Return Of Superman Korean Series
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!
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Name: 황정민 / Hwang Jung Min (Hwang Jeong Min)
Birthplace: Mansan, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
Star sign: Virgo
Blood type: O
Family: Wife/Musical actress Kim Mi Hye
Education: Seoul Arts University (Theater Major)
Skills: Basketball, musical instruments
Korean Peninsula (CSTV, 2012)
That Fool (KBS2, 2009)
Kdrama Answer Me 1994 Episode 10 Recap by DramaBeans “It might be the last”
It’s 2013, and we’re still watching the neverending wedding video. This time we get as far as the daddy-daughter walk down the aisle, at the end of which Dad has this hilarious kneejerk moment, refusing to hand Na-jung over to the bridegroom(’s stand-in). That’s cute.
Thirty-nine-year-old Na-jung sends her hubby a sly wink across the room, and of course each of our bachelor candidates reacts to it. Is anybody else tired of this one-trick pony joke?
The Fairy and the Woodcutter is one of the most popular of all Korean folktales. Almost all children in Korea grow up reading a version of this love story. The story has three well-known versions that differ mainly in plot length. The following is a synopsis of the full version of the folktale. There once was a poor woodcutter who lived with his mother. One day, he helped a wounded deer escape from hunters. As a show of gratitude, the deer informed the woodcutter of a nearby pond where fairies came down from the heavens to bathe every month. The deer pointed out that the woodcutter would be able to marry one of the fairies by hiding the fairy”s winged clothing-her only means of flight. He could then come to the rescue of the stranded fairy. The only proviso: everything was to be kept secret from his wife until they had at least three children. With these instructions, the woodcutter was successful in taking a fairy as his wife, and they had two children together. Content and happy, the woodcutter now felt comfortable enough to prematurely come clean. He showed his wife the winged clothing. Upon seeing her wings again, the wife could not help but feel a pang of yearning for home. She decides to return to the heavens, taking the children with her. With this unexpected turn of events, the woodcutter was highly distraught and once again turned to the help of the deer. This time, the resourceful deer presented the woodcutter with magic beans that would allow him to reach the heavens by way of a very long beanstalk. The overjoyed woodcutter reunited with his wife and triumphantly passed a series of tests that were required of all mortals who wished to live in the heavens. As time went, the woodcutter began to worry about his mother, whom he had left behind on earth. The wife, who understood the woodcutter”s feelings, provided him with a winged horse that would safely take him down to earth and back. The wife also warned the woodcutter never to get off the horse at any point. During the trip, however, the woodcutter spilled his mother”s hot porridge on the horse”s back, and as the startled horse rears up on its legs, he was knocked off its back. The winged horse flew back to the heavens, leaving the hapless woodcutter behind. The woodcutter was never to return to the heavens again. Sad and alone, he later turned into a rooster that crows its grief to the skies.
I Need Romance 3 – Episode 1, Episode 2 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
The third installment of the I Need Romance series is here and I bet you thought you learned something about romance in the first two series, right? Pfft. Those two were chickenfeed compared to this drama which is pulling all the stops when it comes to romance. And to show just how serious they are about it, there’s French everywhere. The first words spoken are: “J’ai envie de romance” which means I might need to have Google Translate open to keep from missing anything.
2PM“s online reality series “Real 2PM” is coming back to fulfill your much needed dose of the beastly idols!
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Nichkhun and Wooyoung, also known by shippers as KhunYoung, showed their “wild bunny” side with their cute and funny reactions and of course, their bromance, all in just the few seconds of the teaser.
Thoughts On Recent “You Who Came From The Stars” by Couch-Kimchi:
So Do Manager and the infamous actress are in love. We know this because he was lonely, missed her dearly and couldn’t resist kissing her.
We know she loves him because she’s gotten a tad obsessed and even considers marrying him for spousal privilege if he’s a criminal. And, oh yeah, she also confessed. “Do you see me as a woman? No, don’t you dare tell me! I don’t want to hear it! But do you?” She’s the cutest.
2014 is already off to an explosive start – from Girl”s Day overtaking TVXQ and Rain on the charts to members of Girls” Generation confirmed to be dating, it looks like we”re in for an eventful year! Today, jennywill and contagion are here with our guesses and open ended questions for what else 2014 might just have in store for us! Remember, this is all just speculation!
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Back in Singapore after 4 months, Lee Hongki was there this time alone for a solo fan meeting “Lee Hongki”s Proposal”. The immense popularity he gained from his recent drama “Bride of the Century” has prompted for this special fan meeting tour. Singapore was his 3rd stop, after Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The multi-talented Korean singer-actor packed everything- his humour, energy and stamina, all ready to spend a memorable evening with his fans last Saturday, July 19 at Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa. The venue was filled with mostly female fans, hoping to be Hongki”s “destined one” for that evening.
A Korean version of the popular American series “Homeland” starring actor Kim Nam Gil has been reported on extensively by international press outlets, gathering a lot of interest. Kim Nam Gil’s agency Star J Entertainment said, “It is true that we are in the beginning stages of production.”
Reporters from the American media outlet Hollywood and the English entertainment media outlet and research company C21 Media recently released articles on the “Korean Homeland.” The Hollywood reporter said, “Korea’s Star J Entertainment bought rights to Israel’s drama ‘Prisoners of War,’ which is the original drama that ‘Homeland’ is based off of. Kim Nam Gil is the prospected main actor for the show, and participating in the production are the Star J president Jung Young Bum, ABC network consultant and ‘City Hunter’ producer Lee Dong Hoon (Sebastian Lee), Hollywood producer Teddy Geiger, etc.”
“You Who Came From the Stars” is the new fan favorite among Korean TV shows!
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According to a Korea Gallup monthly poll titled, “TV programs that Koreans love,” which surveyed 1218 people of ages 19 and above, SBS” “You Who Came From the Stars” took the crown at #1 with 11.5% of the votes.
With Episodes 20 and 21 “Man from the Stars” has officially come to an end. The final two episodes aired amongst great speculation about possible endings and the delivery was filled with largely satisfying emotions. That being said, saying goodbye is never easy, no matter if you are an alien, an actress, or an invested viewer.
Key Plot Developments:
Min Joon Explains His View on Death
During his 400 years on Earth, Min Joon has seen death countless times, but it is only now that he has experienced love that he understands the point of trying. It’s the moments in life that are the most important. Even with the certainty of death, we can still live happy lives.
Three Days: Episode 6 Recap by Dramabeans
March 7, 5:30 AM. 33 hours, 30 minutes after the sniping.
Cha-young is investigating the tennis court gates at the presidential villa. If the sniper was stationed inside the villa, the gate had to be open to allow a clear shot. But in her interrogation at the end of Episode 5, Cha-young was told that the gates were closed at the time of the shooting.
She times herself running from the gate to the office. Seven minutes. Even if Ham could have made it in 5 minutes, it still wouldn’t be fast enough. The blackout and the shooting were almost simultaneous. There’s only one possible answer: Ham had an accomplice at the tennis court gate — someone else from inside the Secret Service.
Actor Joo Won has been selected to play the male lead in the Korean version of the famous Japanese drama “Nodame Cantabile.”
A representative of the actor’s agency revealed on April 29, “Joo Won has been confirmed for the Korean version of Japanese hit drama ‘Nodame Cantabile.’ We are currently discussing the final details.”
“Nodame Cantabile” is a widely loved Japanese manga series, which is well known for being adapted as two drama and films starring Tamaki Hiroshi and Ueno Juri. The series has been enjoyed also by the Korean audience.
Soompi is happy to announce a new series of guest content from our friends over at Green Tea Graffiti (GTG). GTG is fairly new but have already been to over 100 concerts in Asia as certified media in the K-pop industry. If you want to learn more about east Asian pop culture, you should definitely check them out. For the first GTG article, we have GTG founder Jason’s take on K-pop concerts in Seoul.
Have you ever been surrounded by EXO fans and witnessed their screaming so loudly that you needed to go to the doctor’s office the next day? How about seeing Korean students who loathe learning English, yet when a group starts singing English lyrics, these same pupils bust out perfect English? Or witnessing passionate fans chase their idol’s cars moments after a concert ends?
Lee Byung Hun’s role in the new “Terminator: Genesis” film, after having been kept a secret since the announcement of the movie, seems to have been revealed.
On May 28, according to various Korean news sites, the “Terminator: Genesis” cue sheet was revealed on online community. The cue sheet, headed with “VISTA 2ND UNIT,” lists the shooting calls, locations, and cast players. Particularly of note was Lee Byung Hun’s character description, which was listed as “Cop, T-1000.”
K-Drama Feature: Makjang
Love it or hate it, K-Dramas are rife with makjang, the Korean term for over the top or ridiculous subplots and coincidences that keep the viewers tuning in week after week. A drama doesn”t have to be terrible or illogical to be makjang, it could be extremely well-acted or tug at your heartstrings.
Despite the negative connotations, does it truly have to be a bad thing? There are some great dramas that are simply amazing to watch, but when you try and sit down to describe the plot, it seems to get, well, laughable. To wit, here are just a few entertaining dramas that have absolutely preposterous storylines (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD):
The cast of “Tazza: The High Rollers 2″ recently sat down to discuss their upcoming film with the press. The film”s stars, Shin Se Kyung, Choi Seung Hyun a.k.a. BigBang”s T.O.P., and Kim Yoon Suk were asked whether they felt pressured by comparisons to the original film “Tazza,” released in 2008. Because the original “Tazza” was so popular it naturally creates high expectations.
“I was under a lot of pressure,” said T.O.P. of his role. “The previous movie was popular among adults rather than people my age.”
The Korean summer movie “Pirates“ comes out this week, starring Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin. Does this pairing sound familiar? “Shark,” one of the dramas nominated for the Seoul International Drama Awards, was the previous collaboration of these actors, which aired from May to July of last year. It was also part of a revenge trilogy directed by Park Chan Hong partnered with screenwriter Kim Ji Woo, the brilliant minds behind “Resurrection“ (2005) and ”The Devil” (2007).