As 2013 is coming to a close, Google collected data to see which phrases were the most searched for in the country of South Korea throughout this past year. Unsurprisingly, many hit dramas, songs, and celebrities made the list. Check out the categories and the top ten searches in each one below!
In the overall trending search items, Psy"s "Gentleman" made the list at number two. Following Psy were athlete Ryu Hyun Jin, drama "The Sun of My Master," and actor Park Si Hoo. Another one of Psy"s hit songs "Gangnam Style" made the list at number eight, followed by Clara and Crayon Pop!
Everyone loves to go home after a long day and settle down for some nightly bonding time with your television! Which dramas or variety programs made the list of top 2013 searches in the TV category? First was the smash drama hit "The Sun of My Master," followed by retro drama "Reply 1994," then variety program "Infinite Challenge
On December 26, several Chinese publications reported that a movie/television production company in China has already bought publication rights to “The Heirs” and will soon start filming. The drama is set to begin filming in January, and will be a collaboration between Chinese producer Li Shao Hong and Korean director Oh Sang Won. The actors who will follow-up Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, and Kim Woo Bin have not yet been determined.
SBS’s “The Heirs” recently aired its final episode on December 20, after a hugely successful run for the drama as well as its main actors.
This past November, “The Heirs” production company Hwa & Dam Pictures revealed that they signed a foreign production contract for the highest price in Korean drama history, and that the interest for “The Heirs” is crazy in not only Korea, but abroad, as well
The Chinese version of The Heirs is soon to come out.
According to Chinese press, a drama production company in China has finalized its decision to remake the SBS’s hit drama The Heirs and is in the process of putting together a drama production team.
The casting has not been finalized yet, and fans have been gathering their attention on who will take the lead roles in the Chinese version of The Heirs.
It has been reported that filming will start in January.
There have been several cases where Korean dramas were re-made in China, but it is an unusual occasion for a drama to be re-made within a month from the time it ended, surprising many in both Korea and China.
The decision to remake The Heirs is reported to be largely due to the drama’s popularity on streaming websites
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After dragging Song-yi out of her beauty salon confrontation with jealous rival Yura, Min-joon demands to know who the girl in Song-yi’s photo is. He’s already guessed the connection but needs the confirmation: “Who are you?”
A flashback to Joseon takes us to the aftermath of doppelganger Yi-hwa’s kidnapping. She asks him a string of questions about his identity, offering that she believes in other life forms (whether grim reapers or folk-tale creatures), and therefore he can be honest about his origins. Through it all, Min-joon just looks at her with an enigmatic smile.
Song-yi invites Min-joon home with her, wanting to take care of him in exchange for him saving her life, and leads the way
These little tidbits are always fun. Did you know that the world of “The Heirs” crosses over in the world of “Man from the Stars“?
The assistant PD of the currently airing SBS drama, “Man from the Stars,” revealed that the writer of drama, Park Ji Eun, had a little fun while writing the script. Park Ji Eun, who enjoys adding little parodies inside of her work, named a entertainment agency trying to scout Jun Ji Hyun‘s character, Chun Song Yi, as Jeguk. Chun Song Yi’s mom brags to her friends, “Jeguk and Phantom call so many times!” Viewers of “The Heirs” will recognize that name as that of the conglomerate Kim Tan’s (Lee Min Ho) family runs. Jeguk Entertainment is one of the 11 subsidiaries of the Jeguk Group.
Park Ji Eun also referenced Kim Soo Hyun‘s movie “Secretly and Greatly” when she had Jun Ji Hyun’s character say to Do Min Joon (played by Kim Soo Hyun), “How do you not know me? Are you from North Korea?” In “Secretly and Greatly,” Kim Soo Hyun played a North Korean spy sent to South Korea on a mission
Actor Jackie Chan recently met another Korean star, in addition to exchanging gifts with EXO who took home the “Most Popular Group” at the 2013 Baidu Fei Dian Awards.
On December 22, Lee Min Ho attended the 2013 Baidu Fei Dian Awards and met world star Jackie Chan for the first time! Lee Min Ho shared the photo to his official Weibo account for fans. In the photo, Lee Min Ho and Jackie Chan look chummy arm-in-arm while throwing peace signs.
Netizens commented, “They finally met!”, “Both of you are so cool!”, “Please work on a project together!” and “Wow, Lee Min Ho is really thin!”
On that day, Lee Min Ho took home “Asia’s Best Actor” award for his latest drama, “The Heirs.” He was also the only international, non-Chinese actor invited to attend the event!
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The new SBS drama “Man from the Stars” kicked off on December 18 taking over the Wednesday/Thursday time slot from Heirs. I will be covering this fantasy rom-com for Soompi on a weekly basis. Please be sure to check in and share your thoughts about this drama!
When Do Min Joon landed on Earth 400 years ago, he didn’t realize how much he would dislike living there. He doesn’t age, making it very hard to build relationships with other people, and his super abilities like extra sensitive hearing and the power to stop time don’t seem to do him much good. It’s understandable that over time Min Joon has developed a very cynical outlook towards human life. How will this viewpoint change as he interacts with the loud and opinionated actress Chun Song Yi? As fate would have it, these two already have a deep connection, a connection which spans over 400 years
Park Shin Hye revealed the story behind her hug with Kim Woo Bin that was captured on camera during a dinner party.
In “The Heirs,” which ended on December 12, Kim Woo Bin played Choi Young Do, a bad boy who finally experiences his first love with Park Shin Hye’s character, Cha Eun Sang. However, Eun Sang’s heart belonged to Kim Tan (played by Lee Min Ho) and Young Do’s story of his first love turned out to be a sad one.
However, a video clip of Kim Woo Bin strongly hugging Park Shin Hye delightfully surprised netizens and fans, who wished for Young Do and Eun Sang’s love to come true. Recently, Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin both revealed the story behind that hug during their interviews.
Kim Woo Bin revealed, “At the time, the atmosphere was rising and I got hyped up as well
A new battle for ratings has started with two new drama premieres from SBS and MBC, “Man from the Stars” and “Miss Korea,” respectively. They go against incumbent, KBS’s “Beautiful Man.”
SBS’s new Wed-Thurs drama “Man from the Stars” has a strong debut getting 15.6% of the viewership according to the Nielson Korean Ratings. This is 4% increase in ratings from the debut of the previous SBS drama “The Heirs” which occupied the same time slot.
MBC’s new drama “Miss Korea” debuted with 7% of viewership, up 1.7% from the final episode of “Medical Top Team” ratings last Thursday.
KBS2′s “Beautiful Man” is still struggling with 3.5% of the viewership
Park Shin Hye talked about having fallen into an acting slump in the past.
During the press meeting, which took place on December 17 in Shinsa-dong, Park Shin Hye said, “If I compare myself to ‘Eun Sang’ from The Heirs, I also had a lot of concerns when I was 18 years old. I think that’s when I fell into an acting slump. I hated being called a ‘child actress’ and felt a lot of pressure.”
“I wanted to transition into being an adult actress naturally, but only received comments saying that I looked unnatural acting roles that were much older than I was,” continued the actress.
“So when I started college, I decided to focus on my studies instead of on acting. But at the time, Go Ara, Kim Bum and Kim So Eun, who were around the same age as me, started acting widely in various projects, which made me doubt my decision
After the success of the drama The Heirs, Starhaus entertainment has announced that Lee Min Ho will be heading to the big screen for the movie Gangnam Blues!
Representative of Lee Min Ho’s agency, Starhaus Entertainment says they have finalized their decision for Lee Min Ho to star in Gangnam Blues. The movie is set in 1970s when the real estate business went through a major change around the Gangnam area and will tell the story of the conspiracy of the government and underground forces at the time. The movie will be directed by Yoo Ha.
Lee Min Ho is casted as the lead – a character with sad, cruel fate and he will be challenging high-level of action scenes. The movie is scheduled to start filming next March and planned to premiere in late 2014
All the important Korean Entertainment news from this week in one place: This is your Weekly Soompi Roundup!
This week in Korean entertainment news…
Nice save? Awkward save? Lee Hong Ki tried to hide his wardrobe malfunction but ended up looking like he was touching himself the whole time while he was singing. MBC and KBS, two of Korea’s top broadcasting companies, have banned the celebrities involved in gambling and propofol scandals from appearing on TV. For some celebrities, this may be worse than a prison sentence. Child actress Kim So Hyun became sick due to fatigue and cancelled two days of filming. She’s young! Let her rest! Now it’s their turn: Lee Soo Geun, Tak Jae Hoon, and Tony Ahn attended the first of their hearings for their gambling charges
Korean Drama The Heirs (Inheritors) Episode 20 Recap by joonniTan 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.Yoon and Won are busy preparing for battle against JS too. Yoon reports to Won which person has how many percentage of stocks. Won notes that because the margin between the percentage held by JS and her people are close to the percentage held by Won and Tan and their people, it’s going to a battle to try to get the rest of the stockholders to side with them
It is very clear that model-turned-actor Kim Woo Bin is no doubt, one of the hottest stars on the market these days.
When he appeared in SBS’ “Gentleman’s Dignity” and KBS’ “School 2013,” he was not as noticed. However, after his stellar performances on SBS’ “The Heirs” and the film “Friend 2,” Kim Woo Bin proved to be a hit-maker and has solidified his position as a top actor.
Even among strong acting seniors such as Yoo Oh Sung and Lee Min Ho, Kim Woo Bin’s charisma still left a deep impression on viewers. His unique face and modelesque body-line aren’t the only factors to his popularity but his acting skills as well. Recently, actresses Jeon Do Hyun and Ha Ji Won picked Kim Woo Bin as the actor they will be keeping an eye on in the future
Yoon Chan Young: Looks like the company stockholders want a successor because the daily operations might get affected. Cha Eun Sang: Did something happen at the company? Kim Tan: You worried a lot, right? I’ll try to win. Choi Dong Wook: Take care of yourself. Choi Young Do: Then what’s going to happen? Choi Young Do: Are you going to prison? Kim Won: Are you going to attend the stockholders meeting? Heiress: Is it okay if you marry me? Jeon Hyun Joo: Lets break up, us two. That’s my wish
Korean Drama "The Heirs" Episode 19 Video PreviewKorean Drama "The Heirs" Episode 19 RecapKim Tan: I would like to formally date Eun Sang.Eun Sang’s mom: I can’t give my consent to you two.Ki Ae: He’s handsome, tall, good, and risks his life on all things regarding Eun Sang. My son is more dear, but why are you saying no?Eun Sang: Kim Tan! You placed last again?Eun Sang to running Kim Tan: You said you would always be behind me!Kim Tan: Go in front of me.Rachel: Is your dad’s company okay?Young Do: What are you guys doing?!Young Do’s dad: Choi Young Do, get out!Ji Sook: The war can be restarted by the person who can win
Of course! Leave it up to Super Junior to bring you the biggest laughs this week. The members of Super Junior are no strangers to drama and music video parodies, and they have returned with hilarious imitations of the most popular dramas of this season, SBS’ “The Heirs” and tvN’s “Reply 1994.”
Uploaded onto Heechul’s instagram, photos and videos of Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Heechul himself show these three members dressed up as characters from “Reply 1994″ and “The Heirs.”
Shindong is dressed up as the character of Samcheonpo, Kim Sung Kyun‘s character in “Reply 1994.” Shindong’s round face and 5:5 hairstyle is an exact match of Kim Sung Kyun’s image that is being held up next to Shindong
All the important Korean Entertainment news from this week in one place: This is your Weekly Soompi Roundup!
This week in celebrity news…
How much do child actors get paid? They released the numbers and people are split on whether it’s a lot or too little. After getting married (was it last month?) Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young finally left for their honeymoon in Thailand. Block B‘s Jae Hyo filed a report on some bad netizens for sexual harassment. Please find better uses for Twitter, guys. Jo Jung Chi and Jung In have become a married couple in the real life. I’m so happy! I’m sure they’re happy too. Lee Soo Man is the richest celebrity shareholder, again. It was Yang Hyun Suk last year, but Lee Soo Man took back his place
The summary description for this episode is not out yet. Will be updated if and when it does!
By the way, have you checked out the preview for episode 17?
If so, here’s the preview~
Cha Eun Sang: I still like Kim Tan and my feelings haven’t changed. Chairman Kim: Why is this young thing not afraid? Cha Eun Sang: I’m not meeting him because you said not to meet him. Kim Won: What the.. You doing this won’t change anything here! Kim Tan: Please save me. Choi Young Do: Your mother’s in front of the school right now. Hurry up and go! Kim Tan: You can throw mom away now. I’ll take care of her. Chairman Kim: How will you be able to take care of your mom? Kim Tan: Wanted to end ties with you, father
It′s voting time again - only you guys can decide our Star of the Week, so read on for the nominees and make sure to vote!
Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho just recently earned over 10 million ′Likes′ on his Facebook, and 10 million followers on Weibo, making him a veritable internet celebrity.
And of course, that′s in addition to just being plain famous, thanks to his many hit roles, including his current turn as Kim Tan on The Heirs.
If you want him to also win and be the Star of the Week on Mwave, vote for him below!
Kim Woo Bin
Kim Woo Bin has been stealing the limelight on The Heirs for some time now, but with his recent turnaround from evil bad boy to ridiculously cute bad boy on the show, Kim Woo Bin has earned himself a respectable fanbase to rival his own rival, Lee Min Ho