Saturday, April 28, 2007

Soap Queen Kim Ha-neul in Sexy Photo Spread

Kim Ha-neul shows off a newfound sexy image in the fashion magazine In Style. Pictures taken in Vietnam place Kim against an exotic background in hotpants and off-the-shoulder and halterneck tops. A magazine spokesman said the actress “has femme fatale looks. She is also very stylish in a sensuous way." The uncrowned queen of melodrama says, “I wanted to show a different image. I work out a lot to shape my body."

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Korean star in 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards


Dennis O

Kim Tae Hee

Lee jun Ki

Winning list
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So Ji Sub fulfills military duty

Actor So Ji Sub has returned to civilian status.

So Ji Sub was officially discharged on the 27th from the Mapo District Office where he has been working throughout his service.

Fans from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and others gathered as early as 3am to see and congratulate So Ji Sub. Numbers reached 1,200 at 9am with approximately 100 press personnel from Nihon TV, Fuji TV, and others.

Fans held up posters with the messages such as 'We Love You So Ji Sub' 'Thank you Mapo District Office' and waited anxiously with handfuls of presents for So Ji Sub to appear. They seemed to want to congratulate his discharge with a festive spirit.

So Ji Sub appeared at approximately 9:12am waving with a smile to fans in jeans, t-shirts, and a beanie. Upon his appearance, a fan and little girl approached him with flowers and when So Ji Sub kissed the little girl's cheeks out of gratitude, fans exclaimed with joy.

So Ji Sub commented, "Thank you for coming to greet me. I hope to meet with everyone as an actor soon through a great piece," and left the location.

A fan from Japan commented, "I arrived in Korea on the 25th on a four day trip just to see So Ji Sub. I can't sleep as I am so excited."

In response to a question asking why they like So Ji Sub fans answered, "There is no reason. I like everything. He is good looking and acts very well. I have watched all the dramas he appeared in."

Even after So Ji Sub's departure, many stayed in front of the district office enjoying having seen So Ji Sub.

Meanwhile, So Ji Sub will start the filming of the drama series 'Cain and Abel' in which he will play a fateful killer and brother of Ji Jin Hee.

source: Broasia

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Japanese Media Extol Kim Tae-hee's Looks and Wit

Actress Kim Tae-hee has gained recognition in Japan not only for her pretty looks but also for her intelligence as well.

Japan's broadcaster TBS will introduce Kim in a special show that deals with the laws of various countries of the world. The show's episode featuring Kim will introduce Korea's laws on educating talented children.

TBS will introduce Kim as a popular celebrity who is also a graduate of Korea's top university.

The TBS' show will once again underscore the high status of Korean celebrities by covering Kim, who is popular not only in Korea but in Japan as well.

source: kbs global

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Hyori set date for BoA and Jun-ki

Korean star Lee Jun-ki
celebrated his 26th birthday with his fans in a party at Seoul, on April 15.

Jun-ki’s buddy Lee Hyori was invited to the party as well; and revealed a little bit of secret… that in late 2006, while she and Jun-ki were filming a commercial; Jun-ki asked her to introduce another pop star Kwon BoA to him.

Hyori did grant his wish and introduced BoA to Jun-ki; she even tried to persuade BoA to give it a try, but the 2 stars decided to become friends instead.

Hyori was responding to this photo (taken late 2006), which was posted online and created lots of gossips…

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source: yummycelebrities

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Rain to Perform at Madison Square Garden Again

Top Korean singer Rain will hold another concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, the venue of his debut performance in America. The New York concert is part of his June world tour, which includes stops in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Prior to his American tour, Rain will hold a concert at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on May 25th for over 35,000 Japanese fans. The Tokyo Dome is also the home field for Korean slugger Lee Seung-yeop, who currently plays for Japan's top professional baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants. It has also served as the venue for concerts by the global pop stars Beyonce and Madonna.

Rain's world tour organizer confirmed his North American tour schedule in June. Rain will first perform at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Canada on June 9. Then his next concert will be staged at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on June 15, New York's Madison Square Garden on June 23, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on June 27,and the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 30.

At the end of this month, Rain will hold a concert in China, followed by one at Japan's Tokyo Dome. Before Rain leaves for North America, he will wrap up the Asian tour with shows in Thailand from June 2 to 3.

source: kbs grobal

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Song Hae Kyo in Hong Kong

Korean star Song Hye-kyo in Hong Kong after attending the Hong Kong Film Awards presentation on Sunday (April 15).
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lee Seo-jin and Kim Jung-eun are real Lovers

Korean actor Lee Seo-jin and his co-star Kim Jung-eun in TV drama “Lovers,” are now lovers in real life.

The celebrity couple was rumored to be in relationship since February 2007, but both had denied the rumors.

Kim made the declaration about the relationship on her fansite on April 15, followed by Lee’s announcement a day later.

Both of them are quite popular in Korea; Lee starred in one of my favorite Korean dramaDamo” (2003) while Kim starred in hit drama “Paris Lovers” (2004 - not to be confused with “Lovers” that the couple starred in).

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Rain Eyes US Debut with English Album

Singer Rain, who is approaching global stardom, announced plans for his U.S. debut during a news conference in Australia. The conference in Sydney preceded his concert tour in the "land down under."

He mentioned the U.S. debut plans when asked what he thought about being called the "Justin Timberlake of Asia." Rain said he's a fan of the U.S. pop star and noted that the nickname was first introduced by Time magazine when he made it on its list of the world's 100 most influential people.

Rain noted that perhaps there was not a better way to introduce himself at the time, but that the moniker will likely disappear when he releases his first-ever English album for his official U.S. debut late this year or early next year. Rain showed strong confidence in announcing his plans.

Some 20 Australian and 40 Asian media outlets including reporters from China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia came for the news conference, comprising the biggest media gathering involving Rain since the star launched his world tour.

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source: kbs grobal

Netizens selected Kim Tae-hee and JDG as ‘most wanted entertainers to have videophone conversations with’

[Newsen, 2007-04-10 09:24]

Welcomm advertising agency conducted survey on “which entertainer do you want to have videophone conversation with the most?” to 500 netizens aged 25 to 29, for 15 days from March 15th to 30th through online mail.

The survey results are:
1. Kim Tae-hee (25 %)
2. Jang Dong-gun (19.8 %)
3. Lee Hyo-ri (18.6 %)
4. Jeon Ji-hyun (12 %)
5. Rain (11 %)

Reported by Lee Jung-ah

Translated by YoonEe for

article source : soompi

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Spotlight Of Attention On Bae Yong Joon's Appearance In Japanese Version Of "Hotelier"

As if to reflect the popularity of Korean top star Bae Yong Joon, all the various Japanese sports papers, such as the Daily Sports, Sports Nippon, Sports Hochi, and Nikkan Sports, treated the news about Bae Yong Joon's special pro bono appearance in the Japanese version of the drama "Hotelier" with great interest.

On location for the Japanese "Hotelier" in the Lotte Hotel in Seogong-dong, Seoul, Japanese idol Ueto Aya reunited with Bae Yong Joon. They first met three years ago in 2004 for the Japanese commercial for "Oronamin," a health beverage.

Bae Yong Joon and Ueto seemed to look peaceful as they taught each other proper pronunciations for Korean and Japanese. Especially, Bae Yong Joon was seen to be checking the monitor even in the scenes where he does not appear, and seemed serious about the filming as he asked the Japanese staff many times about his pronunciation.

As soon as the filming was over in the late hours of the night, Bae Yong Joon said "Shall we shoot one more scene?" as a joke, shook hands with all the staff members, and told them good job. When Bae Yong Joon was leaving the hotel after the filming ended, there were about 300 Japanese fans shouting encouragement to him in the lobby. In the midst of them, there was even a fan who shed tears after being so moved.

Ueto said, " I was going to give wooden clogs to him, but considering Bae Yong Joon's image, I gave him an original wine bottle opener and a letter as a gift. Meeting Bae Yong Joon again after three years makes me remember the first time I saw him and how I felt like I was drawn into his eyes."

For Bae Yong Joon who gifted Ueto with a necklace, he said that "she became more mature, and I felt that she also matured as an individual. She gave an unchangingly brilliant and superb performance."

He went on to say that he was "fatigued from the filming of the drama, but after seeing Ueto's bright figure, he felt his fatigue disappear." When asked about his weight loses for the filming of the drama "The Legend," he smiled and said, "there were people who said that I look cooler when I'm thin, but there were others who asked if I was okay and worried about me."

"It feels like an honor for a Korean drama to become a remake in Japanese, since this is the first time that it happened. I think that partaking in this drama will be a precious memory to me," revealed Bae Yong Joon. In the Japanese version, he will have the same role as in the original drama, as the character Shin Dong Hyuk, and will show the main character, Ueto, the way of becoming a true hotelier.

He will appear from the first episode, and is planned to appear in several episodes afterwards, so he is expected to receive much attention and interest from the fans.

The Japanese version of "Hotelier" that will feature Ueto Aya is planned to air on the 19th through Asahi TV every Thursday. Bae Yong Joon will appear before the viewers again in the drama "The Legend," five years since the 2002 "Winter Sonata."
source: broasia
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo to co-star in 'Coffee Prince, Shop No. 1'

Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo will co-star in the upcoming MBC drama series 'Coffee Prince, Shop No. 1' to be aired this July.

According to SidusHQ, the agency of Gong Yoo, the two have been cast to be the main characters of the series.

The series which will air after 'Air City' features the characters Koh Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) who works at the coffee shop to make a living while Gong Yoo will play the owner Choi Han Gyeol. Actor Lee Seong Gyun who played Doctor Choi Do Young in 'White Tower' will also be joining the two.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Korean Actress Song Hye-gyo to Present Hong Kong Film Award

Korean actress Song Hye-gyo will attend the Hong Kong Film Awards to present the Best Asian Film award.

The secretariat of the
Hong Kong Film Award said that Song’s rising fame around the world makes her the most appropriate presenter for the Best Asian Film award. It added that since Song is extremely popular in Hong Kong, her presence at the award ceremony will be much appreciated by Hong Kong fans.

During the Chinese promotional tour of her
TV dramaFull House” last February, Song’s beauty was rated by the press and fans to rival that of celebrated Chinese actresses such as Zhang Ziyi and Cheung Pak Chi.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

History Attests to Korean Stars' All-Natural Looks

The chiseled features -- can Korea’s gene pool really have produced the perfection that graces TV screens all over Asia without the help of the country’s otherwise so very busy army of plastic surgeons? The Chosun Ilbo listens to the rumor mill to discover just how natural the Korean Wave is.

Kim Tae-hee

Kim Tae-hee
hit the big time when she was still in high school in Ulsan. She attended a nationally renowned school that brought together top students from local middle schools, yet even there the actress was able to stay on top of her class for the entire three years. And her looks have not changed since then: they made her the object of desire among the boys of all the surrounding schools. One rumor circulating about the actress at that time was that she studied for free at a private tutoring college. According to the rumor, her presence there was thought to attract so much business from male students that the institute waived the fee.

Jeon Ji-hyun

Sexy Jeon Ji-hyun also remains unaltered by science since her school days.

Song Hye-gyo

Song Hye-gyo also started out in entertainment while at high school. “She was active in show business when she was in the first year of high school, and she appeared on a TV show in the third year, so she wasn’t able to attend class often,” a teacher recalls. “But with her cheerful character, she mixed well with her friends and was always in a bright mood.” Needless to say her looks are said to be entirely nature’s work.


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Kim Tae Hee, to appear in 'Ssawoom (Quarrel)' as Seol Gyung Gu's wife

Kim Tae Hee who debuted on screen through 'Joongchun (Middle Heaven)' has finalized her appearance in the movie 'Ssawoom.'

Kim Tae Hee's agency Namoo Actors commented on the 9th, "The character was so lively and realistic that we decided to take the role as soon as we received the scenario."

This will be the first time Kim Tae Hee will be acting a married character. Her role is a glass artist who is the wife of a university professor played by Seol Gyung Gu. Also notable is her age difference with the 39 year old actor.

Kim Jong Do, CEO of Namoo Actors, says, "The role being of a married character was not a burden. I believed it to be a good opportunity for Kim Tae Hee to grow as an actress and didn't take long to come to a decision."

He also said, "'Joongchun' was also a piece where she learned a lot from, but the lackluster results actually brought out some regret of the fans. I hope her will to establish herself as an actress rather than a star is delivered."

The movie is by Director Han Ji Seung who also gathered praise for the drama series 'Alone in Love' in drawing the emotions of a divorced couple.

The movie will be about a couple reaching a period of lassitude that is not able to control their emotions and start hurting each other through quarreling, and start realizing the true meaning of love. A couple who does not choose to part displays the disappointment and hatred towards the other through the most simple way of communication, quarreling.

The movie is set to crank in at the end of this month, or the beginning of next.

source: broasia

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Ha Ji-won to Hold Fan Meeting in Japan

Actress Ha Ji-won, well known for her roles in the movies "Love So Divine" and "The Duelist" as well as the TV dramas "What Happened in Bali" and "Damo," will hold her first meeting with Japanese fans May 26.

The meeting will take place at Tokyo's Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, which can accommodate 2,200 people. Ha will shake hands with all of her fans who come to see her on that day.

Ha's fan base in Japan has expanded since movies and TV dramas starring the actress opposite such top hallyu stars as Kwon Sang-woo, Yeon Jung-hoon, Kang Dong-won, So Ji-seop, Cho In-sung and Lee Seo-jin were shown in Japan. The news about her first fan meeting in Japan has drawn significant attention from Ha's fans.

source: kbs grobal

Ha has recently drawn the spotlight as another promising hallyu star for her versatile acting in movies and TV dramas of various genres, such as epic dramas and contemporary films.

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Chang Dong-gun to Advance to Hollywood with Zhang Ziyi

Actor Chang Dong-gun and world-renowned star Zhang Ziyi will debut in Hollywood through the fantasy movie "Laundry Warrior."

Directed by Lee Seung-moo, "Laundry Warrior" is a joint project of South Korea, China and the United States.

It will be produced by Boram Film, which has also produced other joint projects such as "Seven Swords" and "A Battle of Wits," with the participation of Barrie Osborn, who also produced the "Matrix" series and "The Lord of the Rings."

Chang's decision to debut in Hollywood will be finalized this month after negotiations of all terms and conditions are finished. His partner will be Zhang Ziyi.

China's Xinhua agency wrote in a story about Zhang that the actress's next work will be the movie "Laundry Warrior," where she plays opposite Chang.

source: kbs grobal

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Lee Jun-ki Leaves for Japan to Promote “First Snow”

Actor Lee Jun-ki left for Japan early Wednesday morning to promote “First Snow,” a joint Korean-Japanese film in which he played the leading role.

Lee will hold a press conference with his co-star Aoi Miyazaki during the four-day visit. Lee’s agent explained that the Japanese media are greatly interested in “First Snow” because of the rising popularity of the Korean idol actor and promising young actress Miyazaki.

source: kbs grobal

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Dennis Joseph O'neil in Marie Claire magazine - volume 02.2007


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Japanese Fans Hold Art Fair on Bae

Japanese fans of Korean actor Bae Yong-jun held a 3-day art fair themed on Bae from March 23rd in Kyoto, and from Friday to Sunday in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Organized by Bae's fan club "EndlessLove-With BYJ," the fair entitled "100% BAE YONG JOON Art Fair" had on display 150 pieces of fan creations and a 55 minute video that was a compilation of 16 individual submissions.

The fan club says 900 people visited the Kyoto fair and 1,200 the Tokyo fair on Saturday alone, with an estimated total of 4,000 for the Tokyo exhibition.
Those with works on display also gave out picture postcards they had prepared out of their own pockets as gifts to visitors.

kbs grobal

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BoA Begins Tour of 4 Japanese Cities

BoA’s latest tour began March 31 and will last through April 22, taking place in four Japanese cities: Yokohama, Fukuoka, Osaka and Nagoya. The repertoire includes songs from her fifth full-length album, which was released in Japan in January, as well as from her fourth album.

BoA will perform 21 songs from various genres including dance, ballads and punk rock.

Entitled “Arena Tour,” which refers to concerts that draw more than 10,000 people per concert, BoA’s tour is serving as further proof of the singer’s stable popularity in Japan since her debut in the country in 2001.

The Yokohama concert that opened April 1 drew about 10,000 people, mostly teenagers to 30-somethings, all looking forward to seeing BoA's coming-of-age.

After the tour, BoA will return to Korea next month to present songs that she has personally written to her Korean fans. "I want to try my hand at house music as well as at acting, if I am offered a good role,” said the singer.

source: kbs grobal

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Rain in Arena magazine

source: xinhuanet

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