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1. Kara’s Nicole Quietly Goes to the U.S.A. to Prepare for Solo Comeback
2. Sasaeng Fan Sells EXO Members’ Underwear
3. Puer Kim Refutes Rumors That Her MV Disses YG and SM
4. Actors Cha Seung Won, Lim Yae Jin, and Jang Hyun Sung Sign Exclusive Contract with YG Entertainment
5. Eun Ji Won Worries That There Are Too Many Sexy Concept Girl Groups
Last year, we had Chil Bong (Yoo Yeon Seok) and Young Do (Kim Woo Bin) scoring points with the ladies. Both were second leads in highly popular dramas, “Reply 1994” and “The Heirs” respectively.
Their potential successors? None other than Park Hae Jin from SBS drama “Man from the Stars” and Ji Chang Wook from MBC sageuk “Empress Ki.” Both dramas are doing very well in ratings, and while there are some big names attached to both dramas, let’s not forget that these two second leads have also seen their popularity soar.
Park Hae Jin plays Hwi Kyung in “Man from the Stars,” while Ji Chang Wook plays Yuan Emperor Ta Hwan in “Empress Ki,” and while both enjoy privileged statuses as chaebol and emperor respectively, they’re in second place when it comes to love
A photo of actor Jin Yi Han and actress Ha Ji Won posing affectionately has been revealed.
On January 22, Jin Yi Han revealed this photo with Ha Ji Won on his Twitter account.
To accompany the photo, he wrote “Seung Nyang and Tal Tal.” In the revealed photograph, Ha Ji Won and Jin Yi Han posed with a victory sign and smiled brightly for the camera. In the photograph, Jin Yi Han wore armor and Ha Ji Won wore a traditional Korean hanbok.
Netizens positively commented, “Seung Nyang and Tal Tal look good together” and “the drama filming set has a great working atmosphere”.
Ha Ji Won and Jin Yi Han are currently starring in the MBC historical drama “Empress Ki” along with actors Joo Jin Mo and Ji Chang Wook. Ha Ji Won plays the role of Ki Seung Nyang who later becomes Empress Gi of Yuan Dynasty
“Empress Ki” – Episode 21 - Episode 22 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
I’ve been involved with this drama since the beginning and have met some truly wonderful people at the Soompi thread but I have to say, Rinchan’s posts are mature, patient and though-provoking. I (and many others) look forward to reading her posts so I asked her to co-recap Empress Ki. The Couch Kimchi ladies and I are hoping she’ll enjoy this experience so much that she’ll want to stick around and write about other dramas. *hehehe* So please welcome our first guest-writer – Rinchan!
Rinchan: Thanks again for the invitation, as well as the warm welcome. Empress Ki is the first drama that I have ever decided to post my thoughts on in Soompi and the people there, including Tess, have made it a fun, interesting place to not only share your thoughts, but read the thoughts of others
Although it brought in a twist on Tuesday night, KBS’ Prime Minister and I stayed low in the ratings game.
Just as Kwon Yul (Lee Bum Soo) finally decided to move on from his dead wife and open up his heart for Nam Da Jung (Yoona), it was revealed that Kwon Yul’s dead wife was actually not dead and still alive, bringing an unexpected love triangle into the picture.
Despite the twist, Prime Minister and I dropped 0.1 percent compared to the previous ratings.
MBC’s Empress Ki, on the other hand, hit its all-time high with 22.6 percent as Ki Seung Nyang (Ha Ji Won) officially began her revenge.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
1. MBC Empress Ki 20
Actress Ha Ji Won talked about filming the difficult childbirth scene in “Empress Ki” at a press conference for the drama on January 20.
She said, “Rather than the action [being difficult], I got pregnant and had to have a child in a cave. It was the hardest thing for me since I started acting. I almost even passed out.”
“I had to do the scene in a block of ice about 10cm thick. My whole body went numb and I felt like I was turning into ice. When I came out, the staff started massaging my body to get the blood flowing, but it felt like my body was going to shatter, so I told them to stop. Portraying emotions that come from a very extreme situation was very difficult.”
“Seeing that I didn’t have much action, but a pregnancy scene instead, and that I would have to portray the emotions of a woman having a fatherless child all in a single episode, I was really on edge
While it might have been a low point for Ki Seung Nyang (Ha Ji Won)’s life, MBC’s Empress Ki was in high spirits, recording its highest ratings to date.
On Monday night, Empress Ki hit 20.8 percent. Its previous record was 20.3 percent, showing a rise of 0.5 percent since then.
The episode brought several dramatic moments, such as the loss of a baby, the false news of a death, and a birth secret in the making.
With these events continuing to pour out, viewers are paying close attention to how these conflicts will be resolved in the near future.
Monday, January 20, 2014
1. MBC Empress Ki 20.8
2. SBS A Warm Word 10.8
Name: 장동직 / Jang Dong Jik
Star sign: Leo
King’s Dream (KBS1, 2012)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011)
Kim Soo Ro (MBC, 2010)
Empress Chun Chu (KBS2, 2009)
Money’s Warfare (SBS, 2007)
Good Day to Love (SBS, 2007)
Outrageous Women (MBC, 2006)
That Woman (SBS, 2005)
My Rosy Life (KBS1, 2005)
Old Miss Diary (KBS2, 2004)
Argon (MBC, 2003)
Ice Flower (SBS, 2002)
Rustic Period (SBS, 2002)
MBC’s Empress Ki reentered the 20s again on Tuesday night, hitting its highest ratings of 20.3 percent. Its previous highest was 20.2 percent.
Empress Ki continues attract viewers with its talented cast and tightly knit story that has grabbed the viewers’ attention since episode one, leaving no room to wonder why the drama maintained its number one stop.
SBS’ A Warm Word also rose with its complicated love lines and affairs. KBS’ Prime Minister and I dropped once again.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
1. MBC Empress Ki 19.6 →20.3
2. SBS A Warm Word 9.9 →10.2
3. KBS Prime Minister and I 6
“Empress Ki” – Episode 19 - 20 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
I was going insane for new episodes of Empress Ki (and waiting for subs) to the point that I started to forget what this drama was about. (LOL) The award shows were nice, it was fun seeing our cast sitting together, laughing and talking. And it was really nice to see them win! But I wanted to get back to the show, I was up very early to catch both episodes live. Let’s talk about what happened!
The first of our love-triangle to Ki’s rescue is Wang Yoo. He stops Ki-Se and starts to carry her out only to be confronted with Ta Hwan, who demands he put Ki down. When Ta Hwan is informed that Wang Yoo not only has El Terror’s permission but that Ki has been released from servitude, he’s angry and shocked. I loved this because like many of you, I’m tired of seeing Ki serve tea
“Empress Ki” Episode 17 - 18 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
Things moved along nicely, I’m happy with the pace since we have a long ways to go. We have a curse to deal with and we got to see a jealous Goryeo King! I’m thisclose to boarding the WY/SN ship but who knows where I’ll be next week. (LOL) My mind changes on an hourly basis.
We open on Wang Yoo flashing back on the intimate scene on the bridge. He breaks the cup he’s holding in frustration (anger? sadness? all of these?) cutting his hand. Ta Hwan watches Ki and teases that she only allowed him her back – why not a hug? (LOL) He suddenly pulls her close and covers her ears, telling her he wants to challenge El Terror but that she witnessed him weak makes him want to die. Can she hear him? If so, she pretends that she can’t.
While Ki reads to Ta Hwan, Wang Yoo is outside shooting arrows
“Empress Ki” – Episode 15 - 16 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
When I started this weeks recap, I realized I’d much rather just talk about what’s going on that do a scene-by-scene recap. I hope you don’t mind this sudden departure from my regular pattern! We’ll see how it goes, I might just do it this way from now on.
This week, we see Wang Yoo stepping up his plans to gain back his throne by defeating El Terror. It’s interesting that almost everyone wants to get rid of El Terror but Wang Yoo is the only person so far to take any actual steps towards this goal. I know Baek-Ahn and Tal Tal murdered one of El Terror’s men but it was my thinking that had to do with keeping El Terror from finding the Blood Vow before they do. Even if they find it, I’m not sure at this point what they would do with it
It isn’t the lowest we′ve seen, but KBS’ Prime Minster and I continued its reign over last place with lower ratings.
On Monday night, Prime Minister and I recorded 6.9 percent in ratings, slipping back from its previous 7.3 percent.
The lowered ratings come from an episode that included a kiss, a special serenade from Lee Bum Soo, and a cameo appearance from EXO’s Suho.
As EXO’s Suho is expected to appear for a longer period of time in the following episodes, perhaps Prime Minster and I will see the EXO effect in the coming days, especially since nothing else seems to be working against such a big rival like MBC′s Empress Ki.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Name: 임혁 / Im Hyuk (Lim Hyeok)
Real name: 임정혁 / Im Jung Hyuk
Birthplace: South Korea
Star sign: Gemini
King’s Dream (KBS1, 2012)
New Tales of Gisaeng (SBS, 2011)
Giant (SBS, 2010)
Merchant Kim Man Deok (KBS1, 2010)
Empress Chun Chu (KBS2, 2009)
Strongest Chil Woo (KBS2, 2008)
Dae Jo Yeong (KBS1, 2006)
Shin Don (MBC, 2005)
King’s Woman (SBS, 2003)
Age of Warriors (KBS1, 2003)
Empress Myung Sung (KBS2, 2001)
Ladies of the Palace (SBS, 2001)
King and Queen (KBS1, 1998)
Tears of the Dragon (KBS1, 1996)
West Palace (KBS2, 1995)
Han Myung Hoe (KBS2, 1994)
Daewongun (MBC, 1990)
Independence Gate 독립문 (KBS1, 1984)
2007 KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Dae Jo Yeong
In her recent photographs, actress Ha Ji Won has shown her ability to immerse into her character for her new drama through her transformation as a man. On January 10, Ha Ji Won has uploaded a photograph of herself on Instagram with a short description of it- “Perfect Transformation.” The revealed photograph is of Ha Ji Won wearing a traditional Korean hat and clothing. In her hand, she is intensely reading the drama script. Not only has Ha Ji Won dressed in traditional Korean outfit worn by males, but she has also disguised herself with a mustache and round-rimmed sunglasses.
She also revealed additional photos of herself in the same outfit with the captions “Who am I?’” and “No one knows.”
It seems these photos are from the time she was filming “The Huntresses” in which she plays a Joseon era bounty hunter
MBC is really, really not giving up on this Dae Jang Geum 2 idea, and is in the thick of plans (again) to bring it about (again). But at least things are shaping up more plausibly this time, because Dae Jang Geum 2 has gotten on the broadcast schedule for this fall, according to a rep with MBC.
However, while one drama secured its space on the schedule, another has lost its slot: Sageuk series Unprecedented (from the Tree With Deep Roots writers) is getting “postponed indefinitely.” It’s not losing out directly to Dae Jang Geum 2, but the two scenarios are somewhat related. Unprecedented (planned for 50 episodes) had been angling for the Monday-Tuesday slot after Empress Ki ends in April, but with Dae Jang Geum 2 on the books for fall, the schedules don’t quite line up
Girl group SISTAR is currently in Hong Kong filming a reality show attracting a global audience. On January 5, the girl group posted a picture of themselves in Hong Kong on their Twitter page along with the message, “We are filming in Hong Kong! Dasom is currently working hard filming her drama ‘SoNaTa‘ so she couldn’t come… We miss you Somah… We also love you.”
In the picture we see members Soyu, Hyorin and Bora playfully posing in front of a tour bus. Meanwhile, member Dasom is currently busy filming her popular KBS drama “Love Rides the Song.” The drama is also known as “SoNaTa,” which is a combination of the first syllables of each word in the Korean title of the drama.
Soyu also posted a photo of herself on her Twitter wearing the same very stylish outfit and a cafe
Name: 현석 / Hyun Suk (Hyeon Seok)
Real name: 백석현 / Baek Suk Hyun
Birthplace: Daejeon, South Korea
Star sign: Aries
Panda and Hedgehog (Channel A, 2012)
The Empress (E-Channel, 2011)
You Are My Destiny (KBS1, 2008)
I Love You (SBS, 2008)
Hwang Jin Yi (KBS2, 2006)
Miracle (MBC, 2006)
Love Can’t Wait (MBC, 2006)
Dear Heaven (SBS, 2005)
Beautiful Temptation (KBS2, 2004)
Merry Go Round (MBC, 2003)
Swan Lake (MBC, 2003)
Sun Duk (MBC, 2003)
On the Prairie (KBS2, 2003)
Kitchen Maid (MBC, 2002)
Romance (MBC, 2002)
Glass Slippers (SBS, 2002)
Empress Myung Sung (KBS2, 2001)
Her House (MBC, 2001)
Hong Guk Young (MBC, 2001)
Snowflakes (MBC, 2000)
All About Eve (MBC, 2000)
King and Queen (KBS1, 1998)
Into The Storm (KBS2, 1997)
Last Lovers (MBC, 1994)
Daewongun (MBC, 1990)
Pa Mun (MBC, 1989)
The Imjin War (MBC, 1985)
The King of Chudong Palace (MBC, 1983)
On Tuesday night, Kwon Yul (Lee Bum Soo) made a move after tiptoeing around Nam Da Jung (Yoona) and his feelings for her.
It must be the miracle of love, because ratings for KBS’ Prime Minister and I did not decrease at all. The ratings didn’t increase either, but for Prime Minster and I to stay past the five percent range, it is something to be excited for as the drama previously struggled with lower ratings.
Meanwhile, MBC’s Empress Ki climbed up to 19.1 while SBS’ A Warm Word entered into two digits with 10.5 percent.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
1. MBC Empress Ki 17.9 →19.1
2. SBS A Warm Word 8
Actor Cha Seung Won is apparently considering offers to join SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama “You’re Surrounded.”
“You’re Surrounded” is expected to follow after “Three Days,” which will begin airing in February. Cha Seung Won had planned to work on MBC Monday-Tuesday sageuk drama “Unprecedented,” but with production being postponed indefinitely, he’s had to reconsider his next move.
According to a representative, he’s said to be “positively considering the offer.” The representative added that, “If he decides to join the project, it’ll definitely help move casting along.”
“You’re Surrounded” will tell the story of new police recruits in their 20s, with the main characters detectives known as the “Youth Gang of Four