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On 8/13/2020 at 10:37 AM, ElectricHearts said:

@Helena is this interview with Gong Hyung Jin available online anywhere to be watched :)

hi ElectricHearts, i came across the Audio version only. 

[2011-05-12] SBS FM ‘Gong Hyung-jin's Cine Town’ || Listen




S. Korean drama, film productions receive mixed Q2 results amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Kim Boram

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's major entertainment firms have posted mixed earnings reports for the second quarter, as the novel coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on each sector.

Studio Dragon, a drama production company owned by entertainment giant CJ ENM, seems to be the biggest winner for the April-June period, during which people were asked to stay at home and enjoyed TV shows or binge-watched Netflix.

Its sales reached 161.4 billion won (US$136.1 million) for the April-June period, up 25.9 percent from a year earlier.

Its operating profit soared 56.3 percent on-year to 16.9 billion won, and its net profit surged 82.1 percent on-year to 13.4 billion won.

The company said the strong bottom line was led by brisk overseas sales of its hit dramas, like "Crash Landing On You," "The King: Eternal Monarch" and "It's Okay to Not Be Okay."

A scene from "Crash Landing On You" by tvN (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

It earned 59.4 billion won from overseas sales over the three-month period, up 40.7 percent from a year ago.

On the other hand, its parent, CJ ENM, struggled with a sharp drop in sales from its filmmaking and distributing business, as the South Korean film industry experienced record-low audiences in spring.

According to a regulatory filing, CJ ENM logged 837.5 billion won in second-quarter sales, down 16.7 percent from a year earlier. Its operating profit also declined 16.1 percent on-year to 73.4 billion won.

In particular, sales of its film business plunged 81.5 percent on-year to 12.5 billion won, as nearly no film was released in the second quarter.

But CJ ENM said the COVID-19 pandemic helped its video-on-demand platform, tving, attract 66.2 percent more subscribers in the second quarter than the same period last year.

This file photo, taken on May 24, 2020, shows a relatively empty theater in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Meanwhile, CJ CGV, CJ Group's multiplex chain operating unit, has gone through the lowest of the low in the three months through June.

Its second-quarter sales plunged 91.4 percent on-year to 41.6 billion won, with an operating loss of 130.5 billion won, turning from an operating profit of 23.5 billion won.

J Contentree, which owns Megabox, one of the country's three largest multiplex chains, also swung to a net operating loss of 14.2 billion won. Its sales sank 41.8 percent on-year to 75.3 billion won.

Due to virus fears, the number of monthly moviegoers hit rock bottom in April with an all-time low of 970,000, and rose slightly to 1.53 million in May and 3.86 million in June.

CJ CGV and Megabox have adopted belt-tightening policies, including closures of theaters and layoffs, to deal with a financial crunch.

Experts said the South Korean entertainment sector, especially the film industry, will rebound in the third quarter, as the country has handled the spread of COVID-19 well, and summer blockbusters, like the zombie action film "Peninsula," have contributed to luring moviegoers to theaters.

"The worst crisis seems to be over, but there are still uncertainties," said analyst Choi Min-ha from Samsung Securities. "Their efforts to streamline business management will likely play a role in turning around in the coming months."




15th Seoul International Drama Awards announced list of nominees

August 6, 2020

KBS's hit drama series "When the Camellia Blooms" made the list in several competitive categories for the 15th Seoul International Drama Awards this year. [KBS]

The 15th Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA) announced its list of nominees for this year including 28 drama series and 26 individual candidates on Thursday.

The drama series will compete in four categories — TV Movie, Mini-series, Serial Drama and the newly established Short Form. Categories for individual nominees include Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Actor and Best Actress.

The organizing committee selected four keywords relevant to the nominated drama series and candidates: Short-forms, female, diversity and K-drama.

Especially for Korean drama series, the number of nominees surged noticeably from last year’s two to nine this year.

For the category of Mini-series, four out of eight nominees are Korean series — KBS’s “When the Camellia Blooms” SBS’s “Hot Stove League,” tvN’s “Crash Landing on You” and JTBC’s “Itaewon Class.”

In the Short-form content, three out of four nominees were Korean, including “I Have 3 Boyfri3nds,” “Rumor” and “XX.”

From the “When the Camellia Blooms,” leads Kong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul made the list for Best Actress and Best Actor and writer Lim Sang-choon was nominated for Best Screenwriter. Producer Jung Dong-yoon of “Hot Stove League” was nominated in the Best Director category.

“This year, female characters in drama series were outstanding,” the SDA organizing committee remarked. “[Like] ‘When the Camellia Blooms,’ there were strong and independent female protagonists who could be seen through the main characters of Dongbaek and the people of Ongsan Village.”

The ceremony will be held without an audience on Sept. 10 at MBC headquarters in Sangam-dong, western Seoul. Instead, the event will be live-streamed, although on which online platform has not been revealed yet. The recorded version is scheduled to air at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15.


BY LEE JAE-LIM   [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr] 

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Also she wrote a letter to her Japan fans now too :)


Her autograph with message is in the link:


"Thank you for loving and supporting "Crash Landing on You" I wish you all good health



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On 8/14/2020 at 11:49 AM, Helena said:

Thanks for the update @Helena Eventhough the hint of Son Ye Jin not being nominated in SIDA for best actress category is obvious, due to political issues, still hoping for her to bag the Korean excellent actress award - she has proven enough to the world that she is indeed the Hallyu Queen! My hopes are still high. 


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A fan translated Yejin's most recent Japanese interview. I saw this on Twitter and also another Soompi member posted in another thread. Sharing it here. I am just so in awe of her professionalism and talent. She is not only a tremendous actress, she also has the insight of a creative. 




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46 minutes ago, Kari said:

A fan translated Yejin's most recent Japanese interview. I saw this on Twitter and also another Soompi member posted in another thread. Sharing it here. I am just so in awe of her professionalism and talent. She is not only a tremendous actress, she also has the insight of a creative. 


I really wish we got a CLOY dvd because I find her insights into scenes and her characters really interesting (like how she was the one who suggested dual roles in The Classic). She has so many ideas and the chops to execute them excellently. Hope we hear more from her in the fanmeet and casting news for a film soon! 

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<SCREEN>’s a monthly movie magazine debuting in March 1984 (last issue in 2011).  On its 25th anniversary, <SCREEN> (published in March 2009) featured “1984~2008 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power 50”; ranking’s based on box office index of Korean films released from 1984 to February 2009.


1984~2008 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power 50 

Src: https://thescreen.co.kr/1984-2008-한국영화-배우-흥행-파워-50/



1. Ahn Sung-ki - 68.928 
Works: <Whale Hunting>(1984), <The Winter That Year Was Warm>(1984), <Deep Blue Night>(1985), <Wanderer in Winter>(1986), <Our Joyful Young Days>(1987), <North Korea's Southern Army>(1990), <White Badge>(1992), <Two Cops>(1993), <Nowhere to Hide>(1999), <Musa>(2001), <Silmido>(2003), <Radio Star>(2006), <May 18>(2007), <The Divine Weapon>(2008)

2. Song Kang-ho - 41.839
Works: <The Quiet Family>(1998), <Shiri>(1999), <Foul King>(2000), <JSA>(2000), <Memories of Murder>(2003), <The Host>(2006), <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008)

3. Han Seok-kyu - 35.181
Works: <Dr. Bong>(1995), <The Gingko Bed>(1996), <No. 3>(1997), <Contact>(1997), <Green Fish>(1997), <Shiri>(1999), <Tell Me Something>(1999), <The Scarlet Letter>(2004), <Forbidden Quest>(2006), <Eye for an Eye>(2008)

4. Park Joong-hoon - 34.799
Works: <Youth Sketch>(1987), <Chilsu and Mansu>(1988), <A Short Love Affair>(1990), <My Love, My Bride>(1990), <Two Cops>(1993), <Rule of the Game>(1994), <Killing Wife>(1994), <Hallelujah>(1997), <Nowhere to Hide>(1999), <Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield>(2003), <Radio Star>(2006)

5. Seol Kyung-gu - 27.530
Works: <Peppermint Candy>(2000), <Public Enemy>(2002), <Oasis>(2002), <Jail Breaker>(2002), <Silmido>(2003), <Cruel Winter Blues>(2006), <Voice of a Murderer>(2007), <Public Enemy Returns>(2008)

6. Choi Min-shik - 25.046
Works: <No. 3>(1997), <The Quiet Family>(1998), <Shiri>(1999), <Happy End>(1999), <Failan>(2001) <Chihwaseon>(2002), <Old Boy>(2003), <Crying Fist>(2005)

7. Jang Dong-gun - 24.018
Works: <Nowhere to Hide>(1999), <Friends>(2001), <2009 Lost Memories>(2002), <Taegeukgi>(2004), <Typhoon>(2005)

8. Kim Hye-soo - 22.543
Works: <First Love>(1993), <Dr. Bong>(1995), <Tie a Yellow Ribbom>(1998), <Kick the Moon>(2001), <Hypnotized>(2004), <The Red Shoes>(2005), <Tazza>(2006), <A Day for an Affair>(2007), <Modern Boy>(2008)

9. Jung Jin-young - 22.070
Works: <A Promise>(1998), <Let's Play, Dharma>(2001), <Wild Cards>(2003), <Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield>(2003), <The King and the Clown>(2005), <The Happy Life>(2007)

10. Kang Soo-yeon - 21.637
Works: <The Surrogate Womb>(1987), <Youth Sketch of Mimi and Cheolsu>(1987), <King Yeonsan>(1987), <Come, Come, Come Upward>(1989), <Long After That>(1989), <All That Falls Has Wings>(1990), <Road to the Racetrack>(1991), <The Blue in You>(1992), <Their Last Love Affair>(1996), <Girls' Night Out>(1998)

11. Lee Mi-sook - 21.593
Works: <Whale Hunting>(1984), <The Winter That Year Was Warm>(1984), <Mulberry>(1986), <Wanderer in Winter>(1986), <An Affair>(1998), <The Legend of Gingko>(2000), <Untold Scandal>(2003), <Hellcats>(2008)

12. Cha Seung-won - 20.672
Works: <Libera Me>(2000), <Kick the Moon>(2001), <Break Out>(2002), <Jail Breaker>(2002), <My Teacher, Mr. Kim>(2003), <Ghost House>(2004), <Blood Rain>(2005), <Murder, Take One>(2005), <Eye for an Eye>(2008)

13. Shin Hyun-joon - 20.335
Works: <Son of the General>(1990), <The Siren>(1998), <Bichunmoo>(2000), <Guns & Talks>(2001), <Marrying the Mafia 2: Enemy-in-law>(2005), <Barefoot Gi Bong>(2006),  <Marrying the Mafia 3>(2006)

14. Lee Byung-hun - 20.285
Works: <JSA>(2000), <Bungee Jumping of Their Own>(2001), <A Bittersweet Life>(2005), <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008)

15. Jeon Do-yeon - 20.033
Works: <Contact>(1997), <A Promise>(1998), <Happy End>(1999), <Untold Scandal>(2003), <You are My Sunshine>(2005)

16. Jung Woo-sung - 19.509
Works: <Beat>(1997), <City of the Rising Sun >(1999), <Phantom, The Submarine>(1999), <A Moment to Remember>(2004), <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008)

17. Jung Jae-young - 19.484
Works: <Guns & Talks >(2001), <No Blood No Tears>(2002), <Silmido>(2003), <Someone Special>(2004), <Welcome to Dongmakgol>(2005), <Going by the Book>(2007), <Public  Enemy Returns>(2008), <The Divine Weapon>(2008)

18. Choi Jin-sil - 19.066
Works: <My Love, My Bride>(1990), <Susanne Brink's Arirang>(1991), <Mister Mama>(1992), <How to Top My Wife>(1994), <Ghost Mamma>(1996), <The Letter>(1997), <The Legend of Gingko>(2000)

19. Choi Min-soo - 18.999

Works: <Son of God>(1986), <North Korea's Southern Army>(1990), <Wedding Story>(1992), <Mister Mamma>(1992), <The Terrorist>(1995), <Rehearsal>(1995), <Phantom, The Submarine>(1999), <Libera Me>(2000), <Holiday>(2006)

20. Lee Kyung-young - 18.916
Works:  <아다다>(88) <비오는 날의 수채화>(90) <사의 찬미>(91) <하얀 전쟁>(92) <그 여자 그 남자>(93) <세상 밖으로>(94) <게임의 법칙>(94) <손톱>(95) <테러리스트>(95) <귀천도>(96) <3인조>(97)

21. Lee Sung-jae - 28.283
Works: <Art Museum by the Zoo>(1998), <Ghost in Love>(1999), <Attack the Gas Station>(1999), <Kick the Moon>(2001), <Public Enemy>(2002), <Holiday>(2006)

22. Shim Hye-jin - 17.730
Works: <Black Republic>(1990), <Wedding Story>(1992), <Out to the World>(1994), <To the Starry Island>(1994), <Fingernails>(1995), <The Gingko Bed>(1996), <The Adventure of Mrs. Park>(1996), <Green Fish>(1997)

23. Jung Joon-ho - 17.556

Works: <My Boss, My Hero>(2001), <Marrying the Mafia>(2002), <Another Public Enemy>(2005), <My Boss, My Teacher>(2006), <Righteous Ties>(2006)

24. Park Shin-yang- 16.570

Works: <The Letter>(1997), <A Promise>(1998), <Indian Summer>(2001), <Let's Play, Dharma>(2001), <The Big Swindle>(2004)

25. Moon Sung-keun - 16.385
Works: <Black Republic>(1990), <The Road to Racetrack>(1991), <Out to the World>(1994), <To you from me>(1994), <A Single Spark>(1995), <A Petal>(1996), <Green Fish>(1997), <Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors>(2000), <Jealousy is My Middle Name>(2003), <Hanbando>(2006) <Soo>(2007)

26. Lee Bo-hee - 16.072
Works: <바보선언>(84) <무릎과 무릎 사이>(84) <어우동>(85) <이장호의 외인구단>(86) <접씨꽃 당신>(88) <나그네는 길에서도 쉬지 않는다>(88) <아메리카 아메리카>(88)

27. Cha Tae-hyun - 15.998
Works: <My Sassy Girl>(2001), <Lover’s Concerto>(2002), <Crazy First Love>(2003), <Highway Star>(2007), <Babo>(2008) <Scandal Makers>(2008)

28. Yu Oh-seong - 15.683
Works: <The Spy>(1999), <Attack the Gas Station!>(1999), <Friends>(2001), <Champion>(2002)

29. Im Chang-jung - 15.667
Works: <Beat>(1997), <Extra>(1998), <If the Sun Rises in the West>(1998), <Bet on My Disco>(2002), <Sex is Zero>(2002), <The Greatest Expectation>(2003), <To Catch a Virgin Ghost>(2004), <Miracle on 1st Street>(2007), <Sex is Zero 2>(2007)

30. Lee Young-ae - 14.473
Works: <JSA>(2000), <Last Present>(2001), <One Fine Spring Day>(2001), <Sympathy for Lady Vengeance>(2005)

31. Lee Jung-jae - 14.039
Works: <An Affair>(1998), <City of the Rising Sun>(1999), <Il Mare>(2000), <Last Present>(2001), <The Last Witness>(2001), <Oh!  Brothers>(2003), <Typhoon>(2005)

32. Kim Yunjin - 13.482
Works: <Shiri>(1999), <The Legend of Gingko>(2000), <Ardor>(2002), <Diary of June >(2005), <Seven Days>(2007)

33. Lee Beom-soo - 13.177
Works: <Anarchist>(2000), <Jungle Juice>(2002), <Singles>(2003), <Oh! Brothers>(2003), <Mr. Gam's Victory>(2004), <Forbidden Quest>(2006), <The City of Violence>(2006), <Death Bell>(2008)

34. Yoo Ji-tae - 13.176
Works: <Attack the Gas Station>(1999), <Ditto>(2000), <Nightmare>(2000), <Libera Me>(2000), <One Fine Spring Day>(2001), <Old Boy>(2003), <Running Wild>(2006), <Crush on You>(2008)

35. Lee Mi-yeon - 12.905
Works: <School Record isn't Propotional to Happiness>(1989), <Go alone like a rhino's horn>(1995), <No. 3>(1997), <Whispering Corridors>(1998), <Indian Summer>(2001), <Addicted>(2002), <Love Exposure>(2007)

36. Shin Eun-kyung - 12.277
Works: <The Young Man>(1994), <Downfall>(1997), <Ring Virus>(1999), <My Wife is a Gangster>(2001), <My Wife is a Gangster 2>(2003)

37. Won Bin - 11.949
Works: <Guns & Talks>(2001), <Taegukgi>(2004), < My Brother>(2004)

38. Joo Jin-moo - 11.853
Works: <Happy End>(1999), <Musa>(2001), <Wanee & Junha>(2001), <200 Pounds Beauty>(2006), <Love>(2007), <A Frozen Flower>(2008)

39. Ha Ji-won - 11.651
Works: <Nightmare>(2000), <Phone>(2002), <Sex is Zero>(2002) <Miracle on 1st Street>(2007)

40. Gam Woo-sung - 11.191
Works: <Marriage is a Crazy Thing>(2002), <R Point>(2004), <The King and the Clown>(2005), <My Love>(2007)

41. Son Ye-jin - 10.939
Works: <Lover’s Concerto>(2002), <Classic>(2003), <Crazy First Love>(2003), <A Moment to Remember>(2004), <April Snow>(2005) <The Art of Seduction>(2005) <My Wife Got Married >(2008)

42. Jo Seung-woo - 10.822
Works: <Chunhyang>(2000), <Who are You>(2002), <Classic>(2003), <Marathon>(2005), <Tazza>(2006), <Gogo 70>(2008)

43. Park Hae-il- 10.727
Works: <Jealousy is My Middle Name>(2003), <Memories of Murder>(2003), <Rules of Dating>(2005), <The Host>(2006), <Paradise Murdered>(2007), <Modern Boy>(2008)

44. Lee Dae-Geun - 10.691
Works: <고래사냥>(84) <뽕>(86) <변강쇠>(86) <연산군>(87) <가루지기>(88) <우묵배미의 사랑>(90) <이대근, 이댁은>(07)

45. Kim Myung-gon - 10.425
Works: <바보선언>(84) <어우동>(85) <나그네는 길에서도 쉬지 않는다>(88) <개벽>(91) <서편제>(93) <태백산맥>(94) <영원한 제국>(95)

46. Park Sang-min - 10.244
Works: <Son of the General>(1990), <Son of the General 2>(1991), <Son of the General 3>(1992), <Distressing to be a Man>(1995), <The Rules of a Gangster>(1996), <Come to Me>(1996), <Tube>(2003)

47. Jang Mi-hee- 10.022
Works: <Deep Blue Night>(1985), <Hwang Jin-ie>(1986), <The Land of Fire>(1989), <Death Song>(1991) <Father>(1997)

48. Kim Jung-eun - 9.831
Works: <Fun Movie>(2002), <Marrying the Mafia>(2002), <How to Keep My Love>(2004), <Forever the Moment>(2008)

49. Kwon Sang-woo - 9.807
Works: <Volcano High>(2001), <My Tutor Friend>(2003), <Once Upon a Time in High School>(2004), <Running Wild>(2006), <Almost Love>(2006), <Fate>(2008)

50. Kim Seung-woo - 9.805
Works:  <Son of the General>(1990), <Ghost Mamma>(1996), <Scent of a Man>(1998), <Break Out>(2002), <Between Love And Hate>(2006)



Box Office Power (=> data Calculation)
Part 1 [1-1-1984~2-12-2009]  (only Seoul audience; available before 2004)
Part 2 [1-1-2009~12-31-2019] (based on nation-wide audience)
Box-office Score: based on percentage & weight (not sum of audience numbers)
- main vs supporting roles: supporting actors (multiplied by a weight of 0.5)
- “ensemble movie” (multiplied by a weight of 0.5 on lead actor)



SCREEN 2019-12-31


2009-2019 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power 50

Source: 1 | 2-10 | 11-20 | 41-50





1.  Ha Jung-woo - 112.312
Works: <Madeleine>(2002) <She's on Duty>(2005) <The Unforgiven>(2005) <TIME>(2006) <The Fox Family>(2006) <Breath>(2007) <Never Forever>(2007) <The Chaser>(2008) <The Moonlight of Seoul>(2008) <My Dear Enemy>(2008) <Like You Know It All>(2009) <Boat>(2009) <Take Off>(2009) <The Yellow Sea>(2010) <The Client>(2011) <Nameless Gangster : Rules of Time>(2012) <Love Fiction>(2012) <Project 577>(2012) <The Berlin File>(2013) <The Terror Live>(2013) <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014) <Chronicle of a Blood Merchant>(2015) <Assassination>(2015) <The Handmaiden>(2016), <Tunnel>(2016), <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018), <Take Point>(2018) <Ashfall>(2019)
2. Hwang Jung-min - 96.440
Works: <Waikiki Brothers>(2001) <Road Movie>(2002) <A Good Lawyer's Wife>(2003) <This Charming Girl>(2004) <You’re My Sunshine!>(2005) <Bloody Tie>(2006) <Black House>(2007) <Private Eye>(2009) <The Unjust>(2010) <New World>(2012) <Man in Love>(2013) <Ode to My Father>(2014) <Veteran>(2015) <A Violent Prosecutor>(2015) <THE WAILING>(2016) <Asura : The City of Madness>(2016) <The Battleship Island>(2017) <The Spy Gone North>(2018)
3. Song Kang-ho - 87.937
Works:  <The day a pig fell into the well>(1996) <Green Fish>(1997) <No. 3>(1997) <The Quiet Family>(1998) <Shiri>(1999) <The Foul King>(2000) <JSA>(2000) <Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance>(2002) <YMCA Baseball Team>(2002) <Memories of Murder>(2003) <The President’s Barber>(2004) <ANTARCTIC JOURNAL>(2005) <The Host>(2006) <The Show Must Go On>(2007) <Secret Sunshine>(2007) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <Thirst>(2009), <Secret Reunion>(2010) <Hindsight>(2011) <HOWLING>(2012) <Snowpiercer>(2013) <The Face Reader>(2013) <The Attorney>(2013) <The Throne>(2014) <The Age of Shadows>(2016) <A Taxi Driver>(2017) <THE DRUG KING>(2018) <PARASITE>(2019) <THE KING’S LETTERS>(2019)
4. Ryu Seung-ryong- 76.863

Works: <Righteous Ties>(2006), <Possessed>(2009), <Secret>(2009) <The Quiz Show Scandal>(2010) <The Recipe>(2010) <Battlefield Heroes>(2011) <Children...>(2011) <The Front Line>(2011) <War of the Arrows>(2011) <All About My Wife>(2012) <Masquerade>(2012) <Miracle in Cell No.7>(2013) <The Target>(2014) <Roaring Currents>(2014> <The Piper>(2015) <The Sound of a Flower>(2015) <Psychokinesis>(2018) <Seven Years Night>(2018) <Extreme Job>(2019)

5. Yoo Hae-jin - 72.096

Works: <Kick the Moon>(2001) <Musa>(2001) <Public Enemy>(2002) <Break Out>(2002) <Jail Breaker>(2002) <The Coast Guard>(2002) <Ice Rain>(2003) <Hi, Dharma 2 : Showdown in Seoul>(2004) <Blood Rain>(2005) <The King and the Clown>(2005) <South of the Border> (2006) <Tazza>(2006) <Small Town Rivals>(2007) <Mission Possible: Kidnapping Granny K>(2007) <Truck>(2007) <Public Enemy Returns>(2008) <Woochi>(2009) <Moss>(2010) <Desire to Kill>(2010) <The Unjust>(2010) <In Love And the War>(2011) <Mama>(2011) <Miss Conspirator>(2012) <The Spies>(2012) <The Flu>(2013) <Minority Opinion>(2013) <Obsessed>(2014) <The Pirates>(2014) <Tazza-The Hidden Card>(2014) <The Classified File>(2015) <Veteran>(2015) <FATAL INTUITION>(2015) <LUCK-KEY>(2016) <Confidential Assignment>(2017> <A Taxi Driver>(2017) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <LOVE+SLING>(2018) <Intimate Strangers>(2018) <MAL·MO·E: The Secret Mission>(2019) <The Battle: Roar to Victory>(2019)

6. Lee Jung-jae - 68.869
Works: <An Affair>(1998) <City of the Rising Sun>(1999) <Il Mare>(2000) <Last Present>(2001) <The Last Witness>(2001) <Oh! Brothers>(2003) <Typhoon>(2005) <The Housemaid>(2010) <The Thieves>(2012) <New World>(2013) <The Face Reader>(2013) <Big Match>(2014) <Assassination>(2015) <Operation Chromite>(2016) <WARRIORS OF THE DAWN>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <Svaha: The Sixth Finger>(2019)
7. Oh Dal-soo - 62.542 
Works: <Old Boy>(2003) <The Wolf Returns>(2004) <The President’s Barber>(2004) <Sympathy for Lady Vengeance>(2005) <Forbidden Quest>(2006) <A Bloody Aria>(2006) <Three Fellas>(2006) <Once in a Summer>(2006) <The Show Must Go On>(2007) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <Private Eye>(2009) <Thirst>(2009) <The Servant>(2010) <Troubleshooter>(2010) <Foxy Festival>(2010) <Detective K : Secret of Virtuous Widow>(2011) <Hindsight>(2011) <The Thieves>(2012) <Miracle in Cell No.7>(2012) <My Paparotti>(2012) <The Attorney>(2013) <Ode to My Father>(2014) <Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island>(2014) <Assassination>(2015) <Veteran>(2015) <Tunnel>(2016) <RUN OFF>(2016) <Master>(2016) <MEMOIR OF A MURDERER>(2016) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead>(2017)
8. Kim Yoon-seok - 62.532

Works: <The Big Swindle>(2004) <Tazza>(2007) <The Chaser>(2008) <Running Turtle>(2009) <Woochi>(2009) <The Yellow Sea>(2010) <Punch>(2011) <The Thieves>(2012) <Tazza-The Hidden Card>(2014) <The Classified File>(2015) <The Priests>(2015) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <Dark Figure of Crime>(2018)
9. Kang Dong-won - 58.922

Works: <Don't Believe Her>(2004) <Romance of Their Own>(2004) <Duelist>(2005) <Maundy Thursday>(2006) <M>(2007) <Woochi>(2009) <Secret Reunion>(2010) <Haunters>(2010) <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014) <My Brilliant Life>(2014) <The Priests>(2015) <A Violent Prosecutor>(2016) <Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned>(2016) <Master>(2016) <1987: When the Day Comes>(2017) <Golden Slumber>(2018) <ILLANG : THE WOLF BRIGADE>(2018)
10. Ma Dong-seok - 52.028
Works: <The Moonlight of Seoul>(2007) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <The Unjust>(2010) <Quick>(2011) <Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time>(2011) <The Neighbor>(2012) <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014) <GOODBYE SINGLE>(2016) <THE OUTLAWS>(2017) <Champion>(2018) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <The Villagers>(2018) <Unstoppable>(2018) <The Gangster, The Cop, The Devi>(2019) <THE BAD GUYS: REIGN OF CHAOS>(2019) <START-UP>(2019) <Ashfall>(2019)
11. Lee Byung-hun - 50.437
Works: <The Harmonium in My Memory>(1999) <JSA>(2000) <Bungee Jumping of Their Own>(2001) <Addicted>(2002) <Everybody has Secrets>(2004) <Three, Monster>(2004) <A Bittersweet Life>(2005) <Once in a Summer>(2006) <The Good, The Bad, The Weird>(2008) <I Saw the Devil>(2010) <Masquerade>(2012) <Memories of the Sword>(2015) <Inside Men>(2015) <Master>(2016) <A Single Rider>(2017) <The Fortress>(2017) <Keys to the Heart>(2018) <Ashfall>(2019)

12. Seol Kyung-gu - 45.328
Works: <Peppermint Candy>(2000) <Public Enemy>(2002) <Oasis>(2002) <Jail Breaker>(2002) <Silmido>(2003) <Cruel Winter Blues>(2006) <Voice of a Murderer>(2007) <Public Enemy Returns>(2008) <Haeundae>(2009) <Troubleshooter>(2010) <Cold Eyes>(2013) <The Spy>(2013) <Hope>(2013) <The Merciless>(2017) <MEMOIR OF A MURDERER>(2017) <Idol>(2019) <Birthday>(2019) <Man of Men>(2019)
13. Joo Ji-hoon - 43.538
Works: <Antique>(2008) <Kitchen>(2009) <I am the King>(2012) <A Night Before the Wedding>(2013) <Confession>(2014) <The Treacherous>(2015) <Asura : The City of Madness>(2016) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <The Spy Gone North>(2018) <Dark Figure of Crime>(2018)
14. Choi Min-shik - 38.089
Works: <No. 3>(1997) <The Quiet Family>(1998) <Shiri>(1999) <Happy End>(1999) <Failan>(2001) <Chihwaseon>(2002) <Old Boy>(2003) <Crying Fist>(2005) <Sympathy for Lady Vengeance>(2005) <I Saw the Devil>(2010) <Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time>(2012) <New World>(2013) <Roaring Currents>(2014) <The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale:>(2015) <The Mayor>(2017) <Heart Blackened>(2017) <Forbidden Dream>(2019)
15. Jo Jin-woong - 35.936
Works: <GLOVE>(2011), <The Front Line>(2011), <Perfect Game>(2011), <Nameless Gangster : Rules of Time>(2012), <My Paparotti>(2013), <Hwayi: A Monster Boy>(2013), <A Hard Day>(2014), <KUNDO: Age of the Rampant>(2014), <Roaring Currents>(2014), <We are Brothers>(2014), <Salut D’Amour>(2015), <Assassination>(2015), <Handmaiden>(2016), <The Hunt>(2016), <The Sheriff In Town>(2017), <Bluebeard>(2017), <MAN OF WILL>(2017), <Believer>(2018), <The Spy Gone North>(2018), <Intimate Strangers>(2018), <Man of Men>(2019), <Jesters: The Game Changers>(2019), <BLACK MONEY>(2019)
16. Yoo Ah-in - 35.735
Works: <Boys of Tomorrow>(2007) <Skeletons in the Closet>(2007) <Punch>(2011) <Tough As Iron>(2013) <Thread of Lies>(2014) <Veteran>(2015) <The Throne>(2015) <Burning>(2018) <Default>(2018)
17. Gong Yoo - 35.418

Works: <A Spy Girl>(2004) <S Diary>(2004) <She's on Duty>(2005) <Finding Mr. Destiny>(2010) <Silenced>(2011) <The Suspect>(2013) <A Man and A Woman>(2016) <Train to Busan>(2016) <The Age of Shadows>(2016) <KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982>(2019)

18. Kim Hyang-gi - 34.879
Works: <Heart is…>(2006) <Private Eye>(2009) <Wedding Dress>(2010) <The Grand Heist>(2012) <A Werewolf Boy>(2012) <Thread of Lies>(2014) <Snowy Road>(2015) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017) <Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days>(2018) <Young-ju>(2018) <Innocent Witness>(2019)
19. Son Ye-jin - 33.867
Works: <Lover’s Concerto>(2002) <Classic>(2003) <Crazy First Love>(2003) <A Moment to Remember>(2004) <April Snow>(2005) <The Art of Seduction>(2005) <Open City>(2008) <My Wife Got Married>(2008) <White Night>(2009) <Spellbound>(2011) <Tower>(2012) <Blood and Ties>(2103) <The Pirates>(2014) <The Truth Beneath>(2016) <The Last Princess>(2016) <Be with You>(2018) <The Negotiation>(2018)


20. Cha Tae-hyun- 33.645
Works: <My Sassy Girl>(2001) <Lover’s Concerto>(2002) <Crazy First Love>(2003) <Sad Movie>(2005) <Highway Star>(2007)<Babo>(2008) <Scandal Makers>(2008) <Hello Ghost>(2010) <The Grand Heist>(2012) <Slow Video>(2014) <Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds>(2017)

21. Park Hae-il 
22. Jeon Ji-hyun
23. Kim Myung-min
24. Jo Jung-suk
25. Uhm Jung-hwa
26. Kim Hye-soo
27. Jung Woo-sung
28. Ryu Jun-yeol
29. Shim Eun-kyung
30. Lee Ha-nee 
31. Kwak Do-won
32. Lee Sun-kyun 
33. Ha Ji-won
34. Kim Yunjin 
35. Ryu Seung-bum
36. Han Hyo-joo 
37. Hyun Bin
38. Sung Dong-il 
39. Lee Dong-hwi 
40. Park Bo-young 
41. Kim Dong-wook - 20.060
42. Choi Woo-shik - 20.030
43. Cho Yeo-jung - 19.592
44. Jin Seon-kyu - 19.166
45. Kim Nam-gil - 19.107
46. Kim Mu-yeol - 18.904
47. Gong Myung - 18.706
48. Jung Jae-young - 18.530
49. Jung Yu-mi - 18.285
50. Kang Ha-neul- 17.434


100 Million Viewer Club
1st star to cross this mark: Oh Dal-soo in January 2015 (news)
2nd (1st leading) star: Song Kang-ho during Chuseok holiday in 2016
3rd (2nd leading) star: Hwang Jung-min in August 2017 (news)
4th (3rd leading) star: Ha Jung-woo in August 2018 (news)


SCREEN’s 2009-2019 K-Movie Actor Box Office Power Top 3: Ha Jung-woo (112.312 points), Hwang Jung-min (96.440), Song Kang-ho (87.937).  Oh Dal-soo (62.542) ranked #7.

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One can measure the current avid Japanese fan interest in SYJ.

Son Yejin's Japan Virtual Fan Meet on August 30, 2020 sold tickets for about $17 for the 90 minute session. The average Tokyo movie theater ticket price is around $14,67. Her fan meeting is generating a premium of 16 percent.


It may be a live event, but all of the fan questions will be pre-screened so I do not expect any surprise answers.

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"Crash Landing on You" star Son Ye Jin overwhelmed by boom in Japan


South Korean actress Son Ye Jin, who played the role of a wealthy heiress who lands in North Korea in a paragliding accident in smash hit drama "Crash Landing on You," said she is "overwhelmed" at the immense popularity the romantic comedy has generated in Japan.

"It has been a while since the series ended (in South Korea), but I'm surprised that people have continued to express their interest and love for it," Son said in a recent written interview with Kyodo News.

South Korean actress Son Ye Jin (L) and actor Hyun Bin in smash hit drama "Crash Landing on You." (Photo courtesy of tvN)(Kyodo)


The 16-episode melodrama -- a love story between a South Korean heiress of a conglomerate family and a North Korean military officer -- has taken Japan and other parts of Asia by storm since it premiered on Netflix at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay at home.


"I think the warm atmosphere and sense of comfort surrounding the drama have offered (viewers) inspiration and happiness in the face of the global threat of the spread of the novel coronavirus," she said.

The 38-year-old actress also said she is "overwhelmed" to hear that their work "played a role in raising interest in South Korean dramas" in Japan.

(Photo courtesy of Son's agency)(Kyodo)


In the series, which was aired on the South Korean cable network tvN between December and February, Son plays Yoon Se Ri, who crash lands on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone after her paraglider is caught in a tornado.


Forced to live in the North while searching for ways to return to South Korea, she falls in love with Ri Jeong Hyeok, a military officer who comes from a powerful political family. The hero was portrayed by popular South Korean actor Hyun Bin.


Son said she gave much thought to how she could effectively portray her character, whom she refers to as "very optimistic and positive," as the heroine adapts to life in the North.


"There were many scenes where I had to deliver my lines like a rapid-fire gun," said Son, who is also popular in Japan for her role in the 2004 film "A Moment to Remember" in which she played a woman who has Alzheimer's disease.


"I tried to be expressive in various ways, not just facially but also through my body and hand movements," she added.


While the popular melodrama depicts life in North Korea, the filming was done in South Korea and Mongolia, among other places. It has scenes in which the protagonists travel to Pyongyang on a train, as well as eat and drink with locals.






Son said she cannot forget the scene towards the end of the series where the two characters bid farewell at the Military Demarcation Line that separates the North and South.


"It was when the emotions of the two characters exploded. I really thought about how to act it out and devoted much energy to it," she said.


"Many people who watched the drama told me that it shows the tragedy that resulted from the division and that they were moved," she recounted.


The series, which also portrays scenes of corruption in the North Korean leadership, is thought to have drawn criticism from Pyongyang, which has said that South Korean TV dramas are full of "falsified" and "fabricated" information.

Autograph and handwritten message by South Korean actress Son Ye Jin to the Japanese audience of smash hit drama "Crash Landing on You." (Photo courtesy of Son's agency)(Kyodo)

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Hwaseong City signed a memorandum of understanding with BTC Production to support film production

(Hwaseong) Reporter Kim Moon-kiInput: 2020-08-21 16:11
Shooting in Hwaseong City from April next year... Starring Sam Worthington, Lee Sun-gyun, Son Ye-jin
Hwaseong City has decided to actively support the production of the Korean-American joint film'The Cross,' which is being prepared for filming in the hall.

Hwaseong City (mayor Cheolmo Seo) signed a memorandum of understanding at City Hall on the 21st to support the production of BTC Production and the movie'The Cross'.

The Cross is a human story that tries to escape for a human life with a border created according to the social status of the near future.

The production of the film is directed by director Andrew Nicole, and the production cost is about 36 billion wonDirector Andrew Nicole has directed Anon (2018), The Road of War (2005), and The Truman Show (1998). From April next year, we will be filming in Hwaseong for about 20 weeks.

Sam Worthington, Lee Seong-gyun, and Son Ye-jin, who appeared in Avatar and The Wrath of the Titan as the main cast, were confirmed, and are scheduled to be released in 2022.

Mayor Seo Cheol-mo said, "Through this film, we will be able to increase the brand awareness of Hwaseong City. We will actively support the film so that it can be successfully produced."



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Came across this video where Haha called up YJ during his interview on Taxi. Seems like a very funny call, because YJ didn't know that she was on a live program. No subtitles though.

Anybody has the Eng-sub or Ch-sub version pls?




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@ElectricHearts Yeah, I got more insight into Korean Ent only after watching everything YJ-related after CLOY.  


@Helena Have you come across any subtitled versions for the above video pls? 


While we wait for Cross, here is an awesome fan-made movie trailer starring YJ. Hollywood-style. 





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Hi everyone. Came here after watching CLOY and being blown away by SYJ's amazing acting!  She was so great at both the comedy (loved all the scenes with the North Koreans, the ajummas and the boys, as well as Capt Ri of course) and the pathos.  Wow, did she hit the mark with all the crying scenes.  She just has a wonderful expressiveness in her acting, especially with her eyes, and a very charismatic screen presence that draws you in.  This was my first Kdrama so I have no benchmark to measure against but SYJ impressed me as a wonderful actor by any measure. She really breathed life into Yoon Seri and had amazing chemistry with every co-actor.  I look forward to more amazing work from her. 


Currently digging into her filmography and old you tube interviews with Eng subs... hope there are other fans around here to answer some of my SYJ questions. :) 


Just started to watch Something In The Rain.  Wow, tonally so different from CLOY but SYJ is really bringing that very realistic character to life as well.  i think she's very good at slice of life acting.  And again the romantic chemistry with her costar blows me away. 


I think SYJ was very intelligent in choosing dramas like SITR followed by CLOY.  Very different genres, very different characters but very strong stories and memorable characters in different ways.  I am interested to learn more about how SYJ chooses her roles as it seems she's quite intelligent about it and that is a key to the longevity in her career. She likes being versatile and challenging herself with new kinds of roles, while also understanding her super strengths and what audiences like in her. I think. 


Also just watched The Truth Beneath. I didn't realise Park Chan Wook co-wrote this film but it's great that SYJ was part of a film he worked on.  He and the Parasite director Bong Joon Ho are probably 2 of the most acclaimed directors in Korean cinema today so I would love to see them work with SYJ in the future. And also to see her work with more female directors like TTB director.  I think SITR director would also be great at a feature length romance film.  He definitely has a deft touch in directing romantic scenes.


I thought SYJ gave a raw, powerful and a new kind of performance in TTB in a very challenging role.  I love that she took on a challenging and darker role that wasn't necessarily easy to love.


I hope it won't be too long before we see her next work though I think she needs a well deserved long break after CLOY.  Maybe a few films before another drama.  I have hopes for The Cross as I thought Gattaca and The Truman Show were very good films.  No doubt acting in a Hollywood production and in English will be a new challenge for SYJ to embrace. 


What are your favourite SYJ works and what kind of work do you want to see her in next?


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