Saturday, April 28, 2007

43rd Korean Baeksang Arts Awards winning list

The winners of 43rd Korean Baeksang Arts Awards 2007.


Daesang award (First prize or Big prize) - War of Flowers
Best film - The Host
Best director - Choi Dong-hoon (War of Flowers)
Best new director - Jeon Gye-soo (The Ghost Theater)
Best actor - Ryu Seung-beom (Bloody Tie)
Best actress - Yeom Jeong-ah (The Old Garden)
Best new actor - Jeong Ji-hoon (I’m a Cyborg, but it’s Ok)
Best new actress - Park Si-yeon (The Fox Family)
Best screen writing - Lee Hae-jun and Lee Hae-yeong (Like a Virgin)
Popularity award - Lee Jun-ki and Kim Tae-hee

winning list : tv

source: yummycelebrities

South Korean actor/singer Jeong Ji-hoon, also known as Rain, arrives at the 43rd Baeksang Awards ceremony on April 25, 2007. Rain was named the best new actor.(

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rain Atop Time 100 Online Vote

Singer Rain
could well be named as one of the world's top 100 influential people by Time magazine for the second year.

The singer current sits atop the ongoing online survey to determine this year's Time 100 list.

Rain made it on the list for the first time last year and attended the award ceremony and the Time 100 party at New York Lincoln Center last May, which earned him global fame.

In the online poll underway on the Time Web site, Rain has garnered 22,310 votes as of Monday morning, Korean time, followed by rock band U2 frontman Bono and U.S. President George W. Bush. There are a total of 200 candidates.

The Web site introduces the Korean singer as having topped music charts in Japan, China, Taiwan and Indonesia, performed at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden and recorded a duet with B2K's Omarion.

source: kbs grobal

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Jeon Ji-hyun Changes Hairdo for New Film

South Korean siren Jeon Ji-hyun shows off her new hairdo in a recent photo album. Her long, straight, naturally-dark hair had been her symbol for the ten years since she entered the showbiz industry. The star recently topped a list of most boring female stars in a survey conducted in South Korea. However, the star's agency company explained that Jeon Ji-hyun has only cut her hair short in preparation for her latest film "Blood: the Last Vampire". [Photo:]


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Two Korean Films to Be Shown in Competition at Cannes

Two Korean movies will be screened in competition of this year's Cannes Film Festival. "Secret Sunshine" by Lee Chang-dong and "Breath" by Kim Ki-duk were invited to the 60th anniversary extravaganza.

Since the first Korean movie, "Chunyang," was introduced in competition in 2000, there have been a string of Korean movies at Cannes, with "Strokes of Fire" in 2002, and "Old Boy" and "Woman Is the Future Of Man" in 2004. The Korean film industry welcomed the news since no Korean movies entered the competition last year. Industry sources expect the two movies to give a much-needed boost to the Korean movie industry, which some say is in crisis.

Meanwhile, Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon will take her first steps on the red carpet in Cannes, while Son Kang-ho notches up his second invitation to the French city in as many years. Last year, "The Host," in which Song starred, was screened as part of the Director's Fortnight at the festival.

"Secret Sunshine" gained a publicity boost from the news. It is to be screened on May 24. Director Lee Chang-dong and stars Jeon Do-yeon and Song will go to France on May 15th. "Breath" is screened on May 26, and director Kim Ki-duk and star Chang Chen will arrive in Cannes on May 16, before the festival kicks off.

source: chosun ilbo

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Kwon Sang Woo And Song Seung Hun To Appear Together For Their Next Movie

Simultaneously Casted In Director Kim Hae Gon's "Destiny"

After his close friend Song Seung Hun came back from military service, Kwon Sang Woo was casted in the movie "Destiny" (directed by Kim Hae Gon, and produced by MKDK M-net Media Inc.) for his comeback.

The production company MKDK for the movie "Destiny" revealed on the 19th that "after 'Almost Love,' Kwon Sang Woo chose 'Destiny' as his next project. The role he will be playing is the protagonist Jo Chul Joong, comes to a pitiful end because of his endless desires."

Kwon Sang Woo and Song Seung Hun are well-known in the entertainment community as close friends. Song Seung Hun had planned to appear in the drama "Sad Sonata" with Kwon Sang Woo, but because Song Seung Hun's military service issue grew bigger, he was not able to fulfill it as planned. When Kwon Sang Woo was still a rookie actor, they showed dynamic interaction in the movie "Make It Big!"

Director Kim Hae Gon revealed that the reason for his casting was that the image of Kwon Sang Woo, which seems tough but hides a gentleness inside, is just like the dual nature of the character Jo Chul Joong.

Even in the midst of a dispute with his previous agency and rumors of receiving threats from crime organizations, Kwon Sang Woo plans to appear in a drama right after confirming his next movie.

The movie Destiny, which portrays the friendship of four friends and their betrayal, is still in search for the remaining roles and aims to start filming next month on the 21th.

source: broasia

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lee Byung Hun And Kimura Takuya To Make Special Movie Appearance

Top star Lee Byung Hun will meet Japan's most popular star, Kimura Takuya in a film.

Lee Byung Hun's agency, BH Entertainment revealed on the 17th that "Lee Byung Hun will make a pro bono appearance in 'Hero,' a movie starring Kimura Takuya."

"Hero," a popular drama which debuted in 2001 on Fuji TV starred Kimura Takuya and Matsu Takako, and had over 30% of viewer ratings at the time. Even in Korea, it was broadcasted on cable and satellite TV.

This time, the drama "Hero," which will be turned into a movie, will feature the same main characters, and Lee Byung Hun will make a pro bono appearance opposite Kimura Takuya as a Korean police investigator. He will support Kimura Takuya, who plays a Japanese investigator who came to Korea to investigate a case.

About acting together in a film with Lee Byung Hun, Kimura Takuya expressed his expectations: "I think of it as an honor to work together in this world of movies. Even if the language is different, I want to enjoy the filming as we work for the same goal."

The "Hero" filming crew will be in Pusan this month to film on location. Presently, Lee Byung Hun, who is in the middle of filming the movie "Good Guy, Bad Guy, and Strange Guy" by director Kim Ji Woon, plans to have two days available to shoot "Hero."

This movie will also have a new actor Baek Do Bin, who is son of a movie actor Baek Yoon Shik, and will play the role of a Korean assistant who helps the Japanese police's investigation, and Ahn Gil Gang will play a Korean crime syndicate boss.


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Friday, April 13, 2007

Korean Idol Actor Hyun Bin to Visit Japan

TV actor Hyun Bin, who rose to stardom through the TV dramaMy Name is Kim Samsoon” in 2005, will fly to Japan to promote his drama “Snow Queen,” which finished airing in Korea last January.

Produced by Yoon’s Color, a production company founded by director Yoon Seok-ho of “Winter Sonata” and “Spring Waltz” fame, and written by the writers of “Winter Sonata,” “Snow Queen” will be aired every Thursday on channel 12 in Tokyo starting May 10th.

Hyun first visited Japan last November to promote “A Millionaire’s First Love” in which he had his first starring role in a film. At the time, some 1,500 fans welcomed him at the airport to show their support for the new Hallyu star.

source: kbs grobal
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Korean Actress Song Hye-gyo to Present Hong Kong Film Award

Korean actress
Song Hye-gyo will attend the Hong Kong Film Awards to present the Best Asian Film award.

The secretariat of the Hong Kong Film Award said that Song’s rising fame around the world makes her the most appropriate presenter for the Best Asian Film award. It added that since Song is extremely popular in Hong Kong, her presence at the award ceremony will be much appreciated by Hong Kong fans.

During the Chinese promotional tour of her TV dramaFull House” last February, Song’s beauty was rated by the press and fans to rival that of celebrated Chinese actresses such as Zhang Ziyi and Cheung Pak Chi.

source: kbs grobal

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Kim Tae Hee, to appear in 'Ssawoom (Quarrel)' as Seol Gyung Gu's wife

Kim Tae Hee who debuted on screen through 'Joongchun (Middle Heaven)' has finalized her appearance in the movie 'Ssawoom.'
Kim Tae Hee's agency Namoo Actors commented on the 9th, "The character was so lively and realistic that we decided to take the role as soon as we received the scenario."

This will be the first time Kim Tae Hee will be acting a married character. Her role is a glass artist who is the wife of a university professor played by Seol Gyung Gu. Also notable is her age difference with the 39 year old actor.

Kim Jong Do, CEO of Namoo Actors, says, "The role being of a married character was not a burden. I believed it to be a good opportunity for Kim Tae Hee to grow as an actress and didn't take long to come to a decision."

He also said, "'Joongchun' was also a piece where she learned a lot from, but the lackluster results actually brought out some regret of the fans. I hope her will to establish herself as an actress rather than a star is delivered."

The movie is by Director Han Ji Seung who also gathered praise for the drama series 'Alone in Love' in drawing the emotions of a divorced couple.

The movie will be about a couple reaching a period of lassitude that is not able to control their emotions and start hurting each other through quarreling, and start realizing the true meaning of love. A couple who does not choose to part displays the disappointment and hatred towards the other through the most simple way of communication, quarreling.

The movie is set to crank in at the end of this month, or the beginning of next.

source: broasia

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Story Behind the Filming of “April Snow”

During his interview, Bae Yong Joon revealed some of the story behind the filming of “April Snow”, which took place from early February to late June.

Go Stop: “The scene where I play Go Stop with Son Ye Jin in the hotel room was not acting. It’s was a real situation. During break time I was playing Go Stop with the producer and director, and we decided to add the filming of Son Ye Jin and myself playing Go Stop into the movie. My actual score was more than 100 scores higher than Son Ye Jins, and her line ‘recount to see if you got it right’ was not from a script, but her real response to the situation.”

Heo Jin Ho I: “Director Lee Jae Yong of my previous movie ’Scandal’ is the type of person who has in mind the camera angle, screen size, the actor’s physique and facial expressions in an accurately calculated way when he comes on to the filming set. But Director Heo is the very opposite. He will throw a comment like ‘this might be the scene where Insoo begins to feel attracted to Seo Young.’ And will add ’let’s try the scene with this in mind.’ “

Heo Jin Ho II: “Just because he doesn’t make any specific requests of the actors, it doesn’t mean you can think lightly of him. It may seem like he’s not watching, but he knows exactly what’s going on in the actors’ minds. There was a scene which we had to film over and over again, and I was pretty worn out. He called a break with the comment,’“do you really have to raise your hands that way?’ “

Drinks: The scene where I sit drunk and cry at a BBQ restaurant was not acting, but was a real situation. This was the first time I’ve acted while drinking real alcohol. I get red in the face when I drink, and because of this I never tried acting while really drunk. But this time, I felt I needed to drink if I really wanted to understand Insoo.

“He’s dead.”: This is what Insoo says to his wife about the man she’s been having an affair with when she wakes up from her coma. Although the speech line was short, it was truly difficult to act out. This line had to be the overtone of the underlying joy of the fact that his wife has recovered, the anger he feels about his wife’s affair, and his guilt of his attraction to Seo Young.

Son Ye Jin: She may be young, but her values of life and acting are very sincere and in depth. She’s also an active reader. She was always carrying around a book on the set, and a few days later, she would be carrying around a different book.

This article has been translated from Sports Today.
Picture courtesy of Sports Today.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Jeon Ji-hyun Cedes Advertising Power to Jang Dong-gun

Consumers no longer feel that Jeon Ji-hyun is the most bankable advertising model and instead name Jang Dong-gun. The finding is the result of a survey of 1,465 people in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province by brand consultancy Brand38 from March 5 until 15. The interviewees were asked to choose three stars they think are most appealing as commercial models. Jeon, who had always ranked top or second from the top in the biannual survey that started in 2003, fell to fifth place.

Jeon Ji-hyun out, Jang Dong-gun in

Jeon took the top spot five times and second place three times in a total of eight surveys by Brand38, beating out superstars like Lee Young-ae, Lee Hyo-lee, Kim Tae-hee, Song Hye-gyo and Lee Na-young. But in the latest survey Jeon surrendered her place to Jang Dong-gun, the last survey’s runner-up, and ended up in the fifth place.

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Kim Yun-jin's New Role Gets Int'l Attention

The Korean actress Kim Yun-jin is enjoying a wave of international media attention. The leading entertainment magazine Variety gave prominent exposure to Kim landing a starring role in a Korean movie.

Kim Yun-jin has been cast in the crime thriller "Seven Days", to be directed by Won Shin-yeon, who directed last year’s “Bloody Aria.” In the film, Kim will portray a successful lawyer who, in order to save her daughter, is pressured into defending a man who faces the death penalty, it said.

MovieWeb also featured the news, as did the Hawaii Honolulu daily. The Associated Press and Shiny Media in the U.K. also carried articles about her.

credit: Chosun ILbo

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Best sad korean movie list

This is my favorite korean tearjerker movie

1. A moment to remember

2. The Classic

3. Christmas in August

4.Lover's concerto

5. WindStruck

6.The way home

7. A Millionaire's First Love

8.Sad movie

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kim tae hee's photo from korean movie the restless

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Trailers 1

Trailers 2

Music Video

Music Video 2

Kim Tae Hee Special

KBS show! Power - The Restless NGs (December 10 broadcast)

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Song Seung Heon, cast in movie 'Sookmyeong (Fate)' directed by Kim Hae Gon

Song Seung Heon whose drama appearance after his discharge from the military has been delayed will be first starring in a movie instead.
Song Seung Heon was cast in the movie 'Sookmyeong (tentative title: Fate)' to be directed by Kim Hae Gon who successfully debuted by writing the script of 'Fairan' and directing 'Between Love and Hate'

The movie is an action noir film that draws the story of the friendship, loyalty, and betrayal of four friends. Song Seung Heon will be playing the role of the main character Kim Woo Min.

Director Kim commented about the role saying, "He is a dualistic character who lives a quiet life but being cornered into an extreme situation displays an explosion of ___ and throws his entire self into it."

The last movie Song Seung Heon starred in was 'He Was Cool' in 2004 with the most recent drama series being 'Summer Scent' in 2003.

The movie will crank in at the end of May and is planned to be released at the end of the year.

source: broasia

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Lee Jun-ki Leaves for Japan to Promote “First Snow”

Actor Lee Jun-ki left for Japan early Wednesday morning to promote “First Snow,” a joint Korean-Japanese film in which he played the leading role.

Lee will hold a press conference with his co-star Aoi Miyazaki during the four-day visit. Lee’s agent explained that the Japanese media are greatly interested in “First Snow” because of the rising popularity of the Korean idol actor and promising young actress Miyazaki.

source: kbs grobal

more news
Lee Jun-ki Dons 80s School Uniform for New Movie
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Chang Dong-gun to Advance to Hollywood with Zhang Ziyi

Actor Chang Dong-gun and world-renowned star Zhang Ziyi will debut in Hollywood through the fantasy movie "Laundry Warrior."

Directed by Lee Seung-moo, "Laundry Warrior" is a joint project of South Korea, China and the United States.

It will be produced by Boram Film, which has also produced other joint projects such as "Seven Swords" and "A Battle of Wits," with the participation of Barrie Osborn, who also produced the "Matrix" series and "The Lord of the Rings."

Chang's decision to debut in Hollywood will be finalized this month after negotiations of all terms and conditions are finished. His partner will be Zhang Ziyi.

China's Xinhua agency wrote in a story about Zhang that the actress's next work will be the movie "Laundry Warrior," where she plays opposite Chang.

source: kbs grobal

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Bae Yong Joon, films for Japan remake of 'Hotelier'

Bae Yong Joon filmed the scenes for the Japanese remake of 'Hotelier' on the first at Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul.

The filming started at 1pm with the leads Ueto Aya and Seichi Tanabe. Bae Yong Joon appeared in a suit with his long hair grown for 'The Legend' tied back neatly.

'Hotelier' which will start airing on Asahi TV on the 19th is the remake of the which aired inKorea. It is the first case a Korean series Korean drama is remade in Japan and Bae Yong Joon is appearing as a special guest as the main actor of the original series.

The role Shin Dong Hyuk who is an M&A specialist will guide the two main characters based on his experience.

The series has been gathering attention in Japan with the guest appearance of Bae Yong Joon along with the idol star Ueto Aya. As there was great interest in the filming schedule, the agencyBOF took special care in keeping the location and schedule undisclosed.

Bae Yong Joon came to Seoul from 'The Legend' set on Jeju Island and will return on the 2nd.

The original 'Hotelier' aired on Japan's MXTV in 2003 and Nihon TV in 2004.

source: broasia

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