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[Drama Review] “High School: Love On” – Episode 9

By in News posted Oct September 30th, 2014 No comments

Seul Bi tries to console Woo Hyun

Seul Bi walks away with Sunbae and at the last minute, stops and tells him she"s not going back. She takes Woo Hyun back to the shop, but all he does is sleep. Later that night, Seul Bi talks to Sunbae, asking to see Grandma one more time. He says it"s beyond his power. Sung Yeol sees her talking to apparently thin air and asks her who she was talking to. Obviously, she tells him nothing. Friends visit the shop the next morning, but nothing rouses Woo Hyun. Sung Yeol comes by; he and Seul Bi look at recipes, prepare food together, and share a moment. Then two loan sharks burst into the shop and start ransacking the place. Apparently Woo Hyun"s father used the shop as collateral for a high-interest loan, but didn"t pay it back

Models Turned K-Drama Actors: Male Edition

By in News posted Oct September 30th, 2014 No comments


So many dramas seem to feature a scene in which the actors take a long leisurely stroll toward their goal, which is usually the woman they are about to confess their feelings to. It often looks as if the actors are strolling down the catwalk. But there"s a reason for that. So many k-drama actors started out as models and their long lanky good looks are part of the appeal.

A good example is the scene in "Personal Taste" where Lee Min Ho finally decides to tell Son Ye Jin that it"s "game over." He took so long to stroll over to her that viewers got a good look at every detail of the glossy suit he wore.

Models becoming actors is not a new trend. Song Seung Hoon, So Ji Sub, Cha Seung Won and Hyun Bin also started out as models. So did Jang Geun Suk, who began modeling as a child

"My Lovely Girl" Is A Big Hit In China

By in News posted Oct September 29th, 2014 No comments


Rain and Krystal"s drama "My Lovely Girl" is doing well among Chinese viewers.

SBS"s Wednesday-Thursday drama "My Lovely Girl" is raking in impressive views from Chinese audiences, as reflected in the show"s viewership from two of China"s largest video-hosting sites, Youku and Tudou.

It was reported "My Lovely Girl" received over 7.5 million views in its first day of broadcast, reaching more than 40 million views within its first ten days. As of writing, it is the most viewed Korean drama, and the third most viewed drama in China.

This shows that "My Lovely Girl" surpassed the hit dramas "Man From The Star" and "It"s Okay, It"s Love" when it comes to viewership for its first few days.

On the average, a Korean drama would reach around 150 million views over its broadcast period, and with the rising numbers of the viewers of "My Lovely Girl" for its first episodes, it would be no surprise if the drama reaches this figure soon

Idol TV and Why You Need to Tune In

By in News posted Oct September 26th, 2014 No comments
Idol TV and Why You Need to Tune In Written by Nabeela On September 26, 2014

I’m not a big drama fan, and it’s hard for me to follow weekly variety. When it comes to commitment to entertainment in general, serials are a greased pig, and I am the sad, desperate little woman just trying to hold on.

But perhaps my one of favorite things to watch is idol TV. The beauty of idol TV is that its mostly non-committal, as in there’s no serious story line one has to follow, and it’s utterly brainless, meaning you can just watch and enjoy. No emotional investment into unrealistically good looking chefs, spies, bosses, no dramatic plot twists that have you rewriting plotlines into fan fiction gold, no idol whose acting is just about as entertaining as the DMV. Idol TV is an arena for candidness, inconsistency, and overall goofiness that opens up any viewer to a whole new and organic side to the idols you already hate to love and love to hate

[Drama Review] “My Lovely Girl” – Episode 3

By in News posted Oct September 25th, 2014 No comments

The boys stop when Se Na hollers at them.

Hyun Wook formally introduces himself as the president of ANA Entertainment, and is beset by people working to take him down. He also inducts Se Na into Seo Jae Yoon"s songwriting team, but she will not be taken in until she passes the monthly review and is given no space to practice, burdened by menial tasks. Hyun Wook is sent to an important meeting with a potential investor who is a serious byuntae and uncle fan, but the new president botches the deal by bringing the investor"s wife around whom he won"t show any impropriety.

Meanwhile, Shi Woo throws a birthday bash, and bandmate Rae Hoon shows the crowd some rather unflattering footage of Shi Woo

[HanCinema"s Drama Review] “Blade Man” Episode 4

By in News posted Oct September 25th, 2014 No comments

Storywise, the elements are piling up to flesh out an interesting backstory. Hong-bin"s father may not have always been the monster he seems to be. His mother is a scarily stern woman who could be the mastermind behind the family, and Lee Mi-sook as Madam Yoon who runs Hong-bin"s household and has a connection to his father. It"s a broken fraternity that means little now save for the fact that there is tragedy in the family that has harmed Hong-bin and his teenaged brother Hong-joo.

Lee Dong-wook and Sin Se-kyeong are performing well. On occasion they overact and that pulls the scene out of the moment. For Lee it is when he gets angry and he grimaces. At first it fit perfectly with the caricature of a man he was, but as he is fleshed out as a character, it becomes too much. For Shin it is when she is trying to portray light-hearted happiness - it seems forced on occasion

Shim Eun Kyung is a lovely Seol Nae Il in the still cuts for “Tomorrow Cantabile”

By in News posted Oct September 24th, 2014 No comments

Actress Shim Eun Kyung is living up her character at least in the still cuts of Seol Nae Il for upcoming Korean remake of  "Tomorrow Cantabile".

Four shots of Shim Eun Kyung as her character is released showing the free-spirited, bubbly and lovely character of Nae Il. In the drama, she is a genius pianist who has a 4D personality. She is also clumsy and often causes trouble but her piano skills is very outstanding. She has a crush towards the arrogant and aspiring conductor Cha Yoo Jin (Joo Won).

Meanwhile, the remake of the hit drama airs on October 13 taking over the KBS2 Mon & Tue 21:55 time slot occupied by "Discovery of Love".

[Original Feature] Then and Now: T-ara

By in News posted Oct September 23rd, 2014 No comments

T-ara first took the K-pop world by storm in 2009. Having trained for 3 years, they were initially called the "Super Rookies" and later adopted the name T-ara. They were originally a quintet before they lost two members over creative differences, and Boram, Soyeon, and Qri joined the group. They quickly became known for slow songs such as "Lies" and "Good Person," and showed an impressive vocal range, creating soulful ballads layered with catchy, sincere-sounding raps.

T-ara debuted with a handful of singles, including a collaboration with the boy band Supernova, "TTL (Time to Love)," which became both bands" first chart-topper. Due to the popularity of "TTL," a second collaboration with Supernova spawned "TTL Listen 2," before the girls released their one and only full album (all their other releases in the Korean market are mini-albums), "Absolute First Album

Rain And Krystal Are Having Difficulty Acting In "My Lovely Girl"

By in News posted Oct September 23rd, 2014 No comments


Despite working in the entertainment industry like their characters in the drama "My Lovely Girl," singers Rain and f(x)"s Krystal are finding it difficult to portray the lives of their drama counterparts.

In the drama, Rain portrays the character Lee Hyun Wook, the CEO, producer, and composer of the fictional AnA Entertainment.

Similarly, he is heavily involved in the entertainment industry as a Hallyu artist, was the CEO and founder of the company J.Tune Entertainment, and acted as a producer and composer for the male idol group MBLAQ.

Krystal"s character Yoon Se Na is a young adult who dreams of becoming a singer and producer, and becomes a trainee at the entertainment company that Rain"s character heads.

Likewise, Krystal was a trainee in SM Entertainment, her management company, before she debuted as an idol singer in the girl group f(x)

Singers Lyn and Lee Soo get hitched

By in News posted Oct September 22nd, 2014 No comments

Lyn and Lee Soo

Solo artist Lyn, 33, and MC The MAX lead singer Lee Soo, 33, got married last Friday and left to honeymoon in France yesterday, local media said.The wedding was held at the Conrad Seoul, a 38-story luxury hotel in Yeouido, western Seoul, owned by Hilton. Guests included members of girl group Sistar, R&B singer K. Will, K-pop diva Ailee and Hwan-hee of the duo Fly to the Sky. The ceremony comes five months after the K-pop couple announced their engagement in April, and about a year and a half since they acknowledged their relationship in April of last year. Their agency, Music&New, said in a press release that the two, who used to work together, took their relationship to the next level. Lee Soo announced on his Twitter account afterwards that he and Lyn have become a "perfect sentence" with "no need for any other rhetoric"

Jang Hyuk Is Pleased With the Success Of ‘Fated To Love You’

By in News posted Oct September 22nd, 2014 No comments


The Korean remake of the Taiwanese drama "Fated To Love You" did well in Korea, earning Nielsen ratings that averaged 9.8 percent nationwide. And now the remake is also doing well in China.

Chinese audiences were so eager to see the remake that the broadcasting rights were sold for $120,000 an episode, making it the most expensive Korean drama sold in China at the time. And the drama"s first episodes got 200 million views on Sohu.com, the online TV station owned bySohu, a Chinese Internet company.

The drama"s star Jang Hyuk recently spoke with JoongAng Ilbo about the drama, about what prompted him to take the role and how much he enjoyed reuniting with his co-star Jang Nara.

In "Fated To Love You" the 37-year-old actor played Lee Gun, the heir to a conglomerate

Chinese are loving the latest MBC drama: An interview with Jang Hyeok

By in News posted Oct September 22nd, 2014 No comments

The MBC drama "Fated to Love You" (2014), which aired its final episode in Korea just two weeks ago, is starting to gain popularity in China. The television series about a spoiled chaebol heir (Jang Hyeok, 37) who gets an ordinary woman (Jang Nara, 33) pregnant, recently garnered 200 million views on Sohu.com, an online television station operated by Sohu, a Chinese Internet company. Sohu held a press banquet to celebrate the feat Tuesday at the Shilla Hotel in central Seoul.The following is an edited excerpt compiled by the JoongAng Ilbo of questions and answers exchanged between reporters and Jang.Q. What were you most concerned about before playing a comic role in the drama?A. Right after watching the original Taiwanese version [from 2008], I consulted a lot with the producers and scriptwriters

Series Overview: Fated to Love You is a Bundle of Laughter and Tears

By in News posted Oct September 20th, 2014 No comments
Series Overview: Fated to Love You is a Bundle of Laughter and Tears Written by Joyce On September 20, 2014

On the back of the finale of Fated to Love You, I’d like to say that the show will stay in my memory as the drama with the best character interpretations. It features the reunion of Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara, who starred together in Successful Story of a Bright Girl ten years ago. While Fated‘s plot is nothing out of the ordinary, the characters are really what steal the show and cement it as one of my favourite dramas ever.

If you’ve seen the Taiwanese version, you’d have a good sense of the plot – a one night stand, a pregnancy, a forced marriage, and then, a miscarriage. Cue angst with a capital ‘a’

Upcoming Drama “Doctor Frost” Holds Its First Script Reading with Song Chang Ui and Jung Eun Chae Among Others

By in News posted Oct September 20th, 2014 No comments

Recently, the actors and actresses for the upcoming OCN drama “Doctor Frost” held their first script reading. Photos from this event were later released by the production team on September 19.

“Doctor Frost” is based on a webtoon of the same name by author Lee Jong Bum. It is about a genius psychologist, Doctor Frost, who officially (and unofficially) assists the investigative team in solving crimes. Song Chang Ui will play the main lead, Doctor Frost. Jung Eun Chae will be the female lead, Yoon Sung Ah, who is a cheerful but meddlesome character. Supporting the leads will be Sung Ji Roo, Lee Yoon Ji, and Choi Jung Woo.

The production team of “Doctor Frost” revealed, “The first script reading took place this past September 15

[Drama Review] “My Lovely Girl” – Episode 2

By in News posted Oct September 19th, 2014 No comments
"My Lovely Girl" - Episode 2

Washing the dog

Se Na, having been fired from her hotel job, goes and gets another job at a lunch place, delivering take-out on a scooter. During a delivery, she runs into Shi Woo and spurns his advances. Hyun Wook continually calls her for take-out, having bought a house in Seoul. Both of them, of course, know this is a ruse to see her every day, leading to some funny and charming scenes. Hae Yoon hits on Hyun Wook during a housewarming party, but he just assumes she"s drunk and pushes her away.

That night, Hyun Wook sees Se Na getting chased by thugs. Trying to help her escape, he saves her from getting mowed down by a truck with an improperly set parking brake. She gets fired because the thugs come by the shop, too, so Hyun Wook hires Se Na to be his dog sitter

It’s Okay, That’s Love, Episodes 5-8: Couples, Consent and Coitus

By in News posted Oct September 19th, 2014 No comments
It’s Okay, That’s Love, Episodes 5-8: Couples, Consent and Coitus Written by Alolika On September 19, 2014

“They did it! They did it! They did it!! Yeah!”

But I am not rejoicing because “it” – my juvenile euphemism for “sex” – was the most anticlimactic resolution to Hae-soo’s (Gong Hyo-jin) sexual anxiety (no pun intended). However, before I get down to the issues I have with the eighth episode in particular, let me broadly outline the problems the narrative is developing as the show continues (or considering my delay, the show has continued).

What felt like a strained connection between the two focuses of the drama – psychiatry and love – is now at one level, completely wrenched apart and at another level, intermingled with the purpose of sentimentalization

Sooyoung and Kam Woo Sung practice their script together in a BTS photo from “My Spring Day”

By in News posted Oct September 19th, 2014 No comments

Although Girls" Generation"s Sooyoung and Kam Woo Sung have a love-hate relationship on screen, they looked like caring colleagues in a BTS photo from MBC"s Wed-Thurs drama "My Spring Day"!

Sooyoung affectionally patted Kam Woo Sung"s head to practice their heartfelt scene in which Kang Dong Ha (Kam Woo Sung) confesses his gratitude towards Lee Bom Yi (Sooyoung) and Lee Bom Yi shows her growing feelings towards him by patting his head. Their chemistry was evident by the tender and sweet look in their eyes and made fans look forward to their budding romance.

Are you enjoying the drama so far?

Lyn Gets Royalty Treatment in China for “My Love from the Stars” Soundtrack

By in News posted Oct September 19th, 2014 No comments

On a recent episode of “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook,” singer Lyn appeared as a guest and sang the popular soundtrack for “My Love from the Stars,” “My Destiny.” She revealed that the soundtrack is gaining as much popularity as the drama itself. She became the first Korean female ballad singer to debut in China. She also revealed that she received royalty treatment while she was there.

In other news, Lyn also sang her newest track, “Thank You My Dear,” which has been known to be a song for her husband-to-be Lee Soo. The track was made by Lyn two years ago, expressing her feelings towards her boyfriend. Two years later Lee Soo finally heard it, and it’s been reported that he showed tears while he listened to it

[Spoiler] “My Lovely Girl” Krystal falls for Rain

By in News posted Oct September 19th, 2014 No comments

Krystal fell for Rain in the second episode.

On the second episode of the SBS drama "My Lovely Girl", Yoon Sena (Krystal) started to feel strange towards Lee Hyeon-wook (Rain).

Lee Hyeon-wook began to fully help Sena who was the sister of his past lover. He was hit by a car instead of Sena when she was being chased down by some men and he hired her as a pet sitter for 20,000 won an hour.

Because of his graciousness, Sena"s friend Yoon So-eun (Lee Si-ah) suspected that he liked her and Sena too began to misunderstand that he did.

Sena started to like Hyeon-wook and when they left on a trip to the sea together and were noticed as a couple; she was very happy. She has yet to find out that he was the boyfriend of her late sister

First Episode Of 'My Lovable Girl' Lands In Second Place

By in News posted Oct September 18th, 2014 No comments


"My Lovable Girl," the new drama starring Rain and f(x)"s Krystal Jung started off in second place with viewer ratings of 8.2 percent. It followed "It"s Okay It"s Love" which recorded ratings of 12.9 percent for its final episode.

Also known as "My Lovely Girl," the drama began with a tragic car accident that demonstrated why each of the main characters is so scarred by past events. Rain plays producer and songwriter Lee Hyun Wook who spent the last few years hiding away after he lost his girlfriend in that accident. He meets Krystal"s character Yoon Se Na because his dog takes a liking to her. Also a songwriter, Yoon Se Na has run out of options in life and is pretending to be someone else. While trying to interest music producers in her songwriting talents, she has a run in with an arrogant star, played expertly by Infinite"s L