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  1. (Movie Review) 'Man of Will': Kim Koo biopic sheds new light on national heroMore

    By Shim Sun-ah

    SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- Kim Koo, one of Korea's most respected national heroes, has had a couple of movie cameos but has never been a central figure in any of the films.

    That's probably because his presence as a prominent Korean independence fighter and president of the provisional Korean government in exile in Shanghai in the 1940s is too much to handle for commercial movies. Korea was a colony of Japan from 1910 to 1945, and he is often mentioned as the rival of South Korea's founding leader Rhee Syng-man.

    At any rate, this new sentimental addition to the cult of Kim, written and directed by Lee Won-tae, is more interesting than it could have been.


    This video released by the Kiwi Co. is a trailer of "Man of Will" (Yonhap) Watch on Youtube


    As astonishingly portrayed by Cho Jin-woong, "Man of Will" does not depict Kim as the usual indomitable political leader, but a single-minded, high-octane and exasperated young man with a strong sense of justice.

    Based on the real-life story of Kim, whose real name was Kim Chang-soo, the film opens with a scene in which Kim fights against a Japanese man at a tavern in his hometown of Haeju, Hwanghae Province, in 1896. Chang-soo is later put behind bars and sentenced to death for killing the man whom he believed was the assassin of Korea's Empress Myeongseong. Many historians say the man he killed was not the assassin but an innocent merchant.


    This photo provided by the Kiwi Co. is a scene from "Man of Will." (Yonhap)This photo provided by the Kiwi Co. is a scene from "Man of Will." (Yonhap)

    In the Incheon prison, Chang-soo refuses to mingle with other inmates and eat meals, claiming that he is not a criminal but just took revenge for the empress. But from there, he witnesses the persecution of his fellow countrymen, mostly illiterate and lower-class people who were detained without trial, and realizes what he ought to do for the country.

    Writing letters petitioning on behalf of falsely convicted prisoners and teaching them Korean and Chinese letters, he then becomes their "captain." Ma Sang-gu (Jeong Man-sik) and other prisoners who have only endured the suffering lamenting their own misfortune are also gradually transformed with the realization that they can change if they desperately want to.

    Interestingly, the film imagines Chang-soo gradually changing his attitude and opening up his mind to fellow inmates with the influence of Mr. Go, another death-row inmate (Jeong Jin-young), who is a gentle and literate nobleman jailed for leading a Donghak peasantry movement. He teaches that all people are equal and deserving of respect.

    This photo provided by the Kiwi Co. is a scene from "Man of Will." (Yonhap)This photo provided by the Kiwi Co. is a scene from "Man of Will." (Yonhap)

    This biopic also wittily invents diverse characters out of Kim's fellow prisoners and prison guards to make the story more palatable. Chang-soo's friendship with Go, however, is sketched too superficial even though that encounter is considered an important turning point in the young man's life.

    Song Seung-heon, one of the leading actors behind the Asianwide boom of Korean pop culture known as "hallyu," plays the prison director Kang Hyeong-sik.

    The film constantly contrasts the bright and affluent upper-class lives of Japanese officials and the pro-Japanese Koreans like Kang and the dark and bleak atmosphere of the prison and its inmates.

    Song's performance as the strikingly charismatic and temperamental jailer lacks the necessary emotional subtlety even when he suffers the mental conflict going on inside his mind caused by his job of oppressing his fellow countrymen.

    Surprising viewers who have no idea at all regarding who Kim Chang-soo is, the movie tells that he is Kim Koo, who later became president of the provisional Korean government in exile, only before the ending. The director has said in press events that he intended to give young audiences the lesson that even commoners can become a hero like him.

    "Man of Will" opens Oct. 19.

    This photo provided by the Kiwi Co. is a scene from "Man of Will." (Yonhap)This photo provided by the Kiwi Co. is a scene from "Man of Will." (Yonhap)



  2. ‘Black’ Director Kim Hong Sun, “Song Seung Hun was like a different person from the first shooting”

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    The main poster for Song Seung Heon and Go Ara in ‘Black’ has been revealed.

    On October 14th, OCN original drama ‘Black (Script Choi Ran, Director Kim Hong Sun)’ will have its first broadcast. It is a mystery about a grim reaper that takes care of death and a woman who foresees death that struggle against the rules of heaven trying to save lives. Song Seung Heon plays the role of Black, Go Ara plays the role of Kang Ha Ram.

    It is the first time challenging the genre but in the teaser poster there is carefree and cold Black in front of death and Ha Ram who faces death head on like it is an alter ego while taking off her sunglasses.

    There is high curiosity as to what is the cause to bring together Ha Ram who foresees death and the grim reaper Black in order to save people lives.

    Meanwhile director Kim Hong Sun who was recognized for his potentital in the genre with his directing of ‘Voice’ earlier this year is anticipating from Song Seung Heon and Go Ara. He announced, “I had a biased view against Song Seung Heon because of the modifier of ‘hallyu actor’ and ‘a star that does well’ that is attached to his name but he was like a different person from the first shoot. He showed me starvation so I was shocked and thankful. We will show Song Seung Heon’s new image.”

    Kim Hong Sun also added, “I felt ‘as expected Go Ara’ from Go Ara. She is a stable and excellent actress. She did really well and is always prepared. She is an actress that turns the momentum. I thought that Song Seung Heon and Go Ara were the most suitable actors for the characters. It was also interesting as they showed a changed different image from their past works.”


    Meanwhile, OCN original ‘Black’ will take up the time slot of ‘Save Me’ and have its first broadcast on October 14th at 10:20 pm. (photo by OCN)

  3. Song Seung Hun talks about the viral photo of his handsome father


    Song Seung Hun talked about his handsome father.


    The actor engaged in an interview with 'Entertainment Weekly' for the September 15 broadcast. One of the questions for the star asked, "What is it like to live as a 'handsome star'?"


    Song Seung Hun reacted shyly, unable to give an answer. The reporter then remarked, "I think you need to thank your father [for the looks]."



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    Previously, an old photo of Song Seung Hun's handsome father went viral on various online communities. To the comment, Song Seung Hun responded with laughter, "My father was extremely handsome when he was younger. I read a comment that said I'm nowhere near his visuals."


  4. Actor Song Seung Heon’s First Appearance In Fantasy/Thriller Genre Drama

    Updated August 29th 2017 GMT


    [Dispatch] Actor Song Seung Heon shared how he feels about trying his very first fantasy/thriller genre, drama ‘Black.’

    He said, “When I first read the script, it was strange and unusual.” “But I couldn’t stop reading it that I finished it on the spot.” “I am excited to be on fantasy and thriller genre drama.”

    The new drama ‘Black’ is a story about a detective who is possessed by the Grim Reaper and a girl who can see the shadows of death. These two struggle to save the lives of people, breaking the rules of heaven.

    Song Seung Heon will play the role of Black, the detective. In the released teaser image, he is wearing all black suit, in sync with his character, merciless cold-hearted man, Black.

    The drama will premiere on OCN channel in October.


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  5. Watch: Song Seung Heon And Go Ara Take On Their New Roles In Script Reading For Upcoming Grim Reaper Drama


    On July 24, OCN’s upcoming drama “Black” held a script reading, and a video of it was revealed on August 10!

    Main leads Song Seung HeonGo AraLee El, and Kim Dong Jun were present, as well as actors Kim Won HaePark Doo ShikKim Jae YoungJo Jae YoonJung Suk YongLee Chul Min, and more.

    “Black” tells the story about a grim reaper named Black (Song Seung Heon) and a woman named Kang Ha Ram (Go Ara) who can foresee death. Together, they go against the rules of the heavens and fight to save someone’s life. The drama will be directed by director Kim Hong Sun of “Voice” and was written by screenwriter Choi Ran of “God’s Gift – 14 Days

    At the script reading, Song Seung Heon portrayed the grim reaper’s cold qualities as well as his unexpected awkwardness. Meanwhile, as Kang Ha Ram, Go Ara spewed out curse words in one scene and cried her eyes out in another.

    Lee El plays the beautiful doctor Yoon Soo Wan, a woman who is madly in love with a character named Han Moo Gang. Kim Dong Jun, on the other hand, plays Oh Man Soo, a unique second generation chaebol who is not afraid to get on his knees and lower himself.

    The producers shared, “The script reading was full of reality thanks to the actors’ careful attention to each character’s characteristics. We were able to see the tension that comes from the mysterious plot, as well as the unexpected points of laughter in some of the scenes. Please anticipate and support the premiere of ‘Black.'”

    Meanwhile, OCN’s “Black” will begin airing in October after “Save Me.”

    Have a glimpse of the actors portraying their characters from “Black” in the video below!



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  6. Liu Yifei fosters 30 cats in her backyard

    The animal-lover often takes in stray cats that she sees on the streets

    Posted: 09 Jun 2017 12:07 Updated: 09 Jun 2017 12:10
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    Chinese actress Liu Yifei definitely wakes up to one of the more unique backyard views in China.


    The actress recently uploaded a picture of her spacious backyard, with netizens expressing surprise at the unusual sight that greeted them.

    In the picture, close to 30 cats of varying sizes and colour are gathered around the pathways, gobbling up their kibble.

    According to reports, Yifei and her mother has always taken in stray cats to raise in their backyard whenever possible. Additionally mother-daughter duo also makes sure to bring the cats for regular check-ups at the vet, as well as neuter them, ensuring their health and safety.

    A couple of die-hard fans also revealed that at one point in time, Yifei and her mother actually had up to 60 cats in their backyard.

    “After nursing the cats back to health, they will take the cat in to raise as their own,” the fans revealed, adding that they will pass on some of the cats to their friends or fans who have the capability to rear cats.

    After seeing the picture of all the different cats, a number of netizens praised Yifei for her kind heart, adding, “The cats all look very plump, they’re definitely leading a good life.”

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  7. 5 hours ago, willenette said:


    Hi Mari, thanks for sharing this here.  Ye, I want to see SSH in a drama again. I hope he takes this. I like OCN as much as I like tvN.  Grim Reaper? It's the trend now.  I'm feeling this goblin's vibe. Well, each drama has their own ways of portraying the overall theme, anyway.  The plot is actually quite new for Kdramas....I'm gonna give this drama a go in case SSH will accept this. I adore SSH. I guess they would be pretty to look at especially SSH.  Although, Go Ara is still quite young. Let's cross our fingers then.....:lol:

    In this drama, SSH is the main lead. It's different with Saimdang that more focus with Lee Young Ae. I'm sure in this drama i can watch more SSH scene. Go Ara is young beautiful popular actress. She can attract younger viewer. The plot is interesting. Director and writer are known for their success project before. I hope they'll accept it.


    Song Seung-heon and Go Ara for reaper-human romance in OCN thriller Black

    by tineybeanie


    For potentially his first cable drama ever, Song Seung-heon (Saimdang, Light’s Diary) is eyeing the upcoming fall OCN thriller Black as his next project, while Go Ara (Hwarang) is also in talks to become the female lead.Black is be about a a grim reaper who borrows the body of a man and ends up falling in love with a human woman. Because this goes against the rules of heaven, he’s punished by having any record of his existence erased such that there’s no trace of him left in the world’s memory.

    If he confirms, Song Seung-heon will play the lead character, Han Moo-kang, who has two nicknames: “Grim Reaper of Criminals” and “Man in Black.” Moo-kang was originally a bright, cheerful man with a flamboyant fashion sense, until a secret caused a complete reversal in his life. Now he’s a stoic, blank-faced individual who wears black from head to toe. He’s known for not flinching at the most gruesome of crime scenes and for staying expressionless when faced with gory brutalized corpses.

    On the other hand, details on Go Ara’s character have not been released, but I’m assuming she’ll play the human woman that the grim reaper fell in love with. From reading the synopsis, it seems like a mish-mash of 49 Days and the secondary love story in The Lonely Shining Goblin, both of which I enjoyed for the heart-wrenching dilemmas presented in loving a technically immortal/dead spiritual entity. (There’s also a a pinch of Hollywood movieMeet Joe Black in there.)

    Just one more reason to watch if you’re into dark mysterious dramas: Blackis a collaboration between God’s Gift–14 Days writer Choi Ran and Voice PD Kim Hong-sun, and this pair definitely knows how to play up those excellent thrilling elements.

    OCN’s new supernatural crime-thriller Black will premiere this October.

    Via DongA Sports

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  8. Song Seung Heon And Go Ara Considering Lead Roles In OCN’s New Grim Reaper Drama


    Song Seung Heon and Go Ara are in talks for an upcoming OCN drama called “Black.”

    On June 8, both of their agencies stated that the two actors are currently looking over the roles.

    “Black” is about a grim reaper who gets erased from the memories of the world for breaking the rules and falling in love with a woman after borrowing a human’s body. It is set to air after the upcoming drama “Save Me.”

    Would you like to see Song Seung Heon and Go Ara in this drama?

  9. 12 Hottest male celebs to start their names with 'Seung'



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    'Seungri' means win and these men definitely won the gene pool lottery when they were dubbed with names that started with 'Seung'!  Check out this eye candy name edition!

    Cha Seung Won


    Jo Seung Woo


    Kang Seung Yoon


    Lee Seung Gi


    Lee Seung Hoon


    Seung Ho




    Seungri/Lee Seung Hyun


    Song Seung Hun


    Choi Seung Hyun (T.O.P)



    Yoo Seung Ho


    Yoo Seung Woo


    Who's your favorite 'Seung'?



    Song Seung Heon’s Agency Addresses Rumors About Breakup With Liu Yi Fei


    Song Seung Heon shut down rumors that he has broken up with actress Liu Yi Fei.

    On May 27, a source from his agency said, “The reports by Chinese reports that Song Seung Heon broke up with Liu Yi Fei are untrue. They are still happily dating.” They emphasized, “This isn’t the first time they were wrapped up in breakup rumors. In particular, the reports that the breakup was due to the Chinese ban on Korean cultural content is simply wrong.”

    The statement was made after a Chinese media outlet reported on May 25 that the couple had broken up. They had reported that the two had become awkward with each other after the Korean cultural content ban and that Korean netizens were against him dating her. They had also said that Song Seung Heon ended the relationship to bring back the fans who left him.

    Meanwhile, Song Seung Heon and Liu Yi Fei have been in a public relationship since 2015 after meeting on the set of the movie “Third Love.” They were swept up in breakup rumors multiple times in the past as well.


    Song Seung Hun and Liu Yi Fei once again deny baseless breakup rumors, still going strong



    Song Seung Hun and his label Better Ent. strongly denied another wave of baseless breakup rumors with Chinese actress Liu Yi Fei on May 27.


    This past May 25, Chinese media outlets claimed that the couple broke up after suffering a rift in their relationship as a result of the THAAD issue, and that Song Seung Hun's Korean fans "were heavily against the actor continuing to date a Chinese actress." The news went even further, reporting, "Song Seung Hun recently sent Liu Yi Fei a one-sided breakup message... the reason for their breakup being that they cannot bring each other happiness." 


    Song Seung Hun's side has stepped up to reveal, "The recent Chinese reports stating Song Seung Hun and Liu Yi Fei have broken up are completely false. They are still meeting well. This isn't the first time Chinese media outlets have reported false breakup news. The claims that they broke up because of THAAD is especially untrue." 


    Song Seung Hun and Liu Yi Fei have been a public celebrity couple since 2015. 

  11. 10 Wealthiest Korean Stars In Terms Of Real Estate Holdings

    Wealth can be measured in various ways, and real estate is a prime example.

    During its April 18 broadcast, SBS’s “Night of Real Entertainment” took a look at the 10 Korean celebrities who currently hold the most amount of real estate, after recent news of Jun Ji Hyun’s recent purchase of a multi-million dollar building in the Gangnam district of Seoul.

    The actress now holds 77 billion won (approximately $67.7 million) worth of real estate, making her the second wealthiest in terms of property holdings. In a previous assessment back in 2014, Jun Ji Hyun was notably the only female in the list of wealthy stars based on similar factors, and had placed seventh at the time.

    SM Entertainment’s founder Lee Soo Man maintains his spot in first place, with 110 billion won (approximately $96.6 million) in real estate, while YG Entertainment’s founder Yang Hyun Suk also continues in third place, holding around 53.1 billion won (approximately $46.7 million) of property.

    Singers Rain and Seo Taiji are in fourth and fifth place, with holdings worth 43.8 billion won (approximately $38.5 million) and 41 billion won (approximately $36 million) respectively.

    Actors Jang Geun SukJo Jae HyunKwon Sang Woo, and Song Seung Hun follow in sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth place, respectively. Jang Geun Suk owns 38 billion won (approximately $33.4 million) in real estate, Jo Jae Hyun owns 36 billion won (approximately $31.6 million), Kwon Sang Woo owns 35 billion won (approximately $30.8 million), while Song Seung Hun owns 33.4 billion won (approximately $29.3 milllion).

    In 10th place is entertainer and retired athlete Seo Jang Hoon, whose property holdings worth 30.9 billion won (approximately $27.2 million) were recently revealed to the public.

    Are you surprised by these results?

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  12. No Song Seung Heon in Episode 25. :bawling: 

    I really don't like Saimdang. This is the worst SSH drama.

    Sorry i always complaint. But this is really disappointed. I'm as a fan waiting for 4 years to watch his new drama. 

    SSH acting in this drama is good. But the storyline only focus for Lee Young Ae. The story is also ridiculous, 

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  13. 4 minutes ago, willenette said:


    Mari, thanks for sharing the details about this upcoming movie. Oh, so this is Commander Kim Chang-Soo (literal title). This is the title, which I'm familiar with - hahaha. But, I wonder why he settled for the second lead here, huh? :o

    Recently his popularity had decreased. He need a good agency/ management company to help his career. Or he can join a reality show to boost his popularity. I really worry of his career. After Saimdang fail to get viewer attention, it's hard for him to get sponsor.

    He upload these photo on Weibo today

    "What's going on?"




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  14. 5 hours ago, willenette said:


    Hi Mari, oh, really? Is this an upcoming film? IDK why I haven't heard anything about this, haven't heard that he has a movie. :o

    Man of Will

    Commander Kim Chang-Soo-sr.jpg
    • Movie: Man of Will (English title) / Commander Kim Chang-Soo (literal title)
    • Revised romanization: Daejang Kimchangsoo
    • Hangul: 대장 김창수
    • Director: Lee Won-Tae
    • Writer:
    • Producer:
    • Cinematographer:
    • Release Date: 2017
    • Runtime:
    • Distributor: Kidari Ent
    • Language: Korean
    • Country: South Korea


    Young Kim Chang-Soo (Cho Jin-Woong) is placed behind bars, charged with murdering a Japanese person who took part in Empress Myeongseong’s assassination. In prison, Kim Chang-Soo sees how Koreans are persecuted and grows into a fighter for Korean independence.


    1. First script reading and gosa ceremony took place October 31, 2016.
    2. Filming began November 7, 2016 and finished January 31, 2017.
    3. Song Seung-Heon plays a villain for the first time in his acting career.


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  15. 8 hours ago, willenette said:


    Hi Mari well, pregnant or not, I just hope they're doing fine. Thanks for sharing more updates about the couple. Wait & see...........for more news on them. I guess she's still very young to settle down this time. IDK why you said that C-netizens don't like him when in the first place he has also lots of fans out there. I wonder what bad things are they writing about him, huh? I've read several about acting-wise but for personal, I haven't read anything. But, still you're talking about C-medias/netizens here, which I'm not really updated with. Are you always visiting Weibo? So NICE to know about their holiday vacation in Thailand. It's been quite a while now that I haven't heard anything about SSH except about his current drama.:lol:

    Hi @willenette Yes, i often visit weibo, almost everyday :grin:. Chinese netizens don't like SSH, because they don't want LYF marry him. because of their culture, after married the woman will leave her family and go to husband family. So if LYF married with SSH, she will become Korean. some of them also said that SSH is not suitable for her in terms of age, popularity, etc.

  16. 4 hours ago, willenette said:

    Hi Mari, I saw her picture & she seemed to be a little bit rounder now. Despite, she’s still very beautiful. Besides, there’s speculation that the couple would be tying the knot this year soon. This is so random but well, this is definitely the year of announcements and marriages. SSH is 40-years old so, it’s about time! I’m sure his parents want him to get married ASAP. I just hope communication won’t be the problem since they communicate in English. I’m sure she’s fluent in that language since I read that she stayed in US for a long time. I hope SSH would learn to speak in English more. Eric is getting married soon now, who’s next – hahaha – Lee Jun Ki, Hyunbin or Jo Jin Moo. :lol:



    Hi @willenette 

    It seems she is not pregnant. She is just more chubby now. She denied the rumour with drinking champagne when she was attending Bulgari event several days ago. 

    LYF will shooting Hollywood movie "inversion". So i'm not sure they will be marry soon. Even yesterday she told that she hope to act with Amir Khan in a Chinese-Indian movie. She still pursue her career. 

    Until now, Chinese netizens don't like SSH. Many of them write the bad things about SSH on Weibo. 

    I read on fb, SSH and LYF just had holiday in Thailand last week. 



  17. 1 hour ago, willenette said:


    Hi Mari, this is the reason why we say that ratings are important............... There are numerous dramas that pull in ratings still in the single digits. For that reason, there are some outside production houses that produce one or two dramas, then die out. South Korea is certainly not alone in the extremes that it will go to for ratings. The rating contributes to the sponsor. That's the entertainment industry for you.:(

    SSH accepted the role in this drama because he know LYA as the female lead role. Maybe he was thinking LYA's drama will get good rating. 

    I hope SSH more selective in choosing role. 

    His popularity has decreased recently. 

    So ji sub, his best friend is more popular nowadays. 

    In his new film, Captain Kim Chang Soo , he only got a second lead role. 

    He need to participate in reality show to boost his popularity.

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