Sunday, December 20, 2009

Famous sights of IRIS in Seoul

Source: Seoul Metropolitan City
The nation's first spy action drama IRIS is gaining popularity because of awesome action scenes, thrills and romance. However, that's not all. Another interesting thing to do while watching the drama is to discover some of the famous sights of Seoul featured in the drama. Let's find Seoul's renowned sights in the drama.




Source: www.korea.net

Korea’s ‘Little Brother’ Set to Turn into Rebellious Teenager



The young rising actor Yoo Seung-ho will transform into a rebellious teenager in the new KBS2 drama “Master of Study” scheduled to air from January 4, 2010. He is expected to project tough, manly images he has never shown before. He has been dubbed the “nation’s little brother” with romantic and sweet images that have made the hearts of many women throb.

Most of all, his appearance has changed. Yoo showed up at the first shoot wearing earrings and sporting a striking hairstyle. He has abandoned his typically neatly-trimmed short hair to have one side of it cropped completely, leaving only the other side remaining. He reportedly chose the new hairstyle after trying several styles to find the perfect one for his character.

Yoo’s agency said, “Yoo’s given serious thought to changing his looks to shake off his ‘cute younger brother’ image. He will feature a new fashion style with clothes specially made for his role.”



Based on the Japanese mangaDragon Sakura” by Mita Norifusa, “Master of Study” deals with five problematic students from a remedial high school who have no interest in learning but get to join a special class that aims to send them to a top-notch university. Yoo will play Hwang Baek-hyeon, the leader of the five boys who was raised by his grandmother after his parents died in an accident when he was young.

source: KBS Global

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Park Eun-hye to make comeback on TV



Korean actress Park Eun-hye
is set to make a comeback to the small screen in a new morning drama, according to her agency on Thursday.

Returning to television after a two-year hiatus, the actress will be play the lead role in MBC's morning soap "Pink Lipstick", Forestar Entertainment said in a press release.

She will play the character of Yoo Ga-eun, who plots revenge after getting betrayed by her husband and friend.

"She thought a lot about choosing the next character as she had been away from the screen for some time," an official at Forestar was quoted as saying. "She chose to play the femme fatal role in "Pink Lipstick" because she had never played such part before and wanted to show viewers a different side to her."

Park, who attended the first reading sessions yesterday with her co-stars, said about the role, "My character, who was a good-hearted person in the beginning, gradually turns into an evil person and the story will unfold convincingly."

The actress rose to fame throughout Asia in 2003 with a supporting role in hit MBC TV series "Jewel in the Palace", which starred Hallyu star Lee Young-ae.

"Lipstick" is scheduled to start airing on January 4.

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Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@asiae.co.kr
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kim Tae-hee Wants 'Iris' to Become Turnnig Point



Actress Kim Tae-hee said Monday that she had been severely hurt by a controversy over her acting ability.

"I admit that there are problems in my acting. But I want to see '
Iris' mark a turning point in my acting career,'' said Kim amid cheers in an interview with Yonhap News, referring to the TV drama now being broadcast on KBS TV. "I have hardly been shaken by groundless rumors but the dispute over my acting is most painful.''

Kim, 29, is said to be one of the most beautiful actresses in the country. She received a bachelor's degree in fashion design at the prestigious Seoul National University.

Kim rose to stardom through her portrayal of an evil stepsister in "Stairway to Heaven,'' the SBS TV series, in 2003.

"I have a complex about myself. After starting my acting career, I found my future bleak. Still, I feel it very difficult to act,'' said Kim who reportedly achieved perfect scores in every subject during her three years in middle school in Ulsan, the southeastern industrial city.

She is now playing the role of a profiler at the state intelligence agency in "Iris,'' where she falls in love with a colleague agent played by actor Lee Byung-hun. The drama's viewing rate surpassed 30 percent last week.

Credit to: sahds@koreatimes.co.kr
source:
koreatimes.co.kr

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Chung Jun-ho's Role in 'Iris' Turning Point in Acting Career



"Jin Sa-woo can control diverse feelings. This character brought about a turning point in my acting career," says actor Chung Jun-ho, 39, who plays a spy in the KBS TV drama "Iris." Chung's role contrasts sharply with his previous comical roles in "My Boss, My Teacher" and "The Last Scandal of My Life."

Chung's acting talent shines in the action scenes of "Iris." We met with Chung on the filming set of the drama at a shopping mall in southern Seoul. "I'm having fun because I can show a new side of my acting talent, and the drama itself is huge," said Chung.

Chung looked kindly and even playful when he had just entered the set, but when he appeared with makeup completed, his look perfectly represented his character, Sa-woo, who agonizes over killing his friend.

Chung has also lost significant weight since he started filming the drama. He said, "I've lost 5 kg recently. Sa-woo is going through a roller coaster of emotions now. He's very anxious. I lost weight to better portray him. There is no stopping him now that he has killed his friend because that was his agency's order. It was the order of Director Baek San, who will probably become very scary later."

In episode 6, Sa-woo fired a gun at a jet with his friend, Hyun-joon (Lee Byung-heon), on board. It is the biggest crisis of Sa-woo's life and the reason he changes as a personality. Chung said, "He has committed something really huge, because if he hadn't shot Hyun-joon, Seung-hee would have been hurt. When I saw the script I wondered if a person can do this even when someone from above orders it. It was hard to portray this. But it's just a drama. It's a drama about an organization of cool-headed people. So I just accepted it and acted."



Chung added, laughing, "If I were Sa-woo, I would never do that." In the beginning, Jin Sa-woo was more cold-blooded than he is now. Chung has infused his character with a human touch, making "Iris" more riveting.

He said, "Sa-woo is a more rational, shrewd and reasonable guy than he seems to be. He does his best to beat Hyun-joon, who is always a step ahead of him. But since 'Iris' is a drama with a grand scale and all of its characters are too stiff, I wanted to add a human touch to it. What Sa-woo said to Hyun-joon at the nightclub was entirely ad-libbed by me. I wanted to make Sa-woo look more down-to-earth. He acts more proactively because now he and Hyun-joon have no other choice but to part ways."

What makes the cool-headed Sa-woo more down-to-earth is that he is unable to utter a word in front of Seung-hee, who he fell in love with at first sight. Chung said, "Sa-woo can't speak properly in front of a woman he loves. He has lost to Hyun-joon even in love. But now that he believes that Hyun-joon has died, he wants to get everything under his control in order to feel justified. But what he feels for Seung-hee now is not love, but compassion." read more

source: KBS Global

Monday, October 26, 2009

F4 members reunite to support Kim Joon



From left, actors Lee Min-ho, Kim Bum and Ku Hye-sun turn up at Coex Artium in Seoul, South Korea on October 21, 2009 to watch Kim Joon's musical "Youth March". [Planet 905]

Actors Lee Min-ho, Kim Bum and Ku Hye-sun turned up at a theatre on Wednesday in support of their "Boys Over Flowers" co-star Kim Joon who starred in a musical for the past three months.

The three actors made a surprise visit to congratulate Kim Joon on the last day of his musical "Youth March", his agency Planet 905 said in a press release.

The two F4 members and heroine of the hit TV series watched the two-hour musical and visited Kim backstage afterwards.

Kim had starred as one of the F4 members, which also included boy band SS501 singer Kim Hyun-joong, in the drama which aired early this year.

Kim Joon, originally a member of boy band T-Max, will resume his activities as a singer and visit several countries in Asia on promotion -- flying into Vietnam tomorrow and moving onto Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.


T-Max member Kim Joon (center) performs on stage for his musical "Youth March" at Coex Artium on October 21, 2009. [Planet 905]
Credits to Jessica Kim
source: asiae.co.kr

Monday, October 19, 2009

[ Korean Drama 2008 ] Cain and Abel



Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: 20

Broadcast network:
SBS
Broadcast period: 2009-Feb-18 to 2009-Apr-23
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Official site:
http://tv.sbs.co.kr/cain

Cast:

So Ji Sub as Lee Cho In / Oh Gang Ho
Shin Hyun Joon as Lee Seon Woo

Han Ji Min as Oh Young Ji

Chae Jung Ahn as Kim Seo Yeon


Synopsis:

Based on the biblical story of Adam and Eve's first two sons, Cain and Abel is about Cain's jealousy towards his brother Abel. Lee Cho In (So Ji Sub) is a very gifted doctor who has everything that he wants whereas his older brother, Seon Woo (Shin Hyun Joon), is jealous of all the attention that Cho In receives. Seon Woo blames his brother for taking everything good in his life away from him. Seon Woo blames Cho In for getting their father's love, getting more recognition as a doctor, and for stealing the woman he loves.

source: dramawiki

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

IRIS Unveils Couple Poster


With a happy conclusion to My Fair Lady last night, KBS2TV will finally be airing their spy action thriller drama, IRIS after months of hype and anticipation. In case you didn't know, the drama boasts of a stellar cast which includes Jung Jun Ho, Kim Tae Hee, Lee Byung Hun, Kim So Yeon, Kim Seung Woo, and T.O.P.

In this new IRIS couple poster version, Lee Byung Hun is seen looking straight ahead with a determined look, while Kim Tae Hee looks away with sorrow etched all over her face, hinting at their obstacle laden destiny, invoking curiousity from fans.

According to a production staff, even though Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee are working together for the first time, they have showed great chemistry together. As her senior, Lee Byung Hun has also been very dedicated in teaching Kim Tae Hee on how to approach her role, from actions to expressions.

IRIS comprising of 20 episodes, will air on 14th October.

source:
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

'Iris' Turning Point in Kim Tae-hee's Acting Career



"I want to gain recognition for my acting skills. I hope this production will serve as a turning point in my life," said actress Kim Tae-hee, who plays a profiler of an intelligence organization in the TV drama "Iris." Kim has eight years of acting experience and she is more passionate than ever about her job.

"I have never studied acting in a systematic way. I was totally unprepared. It's a lot of pressure for me because viewers seem to like this drama," said Kim.

KIm took a break from her acting career last year to take acting classes. "Iris" was an opportunity for her to learn a great deal about acting.

Actor Lee Byung-hun, who plays opposite Kim in the drama, lauded the actress for her pure-hearted personality and willingness to learn despite her acting experience.

Kim said she felt nauseous when she was filming the first scene of "Iris" after a long hiatus, but that she felt comfortable thanks to the support of the production crew. "I ate more to gather strength for action scenes and I did my best, but Kim So-yeon looked more impressive to me onscreen. I will continue to take action classes because we still have several action scenes left," said Kim.

source: KBS Global

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Eugene Finds Life Abroad Reflected in New Drama



Eugene
, formerly of K-pop girl group SES, says her starring role in new MBC TV weekend drama "Creating Destiny" is her comeback on TV after a year's absence. In a recent interview during the photo shoot for the poster, Eugene said the new drama is "novel and fun and can be enjoyed by people of all ages."

Eugene plays a soon-to-be lawyer who moved to Australia when young. "She and I are similar in that we both left Korea at an early age," she said. "Her situation, background and personality are all similar to mine. That's probably why I didn't think it was too difficult when I read the script. I think my experience of spending my teen years in Guam will help me immensely with the role."

She has many lines in English. "Even though I spent my youth abroad, English is still difficult. I think I need to practice a lot. I felt as if I was reading off a book, not acting, when I was practicing the lines. I'm going to have to read the script over and over and practice it a lot. I try to regain the feel of English by speaking in English with friends," she said. Eugene added the role resembles her most out of all the characters she has played so far.

After finishing the film "Yoga," Eugene has been taking a break. Since she debuted as a member of SES in 1997 until the dissolution of the group in 2002, she was the pixie of the K-pop scene. Since then, she successfully moved from singing to acting. The first episode of "Creating Destiny" will be aired on Oct. 10.

Credit: englishnews@chosun.com

source : Chosun

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Monday, September 28, 2009

[ Korean Drama 2009 ] Cinderella Man



Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-15 to 2009-Jun-04
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Official site: http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/cinderellaman/index.html

Cast:

Kwon Sang Woo as Oh Dae San / Lee Joon Hee
YoonA as Seo Yeo Jin
Han Eun Jung as Jang Se Eun
Song Chang Ui as Lee Jae Min

Synopsis:

There’s not much to life. It’s all about getting that one lucky break!

Dae-san sells his own clothing designs at a small shop in Dongdaemun Market and all he thinks about is getting rich. One day, he crosses path with Joon-hee and finds that they share an uncanny resemblance to each other. Joon-hee, who is also the heir of a fashion empire, asks Dae-san if he could pose as him for a month. While secretly posing as Joon-hee, Dae-san uses his savvy business skills to outmaneuver Lee Jae-min and also finds true love. But then his cover is blown...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Park Shin-hye crossdresses for You’re Beautiful


We just saw Jang Geun-seok’s new look for the upcoming drama You’re Beautiful, and now we get a look at Park Shin-hye’s transformation as a girl crossdressing as a boy to be a part of an idol group called “A.N.JELL,” whose leader is Jang Geun-seok.

(Just for the record, the “namjang” trend — women dressing as men — is a kdrama staple that tends to be overused, but it’s another one I don’t mind. Recent entries into the genre have shown it can be done well, such as Moon Geun-young in Painter of the Wind and Yoon Eun-hye in Coffee Prince. And by all accounts, it seems Lee Yo-won’s namjang stint in Queen Seon-deok was better received than her princess portrayal.)

In the drama, Park Shin-hye plays fraternal twins, of whom the boy half is a member in an idol group. However, after he is injured in an accident and cannot participate in overseas events, his sister takes his place.

Park Shin-hye said, “In previous dramas, I had some difficulty because I had to play several years older than my real age, with characters 23 or 24 years old. [Park is 19.] This time, I’m playing my age and although the role is a male character, I’m approaching it comfortably.”

You’re Beautiful premieres on SBS on October 7.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Korean Stars Voted Favorites in International Online Poll



Kim Hyun-joong
and Moon Geun-young were voted the best actor and actress of 2009 by Internet users from 50 countries. Kim received over 25.5 million votes and Moon over 25.2 million in the poll conducted from July 11 to Aug. 30 by Yahoo! Korea and the organizers of the 2009 Seoul Drama Awards.

The poll was conducted in three languages -- Korean, English and Japanese. Kim received 46 percent of the votes in Korean, 49 percent in English, and 47 percent in Japanese, while Moon's tally was 54 percent, 45 percent, and 43 percent.

"Boys Over Flowers" was the most popular Korean soap opera with over 22.2 million votes, getting 38 percent in Korean, 43 percent in English and 42 percent in Japanese.

The poll included soap operas released in Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong and their actors and actresses. Kim and Moon will receive the online popularity prize at the 2009 Seoul Drama Awards on Friday.

Credit: englishnews@chosun.com

source : Chosun

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

TOP of Big Bang Ready for Acting Role



Included in the star-studded cast of the new KBS drama, “Iris,” Top of Big Bang showed his excitement at the drama’s showcase held in Seoul’s Cheonggye Plaza on Monday. Some 400 fans and journalists have come to the special event.

In his second acting role Top admitted that he’s still getting used to acting and learning a lot from other actors. His first appearance on a TV drama was in another KBS series, “I Am Your Teacher.” He said that acting and singing are totally different things and neither one is easy. Other members of Big Bang have given Top their steady support so that he can be his best in this blockbuster series.

Iris” is a spy thriller starring some of Korea’s top stars like Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Kim Seung-woo and Kim So-yeon.

source: KBS Global

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Monday, August 24, 2009

[ Korean Drama 2009 ] Shining Inheritance



Genre: Romance
Episodes: 28
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-25 to 2009-Jul-26
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45
Official site: http://tv.sbs.co.kr/usan/index.html


Cast:
Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Seong
Lee Seung Ki as Sun Woo Hwan
Bae Soo Bin as Park Jun Se
Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi

Synopsis:

Eun-seong is studying overseas in New York when she is suddenly called back to Korea by her dad just 2 years into her studies. Meanwhile, Sun-woo Hwan is also ordered to return to Korea by his grandmother after studying abroad for 3 years in which he hardly studied. Koh Pyeong-jung, who is Eun-seong’s father, struggles to save his company from going bankrupt. One day, his wallet is stolen by a thief along with his ID and credit cards. The thief subsequently dies in a gas explosion accident and the police, upon finding Koh Pyeong-jung’s wallet on him, mistakenly identify him as Koh. So a death certificate for Koh Pyeong-jung is promptly issued. Koh decides to lay low and not tell his family that he is alive to keep the creditors at bay for the time being. But his second wife who is Eun-seong’s stepmother, collects the insurance money that is paid out from his life insurance policy and then kicks out her stepchildren Eun-seong and Eun-woo while moving into a new home with her daughter Seung-mi. Eun-seong asks for assistance from her boyfriend Hyung-jin who turns her down. Soon after her brother Eun-woo, who is mentally retarded, goes missing. While searching for her brother, Eun-seong works as a waitress at a nightclub and meets Joon-sae, a friend of her former boyfriend. Joon-sae helps Eun-seong as much as he can. A year later, Eun-seong is still looking for her brother and decides to transfer to a Korean college. So she quits her waitress job and starts selling dumplings to make enough money to pay for her tuition. Meanwhile, Jang Sook-ja, the founder of a food company, becomes deeply disappointed in her grandson Hwan who has no direction in his life. So to gather her thoughts on what to do about her grandson, she visits her old neighborhood in the poor section of the city where she encounters Eun-seong who is selling dumplings. She hears about Eun-seong’s hardships and immediately sees that Eun-seong is an honest, hardworking person with a heart made of gold. So to test Eun-seong’s mettle, she moves in with her for a month, sharing a tiny room. Afterwards, Jang Sook-ja makes up her mind to appoint Eun-seong as the heir of her food company and brings her home...
source: global.sbs.co.kr

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Omnibus Drama about Korean Wave Stars to be Produced



An omnibus drama starring some 30 Korean Wave stars, including singer Jun Jin, will be produced. According to the production company Nemo Story on August 17, the cast will include Kim Hyung-joon of SS501, Jun Jin, Sohn Ho-young, Bae Seul-ki, Shim Eun-jin and Seo Ji-young as well as actors Ahn Jae-mo and Lee Tae-seong.

Consisting of 10 episodes, the drama will be produced by 10 renowned Korean directors, such as Kim Hyun-soo of "Bokmyeondalho," Kwon Soo-kyung of "Barefoot Kibong," Lim Dae-woong of "My Teacher" and Lee Chul-ha of "Love Me Not." Each director will produce their own version of the drama.

Episode 1, which is entitled "Pricked Grape Prince," will be produced by director Lee Chul-ha and will star actors Ahn Jae-mo and Ahn Seok-hwan and singer Shim Eun-jin. A person from Nemo Story said the drama is expected to boost the popularity of Korean culture overseas because it centers on top Korean stars. He also added that the company has already signed a deal on exporting the drama to Asian countries, including Japan and Thailand.

So far, four episodes have been filmed. All 10 episodes will go on air overseas late this year.

source: KBS Global

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Yoon Sang-hyun, Kim Bum Named PR Ambassadors for Korea Drama Festival




The organizing committee of the
Korea Drama Festival has named actors Yoon Sang-hyun and Kim Bum as PR ambassadors for the 2009 Korea Drama Festival, which is slated for October 1-15 in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province. Yoon played "Heo Tae-jun" in "The Queen of Wives" while Kim played "So Yi-jung" in "Boys Over Flowers."

The two actors will publicize the
Korea Drama Festival on various shows and will visit Jinju during the festival to meet with TV drama fans.

Yoon, whose popularity has soared since his appearance in "The Queen of Wives," will attend the screening of the drama's famous scenes on October 13 along with Seon Woo-seon, who played his partner in the drama. He will also tell the audience behind-the-scene stories about the drama.

Kim Bum
and his drama partner Kim So-eun, who played "Chu Ga-eul" in "Boys Over Flowers," will attend the Asia Star Night - Boys Over Flowers Special" on October 12 to tell interesting stories about the drama and screen its famous scenes.

The 2009 Korea Drama Festival will kick off October 11 for a five-day run and will include various ancillary events. The main events will be held at the Gyeongnam Culture & Art Hall in Chilam-dong, Jinju.


The organizing committee will hold the 2009 Korea Drama Awards, the Asia Star Night - Boys Over Flowers Special and the 4th Next-generation Actor Competition.

At the regular meeting of the board of directors back in March, former Executive Committee Director Kang Yong-shik became the director of the organizing committee, while Lee Sun-jae was appointed to the post of vice director. Former Vice Director Chang Han-seong now heads the Executive Committee.

source: KBS Global

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Drama to Bring Modern Princess With Edge



From left, Yoon Sang-hyun, Yun Eun-hye and Jung Il-woo. The trio will appear in the new drama "My Fair Lady'' that starts airing tonight at 10 p.m. on KBS. / Courtesy of KBS


Following the success of "Boys Over Flowers'' early this year, KBS is bringing yet another stylish drama to television fans with leading stars Yun Eun-hye, Yoon Sang-hyun and Jung Il-woo.

According to the producer Ji Yung-soo, the drama "will offer humor and laughs, perfect for the summer season.''

The storyline is simple: A former playboy, played by Yoon, gets himself a job as a servant of one of the richest and pickiest girls in town, and struggles to win both her money and heart. His plan takes a turn as a talented and rich lawyer, played by Jung, steps between the two characters.

The three actors showcased their new styles and personalities at a press conference last week in southern Seoul, and fans can expect an interesting transformation from the trio.

The Fierce Heir

Yun Eun-hye (the heroine of "Coffee Prince'') will play Kang Hae-na, the 24-year-old chaebol heir who lives the life of a modern-day princess. Living in her mansion called ``Lady Castle,'' the red-haired Kang lives the glamorous life but fails to make any close friends, let alone find a boyfriend, due to her bossy and picky personality.

Donning a black and turquoise dress with fluffy shoulders, Yun appeared with bright red hair yanked up in a pony tail that made her eyes sharper, a characteristic that fits her character. The role represents a big change for the 25-year-old actress, as she has portrayed warm-hearted and naive characters in past dramas like "Coffee Prince'' (MBC, 2007) and "Princess Hours'' (MBC, 2006). The drama is her first appearance in two years.

"The producer worried that people would hate my character,'' she said.

"She has a strong personality, but I'll mix it with my own and make the audience connect with her and laugh along the way.''

Playing tomboyish personalities in the past didn't require fancy clothes, and now the actress admits having a hard time getting used to the glamour.

"The clothes are so nice and pretty, but it's hard to move!'' she said laughing.

A Butler With a Purpose

The actor who once played a romantic CEO in the popular drama "My Wife Is a Superwoman'' (MBC, 2009) will appear as the handsome yet silly playboy-turned-butler Seo Dong-chan. In order to support his sick mother, Seo jumps into the working world as a playboy, only to find himself in debt. To make the real money he needs, he moves into Lady Castle to work as a butler and Kang's personal assistant.

"When I played Tae-bong in 'Superwoman,' all I did was walk around and answer phones, but now I have to carry heavy things, run errands and clean the house! I really am going through a great transition in status,'' Yoon said.


"Like Jim Carrey, I enjoy acting comical characters, so viewers will get to see me exaggerating a lot.''

Rich Yet Modest

Jung, who walked on rooftops and fought with swords in the drama "Moon River'' (MBC, 2009), will appear as the poised and modest Lee Tae-yoon.

Although born into a rich family, the thoughtful Lee refuses to use his fame and money for success, and opens a small law firm with his friend to help the poor and powerless. For Lee, Kang is just another rich and stubborn girl, but when he finds out about her tragic past, he starts to open up.

"I used to always be flying around forests using wires, but now I get to ride nice cars! It's nice and very comfortable indeed,'' he said smiling.

But the life on an heir comes with complications, and the actor added that the fancy clothes did limit his movement.

"The suits are so fitted to look fashionable, but I can barely breathe!''

Along with showcasing the three characters, the new KBS drama will portray the essence of royalty, from horseback riding, flashy cars and beautiful mansions to Yun's dressy wardrobe and accessories.

"My Fair Lady'' will start airing tonight at 10 p.m. on KBS.

Credit to sanghee@koreatimes.co.kr
source: koreatimes


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Friday, August 07, 2009

Super Junior HeeChul returns to acting after 1 year


Group Super Junior (26) will be back as an actor for weekend drama ‘Love you tens thousand times’.

He appeared on drama previously on SBS weekend drama ‘Golden Bride’ a an university student YeongSoo, and this time he will be acting as a part-time working a snack bar named ‘Lee BaeDal’.

The first airing of the drama will take place on 29th August. It is said that Kim HeeChul will have a comedian role in the drama, as Kim ChungJa who is the scriptwriter of dramas in the 50s, and is one who would be dumped by girls in one morning after going after them.

Kim HeeChul was chosen for the role because of his usual brave and comedian side.

Credit: sookyeong @ k-bites

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

TVXQ Leader U-Know to Debut as Actor



By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Leader of top boy band TVXQ U-Know will debut as an actor in an upcoming drama scheduled for September, tentatively titled "Heading on Ground,'' on MBC.

The 23-year-old singer will appear as Cha Bong-gun, a pathetic and helpless football player striving to make it into the national team.

"I love the character. I was so excited when I read the script. I hope to express my excitement and feelings through faithful acting,'' he was quoted as saying by MBC.

The television series tells the story of Cha and his path toward success.

"The drama is expected to tell a heartwarming tale about a lame footballer who has nothing to believe in but himself and his passion for the sport, and his ongoing efforts to make his lifelong dream come true,'' MBC said in a press release.

The broadcaster added that the singer was very serious about taking his role as an actor, which is his first attempt at acting since making his music debut in 2004, at a five-hour long meeting with MBC to discuss the drama's production.

"We were told that U-Know also went through a difficult time before finally accomplishing his dream as a singer. We were not looking for the best Asian star. We were looking for Cha Bong-gun, and that is what we found in him,'' MBC said.

The drama will start airing on Sept. 9 on MBC.


Credit to
sanghee@koreatimes.co.kr
source: koreatimes

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Friday, July 31, 2009

[ Korean Drama 2008 ] Tazza



Genre: Romance, action
Episodes: 21
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2008-Sep-16 to 2008-Nov-05
Air time: Mondays & Tuesdays 21:55
Oficial site: http://tv.sbs.co.kr/tazza/

Cast

Jang Hyuk as Kim Go Ni
Han Ye Seul as Lee Nan Sook / Jin Ah
Kim Min Joon as Young Min

Synopsis

Raised by a single mother, Goni has grown up to be a warm and kind person.He starts gambling, purely with the intention of using the money he earns to buy his mother a new sewing machine.When his mother finds out about his new gambling habits, she’s outraged.To divert his mother’s attention, Goni plays matchmaker and introduces his mother to Dae-ho, the neighborhood photographer, in hopes that his mother would get remarried soon. (To divert his mother’s attention, Goni hooks her up with Dae-ho, the photographer at a neighborhood studio.) However, it turns out that Dae-ho was once a swindling gambler who since stopped gambling altogether. In high school, Goni befriends Agwi’s nephew Young-min, who is actually out to get Dae-ho.But when his stepfather, Dae-ho, is killed because of Young-min, Goni decides to get revenge. Because of Goni’s connection to Dae-ho, he ends up in prison where he learns the tricks and trade of gambling.Goni is forever changed. He will stop at nothing until he gets his revenge.One by one, he takes down all the top gamblers in the country, before finally coming face-to-face with Agwi. But it’s just the beginning for Goni. He’ll wage everything he has to get even with Agwi for what he did to his parents and friends.

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Song Hye-gyo, Hyun Bin to Visit Japan



Actress Song Hye-gyo and actor Hyun Bin will visit Japan in September to promote the TV drama "Worlds Within" (directed by Pyo Min-soo and written by Noh Hee-kyung). The two actors were invited by the Japanese agency Avex, which will release the drama DVD and OST album in Japan on September 18. Song and Hyun will participate in an event marking the release on September 26 at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Hall.

The day before the event, Hyun will hold a fan meeting at the Pacifico Yokohama National Hall.

The Japanese satellite TV channel that aired a high-definition version of "Worlds Within" back in April has begun airing the series again this month.

source: KBS Global
http://english.kbs.co.kr/Entertain/EntertainmentNews/view.html?page=1&No=7079

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Monday, July 20, 2009

'Smap x Smap' Featuring F4 Airs in Japan



The Fuji TV show "Smap x Smap" featuring the "F4 boys" from the KBS TV drama "Boys Over Flowers" -- Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Beom and Kim Jun -- aired on July 13, recording viewer ratings of 15.9 percent. The four actors visited Japan in April to record the show.

The show went on the air for the first time in three months after it was suspended because one of its members, Tsuyoshi Kusanaki, appeared naked on the show.

On the show, the F4 members appeared in the segment where
Katori Shinko acts as a psychic and provides counseling on various problems. The F4 members introduced themselves and entertained viewers with amusing facial expressions.

On Lee Min-ho's question whether or not "Boys Over Flowers" stands a good chance of succeeding in Japan, Tsuyoshi Kusanaki said the drama would be a huge hit.

source: KBS Global
http://english.kbs.co.kr/Entertain/EntertainmentNews/view.html?No=7077

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Kim Beom Leads a New Generation of Hallyu



Actor Kim Beom of the “Boys of Flowers” fame is emerging as a new Hallyu star. His new film “Flight (Korean title Bisang)” has been sold to Japan even before the filming began. Japanese investors, Glory Entertainment and World Apple Corp., purchased the rights to the film’s theater presentation, DVD, and merchandising rights, demonstrating their affection and trust for the young actor. In addition to the film, Kim’s new drama, “Dream,” to be aired later this year has also been sold to Japan, as well as TV shows and movies he formerly appeared in.

If Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo represented the first generation of Hallyu, Kim Beom is expected to lead the second wave of Korean pop culture in Japan. While the fans of the first Hallyu generation consist largely of homemakers in their 30s and 40s, those for Kim are much younger, from teenagers to women in their 20s.

Kim’s new film “Flight” is about the emotional conflicts experienced during adolescent years. The film is expected to generate positive feedback from Japan, given that it talks about common concerns of young people everywhere. “Flight” is due for release later this year.

source: KBS World

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Blockbuster Drama Unveils Video Promo





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The upcoming blockbuster drama “Iris” has released its first trailer. Due to air later in the year, “Iris” features a star-studded cast – Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Jun-ho, Kim Seung-woo, Kim So-yeon, and T.O.P. of Big Bang. The spy thriller is the most anticipated drama of this year, garnering attention with enormous production cost and extensive overseas filming.

The recently released video promo opens with National Security Service special agent Hyun-joon, played by Lee Byung-hun, taking aim at a target. The trailer is composed of only the scenes shot in Japan last March. The spectacular action scenes, tight storyline, and breathtaking scenery are added to the fateful romance involving Lee and Kim Tae-hee’s characters to make the show more electrifying and engaging.

Due to be broadcast in September, the drama deals with the love and betrayal of South and North Korean spies.

source: KBS World

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