Kim Min Hee Wins Best Actress at Berlin Film Festival for Movie Directed By Her Affair Partner Hong Sang Soo

This is the oddest accolade to write about because absent context it would appear all of Korea should be heralding a win on the global stage. K-actress Kim Min Hee just took home the Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival for the movie On the Beach at Night Alone, directed by critically acclaimed director Hong Sang Soo as the movie is also getting positive reviews from the film festival screening. It’s the first time a Korean actress has won at the Berlin Film Festival, and the second big international win by a K-actress since Jeon Do Yeon won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Secret Sunshine back in 2007.

The K-media and netizens are responding to the win less for the honor but for the discomfort and disapproval stemming from Kim Min Hee’s very public affair with the film director who is married but his wife will not grant him a divorce. Hong Sang Soo and Kim Min Hee went public in a big way at the film festival, holding hands and she even proclaimed her love for him during her acceptance speech. I hate to be judgy on other people’s personal lives but it’s really uncomfortable to view her win when the couple is so open despite Hong Sang Soo’s wife and kids being so upset back home. Sure marriage and divorce is personal business and shouldn’t reflect on artistic merit but I wish they kept it professional at the film festival and didn’t act like a couple in public. Continue reading

China’s Sohu Holds 2nd Golden Kimchee Awards with Moon Lovers and Uncontrollably Fond Picked as Worst K-dramas of 2016

China’s Sohu streaming portal, one of the largest and also the bidding winner in getting exclusive streaming rights to many of the high profile K-dramas of 2016, held a hilarious and pretty on point awards ceremony of its own this … Continue reading

2016 Year End Awards Roundup From Big Three Networks Capped Off Drama Year

The 2016 year end K-drama awards for the big three networks came and went last weekend, smack dab in the middle of me heading off for my trans-pacific flight, taking said long flight, traveling back home from long flight, and … Continue reading

SBS Releases Nominees for Best Couple at 2016 Year End Drama Awards

I can’t believe the year end drama awards are right around the corner, I’m still enjoying the final offerings of this year rather than in previous years when I couldn’t wait for the next year dramas to arrive. Each network … Continue reading

K-stars Attend 2016 Asia Artist Awards in in Safe and Pretty Fashion Choices

Last week was the 2016 Asia Artist Awards, which was by all accounts a giant steaming mess with ceremony glitches and a hodge podge of categories that made the very award seem superfluous. With that said, this awards ceremony managed to … Continue reading

Luxury Brand Piaget Partners with Golden Horse Award Nominees in Exquisite Movie Set Pictorial

Being a drama aficionado is akin to trying to find the best fast food restaurant. The reviews are rarely worth the time spent to write it but the satisfying immediate fill the medium offers is nothing to scoff at. With … Continue reading

Hu Ge Wins Big at the Golden Eagle Awards and Reunites to Present with Former Costar Ariel Lin

The current roster of It Chinese drama stars were present at this past weekend’s 11th Annual Golden Eagle Awards in Beijing, the event started off with this year’s Golden Eagle Goddess Tang Yan striking the same pose as the statuette … Continue reading

Chris Wu and Alice Ke Win Best Acting Trophies at the 51st Annual Golden Bell Awards

The glitziest night of Taiwanese television took place at the 51st annual Golden Bell Awards Friday night in Taipei. I only pay attention for the fashion and if certain TW-dramas or acting talent that I happen to like for that … Continue reading