Thursday, July 29, 2010

On-set photos of upcoming TV series "Domangja s1" revealed

Korean actress Lee Na-young shoots a scene for upcoming TV series "Domangja s1" at the Port of Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan [Domangja s1]

On-set photos of Korean actors Daniel Henney and Lee Na-young from their Japan shoot for upcoming blockbuster TV series "Domangja s1" have been revealed.

In the photos released by the show's producers on Thursday, the two actors recently shot a scene for the romantic comedy-intelligence drama at the Port of Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan.

Playing the role of a mysterious woman named Jin-yi, actress Lee is seen wearing a simple, white cruise stewardess uniform while Henney is clad in a sophisticated semi-casual outfit as a shipping tycoon who falls in love with Lee's character.

"Domangja s1," about a hefty sum of money popping up sixty years after it disappeared in times of the Korean War, boasts a star-studded cast led by Korean entertainer Rain and including Lee Jung-jin, Kong Hyung-jin, veteran Japanese actor Takenaka Naoto, J-pop singer Uehara Takako and Hong Kong star Eric Tsang.

The series will be directed by noted television producer Kwak Jung-hwan and written by Chun Sung-il, the creative duo behind the hit TV series "The Slave Hunters" (KBS) earlier this year.

Filming will take place in various Asian cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Shanghai, Beijing, Macau and Hong Kong.

The shoot at the famous Japanese port attracted a huge group of local fans who gathered around to watch the Korean actors.

Lee, 31, first rose to stardom with TV series "Ruler of Your Own World" (MBC, 2002) and has since starred in several notable films such as "Please Teach Me English" (2003) and "Maundy Thursday" (2006) and "Someone Special," for which she won best actress at the 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Henney, 30, was born in Michigan to a Korean-American mother and an American father of British descent. He made his debut in the Korean entertainment business as a model and gained fame appearing in television commercials alongside top Korean actresses Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Tae-hee.

He became a phenomenon around the country after appearing in the hit TV series "My Name Is Kim Sam Soon" (MBC, 2005) and made his Hollywood debut last year in the Hugh Jackman action pic "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." He also scored his first gig on a U.S. television drama "Three Rivers" (CBS), which was cancelled after eight episodes due to low ratings.

"Domangja s1" will premiere in Korea around late September.

Korean-American actor Daniel Henney shoots a scene for upcoming TV series "Domangja s1" in Yokohama, Japan [Domangja s1]
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Kim Hyun Joong to Play Handsome Genius Boy

SS501 member Kim Hyun Joong has been cast as the male lead in the MBC drama Mischievous Kiss" (written by Ko Eun Nim, directed by Hwang In Roi and Kim Do Hyung), which will begin airing from September.

According to a spokesperson for his agency Keyeast on July 16, Kim Hyun Joong will play the male lead named Paek Seung Jo in the drama. The character he will play is a handsome genius boy who can learn anything one hundred times faster than others.

In the original Japanese comic book, the name of the character was Arie Naoki.

Production director Hwang In Roi revealed reason why he cast Kim Hyun Joong for the role by saying, “Kim Hyun Joong has an appearance that looks like he just came out of the romance comics and he also has purity in his mind, so he is very suitable for the character Paek Seung Jo.”

The drama “Mischievous Kiss“ is based on the original Japanese comic book which has been very popular in Japan, selling more than 27 million copies. The original comic book has been evaluated as the best romance comic book ever along with another Japanese comic book, “Boys Over Flowers.”

The story is about a genius but cynical male lead who has an IQ of 200. He meets an impatient troublemaking female lead and they fall in love.

The original comic book was already made as a drama in Taiwan with star actor Cheng Yuan Chang as the male lead, so the drama has gained huge popularity not only in Taiwan, but also in Korea and Japan.

The Korean version of the drama will be produced by the production company Group Eight, which made the drama “Boys Over Flowers,” along with star production director Hwang In Roi, who made popular dramas such as “Nymph Of Shampoo,””What Women Live By,” and “Princess Hours,” and star writer Ko Eun Nim, who has written famous scripts for the movie “Bungee Jump Of Their Own” and the TV dramas “Rebirth – NEXT” and “Soul,” so the big production team has drawn attention.

New actress Jung So Min has been cast as the female lead Oh Ha Ni (Aikara Kotoko in the original), who loves Paek Seung Jo in the drama. Oh Ha Ni does not have an interest in studying, but she has positive personality and loves Peak Seung Jo.

The drama “Mischievous Kiss” will begin filming in July and will air its first episode on September 1 as the follow-up drama to MBC’s “Road No.1.”

source: KBS Global

Lee Seung-gi, Shin Min-ah to play couple in new TV series

Korean singer and actor Lee Seung-gi will be romancing actress Shin Min-ah in a new SBS TV series tentatively titled "My Girlfriend is Gumiho," according to the show's PR firm IM Company on Wednesday.

IM announced in a press release that Lee and Shin have been cast as the male and female lead for the upcoming drama, where Lee will play an unlucky guy named Cha Dae-woong who falls in love with a nine-tailed fox, or 'Gumiho,' to be played by Shin.

Lee and Shin garnered much attention after photos of the two taken on set surfaced on the Internet.

"They seem to create a lively atmosphere on the set even with their [Lee and Shin] busy schedules," explained a staff member on the show, adding that the two spend their free time going over their lines and asking the crew for advice.

"Gumiho," written by sisters Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran who previously wrote hit dramas "Minamishineyo" (SBS, 2009) and "Hong Gil-dong" (KBS, 2008), is a fantasy love story between Cha Dae-woong and Gumiho, who was unleashed by Cha after being imprisoned for 500 years.

Meanwhile, girl band T-ara member Jiyeon will be making her acting debut in the series with a supporting role.

Lee, 23, made his debut as a singer after being discovered and trained by one of Korea's top female vocalists Lee Sun-hee. He rose to stardom with his first single "Because You're My Girl," which created a huge older female fan base.

The ballad singer crossed over into acting in 2005 with a role in MBC's sitcom "Nonstop 5" and "Famous Princesses" (KBS, 2006). He solidified himself as an actor with his role as Hwan Sun-woo in the hit series "Shining Inheritance" (SBS, 2009).

Shin, 27, has appeared in numerous movies and television dramas since her debut in 2001. Her most notable works include KBS' drama "A Love To Kill" (KBS, 2005) with Korean entertainer Rain and movie "A Bittersweet Life" (2005) and "The Naked Kitchen" (2009).

"Gumiho" will premiere on August 11 after "Bad Boy" finishes its run.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

[ Korean Drama 2009 ] Princess Ja Myung Go

Romance, Historical, period, Drama
Episodes: 50

Broadcast network:
Broadcast period:
2009-Mar-10 to 2009-Jul-21
Air time:
Monday & Tuesday 21:55


Jung Ryu Won as Princess Ja Myung
Park Min Young as Princess Ra Hee
Jung Kyung Ho as Prince Hodong


Ja-myung and Ra-hee were born as princess in Nakrang Country in the same hour as half sisters. An oracle warns that one of two would save the country and the other would destroy it. Ja-myung almost becomes assassinated by Wang Ja-sil, the ambitious mother of Ra-hee. But miraculously, she escapes to Shandong Province at the last minute. Ja-myung grows up to be a top artist of the Artist Group in Shandong. She meets Prince Ho-dong and realizes that she was meant for him. She returns to Nakrang Country as a royal princess. Her return provokes the conflict over the right to the throne. Her mother makes Ja-myung the priestess of the sanctuary to save Ja-myung’s life. She invents the Ja-myung-gogak System to defend Nakrang Country from the attack. She leads and turns the Nakrang Army into an invincible army after winning many battles. Afterwards, her life is threatened by Ra-hee and her mother, Wang Ja-sil. Ja-myung becomes furious at her half sister, Ra-hee, when Ra-hee marries Prince Ho-dong. Prince Ho-dong manipulates Ra-hee into destroying the Ja-myung-gogak System to strengthen his political position as a prince of Goguryeo Dynasty. Ra-hee is forced to pull out her sword to kill her half sister Ja-myun