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News bites: October 20, 2008

  • Actor Lee Wan (Insoon is Pretty) revealed on a Yashimmanman episode taped on October 20 that Kim Tae-hee (above) doesn’t look so hot when at home and that she’s prettier onscreen than in person. Spoken like a true kid brother out to annoy big sis.
  • East of Eden is killing in the ratings, with its latest episode on the 20th bringing in a hefty 29.7%. We’ll see if it can hold up against The World They Live In‘s premiere next week.
  • Unfortunately, Eden star Lee Yeon-hee (below) can’t catch a break. She’s been repeatedly criticized for poor acting, and now that extends to her pansori (traditional singing) skills. The 17th episode showed Lee’s character giving a pansori performance to the famous “Arirang” song, after which the drama’s homepage was flooded with scorn for her “embarrassing” and “inadequate” performance.
  • Newlywed Kwon Sang-woo has been picked as the second favorite in a Top 10 list of Asia’s young actors as chosen by Japanese female fans (part of Asahi TV program SmaSTATION). He came in behind Taiwan’s F4, stars of the Hana Yori Dango adaptation Meteor Garden. (3rd: Jay Chou, 4th: Song Seung-heon, 5th: Jaycee Chan, 6th: Lee Junki, and Rain in 10th.)
  • Moon Geun-young is back in action on the Painter of the Wind set after fracturing her nose during filming.
  • Speaking of which, Painter of the Wind is set to pick up more fans throughout Asia to add to its already lavish praise as a “perfect drama.” It has already made contracts exporting the drama to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and now also Thailand.
  • “Kimchi western” film The Good The Bad The Weird won double awards at the Hawaii International Film Festival, taking home the Achievement in Acting award for Jung Woo-sung (who played “the good” to Lee Byeong-heon’s “bad” and Song Kang-ho’s “weird”), as well as the Maverick Award (ugh, that word gives me twitches) for director Kim Ji-woon.

 
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Thanks for the news on Painter of the Wind!

LOL, poor Lee Yeon-hee, getting criticized again.. wish they would just give her a break. Even though I've got to admit, her and Dennis Oh's acting aren't up there with the others....

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have never heard traditional korean songs, no idea whether LYH sang well or not. but seriously, she s not like a professional singer in that drama, some viewers are just expecting too much from LYH or they re just biased and want to criticize her.

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Poor Lee Yeon Hee! I don't think she's that bad of an actress. More people should be criticizing Dennis Oh >_< I guess everyone is just jealous of her screen time with Song Seung Heon ;P ahah Anyway, thanks for the update, dramabeans!

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Jaycee Chan? As in Jackie Chan's son?

I know Japanese girls love Jackie (I remember news of 2 Japanese girls committing suicide when they found out he was married) but I'm surprised they like his son that much :)

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seriously, give Yeon Hee a break. She's an actress for god's sake!!! not a singer!!!

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maybe LYH is not so solid in her acting, but i don't think she's bad at all. i really enjoy watching her acting as well as i watch others. it's only because people expecting her too much or some of LDH's fanatics fan were doing the criticized. i know i'm a bit double standard, but really, some of LDH's fan really like to bash other favorable actress like SHK n YEH. but yeah, they also have those kind of fans.

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I'm still waiting for "The Good The Bad The Weird" to be out online. The trailer had both my best friend and I wanting to see it.

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Lee Yeon hee?? poor acting??? come on guys..
she's good really good actress, for me she is better than main cast in East Of Eden.

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i find that people(especially "netizens") tend to criticize actresses more than they criticize actors. or am I making too big of a generality? =/

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I'm don't like pointless bashing and I don't think Lee Yeon Hee is horrible, but objectively speaking YES she is one of the weaker links of EOE. especially seeing the actors around her who are so much better. so she's not bad but I can understand the critics.

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where do you guys watch EoE?

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maverick gives me the shakes too. We can never look at that word the same way again.

unrelated, but i guess a news piece: heard all the fuss over Rainism's explicit lyrics? I thought it was hilarious that his company was defending the lyrics. Its like telling everyone "its you who have the dirty mind! we? why we are simply talking about an innocent dance. what stick and body association are you thinking about?" and then some more fake shock. TOO FUNNY!! I'd rather they just own up to it, like M when he accepts that a lot of his work is for over a certain age, than dance around the pole innocently. ;)

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maaaaverick! yeah i got goosebumps too...

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this is weird... i understand the HOT factor of Kwon sang woo, song seung hoon, rain, and jaycee chan. BUT F4? ok, some of them are ok, ranked 8 or 9 is fine, but rank 1????? oh no... and lol to lee wan

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i think LYH is doing a perfect job in EOE. they should give her a break. as i watch the series, they are all becoming their characters. i like her chemistry with her dad in the story, they really look good as father and daughter tandem. her acting may not be at par with YDG, but they make me smile when i see them on screen together.

i doubt THE WORLD THEY LIVE IN can even come close to TAZZA's rating. unless they really make a better storyline than ON AIR.

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LOL. I will never be able to look at "maverick" the same way again either. :D

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poor LYH i can't comment her acting is bad hey all she's just 20's . i think the worst performance k-actress is PArk han BYUL she's Amateur!!!!!! totally trash what the hell is SHe doing in Fate!!!!!.

KTH was said her acting is bad the better things she has a brain,lots CF, park han byul Dumb, Worst Acting , Not really famous Too

anyway i think SHG drama won't work !!!!!! EOE + Tazza hard to beat

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Seriously, I think everyone should lay off LYH. It's like one thing after another. She's doing her best and some people see and others like to criticize because they are biased towards other actresses in the show. I think she's doing a great job playing her character in EOE if not perfect. She's supposed to be playing an immature 19 year old and that requires that some viewers get annoyed at her character which people were saying they were, so I guess her acting is on point and people need to recognize that. And I don't know about this singing scene because I haven't been able to watch it yet (waiting for subs!) but she's not a freakin' singer! I swear people like making a big deal out for nothing! I seriously think that people are just waiting and digging up stuff to criticize her acting or in this matter her singing skills because they are just HATERS and have nothing better to do but put people down.

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LYH is awesome in EOE. i guess some ppl just dont see her the way i do. but we should all give credit to her for bringing excitement to the drama. I watch EOE for LYH, no matter how great others act in it. I hope she gets better with each episode and silence all her critics. (but i doubt if some of her critics will ever be satisfied)
the only thing i dont like is when she is required to speak english. and its understandable that her english is bad (i mean all her life she s lived in Korea and probably she hasnt had enough english speaking classes)

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how come Lee Wan & Kim Tae Hee don't have the same last name? it was confusing at first i thought they were dating.

Lee Yeon-hee was pretty good in One Fine Day, even though the drama was crappy. but she is still very young & has time to improve. i do think that maybe older actresses seem more believable because they have experience & even real life drama that will give them something to feed off of. but Lee Yeon-hee is pretty good actress in my opinion.

i just started EOE, but i haven't gotten to the grown up cast yet. the little kids are so great at acting & believable, i just love them, especially the young Dong Wook & Dong Chul, & even the little naive nice wussy kid with the overbearing jackass dad.

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"how come Lee Wan & Kim Tae Hee don’t have the same last name?"
Lee Wan is his stage name. It's a name he made up for himself (or one of his agents did), because he wanted to make a name for himself. In other words, he didn't want to be under his older sister's shadow as an actor. Also, it probably would not have served his PR well if people thought he was capitalizing on his connections through his sister to receive undue/unfair benefits.

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@mare

with chinese subs ok with you...?

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Lee Yeon Hee's is not at par with other actors, but the only reason I watch the show is for LYH and the main actor. Her character brings some freshness and naivete to the show that other characters don't. About her singing- I thought it was pretty good and it was my first time ever listening to a Korean folk song. I liked her soothing voice and how the entire song went. Afterward I wanted to get the mp3 for the song and tried to listen to other Arirang songs, but all the versions were completely different. I prefer her version much more especially since it made me look into Korean folk songs.

I watch EOE with english subs on viikii.net

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i had higher expectations for "east of eden"
not a great drama...too boring.

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