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April 3, 2018


Webcomic Series to the Big Screen
7 Highest-grossing Movies Based on Webcomic Series


by HWANG Hee-yun / KoBiz



In Korea, one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world regarding Internet access, people have been used to read comics on websites for a while. The early webcomic series, which were more visual than the recent ones, have been considered a good source of content for films from the beginning. KANG Full’s webcomic series are the most popular. As one of the first webtoonists, KANG Full drew a lot of attention when his works were first made into films, despite his early series being not very successful. Starring KO So-young, horror movie A.P.T (2006) attracted 644,893 moviegoers, while emotional melodrama Crush On You (2008) and Ba:Bo (2008) drew respectively only 730,343 and 974,554 moviegoers. Those results were quite disappointing in comparison of KANG Full's reputation for solid stories, quick development, and emotional codes.


However, films based on webtoons have spurred great growth since 2010. Low-budget film Late Blossom (2011) did well, attracting 1,645,126 moviegoers, and political drama 26 Years (2012) as well as thriller The Neighbors (2012) attracted about 2.5 to 3 million moviegoers each. Moss (2010) and Inside Men (2015) based on YOON Tae-ho’s webcomic series, as well as Secretly Greatly (2013) from CHOI Jong-hoon’s series were box office successes, marking an important step for webcomic series as an original content form in the film industry. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), which ranks second in all-time box office in Korea, sparked the interest for webtoons once again. Although the latest webtoon-based releases such as The Chase (2017) and Cheese in the Trap were rather unsuccessful, the Korean film industry remains widely interested in popular webtoons.

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Cha Taehyun's fanmeet was featured on Arirang TV's Showbiz Korea. I just don't know if they uploaded it on their YouTube acct. 

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July 20, 2018


Cha Tae Hyun, Bae Doona, Son Seok Gu, And Lee El Confirmed For New Remake Drama


Source: Soompi  by S. Park




The cast has been finalized for the upcoming KBS 2TV drama “The Greatest Divorce” (working title).


“The Greatest Divorce” is a romantic comedy that will question if marriage is the true completion of love. The drama will explore the difference in women and men’s thoughts about love, marriage, and family. It’s a remake of ‘Matrimonial Chaos,’ a popular Japanese drama written by Sakamoto Yuji who also wrote the original drama that was recently remade into tvN’s “Mother.”


Cha Tae Hyun, Bae Doona, Lee El, and Son Seok Gu will portray two different married couples. Cha Tae Hyun will appear as a stubborn man named Jo Seok Moo who seems to have a loose screw. He prefers to be alone rather than somewhere with many people. Unlike his real-life friendly image, the actor will transform into the mean-spirited yet sensitive Jo Seok Moo.


Bae Doo Na will portray Kang Hwi Roo. In contrast to her husband Jo Seok Moo, Kang Hwi Roo is a woman who’s easygoing about everything.  At times, she can be restless and hasty, but is an optimistic and lovable character.


Lee El will play the role of Jo Seok Moo’s first love Jin Yoo Young. She seems introverted and unstable, but has a strong hold on her own perspectives.


Son Seok Gu will appear as the mysterious Lee Jang Hyun. People have a hard time figuring out what his thoughts and he’s always wanted by many women. He made his acting debut in the second season of the U.S. series “Sense8” and left an impression on viewers as a villain in “Mother.”


“The Greatest Divorce” will be directed by Yoo Hyun Ki whose previous works include “Brain,” “Seoyoung, My Daughter,” and “Unkind Ladies.” The drama is scheduled to air in October.


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October 5, 2018


Spouses seek ‘Best Divorce,’ end up learning what love is


By Im Eun-byel The Korea Herald

Two couples learn the true meaning of love by going through a divorce in KBS2’s upcoming rom-com drama series “The Best Divorce.”


The Monday-Tuesday series is an adaptation of a popular Japanese drama that made a splash on Fuji TV in 2013. In it, two more or less average couples start divorce proceedings just because they can’t get along. 


Actors Cha Tae-hyun and Bae Doo-na pose for photos at a media event

held Friday at Times Square, a shopping center in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul. (Yonhap)


“The drama is based on how men and women think differently about dating and marriage. Men and women have differences in their thinking about why marriage is difficult,” producer Yoo Hyun-ki said at a press event held Friday in western Seoul. 


“The original production had (a distinctive) voice, and it raised issues in Japanese society. We’re going to follow (the storyline and other details), but a remake has to be different in some ways, being a separate creation,” Yoo said. 


“There are differences between Korean and Japanese society. While the original work’s female characters are more timid and passive, (the characters) in our production are more active and know what they want to do,” the producer added. 


Starring Bae Doo-na and Cha Tae-hyun as the main couple, the show depicts the pair continuing to live together for practical reasons as they wait for their house to be sold. During this time, they grant each other the freedom to date other people. 


“I was worried because this is a remake of a hit drama. I had thought, ‘If we can’t perfectly localize the drama, why should we (try to improve on) a masterpiece?’ But reading (the script) I really liked the lines and somehow thought, I can do this role well,” Bae said. 


“I know that some people might feel uncomfortable with the title. But this is a fun, amusing drama in its essence, depicting how four mischievous characters go through a divorce,” she added. 


Actor Cha, who is adored by many for his sweet, gentle character, is to play Bae’s husband. From starring in the weekly entertainment series “2 Days & 1 Night” on KBS, he has gained a large fan base. 


The “Along with the Gods” star has mainly played kindly, good-natured characters. But this time he will be a cranky husband with a short temper. 


“The role is different from my usual roles. But I liked the script and the role, and I really wanted to work with Bae. That accounted for 70 percent of my choice,” he said.


Married in real life, Cha says he can relate to some parts of the drama but can’t understand other aspects because they differ from his reality. In cases like that, the show’s staff members help him get a clearer understanding of the issues. 


“Although it deals with the (heavy) subject of divorce, the story is light and fun,” he commented. 


The 16-episode drama starring Cha Tae-hyun, Bae Doo-na, Lee El and Son Suk-ku is scheduled to air its premiere episode on Monday at 10 p.m. 


By Im Eun-byel (silverstar@heraldcorp.com)

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Cha Tae Hyun is one of actors and persons I respect in Korean entertainment...

I am sad to see his current status at this moment..

I cannot imagine how his family's current situation with him withdrawing from all his activities...

I hope he will be alright..

I hope his wife and children are alright...

I just hope that this too shall pass....


Be strong, Cha Tae Hyun-nim....


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