List Of New Korean Drama 2014

Go Support Your Favorites for Soompi Awards 2013!

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Go Support Your Favorites for Soompi Awards 2013!

The Soompi Awards 2013 is an event to recognize the top performers in Korean music this year. Formerly the Soompi Gayo Awards, this is already the ninth year running of the awards. Once again, we are proud to partner with MYX TV, who will broadcast the award show in January 2014 (date to be announced).

VOTING:

This year we are very proud to take the Soompi Awards to the next level. We are going forward with many exciting changes to get you the fans more involved. To value your participation, your vote will count 60% towards the final score this year, while the other 40% is coming from our weekly music chart (previously 50/50). We have also added non music chart related categories where your vote will count 100%. Here are the award categories:

The top 5 K-drama Villains We Love To Hate

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The top 5 K-drama Villains We Love To Hate

Wrapping up You Are All Surrounded and reflecting on the perfidy of Assemblyman Yoo, I realize I have become completely spoiled. I am used to my K-drama villains so ruthless, evil and crazy, that a man with a 20 year slow climb to power got a “meh, I guess he’s bad.” K-dramas have a wide variety of villains and some you love to hate. Sometimes you just need to stand up and cheer when these Baddies get their due. Here are five villains we love to hate:

5) Lee Hye Young as Jun Pyo’s mom in Boys Over Flowers.

Furniture startup breaks traditional framework

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Furniture startup breaks traditional framework

From left to right: Jeong Jae-yeob, Ahn Oh-jun and Tak Eui-seong in their furniture cafe in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul. By Kim Kyeong-rok

Middle-aged Korean women may single-handedly be contributing to the success of multiple retailers and fashion lines. This demographic has a reputation for being savvy shoppers as well as avid fans of dramas.They are quick to find out what kind of handbag their favorite character was carrying or what type of table the most popular fictional family had in their dining room. When the latest episodes conclude, many instantly look up the brands and products that caught their eyes and add them to their shopping list. Businesses are eager to capitalize on this trend and are often willing to pay a small fortune to the producers of television shows or drama series to go toward product placement. But that”s not the case for three 20-something art school grads who started a small furniture business in 2010 out of a rented office in Hongdae, western Seoul. The young entrepreneurs contend it”s quite the opposite, actually: television producers come to them looking to sponsor their furniture. Perhaps only a select few may have noticed that the current KBS show “The Human Condition” as well as the action flick “The Divine Move” both feature furniture manufactured by the trio”s company, Kaare Klint. Their products already appeared in the hit television drama series “Answer Me 1994“, “A Gentleman”s Dignity“, and “My Husband Got a Family“.

13 breakthrough stars of 2013

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 13 breakthrough stars of 2013

The entertainment world sees a bunch of rookies every single year. But it”s not just rookie artists that get to see the light of day – sometimes, entertainers who have been in the game for years suddenly get their big break.

And 2013 sure had a lot of breakthrough stars, ranging from just-debuted rookies to veterans who debuted-15-years-ago. Check out the biggest breakthrough stars of 2013, in no particular order!

SEE ALSO: [OP-ED] 13 breakthrough stars of 2013

Free Outdoor Market and Live Stage Added To KCON for First Time, as 2014 Convention Continues to Grow

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Free Outdoor Market and Live Stage Added To KCON for First Time, as 2014 Convention Continues to Grow

KCON 2014 Includes Two Night of K-pop Concerts, Appearances from Top Korean Drama Stars, “League of Legends” Exhibition Match, and the “Taste of KCON”

A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu Storm Downtown L.A. August 9 and 10

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of all things Hallyu, announced today that the third annual convention will feature a free marketplace with vendors from around LA and a free outdoor stage. KCON 2014 also revealed its program schedule for this year”s two day convention taking place August 9 and 10 in Downtown Los Angeles. Building on last year”s highly successful event at the Los Angeles Memorial Arena, KCON 2014 will return with a programming slate double the size and more varied than ever. In addition to two star-studded K-pop concerts (up from one in 2013), special guests and a new program of panels and workshops, KCON 2014 will add a slew of first-time features to the convention.

Near Death Experiences Spark Romance in “Man from the Stars”

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 Near Death Experiences Spark Romance in “Man from the Stars”

This week brought another fabulous pair of “Man from the Stars” episodes. The unique combination of suspense, romance, and comedy continue to make for excellent entertainment. Min Joon’s role as Song Yi’s protector gets put to the test at many points during these two episodes. From falling fish bowls to runaway cars, Min Joon sure has has his work cut out for him. Thankfully, he has some pretty cool superpowers to help him out. The writer does a wonderful job balancing the nail-biting suspense with laugh-out-loud funny interactions. Be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions when you watch this show!

“Man From the Stars” Kim Soo Hyun Increases Book Sales

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“Man From the Stars” Kim Soo Hyun Increases Book Sales

American writer Kate DiCamillo’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” recently sold over 30,000 copies.

The book was first published in 2009, and was quickly forgotten without receiving much interest. However, it’s as if the book has sprouted wings; it’s selling like crazy. This is because of its appearance in the currently very hot SBS drama, “Man From the Stars.”

In the drama, which is about the fateful love story of 400-year-old alien Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) and top star Chun Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun), Do Min Joon is often seen reading books, and they have become more than just simple props.

Trends that stood out in 2013

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Trends that stood out in 2013

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”

allkpop's Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 1-25

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allkpop's Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 1-25

Throughout the month of December, we brought you our list of the best and most important K-Pop songs of 2013. Now, with the new year, we”re pleased to present the best K-Pop music videos of 2013! 

Read on to find out where your favorites rank in our list. On today”s list, we bring you the second half – numbers 25 through 1.

SEE ALSO: allkpop”s Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 26-50


25. SHINee “Dream Girl”
Label:
SM Entertainment
Release Date: February 19th, 2013

SHINee“s been a busy, busy group this year, knocking out comeback after comeback with very little time for breaks in between- so much so that it seems like “Dream Girl“, their first video of 2013, came out much earlier than it actually did. The video features all five guys navigating a strange, topsy-turvy dream world while chasing a faceless girl in a painting through rooms where time and gravity have no meaning.

Lee Min Ho Is the 1st Korean Actor to Participate in China’s CCTV New Year Gala

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Lee Min Ho Is the 1st Korean Actor to Participate in China’s CCTV New Year Gala

Actor Lee Min Ho is the first Korean actor to participate in China’s CCTV network’s New Year Gala, which boasts the highest television ratings in the country.

CCTV announced through its official Weibo account the list of guests appearing on its New Year Gala for the Lunar new year. On it was Lee Min Ho’s name, who will be singing the theme song from the Taiwan drama version of Lee Min Ho’s star-making drama “Boys Over Flowers” titled “Meteor Garden.” The song is originally by Harlem Yu, and there is a Korean version sung by singer Kim Yeon Woo.

Soompi Weekly High Five – January Week 4

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 Soompi Weekly High Five – January Week 4

Worried you might have missed out any important news in the week of Korean entertainment? Get comfortable and ready to scroll as we go through the best news and articles of this week in music, drama, variety and fashion.

This is your Weekly High Five (Beta Version)!

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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

Soompi Weekly High Five – February Week 1

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 Soompi Weekly High Five – February Week 1

Worried you might have missed out any important news in the week of Korean entertainment? Get comfortable and ready to scroll as we go through the best news and articles of this week in music, drama, variety and fashion.

This is your Weekly High Five (Beta Version)!

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13-Year-Old Actress Kim Sae Ron Involved in Smoking and Drinking Controversy

JYP Responds to Wonder Girls’ Hyelim’s Plastic Surgery Accusations

Adorable Moments Prevail Amongst the Sadness in “Man from the Stars”

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 Adorable Moments Prevail Amongst the Sadness in “Man from the Stars”

These two episodes offered many an adorable moment for our lead couple, even giving us a glimpse of what their normal, happy life could look like. Now that Min Joon is ready to hold Song Yi close, he’s finally showing off more emotion. He’ll hold her hand, appear by her side when called, and may even drunkenly teleport into her bedroom. As his departure looms ever closer, he begins to make some important decisions about his future actions. What’s the use of an eternal life if he can’t be beside his loved one?

IU Might Be Female Lead in Korean Version of “Nodame Cantabile”

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IU Might Be Female Lead in Korean Version of “Nodame Cantabile”

Singer and actress IU might be Korea’s Ueno Juri in the Korean version of “Nodame Cantabile.”

She exchanged opinions recently with production company Group 8 about taking on the lead role in the Korean version of “Nodame Cantabile.” IU recently played the female lead role another Group 8 production, KBS 2TV’s “Beautiful Man,” so she is a natural choice for “Nodame Cantabile.” However, as specifics about the production have not yet been released, it is still too early to bring up about casting even if IU has expressed her interest in the project.

\"Roaring Currents\" takes epic sea battle to big screen

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\"Roaring Currents\" takes epic sea battle to big screen

Choi Min-sik (left) of “Old Boy” fame tackles his most ambitious role yet, the Joseon Admiral Yi Sun-sin in the upcoming film “Roaring Currents“. Half of the film depicts the Battle of Myeongnyang, during which Yi fought off 330 Japanese ships with just 12 of his own. Provided by CJ Entertainment

In October 1597, the Battle of Myeongnyang raged in waters off the southwestern coast of Korea, near Jindo. It could have been exceptional luck, strategy or the turn of the tides that saw Admiral Yi Sun-sin triumph over a fleet of 330 Japanese ships, with just 12 of his own. But regardless, when it was announced that the story of this epic battle would be made into a film, many wondered if the project was too ambitious. At a press conference for “Roaring Currents” on Monday, director Kim Han-min joined cast members to talk about his decision to take on one of the greatest moments in Korean history. “There have been movies about Yi Sun-sin before, but never before on the Battle of Myeongnyang”, said Kim, who made his mark on period action films with “Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon“.Choi Min-sik, best known for his performance in “Old Boy”, was cast as the legendary Admiral, whose shoes were tough to fill. “After being approached by the director I thought a lot about it”, he said.At times, Choi said he felt embarrassed, other times frustrated. “How do you depict a man like that?” he asked.Comparing his trademark character with that from the Korean thriller that catapulted him to global stardom, Choi said playing a “man locked up for 15 years” was a lot easier. “I had more freedom to act because it”s not like I had someone to ask how that goes”.On the other hand, trying to mirror a national hero was fraught with uncertainty. “It felt like I was outside a gate, asking him to give me guidance, trying to catch a glimpse and he just had his back turned toward me.Choi”s confusion is evident in the first hour of the film, during which Yi is on land and must decide what to do with an impending war on his hands.When Yi does finally take to the high seas, Choi is more in his element. Never asking his underlings to do something he wouldn”t himself, Yi”s orders come after much deliberation and keen observation of the waves. Kim pointed out that the focal point of his film is indeed the battle scenes, which take up half the film. So when the hour-long transition was questioned, Kim was quick to retort that the prelude was pivotal to the action that came after.“For a sea war to be a success, it has to be relatable and to do that you need to relate to the character, or Lee”s character”, he said. “I think [drama] is just as important as the battle scenes that come later”.The admiral aside, the film is filled with interesting characters whose stories, for the most part, go untold. There is a mute wife waiting for her husband”s safe return, the Japanese soldier who works as a snitch for Yi, and a handful of patriotic characters who seem all too eager to lay down their lives for the motherland. And of course, there are also those who are pure evil. Of these, Ryoo Seung-ryong“s take on Kurushima Michifusa, a top commanding samurai, is impressive. With his heavily-lined eyes, his presence can hardly be ignored and is very reminiscent of the doomed Xerxes, from the movie “300”. He is a man obsessed with defeating Yi. And compared to Yi”s compassionate leadership, Kurushima is bent on making his mark purely for the sake of it. A boat full of his deceased enemies sent back to their homeland illustrates this point. While a Japanese audience may not agree with Korea”s version of events, Choi said that his co-star, Japanese actor Ryohei Otani “deserved applause” for his courage in playing Junsa, a Japanese soldier who sides with Admiral Yi. “I didn”t think too much about it, but people started asking me as I was filming [about the dilemmas of working on a nationalistic Korean film]. But more than anything else, I wanted to work with the director”, said Otani, who did compile a list of points that bothered him before shooting. “Eventually I came to terms with it”, he said, adding that he hoped the film would be well received in Japan as well as in Korea.But politics and orientation aside, Kim said he was most concerned about “showing a side of Yi Sun-sin never before seen”.Having spent a year on the film, Kim said he hoped his project would be relatable. “Even in Japan, too, I hope it will encourage people to look back on history and discover things they didn”t know before”. The film opens on July 30. By CARLA SUNWOO [[email protected] ]

7 male actors who don't look their age

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7 male actors who don't look their age

If you paid attention to the “Korean Terms All K-Pop Fans Should Know” article, then you know that there are such things as dongans and no-ans. As a reminder, dongan is used to refer to someone who looks younger than their age – a “baby face.” On the other hand, no-an is used to refer to someone who looks older than their age.

A lot of people, like myself, are shocked when they find out the real age of a certain celebrity whom they presumed to be younger or older. So which male actors (some acting-dols) were you wrong about? Check out the list below.

Which actor would you want as your older brother?

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 Which actor would you want as your older brother?

While there are some celebrities that make girls swoon and wish they were dating these hunky men, there are some celebrities who are popular and attractive just because they seem like really nice and warm guys – like an older brother!

So out of the choices of actors below, which would you want most as your older brother?

SEE ALSO: Lee Seung Gi says his younger sister got teased for looking like him

Jo In Sung

Handsome and charismatic, Jo In Sung would make one of those awesome brothers you”d like to put on display in front of your friends to make them green with envy. He also played a brotherly figure in his last drama “Wind Blows In Winter” alongside Song Hye Kyo. Of course, he wasn”t her real brother…but he still played the part pretty well. Not to mention, he became good friends with Eunji after the drama to the jealousy of the other A Pink members, showing he gets along well with a younger crowd, as well.

Idol actors and their best roles

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Idol actors and their best roles

The stigma behind idol actors is that they can”t act.

I can”t say this isn”t true for all idol actors – there are some that I watch on dramas, that makes me strongly think they should just stick to singing. But then there are many, many others that are really just incredible at acting. Idol actors are everywhere nowadays (in a good way), but here are just a few actors and what I think are really their best roles.

SEE ALSO: [Drama Review] “Angel Eyes” – Episode 6

2PM′s Junho, Infinite, EXO and More Top the Week′s Headlines

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 2PM′s Junho, Infinite, EXO and More Top the Week′s Headlines

preview nextview 1/6 preview nextview If you’ve missed out on all the hottest news of the week, but you’re too busy to catch up on everything that’s been going on – no worries, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be recapping the Top 5 articles of the past week, based on reader views!

5.[Video Reaction] EXO Makes All the Fangirls Faint in ‘Overdose’ MV

We′re going to be humble here and assume that our reactions weren′t the reason this article made the top 5 list – clearly, going by the views on EXO′s music videos on Youtube, it′s all about the EXO obsession.

Korean male celebrities enlisting in the army this year

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Korean male celebrities enlisting in the army this year

Sadly for fans, every year brings a new wave of Korean male celebrities who enlist to fulfill their mandatory duty of two years in the military. While many details are still unclear as of yet, there are a couple of big names who are definitely going to enlist this year, some who have already enlisted, and others who remain fuzzy, but are likely to go this year or in early 2015.

Check out the list below to keep updated on which of your favorite stars will be leaving for the army!