Sinopsis Drama Korea Wonderful Days Episode 1
Name: 공효진 / Gong Hyo Jin (Kong Hyo Jin)
Profession: Actress and model
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Star sign: Aries
Blood type: A
Family: Younger brother
Talent agency: SidusHQ
Education: John Paul College, Sejong University
Hobbies: Computers, swimming and tennis
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (TvN, 2011) Cameo
The Greatest Love (MBC, 2011)
Pasta (MBC, 2010)
Thank You (MBC, 2007)
Hello My Teacher (SBS, 2005)
Sang Doo, Let’s Go To School (KBS, 2003)
Snowman (MBC, 2003)
Ruler of Your Own World (MBC, 2002)
Wonderful Days (SBS, 2002)
Drama City ‘Love Without Hope’ 사랑하라 희망없이 (KBS, 2001)
My Funky Family 가문의 영광 (MBC, 1999)
Name: 김재원 / Kim Jae Won
Date of birth: February 18, 1981
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Blood type: B
Family: Parents and an elder sister
Education: Sangmyung University (acting major)
Talent agency: Dazzle Entertainment
May Queen (MBC, 2012)
Can You Hear My Heart (MBC, 2011)
Hwang Jin Yi (KBS2, 2006)
Great Inheritance (KBS, 2006)
Wonderful Life (MBC, 2005)
She Is Nineteen (SBS, 2004)
Beijing My Love (KBS2, 2004)
Land of Wine (SBS, 2003)
Romance (MBC, 2002)
Rival (SBS, 2002)
My Love Patzzi (MBC, 2002)
Honey Honey (SBS, 2001)
Wuri’s Family (MBC, 2001)
Korean Drama The Heirs (Inheritors) Episode 20 Recap by joonni
Tan and Young Do stand apart, but together, looking out into the city. YD finally breaks the silence: “It’s cold.” He’s describing the weather, but it is also how he feels. Tan adds, “It’s cold…and dark.” Silence falls between them again as they each try to fight off the cold and dark feeling hovering over them because of their fathers.
At a cafe, Tan discusses his situation with a woman, who we learn is a lawyer. Tan doesn’t trust the lawyers at Jeguk anymore, and he wants this new lawyer’s help transferring legal proxy rights to Won from JS for his stocks.
KBS2TV’s latest weekend drama “Wonderful Days” has quickly proven to be a hit.
According to ratings agency Nielsen Korea, the second episode that aired on February 23 at 8pm recoded viewer ratings of 30.3% (Seoul area). This is a 6.5% rise from the first episode, which attracted 23.8% of the viewers.
“Wonderful Days” starring popular actress Kim Hee Sun is currently the leading weekend drama with a large margin, and is rapidly becoming one of 2014′s most viewed dramas, charming the viewers with its thrilling story and skillful acting.
Wow, talk about a 3-in-1 combination! 2PM’s Ock Taecyeon displayed his gentleness towards his family in the recent episode of KBS’ “Wonderful Days.” Episode three of the KBS drama showed how Ock Taecyeon’s character, Kim Dong Hee, cared for his family. Although in the public he maintained his manly composure, a scene in the March 1 episode depicted Dong Hee as the best son, brother, and father. When he returned home to find his mother praying, the son pleasantly surprised his mother, Jang So Shim, with a loving back hug. The action alone could label him as Korea’s best son, as Dong Hee openly displayed his love to his mother. However, his love wasn’t reserved only for his mother, as he showed care for his entire family.
With MBC′s Infinity Challenge planning on cheering the Korea team at the Brazil World Cup, the cast began looking for recruits, auditioning B1A4’s Baro, Jung Il Woo and Park Shin Hye.
After the March 29 broadcast, Baro and Jung Il Woo were confirmed for participation, even passing the hidden camera test where their managers asked if they would join the cheering the squad or start a new drama with a big production team and SNSD’s Yoona.
Park Shin Hye also auditioned with the Infinity Challenge members telling her she passed upon arrival. Park Shin Hye, like Baro and Jung Il Woo, auditioned, but the episode never revealed whether or not she will be joining the squad.
This past week, the fourth week of April, was a complicated one for TV programming in terms of broadcast. As most prime time variety shows and dramas were suspended while the nation waited anxiously for good news from the site of the Sewol ferry disaster, news programming and more serious broadcast like documentaries filled in the empty air time.
KBS programming swept the weekly rankings for ratings in both news, drama, and documentary program. First place went to KBS 1TV’s daily drama, “Melody of Love” (aka “Love Rides the Song“) which raked in 28.3%, according to Nielsen Korea’s April 21 release of the “Weekly Ratings Top 50 Programs.” Ratings were collected between from April 14 – April 20.
Krys Lee (Photo: Matt Dourma)
It was quite exciting to be attending this year”s London book fair at the London Olympia, where Korea was the “market focus”, under the collaboration of the British Council and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. As well as attending themed discussions and other events over the span of three days where top Korean authors were able to discuss their works, I was also able to meet with publishers, columnists, translators and award winning writers.
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Beastly K-Pop idols 2PM are ready for a comeback and their agency has confirmed the group will release a new album next month.
JYP Entertainment has finally revealed plans for 2PM”s long-awaited comeback. A statement from the agency said, “2PM are very excited with their comeback in September up ahead and are passionately putting the final touches on their comeback… They”ll be actively promoting in Korea after the release of the album, so please look forward to it.”
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Eric Nam is an enthusiastic K-Pop vocalist and leader in the Hallyu Wave.
B2M solo vocalist Eric Nam is one of the leaders in the movement to deliver K-Pop to worldwide audiences. As the host of Arirang TV”s popular music interview show “After School Club” Eric Nam has helped to bridge the gap between Korean speaking idols and their burgeoning global audiences.
English-speaking K-Pop fans have flocked to “After School Club,” which provides an opportunity for fans throughout the world to interact with their favorite K-Pop idols during its live stream. “After School Club” or “ASC” incorporates social media and YouTube in a unprecedented way.
Due to the success of “After School Club” and his appeal as a Korean-American solo artist, it was not surprising to find a large crowd gathered outside of the Viki booth at KCON 2014 that were hoping to have a chance to take a selfie with Eric Nam.
Viki sponsored the Eric Nam selfie experience at KCON 2014 and was also a Red Carpet sponsor. Eric Nam hosted the Red Carpet which led to the two “M Countdown” concerts. Fans who were present at the Red Carpet, as part of the fan engagement portion of KCON, and media were provided with the opportunity to hear Eric Nam deliver live English commentary for Viki TV.
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Fans had the opportunity to take selfies with Eric Nam at the Viki booth during KCON 2014.
During his appearance at the Viki booth, Eric Nam provided an interview to KpopStarz in which he discussed his experience as a Korean-American performer in K-Pop, Kollaboration, and the role that “After School Club” has maintained in the globalization of K-Pop.
KpopStarz: I really enjoy watching “After School Club” because I think the show has helped to make K-Pop more accessible to international audiences. How do you think “After School Club” has impacted the Hallyu Wave?
Eric Nam: The coolest thing about “After School Club” is that up until the show, fans were relying on other Korean shows with translations and captions, but now it is at a point where we can talk to them in Korean, as well as English. This brings more of a Western approach which is why it is so relevant to fans around the world.
This is also why it is so much fun to do. Fans are loving “After School Club” and engaging with us. We are so thankful and appreciative that people take the time to watch our show and interact with us.
KpopStarz: Do you find it surprising to see that there are now K-Pop fans throughout the world?
Eric Nam: Yes, I had no idea that so many people would be here. To see, meet, and be able to talk to fans or people who are interested in learning more about K-Pop, as well as Korea has been fascinating. It has been interesting to realize that K-Pop is a global movement.
KpopStarz: As a Kollaboration participant, what advice can you give to other Kollaboration contestants?
Eric Nam: I think Kollaboration has played such an important role in developing and nurturing Asian American talent. The more that people are involved, the bigger and the greater that it can become.
It is very important for people to get out and show their talents, while not being afraid to push the boundaries and limits of social norms. Instead of looking at what is expected of you, if you have a dream or a passion, go after it. That’s what we were made for. I encourage people to hone their craft and know what you love. Kollaboration is such a great venue for that.
KpopStarz: What has been your favorite thing to do so far?
Eric Nam: Coming to KCON has been a very cool experience. Stepping into the dressing room before I came out to the Viki set, I wanted to tear up. It’s so awesome that people are here, loving what we do.
As an artist, there is nothing more amazing than having someone tell me that they connected with my music or they connected to my personality. The rewarding thing to hear is that you helped me so much. Honestly, I can’t say that I played a big role in this, but if I have in any way impacted someone that makes my day worthwhile.
KpopStarz: Which “After School” guest has stood out from others?
Eric Nam: EXO definitely stands out. It was the first time “After School Club” hit worldwide trending. That was very cool. ZE:A was on the first show, so I will always remember them. After the show, I became close to Siwan and Kwanghee, so we see each other every once in a while.
Recently, INFINITE was just hilarious. Aside from them being my friends, they were hilarious from beginning to the end. Myself, along with the writers and Kevin (U-KISS), we all agreed that was one of the best shows we have done to date.
KpopStarz: That is the perfect segue to my next question. You recently collaborated with Hoya from INFINITE. Which other K-Pop artists would you most like to work with?
Eric Nam: There are so many K-Pop artists I would love to work with. I would love to do a hip hop collaboration, also. San E. or Dynamic Duo, also Bumkey and Verbal Jint. To be able to feature a collaboration with them would be amazing.
In K-Pop, Henry (Super Junior-M) is one of my great friends. Fans have suggested this collaboration and I think it would be great, as well. It would be really fun to do something together. Ailee is also a great friend, she would be another wonderful person to work with. It would be fun to work with Ailee, because we could sing in Korean and English, as well.
KpopStarz: Have you considered acting within K-Drama or film?
Eric Nam: I have considered acting and have auditioned. Unfortunately, I have been turned down for the roles I auditioned for. My acting is great, but I still need to work on my Korean pronunciation, which needs to be perfect for dramas or film . I have come to terms with this.
I was born and raised in the United States. I will never have the same perfect pronunciation as someone who lived in Korea their entire lives. It is the same for a Korean person who moves to the United States after living in Korea for 23 years, they will never have perfect English, as well. At first, this was very stressful for me and I had a hard time.
Now, I have accepted that it is what it is and if I can find a role [in a drama or film] that is willing to accept me for that, it would be great. It would be a great challenge.
KpopStarz: Do you think it is more difficult to perform as a K-Pop artist who is Korean-American?
Eric Nam: In Korean and English, I sound completely different. I feel like I sound a lot better in English, honestly. Trying to bridge that gap, with feeling and emotion, is the hardest part for me. I can knock an English song in an hour to two hours, a Korean song could take a couple of days. It’s been a challenge, but it is something that I am learning. I hope to be able to continue to improve on that aspect.
KpopStarz: Which aspect of KCON 2014 are you most looking forward to?
Eric Nam: The Viki booth has been awesome. I get to meet my fans, as well as my friends and family. This definitely the highlight. We also have the Viki TV Red Carpet which will be fun.
I have met almost every single person there before and have interviewed many of the artists who will be on the Red Carpet. We have hung out. It should be like friends hanging out and should be fun. I am also looking forward to the performances.
I honestly wish I was performing. I will save that for next year. I hope that KCON will have me, next year. More than anything, I am so thankful and appreciative that people invited me out. My fans lobbied for me to be here, so I am thankful to my fans and Viki. I am so excited and happy to be here.
KpopStarz: Can you tell me about any future projects or collaborations that you have in the works?
Eric Nam: I don’t have anything I can talk about. Hopefully, I will have an album out by the end of the year. I do a lot of guide vocals for the group Boyfriend. I am also working with 100% and Nicole Jung from KARA. Seeing them in the studio, helping them while they learn from me and vice versa, is a lot of fun. Hopefully, we will have more to come.
Eric Nam hosts “After School Club” which can be found on Arirang TV and Viki.
Special thanks to Eric Nam for his gracious participation in the interview and Viki for interview opportunity at KCON 2014.
After telling myself for years that I can’t watch any Korean dramas, I was finally sucked into watching one. That one drama turned out to be Answer Me 1997, and it was like my life had got turned upside down. But what struck me the most as a K-pop fan was the main character, Shi Won. In many ways, she reminded me of my friends and I. While there are many moments we could relate to her, here are 5 times that prove Shi Won from Answer Me 1997 is just like us.
1. She’s just as devoted as we are
As K-Drama fans, we recognize a couple of favorite faces and big names. These are the acting royalty, making up the top tier of Korean Hollywood, constantly being casted and re-casted as protagonists, and basking in the spotlight of our TV/computer screens.
There”s a reason that these actors/actresses are always snagging the big roles; they bring life to their characters with a certain style and flair. But as they grow older and move on to take on more mature roles, we have to ask, who will be the second generation acting royalty? Who are the up-and-coming actors/actresses that we can expect to reign in the future? Here are some of allkpop“s choices for 7 K-Drama queens and their successors. Take a look!
For the last two years the members of 2PM have remained firm in their conviction that all of the eligible band members would enlist at the same time. They have not yet decided on an enlistment date but whatever it is, despite the difference in their ages, they will enlist together.
The rationale was that if they all entered together, it would take them less time to complete the mandatory military duty required of all Korean males, ages 18 to 35. That would mean the group would reunite more quickly and could get back to making music. Taecyeon, Chansung, Junho and Wooyoung will also have to put their acting careers on hold when they enlist.
Several k-drama stars celebrate their birthdays in October. And their accomplishments are worth celebrating.
Oct. 1: Kam Woo Sung plays the man Sooyoung”s heart is drawn to in “Spring Days.” The 44-year-old actor played the evil king in the film “The King and The Clown.”
Oct. 3: Yoon Eun Hye turns 30 today and she recently finished filming “Chronicles of a Blood Merchant,” an adaptation of the best-selling Chinese novel about a man who sells his blood to support his family. The actress has not been seen on the small screen since she co-starred with Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Sang Yoon in “Future”s Choice.”
Sooyoung of Girls’ Generation is praised for her wonderful acting in the recent Wednesday-Thursday drama, “Spring Days of My Life.”
Recently, Sooyoung’s acting has been receiving a lot of attention for her portrayal of Lee Bomyi as emotions and tensions run high on the recent episode of “Spring Days of My Life.” A writer from TV Report Korea wrote a spotlight on Sooyoung as an actress, complimenting her – “Her acting is real. She is an ‘actress’ rather than an ‘idol who acts.’”
(Photo : SBS, tvN, KBS2, ) Lee Sung Kyung, Kyung Soo Jin, Lee Cho Hee, and Kim Sae Ron were leading women in 2014.
Lee Sung Kyung, the feisty teenager of “It’s Okay, That’s Love”’ and Kyung Soo Jin of “Plus Nine Boys” are actresses who were breakout stars of 2014.
2014 was a year for strong female characters in Korean drama. Shows like “My Lovely Girl” included close friendships between women while “Hi! School Love On” looked at the dynamics of teenage bullying. While she is known for her film roles, Kim Sae Ron carried her first K-Drama in 2014. Rookie actress Lee Sung Kyung struck gold as a flawed teen in “It’s Okay, That’s Love.”
(Photo : CJ Entertainment ) The main trailer for “Today”s Love” has been released.
Lee Seung Gi may be dating YoonA from Girls’ Generation but he is completely shot down by Moon Chae Won in the newest trailer for their upcoming film “Today’s Love.”
The film, which is also known as “Love Forecast,” focuses on Kang Joon Soo (Lee Seung Gi), an elementary school teacher who dedicates too much of himself in relationships. He has a long-term friendship with Kim Hyun Woo (Moon Chae Won). Hyun Woo is a sarcastic weather forecaster.
We all know those celebrities, the ones that started as singers or actors but struggled in their primary field. Then one day, they go on a variety show, and – BAM! – suddenly, they are one of the most popular celebrities in the Korean entertainment industry. Here are some success stories that really stuck with me.
Sure, now everyone knows who Kwang Hee is. As an extension, everyone has at least heard of ZE:A now too. (ZE:A is the idol group Kwang Hee is a member of.) But at the time Kwang Hee first started getting popular, many people had not even heard of him.
Ko Ah Sung plays Seo Bom in the drama “Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Because Seo Bom comes from a poor family she surprises her wealthy in-laws with her mastery of English. When her character had to read the pages of a difficult English book, her command of the language also surprised many k-drama fans.
The 23-year-old actress does have a gift for languages but she perfected her English when she played Song Kang Ho”s daughter in the Bong Joon Ho film “Snowpiercer.” The film had an international cast with many English-speaking characters. Playing Yona, a girl who grew up hearing many different languages spoken, she said she had to tailor her English in that film.
Wang So (Jang Hyuk) figures out Wang Shik Ryeom’s (Lee Deok Hwa) plan to use the Chunghae Village as he heads back to the capital and find Shin Yool (Oh Yeon Seo), who is in the mountains with Baek Myo (Kim Sun Young). Her illness has gotten worse and the doctor tells Wang Wook (Lim Ju Hwan) that she may die soon. She says that Wang So has to think she’s dead in order to continue down his path.
Not one to be left out on updates. Yeo Won (Lee Honey) finds out from Cheong Ok (Na Hye Jin) about the plan to cause a riot which is set in motion. By planting spies and having word go around about Shin Yool’s death, the villagers begin to panic. Then one of their own is killed by a Red assassin, making their paranoia worse. The villagers decide to fight. Operation Cause A Riot, in full swing.