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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’

Digital Video Network DramaFever Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Exclusive Fall Premieres

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

Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres

DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles. DramaFever began as the North American home for Korean dramas in 2009 – and has since brought this addictive genre to U.S. Millennials of all ethnicities and backgrounds. The network has grown from 2.5 million unique monthly viewers in 2012 to 10 million in 2013 and more than 20 million today

K-Drama To Watch: 'My Secret Hotel'

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

 

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Jin Yi Han, Yoo In Na, and Nam Goong Min on the set of "My Secret Hotel."

“My Secret Hotel” starring Yoo In Na, Nam Goong Min, and Jin Yi Han is one of the quirkiest K-Dramas currently airing.

Yoo In Na stars as Nam Sang Hyo, the manager of the wedding planning department at The Secret Hotel. The Secret Hotel is a renowned hotel but the wedding department becomes the subject of rumors involving the short marriage span of its newlyweds.

Sang Hyo maintains the secret of her short-lived Las Vegas marriage to Gu Hae Young (Jin Yi Han) while planning his wedding to Jung Soo Ah (Ha Yeon Joo). As Sang Hyo struggles with her remaining feelings for her ex-husband, she becomes involved with the hotel manager, Jo Seung Gyeom (Nam Goong Min)

3 Taiwanese Dramas That Need Korean Remakes Stat

By in News posted Oct September 18th, 2014 No comments
3 Taiwanese Dramas That Need Korean Remakes Stat Written by Lo On September 18, 2014

Everything has a secret, even K-pop and the world it opens for people. Korean music leads to Korean dramas. Appearances in Japan introduce fans to J-pop and anime. Anime leads to manga and J-dramas. Of course, you can start with any of those things and find your way around that whole web. But there’s one thing that often eludes fans, an island unto itself, cut off from the Hallyu wave: Taiwan. More specifically, Taiwanese dramas.

Taiwan has as long a history with dramas as Korea but has tended to import rather than export entertainment. The result is a entertainment culture that has been influenced by other cultures and has evolved as a result but hasn’t influenced those same cultures in return. Thus, T-dramas have a different set of usual mores and rules — college settings far outpace high schools, tones are closer to reality, and they’re far more risqué — than Korean ones

[Spoiler] Added episode 3 captures for the Korean drama “Reset”

By in News posted Oct September 9th, 2014 No comments

Added episode 3 captures for the Korean drama "Reset" (2014)Directed by Kim Yong-gyoonWritten by Jang Hyeok-rinNetwork : OCNWith Cheon Jeong-myeong, Kim So-hyeon-I, Park Won-sang, Sin Eun-jeong, Song Ha-yoon, Jeong Gyoo-soo,...10 episodes - Sun 23:00SynopsisA thriller about a man who is about to be barred from statute and goes through a series of events due to the crime he committed 15 years ago.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2014/08/24

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Dramas big on video-streaming site

By in News posted Oct September 8th, 2014 No comments

According to Park Suk, CEO and co-founder of DramaFever, Korean dramas will hold sway over global content from next year onward."There are several platforms, including video-streaming sites the world over, and Korean dramas are the most in-demand among viewers worldwide", he said Wednesday at Broadcast Worldwide 2014, the largest international broadcasting trade fair, held at COEX, southern Seoul.Park, who has a master"s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School and previously worked as a media industry analyst, was the keynote speaker at the event.Established in 2009, DramaFever is a video-streaming website that offers on-demand documentaries, movies and television programs with subtitles. With 18 million subscribers, it is the biggest content-streaming website for Asian dramas in the United States and has won contracts with both YouTube and Amazon to supply content

Alien love story steals the show at Seoul drama festival

By in News posted Oct September 5th, 2014 No comments

Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I walks down the red carpet prior to the Seoul International Drama Awards 2014 held at the National Theater of Korea on September 4.

"My Love from the Star", an SBS soap opera that has garnered a huge fan base at home and across mainland China, has stolen the show once again. The megahit drama won a total of four awards during the Seoul International Drama Awards 2014 (SIDA), one of the world"s biggest international television soap opera festivals, that was held at the National Theater of Korea on September 4. "My Love from the Star" had the honor of winning the prize for Outstanding Hallyu TV Series. Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I, who plays Do Min-jun in the TV show, captured two prizes, the Netizen Popularity Award and the Best Actor for Outstanding Hallyu TV Series. Do is an alien that arrived on earth 400 years ago during Joseon times (1392-1910)

Ex-Kara Member Jiyoung to Star in Supernatural Japanese Drama

By in News posted Oct September 4th, 2014 No comments

Former Kara star Jiyoung has been confirmed to star in a Japanese drama called “Hell Teacher Nube,” a story about a ghostbusting schoolteacher, according to Japanese media outlet Oricon Style. The series is adapted from an animated novel series first published in the early 1990s.

Jiyoung will play the role of Yukime, a supernatural character known for causing trouble and for her stubborn and possessive character.

Jiyoung explained, “I have been very interested in Japanese ghost stories from an early age. I think I have a lot in common with Yukime. Whenever she starts something, she becomes deeply involved with it right away. I will do my best to portray the character well.”

A member of the drama’s production team explained, “Jiyoung looks very innocent, but has a mischievous smile

A Korean drama sold to China at a record high of $3.2 million

By in News posted Oct September 4th, 2014 No comments

"My Lovely Girl", a new Korean television series to be aired by SBS, a major broadcasting network, on Sep. 17, has been sold at the record price of 200,000 US dollars per episode.

SBS said on Tuesday that it signed a copyright contract over the series with Youku Tudou, China`s largest video hosting website. The series has 16 episodes and the total price is up to 3.2 billion won (3.2 million dollars). "Fated to Love You", an MBC series starring actor Jang Hyeok and actress Jang Nara, and "It"s Okay, That"s Love", an SBS series starring actor Jo In-Seong and actress Kong Hyo-jin, had been sold to China at the highest price of 120,000 dollars per episode.

Rain returns to acting with "My Lovely Girl" in four years. He grew popular in China with Full House with actress Song Hye-kyo

[Spoiler] Added episodes 1 and 2 captures for the Korean drama “Reset”

By in News posted Oct September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Added episodes 1 and 2 captures for the Korean drama "Reset" (2014)Directed by Kim Yong-gyoonWritten by Jang Hyeok-rinNetwork : OCNWith Cheon Jeong-myeong, Kim So-hyeon-I, Park Won-sang, Sin Eun-jeong, Song Ha-yoon, Jeong Gyoo-soo,...10 episodes - Sun 23:00SynopsisA thriller about a man who is about to be barred from statute and goes through a series of events due to the crime he committed 15 years ago.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2014/08/24

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Why Audiences Are Concerned About American Adaptations Of K-Dramas

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


The "Reply" series and "Good Doctor" are among upcoming American K-Drama adaptations.

 On August 29, KBS released a statement confirming the adaptation of "Good Doctor" by CBS. CBS approved production on the American adaptation following a pitch meeting which was held on August 8.

At the helm of production for this project is a company called 3AD, which should not be confused with the indie rock label 4AD. 3AD was founded by Daniel Dae Kim of “Hawaii Five-O” and “Lost” fame. The objective of 3AD is to adapt Korean dramas for American television viewers.

“Good Doctor” starred Joo Won as Park Shi On, a developmentally disabled man who endured physical abuse as a miner"s son to become a pediatric surgery resident

Have You Seen The Chinese Versions Of These Favorite K-Dramas?

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

 

If you"re enjoying the funny and tear-inducing scenes in the current k-drama "Fated To Love You," you may want to check out the Chinese version. The k-drama starring Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Wang Ji Won and Choi Jin Hyuk is a remake of a Taiwanese drama of the same name.

In the 2008 Taiwanese drama the Jang Nara role is played by Joe Chen and Ethan Juan plays the Jang Hyuk role. Baron Chen plays the Choi Jin Hyuk role and Bianca Bai takes on the Wang Ji Won role. The series scored the highest average single episode rating in China and won several awards.

But "Fated To Love You" is not the first k-drama remake of a Taiwanese drama. One of the best-known k-dramas, often described as the gateway drama, is "Boys Over Flowers." Although it is based on a Japanese manga "Hani Yori Dango," it aired as two seasons of "Meteor Garden" before the Korean version

[Spoiler] Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama “Reset”

By in News posted Oct August 27th, 2014 No comments

Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama "Reset" (2014)Directed by Kim Yong-gyoonWritten by Jang Hyeok-rinNetwork : OCNWith Cheon Jeong-myeong, Kim So-hyeon-I, Park Won-sang, Sin Eun-jeong, Song Ha-yoon, Jeong Gyoo-soo,...10 episodes - Sun 23:00SynopsisA thriller about a man who is about to be barred from statute and goes through a series of events due to the crime he committed 15 years ago.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2014/08/24

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8 gorgeous Korean actresses in their 30s

By in News posted Oct August 26th, 2014 No comments

It’s about time we show our love and respect for our favorite women in their 30s gracing our TV (or computer) screens with their beauty. Here are eight of those talented actresses who effortlessly prove that aging might be something to look forward to after all.

1. Choi Ji Woo

We start off strong, seeing as Choi Ji Woo is 38 and still wowing us to this day. Many fans know her from her emotional performance in Winter Sonata, but she can now be seen playing the titular character in the newly premiered The Suspicious Housekeeper.

2. Song Hye Kyo

Another actress well-known for her work in the seasonal Endless Love series, Song Hye Kyo is 31 and possibly—probably—even more beautiful than she was ten years ago

Producers Of 'The Face Reader' File Lawsuit Against 'The King's Face' Drama

By in News posted Oct August 26th, 2014 No comments

 

It"s not unusual for films to inspire a drama version of the same story. But the makers of the hit film "The Face Reader" have filed an injunction against the producers of the drama "The King"s Face" in Seoul District Court. Jupiter Films is requesting that production be halted on the KBS drama, citing a violation of copyright.

Kangho, the legal firm representing "The Face Reader," says that the drama plagiarizes the film"s story.

The film tells the story of a face reader, a man who determines a person"s character and future based on facial features, and how he changes the political future of King Suyang. The 2013 film starred Song Kang Ho, Lee Jung Jae and Lee Jong Suk. The award-winning film is one of the most-viewed Korean films of all time

Top 10 Most Kindhearted And Giving Korean Actors and Actresses

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

Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it’s nice to recognize some K-drama stars who show gratitude for their success by giving back to the community. Sometimes it seems like K-drama actors and actresses are always involved in relationship scandals, but this is the good kind of fame—the charitable kind that brings awareness to important causes. Fighting!

1. Won Bin

Autumn in My Heart"s Won Bin has been an official UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007. His recent work has included raising funds for vaccination efforts and disease treatment.

2-4. Song Joong Ki, Park Yoo Chun, and Lee Jong Suk

All three of these in-demand actors have been involved with the Good-Hearted Library Project, where they use their voice talents to create audiobooks for the visually impaired

Korean drama starting today 2014/08/24 in Korea

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

Korean drama starting today 2014/08/24 in Korea: "Reset"

"Reset" (2014)Directed by Kim Yong-gyoonWritten by Jang Hyeok-rinNetwork : OCNWith Cheon Jeong-myeong, Kim So-hyeon-I, Park Won-sang, Sin Eun-jeong, Song Ha-yoon, Jeong Gyoo-soo,...10 episodes - Sun 23:00SynopsisA thriller about a man who is about to be barred from statute and goes through a series of events due to the crime he committed 15 years ago.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2014/08/24

Top 10 Most Kindhearted And Giving K-Drama Stars

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

Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it’s nice to recognize some K-drama stars who show gratitude for their success by giving back to the community. Sometimes it seems like K-drama actors and actresses are always involved in relationship scandals, but this is the good kind of fame—the charitable kind that brings awareness to important causes. Fighting!

1. Won Bin

Autumn in My Heart"s Won Bin has been an official UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007. His recent work has included raising funds for vaccination efforts and disease treatment.

2-4. Song Joong Ki, Park Yoo Chun, and Lee Jong Suk

All three of these in-demand actors have been involved with the Good-Hearted Library Project, where they use their voice talents to create audiobooks for the visually impaired

[HanCinema"s Drama Review] “Nine: Time Travelling Nine Times”

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

Although to be expected from a medium which uses interesting elements as gimmicks, it has to be said that "Nine: Time Travelling Nine Times" is not really a drama to explore time travel and it is not a sci-fi one. It uses time travel and what it can do to existence, but never really lays out any rules or explain how the changes work or their origins. In a work mostly about the human impact or change within the person, this would not be as important. The reason why this lack of rules is a flaw here is because the drama does play up the time travel aspect enough for those to be necessary. No rules means that the series conveniently shapes the way time travel works to solve its plot holes and help its progress. By the end, it is all an unexplained mess, overriding many things it supposedly established earlier.

Once past that issue, the series is actually entertaining as a suspense, mystery show

Casting Drama: Should Idols Act?

By in News posted Oct August 23rd, 2014 No comments
Casting Drama: Should Idols Act? Written by Joyce On August 22, 2014

In recent weeks, drama land has been filled with news of idols being cast in lead roles — Sun-hwa in Rosy Lovers; Rain, Krystal and L in My Lovely Girl; Soo-young in My Spring Day. While idols venturing into the acting field is nothing new, I doubt there’s ever been such a high percentage of lead roles given to idols.

While there are a handful of idols who have successfully proven their worth in the acting world (Yoochun, Rain, Lee Seung-giLee JoonSeo In-guk, etc), it’s not surprising that most idol casting news is met with a healthy amount of skepticism and unhappiness