EXO give us a peek at their new

EXO give us a peek at their new "MCM x EXO" collaboration line with teaser photos and video

EXO is gearing up for their highly anticipated collaboration with brand name "MCM"! In their new teaser video for their limited edition collaboration "MCM x EXO", the members are sketching, painting, and measuring by designing for their collaboration!

There"s something idealistic about an artist painting or designing a masterpiece by himself, but it looks even better when EXO does it! On top of that, the teaser is made so well it almost looks like an MV teaser for a music comeback, don"t you think?

In addition, we"ve been treated to some photos giving us a peek at their new collab line through the photos revealed by magazine "The Celebrity". The leather backpacks are simplistic yet totally sophisticated, something that would appeal to many. There are a total of 3 types of bags, 2 types of apparel, and three type of accessories including hats and stuff animals in this new collaboration between "MCM" and EXO

Check out the teaser above and photos below!

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TVXQ’s Yunho

TVXQ’s Yunho"s new still photos on MBC drama "The Night Watchman" revealed

New still photos ofTVXQs Yunho on the set of MBC drama "The Night Watchman"was released.

On the photos, Yunho is seenwhile taking his parts and while interacting with the staff.Yunho is portraying as Joseon"s best swordfighter Mu Seok". As prince Lee Rin"s body guard, Mu Seok protects the prince but later competes with him for a woman named Do Ha.

"The Night Watchman" started airing in August on MBC every Monday and Tuesday.

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Reply 1994 PD Shin Won Ho Working on New Drama

Reply 1994 PD Shin Won Ho Working on New Drama

“Reply 1994” PD Shin Won Ho Working on New Drama PD Shin Won Ho, director of hit tvN dramas “Reply 1997” and “Reply 1994,” is working on a new drama.

According to a tvN representative on March 25, PD Shin Won Ho is in the middle of planning a new project.

PD Shin and the “Reply” team recently began recruiting for supporting writers. They will be working on the new project with him.

The representative stated, “PD Shin Won Ho is planning his new drama. However, it is not linked to Part 3 of the ‘Reply’ series. It has not been decided if there will be a Part 3 of the ‘Reply’ series. Plans for the new drama have not been finalized.”

PD Shin Won Ho directed 2012’s “Reply 1997,” which starred Jung Eun Ji (A Pink), Seo In Guk, Shin So Yul and Eun Ji Won. The drama was a raging success, which led to “Reply 1994” airing last October, with Go Ara, Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Sung Kyun, Do Hee, Son Ho Joon and Baro (B1A4).

Although fans of his work may be disappointed to hear that PD Shin’s next project will not be “Reply” Part 3, they will without a doubt be curious and excited to see how this will turn out.


Reply 1994 returns with a drama concert

Reply 1994 returns with a drama concert

‘Reply 1994’ returns with a drama concert

‘Reply 1994’ re-invited the drama fans through a drama concert ‘Nostalgia 1994’

The cable TV channel, tvN’s nationwide popular drama in 2013, ‘Reply 1994’ held a special drama concert on February 15 at Kyunghee University Grand Peace Hall in Seoul. The live concert featured by its cast including Jung Woo, Go Ara, Kim Sung Kyun, Do Hee and veteran singers of the soundtrack. Go Ara, who played main character Seong Da-jeong, kicked off the stage with Park Ki-young’s song ‘Start’ and a great number of hit songs from 1990’s were presented during the concert. The main event of the concert was ‘a talk time’ with four main casts by MC Yoon Jong-shin. The MC interviewed four drama stars and their unpredictable and witty answers made the concert hall full of laughter. In addition, the singers including The Blue, 015B, and Kim Jo-han who sang drama’s original soundtracks also performed on the stage and brought back old memories in 1990’s. The concert was ended with the last encore ‘A scar deeper than love’ by Jung Woo and Go Ara, attracting 7,000 drama fans.


'Reply 1994 Drama Concert' to feature special appearances by the cast and more

'Reply 1994 Drama Concert' to feature special appearances by the cast and more

"Reply 1994" will hold a drama concert with host Yoon Jong Shin and more!

The "Reply 1994 Drama Concert" will be held at Kyung Hee University"s Grand Peace Palace on February 15. Go Ara, Jung Woo, Dohee, and Kim Sung Kyun will greet viewers, and there will also be performances by Kim Jo Han, The Blue, 015B, Hong Dae Kwang, and Hi.Ni.

A CJ EM concert rep stated, "Yoon Jong Shin, who was at the prime of his singing career during the 90s, will host the "Reply 1994 Drama Concert"... Solid"s main vocalist and "Korea"s RB godfather" Kim Jo Han, folk singer of the "90s Hong Dae Kwang, and Hi.ni, who is receiving love for "Can"t Love You" for the "Reply 1994" OST, will also showcase her never-before-seen charms."

We all know you still can"t get enough of the drama, so tvN has an extra treat with a special broadcast titled, "Reply 1994 Through Music", which will also air on January 31 at 10 PM KST!


[Review] Looking Back at "Reply 1997" and "Reply 1994"

[Review] Looking Back at "Reply 1997" and "Reply 1994"

[Review] Looking Back at Reply 1997 and Reply 1994Warning: Contains Spoilers

1. Introduction

Last year, tvN scored a smash hit with Reply 1997,” transporting us to a much simpler decade infused with nostalgia, growing pains, 90s pop culture and fan girls. The drama premiered with little hype, but gained recognition through word of mouth, becoming a sensation and breaking the 6% ratings barrier, considered to be high for a cable drama, and that’s not even counting the rebroadcasts. In fact, Episodes 15 and 16 of “Reply 1997” was broadcast on tvN, Olive, Mnet, OCN, Onstyle and Ongamenet simultaneously. Set in 1997 Busan, Reply 1997 was the coming-of-age story of a group of high schoolers who grow through their own share of teenage troubles. Set in high school, the kids were faced with teenage problems such as the hopes and dreams for the future, the mystery of girls and the era of first loves. 

Plot in short: Our female protagonist Sung Shi Won (A Pinks Jung Eun Ji) is a foul-mouthed H.O.T/Tony Ahn fan girl, while best friend Yoon Yoon Jae (Seo In Guk) likes her but cant say it. The love triangle forms when Yoon Jaes brother decides he likes Shi Won as well, and confesses first. Yoon Jaes best friend, Joon Hee (InfiniteHoya), likes him, but never reveals it to him directly. Her best friend Yoo Jung (Shin So Yool) likes Yoon Jae at first, but ends up with Hak Chan (Eun Ji Won).

[Review] Looking Back at Reply 1997 and Reply 1994


[Review] Looking Back at Reply 1997 and Reply 1994

Seoul vs. Busan

Buoyed by the success of its predecessor, Reply 1994 quickly gained a massive following, yet it was a totally different creature from Reply 1997. 1994 returned with a bigger, somehow younger-looking cast, and a college setting that many in tvNs target audience (teenager females and twenty- and thirty-somethings) would easily be able to identify with. They gave us a scenario in which everyone could logically live together in the form of the boarding house, bringing back the lovely parents from 1997, along with Moms cooking habits. They also uprooted from Busan to the heart of Seoul, yet retained an unaffected charm with the provincial transplants.

The drama took us back to 1994, incorporating plenty of heart and humor and paying painstaking attention to detail in recreating the 90s. The drama had initially gone with a basketball theme, but basketball ended up having a low-key presence compared to baseball, which dominated with Dad as a baseball coach once again, and Chil Bong going pro. Pop culture played a big role, with Seo Taiji and Boys featuring heavily as Yoon Jins obsession.

Communication through the years has gone from the phonebooth to the pager, to that brick of a cellphone, to todays smartphones and tablet devices. Weve seen the birth of email and social networking (I Love School), and watched floppy disks turn to CDs, walkmans turn to CD players, cassette tapes and VCRs give way to the digital era and watched 1994s Dad obsessed with new technology in the form of his mobile phone that would only work within distance of a phone booth and marvel at the digital camera, his eyes almost popping out at the new-fangled device.

1994 was also incidentally the year in which PD Shin Won Ho went to university, and the college setting meant that we got to see a lot more cultural elements compared to 1997. The show brought us through college culture, with MTs (membership training sessions) and group dating, and included a dose of army humor as well. While Reply 1997 took a jump from 1999 to 2005, Reply 1994s episodes spanned the years in between 1994 and 2002, making it a slice-of-life drama with a heavy dose of reality. Relationship issues and dialogue were worked into the issues of their time, making the drama believable and easier to identify with.

Also, it is always funny when the parents comment on stars who are famous now and say they’ll never make it. Dad totally dissed Apple back in the day. Ah, the power of hindsight when used in meta makes for such good comedy.

[Review] Looking Back at Reply 1997 and Reply 1994

2. Cast: Convincing performances for many, Different images

Who needs villains when you’ve got friends? The series proved that you can have a drama revolve around endearing characters without the need for scheming and manipulative secondary characters.

Reply 1997: Jung Eun Ji as Sung Shi Won, Seo In Guk as Yoon Yoon Jae, Shin So Yool as Mo Yoo Jung, Hoya as Kang Joon Hee, Eun Ji Won as Do Hak Chan, Lee Shi Un as Bang Sung Jae, Song Jong Ho as Yoon Tae Woong

Reply 1994: Go Ara as Sung Na Jung, Jung Woo as Trash/Kim Jae Joon, Yoo Yeon Seok as Chil Bong/Kim Sun Joon, Baro as Binggeurae, Kim Sung Kyun as Sam Cheon Po, Do Hee as Jo Yoon Jin, Son Ho Joon as Haitai

Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa play themselves in both dramas.

Jung Eun Ji made her acting debut in “Reply 1997” and received a lot of love for her Shi Won, winning the Best New Actress Award at the 2013 Baeksang Arts Awards. Seo In Guk took home the Best New Actor Award at the 2012 Korea Drama Awards. Their duet track, All For You, also won a number of awards. “Reply 1994” was a breakout drama for Go Ara, who brought Sung Na Jung to life with her inspired performance. The show didnt ride on its idol stars fame but put them in in roles that just might give them a foothold into the acting field. It has catapulted its stars into fame, more for the 1994 cast, but none more so than 1994s male leads Jung Woo and Yoo Yeon Seok, who have received and been cast in multiple film roles since the series picked up.

 3. Love, friendship and family

Once Trash got his issues out of the way, he was able to reunite with Na Jung and they eventually got married. What began as a sibling relationship, turned into an adult relationship that was very similar to Na Jungs parents relationship. They cared deeply for one another, and never wavered, despite all the red herrings the drama dropped on us.

Na Jung’s cool personality and Chil Bong’s patience meant that the Chil Bong-Na Jung relationship was handled in a very drama-free manner. Na Jung was always there for Chil Bong, and she was pretty clear about where the line was. Chil Bongs loneliness and vulnerability was clearly exhibited in the final episodes, where without his family to turn to, the boarding house family had become his family, and Na Jung was the object that he thought would fill the void. While it was heartbreaking to watch Chil Bongs love remain unrequited, it was nice to see that their relationship remained intact and never awkward. She wanted friendship, and he learned to accept it.

Shi Won and Yoon Jae shared a relationship similar to Trash and Na Jung, growing up almost like siblings. One day, Yoon Jae discovered that she was a woman in his eyes, and he fell in love. He gave way to his older brother, thinking that Tae Woong would have done the same, only to realize much later on that such was not the case. Confessing to Shi Won before he left for college, he wouldnt meet her again for another 6 years, where they would meet by accident and begin their relationship proper.

 Tae Woong never stood a chance with Shi Won, even though he confessed more than once. She didnt accept him in 1999, and certainly not in 2005. The use of the Truth Chair was a convenient way for multiple revelations to be made, one of which was Tae Woong finding out about Shi Won and Yoon Jae. He ended up making the sacrifice that he said he wouldnt make, giving up Shi Won to Yoon Jae.

Sam Cheon Po and Yoon Jin, Hak Chan and Yoo Jung, and Mom and Dad were the other sweet relationships that took up quite a bit of screen time. Besides romantic relationships, there were also the bonds of friendship and kinship. While our husband mystery unraveled slowly, these other relationships were developing in their own ways.

A Sam Cheon Po-style proposal

Dad tells Trash that he is part of the family:

4. Comparisons between Reply 94 and Reply 97

Both dramas shared some parallels, including

Shi Won used to scratch Yoon Jaes chin like a puppy, which Trash did to Binggeurae as well. Mom and Dads cat-and-dog fighting followed by kiss-and-makeup behavior was reflected in Shi Won and Yoon Jae’s and Trash and Na Jung’s relationships. Cant be without a fangirl in a drama set at the inception of the idol groupsShi Won spends a night camping outside Tony Ahn’s house, Yoon Jin camped outside Seo Taiji’s house more than once. Both Sung families were unfortunate enough to lose a family member, Song Joo in 1997 and Na Jung’s brother in 1994, but rather than the family breaking down, there was room for new members to move in. Sung Jae and Sam Cheon Pothe casting of obviously older-looking actors to play younger parts. The series kept the guessing game of ‘who is the husband’ till the very end, and episodes became longer and longer as writers couldn’t cut interesting issues out of episodes. The original 1997 drama was only 16 half-hour episodes, aired back-to-back on Thursdays, except for the final two episodes which were 1-hour episodes aired separately. 1994 couldn’t help but add 5 more episodes to the drama to flesh out the story more, airing onea half hour episodes every Friday and Saturday.

In 1997, there was a time jump of 6 years before Shi Won reunited with Yoon Jae and the two finally got together. There wasn’t such a huge jump in 1994, as the drama worked through the years episode by episode, and the friendships remained close throughout the whole time. Na Jung never wavered; for her, it was Trash right from the beginning.

In that sense, Chil Bongs unrequited love for Na Jung was like Joon Hees for Yoon Jae, but Joon Hee was never a main contender. 

 5. 97 Cameo

Our 1994ers are Seoul college students, while the 1997ers were high school students living in Busan. How was it plausible to squeeze in a cameo or two? The timelines intersected when Trash went over to Busan for a one-year residency and revealed his maturity level by getting into a fight with Shi Won on a bus over H.O.T music. Trash also gave us his opinion on each of the 97ers who were riding the bus with Shi Won. Later on, Shi Won played a crucial role in picking Na Jung’s ring, flatly rejecting Trash’s choice of the gaudiest ring in the shop. But where was Eun Ji Won? He turned up at the end of the episode, a shy student being tutored by Na Jung.

6. Parents, meeting in 1994

Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa reprised their role as Mom and Dad in the 1994 series, but the boarding house situation meant that they got to play something like foster parents to a house full of college students. Sung Dong Il met his Reply 1997 counterpart who shared the same name, in this scene in Episode 17:

 7. Music

Set in the 90s, both dramas made use of the music symbolic of their era. Referencing original idol groups such as Seo Taiji and Boys, H.O.T, Sechs Kies, S.E.S, Fin.K.L, right up to TVXQ, the series was like a primer to old-school K-Pop. But besides idol group music, what better way to introduce older hits from the 90s than for today’s pop artists to remake them? The popularity of the drama, plus the effect of nostalgia, meant that any remake song put out hovered on music charts for ages after their release.

Playlist for 1997:

Playlist for 1994:

8. Conclusion

Reply 1997 was tightly-paced, wrapping up with the theme of first love and innocence. While family was as important as friendship, it wasn’t as central a part of the drama as in 1994. Despite having only 16 (shorter) episodes, the writers were able to tell the story they wanted to. Ultimately, 1997 was a story about the teenage years, of growing up and first loves, of innocence and passion, cruelty and recklessness, dramatic and a passing phase, a lifelong scar, of hopes and dreams.

Reply 1994 was a sprawling slice-of-life story, unhurried in pace, sweet and mellow, with first loves triumphing. Some might complain that it’s not as tightly written as 1997. Go Ara was a blessing to watch as Na Jung. The side characters were more fully fleshed out cf 1997. Compared to 1997, it honestly felt like less of the husband mystery than the process and friendships and the years in between. Our main couple’s feelings remained unchanged through the whole drama. The show emphasized the importance of friendship and family, as we witness a touching and emotional reunion in 2002, when the whole gang turned up to watch the 2002 World Cup.

And it turns out that tvN’s “Reply 1994” was able to attract an audience of all ages, making it the highest rated cable drama of all time.

What did you guys think of the Reply series? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

Meltedd used to be crazy about Korean dramas and K-Pop, but now watches the occasional drama (but still reads all the recaps) and listens to all sorts of Korean music. Despite its flaws, she really, really, really liked Reply 1994.


Goodbye Reply 1994, Final Episode Ratings

Goodbye Reply 1994, Final Episode Ratings

Goodbye “Reply 1994,” Final Episode RatingsReply 1994” has finally ended its run. How did its final episode fare in terms of ratings?

Cable network tvN’s Friday-Saturday drama “Reply 1994” recorded average ratings of 11.9% and a peak rating of 11.9% for its final episode, broadcast on December 28. That’s a 1.8% improvement in average ratings from the previous episode aired on Friday, which scored 10.1% in ratings, making Episode 21 the most watched episode of the drama. This also means that excluding the three terrestrial broadcasters (SBS, MBC and KBS), “Reply 1994” has the distinction of being the most highly rated drama of all time.


Peak 1-minute ratings for the final episode was a heartwarming scene in which Sam Cheon Po (Kim Sung Kyun) and Haitai (Son Ho Joon) were packing blankets in preparation for moving house. It didn’t matter who the original owner of the blanket was, because “what’s yours is mine, what’s mine is yours,” reinforcing that their friendship was special.

In Episode 21, “To the 90s,” it was finally revealed that Trash (Jung Woo) is Na Jung’s (Go Ara) husband. Having spent the past 20 or so years as brother and sister, Na Jung’s first love and special someone, Trash, was revealed to be the mysterious Kim Jae Joon, proving that sometimes, first loves can work out.


It wasn’t so much the mystery of who Na Jung’s husband was that excited viewers, but the heady rush of nostalgia as we were brought back on a tour of the 90s. The bond of friendship and kinship was moving, right up till the very end. Even though everyone left the boarding house in 2002, they remained fast friends through the years and right into the present.

For those who can’t bear to see the show go, there will be a special “Reply 1994 Epilogue” airing on January 3 (Friday) at 8:40 PM KST.

Goodbye “Reply 1994,” Final Episode Ratings

Goodbye “Reply 1994,” Final Episode Ratings


'Reply 1994' to broadcast a special episode

'Reply 1994' to broadcast a special episode

'Reply 1994' to broadcast a special episode

Fans of the drama are very excited upon this surprise news.

The drama is coming to an end, but the production crew just revealed that they will broadcast a special episode.

On December 26th, a representative said,"The special episode will be broadcast on January 4th5th. It will be a sum up of all the things that happened throughout the drama, there will be interviews for each character and unveiled interesting behind-the-scene stories"

The 2 last episodes are coming near and the viewers are really curious about who is Najung's husband. In episode 19, Chilbong returned to Korea and confessed his feeling once again to her, and the climax was when the triangle Trash-Najung-Chilbong had an unexpected reunion at the hospital.

If you want to know about the identity of the husband, remember to tune in the last episode which will be broadcasted on December 28th.


"Reply 1994" Writers Tease Cast with First Half of Final Episode Script

"Reply 1994" Writers Tease Cast with First Half of Final Episode Script

Reply 1994 Writers Tease Cast with First Half of Final Episode ScriptCable channel tvN drama “Reply 1994” will be ending this week. Now on the final leg of filming, the cast have been given the script for last episode, in which the conclusion to the story lies.

The cast are mostly convinced by the ending received. One of cast member told Star News, “This is a satisfactory ending for us,” while another revealed, “There may be a little something missing, but I think this is the ending that viewers want.”

However, the twist is that the cast have only received the first half of the script. Apparently, several versions of the remaining half of the script are being prepared, so the tension among the cast will be kept up till the very end.

A broadcast official stated, “The conclusion to the story does not end with the first half of the script. I’ve heard that several versions of the remaining half are being prepared. It looks like we’ll have to keep going to see what happens.”

A “Reply 1994” production official commented on the conclusion saying, “I don’t think there’ll be a makjang ending. It’ll be an ending that will make viewers nod their heads in agreement, one that everyone will be able to accept.”

Dont forget to check out the final two episodes of “Reply 1994” this Friday and Saturday on December 27 and 28 on tvN at 8:40 PM KST!

Check out the preview for episode 20 to find out what happens on the next episode of Reply 1994.

Reply 1994 Writers Tease Cast with First Half of Final Episode Script


Yoon Min Soo to Make Brief Cameo in Popular Drama, "Reply 1994"

Yoon Min Soo to Make Brief Cameo in Popular Drama, "Reply 1994"

Yoon Min Soo to Make Brief Cameo in Popular Drama, Reply 1994You might already know Yoon Min Soo as the beloved father of Hoo from the adorable variety show, “Dad, Where Are You Going?” He is also a part of the RB group Vibe, who were active in the early 2000’s. Vibe has since released five albums, their most recent one being, “Organic Sound.” 

The singer was recently taped for a small part in the popular tvN drama series, “Reply 1994” and was reported to have completed filming his scene on December 18. This would be Yoon Min Soo’s first time trying his hand at acting!

“Reply 1994” drama representatives told the press, “Although it’s not a heavy role, we anticipate that his cameo is bound to bring much entertainment to viewers. Since Yoon Min Soo had never acted before, we thought the viewers would especially find his cameo appearance refreshing, which ultimately influenced our casting decision.” 

It was reported that Yoon Min Soo initially felt overwhelmed by the pressure of putting on a good acting performance, but later forgot that as he shared plenty of laughs with the staff and enjoyed his experience overall. 

Fans are eagerly looking forward to what kind of character Yoon Min Soo will play and how he will be contributing to the “Reply 1994” story. The episode where Yoon Min Soo makes his cameo experience is expected to air on December 20!

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