Jung Kyung Ho, best known for his role as Hyun Soo in Smile You, will be starring in a new drama special The Great Gye Choon Bin. 10asiae had an interview with him discussing his career as an actor. After such a hit drama, it’s surprising he would want to choose a one-episode drama next, and so Jung discusses what he looks for in a role.
This past weekend, Kim Ha Neulwrapped up her first solo fan meeting in Japan. She sang two songs, answered questions and told stories about her early days and experiences on the sets of some of her films and dramas, and handed out gifts to the fans. The event was well attended by many fans in their twenties and both male and female. (However, after news of Park Yong Ha‘s passing, she cancelled the rest of her plans in Japan for the week.)
Yeah – that’s all I can say for now. Apparently he was found in his home and it is presumed to be a suicide by hanging.
More details and updates to follow.
I’m too shocked to say anything else right now.
The following news is a summary from everything I could find about his death right now. No – I will not be posting up pictures, but I’ll link them in the post as they come along.
Park Yong Ha had arrived around June 25th back in Seoul after his fan meetings in Japan. He had even updated his Tweets to reflect his arrival at the airport and South Korea’s loss in the Round of 16. The day before his death (June 29 Korea time) he had spoken to several of his friends, including DBSK’s Hero Jae Joong and Park Shi Yeon (his costar in Story of a Man). Both thought he sounded fine. However, other friends and producers have noticed that he seemed generally depressed. It appears that his prolonged absence from home and continued promotional activities abroad caused him to feel depressed. On top of that, his father was very sick from cancer, and that aggrieved Park Yong Ha even more.
So all those rumors were for something. Kim Hyun Joong’s contract with DSP Entertainment was already ending, so it was about time that he either sign on with a new agency or renew his contract. His meeting with Bae Yong Joon‘s company was dismissed as a personal meeting, but it turns out it’s actually true – Kim did sign on with Bae’s company. (Judging the logo on the photo, Bae’s company KEYEAST has already staked their claim on Kim.) However, that still doesn’t mean the end of SS501, as it is still possible for them to continue as a quartet or gain some fresh blood. Kim is leaving the group though, and is likely to pursue an acting career.
After all – one must wonder – after an idol singer outgrows the group, what is to be left of his career? Naturally, he might enter the acting route, or take a role behind the scenes. Kim is only anticipating that with this sort of move, jumpstarting a (possibly) long acting career.
Yoon Eun Hye has been confirmed for her comeback drama – and it will be in the drama series Love Song, or as it was previously known, Comrades, Almost a Love Story. (It’s Hong Kong title was Tian Mi Mi). In this drama remake, Yoon will take on the main female role opposite Park Yong Ha as Yoo Chae Hwa, the “unforgettable” first love of a man, who comes to Korea from China.
I am now DOUBLY excited for this – with reservations. I was very excited for My Fair Lady and was bored to death and disappointed. I hope the same does not happen with this drama, and if I do watch it, it will probably be the first melodrama-romance I’ve seen in a while. I’m hoping that Yoon can immerse herself completely in this role, because when she does, she’s good. It’s also about time she has a hit. She’s been pretty consistent so far in having a one-hit-one-miss record. (Goong: hit; Vineyard Man: miss; Coffee Prince: mega hit; My Fair Lady: miss.)
Kollaboration is an Asian American talent competition – to put it simply. But they have a larger goal; their message is “empowerment through entertainment,” and it surely is. It showcases Asian American musicians, comedians, and dancers, giving all of them a chance to shine and show that Asians are not the stereotypical “quiet, meek” people.
Aside from that, Kollaboration is also just good entertainment. While I thought that audience participation was a little on the low-to-zero side, plenty of people still had fun. There were even a couple of contests – a singing one that encouraged amateurs from the audience to participate and win $100 cash prize, and a dancing one. Then there was also the main contest, judged by music producer !llmind, Miss Taiwan World Christine Dai, and producer Telly Wong. The event was hosted by the executive director PK Kim, who created the event.
Uhm Ki Joon has mostly appeared in musicals – both in large and small theaters – and was best known for his roles in the dramas Hero (with Lee Jun Ki) and The World They Live In (with Hyun Bin and Song Hye Gyo). I had only seen him as the arrogant PD in The World They Live In, and he was a compelling character despite the boring drama.
He had an interview with 10asiae where he spoke about his acting career. He was also promoting his new film “Man of Vendetta,” which is his first feature film. His character abducts a pastor’s daughter, making the pastor (played by Beethoven Virus‘ Kim Myung Min) change his life completely and lose faith. Eight years later, he calls tauntingly to say that the daughter is still alive. The following includes excerpts from the interview.
And, the South Korean Red Devils are no more… They lost to Uruguay 2-1 today during the Round of 16. Oh boy was the goal struck by Lee Chu Young something!
Anyways, another cast member has been added to My Girlfriend is a Gumiho – Hong Sisters’ alum Byun Hee Bong (God of Study, the sickly grandfather in My Girl) will star as Lee Seung Gi’s grandfather. I’m betting that he’s going to be the lovable, amusing grandfather who loves Shin Min Ah‘s gumiho, and will constantly slap his dorky grandson on the head.
Lee Seung Gi also changed his twitter profile to twitter.com/sbschadaewoong. In case you’re following.
Jang Geun Suk was named as one of the celebrity spokesperson to help promote the 2010-2012 Visit Korea campaign. He was named Seoul’s publicity ambassador earlier in the year, but now his role has been expanded to help promote tourism in Korea. Wise choice – considering he’s one of the biggest stars in Asia and in foreign countries. I know I’d jump on a plane to Seoul if I saw him in an ad for Korea.
Super Junior released their new single after “BONAMANA”, titled “No Other.” It has a nice lyrical, soothing sound to it. Video is after the jump.
This was the longest 1 hour and 40 minutes of my life.
“Confessions,” directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, is a brilliant film in every single scope imaginable. It’s a thriller, a drama, a horror, even maybe ironic comedy all in one. It toyed with my mind and made my heart beat fast after I left the theater. It made me flash through my family memories as though I were personally suffering.
The film was released in the beginning of June, just three weeks ago, and now it makes its appearance during the 9th New York Asian Film Festival. It was a big hit in Japan, and I’m positive it will earn rave reviews from this festival.
Anyways – on to the review! And I will try my best not spoil it! Promise!