girl. The offbeat plot line and humor of “The King of Jokgu” brings laughter while satirizing the sad reality of a life focused on work, with no love and passion. Animated featuresDoraemon the Movie: Nobita in the New Haunts of Evil – Peko and the Five ExplorersThe character may be older than most parents of the children who will be watching the new movie at cinemas, but Doraemon”s everlasting popularity among kids is not about to fade anytime soon. The latest feature-length version of the “Doraemon” animation is a remake of the 1982 film “Nobita and the Haunts of Evil”, in which Nobita and Doraemon take off on an adventure to an unknown land only to find the kingdom”s dogs being exploited by an evil minister. The Doraemon crew then try to save the kingdom from evil. “Maya the Bee Movie”The animation owes its adventurous and heroic plotline to the eponymous children”s book written by the famous German writer Waldemar Bonsels. It”s been reproduced in films and TV series many times, but this is the first time the film has been recreated with 3-D effects.The story is about the young honeybee Maya, who is always curious, friendly, adventurous and willing to help others. While once considered a problematic bee at the hive, later he comes to save the community from villains.
(Photo : YG Entertainment, CJ Entertainment ) T.O.P has transitioned from Big Bang member to established actor.
“Tazza: The Hidden Card” starring Big Bang”s T.O.P (Choi Seung Hyun) is opening in select American theaters on September 26.
“Tazza: The Hidden Card” marks the film return of T.O.P, who starred in the 2013 spy film “Commitment.”
(Photo : CJ Entertainment )
T.O.P in “Tazza: The Hidden Card.”
T.O.P has is Ham Dae Gil, the male lead in “Tazza: The Hidden Card.” Dae Gil is an accomplished gambler, who is forced into a life on the run, following a botched deal. His situation is further complicated, when he is reunited with his ex-girlfriend, Mi Na. Mi Na is played by actress Shin Se Kyung.
Only a few months ago Yoo In Young was balancing roles in two popular k-dramas. She played the girl whose murder Jun Ji Hyun was blamed for in “You Who Came From The Stars.” At the same time she played Yon Feisal the warrior and trader in love with Korea”s king in “Empress Ki.”
Now she plays Mi Ryung Prince So Hyun”s first love in “The Three Musketeers.” She co-stars in the drama with Lee Jin Wook, who plays Prince Sohyun, and Jung Yong Hwa, who plays swordsman Park Dal Hyang. Here are a few more facts you may not know about this versatile actress:
Naver, the country”s largest web portal, which claims nearly 70 percent of the market share, has opened a segment for web dramas under its TV Cast service.
And even K-pop groups are appearing in these brand-new dramas, using them as stepping-stones to help them transition into acting careers. Minah of Girl”s Day and Jiyoon of 4Minute both recently appeared in an Internet drama. More than 20 new web shows have poured in since last February. Of these, “See You After School – Drama” and “Aftermath” are two that proved the potential of the phenomenon, becoming the next big thing in the mobile content market. Centering on the story of an after-school club with five handsome high school boys, the fantasy-romance drama begins with a scene in which an introverted girl is invited to join their inner circle. She receives an invitation delivered by a dove and visits the club without hesitation because “she has never been invited to anything by anyone”. A sense of kitsch flows from the drama”s very first scene when the production team of “See You After School – Drama” uses a shoddy plastic bird instead of an actual dove. The 12-episode drama was originally produced in order to promote five rookie actors, but its popularity shot up – earning an unprecedented 10 million views on Chinese website Sohu.com. U.S.-based streaming site DramaFever recently bought the copyright to “See You After School – Drama“. Based on the huge success of the first season, production of the second has already finished. “Aftermath”, based on a teenage boy with supernatural powers, was another Internet hit this year. By featuring Dong Jun, a member of boy group ZE:A – Children of Empire, the online drama earned four million views in just a few weeks. When the accumulated views of a single web series go beyond 1.8 million, it is considered a hit, according to industry insiders. Since this new form of entertainment targets a younger demographic, the dramas tend to touch upon everyday issues like romance, food and single life. Some stories take place in the office or tell stories of college graduates who are struggling to find employment. The dramas also function as a test bed for new writers and producers. SM, YG and JYP Entertainment, the nation”s three major entertainment agencies, have all begun producing web dramas, too. “It takes between about 200 million [$192,000] and 300 million won in production costs to make a single music video”, said a producer who wished to remain anonymous. “But [these companies] see a series of web dramas as more effective than producing a single music video in terms of cost”. The average cost to create one season of a web series is similar to the production cost of a single music video or a single episode of a 60-minute, full-length drama. In addition, Internet dramas are freer from product placement than classical drama series. Along with the three entertainment agencies, Sidus HQ, which produced the hit TV drama series “Deep-rooted Tree” (2011) and “The Innocent Man” (2012), is also trying its luck. The agency”s first web drama series “Love Cells” will hit screens through web portals and video-sharing sites starting today. What differentiates “Love Cells” from other similar dramas is its stellar cast. Famous actors and actresses such as Kim Yoo-jeong of “Secret Door” (2014), Jang Hyeok of “Fated to Love You” (2014) and Kim Woo-bin of “The Heirs” (2013) will all appear in the 15-epsiode Internet drama. JiHyun, another member of girl group 4Minute, is also in the web series. The drama is an adaptation of a romance webtoon, or an online cartoon series, of the same title.”I consider it a challenge that is different from films and drama series because the time that is given to me is a few minutes”, said Jang, who plays a supporting role in “Love Cells“. Each new episode is uploaded at midnight every day and viewers are able to watch the next episode in advance if they pay for it.As the first to enter this market among the country”s three major broadcasters, KBS, the state-run TV channel, got experimental when it began to dabble in the new genre.KBS recently produced “Gan-seo-chi-yeol-jeon”, or “Drama Special – The Search for Battle“, the background story of Hong Gil-dong, a historical fiction character who is the Korean equivalent of Robin Hood. The drama came in two formats: one with seven episodes and the other in a more traditional television format. Prior to the official airing of the single-episode drama on KBS, the production team split the 70-minute show into seven episodes and uploaded the first six onto Naver TV Cast. After promoting and attracting viewers with the initial six episodes, KBS ran the very last installment after the full version hit TV screens. Upon the release of the first episode on Oct. 13, the web drama series attracted 600,000 views within six days. China was the first country to pay attention to web dramas. The Chinese audience was in need of something new instead of the typical period dramas or dramas with a heavy dose of propaganda the country was used to. The answer was web dramas. Since these short programs are streamed not only through the Internet but also inside subways and on buses in China, they are dubbed “the new generation of dramas”. Actor Kim Beom“s “V Love” online drama series, which was produced in China, has attracted 60 million views as of Oct. 12. Being aware of the potential of the Chinese market, the second season of “See You After School – Drama” was located in China and the production team also plans to release a second season in Korea, China and the United States on the same day. “Performances by the K-Tigers are really popular on YouTube”, said Shim Sang-min, a professor of media communication at Sungshin Women”s University, referring to a performance group that combines taekwondo, acrobatics, break dancing, K-pop and jazz. “I hope to see various attempts by web dramas in the near future just like K-Tigers do”, Shim added, explaining that these Internet-focused works have more room to be experimental, just like other web content productions. Producer Yoon Seong-ho, who is the creator behind hit online drama series such as “The Cravings” and “Flirty Boy and Girl” said, “Web dramas offer experience similar to watching films because they enable viewers to have one-on-one intensive watching”. Yoon plans to release another Internet drama featuring Korean-American actor Steven Yeun of the U.S. television series “The Walking Dead” sometime in the future. BY YANG SUNG-HEE [[email protected] ]
Continuing from last week, the families of “Dad! Where Are We Going?” are showing foreign families the different colors of Korea.
First, Yoon Hoo and his father Yoon Min Soo along with Ahn Jung Hwan and his son Ahn Ri Hwan are showing Chan and his father around the city of Seoul. They start the trip off with a city tour on a two-story bus. It’s a great time for everyone, because the Koreans feel as if they had never seen Seoul properly either. (People who live in tourist spots haven’t actually seen the touristy things, you know?)
It’s a grand entrance for a gorgeous woman, whom we’ll come to know as SA-RA (Han Ye-seul), who walks down a street and turns heads left and right with her stunning appearance. Everywhere she goes she attracts admiring glances and drops jaws; she explains that she’s an actress who’s just come back to Korea after working in the U.S. This makes sense to everyone who sees her, and she gets the royal treatment.
She gets her fortune told by a face reader, who is awed by the interesting combination of fates she holds in her hands (er, face): Not only is she an uncommon beauty, she also has the fortune of a military general and might even save the nation. That is, if she steers clear of her two pitfalls: the need to get involved in matters, and bad guys.
Pansori singer Min Eun-kyung is one of three performers cast as Chunhyang, the lead female character in “Different Chunhyang”. Provided by the National Changgeuk Company
There are so many performances based on “Chunhyang”, one of the best-known Korean folk tales, that audiences are beginning to grow tired of it. Nevertheless, when Kim Seong-nyeo, the artistic director of the National Changgeuk Company, asked Romanian-born U.S. director Andrei Serban to recreate “Heungbuga”, one of Korea”s five surviving pansori (traditional narrative singing) tales, Serban picked “Chunhyangga” instead, insisting that he could create an alternative version. The upcoming performance by the National Changgeuk Company is titled “Different Chunghyang” as a result. When Kim took the position as artistic director of the National Changgeuk Company in 2012, one of her pledges was to revive the five surviving pansori tales of Korea – “Chunghyangga”, “Heungbuga”, “Simcheongga”, “Jeokbyeokga” and “Sugungga” – from the perspective of the “world masters” in an effort to take changgeuk, or the traditional Korean opera performed with pansori, to the international stage.
Messy topic and moral balance
As mentioned, this topic is not a light one. Korean dramas tend to be quite conservative and way too forgiving of flawed characters for the sake of audience satisfaction. The topic is also one which requires a more mature approach than often offered. Having a progressive and morally consistent take on it will be tricky.
Lust is a temptation that sells
As productions need to make money, they tend to utilize their most catchy elements. In this case, focusing too much on racy and carnal side of the attraction is a possibility. Rather than focusing on exploring the characters, the series could end up selling melodrama and conflict for the sake of excitement alone.
Short and Sweet: Love Cells Written by Amy L On December 2, 2014
“I’d actually like it if the world suddenly ended,” muses Ma Dae-choong, and so begins Love Cells.
The series — literally translated as “Dating DNA”– is based off the popular Naver webtoon of the same name that ran from 2010 through 2012. It premiered online on November 3rd and made headlines for receiving more than 4 million views within three weeks of its launch, unprecedented progress by any web drama thus far.