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Rain’s love life interfering with his compulsory military service?

By on January 2nd, 2013 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

South Korean pop icon Rain has come under fire after reports revealing his relationship with a top TV actress suggested he might be flouting the terms of his compulsory military service.

Rain’s relationship with Kim Tae-Hee, a major TV drama star with a massive following in Japan, was first reported Tuesday by a tabloid magazine, sparking a fan frenzy on entertainment websites and social networks.

The magazine published photos showing Kim, 32, wearing a cap and surgical mask, getting into a car driven by the singer, who is halfway through the two-year military service that is mandatory for Korean men.

“They are currently getting to know each other with feelings for each other,” Kim’s agency said in a statement later Tuesday, confirming the two had been dating for about a month.

Fan excitement over the match-up between two of the country’s most high-profile celebrities was tempered by questions over how — as reported by the magazine — the couple had managed numerous dates over the past four weeks.

During their military service, Korean men are largely confined to their barracks and given little free time.

“I don’t care whoever Rain dates … but what kind of soldier gets Christmas holiday, where most guys toil shovelling piles of snow at the frontline units in bitter cold?” said one online commentator.

One of the tabloid pictures of the couple showed Rain, 30, driving a private car in military uniform, contrary to service guidelines, and not wearing his army beret.

The defence ministry’s website has been bombarded with messages calling for Rain to be disciplined, with more than 3,000 people signing an online petition urging an investigation.

“Rain has to serve twice, just like Psy did!” said another online comment, referring to the “Gangnam Style” singer who was forced to repeat his military service after it emerged he had furthered his showbiz interests during his first stint.

Rain has been serving as an “entertainment soldier” who appears in military-run TV and radio programmes aimed at boosting morale.

The singer, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, is one of the biggest names in the world of K-pop which commands a huge following in South Korea and across much of Asia and beyond.

A defence ministry spokesman insisted Rain had earned holiday in line with military rules, but added that his army unit was “looking into the matter” given the public clamour.

“We advise soldiers to wear proper military outfit including a beret during a holiday but a failure to do so is not a punishable crime,” the spokesman told AFP.



Teaser poster of ‘IRIS 2′ revealed

By on December 28th, 2012 | Korean Dramas

Iris 2


′My Sassy Girl′ to be made into TV drama?

By on December 24th, 2012 | Korean Dramas, Korean Movies

My Sassy Girl

Eleven years after My Sassy Girl first hit theaters and went on to be a major box office hit, a television drama remake has now been green-lit.

Television drama production agency RamongRaein is pursuing a TV drama remake of the popular romantic comedy movie.

The agency had originally begun taking scripts early this year but was unable to settle on a script and writer until recently. It has since, settled on a potential script and is now targeting a premiere of the drama sometime in the latter half of 2013.

A source close to the production shared the agency is planning a 16-episode run and casting had yet to begun.

The original movie catapulted its main stars, Jun Ji Hyun and Cha Tae Hyun, to nationwide stardom. As such, many are wondering who will fill their big shoes and whether they will be able to find the same level of success as the original stars.


Lee Byung-heon wins ‘Star of the Year’ award

By on November 30th, 2012 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment, Korean Movies

Lee Byung-heon will be given ‘Star of the Year’ award.

On December 13th, Lee Byung-heon will be awarded ‘Star of the Year’ award during CineAsia 2012 Award.

Lee Byung-heon will be visiting Hong Kong to attend the event himself. Lee Byung-heon has been keeping himself busy by casting in ‘Gwang Hae’, ‘G.I.Joe’, and ‘Red 2′, and he will be recognized as the hottest star of Asia.

Lee Byung-heon said, “Lee Byung-heon is treating this as a great honor.”

During last three years, ‘Star of the Year’ awards have been given to Chinese actors/actresses, including Lee Bingbing(2011), Zhang ZiYi(2010), and Zhou Xun(2009). Back in 2007, Rain became the first Korean star to win the award, but Tang Wei also won the award with him.

CineAsia Award is an annual movie exhibition which takes place in Hong Kong every December, and it is a prestigious event where movie distributors and theater officials from all over the world attend.

On the other hand, CineAsia 2012 Award will take place from December 11th until 13th at Hong Kong Convention&Exhibition Centre.



Ha Jung Woo’s Agency Deny Kim Tae Hee Dating Rumors

By on October 16th, 2012 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

After rumors began escalating in recent weeks of a romantic relationship between Ha Jung Woo and Kim Tae Hee, Han Jung Woo’s agency has stepped forward to address the talks.

Ha Jung Woo’s Fantagio CEO, Na Byung Joon issued a statement on October 16 denying the dating rumors saying, “We have heard the rumors as well and verified the truth behind it. However, the rumors are completely untrue.”

The CEO added, “It hasn’t been long since [Ha Jung Woo] broke up with his previous girlfriend and he has no time [to date] because of his production schedule.”

Ha Jung Woo also explained through his agency that though he was close with Kim Tae Hee and frequently encounters her in events and other parties, he was close with other male and female actors as well and believed the rumors began from fans who hold a lot of interest in the two actors.

Na Byung Joon also denied the two actors had ever starred in a movie titled Clean Boyfriend together, as had been incorrectly stated multiple times online, and the purported movie poster of the two together floating around online was a fake.


Lee Da Hae Wins Best Actress Award at China’s ‘3rd LETV Movie and Drama Awards’

By on October 16th, 2012 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment, Korean Movies

Lee Da Hae wins best actress award

Lee Da Hae has won the best actress award for her acting in China at the “LETV Movie and Drama Awards” held on October 9th in Shanghai.

Lee Da Hae has gained enormous popularity and recognition for her work in the chinese drama Love Actually.

Lee Da Hae was nominated in the category of best actress in a television drama and was announced as the winner during the evening’s ceremony.

Coming on stage to receive her award, Lee Da Hae thanked all her fans in fluent Mandarin and received a passionate response from the crowd.

Hae’s Forestar Entertainment reflected on the honor saying, “We are extremely thankful when thinking of the enormous popularity [Lee Da Hae] is receiving in not only in Korea but China and the rest of Asia. This award was validation of Lee Da Hae’s position in Asia and she will continue to engage in a variety of activities to return your love and support.”


Full House Season 2 to premiere in Korea on Oct 22nd

By on October 10th, 2012 | Korean Dramas

Full House Season 2

The second season to the 2004 hit Korean romantic comedy “Full House” will premiere in Korea on Oct. 22 on cable channel SBS Plus.

“Full House Take 2″ stars actress Hwang Jung Eum and actors No Min Woo and Park Ki Woong.

In the sequel, Hwang Jung Eum plays instructor Jang Man-ok, who gets involved with Lee Tae Ik (No Min Woo) and Won Kang Hwi (Park Ki Woong), members of the idol group Take One.

Fans are already anticipating the pilot episode of “Full House 2″ to see if it is comparable to the original series.

“Full House 2″ started airing in Japan last Oct. 5 on channel TBS 1.

Hwang Jang Eum is an award-winning actress who starred in such dramas as “East of Eden” and “High Kick Through The Roof” in 2009, “Giant” in 2010 and “Can You Hear My Heart” in 2011.

No Min Woo’s credits include “Pasta” (2010), “My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox” (2010) and “Midas” in 2011.

On the other hand, Park Ki Woong has appeared in dramas such as “Drama City” in 2007, “Chuno” in 2010 and “The Musical” in 2011.

The original “Full House” became a hit in 2004 and launched the careers of singer Rain and actress Song Hye-Kyo to stardom.

It became No. 1 in the ratings for all of its 16 episodes and got the highest of 42 percent for its finale.It earned Rain his best actor award and Song Hye Kyo an excellence in acting award in the 2004 KBS Drama Awards.

The series was exported to several countries including the Philippines where it also became popular.

In 2009, GMA Network made an adaptation of “Full House” starring Richard Gutierrez and Heart Evangelista.

“Full House Take 2″ was jointly produced by Korea, Japan and China.



Kim Tae Hee cast as Lady Jang Hee Bin in the upcoming series of Jang Ok Jung

By on October 8th, 2012 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

Kim Tae Hee cast as Lady Jang Hee Bin

SBS has announced that it has cast Kim Tae Hee for the iconic role of Lady Jang Hee Bin in the upcoming drama Jang Ok Jung.

Lady Jang Hee Bin is one of Korea’s best known royal concubines of the Joseon Dynasty and became known for her hunger for power and ruthless plotting before she was sentenced to death.


Check out this underwear photo shoot of Joo Sang Wook and Park Han Byul

By on September 28th, 2012 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment, Uncategorized

Joo Sang Wook and Park Han-Byul had underwear pictorial for underwear brand Bodyguard. Se7en are you jealous? The two look good and Joo Sang Wook sports a nice six pack of abs, though the photos look to be airbrushed quite a bit.

Here are the pics. What do you think?


KBS’s My Fair Lady off to good start

By on August 25th, 2009 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

The latest KBS Korean Drama, “My Fair Lady”, piloted yesterday with a whopping 17.4 % viewership ratings. The drama had high expectations since it stars popular teen idol Yoon Eun Hye who makes a TV comeback after her last drama hit “Coffee Prince” in 2007. Eun Hye plays a spoiled, rich character this time hoping to give the audience a refreshing change from her previous character types.

Jung Il Woo, Moon Chae Won, and Yoon Sang Hyun are the other popular leads in this new drama.

Click here for more information and pictures on “My Fair Lady”.


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