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Han Hye Jin Returns to Acting with ‘One Warm Word’

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Han Hye Jin Returns to Acting with ‘One Warm Word’

After spending three sweet months with her husband Ki Sung Yueng in England, Han Hye Jin will be making her way back to Korea to resume her acting career.

On September 16, Namoo Actors announced that Han Hye Jin has been casted for the upcoming SBS drama, One Warm Word (tentative title).

“Even after she moved to England, Han Hye Jin showed great passion in acting. She’s received many love calls, but she especially enjoyed writer Ha Myung Hee’s previous words and decided to choose One Warm Word.”

“Reply 1994” Breaks Its Own Ratings Record

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“Reply 1994” Breaks Its Own Ratings Record

Korea seems to have caught the “Re-4 disease” as cable channel tvN’s Friday-Saturday drama “Reply 1994” recorded its highest rating of 7.3% since it started airing four weeks ago.

The seventh episode, “That Summer,” was aired on November 7 and was warmly received, earning itself a 6.2% rating. The peak viewership reached 7.3% and was number one in cable, satellite and IPTV viewership during the same period.

The show seems to be bent on breaking its own records, with the sixth episode garnering an average rating of 5.8% (peak 6.9%). It is predicted that “Reply 1994” will break its predecessor “Reply 1997”’s record average viewership of 7.6% and peak viewership of 9.5%. Viewership is evenly spread amongst all genders and age groups, ranging from 10s-50s. Combined with its number one ranking in its time slot, it just might qualify as the next “national drama.” Females in their 30s recorded the highest rating spike of 8.8%. (Episode 8 attained an average rating of 7.1% and peak viewership of 8.6%.)

Empress Ki: Episode 1 - 2 Recap

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Empress Ki: Episode 1 - 2 Recap


Empress Ki: Episode 1 – 2 recap by daebakdramas

Empress Ki/Hwatu/기황후 started last week after MBC’s previous sageuk drama (and sadly snooze-fest) “Goddess of Fire Jung Yi”. I consider this a one-off recap for now since Empress Ki will be 50 episodes long and I don’t know if I can hold out that long… Sageuks in general tend to lose me after the first 16 episodes. However the three main actors are strong leads (love Ha Ji Won) so perhaps this will fare better than “Goddess of Fire”… Which didn’t even have a great ending. Oh well, at least Kim Bum got the girl in real life.

Top 5 Most Searched Kim Woo Bin-Related Keywords

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 Top 5 Most Searched Kim Woo Bin-Related Keywords

With hit drama The Heirs and kickass film Friend 2 keeping him busy, Kim Woo Bin is hot stuff these days, but what are people most interested in about the star?

We did a simple search on Korea’s portal sites to see what keywords come up in relation to Kim Woo Bin, and below are our finds.

Mustang

That’s the first word that pops up next to Kim Woo Bin’s name, and we’re not talking cars. It’s the Konglish term for the lined bomber jacket, one of the many clothing items seen on Kim Woo Bin’s character Young Do on The Heirs.

2013 Best KPOP Superlatives

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2013 Best KPOP Superlatives

Goodbye 2013

As the year is coming to a close, it is time to reflect back on what happened throughout 2013. Some people made a name for themselves through an awesome hit song or charismatic drama appearance while others established special relationships and made newsworthy comments. Which celebrities stuck out this year? Here are a few superlatives summing up how certain people particularly caught everyone”s eye!

BEST FRIENDS OF THE YEAR Bora + Tiffany, Suzy + IU

Looking Back at “Reply 1997″ and “Reply 1994″

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 Looking Back at “Reply 1997″ and “Reply 1994″

Warning: Contains Spoilers

1. Introduction

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.

K-Drama Couple: Kim Kang Woo and Han Moo Young

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K-Drama Couple: Kim Kang Woo and Han Moo Young

 

Actor Kim Kang Woo met his future wife Han Moo Young at a bar when he was out drinking with a friend.

“I knew right away that she was the one I had to marry,” he told Korea.com.

They celebrated their mutual attraction that night by sharing some bottles of soju.

“She can drink a lot,” he said. “She said beer was too weak and drank soju.”

They finished five bottles of soju between them and had their first kiss that very night. Although they wasted no time getting to the first kiss, the couple did not rush their relationship. They dated for seven years before their June wedding at Myeongdong Cathedral in 2010. They were both 32 when they married.

Korean Drama 'Punch' Episode 1 Recap

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Korean Drama 'Punch' Episode 1 Recap

By: Dramabeans

In the middle of the night, prosecutor PARK JUNG-HWAN (Kim Rae-won) is roused from his modest single room by his panicked superior, who shows him the latest news: someone who isn’t him has announced his candidacy for the position of Prosecutor General, and he wants Jung-hwan to do something about it.

They both know the man on the front page, as the superior Prosecutor General candidate LEE TAE-JOON (Jo Jae-hyun) fumes that he’ll quit his job as a prosecutor if he doesn’t get that position.

"Running Man" Episode 226 Recap

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By: Dramabeans

We start off this Christmas special by introducing our three guests who are here to promote their upcoming film How to Steal a Dog: actress Kang Hye-jung, Chunderella—… I mean, Lee Chun-hee and Korea’s “Mother” Kim Hye-ja.

We’ve seen Chun-hee here on this show before, although this would be a rare, if not first variety appearance for Hye-ja. If the preview clips are any indication, she ought to be a hoot and game for anything. Always a good indication in my book.

Vietnamese Brides in Korean Dramas and Films

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Vietnamese Brides in Korean Dramas and Films

Vietnamese Brides in Korean Dramas and Films Written by Thuy On December 31, 2014

Do any of our drama fan readers recognize this scene?

It’s from SBS‘s drama “Modern Farmer“, where the mother is lecturing her drunken son about getting married. Written in the photo is the Vietnamese subtitle that says:

If you keep drinking everyday like that, even if you go to Vietnam you will not find a bride.

The scene was considered an offense toward Vietnamese women and angered Vietnamese online communities enough for the photo to be spread like wildfire over Facebook. It got to the point that SBS has run into some serious troubles with the Korean Consul General in Vietnam for its lack of consideration. The station has stepped down and apologized, and Modern Farmer continued to air normally, but the story may run deeper than that.

tvN Drama "Heart To Heart" Episode 1 Recap

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tvN Drama

By: Dramabeans

The show opens with side-by-side home videos of two young children — an adorable confident little girl, and a nerdy, awkward, bespectacled young boy. As they age in the videos, the girl starts to hide her red face and is always alone, while the boy works out, loses the glasses, and gains confidence and friends. By the time we get to their high school graduation photos, the girl is hiding her constantly-blushing face under a mop of frizzy hair, while the boy has transformed into a handsome, popular young man.

Highlights: “We Got Married” Ep. 256 – Finally Together

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Highlights: “We Got Married” Ep. 256 – Finally Together

Welcome to another “We Got Married” highlights with bubblybribri! There has been so much going on and off screen with our couples lately, but let’s enjoy this recap for this past episode. This weekend’s episode was epic because it was the first time all three couples got together! You don’t want to miss this one!

1) Together at Last

The top moment and by far the best moment of this weekend’s episode was when all the couples gathered for the first time before the 2014 MBC Entertainment Awards. Since Hong Jong Hyun and Yura‘s house was the closest (on the MBC rooftop), they invited all the other couples to their cute little house. Namgoong Min and Hong Jin Young arrived first and definitely made themselves at home by sitting down on Jong Hyun and Yura’s bed. I think Yura was really excited to see Song Jae Rim and Kim So Eun because she felt that they were people she had only seen on TV and she wondered if they would be all cute and lovey dovey in front of them.

SBS's Entertainment "Running Man" Episode 232 Recap

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SBS's Entertainment

 

By: Dramabeans

We start off today’s Best Friends Race with an introduction of our cast’s real-life friends in the biz. First up is Jong-kook’s buddy, singer Hong Kyung-min who recently got married in November.

 

Suk-jin is quick to point out that Jae-suk didn’t attend (due to a scheduling conflict), but Jae-suk says he gave a larger monetary gift to the newlyweds (a customary practice in Korea, though the amount usually depends on how close one is to the family or signifies greater social status. In this case, Jae-suk would be joking about boasting a fatter wallet, and in the end, likely gave more in apology for not being able to attend).

Adultery Is Decriminalized in South Korea

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Adultery Is Decriminalized in South Korea

For those of you who have watched juicy and dramatic Korean dramas, you may have noticed that adultery is a frequently covered topic. “Secret Love Affair,” “Valid Love,” “Temptation,” “A Word from Warm Heart,” “Pink Lipstick,” and “Home Sweet Home” are only a few among the myriads of dramas involving extramarital affairs. In some of them, people even go to jail for committing adultery. So some of you might be reacting, “Wait a minute, adultery was illegal in South Korea?” Yes, it definitely was. The law constituted that any adulterer and his or her partner were liable for up to two years in jail if proven guilty.

Han Ji Hye

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Han Ji Hye

Name: 한지혜 / Han Ji Hye (Han Ji Hae)
Real name: 이지해 / Lee Ji Hye (Yi Ji Hae)
Profession: Actress and model
Birthdate: 1984-June-29
Birthplace: Kwangju, South Korea
Height: 170cm
Weight: 47kg
Star sign: Cancer
Blood type: A
Family: Older sister and younger brother
Talent agency: Yedang Entertainment
Education: Gyongsin Girls’ Middle School, Gyongsin Girls’ High School, Sejong University (Film and Art degree)
Skills: Playing flute and dancing
Hobbies: Playing computer games and watching TV
Religion: Christianity

Heo Young Ran

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Heo Young Ran

Name: 허영란 / Heo Young Ran (Huh Yeong Ran)
Profession: Actress
Birthdate: 1980-Sep-16
Birthplace: South Korea
Height: 162cm
Weight: 43kg
Star sign: Virgo
Blood type: A
Talents: Singing, swimming
Debut: 1996 MBC drama “Na” (드라마 “나”)

TV Shows

Dad Says I am Sorry (CSTV, 2012)
Sweet Palpitations (KBS2, 2011)
Hometown Legends (KBS2, 2009)
Landscape in My Heart (KBS2, 2007)
My Sister (MBC, 2006)
Ballad of Suh Dong (SBS, 2005)
Second Proposal (KBS2, 2004)
Perfect Love (SBS, 2003)
Women Next Door (MBC, 2003)
Rustic Period (SBS, 2003)
Golden Pond (SBS, 2002)
Sweet Home (MBC, 2002)
Her House (MBC, 2001)
Crystal (SBS, 1999)
Trap of Youth (SBS, 1999)
Kaist (SBS, 1999)
Steal My Heart (SBS, 1998)
Mr. Right (KBS2, 1997)
Na (MBC, 1996)

Im Hyun Sik

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Im Hyun Sik

Name: 임현식 / Im Hyun Sik (Lim Hyeon Shik/Yim Hyun Sik)
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1945-Dec-31
Birthplace: Sunchang, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Star sign: Capricorn
Family: Wife and 3 daughters

TV Shows

Suspicious Family (MBN, 2012)
Salaryman Chohanji (SBS, 2012)
If Tomorrow Comes (SBS, 2011)
Gye Baek (MBC, 2011)
The Duo (MBC, 2011)
Pure Pumpkin Flower (SBS, 2010)
Dae Mul (SBS, 2010)
My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (SBS, 2010)
I Am Legend (SBS, 2010)
Creating Destiny (MBC, 2009)
Can Anyone Love (SBS, 2009)
Tazza (SBS, 2008)
Chunja’s Happy Events (MBC, 2008)
Powerful Opponents (KBS2, 2008)
Life Special Investigation Team (MBC, 2008)
Yi San (MBC, 2008)
The Innocent Woman (KBS2, 2007)
Legend of Hyang Dan (MBC, 2007)
The Return of Shim Chung (KBS2, 2007)
Mun Hee (MBC, 2007)
101st Proposal (SBS, 2006)
The Book of Three Han (MBC, 2006)
Bad Family (SBS, 2006)
Fugitive Lee Doo Young (KBS2, 2006)
Ballad Of Suh Dong (SBS, 2005)
Love Hymn (MBC, 2005)
Smile Of Spring Day (MBC, 2005)
Old Miss Diary (KBS2, 2004)
The Age of Heroes (MBC, 2004)
Little Women (SBS, 2004)
Dog Bowl (SBS, 2004)
Desert Spring (MBC, 2003)
Dae Jang Geum (MBC, 2003)
My Fair Lady (SBS, 2003)
Buni (KBS1, 2003)
Forever Love (MBC, 2003)
All In (SBS, 2003)
The Maengs’ Golden Era (MBC, 2002)
Sunshine (MBC, 2002)
Everyday With You (MBC, 2001)
Sweet Bear (MBC, 2001)
Sangdo (MBC, 2001)
Rookie (SBS, 2000)
Great Great (SBS, 2000)
Huh Joon (MBC, 1999)
Rising Sun, Rising Moon (KBS1, 1999)
Queen (SBS, 1999)
Last War (MBC, 1999)
Seven Brides (SBS, 1998)
When She Beckons (KBS2, 1997)
Cinderella (MBC, 1997)
Women (SBS, 1997)
Im Kkeok Jung (SBS, 1996)
Their Embrace (MBC, 1996)
Do You Remember Love (MBC, 1995)
Sandglass (SBS, 1995)
Eyes of Dawn (MBC, 1991)
The Imjin War (MBC, 1985)
The Ume Tree in the Midst of the Snow (MBC, 1984)

Jung Kyung Ho -1983

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Jung Kyung Ho -1983

Name: 정경호 / Jung Kyung Ho (Jeong Kyeong Ho)
Also known as: Choung Kyung Ho
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1983-Aug-31
Birthplace: South Korea
Height: 184cm
Weight: 73kg
Star sign: Virgo
Blood type: B
Blood type: Father (PD, Producer) Jung Eul Young
Talent agency: SidusHQ
Education: Joong Ang University

TV Series

The Great Gye Choon Bin (KBS2, 2010)
Road Number One (MBC, 2010) cameo
Smile, You (SBS, 2009)
Ja Myung Go (SBS, 2009)
Time Between Dog and Wolf (MBC, 2007)
My Sweetheart My Darling (KBS1, 2005)
Sorry I Love You (KBS2, 2004)
Sweet 18 (KBS2, 2004)
You’re Gonna Know (KBS, 2004)

Kim Hye Soo

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Kim Hye Soo

Name: 김혜수 / Kim Hye Soo (Kim Hae Su)
Chinese Name: 金慧秀
Birthdate: 1970-Sep-05
Birthplace: Pusan, South Korea
Height: 168cm
Weight: 44kg
Star sign: Virgo
Blood type: A
Family: Five siblings including younger brothers actor Kim Dong Hyun and actor Kim Dong Hee
Talent agency: SidusHQ
Debut: 1986
Education: Dongkuk University (Drama-Cinema major); Sung Kyun Kwan University (Graduate School)
Interests: Music, reading, and photography
Excels in: Taekwando

Kim Sun Ah

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 Kim Sun Ah

Name: 김선아 / Kim Sun Ah (Kim Seon Ah)
Chinese Name: 金宣兒
Profession: Actress and model
Birthdate: 1975-Oct-1
Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea
Height: 170cm
Weight: 50kg
Star sign: Libra
Blood type: A
Family: One sister, younger brother
Talent agency: Yedang Entertainment
Education: Ball State University USA (Piano Major)
Talents: Playing the piano, swimming and figure Skating

TV Series