Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lee Da-hae: simply tired, or irresponsible actress?

Lee Da-hae has quit East of Eden. Her decision comes without warning, and is so sudden that viewers have been caught completely off-guard and are wondering why.

She posted on the show’s message board on the 22nd, “It was confusing to take on this character of Hye-rin, who even I can’t understand… As an actor in this drama, I feel a duty and responsibility to stay with it through the end. But I’m sorry to tell you I can no longer act in this situation, feeling this way.” She added, “I don’t want to act saying and doing such illogical, out-of-character things in this role that makes me look like an idiot.”

Apparently the production is currently consulting with the writer on how to write her out of the show; Lee will probably appear for a few more episodes. (Who wants to bet that insulting the writer in her goodbye message isn’t the best way to get a glorious send-off?) Her action has spawned a lot of speculation among fans, some who would like to be understanding and others who decry her act as irresponsible and unprofessional.

source: dramabeans

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Choi Ji-woo Makes First Appearance in 'Period Drama'

It may come as a surprise that Choi Ji-woo has made her first appearance in a period drama in her 14-year acting career with the role of a traditional entertainer or gisaeng. But it happened in the new, contemporary melodrama "Star's Lover." The SBS show started on Dec. 10, and Choi plays a role of top actress Lee Ma-ri.

It is, in other words, only a role within a role. The scene sets off her beauty in traditional clothes and a folding screen with ume flowers. With her hair braided up, Choi looks like a painting that has just come alive. Production staff said Choi looks as if the legendary Chosun-era gisaeng Hwang Jin-yi came back to life.

Although Choi only appears only for a few seconds in this outfit, she spent three hours in makeup and getting dressed. "It was a bit disappointing as it was such a short scene, but now one of my dreams has come true: I've made my first appearance in a period drama," Choi said.

Credit: englishnews@chosun.com

Source: Chosun

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[ Korean Drama 2008 ] Beethoven Virus

Genre: Romance, drama, comedy
Episodes: 18
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2008-Sep-10 to 2008-Nov-12
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Official site:http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/thoven/


Kim Myung Min as Kang Gun Woo / Kang Ma Eh (Conductor)
Lee Ji Ah as Du Ru Mi (Violin)
Jang Geun Suk as Kang Gun Woo (Trumpet)


Two musicians who retired from their musical careers for different reasons join together with a demanding and difficult genius conductor to form an orchestra against all odds.
Although it requires a lot of hard work to form their orchestra, they keep chasing their dreams of doing what they love the most in the world and this gives them great satisfaction.
Three young and old people with different personalities and life experiences gather together under a common dream and they find love and the room to forgive each other as they eventually earn each other’s respect. The drama exudes a positive energy.


2008 The 2008 Grime Award: Special Award Song In-hyuk and Hong Sung-wook
2008 The National Assembly Society of Popular Culture & Media Award: Most Popular
Drama in 2008
2008 The 9th Broadcaster Awards: Best Performance in Broadcasting Kim Myung Min
2008 The 3rd Korea Drama Festival: Grand Prize Kim Myung Min




Monday, December 15, 2008

Go-su to Come Back in a Drama

Stud actor Go-su has decided on his next work. It’s going to be a drama titled “Into the White Night,” based on a Japanese novel of the same title. Go-su will play the leading character, who becomes a fugitive after accidentally killing a man.

Having completed his military duty last April, this hunky actor has been looking for just the right vehicle to make his comeback. He has been out of the spotlight for over 2 1/2 years since March 2006, so his fans have been really looking forward to his return. The
Japanese drama version of “Into the White Night” was aired in 2006, creating a sensation among Japanese viewers with its provocative and unconventional storyline.

Today’s hottest actress Sohn Ye-jin is already cast as the selfish and heartless girlfriend of Go-su’s character. Sohn’s character uses other people for her own interest and stops at nothing to get what she wants. She has garnered good reviews for her work in the recently released film “My Wife Got Married.”

source:KBS World

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Choi Ji-woo to Star in Melodrama

Choi Ji-woo
has been gaining wide popularity not only in Korea, but from all over the Japan. Many fans will be happy to hear that she will be returning to television screens starting December 10 (Wed.) on Korea’s SBS TV drama A Star’s Lover.

This drama portrays a story most fantasize about, a story about falling in love with a top-star. This melodrama introduces two completely different people who meet in the tough realities of the real world and realize true love. A Star’s Lover has been a special project of SBS that took a year and a half to prepare, with the help of Japanese media production company, Dentsu.

In the drama, Choi Ji-woo plays the role of the female lead, Lee Ma-ri, a top-star who turns down the proposes of many men in order to find that one true love. Her counterpart is an aspiring novelist in graduate school, named Kim Cheol-su, and played by actor Yu Ji-tae. The drama also features a solid supporting cast of actors including Lee Gi-woo, Seong Ji-ru, Jeong Un-taek, and others, anticipating a successfully in-depth drama.

source: Korea Sparkling

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Beethoven Virus

Beethoven Virus is a popular drama series on MBC that aired its final episode on Wednesday, November 12. The show recorded an impressive average viewer rating of 20 percent. It drew significant attention from viewers and critics because it revealed the lives of classical musicians in an orchestra—a relatively fresh topic for a TV drama series.
The series garnered a lot of attention right from the start with its cast. Maestro conductor, Kang Ma-eh, was played by one of Korea’s leading male actors, Kim Myung-min, who rose to fame with his critically acclaimed role as Admiral Yi Sun-shin in the 2004 history drama series entitled ‘Immortal Yi Sun-shin’ on KBS. In ‘Beethoven Virus’, Kang Mah-eh is portrayed as an elite forty-year-old orchestra conductor with a notorious reputation for his rough personality and sharp tongue—hence his nickname ‘orchestra killer’. He believes classical music was created strictly for the nobility.

Younger-generation TV viewers raved over hunky young actor Jang Geun-suk, who played the role of Kang Gun-woo, a traffic police who was born with a gift for music. He doesn’t even know how to read a music score, yet he possesses a natural talent for playing the trumpet simply by ear. He eventually joins a project orchestra through a friend’s recommendation, which gives him an opportunity to open his eyes and ears to music and conducting.

Even the press conference held prior to the regular televising of the drama series surprised fans with a classical concert complete with a full-scale orchestra. Kim Myung-min conducted the orchestra himself when it performed Ennio Morricone's Gabriel's Oboe and Brahms' Hungarian Dances in front of reporters and fans who flocked to the venue. Renowned musicians made cameo appearances in the drama, including piano prodigy Lim Dong-hyeok as himself and another by popular Korean-American violinist Richard Yongjae O`Neil.

source: KBS World


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lee Jun-ki to Star in Drama Next Spring

Today’s hottest actor Lee Jun-ki has decided to star in the tentatively titled “Heroes.” To be aired on SBS next April, the drama is about a genius scam artist who gathers a team of riffraff to fight corruption and injustice.

Lee’s last work was a historical fusion drama, “Iljimae,” which won him wide acclaim and a huge following of new fans. However, he has been concerned about living up to the fame and expectations brought on by his talented acting in “Iljimae,” and has not been able to make any decisions on his next work. Lee says his character in “Heroes” is very appealing because he has survived the darkest days of his life and rose above it all to bring justice to the world. Kwon Ki-young, the writer of “Heroes,” wanted to deliver to the Korean people a message of hope and love through the adventures of these not-so-perfect characters.

source: KBS World


Sunday, November 16, 2008

[ Korean Drama 2008 ] Gourmet

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2008-June-17 to 2008-Sept-09
Air time: Mondays & Tuesdays 21:55 (9:55 Korean time)
Oficial site:http://tv.sbs.co.kr/sikgaek/


Kim Rae Won as Sung Chan
Nam Sang Mi as Jin Soo
Kim So Yun as Joo Hee
Kwon Oh Joong as Oh Bong Joo


Talented chefs Bong Joo and Sung Chan were raised like brothers after Sung Chan was orphaned and taken in by Bong Joo's family. Bong Joo’s family owns a famous traditional Korean restaurant and claims descent from the last royal chef of the Joseon Dynasty. Bong Joo assumes that as the eldest, he will be the one to take over his family’s restaurant and marry Joo Hee when his father makes a surprising announcement about a special cooking contest! Sung Chan is seen as a threat by some because of his youth, talent, creativity and non-conforming ways. Feeling sorry for him, Joo Hee tries to help him. Discovering the truth about their great-grandfather causes a crisis for Bong Joo, but he later becomes even more determined to be a success while Sung Chan decides to leave. Sung Chan becomes a food peddler, specializing in the freshest and best ingredients in traditional Korean cuisine. Will he ever become a chef again? Will they ever become united as "brothers"?
source: Dramawiki



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Song Hye-kyo Goes Behind the Scenes in New Drama

Actress Song Hye-kyo makes her comeback with a new soap opera titled “Worlds Within” four years after her last drama “Full House” in 2004.

“When I first read the synopsis I found it very interesting. As I respect and strongly believe in director Pyo Min-soo and swriter Noh Hee-kyung, there was no reason to refuse,” Song said. Departing from her previous feminine image, she takes the role of Joo Jun-young, a promising rookie TV producer, who exudes tomboyish charm.

“I tried to look like a real TV producer, as natural as possible while avoiding looking dirty or unkempt. Of the characters that I have played, this is the most realistic.”

“I felt physically exhausted shooting this drama since I had got used to movie production through three films in four years. Shooting a drama requires quick responses, so I had a hard time at the beginning. But whenever I was at a loss, director Pyo guided me immediately, so I was able to adapt to the new environment soon.”

Worlds Within,” about the hectic lives of a drama production team, starts on KBS 2 next Monday.



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Monday, October 20, 2008

Kim Tae-hee Returns to TV Drama As Lee Byeong-heon's Lover

Actress Kim Tae-hee
will make her first TV appearance in four years. According to Kim's management agency, the actress was recently cast as the heroine of a new drama series entitled "IRIS." She will star in the 20-part action drama alongside Lee Byeong-heon. Renowned film director Kang Je-kyu will direct the drama series while screen writer Choi Wan-kyu will be in charge of the screenplay.

IRIS will be Lee's first drama appearance in five years since "All In." The two actors will take on the role of special government agents that handle terrorist attacks.

The drama series is slated for broadcast next summer. The shooting will begin once casting has been completed.

source:KBS Global

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Nominees Announced for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival Awards

Nominees for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival Awards, scheduled for November 1st at Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, were announced yesterday on October 7.

For the best acting award, nominees include respected actress Kim Hye-ja of “Angry Mom,” charismatic actor Choi Soo-jong of “Dae Joyoung,” acclaimed actors Kim Myung-min of “White Tower” and Jo Jae-hyun of “New Heart,” and top actresses Bae Jong-ok of “My Man’s Woman” and Kim Ha-neul of “On Air.”

Angry Mom
, Legend

Dae Joyoung , Gourmet

Nominees for the best drama category include “Legend,” “Angry Mom,” “Dae Joyoung,” and “Gourmet.” Life time achievement nominees are Choi Bul-am, Baek Il-seop, Na Moon-hee, and Kang Bu-ja.

The first international festival for a single genre, the festival will feature a wide variety of interesting events, such as drama photo exhibition at the Jinju National Museum, Asian drama screening show, an international forum on Korean dramas, and a talent search.

source: KBS World


'Iljimae' to Air in Japan Starting November

"Iljimae," a popular drama series on SBS which recorded an average viewer rating of 31.4%, will be aired in Japan. The drama series stars popular actor Lee Jun-ki.

The satellite channel So-net TV, which specializes in introducing Hallyu drama series through "Asia Dramatic TV," plans to air Iljimae in Japan starting November 24. "Mawang," a popular drama series that was recently remade in Japan, as well as "Lobbyist" and "Gyeongseong Gibang Movie Theater" will also be aired in Japan.

So-net TV opened an official website for Iljimae on October 10. It also plans to air a special documentary on the drama series on November 15.

source: KBS Global


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Poster of Song Hye kyo's new drama "The World That They Live In" released

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New Drama Series“Water Drops of God” To Star Bae Yong-jun Late 2009

Hallyu Star, Bae Yong-jun, will be returning to television screens in a new drama series about wine. The show, entitled,Water Drops of God, will hit screen late 2009.
The series is based on the original Japanese animation series of the same name and soon became a bestseller, stirring up a newfound interest in wine throughout Japan. The Japanese version begins with an internationally renowned wine critic named ‘Kanjiki Yutaka’ who offers his life’s fortune, including his entire wine collection, to anyone able to find the 12 bottles of wine called the ’12 Apostles’ along with a bottle of wine named the
Water Drops of God . This, in turn, triggers a competition between his son, ‘Kanzaki Sizuku’, and adopted son, ‘Tomini Itze’. Interestingly enough, the original authors of this Japanese cartoon, the ‘Agi Tadashi’ brother and sister, modeled the ‘Tomini Itze’ character after Bae Yong-jun.

As Bae Yong-jun rested up and received treatments for his injuries during his last drama in 2007,
Taewangsasingi , he began studying about wine in order to prepare for the filming of the drama that is slated to begin in early 2009. Furthermore, Bae Yong-jun will be returning to supply the voice of the male lead in the animated version of the popular drama Winter Sonata along with Choi Ji-wu.

source: Official Site of Korea Tourism Org

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Monday, September 08, 2008

[ Korean Drama 2008 ] Iljimae

Genre: Historical
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period:
2008-May-21 to 2008-Jul-24
Air Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55 (9:55 Korean time)
Offcial site :http://tv.sbs.co.kr/iljimae


Lee Joon Ki as Iljimae
Han Hyo Joo as Eun Chae

Lee Young Ah as Bong Soon

Park Shi Hoo as Shi Hoo / Ja Dol


Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Ryung acts as a useless gangster in the marketplace by day but at night he is a chivalrous robber who robs corrupt government officials to give to the poor. After each robbery he leaves behind a wooden branch from a plum tree at the site of the robbery to take responsibility for the robbery. The poor citizens only know him as Iljimae. Bong Soon is a hilarious girl with good martial art skills and lives as a swindler. She only loves Ryung and sacrifices her whole life for him. Eun Chae is a government official's daughter and is good in nature and usually helps miserable people. She meets Iljimae once by chance, and their sweet love story begins. However, her love puts Iljimae in a dangerous situation because an Imperial Guard also loves her.
source: dramawiki


photo: SBS


Sunday, September 07, 2008

'Sikgaek' offers culinary journey for Korean tastes

The 24-episode drama "Sikgaek" is enjoying popularity, stimulating the appetite of TV audience around the country. Based on Hur Young-man's popular comic series of the same name, the film version of the series, titled "Le Grand Chef," was also a huge hit when it was released last year. In the drama, a culinary genius dreams of becoming the best chef in the country. Korean Wave star Kim Rae-won plays the leading role, Sung-chan, and Kwon Oh-jung plays his rival, Bong-ju. A beautiful restaurant manager and a food magazine journalist, played by actress Kim So-yun and Nam Sang-mi, form a love triangle, raising the tension. While the film version focused more on the fierce cooking competitions between two main characters, the drama looks for the essence of Korean cuisine, showing Sung-chan scouring the countryside to find the best cooking ingredients.

Keen media interest in and out of the country is also being paid to the drama. Unlike the TV show "Daejanggum," where a female chef cooks for the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty, “Sikgaek” shows more common Korean cuisine consumed in daily lives. Recent episodes featured hanwoo, or Korean beef, competitions, introducing how high-quality Korean cows are raised, slaughtered and cooked. "The reason why good hanwoo is more expensive than imported beef is explained in our drama. Because the producing process is seen in detail, I hope the drama to be helpful for hanwoo consumption," Kim Rae-won told reporters during a news conference.

Nam Sang-mi, who plays a feisty journalist in the drama, added, "The whole experience, traveling around Korea, feels like a photo album."
Aired by local broadcaster SBS, the drama continues until the end of August.

source:Korea Sparkling,www.korea.net

By Lee Ji-yoon
Staff writer
Korea, August 2008

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

"East of Eden" Drama Promotional Posters

Promotional Posters for upcoming MBC drama starring Song Seung Heun, Yoon Jeong Hun, Lee Da Hae, Han Ji Hye, Lee Yeon Hee, Park Hae Jin, Dennis Oh...

Images: MBC

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