Friday, September 25, 2009

Actor Shin Accused of Assaulting Manager

The manager of movie actor Shin Hyeon-joon filed a complaint with the police against the 41-year-old for assault, according to the Gangnam Police Station, Thursday.

Police said that the manager, only identified as Jang, who has been working with the actor for the past five years, claimed that he was assaulted by Shin after having a conversation at a bar in Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, early this month.

"The content of the written complaint is not enough to prove Shin's charges, so we need additional investigations", a police officer said. "After confirming the complaint with Jang, we will summon Shin and investigate further".

Shin made his debut in 1990 in the movie "The General's Son" and has appeared in numerous films and dramas ever since.

Two of his most famous works include the drama "Stairway to Heaven" (2003, SBS) and the film "Barefoot Ki-bong" (2006). He published a photo-essay "Shin Hyeon-joon's Confessions" last year, which documented his personal story about life and religion.


Rain Joins F1 Rocks Concert in Singapore

Korean pop star Rain has filmed a segment for the F1 Rocks show, the only officially F1 endorsed concert during the Grand Prix week in Singapore.

The three-day music festival, which began at Fort Canning, Thursday, will be recorded and repackaged as two music and entertainment shows that will air to 600 million viewers in about 200 countries, Rain's agency J. Tune Entertainment said in a statement.

The concert is bringing some of the biggest names in music to the island city state, with the concert being broadcast on the eve of the "2009 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix" that starts Sunday.

Rain filmed the clip in the Chinese and Japanese Garden, one of the most popular tour sites in Singapore, along with Mark Webber, the 2008 German Grand Pix winner. They performed as racers fighting for an F1 championship.

Rain's filming is also designed to promote his upcoming movie "Ninja Assassin", which will hit theaters around the world Nov. 26.

Among other stars participating in the concert are Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, DJ Havana Brown and Jacky Cheung.

Rain returned home Thursday to prepare for his concert scheduled for Oct. 9-10 in Seoul, the first leg of his 2009 Asian Tour.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lee Seung-gi becomes MC!

The first talk show lead for the nation's MC Kang Ho-dong will be partnering with the young actor Lee Seung-gi for the new SBS show, "Kang Sim Jang".

It is first time that Lee will be MC for a talk show and everyone around him encouraged him for this position!

The two MCs have already worked together for a different variety show and will be great coworkers for this new show also.

Good luck on the new show!


Kang In quits from "Human Network Miracle" MC position

He has been in the scenes and possibly part of the violent fight. Kang In had to quit from his MC position in the cable channel KBS drama "Human Network Miracle".

Kang In's last filming has been last 8th and starting 28th, he will not be in the show aired.

Other stars like Eteuk, Shin Dong, and Eun-hyeok are still in the show!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Isn't that the train station from 'My Sassy Girl'?

(박쥐 - 2009)
Full House
Full House
(풀하우스 - 2004)
Hi, Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul
Hi, Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul
(달마야, 서울가자 - 2004)
(실미도 - 2003)
Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to Heaven
(천국의 계단 - 2003)
My Sassy Girl
My Sassy Girl
(엽기적인 그녀 - 2001)

Moviegoers and drama lovers flipping through photos of Incheon and may think certain places seem vaguely familiar. With beaches, islands, an amusement park, Chinatown and Korea's largest airport, it's no wonder this metropolitan city has established itself as a filming location for movies such as the recent Cannes favorite, "Thirst".

"There seem to be all kinds of interesting sites in Incheon", says Yook Sang-hyo, director of the 2004 film "Hi, Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul". "The beautiful roads by the seaside and the busy ports make it possible for the city to be a great background for any kind of movie".

He's not kidding. According to the Incheon Film Commission, a total of 27 movies and dramas were filmed in various locations around Incheon in 2008. Thirst, for instance, found the perfect spot last year in a factory near Incheon International Airport.

But fans may also remember the locations of some popular hits from a while back.

One of the most famous on-screen sites in the Incheon area is "Full House", named after the eponymous 2004 KBS-TV drama featuring singer Rain and actress Song Hye-kyo. The beautifully constructed set near Sugi Beach on Si Island, Ongjin County, attracted many visitors even after the drama ended.

SBS-TV's "Stairway to Heaven", which starred Kwon Sang-woo and Choi Ji-woo, also featured a gorgeous house by the seaside on Muui Island in Incheon. It is a well-known tourist site, with shellfish covering the seashore.

Muui Island was also the backdrop for the 2003 hit film "Silmido" directed by Kang Woo-seok. The movie, set in the 1960s and 1970s, is based on the true story of a group of criminals who were brought to an uninhabited island and trained to kill North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.

And remember "My Sassy Girl"? You can't forget Jeon Ji-hyeon, drunk and asleep on a subway station bench, making Cha Tae-hyeon give her a piggyback ride to a cheap motel. That was Incheon's Bupyeong Station. The film also includes scenes shot at Incheon Station.

"What's attractive about Incheon is there is such variety to this city", comments Yi Hyun-shik, an administrator at the Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture.

"We can still see the 1970s in downtown Incheon, while the 1980s, the years of Korea's transformation, are left in parts of the city here and there. Incheon is a place where you can see the newly changing 21st century".

By Lee Hae-joo Contributing writer
Incheon offers a number of on-screen sites including "Full House", named after the eponymous 2004 drama. [JoongAng Ilbo]


Boy Band Leader in Bar Brawl

Kang In, a member of the popular boy band, Super Junior, was booked without physical detention after a bar brawl in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Wednesday.

According to Gangnam Police Station, Kang, whose real name is Kim Yong-un, got into a fight with a patron, identified as a Kim, in a bar early Wednesday morning.

Kang and his friend moved outside the bar and continued to fight with Kim and his friend.

Police said that Kang was fully intoxicated.

"I was provoked without any reason", he was quoted as saying.

However, Kim claimed that it was not he but Kang In that started the fight.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Paju" - prohibited love

Movie stars Lee Seon-gyoon and Seo Woo are expressing the prohibited love.

This film will be released on October 29th and the teaser poster has been released! The poster shows Lee and Seo on holding each other firmly.

Lee doesn't have the same gentle and sweet image, but now carries the strong and secretive look. Seo Woo looks like she is mysterious and has a lot going inside her mind.

The two character's love story is not sweet!

Director Park Chan-ok has been working on this film since 2003 and has been almost 7 years. Finally, the story of wanting older sister's man is being revealed!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rain Says Al Pacino Is His Hero

Korean singer and actor Rain said he wants to work with his"hero" Al Pacino someday.

MTV presented a question and answer session between the Korean pop star and his fans in time with the release of the first full clip from the action flick "Ninja Assassin", in which Rain plays a starring role.

Asked whether there is any action star he would like to team up with for a movie, Rain said, "When I was young, `Scarface' was my favorite film. Al Pacino is my hero. I want to work with him".

Rain said he sustained lots of cuts on his body while acting for the new film, "Ninja Assasin", which hits theaters Nov. 25.

"I have lots of cuts on my body. When I was doing a stunt, even though everyone took care of me, I still got hurt a lot", he said.

Rain told his fans that diet was the hardest part of the training he went through for the movie.

"I ate chicken breast for eight months with vegetables. That was terrible. No sugar. No salt. I don't want to eat chicken breast anymore. I like junk food, French fries, hamburgers ― I love it", he said.

He indicated that in the future he will make an English-language album for international fans.

"I don't have plans yet for an English album, but I will. Please wait for me", he said.

The young Korean actor is already a pop-culture phenomenon in Korea. Now, with his first starring role, he seems poised to earn some new fans in the States.

Filmed in Berlin, Germany, the action adventure movie is produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Tablo & Kang to Tie the Knot in October

Hip hop group Epik High leader Tablo and actress Kang Hye-jung will tie the knot in October.

A source from Tablo was quoted as saying Saturday, "Tablo is preparing for the October wedding. The couple will become father and mother next year". "They had planned to wed next year but Kang's pregnancy caused them to advance the wedding date". Kang is reportedly in her fifth week of pregnancy.

Tablo, 29, and Kang, 27, have been dating since they had a first meeting at Epik High's Christmas concert last year.

Unlike other celebrity couples who usually keep their love stories secret, the Tablo-Kang couple has been showing their love through various TV shows and press interviews.

Tablo is a leading Korean hip hop musician, rap artist, songwriter and lyricist.

Kang made her debut as a magazine model while attending a high school. She gained fame through her role as "Mido" in "Old Boy", the critically acclaimed film directed by Park Chan-wook.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

'World's Saddest Wedding'

'World's Saddest Wedding'

Jang Jin-yeong said good-bye to her husband in his arms as she left this earth. It is known that she had married Mr. Kim 4 days before her death!

Mr. Kim has made their marriage official through turning in documents last 28th. Jang's cancer has been worsening yet, the marriage procedures were continued.

The disease did not stop these two lovers from getting married. They did not tell anyone of their secret marriage and have been able to make their love official.

The wedding took place in America soon after they went last July.

When Jang had received news that she had cancer, she decided to break up with her boyfriend last September. However, Mr. Kim has been by his side ever since. This love grew stronger as they went hiking, visited concerts, and made as many memories as possible.

Mr. Kim was able to fulfill his promise that he would be her man as long as she lived. Mr. Kim did not leave her side even after her death. He has nursed her and was able to let her go with her smiling and at peace.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jang Jin-yeong Dies of Cancer at 35

Korean actress Jang Jin-yeong passed away Tuesday evening after losing a battle against stomach cancer. She was 35.

Jang had been hospitalized in Seoul after her condition recently worsened and doctors had reportedly been giving her morphine and other drugs to relieve the pain.

The news of the actress' sudden hospitalization Tuesday startled fans, as it was thought that she was recovering after resting for a month in Los Angeles.

Jang was diagnosed with stomach cancer in September last year when she paid a visit to the hospital for a regular checkup. What she thought was a stomach ulcer turned out to be cancer, and Jang has been out of the public eye ever since.

"Actress Jang Jin-young passed away today at the Seoul St. Mary's Hospital at Catholic University of Korea. Even after she was diagnosed with cancer, she was always positive and tried to pay back the love and support her fans sent her. We will remember her passion toward films and we hope she stays in our hearts forever", Jang's agency, Yedang Entertainment, said through a press release.

After winning the Miss South Chungcheong Province beauty pageant in 1992, Jang started her career as a model. She made her first appearance as an actress in 1997 in the television miniseries "The Angel in Me" (KBS). She continued to appear regularly on television before making her big screen debut in the 1999 horror film "Jaguimo" starring Kim Hee-seon. Her first big hit was the movie "The Foul King" in 2000, and from then the actress was seen in numerous films such as "The Siren" (2000), "Sorum" (2001), "Over the Rainbow" (2002), "The Scent of Love" (2003) and "Singles" (2003).

In the horror film "Sorum", Jang played a mysterious wife with a secret and won the Best Actress Award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. The hit movie "Singles", where she played the quirky character Na-nan, also got her the same recognition at the 2003 awards. Her character in "Singles" was a big hit among young women, with many changing their hairstyles to the short and curly hairdo the actress wore in the film.

"The Scent of Love" was also one of her best known works, where Jang played a patient diagnosed with stomach cancer.

In 2006, Jang joined fellow actor Kim Seung-woo for the movie "Between Love and Hate" ("The Unbearable Lightness of Dating") and won the Best Actress Award at the Korean Film Awards.

The actress returned to the television screen in 2007 in the drama "Lobbyist" with fellow actor Song Il-gook. She was diagnosed right after the drama finished.

Along with numerous films, the actress also appeared in various commercials ranging from cosmetics to electronic goods.

A ceremonial funeral hall will be set up at the ASAN Medical Center in southern Seoul.


Stars come to say Good-by to Jang Jin-yeong

After hearing the devastating news of actress Jang Jin-yeong's death, they have all come to say goodbye to her.

They are all shocked to hear this and are grieving for the abrupt death.

The actress' health has deteriorated so badly after a year fighting cancer.

She came to Korea in August when the battle against cancer became harder. Her funeral will be on the 4th.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rain injures his knee

Rain also known as Jeong Ji-hoon has returned to Korea with an injured knee.

He was performing a concert in Japan where he injured his knee and had to return to Korea in haste. He jumped as a routine for his performance where he landed incorrectly.

It is not very serious but he will definitely need some time to rest. It is unknown as to whether he can attend the Incheon Korean Music Wave this 5th.