News Bits: 7/18/11 Edition

It’s YOON SANG HYUN!

The actor who portrayed an over-the-top Hallyu star (before Cha Seung Won, natch) is the “big Hallyu star” to costar alongside Choi Ji Woo in her upcoming drama Can’t Lose. He will play her lawyer husband who becomes her ex-husband.

Whoa! I don’t know if I’m happy about this or not. I personally love Yoon when he’s being over the top but in a comic way. I don’t think that’s the tone this drama is going for, but wouldn’t it be funny to see Choi Ji Woo act more carefree and loose – kind of like how she is in 2 Days 1 Night? I mean, that would make this lawyer-divorce drama a little more fun to watch.

Winter Sonata Stars to Make a Comeback

Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo were the two biggest stars of Hallyu, introducing Korean dramas to all over with their landmark classic drama Winter Sonata. They’re the top dog, even if they may not have as prolific a filmography as some other Korean actors we know.

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News Bits: 6/15/11 Edition

Choi Ji Woo and Kang Ho Dong happen to share the same birthday – June 11! The crew of 2 Days 1 Night sent her a bouquet of flowers and a cake to wish her happy birthday, and she took a picture of it. She sent a message to Kang Ho Dong wishing him on his birthday with her best aegyo voice. Nice.

GAH – I can’t wait to watch the actress specials on TV!

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6 Actresses on 2 Days 1 Night?!

OHMYGOD – it’s what I needed to see early in the morning to wake me up.

PD Na, who’s becoming a famous character in his own right for his amazing-ness in methods of torture, is putting a new spin on things by having 6 actresses join his 6 boys during a vacation. The actresses aren’t just anyone – it’s Kim Ha Neul, Yeom Jung Ah, Choi Ji Woo, Seo Woo, Kim Soo Mi, Lee Hye Young.

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News Bits: 4/6/11 Edition

As if it weren’t enough to have Eun Jung on King Geunchogo, the production also hired her group member Qri to play the spunky princess Yeojin. Eun Jung’s husband will be portrayed by Supernova’s Geonil. I guess the whole second generation will now be overrun with idol stars, eh?

This isn’t Qri’s first time on a historical drama – she played Young Mo in Queen Seon Deok, the young wife of Kim Yushin (Uhm Tae Woong). That series I tried summarizing and failed miserably – I haven’t been able to finish because it’s so long! But honestly, all that happened was Queen Seon Deok would have a plan; it would be usurped by Mishil; Bidam and Yushin would do their best to reverse it; Seon Deok wins. If there was a war, betrayals would run amok as everyone’s double crossing each other.

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News Bits: 1/28/11 Edition

To make up for my anemic news bits posts, I present – the MEGA EDITION!!! Bwahaha.*evil laugh*

*looks around*

*blank stares*

*ahem* Moving on! Let’s start with casting news, shall we?

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Andre Kim Passes Away

Fashion designer Andre Kim passed away after succumbing to colon cancer and pneumonia. He’s the one who designed the crazy evening and wedding gowns. No matter how “ridiculous” it may have looked, he was internationally known and stars filled his runways as they modeled his clothing.

He is succeeded by his 30-year old adopted son.

His wake was well attended by plenty of stars, including Kim Bum, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Hee Sun, Choi Ji Woo, Choi Si Won, and Won Bin.

Head on after the jump to check out some of his previous shows with stars.

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Choi Ji Woo Attends a Photo Exhibit

In case you were wondering where one of the original Hallyu stars went… Choi Ji Woo recently attended a charity photo exhibit that was called “Choi Ji Woo, Africa in My Heart.”

She had gone to Swaziland in March and helped in building a water pump and spend time with local children in areas that were suffering from water shortage. Her trip was documented and premiered on MBC in April. The exhibit included plenty of photos from her trip, and she signed her favorite photo. The event was well-attended by her fans.

source: asiae

Hallyu Going Westward? (to China)

There’s a sudden influx of Korean stars entering the Chinese market, when they used to go towards Japan. Han Ji Hye, Song Hye Gyo, Jeon Ji Hyun, and Jang Hyuk are all filming in Chinese productions.

The reason for this is likely because of a saturation in the Japanese market for Korean stars. Many of the earlier Hallyu stars like Bae Yong Joon, Park Yong Ha, Choi Ji Woo, and later ones like Jang Dong Gun, Lee Min Ho have taken up Japan’s attentions that it is harder for the newer and later stars to make a strong impact on Japanese entertainment. Fan meeting statistics are also not always reliable – though media reports say “thousands” came, only hundreds would show up. It doesn’t help if the Korean celebrity has an attitude either (actually, it doesn’t help any celebrity).

China is a huge market in population and therefore more money can be made in doing fan meetings there (more cities to go to) and in making commercials (more viewership – more money). While Korean celebrities’ popularity is also rapidly rising in China, it helps too that Taiwan is slowly acquiring more Korean dramas. Through Taiwan, China has more readily accepted popular Japanese and Korean programs thanks to similar cultural backgrounds. Taiwan is also known for greater transparency in making deals, so it is easier for the stars to solve their payment and copyright issues through them.

Either way, it’s a huge market to tap into, and many more celebrities are learning Chinese for it.

I don’t know how to feel about it – while it’s good for the Korean stars to branch out and expand their popularity (either by going to Japan or trying to break into Hollywood), it sometimes does feel like Korean celebrities are “taking over the world” in the sense that they’re everywhere – whereas I wonder why more Japanese and Chinese stars don’t try to break into the Korean entertainment industry.

source: asianfanatics