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December 11, 2015

Im Si Wan coming back with new movie 'Thinking of My Elder Brother'

Source: STARN News

Lim Si Wan is coming back with a new movie titled 'Thinking of My Elder Brother (working title).'

Recently, the official teaser video for director Lee Han's new film, 'Thinking of My Elder Brother,' surpassed 1.5 million views just in a day, and many fans and netizens' excitement for Lim Si Wan's official comeback is now skyrocketing.

'Thinking of My Elder Brother' was motivated from a children's choir that had existed during the Korean War, and it will show miraculous experiences that the children go through with music in the midst of the war.

Yoo Ah In, who had played in director Lee Han's previous film, 'PUNCH (2011),' and Lim Si Wan, who had played in 'The Attorney' and TV series 'Misaeng,' played as two lead roles.

Lim Si Wan made his first film screen debut through 'The Attorney,' and he had received a great number of compliments for his phenomenal performance. Lim Si Wan became one of the most anticipated young actors of Korea after his participation in 'The Attorney,' and he is going to surprise many movie fans with another complete transformation in 'Thinking of My Elder Brother.'

Lim Si Wan also set up another major milestone of his career through TV series 'Misaeng,' playing as a young intern named Jang Geu Rae. Lim Si Wan played in 'Thinking of My Elder Brother' as a second lieutenant named Han Sang Ryeol, who bears a painful memory of war deep inside heart, and the movie will show Han Sang Ryeol overcoming traumas with the children's choir.

Lim Si Wan not only went through months of piano and conducting lessons, he also went through months of intense training for action scenes.

Director Lee Han said, "Lim Si Wan has very deep eyes. He participated in every shoot with full energy and concentration, and I can't even imagine who else would have played Han Sang Ryeol part as well as Lim Si Wan."

Meanwhile, 'Thinking of My Elder Brother' is going to be officially released in January 2016.

Lim Si Wan coming back with new movie 'Thinking of My Elder Brother'

/Reporting by Lee Mi-Ji en@starnnews.com

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Google reveals which Korean TV shows and music topped its 2015 search rankings




There were some noteworthy releases in the K-Entertainment sphere for the year 2015, and Google shared the list of most distinguished works in the past year, at least in terms of how many times their users searched them. 


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You can view the full top ten lists below. 


TV shows:


1. 'She Was Pretty'

2. 'Producer

3. 'Mask King

4. 'Yong Pal' 

5. 'Oh My Ghost

6. 'Show Me the Money 4

7. 'Game of Thrones

8. 'Kill Me, Heal Me' 

9. 'Three Meals A Day

10. 'Misaeng' 


source : allkpop

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Siwan is looking fine and sharp as Lieutenant in movie still cuts




New still cuts are released from the upcoming movie titled "Thinking of my Brother" starring ZE:A's Im Siwan, Go Ah-Sung, Lee Hee-Joon, Park Soo-Young, and more.

In the new preview images, Siwan, who plays the role of Second Lieutenant Han Sang-Yeol, is looking edgy and sharp in military uniform. In other photos, Siwan gives a heartwarming atmosphere as he is surrounded by kids while flashing bright smiles.

"Thinking of my Brother" revolves around the story of Lieutenant Sang-Yeol as a leader of his platoon and brother to the kids he has met whom he developed attachment with and vowed to protect them. The film is expected to hit the theaters in January next year.






source : dailykpopnews

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ZE:A's Yim Si Wan Takes On New Film Role




ZE:A singer and actor Yim Si Wan will star in an upcoming film.

Yim Si Wan will star in the film "Thinking of Elder Brother." The film was directed by Lee Han, who is famous for the 2011 film "Punch." 


Yim Si Wan is going to act as Han Sang Yeol. His character is a military man who loses everything during the war.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters across Korea next month.

Yim Si Wan rose to stardom when he acted as Jang Geu Rae in the 2014 tvN television series "Misaeng." The award-winning drama aired from October 17 to December 20, 2014, and had a total of 20 episodes. Yim Si Won has acted alongside popular actors and actresses such as Lee Sung Min, Kang So Ra, and Kang Ha Neul.


source : kpopstarz

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December 14, 2015

The Best Storyteller of Our Time
Comics Artist YOON Tae-ho's World 

by HA Jung-min / KoBiz


"3.35 million and 4.95 million viewers, and viewing rate of 8.2%." These are the records of films Moss (2010) and Inside Men (2015), and a cable TV series Misaeng, respectively. Given that both films are R-rated and that 5% is considered successful for a cable TV series, the figures are even more impressive. Inside Men has been on top of both the pre-sales chart and box office for 5 consecutive weeks since release, which means an even bigger figure is to come out later on. The only common factor shared by the three products that are different in terms of genres and subject matters is YOON Tae-ho. They are all based on YOON Tae-ho's web cartoons with the same titles.
YOON's web cartoons have opened up a new territory in storytelling, with detailed and realistic descriptions of all kinds of human beings in specific groups. As if observing an eco-system, he closely describes and weaves the story, which brings up tension even without particular events. The reality and powerfulness are the very basis of Moss and Inside Men.
Comics Artist Conquers the Internet


Though widely known as a web cartoonist, YOON began his career as a cartoonist on paper format and it now has been 22 years since he debuted. He drew cartoons since he was very little. He grew up in a rather humble environment, and there was a time where he was even homeless but still went to private cartoon lessons. He struggled and managed to enter the professional industry by joining HUH Young-man, who is one of the greatest comics artists in Korea, as an apprentice in 1988. He made his debut in 1993 with Emergency Landing on comics magazine Monthly Jump.
It was since YAHOO (1998) that YOON clearly revealed his proper traits as a comics artist such as carefully depicted characters and powerful drawing style, and most notably, questions on the power and the social structure of his time.
YOON realized by his first work that his weakness lied in his poor narrative. He tried to make up for it by transcribing soap opera scripts and reading books on scenario writing, seriously learning the art of storytelling. And YAHOO was the result. With sci-fi elements added to a historic event, YAHOO centered around the collapse of Sampoong Department Store in 1995, and was rewarded with the Comics Award by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
After proving his presence to the comics industry with YAHOO, YOON was re-recognized by Romance that depicted the elderly in 2001. Romance humorously and poignantly dealt with the senior generation which was not often discussed in comics. 
Into the 21st century, the world changed fast and the comics industry also went through a big transformation - the main stage for comics is not paper anymore but the Internet. Instead of turning paper pages, readers scroll down on computer monitors and such change required web cartoon artists to innovate everything from the narrative, structure, subject matter and drawing style. YOON, who had always pursued contemporariness, readily moved onto web cartoon. Soon he has become a leading web cartoon artist with Moss, the winner of the Best Comics Award in 2007.
Moss is a thriller set in the countryside. The story begins when divorced and fired RYOO Hae-gook visits the hometown of his father to attend his funeral, who had cut off the relationship with his son for a long time. Despite their humble appearances, the villagers' eyes are spooky and disturbing. From their uneasy atmosphere, Hae-gook detects a very high tension and understands intuitively that there is something suspicious going on in the village.
Moss reaches a very high level of generic success with a savage-like drawing style and aptly arranged story that fit the computer monitor environment. However, what truly makes an overwhelming suspense is his character description, from a very close observation that feels like one taken thoroughly under the skin at an autopsy session. The almighty village leader and the villagers who commit violence without any trace of guilt remind us of the dictators and their followers that we have actually witnessed in modern Korean history. With the story, characters and the genre all in tune, Moss was turned into a film by KANG Woo-suk in 2010 and made a huge success.
Beyond Comics, onto the Screen


The heyday of YOON triggered by Moss hits the top with Misaeng: Incomplete Life. He spent whole three years just for preparation when a publisher proposed him for a cartoon on baduk (go). Misaeng is therefore a combination of baduk and office life.
Misaeng illustrates series of episodes that JANG Geu-rae, a once-baduk prodigy who ended up not becoming a professional player, experiences at his workplace, a trade company called One International. YOON neither glorifies nor tragedizes this young temporary employee’s struggle. Instead, YOON fills the story with events and mistakes that anyone who has ever experienced employment would sympathize with, because those ordinary trifles are the real crisis of our life. 
TV drama Misaeng reenacted the atmosphere of the original work through a great adaptation and camera work, and created a huge "Misaeng syndrome." Web cartoon Misaeng received the President's Prize in the Korean Contents Award in the comics section.

Inside Men once again proves that YOON is among the best storytellers of our time. It is a hard boiled crime story featuring people at the closest proximity to the power in Korea. The characters are already very powerful: a newspaper opinion writer who is also a “kingmaker” manipulating the politics; a conglomerate who supports corrupt politicians; political hoodlums who engage in bloody fights for those in power; and a prosecutor who is an ex-cop. Their conspiracy, betrayal, corruption, revenge and reversal ceaselessly take place incessantly.
Inside Men catches readers' attention from the beginning with its superb characters and narrative, and film adaptation was already decided even before the web cartoon was actually completed. The film version of Inside Men has hit the no. 1 place in the box office, making a new record for an R-rated movie.
Recently YOON has completed another web cartoon called Pah-in: The Greedy Bastards, featuring smugglers and is now serializing Misaeng season 2. JANG and his colleagues, who separated in the first season, now meet in adversary power dynamics. YOON has become one of the nation's leading comics artists with his outstanding ability of storytelling, character design, and serious message delivery. It is not only the comics readers who can't wait for his next works.

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‘A Melody To Remember’ drops heartwarming film poster and BGM trailer




Upcoming film ‘A Melody To Remember’ which is led by Im Siwan and Ko Ah Sung, has dropped a promotional poster and a BGM trailer that will definitely move your heart.

In the poster, Second Lieutenant Han Sang Yeol (Im Siwan) is seen encouraging the people beside him despite the country being at war. He is seen posing alongside choir teacher Park Joo Mi (Ko Ah Sung), and the children from the choir led by Soon Yi (Lee Re). All of them sported radiant smiles for the camera, as they put the pains of war behind them.

A Melody To Remember A Melody To Remember

In the BGM trailer which included a solo from Lee Re and the other children from the choir, viewers will no doubt reminisce about the past. The line from Lee Re which went, ‘Oppa, I heard that people become stars after they die, is that true?’ The music accompanied by scenes from the film showed the soldiers fighting on the battlefield, the children who are forced into separation from their family members, and will no doubt invoke feelings of not giving up on hope on viewers, and getting healing through music.

‘A Melody To Remember’ will open in cinemas in January 2016.


By: Alvin

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December 22., 2015

Yim Si-wan says he is not ‘innocent’

Boy ZE:A’s member and actor Yim Si-wan said he was captivated by the “innocence” in the movie “Thinking of Elder Brother” during a press briefing on Tuesday.


Yim, who rose to stardom after starring in hit soap “Misaeng” said, “After reading the script, the innocence in the film stayed in my head for long, stating the reson for choosing the movie.

When host Park Kyung-lim said, “But, you are indeed innocent,“ Lim replied, “I just pretend to be.” The actor has an innocent image after he said he never dated a girl in an interview a few years ago.

The upcoming movie “Thinking of Elder Brother” tells the story of a children’s choir during the Korean War. It is set to hit theaters in January 2016. 


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December 22, 2015

[Photo] Im Si Wan, Ko Ah Sung and Lee Hee Jun Gather for ′Thinking of Oppa′

CJ E&M enewsWorld Kim Byung Kwan



Im Si Wan gives off oppa feels


The cast lines up


′Thinking of Oppa in the New Year!

The cast of upcoming film Thinking of Oppa gathered for a production presentation, held at the Apgujeong CGV in Seoul on December 22. 

Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan

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December 21, 2015

Im Siwan Exudes Sensitive Yet Masculine Charm for GQ Magazine

Source: Soompi by leejojoba

Im Siwan Exudes Sensitive Yet Masculine Charm for GQ Magazine

Director Lee Han of “Punch” will soon release his first movie of 2016 “Thinking of My Brother” (working title). “Thinking of My Brother” is about a story of a children’s choir that came into existence during the time of the Korean War. It portrays the miracle of life and music that arises in the midst of a war that took away everything.

While promoting his upcoming film, Im Siwan participated in a masculine yet sensitive pictorial with GQ magazine.

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Actor Im Siwan has been acknowledged for his acting skills through his work in the movie “The Attorney” and drama “Misaeng.” He will work alongside actors Go Ah Sung and Lee Hee Joonin this movie.

The GQ pictorial grabs viewers’ attention with more mature and masculine side of Im Siwan. It shows the depth of Im Siwan’s character in the movie Han Sang Ryul who picks up the conductor’s baton rather than a gun in the midst of a war.

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In the movie, Han Sang Ryul is transformed by his involvement with the children’s choir despite losing everything in the war. As an actor, Im Siwan is hard at work trying to bring out the internal struggles and transformation the character goes through. The pictorial shown in the GQ magazine displays a serious yet sensitive aura of the character.

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The movie “Thinking of My Brother” will leave the audience touched by the storyline about the children’s choir accompanied by beautiful music. It is slated to be released in January 2016.

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December 22, 2015

Yim Si-wan Looks Smart and Dandy at ‘Thinking of Elder Brother’ Production Presentation

Source: BNTNews


[by Yoonjung Yi, photo by Kim Chi Yoon] On December 22, production presentation for film ‘Thinking of Elder Brother’ was held at Apgujeong CGV.

‘Thinking of Elder Brother’ is a true story of a children’s choir, which brought hope and miracle in the middle of a battle field that lost everything due to war. 

Meanwhile, ‘Thinking of Elder Brother’ with Go Ah-sung and Yim Si-wan will premiere in January. (photo by bntnews DB)

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December 30, 2015

Lim Si Wan Waves His Hand

Source: BNTNews


[by Woorim Ahn, photo by Kim Gang Yoo] ‘2015 The Night of Stars – Korea Top Stars’ Awards’ was held at Grand Hyatt Seoul in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on December 29.

The event was hosted by the Korean Film Actor’s Association to gather actors and actresses belonging to the association at a site and to wrap up Korean movies premiered this year.

Actor Shin Hyun Jun and actress Lee Da Hee became the MCs of the event. The first part of ‘The Night of Stars’ was the awards and the second part of the event was scholarship donating night.

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Published on December 30, 2015 by K STAR 한류스타 리포트 & 생방송 스타뉴스

The Night of Stars – Korea Top Stars 2015 Awards Red Carpet

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January 5, 2016

[V Report Plus] Yim Si-wan to talk about new flick

Singer-actor Yim Si-wan of ZE:A will meet his fans on the V app Friday and talk about his new film “Thinking of Elder Brother.” 

Yim will participate in the special movie talk show hosted by portal Naver, with his coactors, Ko Ah-sung and Lee Hee-joon. The event will take place at the auditorium of Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul at 8 p.m. on Friday, with 600 fans in audience. The show will be streamed live on the V app for fans who cannot attend the event. 

Poster of "Thinking of Elder Brother" (NEW)

During the event, the actors will talk about the film and unveil the behind-the-scenes footage as well. 

“Thinking of Elder Brother,” directed by Lee Han (“Punch”), centers on a children’s choir, inspired by a real-life children’s choir during the war, and soldiers trying to protect them. Yim plays 2nd Lt. Han Sang-yeol, opposite actress Ko plays teacher Park Joo-mi, who takes care of the children. Actor Lee Hee-joon also stars in the film. 

Naver’s real-time broadcasting app V allows fans to interact with their favorite K-pop stars through live broadcasts. The app is available for Android and iOS. For more information, visit www.vlive.tv.

By Ahn Sung-mi (sahn@heraldcorp.com) 

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Wang Ji-won to star in "One Line" with Si Wan




Actress Wang Ji-won is starring in the movie "One Line".

Several sources told TV Report that she's going to be the leading female character.

"One Line" is a movie based on a mortgage fraud starring Si Wan. Wang Ji-won takes on the role of Hae-seon, a beautiful and smart woman. She's Si Wan's partner and friend from school. In real life, they are the same age too.

Wang Ji-won is starring in her first movie. She appeared in dramas such as "Good Doctor", "I Need Romance Season 3", "Divorce Lawyer in Love" and more.

Meanwhile, "One Line" cranks in this January.


Source : www.tvreport.co.kr/?c...

Translation : Hancinema

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January 6, 2016

Yim Si Wan Puts on a Huge Smile

Source: BNTNews


[by Kim Young Shin, photo by Kim Chi Yoon] On January 6, a press preview and a conference session for the movie ‘Thinking of Oppa’ was held at Lotte Cinema in Jayang-dong, Seoul.

The movie is based on a true story of a children’s choir that existed during the Korean War. It portrays the miraculous little voices that began out of a bleak battlefield. Its casts include Yim Si Wan, Go Ah Sung, Lee Hee Joon, Jung Joon Won, Lee Re and others.

Meanwhile, ‘Thinking of Oppa’ is set for its release nationwide in January. (photo by bntnews DB)

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January 7, 2016

Im Si Wan attends Media Premiere of movie 'Thinking of My Elder Brother'

Source: STARN  News

On January 6th, actor Lim Si Wan attended Media Premiere of movie 'Thinking of My Elder Brother,' which was held at Lotte Cinema Konkuk University branch.

Go Ah Sung, Lee Hee Jun, Jeong Jun Won, Lee Re, and director Lee Han also attended the premiere with Lim Si Wan.

Meanwhile, 'Thinking of My Elder Brother' was motivated from a children's choir that had existed during the Korean War, and the movie evolves miraculous experiences that the children go through with music in the midst of the war. The official release date is January 21st.

[Photo] Lim Si Wan attends Media Premiere of movie 'Thinking of My Elder Brother'

/Reporting by Lee Jun-Hyeun en@starnnews.com  

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[Photo] Im Si Wan, Ko Ah Sung and More Attend ′Thinking of Oppa′ Press Screening







The stars of movie Thinking of Oppa, Im Si Wan, Ko Ah Sung, Lee Hee Joon, Jung Joon Won, Lee Re and director Lee Han attended a press screening, held at Lotte Cinema near Konkuk University in Seoul on January 6.

The movie Thinking of Oppa is a melodrama about a choir brought together during wartime. Ko Ah Sung plays a character who looks after a children′s choir, while Im Si Wan stars as a soldier who becomes the choir leader. The movie is set to be released on January 21.

Photo credit: Hea Jung Min / enews

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