Korean Wave Makes Inroads into India

The Korean Wave or Korean pop culture craze is set to sweep the world’s second most populous country, as the KBS hit drama Emperor of the Sea began airing in India on July 23. It is the first-ever Korean drama to be broadcast in that country, which has a population of 1.1 billion.

Also, last Saturday on Sept. 24, the MBC hit drama A Jewel in the Palace began airing there during prime time.

It may be premature to say that Emperor of the Sea, which is being aired nationwide through the country’s state-owned DDTV, will become a big success, because the viewing rate initially recorded no higher than 0.8 percent. However, it should be taken into account that it is being shown on Sunday morning, and the viewing rate has increased to 4 percent since its first episode. A Jewel in the Palace is also being carried on DDTV.

Emperor of the Sea is a large-scale maritime war drama, while A Jewel in the Palace is a story about Jang Geum, a female royal cook who overcomes many difficulties to become the chief of royal physicians. Thus, the two dramas can potentially draw a different response from Indian viewers.

The Korean Embassy in India said that they had seen locals respond very enthusiastically to the Korean dramas. “Indian viewers who watched A Jewel in the Palace told us that they marveled at the colorful royal costumes and various foods, and that the way the drama is unfolding is very unique and mysterious, causing curiosity,” it said.

Local newspapers have also shown great interest. The Hindustan Times reported, “A Jewel in the Palace is the life story of the first female royal doctor during the Joseon period.”

“A Jewel in the Palace” will be aired in India over the next two years. DDTV said that an enthusiastic response could increase the number of times it is aired per day.

“With Emperor of the Sea and A Jewel in the Palace at the forefront, Korean dramas are likely to captivate Indian viewers,” embassy official Kim Seung-ho said Monday. “We are planning to hold a joint event in cooperation with India where Korean dramas and films are systematically promoted.”
Source: KBS Global

doozy: Dang, the Korean Wave is everywhere! I’m currently watching bits of A Jewel in the Palace again on AZNTV during the weekends. Although the drama is long, it is very addicting. I can definitely see why it’s so popular, not only in Korea but also overseas.

Park Si Yeon New Pics

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Special thanks to ripgal @ soompi.com for posting the pictures.

doozy: Since the blog’s name is inspired by My Girl, I’m making this post to show support to all four main cast members. “Mukgu-fied” has featured Lee Dong Wook, Lee Da Hae, Lee Joon Ki, and now, Park Si Yeon. My favorite picture from this set is the sixth one. She looks very pretty!

Alone in Love Episode 2: The Mysterious Man

Episode 2

dang shin eh haeng oon eul dol ryuh deu rib ni da – Alone in Love OST

Last episode, Eun Ho unintentionally embarassed Dong Jin in public. Hence, at the beginning of episode 2, Dong Jin plans to introduce Eun Ho to a man that has all the characteristics that she dislikes as a way to take revenge. However, his plan falls flat because on the meeting date, the new man is not who Dong Jin thought he would be.

The mysterious man

Who is he? Well for now, we know him as Min Hyeon Joong, a person who has met Eun Ho previously on her wedding day to Dong Jin. However, Eun Ho has no recollection of ever meeting him. She goes through her wedding photos and discovers that he was actually there. Hyeon Joong remembers many particular things about Eun Ho even though it has been a few years since the wedding day. During this time, there is an incident at Eun Ho’s gym. Someone has been stealing Eun Ho’s underwear from her locker. Thus, she misunderstood that Hyeon Joong is that stalker. Eun Ho is worried and calls Dong Jin out to tell him about her troubles. Concerned for Eun Ho, Dong Jin and Dr. Gong go to Hyeon Joong’s workplace to spy on him. This leads to a hilarious scene!

As it turns out, Hyeon Joong is not the stalker and while helping Eun Ho catch the real stalker, he is hurt. Thus, Eun Ho accompanies him to the hospital. In the meantime, Dong Jin is trying to get a hold of Eun Ho to tell her about what he has found out about this new man but is unable to contact her since she left her phone at the gym and Ji Ho doesn’t want to pick up the home phone. Desperate, he calls Hyeon Joong’s phone only to hear Eun Ho’s voice on the other line and at the same time, a nurse saying “Room 407.” Not knowing that they are at the hospital, Dong Jin thinks that it is a hotel room number and that they are spending the night together. In disbelief, he stays up all night!

The next morning, he goes to Eun Ho’s workplace to ask slyly about last night’s event, telling her that she shouldn’t be “so easy or else her value will drop.” They then have their usual sarcastic banter. It is here that Dong Jin meets Eun Ho’s childhood friend Kim Mi Yeon. This is a funny scene because when Mi Yeon walks in, all Dong Jin could focus on is her “chest area.” And Eun Ho gives the “eesh, typical man” type of facial expression. While this is happening, Eun Ho narrates that she begins to regret introducing them to each other.

Not able to get a clear answer from Eun Ho about whether or not Hyeon Joong and her slept together, Dong Jin’s mind is preoccupied the whole time he is at work. He is extremely bothered about what he thinks has happened between Hyeon Joong and Eun Ho. However, after getting a call from Dr. Gong (who used food to bribe Ji Ho for information) about what really happened on the previous night, Dong Jin is happy again.

New Characters

Na Yu Ri (a.k.a. “Demon in Black”)
She is Eun Ho’s friend. They met when she went to Eun Ho’s gym for help with her knee problem. She wrestles for fun and is known as “Demon in Black” in the wrestling ring.

Kim Mi Yeon
She is from Eun Ho’s hometown and was her childhood friend. They meet again at the gym when Eun Ho is teaching a swim class. She is able to recognize Mi Yeon because Mi Yeon’s daughter looks exactly like her when she was little.

Tarzan and Jane
A very funny scene in this episode that also brings up an interesting point. Do most, if not all, women like to be saved by a big, strong man; be it consciously or subconsciously?

This scene made laugh out loud because Le Ha Na (the actress who plays Ji Ho) is hilarious and has great comedic timing!

JH = Ji Ho | DG = Dr. Gong

JH: That guy, Min Hyeon Joong saved Unni yesterday.
That’s it.
You know Tarzan, right?

DG: The one in movies?

JH: Yes.
Why does Jane like Tarzan so much?
“Please help me, Tarzan!”
Because of these words, he will surely go to her right away. Uh uuuuhhhhhh uhhhhh uhhhh uhhhh uhhhh! (You know that sound that Tarzan makes while pounding at his chest? Ji Ho makes the same sound while telling Dr. Gong her theory.)
“Don’t worry, Jane!”
To whichever guy that had saved her before.
She is destined to be attracted to that guy.
Batman, Superman, Spiderman…
Why do all these similar stories able to adapt to movies all the time?
Is it because these women have the mentality to feel protected?
It’ll stimulate that thing.
That’s right, I’d get attracted by those kinds of men too if it was me.

DG: Who?

JH: Justice Bao.
When Justice Bao says, “Open the beheading knife!”
My whole body cells were jumping with life.
(She is spitting a little when she said this, which makes it even funnier! Dr. Gong almost choked up when she says this. Ji Ho gets turned on when Justice Bao says that line! Haha!)
Special thanks to WITH S2 for providing the English subtitles.

doozy: Episode 2 shows that Dong Jin still worries and cares deeply for Eun Ho, which makes me think whether or not he’s aware of his feelings. If he isn’t, then he’ll know eventually. However, if he is aware, then what is it that’s keeping them from reuniting?

Lee Sabi Gains Lively Following in Japan

Korea’s first Playboy model and actress Lee Sabi has gained a lively following in Japan. Her latest diet video, which follows the release of her yogha poses on her website, looks set to become a mega hit in the island country, with 40,000 advance orders already in.

A spokesman for the video production company said such huge advance orders are unusual. “I think Lee’s perfect poses and the video’s personalized exercise prescriptions appeal to the Japanese market.” With the video, which consists of a section each focused on the upper body, the lower body and the whole body, people can intensively take care of the part where they especially want to reduce fat, the firm says.
Source: english.chosun.com

doozy: If you’ve seen My Girl, Lee Sabi plays Gong Chan’s loyal secretary. She can also be seen in the recent drama One Fine Day.
Playboy model?! Eh?! Does that mean the same thing in Korea as it does in America? Well, after searching further into this, I found out that it does mean the same thing. I am suprised. Click here if you’d like to read more about this topic.

Ha Ji-won’s Agonizing Road to Period Drama

The actress Ha Ji-won came close to despair while practicing the wide range of skills needed for her role as “Hwang Jin-I,” a famous Chosun-era gisaeng or female entertainer, in a new KBS mini-series. Her head endured the leaden weight of a big decorative wig or gachae. Ha confessed to the suffering, saying, “The gachae is too heavy. My neck is already stiff, although I’ve only filmed three episodes. It’s too painful to sleep.” Her fingers are blistered and bruised due to hours of practicing the gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean harp, and geomungo, the six-stringed zither at which the Chosun-era entertainers excelled. Ha is even practicing even tightrope-walking.

To keep up her strength, she is eating eels, which are believed to be good for stamina. And her pains are rewarded with a sense achievement: after all, she now has several skills she never dreamed of. “I want to break away from the typical image of gisaeng and create a new one to win approval from women,” she says.
Source: english.chosun.com
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doozy: Wow… Now, that is suffering for your art! And man, this is an episode-drama so Ha Ji Won is going to be in pain for a while. Be strong, Ha Ji Won sshi! For what it’s worth, you look gorgeous in the traditional costume. Those pictures above are breathtakingly beautiful! I love the colors and the extravagance of the hanboks. I like her poses as well. She looks very regal and sophisticated.

Exciting News

It’s official! The King and the Clown has been chosen to represent Korea in the Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Film Category. WOOT WOOT! I’ll definitely be watching the Oscars next year. In the past, I didn’t really care for this category because well frankly, I didn’t know those movies that were nominated. However, this is exciting news! The King and the Clown, bbashya!
Source: soompi.com

Lee Soo Young

Lee Soo Young is one of my favorite Korean artists. I love her voice! My most favorite song of hers is “La La La.” I’ve watched several of her MVs and it seems like her signature mark is tragic love story because either someone dies, they all die, and/or there’s been some sort of tragic accident. Oh, and another thing. Most of the MVs have multiple parts. Wait. Perhaps, not just MVs from Lee Soo Young, but almost all of the ones that I’ve seen. Quite depressing, if you ask me. Here, if you haven’t seen them already, watch the ones below and you’ll know what I mean.

“La La La” by Lee Soo Young

This MV is more creepy than sad.

Translation by: JuJu_Bar @ soompi forums
Source: aheeyah.com

Before I realized so, I forgot that you had left.
I’m like this, an idiot without a good sense.
When I hear the phone ring, I keep thinking that it’s you.
I even cleared my throat before answering the phone.

Habits are scary. It doesn’t happen as I command it in my mind.
Because I’m more used to love rather than separation.

I’ll try to forget our love and our memories, even if it won’t work, I’ll try to forget like there wasn’t anything in the first place.

Lalalalala. Lalala. Lalalala. Lalala. Lalala. Lalala.

When I was shopping, I absentmindedly shopped for your things also.
Without speaking, I put back the items like an idiot.
“If there’s a good movie, we have to see it together,”
Without knowing, I have those kind of thoughts.

Did you have moments like these? At least once?
Or did it just stop right after we broke up?

I’ll try to change, like how you changed.
Now, I’m going to love again.
When time goes by, and I keep living life,
I’ll probably get used to somebody else, too.

I’ll try to forget our love and our memories, even if it won’t work, I’ll try to forget like there wasn’t anything in the first place.

Lalalalala. Lalala. Lalalala. Lalala. Lalala. Lalala.

You should forget me, and
I’ll try to change, like how you changed.
Now, I’m going to love again.
When time goes by, and I keep living life,
I’ll probably get used to somebody else, too.

I’ll try to forget our love and our memories, even if it won’t work, I’ll try to forget like there wasn’t anything in the first place.

Lalalalala. Lalala. Lalalala. Lalala. Lalala. Lalala.

“Grace” by Lee Soo Young

Special thanks to the subbing team and hypergrl09 and seirin for uploading the videos.

Lee Jun-ki Appears in Korea-Japan Joint Film

Actor Lee Jun-ki has been cast in the Korea-Japan joint production First Snow directed by Han Sang-hee, who earned a reputation for producing music videos by working with famous singers including Rain and Ivy.

The Japanese Sponichi Shimbun reported Wednesday that Lee had participated in the movie’s first shoot in Kyoto on Monday, with rising Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki playing opposite his character.

Lee plays a Korean university student who moves to Japan when his father gets a job there as an exchange professor. He has a brief but romantic fling with a high school girl (Miyazaki) with a complicated and difficult family background.

The film is co-sponsored by CJ Entertainment and Kadokawa Herald Pictures and produced by Guardtec, which also produced Lee’s recent film Fly Daddy Fly.

The two stars expressed their hopes in shooting the film. “I hope this film helps improve friendly relations between the two nations,” Lee said. Miyazaki, who is appearing in a foreign film for the first time, said, “I will study Korean hard so that I can speak it naturally and act naturally.”

The 21-year-old actress rose to stardom through her role in Nana, which became a big hit in Japan last year. Despite her short career, she has been recognized for her performances several times. She received the best actress award at the Festival des 3Continents in 2002 and the young actress award at the Nikkan Sports Film Award.

First Snow will end shooting by the end of the year and be released concurrently in Korea and Japan next spring.
Source: KBS Global

Bi in Vietnam

A friend of mine went to Vietnam recently and took a picture Bi’s advertisement at the airport and sent it to me as a present. Haha, crazy girl! Thank you!

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Speaking of which, the teaser poster for Bi (Jung Ji Hoon)’s new movie is out!

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The teaser poster of director Park Chan Wook’s new movie Cyborg jiman gwenchanah (Cyborg but okay) was revealed with the two main cast, Lim Soo Jeong and Jeong Ji Hoon.

The photo shoot for the teaser poster took place on Jeong Ji Hoon’s birthday this past 25th of June. The poster features the main catchphrase ‘This Year’s Couple of Shinsegye Mental Hospital’ along with Lim Soo Jeong’s cunning smile and Jeong Ji Hoon proudly wearing a peculiar paper mask.

Cyborg jiman gwenchanah (Cyborg but okay) is a romantic comedy drawing the love story of a girl that believes she is a cyborg (played by Lim Soo Jeong) and a guy who says it doesn’t matter if she is a cyborg (played by Jeong Ji Hoon). The movie is scheduled to be released in early December.
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Source: soompi.com

doozy: I’m definitely looking forward to this movie! The teaser poster looks oddly happy, but I guess it fits the movie since the movie takes place in a mental institution.

The Leading Actress of Queen of Snow Announced

Remember a while back I posted the news about Hyun Bin’s upcoming drama Queen of Snow? Recently, the production company announced who the leading actress would be. If you’re interested, read the news below for more details.

The production company “Yoon’s Color” announces that Sung Yoo Ri (25) and Hyun Bin (24) will lead the drama Queen of Snow scheduled to be aired by KBS2 around Christmas. This drama attracts attention because the PD is Lee Hyung Min who produced and directed the popular drama I’m Sorry, I Love You and the script writers are the duo Kim Eun Hee and Yoon Eun Kyung who wrote for Winter Love Song.

SYR plays the role Bo Ra who behaves arrogantly and cynically like an icy princess. She falls in love with her destined love Tae Woong (played by Hyun Bin) who lives in a third-class boxing gymnasium. The filming team just returned to Korea after the initial shooting in New Zealand. The PD Lee Hyung Min states, “Currently, the scenery in New Zealand is beautiful. I am amazed by Hyun Bin’s performance in his transformed role. I anticipate seeing what image SYR would present to TV viewers in this drama. I believe that it would be an unquestionably big surprise.” SYR’s previous drama was One Fine Day while HB’s was My Name is Kim Sam Soon.
Source: soompi.com

doozy: Like I’ve said before, I’ll watch this to support Hyun Bin. However, no comment on Sung Yoo Ri.