Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hyun Bin attends the 50th annual Savings Day in Korea.

Our amazing namja, Hyun Bin has been chosen by the Financial Services Commission to receive a prize for his thrifty lifestyle. The FSC based its decision on Hyun Bin’s thrifty lifestyle in methodically saving his income and contributing to the local economy through his activities in Korea as well as abroad.

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“Empress Ki” Makes Debut at Top of TV Charts

Empress Ki

Actress Ha Ji-won on the poster of MBC’s historic epic “Empress Ki, Battle of Flowers.” [MBC]

MBC’s new historic series “Empress Ki, Battle of Flowers” has made a winning debut atop Monday and Tuesday prime time TV charts.

The 50-part historic epic took the top seed on AGB Nielsen Media Research (Nielsen Korea)’s ratings chart after drawing in an average viewership of 12.3 percent on October 28 and 29, the chart showed on Wednesday.

Starring Ha Ji-won, Joo Jin-mo and Ji Chang-wook, “Empress Ki” centers on wise and fatally attractive empress named Ki (Ha), the ancient-Korea-born empress who later becomes the ruler of the Yuan Dynasty of China.

Sitting at the No. 2 is SBS’s drama series “The Mystery Housemaid,” which was taken off its third crown to the No. 1 with an average mark of 8.7 percent.

KBS’s series “Marry Him If You Dare” secured its bottom position after attracting an average 7.9 percent of total viewers, the exactly same score with last week’s.

Meanwhile, TNmS’s (Total National Multimedia Statistic) survey showed the three programs in the same order during the same time frame.

“Empress Ki” took its first crown with an average score of 11.1 percent, while “Housemaid” and “Marry Him” followed next two spots, each with average marks of 7.5 and 6.3 percent, respectively.

Reporter. Cory Lee

Courtesy of MBC

@source : teenasia /ⓒKorea Entertainment Media Co., LTD.

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Sales of K2 products sky rockets because of Hyun Bin

Waterproof jackets of outdoor brand K2 for which actor Hyun Bin is the endorsement model for, has seen its sales sky rocket, and seen him labelled by the company as a ‘sales champion’.

K2 revealed, “Our new waterproof jacket (blue) has only been on the market for less than 2 months, but we are almost out of stocks for it. Hyun Bin had previously worn it to a K2 ‘Fly Walk’ event, and it was labelled as a ‘Hyun Bin waterproof jacket’ after that.

The jacket is made up of special materials that makes it waterproof and permeable. The waterproof ability also allows moisture that has gathered to be quickly dissipated out. Each jacket is tailor stitched, and is ideal for active movement, and thus a top choice for outdoor sports enthusiasts.

The K2 marketing team leader said, “Consumers have a desire to buy good outdoor products that offer functional features and yet look trendy. Our company will continue to listen to what consumers want, and do our best to do even better than our last product.”

By: Park Jin Yong News

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Ha Ji-won Gave her Cold Charisma for Empress Ki

Ha Ji Won dressed up like a man and went to her enemy so that she wouldn’t become a court maid.

On the first episode of MBC Monday/Tuesday drama “Empress Qi,” Qi Seung Nyang (played by Ha Ji Won)’s childhood scenes were portrayed.

Shen Seung Nyang was being sold with her mother as a court maid, the young prince Wang Yu (played by Ju Jin Mo) felt badly about them and let all the court maids go free from prison.

Dang Ki Se (played by Kim Jung Hyun) who was chasing after the court maid started to shoot arrows mercilessly and Seung Nyang’s mother gets killed after being hit by one.

Before Seung Nyang’s mother dies, she gives a ring to her and said, “Your birth father is alive.  Go to Kae Song and look for a person with the last name Qi who has the same ring.”

However, loking for the birth father wasn’t easy and Seung Nyang was hit by Wang Ko (played by Lee Jae Yong)’s horse by accident.  Here, Seung Nyang’s identity as a woman was reveleased and she was about to be sent into the court as a court maid.  Here, she dressed like a man and said to Wang Ko, “Please take me in.”

Afterwards, Seung Nyang showed her martial arts skills and shot arrows to be a servant of wang Ko and viewers who watched this were surprised by her perfect shooting skills and her cold charisma.

@source : Kdramastar

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The Press Conference for “Empress Ki”

Uri Ha Ji-Won and her co stars and crew of her upcoming sageuk. “Empress Ki” attent the drama press conference on October 24, 2013 in Grand Hyatt Seoul. She looks as regal as an empress should be with that majestic white dress from  Dior. The fashion blog Eiffel in Seoul explained that uri amazing yeoja wore that strapless white bustier with a printed Andy Warhol ‘Female Head 1958’ and a twill skirt from Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2013. Her look was completed with a pair of nude pumps from Christian Louboutin.
attend the drama’s press conference which is held at Grand Hyatt Seoul this aftenoon.

Empress Ki, attend the drama’s press conference which is held at Grand Hyatt Seoul this aftenoon. Empress Ki premieres next Monday on MBC.



😀 Ha Ji Won’s leg!

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Ha Ji-won in new drama ‘The Empress Ki’

Ha Ji-won and Joo Jin-mo star in 'The Empress Ki'.

Ha Ji-won and Joo Jin-mo star in ‘The Empress Ki

Secret Garden actress returns with historical romance that charts the rags-to-riches story of a woman who becomes queen.

ACTRESS Ha Ji-won is famed for portraying strong, independent heroines that run the gamut of modern-day boxer and national ping-pong athlete to Joseon-period detective. Her latest role is no exception.

After winning audiences over as an a**-kicking stuntwoman in the hit TV series Secret Garden, Ha is returning as a history-making ruler-to-be in MBC’s The Empress Ki.

“I really like historical romances,” Ha, 35, said at the drama’s press conference in Seoul on Thursday. “When I starred in my first period piece, Damo, we filmed in very beautiful spots throughout Korea and I was able to enjoy the pleasure of being on set and gazing at the stars at night.”

This time around, Ha tackles a fiction-meets-fact rendering of the life of Oljei Khutugh (1315-1370), a Goryeo Kingdom native who rose from her fate as a concubine of the Yuan, or Mongol, Dynasty to the throne.

Of her latest role, Ha said: “I was utterly taken by such an active character.”

Indeed, the rags-to-riches tale serves as a compelling foundation for the upcoming series, which promises to showcase plenty of high-flying action from Ha’s heroine. (The show starts airing in South Korea on Mondays and Tuesdays from next week.)

At the press event, co-scriptwriter Jung Kyung-soon revealed that while the inspiration for the drama came from Empress Qi, creative liberties were taken with the heroine, whose name, Gi Seung-nyang, is also fictional.

Gabi actor Joo Jin-mo, who is returning to Korean dramas after a near-four-year hiatus, will be starring opposite Ha as fictional hero Wang Yoo.

During the early stages of development, Joo was initially slated to play a historical Goryeo king, but controversy over fictional liberties being taken with the figure resulted in the decision to nix the initial hero for a fictional Goryeo king instead.

Joo, who played a Goryeo king in the film A Frozen Flower, revealed: “I am working hard to bring my character to life as scripted.

“This time, my hero initially mistakes Ha’s heroine for a boy and then discovers she is a woman,” Joo, 39, said of his latest turn as yet another Goryeo monarch.

“He falls deeply and happily in love with her,” said Joo, hinting at plenty of romance to come between his hero and Ha’s heroine in the new drama. –

@source:The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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Ha Ji Won Is Elegant, Charismatic and Loveable in “Empress Ki” Posters and Stills

Ha Ji Won Is Elegant, Charismatic and Loveable in “Empress Ki” Posters and Stills

MBC‘s upcoming drama “Empress Ki” is vamping up its promotions with new releases of posters and stills.

Two solo posters of Ha Ji Won and and one poster of the three leads have been revealed.

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Ha Ji Won’s solo posters show her icy and elegant charisma in her colorful traditional attire. Reports say that she had a lot of trouble with her flowing robes of traditional wear but she pulled through like the professional that she is, earning her high praise from the staff.

The poster with the three leads, Ha Ji Won, Ji Chang Wook and Joo Jin Mo, continue to show the flashy and colorful fashion of the Goryeo period as it predicts an intense love triangle among the characters.

empress ki poster 3

Finally, stills of Ha Ji Won and Joo Jin Mo on a lovely moonlight date were revealed.

The two actors are walking through a festival with smiles on their faces while holding lanterns. One particular cut shows Ha Ji Won making a wish underneath a lantern while Joo Jin Mo fondly looks at her.

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The cast of “Empress Ki” also includes Baek Jin Hee, Kim Seo Hyung, Lee Moon Shik, Kim Young Ho, Jung Woong In, Kwon Oh Joong, Kim Jung Hyun, Jin Yi Han and Yoon Ah Jung.

Its pilot episode will air on October 28.

@reblogged from :soompi

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Ha Ji Won As a Charismatic Horseback-Rider for “Empress Ki”

Ha Ji Won Is a Charismatic Horseback-Rider for New “Empress Ki” Stills

The first set of stills for the upcoming MBC drama, “Empress Ki” have been released, featuring the leading lady, Ha Ji Won.

On October 14, stills of Ha Ji Won in her Goryeo attire, displaying her horseback-riding skills, were revealed.

It is said that Ha Ji Won’s experienced horseback-riding skills impressed everyone on set. Ha Ji Won commented on her role in this drama by saying, “In the drama, Empress Ki is a very charismatic character but I also want to express Empress Ki’s warmth behind her tough exterior. I will try hard to show the best image that I can through this drama.”

“Empress Ki” is a fifty-episode drama about a woman who struggles with love and politics between two countries. It is written by Jang Young Chul and Jung Kyung Soon, who have also worked on “Giant” and “Salaryman Chohanji.”

The cast includes Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Chang Wook, Baek Jin Hee, Kim Seo Hyung, Kim Jung Hyun, Lee Won Jong and Yoon Ah Jung. Filming started on October 12 and the first episode will air on October 28, after “Goddess of Fire Jung Yi” comes to an end.

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‘Empress Ki’ production team prays for success at Gosa ceremony

Upcoming MBC TV Mon-Tue drama ‘Empress Ki’ held its prayer ceremony recently, where director Han Hee along with leading cast members like Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Chang Wook, Jung Woong In, and others were all present to pray for the drama’s success.

Han Hee PD was the first to speak where he said, “I hope that everyone involved will work hard,and I want to say thank you to all. Ha Ji Won who plays ‘Empress Ki’ said, ” I hope that every actor and staff will be able to create an uplifting & enjoyable working environment, the most important thing is that everyone can film their scenes smoothly and safety. I will do my best.

Joo Jin Mo who is cast as Goryeo’s King Chunghye said, “This is my first time filming a lengthy 50 episode drama, so I feel the pressure. I hope everything will turn out well during filming. Ji Chang Wook who plays Emperor Huizong of the Yuan Dynasty said,” As one of the youngest actors at the set, I will do well to heed all the advice from my senior’s.

The others then expressed their own thoughts, and most importantly prayed for the successful filming of the drama. Kwon Oh Jung said, “Ha Ji Won says we must create an uplifting work environment, so I am going to start dancing first”, and left everyone in laughter.

The drama depicts the loves and battles of Empress Ki who was born in Goryeo but later influence in the Yuan Dynasty. ‘Empress Ki’ will succeed ‘Jung Yi, Goddess of Fire’ and make it’s debut on October 28th.


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Ha Ji-won in The 18th Busan International Film Festival

Ha Ji-won who is in the middle of the new MBC drama “Empress Qi” will be on the Red Carpet of the 18th Busan International Film Festival.


Ha Ji-won shows special attachment to the event according to her agency.


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Ha Ji-won is a good supporter of Korean movies and she’s even a part of a campaign called Good Downloader with Ahn Seong-gi, Jeong Woo-seong, Lee Jeong-jae, Ryoo Seung-ryong and more. She’s disappointed that the BIFF is shorter this time but she’s still excited about seeing her fans.

Previously, Ha Ji-won signed a contract with famous American agency UTA. UTA is management to Johnnie Depp, Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Ewan McGregor, Gweneth Peltrow and other famous Hollywood stars. It’s unusual for this agency to contract an Asian artist.

The meeting of Ha Ji-won and other famous international artists is something to look forward to this BIFF according to a spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Ha Ji-won will be coming out with “Empress Qi” on the 28th October.

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