MBC Confirmed to Hold 2017 Year End Drama Awards with Jang Hyuk Getting Most Buzz for Daesang

Turns out there’s been a reversal in holding year end network drama awards, with MBC deciding to hold it after initially considering cancellation, and KBS wanting to hold theirs but now confirming that it will be cancelled this year. KBS hasn’t a hit in the prime time slot with only Chief Kim and Witch’s Court doing okay well, but it has dominated the weekend slots with My Golden Life, and earlier Father is Strange and Laurel Tree Tailors so if it held the drama awards all the winners would be from the weekend. As for MBC, it did better overall in the prime time slots than KBS but the talk of the Daesang for MBC is far and away Jang Hyuk for his performance in the currently airing Money Flower.

Viewers are saying it’s his best character and performance synergy since Chuno (The Slave Hunters) which netted him a Daesang. The other two names in serious contention are Choi Min Soo for The Man Who Dies to Live and Kim Sang Joong in Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People, the former having some controversy with the drama depiction of the Middle East and the latter a concern since he was not the male lead of that drama. I’m all for Jang Hyuk taking more hardware and it’ll be the renaissance of the 40 year old male actors if he wins at MBC and Ji Sung takes the Daesang at SBS. Continue reading

Korean Acting Stars Shine on the MAMA 2017 Hong Kong Red Carpet

Since I don’t follow K-pop the interest in the pan-Asian Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) is solely on the attendee star power of many K-stars. The Hong Kong show last night was a total win for me on the actors … Continue reading

Top Stars Attend 2017 Golden Horse Awards and Shu Qi Wins the Fashion Red Carpet Yet Again

Taiwan’s biggest movie awards night was this weekend with the 54th annual Golden Horse Awards, feting the best of cinematic achievements in 2017. I haven’t watched a lick of Taiwan or Mainland awards worthy movies this year so I was … Continue reading

2017 Blue Dragon Awards Rewards Hit Movie A Taxi Driver and Shares Tearful Remembrance of Actor Kim Joo Hyuk

The just held more elite Blue Dragon Awards this weekend in Seoul celebrated the cinematic achievements of South Korean cinema in 2017 and also memorialized the life and acting works of deceased actor Kim Joo Hyuk. There were basically three … Continue reading

Lee Young Ae and Song Joong Ki Lead Big Name K-star Appearances at 2017 MAMA

Keep you eyes peeled on November 25th for the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), the latest spectacle put on by music network Mnet to further promote Hallyu pop and entertainment. I’m guessing big K-pop winners are likely the big … Continue reading

Black and White Dominate the Red Carpet at the 2017 Asia Artist Awards

The 2017 Asia Artist Awards went off without a hitch, other than the usual fashion boredom that is now part and parcel with every Korean red carpet. It’s like the ladies make no effort to be creative or challenging, or … Continue reading

Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri of Upcoming Mr. Sunshine Attend Blue Dragon Handprint Ceremony with Other Winners

Seeing this particular award-winning foursome of Korean actors and actresses together just makes me feel that one of these things is not like the others. Of course I mean Lee Byung Hun for being the multiple award-winning veteran and also … Continue reading

Big Name K-stars Including Lee Seung Gi, Yoona, Suzy, Lee Jun Ki, and Park Shin Hye to Attend 2017 Asia Artist Awards

This is a post solely to prep for this week’s Asia Artist Awards, thank to the star-studded line up that will be making an appearance either to present or to perform. On the acting stars alone it’s worth checking out … Continue reading