Chungmuro/Film News
2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards
by | December 2, 2009 | 54 Comments
Kim Ok-bin, of vampire thriller “Thirst” It’s that time of year again: awards season! On December 2, the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards were held at KBS Hall in Yoido, Seoul, hosted by actors Kim Hye-soo and Lee Beom-soo. Considering the recent slump in the Korean movie industry, it was... More »


Celebrity News
Jung Yong-hwa follows in the grand tradition of kdrama second leads
by | December 2, 2009 | 118 Comments
10 Asia takes another look at an up-and-comer, this time focusing on You’re Beautiful‘s resident “towel guy” and unrequited lover, Kang Shin-woo aka newbie actor Jung Yong-hwa. He may have not gotten THE girl in the drama, but he sure won over all the others in the real world. Jung... More »


Drama Casting & News
Lee Junki fans mobilize to support Hero
by | December 1, 2009 | 39 Comments
It looks like Hero is going to be the next Tamra the Island, and by that I don’t mean in terms of subject matter, tone, or even ratings. I’m referring to the swift and massive response that both dramas have inspired, spurring fans to devote not just time and effort... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Hong Gil Dong’s Descendant to start Korean superhero franchise?
by | December 1, 2009 | 8 Comments
Thanks to the success of several screen projects, old folk hero Hong Gil Dong is popular again, and now the latest take on the Robin Hood-like character — action movie Hong Gil Dong’s Descendant — has performed well enough to merit a sequel. You may be familiar by now with... More »


Celebrity News
Shim Eun-ha sells first painting
by | December 1, 2009 | 28 Comments
Retired actress Shim Eun-ha sold her first painting at a fundraiser exhibition on November 29. Although the price and identity of the new owner have not been revealed, according to one source, the auction of Shim’s painting drew a minimum bid of at least 5 million won, so the final... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Myung-min sets up his own company
by | December 1, 2009 | 31 Comments
Following stars like Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, top actor Kim Myung-min (My Love By My Side, Beethoven Virus) is setting up his own management company. Now that his contract has come to an end, he has decided against taking an offer from any of the numerous firms courting him... More »


Drama Casting & News
Promo photos for Jejoongwon
by | November 30, 2009 | 50 Comments
My interest in SBS’s medical period drama Jejoongwon just shot up from zero to sixty (okay, maybe zero to forty) with these new promo photos. I knew in my head that with this cast and this writer (Lee Ki-won of White Tower, one of the best kdramas in the contemporary... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Min-ho at first of four overseas fanmeetings
by | November 30, 2009 | 89 Comments
Speaking of Japanese fanmeetings, another rising Hallyu star, Lee Min-ho, held events in Japan last week; the two-parter occurred in Tokyo first (November 23), then Osaka (November 26). Even considering the immense popularity of Boys Before Flowers (and the popularity of its source material, Hana Yori Dango), it’s rather astonishing... More »


Celebrity News
Jang Geun-seok’s fifth Japanese fanmeeting
by | November 30, 2009 | 167 Comments
Fresh off his latest drama, You’re Beautiful, rising Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok held a fanmeeting in Japan on Sunday before a crowd of 2,000. The event was called 2009 Jang Keun Suk Fanmeeting in Tokyo and was held at Tokyo’s Sun Plaza. The attendees comprised fans from Japan, Korea, China,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Choi Jung-won cast in Pick the Stars
by | November 30, 2009 | 24 Comments
Looks like Han Ji-hye is out, and Choi Jung-won is in. Much (perhaps even most) of the time, when productions announce that actors are almost cast in dramas (as in, the only thing left is to finalize paperwork), that turns out to be true. With Pick the Stars [별을 따다... More »


Drama Casting & News
Lee Byung-heon won’t star in IRIS sequel
by | November 30, 2009 | 71 Comments
With ratings topping 30% and commanding a lot of attention thanks to its blockbuster budget and high-profile cast, KBS’s spy drama IRIS had announced a high possibility that a second season would be produced. On November 30, CEO Jung Tae-won of production house Taewon Entertainment confirmed the sequel, saying, “Casting... More »