Saturday, March 31, 2007

Most Envied Star Couple

According to netizens, actor Hyun-bin and actress Hwang Ji-hyun are the most envied star couple.
Music portal site Bugs surveyed 3,352 netizens from the 9th-16th and 37% responded that the news of Hyun-bin and Hwang Ji-hyun’s relationship was the biggest heart-breaking celebrity news.

The celebrity couple publicly announced their relationship through their fan sites on February 25th.
Hyun-bin shot to stardom as the lead male in the hit TV series, “My Name is Kim Samsoon” (also known as “My Lovely Samsoon”) and Hwang Ji-hyun’s supporting role in the drama “Come Back, Soon-ae” gained her recognition.

The news of the attractive pair’s relationship made fans feel most envious.
In 2nd place was the star coupling of KBS host Park Ji-yoon and fellow-KBS Choi Dong-suk, which earned 20% of the votes. Park Ji-yoon has been gaining popularity through her appearance on several shows, including “Star Golden Bell.”

And in third place of most envious couple with 15% of the votes was singer Park Ji-yoon and Yongi, followed by Jadu and Eum Seung-baek with 14% and Baek Boram and Kim Jae-woo with 483 votes.

source: kbs

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Lee Jung Jae, "Back to back role of an agent is a burden"

Lee Jeong Jae is returning to the TV screen after a long break through the MBC series 'Air City.' At the production press conference held at the Incheon International Airport held on the 29th, Lee Jung Jae was first asked how he felt about it.

"It is burdensome thinking that it is my first time appearing in a television series in eight years, but these days I have been telling myself to not overdo it. I was trying so hard that in the end, I eliminated the range of characters I could act. I felt as if I limited myself so this time I will try to escape from the burden while I enjoy it.

The role he is playing this time is a National Intelligence Service agent Kim Ji Sung who returns from working abroad after a friend's death and encounters various incidents while working at the airport.

One cannot disregard the burden from his previous agent role in '
Typhoon' as they are similar.

"At first it was burdensome as the character was another agent. If it was a character that made you think, 'What kind of agent is that?' then it would have been alright, but it overlaps greatly with the character I played in 'Typhoon.' But I heard not many people watched 'Typhoon' so I was discouraged but found hope at the same time.

The drama is special as it is the first to be set at the airport, but there also seems to be much difficulty according to the director. He did say it takes two to three times the more effort.

"The traveling distance is much greater as the airport is big. Because we can't shut down the entire airport to film, there are many cases where the filming is disrupted by camera flashes of people watching or airport announcements. But it is interesting actually being able to be on the runway, in the underground bunkers, or in the control top. Also, the airport is a place of greeting and farewell simultaneously so I believe it is a place with living emotion.

With various professional dramas becoming popular, 'Air City' also focuses on the professionalism of those who work at the airport.

The story will shift its focus to love later on, but the main plot is about the incidents that happen at the airport.
"I think viewers now prefer a good plot over visuals. Before, dramas became popular based on how good it looked, but now people will turn away from great visuals if the story is not up to par. There is great burden as I must be able to act as good as the large scale scenery of the airport."

Hallyu Star
Choi Ji Woo will be co-starring Lee Jung Jae as Han Do Gyung, an operations manager of the airport. The drama has gathered the spotlight as it is the first time the two are performing together.

"I simply plan on benefiting from Choi Ji Woo. Rather than wanting to become a Hallyu Star, I have a great desire to show good acting." 'Air City' which commemorates the sixth year anniversary of the opening of Incheon International Airport will start airing on May 12th.


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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Endless Love ( autumn in my heart ) ost

01. Main Title (Flute Version)
02. Reason - Jung Il Young
03. Romance (G.-Sam Lee/P.-Choi Tae Wan)

04. gi do - Jung Il Young

05. Remember (G.-Park Jung Won)

06. ul ma na nae ga - Yoon Chang Gun

07. Reason (Instrumemtal)

08. Romance (P.-Lee Hong Rae)
09. noon mool (P.-Lee Hong Rae)

10. ul ma na nae ga (G.-Ham Choon Ho)
11. ggoom sok eh suh - Jung Il Young

12. ul ma na nae ga (P.-Yoo Jung Hyun)
13. gi do (Instrumental)

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Cha Tae Hyun, returns to TV through drama series in three years

Cha Tae Hyun
will be starring in the new drama series that is to be aired in May through KBS titled, 'I Came in Search of a Flower (tentative).' This is the first in approximately three years after the 'Prince's First Love' which completed its broadcast in August of 2004 on MBC.

His last
KBS appearance was through 'Star' ten years ago. 'I Came in Search of a flower (tentative)' which will be aired following 'Hello, Miss,' is about finding the true meaning behind love and death. Producer Ji Young Soo of 'Oh! Pil Seung, Bong Soon Young' will be joined by writer Yoon Sung Hee of 'Shooting for the Stars' for the series.

Cha Tae Hyun
will be playing Yoon Ho Sang, a comical undertaker. He has a nice personality and looks but seems to end up with luck in whatever he attempts and believes all of it is because of money.

Cha Tae Hyun
commented, "I am very concerned as I haven't appeared on television in a while, but I am looking forward to this piece. I will try my best to present a lively character the viewers can get into."

source: broasia

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Kang Hye Jung, to appear in drama in 9 years

Actress Kang Hye Jung will be appearing in a television drama series in 9 years, being the first after 'Eunshili' in 1998.

Kang Hye Jung will be playing the role of Na Hana in 'I Came in Search of a Flower' that is to air on May 14th. Na Hana is the daughter of an undertaker who has become apathetic to death and opens her eyes to the emotions of love and pain after meeting Yoon Ho Sang played by Cha Tae Hyun.

Producer Ji Young Soo commented, "Kang Hye Jung fits the image of Na Hana very well and is an actress that can act out the character to the fullest. I will try my best to create a fun and warm drama series."

'I Came in Search of a Flower' is a human comedy genre that focuses on death, love, and the realization of the true meaning of death.

Kang Hye Jung has starred in the movies 'Old Boy,' 'Welcome to Dongmakgol,' 'Herb,' and others leaving a deep impression on the movie screen.

source: broasia

Kim Hae-sook Wins at Japan’s Movie Critics Awards

Middle-aged actress Kim Hae-sook has won the International Cooperation Award at the 16th Japanese Movie Critics Awards held by Japan’s Movie Critics Association on March 27 in Tokyo. The event was sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kim is the first Korean celebrity to receive the International Cooperation Award, whose previous winners include Hong Kong star Leslie Cheung. Kim’s agency cited the event organizers as saying that the actress received the award for her outstanding acting in
TV dramas and movies that have aired in Japan and for contributing to movie exchanges between Korea and Japan.

Kim has appeared in all four “
season series” of drama director Yoon Seok-ho, including “Winter Sonata” and “Summer Scent.” In addition, she has gained popularity in Japan for her role in the movie “My Brother,” which also stars Won Bin. Kim is also one of the few middle-aged Korean celebrities to appear in a Japanese TV commercial.

source: kbs grobal

KBS “Sponge” to Compete for Golden Rose Award

The KBS TV2 entertainment-educational show “Sponge” has advanced to the finals of the 47th Golden Rose Awards in the TV show category.

A KBS official said March 28 that the show was the only KBS program this year to advance to the finals and will compete with the programs of the world’s largest TV networks such as BBC of the U.K.

The Golden Rose award is a prestigious entertainment program award that is often called the Emmy Award of entertainment shows. The event will take place in Luzern, Switzerland beginning May 5, with the winners to be announced May 9.
source: kbs grobal

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Que Sera Sera Is First Korean Mega Television Series To Be Filmed Under STB's Film In Singapore! Scheme

Singapore, 22 March 2007 – After wrapping up a whirlwind five-day film shoot in Singapore from 18 March to 22 March, the star-studded cast of the Korean television series Que Sera Sera made their first appearance to media and fans at Bar Opiume in Singapore today.

Another highly anticipated series from acclaimed producer Kim Yun Cheul, who was also behind the popular Korean drama series, My Lovely Samsoon, Que Sera Sera also promises to be a hit, headlined by popular Korean boyband Shinhwa’s Eric Mun as well as Jung Yoo Mi, Lee Kyu Han and Yoon Ji Hye.

Singapore provided the backdrop for two sequences of the television series, which will be featured in three of the serial’s 16 episodes. Unique locations such as Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort, the Cartier boutique at Takashimaya S.C., The Scarlet Hotel, IndoChine Waterfront at Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum along the Singapore River, Changi Airport, Little India and Stamford House have been filmed over a period of five days amounting to at least 80 minutes of screen time set in Singapore.

Que Sera Sera is the latest project to be supported by the Singapore Tourism Board’s Film in Singapore! Scheme, which also facilitated last year’s Bollywood blockbuster Krrish starring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra, as well as the 40-episode China dramedy Super Mates, due to air in 2007 and marketed and distributed in America, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore.

To date, 10 projects, ranging from movies and television series to documentaries and music videos, have been filmed in Singapore under the scheme since its launch in 2004.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

“Jumong” to Air in Japan

The MBC TV dramaJumong,” which has recently finished airing in Korea amidst high popularity, will debut in Japan April 25 via the Japanese satellite broadcaster BS Fuji. The Sankei Sports reported March 19 that Fuji TV will air a special program in early April to draw viewers’ attention.

The program will feature greetings from the drama’s cast as well as sketches showing filming.
The daily also introduced the drama as a “ghost show.”

The pilot episode of the 81-episode
drama about a Goguryeo hero recorded viewer ratings of 17.4 percent in Korea in May last year, and since January this year had maintained ratings of 50 percent, with the final episode recording 51.9 percent.

source: kbs grobal

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Teddy Bear Museum in goong

During their trip to Jeju Island, Chae-gyeong and the empress visit the Teddy Bear Museum. This is the world’s largest museum that is wholly dedicated to teddy bears. The museum has on exhibit a wide collection of teddy bears from all over the world and is a great place to take pictures. As Chae- gyeong thinks about Lee Shin back in Seoul, she is shocked when he suddenly appears. Her expression brightens and she looks just like a teddy bear. If you remember this scene, you may want to visit the museum. Here, you will find the teddy bear that Chae-gyeong pretended was Lee Shin.

→ Go to Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju

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Lee Dae Hae Returns to Romantic Comedy

The quiet elegance of
Lee Da-hae in a traditional hanbok kept the eyes of the nation focused on living room television sets last night. This was to be expected as KBS and its filming partner, Olive 9, have been promoting Lee’s appearance in the new KBS drama “Hello, Miss” very seriously. It is Lee’s first television appearance since 2005.
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Airing: March 12, 2007 - Mon/Tues.
Lee Ji Hoon (Wonderful Life; Billie Jean, Look At Me),
Lee Da Hae (Green Rose, My Girl),
Ha Suk Jin
(Sad Love Story, Princess LuLu), Ryan (Paran)
Episodes: 16

"Hello ! Miss " is adapted from the novel "Five Kimchi Mandu" and will be boardcast on 12 March 2007 following the drama When Spring Comes . The drama is the love story between Hwa Ahn Dang owner, Soo Ha [Lee Dae Hae] and Dong Gyu (Lee Ji Hoon). Dong Gyu is the grandson of a weathy man who used to be an old servant of Hwa Ahn Dang . Soo Ha who is trying to save Hwa Ahn Dang from being bankrupt met Dong Gyu and Chang Min (Ha Suk Jin) who is also a descendants of a weathy family with a miser grandfather .
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Friday, March 16, 2007

So Ji Sub to return to TV screen through drama series 'Cain and Abel

So Ji Sub who will complete his military duties on April 27th has selected the drama series 'Cain and Abel' as his returning piece. After his discharge, So Ji Sub will start filming 'Cain and Abel,' two years after his last drama 'I'm Sorry, I Love You' which ended in December of 2004.

The series 'Cain and Abel,' produced by the newly formed company Plan B Pictures, is the fateful story of two brothers who were separated during their youth and meet again as a police agent and killer. So Ji Sub will play the younger brother 'Jin' who was sent to the U.S. for adoption and is raised to become a killer of the Mafia. The cast for the role of the older brother has not yet been decided.
'Cain and Abel' which will be filmed on location in San Francisco is a large scale drama with an estimated production cost of 600 million won.

The broadcasting channel is to be determined while the series will be filmed 70% in advance.
So Ji Sub's agency BOF commented on the 15th, "So Ji Sub selected this piece after contemplating for a long time. He said he would put his best into it for the fans that have been waiting for him for so long."

source: BROASIA

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Hyun Bin & Hwang Ji-Hyun Romance

Top star Hyun Bin confessed his interest in Hwang Ji-Hyun on his fan café homepage on February 25, revealing “we are not yet a couple, but we are getting to know each other based on some common interests.

He further stated, “Hwang Ji-Hyun and I are interested in learning more about each other, but at this point we are just good friends. I hope that all this early attention given to our friendship does not taint our initial feelings,” adding “I know many of my fans were surprised, and I am sorry for any misunderstandings that may have risen. I hope to return to the screen as soon as possible in a fantastic leading role.

Meanwhile, KBS 2TV ‘Yunyega (Entertainment Broadcasting)” aired an interview with Hyun Bin along with photos capturing Hyun Bin and Hwang Ji-Hyun enjoying a secret date at a ski resort printed in the March edition of “Yeoseong Joongang,” a women’s magazine by Joongang M&D, further supporting the rumors of their romance.

The Hyun BinHwang Ji-Hyun ‘romance story’ first became known to the public after these photos, which captured the two of them at a ski resort were featured in the March edition of the monthly magazine “Yeoseong Joogang.”


full house filming locations

Han Ji-eun's Bedroom

Lee Young-jae's Bedroom

Outer View

Living Room

Full House was filmed in Incheon. Located near Incheon International Airport, it's a ten-minute boat ride from Sammok Harbor to this quiet, seashore getaway. Unlike other filming locations in Korea, this is an actual house. Made mostly of wood, this house, made especially for the miniseries, cost approximately one million US dollars to build.

The beachfront property looks out onto open waters, with elegant views that could be used on any postcard. Many fans of the miniseries make a pilgrimage to this now famous home. Nearby sightseeing locations include Jogak (sculpture) Park on Modo Island; a bridge connects these two islands.

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Ju Ji-hoon Selected New Asian Star of 2007

Actor Ju Ji-hoon has been selected a New Asian Star of 2007 at the 1st Astar TV Drama Awards that will be held March 30 at the COEX in Seoul. New Asian Stars have been chosen from six Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Astar TV said the six were chosen for their high recognition in their respective countries, their celebrity status and potential to emerge as top Asian stars.

Ju gained popularity throughout the entire Asian region for his role in the TV show "
Princess Hours" and received acclaim for his role in the new TV drama "Devil."

Singer/actor Kamenashi Kazuya was chosen among Japanese stars, while Fan Bing Bing represented China. Actor Wilson Chan was chosen among Taiwanese stars, actor Daniel Wu among Hong Kong stars and model/actress Patcharapa Chaichua among Thai stars.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Rain in Vietnam for World Tour

Singer Rain has visited Vietnam to give a performance in the country’s economic center of Ho Chi Minh as part of his world tour. The top Korean singer will hold concerts at the city’s QK Stadium with 25,000 seats on March 10 and 11. Earlier on Thursday, he held a press conference where some 100 newspapers and broadcasters attended.

Arriving at the Ho Chi Minh International Airport by private jet and dressed casually, Rain gave a brief interview with local broadcasting company HTV, where he said, “My condition is very good and I am really looking forward to giving a performance here.”

He also waved and smiled at his fans waiting for him there. Some 1,000 fans shouted “Rain,” holding pickets in the shape of the letter “R,” and took pictures of him. A high school girl said, “I first became his fan because of his good-looking appearance. But I also got to like his sweet voice and powerful dancing. Many of my friends are also his fans and even my mom is his fan, so she let me come here.”

source KBS Global

Jun Do Yun's wedding will be held in March

On 3/5, Jun Do Yun (34)’s agency “SidusHQ ” reveals that JDY’s wedding is scheduled in March. The bridegroom-to-be is Mr. Kang, an entrepreneur six years older than JDY. The representative of SidusHQ states, “The wedding ceremony will be held privately, and around 100 family members and relatives are invited to attend the wedding. The actual date, time, and place of the wedding will not be announced to the public.”

JDY and Mr. Kang were introduced to each other about 5 months ago by a mutual friend. Information about JDY’s wedding was spread after people saw her trying out wedding gowns designed by “Vera Wang ” and shopping for furniture with Mr. Kang. JDY plans to continue her entertainment career after she is married.

Source: hankooki »
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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Bae Yong Joon voted S Korea's most popular actor

BEIJING, March 8 -- South Korean actor Bae Yong Joon has been chosen by internet users as the most popular actor in his country in 2007, according to the results of an internet survey.

Bae Yong Joon got an overwhelming majority of votes, followed by Kwon Sang Woo, Kim Jeong Hoon, the lead actor of idol drama "Princess Hours," or "Goong," and Ju Ji Hoon.

Rain, Song Seung Hun, and Jang Dong Gun are also included in the list of the top ten most popular South Korean actors.

(Source: CRIENGLISH. com)

Lee Joon Ki's new tv series :Time Between Dog and Wolf

Lee Joon Ki
and Nam Sang Mi are selected to lead the dramaTime between Dog and Wolf ” scheduled to be aired by KBS2 in March of 2007. The production company of the drama “Phantom Entertainment ” announces on 11/29 that LJG is selected to lead this action drama portraying two men having close relationship become rivals under seemingly impossible circumstances.

The main characters belong to the special investigation unit against an international narcotic drug crime organization, and they infiltrate into the criminal organization by disguised identities. Currently, the production company is negotiating with the broadcasting TV station.

The filming is scheduled to start early next year at Hong Kong and Macau.
LJG plays a courageous and energetic man who revenges on a criminal group. NSM plsys the role Suh Ji Woo . Ji Woo met LJG’s role during childhood and then fell in love with him. Due to a sudden accident, they had to separate.

They meet each other again when they are working as secret agents disguised as museum curators. However, they separate once again because LJG’s role wants to revenge on his parents’ enemies.
LJG’s previous drama was “My Girl (SBS, 2005)” and NSM’s latest drama was “Bad Family (MBC, 2005)”.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

KBS TV Program to Be Exported to Japan

KBS Media said Friday that it will sign a contract to sell the videogram rights to the KBS 2TV program “Happy Together” to Japan. Last year, it was exported to Taiwan.

A videogram right is the right to copy and distribute TV programs on all types of image carriers such as videotapes and DVDs.

The program will provide Japanese subtitles instead of being dubbed into Japanese.

Another KBS 2TV program, “Happy Sunday,” was sold to China last year, and one of its segments, “Six Heroines,” has been gaining popularity.

“So far actors and actresses have had the opportunities to rise to stardom in foreign nations through dramas, but from now on they will be able to do so through TV programs,” a KBS Media staff member said. “It is very likely that the export of programs will help the Korean Wave continue to thrive.”
source: kbs grobal

Saturday, March 03, 2007

korean comedy tv series : Sweet spy

  • English Title: Sweet Spy
  • Genre: Police Comedy
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: MBC
  • Broadcast period: 2005-Nov-07 to 2006-Jan-10
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday at 21:55


Nam Sang-mi plays widowed police officer Lee Sun-ae who finds herself suddenly immersed into international espionage by Han Yoo-il (Dennis Oh), an undercover agent. Lee Joo-hyun plays Kang-Jun, who's recently transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department. He opens an old case involving Sun-ae's past that leads him to an entanglement between the current political/economic powers and their secrets. One of them, oddly enough, being Han Yoo-il. Who is this man? Why is he here?

source : dramawiki

gossip news : Hyun Bin-Hwang Ji-hyeon Romance Exposed

Korean heartthrob Hyun Bin is in love with fellow artist Hwang Ji-hyeon.

Their relationship was exposed after being seen spending time together at a skiing resort in January. According to insider’s tips, the celebrity couple is said to be having an on and off relationship for almost a year, but has been doing well recently.

Both artists haven’t responded to the rumors though.

Hyun Bin is made famous from TV drama My Lovely Sam-soon” and “The Snow Queen,” he is currently one of the most sort after actor in Korea.

Hwang Ji-hyeon is not as famous as her boyfriend, but she’s said to be appearing in lots of TV commercials and is currently a TV hostess.