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Actor Park Si-hoo Accused of Rape

By spcnet.tv on February 20th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

Actor Park Si-hoo has been charged with rape, Seoul police said Monday. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, met Park through a mutual acquaintance last Thursday night and drank with him in a bar in the trendy Gangnam district of southern Seoul.

Police said the woman claims to have lost consciousness and realized she had been raped when she woke up.

Police said they plan to summon Park for questioning. The handsome actor became famous in TV soaps including “Alice in Cheongdam-dong” and “The Princess’ Man.”

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Rain Requests Formal Transfer to the Front Lines of the DMZ

By spcnet.tv on January 15th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

Following the controversy over Rain and his military duties, Rain has formally requested a transfer in his duties and assignment.

Rain held a meeting recently with the Defense Media Agency (DEMA) in which Rain expressed his desire to be transferred back as a regular soldier and to be reassigned to the front lines of Korea in the regions close to the tense North and South Korean border.

Since the revelation of his dating status with Kim Tae Hee, Rain had been under investigation for failure to properly wear his military uniform and for potentially receiving favorable privileges during his service in the past year.

At the end of the investigation, the singer received a light reprimand and probation for seven days for failure to properly adhere to rules over his military uniform but was dismissed of the other allegations.

The entertainer since then expressed his regret over the incident and for affecting his colleagues at the DEMA and promised he would serve out the remainder of his military service honorably and in self-reflection.

A representative for DEMA confirmed it had received a request from Rain to be transferred to the front lines but said it would begin considering the request once the proper paper work had been submitted and received by DEMA.

Rain has approximately seven months left of his mandatory military duties.

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Song Hye Kyo Shoots “The Grandmaster” for 1 Year, 6 Minutes Screen time in Return

By spcnet.tv on January 11th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Movies, Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

The 10 year production The Grandmaster finally released in Mainland. Lead actor Tony Leung and lead actress Zhang Ziyi were willing to sacrifice their time and lose several jobs to shoot this film from beginning to end. In 2010, it was rumored Korean actress Song Hye Kyo “fussed” and was unwilling to take up extra time to re-shoot some scenes. After spending a year shooting, she only had 6 minutes of screen time in the 130 minute film, lead actress Zhang Ziyi occupied 100 minutes!

Although Song Hye Kyo had little screen time and declined to participate in the promotions, lead actor Tony Leung still praised her professionalism despite having a language barrier with the crew and basically gave a lot of ‘face’. Tony said: “I totally understand her situation. In the past, I went to Taiwan to shoot Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s film not knowing any Mandarin. At the time, I felt as if I was mute and couldn’t speak. But, Song Hye Kyo was very professional, she was able to portray the elegant woman, she’s a very rare actress.” Wong Kar Wai’s production style is ‘patient work makes a good product’, and may not necessarily understand every artist. Tony works very closely with the director, asked if he tutored Song Hye Kyo? Tony laughed: “She’s very professional, not necessary.”

Tony Leung also praised Zhang Ziyi, he said: “I admire her. I don’t need to say much about her acting, but she trained her Kung Fu well. It’s amazing. I had a few action scenes with her, because we had to accommodate several things, I couldn’t hit her lightly. That night we were shooting the scene 50 times, so absolutely there was accidental hitting and stepping involved, I know she was in real pain due to her old injuries, but she held it all in. I really admire her, very rare!”

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Korean pop icon Rain confined to barracks to “repent”

By spcnet.tv on January 9th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

South Korean pop icon Rain has been confined to barracks for a week, the defence ministry said Tuesday, after his dating put him on the wrong side of the country’s strict military service rules.

“Under a decision by the disciplinary commission of his unit, Rain will be confined to his barracks to spend seven days of repentance,” a defence ministry spokesman said.

The 30-year-old singer is a little over halfway through the two-year military service that is mandatory for all able-bodied South Korean men.

The country’s well-oiled celebrity gossip machine went into overdrive last week when it was confirmed that Rain had begun dating Kim Tae-Hee, 32, a TV drama star with a massive following in Japan.

But fan excitement was tempered by questions over how the couple had managed numerous reported dates. During their military service men are given little free time, even for family visits.

“He breached regulations against having private meetings while on official duty,” the ministry spokesman said.

The punishment was one of the lightest options open to the disciplinary committee.

Rain, 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, across much of Asia and beyond.

After tabloid pictures of his dates with Kim emerged, the defence ministry’s website was bombarded with messages calling for him to be disciplined.

Some suggested he be forced to repeat his military service like the “Gangnam Style” star Psy, who was made to serve twice after it emerged he had furthered his showbiz interests during his first stint.

Military service is taken extremely seriously in South Korea, which remains technically at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.

Apart from those with physical disabilities, exemptions are rare and anyone refusing to serve — for moral or religious reasons — faces an automatic jail term.

Celebrities are frequently caught attempting to evade military service for fear they might be forgotten by their fans while in uniform.

Just as he was about to be called up in 2002, Korean-American pop singer Steve Yoo gave up his Korean nationality and became a naturalised US citizen.

The South Korean government considered it an act of desertion and he was deported and banned from returning for life.

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Rain to Face Disciplinary Committee Next Week

By spcnet.tv on January 7th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

The Defense Ministry on Thursday said it confirmed that singer and actor Rain bunked off military duties to meet his girlfriend, actress Kim Tae-hee. The ministry said it considers this a violation of military regulations and will put him in front of a disciplinary committee.

Rain, who is serving in the Army entertainment corps, left his military base citing official duties on Nov. 23, Dec. 2 and 9 to work on a song for a military event at a recording studio in Gangnam. On all three occasions Rain met up with Kim between 9 and 10 p.m. after working on his music.

Kim apparently drove him back to his base in the ministry compound every time, and Rain reported back at around 10:30 p.m.

“It is true that there was contact on the way back,” ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. “Contact for private purposes can be seen as a violation of regulations.”

Rain has raised eyebrows by taking 94 days off base, or one-fifth of his 450 days of service so far, more than twice the number of average holidays enjoyed by other troops from 2009 to 2012, and that even before he has used the 28 days of regular holidays to which he is entitled.

They included 25 overnight stays at the studio. “We phoned his studio each time to confirm that he was sleeping there,” a military official said. “To our knowledge, he did not sleep outside of the studio.”

According to the spokesman, the ministry believes Rain committed only four violations — failing to wear his military cap in public and meeting Kim on those three occasions. “An entertainment corps disciplinary committee will convene next week and take necessary steps,” he said. He added that Rain is unlikely to serve time in jail but could have his holidays revoked.

The ministry said Rain admits his offenses and told his superiors that he would take time to “reflect upon his actions.”

In response to the public outcry, the ministry has also decided to come up with a new set of rules that compel entertainment corps soldiers to be accompanied by senior officers when leaving their base and to return by 10 p.m. after practicing their routines.

“We will bolster measures so that the entertainment corps will not face any more criticism over special privileges,” Kim said. “This will include steps to curb excessively long vacations.”

Some critics are calling for the corps to be dismantled, but the military is not willing to go that far. “Entertainment corps members often work weekends and even use up their holidays to practice for military performances or to appear on Army broadcasts,” said one official. “It definitely helps boost troops’ morale, so it’s better to strengthen rules than to dismantle it.”

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

By spcnet.tv 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.

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Yoon Shi Yoon caught looking at Park Shin Hye’s chest

By spcnet.tv on December 20th, 2012 | Korean Entertainment

The image says it all.

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Kim Hee Sun denies plastic surgery rumors

By spcnet.tv on December 20th, 2012 | Korean Entertainment

Kim Hee Sun explained about her plastic surgery rumor.

On 17th, Kim Hee Sun appeared on SBS ‘Healing Camp’, and she explained about her plastic surgery rumor.

Kim Hee Sun was asked, “Did you really not touch your face at all? I think you’ve got a nose job,” and she replied, “I didn’t take a single plastic surgery.”

She continued, “It actually feels great to hear words like that. I means I got that much prettier. Should I push my nose up for you?”

Kim Hee Sun also said to Han Hye Jin, “I’m sure you didn’t get any surgery. People who did not take it recognize each other.”

She also said, “My jaws are a bit angled, and that’s why I always have my bang. I’m too afraid to take a surgery, and back in 1990s, I thought plastic surgery was something that nobody should do.”

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

By spcnet.tv on December 18th, 2012 | Korean Entertainment, Korean Movies

Lee Byung Hun Wins Star of the Year

Lee Byung-heon received ‘Star of the Year’ at CineAsia.

On 13th (local time), CineAsia 2012 Award took place in Hong Kong, and Lee Byung-heon won ‘Star of the Year’ award.

It’s first time for a Korean actor to win the award after Rain won it in 2007 with Tang Wei.

Director John Chu of ‘G.I.Joe 2′, who got up on the stage to distribute the award, said, “Lee Byung-heon showed an amazing acting. The Storm Shadow character could turn out so successful all thanks to his amazing job.”

He continued, “He has depth in him, and no matter which character he casts as, it is clearly visible. He is the best actor of our time. Thanks to Lee Byung-heon, many people’s perception to global movie market were changed, and he pioneered a new path for many movies.”

He also highly complimented Lee Byung-heon’s sophisticated expression, and producer Di Boraventura said through a video message, “I’m very glad that Lee Byung-heon, who is the hottest Asian star, casted in ‘G.I.Joe’, and I’d like to express my sincerest congratulations. Expectations on him are very large in Hollywood, and he’s got a huge potential. He made a significant contribution to our movie, and he showed some amazing acting.”

Lee Byung-heon, who won ‘Star of the Year’ award, mentioned about the pressure and loneliness that he had to fight through, and talked about his future plan.

He said, “I’ve always been trying to challenge new things, but sometime, I feel very pressured, scared, and lonely. It feels like I’m swimming in ocean alone, not knowing where I’m heading to. However, this award will become a huge energizer to me.”

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Is Kim Hee Sun dumb?

By spcnet.tv on December 18th, 2012 | Korean Entertainment

Kim Hee Sun reveals her IQ

On December 17th, Kim Hee Sun appeared on SBS’s “Healing Camp”.

During the broadcast, MCs said, “There’s a rumor that you have a pretty face, but not so smart brain.” Then, Kim Hee Sun said, “What’s wrong being not so smart? If I was stupid, I wouldn’t be here.”

She continued, “Would you prefer a smart, thorough, and shape girl, or a girl who’s a bit less smart, but cute?”

Then, MC Han Hye Jin said, “If you are not smart, you won’t be able to memorize the scripts. Someone I know gave up on acting because she couldn’t memorize the scripts.”

Kim Hee Sun also said, “I had IQ test when I was in school, and my IQ was 138. I heard Kim Hye Soo’s IQ is even higher than mine.”

So, there’s your answer. She’s pretty and has a brain!

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