“Hwang Jin-Yi,” a Huge Hit in Japan

January 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Television | 1 Comment

KBS historical drama “Hwang Jin-I,” starring talented Ha Ji-won, is winning over Japanese viewers, posting the highest rating in its timeslot. Japanese TV station NHK started airing the visually stunning drama on its satellite channel bs2 at nine o’clock on Sundays since last April. After recording the highest rating in! that timeslot, “Hwang Jin-I” was aired on NHK every Saturday night since last October.

Ha Ji-won’s representative says that, although historical dramas are difficult for Japanese fans to understand, Ha’s superb dancing performances and colorful traditional Korean costume have captivated Japanese women. Ha is already well-known in Japan for her role in “Memories of Bali.” The popularity of “Hwang Jin-I” has driven her Japanese fans to ask Ha to Japan. Meanwhile, the actress is getting ready to shoot a new film, “My Love by My Side,” in early February.

Source: KBS World
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Kim Myung-min Replaces Kwon Sang-woo in “My Love By My Side”

December 12, 2008 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Movies | 3 Comments
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Actor Kim Myung-min, star of the hit drama “Beethoven Virus,” has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming melodrama “My Love By My Side.”

Kim will play the challenging role of a man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease who still maintains a sense of humor. He will appear alongside actress Ha Ji-won, who will play a cheerful funeral director.

“My Love By My Side” is expected to be a romantic tearjerker. The film’s director will be Park Jin-pyo, who directed the award-winning film “You Are My Sunshine” and “Voice of a Murderer.”

Shooting for the film will begin early next year. It is tentatively scheduled to be released in the fall of 2009.

Kim’s popularity has skyrocketed this year with his role as Maestro Kang, a gifted conductor, in the MBC drama about classical musicians “Beethoven Virus.” He recently won the top acting prize at the 2008 Korea Drama Festival.

Hallyu star Kwon Sang-woo was initially reported to have been cast in the lead role for the film. However, Kwon dropped out of the project last October, causing production to be delayed.

Source: Korea Times
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Watch Rain’s full “Love Story”

October 12, 2008 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Music, Releases | 7 Comments
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After two teasers, the whole thing is finally out. What do you think? Is it what you expected?

Rain’s “Love Story” teaser video with Ha Ji Won to be released Oct 2

September 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Music | 4 Comments
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Rain has unmasked his 5th album release.

Rain’s J.Tune Entertainment agent said, “On October 2, Rain’s 5th album song ‘Love Story’ teaser video and song will be released through online portals such as Mnet and other dot-com portal sites.”

The music video “Love Story” is finally being released after having been recently shot at Apgujeong’s Rodeo Drive in Kangnam, Seoul with Rain and Ha Ji Won. The ‘music film’ is about a bad man’s vicious love story as part of Rain’s planned series with his latest fashion ‘homme fetale,’ which bears exceptional features.

The agent also added, “Rain truly worked hard, and concentrated during the time he prepared this concept until it will be revealed to the public.”

This music film’s first teaser video will be released on October 2, as well as the music song for it.

Source: Newsen
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Ha Ji Won has become Rain’s lover

September 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Music | 15 Comments
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Rain and Ha Ji Won: the new lovers! ... in Rain's music video, anyway.

On September 18 in Seoul Kangnam’s clubs and streets at the W Hotel, Rain and Ha Ji Won began shooting for Rain’s Asia special album music video.

The area was congested (filled with people) because of Rain, and Ha Ji Won had to get through the back door. The two people shot the music video that began to grab the attention of citizens.

Ha Ji Won’s agent said, “Ha Ji Won and Rain both shot the music video together,” and “The details cannot be release to the public.” Also, “Rain offered this to Ha Ji Won. She took this and accepted.”

Rain will have his comeback performance in October for his Asia special album. MBC is working with world star Rain for his comeback special program.

Source: Newsen
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