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′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 at CineAsia

By 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.”


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.



Lee Byung Hun and Jo Min Su Win the Best Actor and Actress at the ′Daejong Film Awards′

By on November 1st, 2012 | Korean Entertainment, Korean Movies

Lee Byung Hun and Jo Min Su won the award for Best Actor and Best Actress at the 49th Daejong Film Awards, which was held on October 30th in Yeoido.

Lee Byung Hun also had other reasons to celebrate, as his film Masquerade won 15 other awards.

At the ceremony, Lee Byung Hun won two awards, the Best Actor Award and Popularity Award. His Best Actor Award was his first at the Daejong Film Awards, making it an even more memorable day for him. He, however, wasn′t able to attend the ceremony in person as he was in London shooting his film Red 2.

The Best Actress Award went to Jo Min Su of Pieta, the film that won the Leone D′Oro at the 69th Venice Film Festival. With this, she won the award she wasn′t able to despite getting the most points from the judges at the Venice Film Festival, due to the ceremony′s rules that one film can′t win in more than one area.

Jo Min Su said, “I′m about to cry but I′ll try not to. My nephew told me that a lot of his friends don′t know me, so I should work harder. Now, though, he said they know me. I believe most actors will always be happy when their names are called. I want to thank director Kim Ki Duk of Pieta and my family. The 24 staff members also helped me stand here in this spot. I thank you so much.”



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.”


The Thieves surpasses “The Host” to become Korea’s most watched movie

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

The Thieves Korean Movie

It’s official. As expected, “The Thieves” has become the most-watched Korean film with a whopping 13 million plus viewers having watched the flick in the last 70-odd days.

Show Box, the film’s distributor announced on Oct. 2 that the film chalked up some 13,020,393 views, and usurped the place of “The Host” which was released in 2006 and amassed 13,019,740 views in 106 days.

The current hit movie starring Kim Soo-hyun, Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Hye-su was No. 2 as of Sept. 3. Having garnered 12.31 million views at the time.

After its release on July 25, “Thieves” began breaking records across the board.

Just three days after the film opened, more than a million people had watched it; that number doubled the following day and tripled by day six.

Directed by Choe Dong-hoon, the film is about a heist carried out by 10 Korean and Chinese thieves stealing a $20 million diamond necklace at a casino in Macau.

To date, the most-watched film of all time in Korea is “Avatar” with some 13,624,328 views. It should be interesting to see if the Korean action-drama can usurp the place of the Hollywood blockbuster.



Rain’s Ninja Assassin trailer…and then in LEGO

By on September 8th, 2009 | Korean Entertainment, Korean Movies

Korean star Rain (Bi) trained hard for his first starring role in a Hollywood film, Ninja Assassin. The trailer shows some very difficult stunts and action scenes so it looks like Rain put in a lot of effort, especially that upside-down push-up.

Watching it again in LEGO version makes me want to watch it though :)