The King and the Clown

Currently, the Highest Grossing Film in the History of Korean Cinema

Recently, my friend discovered this wonderful movie and we had a very good conversation about it. Our discussion brought out several of the nuances and symbolisms embedded in the movie and really made me (and her) appreciate it more. So while I’m in “The King and the Clown mode,” I’ll post up some related goodies that hopefully you haven’t seen before. If you have, it’s really worth a second or even third look at them. Enjoy!

Main Trailer

Arirang TV Screen Flash (2006-02-08)

Arirang TV Showbiz Extra Coverage of the 43rd Daejong Film Festival (Grand Bell Awards)

“The King” reigned over the 43rd Daejong Film Festival (and several other award shows.)

(Gam Woo Sung looks really handsome and well-dressed at the award show. He has a reputation for being one of the hardest working actors in the business and I’m glad that he received his long overdue recognition. Aw, what a nice acceptance speech..very humble and sweet!)

“In-yeon” by Lee Sun Hee (I absolutely love this song! Lee Sun Hee’s voice is beautiful and she performs the song with so much emotion.)

“In-yeon” by Lee Sun Hee (with English subtitles courtesy of mirager)

To download the song, click the link below.

Awards at the 43rd Daejong Film Festival
Best Film- The King and the Clown
Best Director- Lee Jun Ik
Best Script/Scenario- Choi Seok Hwan
Best Cinematography- Ji Gil Woong
Best Leading Actor- Gam Woo Sung
Best New Actor- Lee Joon Ki
Best Supporting Actor- Yoo Hae Jin
Most Popular Actor- Lee Joon Ki
Most Popular Actress- Kang Seong Yeon
Most Popular Actor Overseas- Lee Joon Ki

If you’re interested, a well-written and very detailed review of the movie can be found here.

Also, if you’re still interested, a [lengthy] article about Lee Joon-Ik, the director of the movie, can be found here.

Notice the music that played in the background at the 43rd Daejong Film Festival everytime The King and the Clown won an award? You can listen to the full version on “La La La.”

For more YouTube clips about the movie with English subtitles, search for keyword “Arirang TV.”

Learn Korean
“yak su”- promise
“sa rang”- love
“in yeon” or “oon myung”- fate or destiny
“sun mool”- gift
-The above words can be found in the lyrics of the song. They are from my limited knowledge of the Korean language so please feel free to correct me if the definition and/or spelling is wrong.

If you haven’t seen The King and the Clown, do take a look at it. It’s a must-see movie!

doozy: Um, I went into a frenzy posting mode, didn’t I? Heehee. I’m just very excited that I now have someone to discuss Korean entertainment with because my friend is starting to appreciate Korean movies and dramas. Plus, I’m currently high on caffeine. Dang you, pearl tea. Dang you! *cartwheels*


Eye Candy: Issue no.3

The Drool-worthy NamJa of Korean Entertainment

Hyun Bin smile

Looks: A-
If you’ve seen the K-drama My Name is Kim Sam Soon, then you’d understand why Hyun Bin deserves to be on this list of hot men. With his tall and slim physique, he looks nice in any outfit, even those really feminine-looking ones (think: purple and pastel pink). His well-styled hair and flawless skin are also two of his best features. Hence, with what I’ve described thus far, you may be wondering why did I give him an A- in looks. The reason has to do to with his smile. Although he has very cute dimples, his smile is “nothing to write home about.” In many of the pictures as well as onscreen, it always looks so awkward and forced. He may very well be feeling very happy but sadly, his smile does not show the true feeling. Thus, the pictures of him that I like most are the ones where he has that serious, smoldering look. Those pictures are hotness!

Talent: A-
I’ve seen Hyun Bin in two shows: the K-drama My Name is Kim Sam Soon and the movie A Millionaire’s First Love. (I also watched Hyun Bin in Daddy Long Legs, but his role was only supporting/cameo so it’s difficult to comment his ability from that performance.) In both shows, his characters are very similar to each other; they are both rich, arrogant, have painful pasts, and end up falling in love with girls that are completely different than the ones they are used to encounter in their everyday life. Seeing how Hyun Bin’s character from A Millionaire’s First Love is not that much of a stretch from the one he plays in My Name is Kim Sam Soon, I can’t really evaluate his versatility as an actor. However, he gets an A- in talent because in those two shows, he plays the character very well. His next project is more on the [melo]dramatic side, so I really look forward to seeing if there is any new development in his acting capability because this is one actor with alot of potential.


Actor: Hyun Bin
Real Name: Kim Tae Pyung
Birthday: September 25, 1982
Blood Type: B
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Siblings: Parents and one older brother
School: Joong Ang University
Hobbies: (watching) Plays, Swimming, Basketball
Status: Single
Source: soompi thread


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Introduction on Hyun Bin

Just like the words of English poet Byron, the new-generation-star Hyun Bin has instantaneously joined the procession of top stars.

He decided to become an actor last July, and now he’s already a bright dazzling star–after only a year.

MBC series Nonstop 4 and drama Ireland, as well as the movie Spin Kick, these are all he got so far.

Hyun Bin walks the path of a movie star faster than anyone else, so it’s not wrong at all to say that he’s a “lightning star”.

This has added on the mysteriousness hidden behind him. Now it’s time to unveil it.

Actor: During the drama class in his Senior High Year 1, at the moment the audience cheered in applause after the first performance, he began to have the dream of becoming an actor. He pretended to go to the library while actually he went for the drama class. Of course in the end it was discovered and thus he was forbidden attend it anymore. However, in this world there are no parents who can remain perverse over their children when the children are more persistent than them, so eventually he was permitted to go to the drama class on the condition that he would get the entry qualification for Theatre Studies at Chung-Ang University. Of course he made it.

Bodyguard: This is the occupation of the role he played in his significant work Ireland, Kang Gook. This is also the title of the KBS drama Bodyguard, in which Hyun Bin made his debut appearance. Although he just played a minor role in the drama, he said that the drama has been a very precious experience for him. As he had familiarized himself with things related to bodyguards at that time, he could perform much better in Ireland later. (Side note: When Bi’s recent drama A Love To Kill was airing in Korean, many people compared Bi’s role with Hyun Bin’s character in Ireland, commenting on how Kang Bok Gu is a copy of Kang Gook.)

Character: He’s a rather reserved person who is shy to talk to strangers. It may not be a good character for an actor, but the artistic charisma he has is a wonderful gift that can develop himself into an actor.

Digital Camera: It is believed that the DC people spread my pictures over the net and made me a star. Recently I’ve also seen a lot of people holding mobile phones or digital cameras. But maybe because I’m not used to it yet, so whenever there are people trying to catch my picture, I’ll lower my head. Actually I should pose nicely for the fans.

Email: I really like to compose email, and I usually use email instead of telephones to chat with my friends. When I just started my acting career I even replied every single one of the email that my fans sent to me. But recently I’ve been really busy. Everyday I may receive thousands of email, yet since I’ve started the shooting of Ireland I don’t even have time for checking email. Some of the email may even be bounced back due to the exceeded storage in my mailbox as I haven’t deleted the older email. I’m really sorry about that.

Football: My favourite sport. Actually I’m a member of the stars football team led by Kim Soo Ro. Of course I’m the youngest in position, so I can only be a defensive player. But recently I’m arranged to be the forward because it’s said that I’m more famous now. Well, this makes me feel that I’m indeed getting famous.

Girlfriend: We broke up after I entered the entertainment industry. So far there’s no one yet. If I have girlfriend I’ll be nice to her with all my heart. But now I’m too busy, so I can’t look for a girlfriend yet.

Home: Since my parents moved to another place I’ve been staying together with my manager in a room. Of course the beds are separated, please don’t misunderstand anything.

IQ: I’ve forgotten the exact score, but I remember that it’s quite high. Judging from how I memorize the scriptures and how I settle myself down in a new environment, I should say that I’m quite smart.

Money: Seems like I haven’t earned a lot. Recently I’ve shot some commercials, so I do earn some. All my income goes to my mom, and I get 350,000 won from her every month. Is it too little? Actually I don’t really have the chance to spend it all, sometimes there’s even leftover.

Name: Kim Tae Pyung. Maybe a bit old-fashioned, but it’s really a good name, from which you can see that I’m not a hasty person. “Hyun Bin” means “shining brightly”, containing the ambition of becoming the star of the stars.

Oscar Award: The future goal. Maybe it’s too big, but I don’t think it’s impossible. The goal before this is to have the term “actor” become a prefix before my name. My childhood dream was similar to that of Ahn Sung Gi son-bae and Choi Min Sik son-bae, which is to become a policeman, and a person who can sacrifice oneself for the justice [huhu: the original texts here are a bit ambiguous in meaning, so I’m not sure if this is the correct meaning]. The biggest advantage of becoming an actor is to try to live the lives that one has never gone through before.

Skin: The most confident part of my body. Sometimes I even get the remarks that my skin is better than women’s. But staying up late for drama shooting has indeed hurt my skin. Beauty is a result of sleeping. Only until now I get to enter the beauty center to receive skincare treatment.

Tutor: The home-room teacher during my Senior High Year 2 and 3 is the most important tutor in my life. He emphasized more on the right way to behave than to merely study. As an actor, all the seniors (son-bae) are my tutors. Jung Woo Sung son-bae’s eyes, Park Joong Hoon son-bae’s unique charisma, and Song Kang Ho son-bae’s comedic performance, all these are what I need to learn.
Source: Baidu Hyun Bin’s Bar
Translated by: All rights reserved.
Special thanks: SeReNiTy

“Memory” MV by Kim Byun Su (Starring: Hyun Bin and Lee Da Hae)

The Appeal of Korean Dramas

Top 10 Reasons

10. It’s a new and exciting form of entertainment (at least, for me)

9. There is more variety of actors and actresses so it’s difficult to become bored from watching the same people over and over again.

8. Good production values

7. Gorgeous cinematography
– You’d want to tour the filming locations because it was shown so beautifully.
Examples: The “four seasons” dramas (Spring Waltz, Summer Scent,Autumn In My Heart, and Winter Sonata)

Spring Waltz
(Those houses in the beautiful background are not the result of photoshop or special effects. This scene was filmed on location in Austria.)

6. Awesome soundtracks
– The music matches well with the drama and enhances viewers’ experience.
Examples: Winter Sonata, I’m Sorry, I Love You

5. Strong character development and uniqueness of the characters
– Korean dramas usually focus mainly on their leading actors and actresses and have very few subplots. Hence, there is ample time for character development. Also, the characters would have a certain aspect of their personalities and/or behaviors that is only unique to them.
Examples: Goodbye Solo, My Girl, Full House, Mr. Goodbye, My Name Is Kim Sam Soon

4. The hot men, with 6 ft.+ stature and washboard abs
Examples: Lee Dong Wook, Bi, Hyun Bin, Daniel Henney, Lee Ki Woo…

3. The amazing chemistry between the actors and actresses
– Not only between romantic couples, but also parent and child.
Examples: Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook, Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin (romantic); Mi Joo and Joon in Rude Woman, Yoon Hyun Suh and Yoon in Mr. Goodbye (parent and child)

2. Well-written scripts
– They make you laugh until your tummy hurts, cry because you symphatize so much with the characters, angry that you’d want to throw heavy objects at the TV screen, and optimistic because of the newly discovered life lessons and perspectives.
Examples: Goodbye Solo, Alone In Love, My Girl, My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, Rude Woman

Goodbye Solo                                                            Alone in Love

and the number 1 reason is…

1. Talented actors and actresses
– Not only from veterans, but also from young stars and child actors. Honestly speaking, you can look great but if you can’t act, then I can’t help you because my attention will soon wander to something better.
Examples: Lee Da Hae (Green Rose, My Girl), Nam Sang Mi (Sweet Spy, Bad Family), Kwon Sang Woo (Stairway to Heaven), Jung Ji Hoon (Bi)…

Lee Da Hae                                                            Nam Sang Mi

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Eye Candy: Issue no.2

The Drool-worthy NamJa of Korean Entertainment
(NamJa = “man” in Korean)

Bi/Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) smile

If the above name does not ring any bell for you then I have one thing to say: where have you been?! I mean, Bi is one of the biggest stars, with soldout concerts all over Asia! Not only is he a successful music artiste, but he is also a popular actor. In the acting relm, most fans know him as Lee Young Jae in the Korean romantic comedy Full House.

Looks: A-
One quick glance at a picture of Bi and most people would say that he’s not goodlooking. Heck, the first time I showed his picture to one of my friends and we were watching Full House together, she thought there was a problem with my sight! However, Bi’s appeal is not based on first impressions, but through watching his performances both onstage and onscreen. I agree that he does not have the “traditional” handsome face, but he has something more important than that: charisma. He walks into a room and you’d notice him because he commands your attention. His adorable smile and babyface also give him the boyish charm that women from all ages go crazy for (yes, I’m one of them). In addition, his well-toned body with washboard abs and his 6 ft.+ tall stature add to the star package. Recently, I was watching KBS’s Photo Documentary about Bi and the narrator made a very good comment. “Bi has the face of a boy but a body of a man.” Similarly, in the clip where a hilarious prank was played on Bi and actress Kim Sun Ah, she was asked whether or not she sees him as a kid and she said “no” because how could she when his body is so manly.

Talent: A
No doubt about it, Bi is one talented man. He’s a good singer, dances well (his dances are NOT “spastic”!), and works with his dancers to choreograph all the dance performances. He is constantly thinking about ideas to improve his performances or concepts for his next projects. For his concerts, he is also an active participant in many aspects of the concert preparation process. Recently, I learned that he also contributes to the designing of his stage outfits!

Bi’s debut album was released in 2002, entitled Bad Man. His next album was How to Escape from the Sun, released in 2003. His latest Korean album, It’s Raining, came out in 2004. He also has several Japanese singles out currently, including “Sad Tango” and “Slowly.” My favorite songs on all of Bi’s albums include “How to Escape from the Sun” and “Not Used To,” which he dedicated to his mother who has passed away due to illness. In the coming months, Bi will release his first Japanese album and his fourth Korean album.

When Bi is performing as an actor, he uses his real name “Jung Ji Hoon.” He debut as an actor in the 2002 sitcom Orange. His first leading role was in Sang Doo, Let’s Go to School! However, it wasn’t until the airing of Full House with Song Hye Gyo that he was more widely known across Asia and his popularity soared as an actor. Following Full House, JJH starred in the drama A Love To Kill. Sadly, the ratings for A Love To Kill wasn’t as high as expected even though he had put alot of effort into the role. However, his effort did not go unnoticed because he was nominated for the 2005 KBS Best Performance Award in the company of other veteran actors.

For the past year, JJH has been working with aclaimed director Park Chan Wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) on the romantic comedy Although I’m a Cyborg, It’s Okay. The movie, set to be released later this year, is JJH’s debut film.

Although, Full House was a joy to watch and it was the show that got me into Korean drama, Sang Doo, Let’s Go to School! is my favorite out of the three dramas. (I have not seen his debut sitcom Orange.) Not only that, Sang Doo, Let’s Go to School! is one of my favorite dramas out of ALL of the ones that I’ve seen.

Bi (Jung Ji Hoon) is the first artiste that I’ve “idolized,” meaning I not only became a fan of his work, but I also actively search for more information about him and purchased all three of his Korean albums and his concert DVD (which is saying alot because I’m very stingy with money). In addition to his looks and talent, I also admire his work ethics and personality; he’s extremely hardworking and very humble.

Between Bi the music artiste and JJH the actor, I like JJH the actor just a little bit more. What that means is that I want to watch all the shows that JJH is in (post-Full House), while I don’t necessarily have to catch all the songs that he releases. Although my “love” for him is beginning to fade, as long as he produces quality work and his personality remains unchanged, I will always be his fan.


Name: Jung Ji-Hoon, Bi/Rain
Birthday: June 25, 1982
Height: 184cm
Weight: 75kg
Blood Type: O
Education: Kyung Hee University (Post Modern Music Department)
Fave Actor: Charlie Chaplin and Han Seok-kyu
Fave Musician: Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Usher
Credit: Soompi thread


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Eye Candy: Issue no.1

The Drool-worthy NamJa of Korean Entertainment
(NamJa = “man” in Korean)

Lee Dong Wook smile

If you are a visitor of this blog and have been curious as to who is the man in the top banner, be curious no more! He is none other than Lee Dong Wook, the leading man of the K-drama My Girl. The picture above is one of my favorite pictures of him because he looks so calm and relaxing on the beach. Plus, it features one of his best assets: his side profile.

LDW has acted in several K-dramas, dated back to the year 2000. However, it wasn’t until the airing of the My Girl that his popularity rose. His newest project is the horror movie Arang.

Looks: A
Lee Dong Wook has that boy-next-door appeal. His eyes have that gentle and friendly look to them. With his high nose and cheekbones, his side profile is beautiful.

Talent: B
I’ve only seen him in My Girl so my evaluation of his talent may not be as informed. However, as it was because of this drama that made me a fan of him, you can gather that obviously, he wasn’t bad in the show. He played his role well, both in dramatic and comical scenes. His amazing chemistry with the leading lady was also an important factor that enhanced his performance.


Name: Lee Dong Wook
Date of Birth: November 6, 1981
Height: 185cm
Weight: 78kg
Blood type: B
Profession: Actor
Education: Saejung University
Credit: Soompi thread


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Arirang Showbiz Extra Coverage of Lee Dong Wook’s Fan Meeting

Aren’t his voice and personality just lovely?

The Seven Types of Men

Brought to you by: The ladies from the K-drama My Name is Kim Sam Soon

1. Good men are ugly.

2. Cute guys have lousy personalities.

3. Cute guys with good character are married.

4. Cute guys with good character and single… are poor.

5. Cute, good character, single, and rich guys… aren’t interested in us.

6. Cute, good character, single, rich, and interested in us…
Those guys are players.

7. Cute, good character, single, rich guys who are interested in us and are not players… will turn out to be gay.