Korean and Chinese Audiences Differing Taste Shows in Favorite Actors, Dramas, Variety Shows, and Singers

The different tastes of the Chinese and Korean audiences is once more at the forefront as a new poll taken of one thousand voters revealed results that differed some in quality while still hewing to similar popularity barometers. Song Joong Ki landed on both lists top three for favorite actor/actress, but he was number 1 in the Chinese choice while number 2 being veteran Ahn Sung Ki on the Korean side. Being right behind an acting god like Ahn Sung Ki is quite an honor if you ask me, and Song Kang Ho rounds out the top three in the Korean choice. On the Chinese side, behind Song Joong Ki is his Descendants of the Sun costar Song Hye Kyo followed by Hallyu star Lee Min Ho. For favorite K-dramas, Koreans picked classic mega hit Dae Jang Geum followed by DotS and then oldie Winter Sonata in the third spot. The Chinese viewers are all about DotS still, ranking it first followed by You From Another Star and then Dae Jang Geum. Check out the full poll results below. Continue reading

The Throne Selected as the Official Korean Movie Submission for the Best Foreign Picture Oscar

For a group that just filmed a real life historical tragedy of operatic proportions, the cast of upcoming sageuk movie The Throne (Sado) continue to look positively glowing and happy while doing promotions for the movie. Clearly everyone really got along, … Continue reading

The Throne with Yoo Ah In and Song Kang Ho Looks Intense and Riveting in Full Movie Trailer and Stills

September 15th will see the premiere of intense sageuk film The Throne (Korean title Sado), which might end up dethroning the current number 1 movie at the Korean box office by the same leading man. Yoo Ah In‘s cops-and-robbers thriller … Continue reading

Ha Jung Woo Leads the Korean Male Fans Pick of Their Top 20 Manliest K-actors

I’m always entertained by lists and polls, offering a snapshot of the general reaction to the topic at hand without needing to take it seriously. The latest list is interesting in how many selections elicited approving nods from me. tvN … Continue reading

Sensible Film and Acting Nominees List Released for 51st Annual Grand Bell Awards

The nominees are out for the 51st annual Grand Bell Awards, the Korean equivalent of the Academy Awards to honor the industry’s best and brightest films and movie stars for the calendar year. This year the only K-movie I watched from … Continue reading

Joseon K-movie Update: The Royal Tailor Wraps Filming While Sado Starts Shooting

It’s probably pure happenstance that one big-budget sageuk K-movie wrapped filming the exact same time another big-budget sageuk K-movie started filming. Hopefully the premiere dates won’t be in direct competition because I’m sure there’s enough audience members fans of each … Continue reading

The 50th Annual Baeksang Awards Wrap Up with Jeon Ji Hyun and Song Kang Ho Winning the Daesang

The 50th annual Baeksang Art Awards concluded last night and actually managed to not render me wholly disappointed even with next to zero expectations. I can’t say the entire endeavor rewarded and feted the most deserving movies, dramas, actors, and … Continue reading

Bong Joon Ho’s Hollywood Movie Snowpiercer Holds VIP Seoul Premiere

The premieres in Seoul this Summer keep getting bigger and bigger and this is one of the most star-studded to date what with the melding of Hollywood and a Korean directorial super star. Seoul was the location chosen for the … Continue reading

Movieweek Selects Top 15 Box Office Draws Among Korea Actors

The Korean acting industry is much like Hollywood in that its biggest movie stars rarely return to the small screen once they have transitioned successfully to a movie career. Viewers watching Korean dramas may think certain actors or actresses must … Continue reading