Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ha Ji Won Shows Her Power In Japan

Actress Ha Ji Won released her first pictorial book ‘HAJIWON’S SECRET’ in Japan.

She held the press conference and fan signing event to communicate with her fans on Janaury 23 at Sibuya store of Tower Record. At the press conference, she said, “After my first essay book ‘This is the moment’ released in 2012, I wanted to publish a pictorial book. I’m so glad to issue my first pictorial book at this good chance.”

Her pictorial book ‘HAJIWON’s SECRET’ contains the process of her growth as an actress, her inner conflicts, her passion and freedom and it consists of a pictorial book and video to express her desire to become a step closer to her fans.

According to her agency HAEWADAL Entertainment, Ha Ji Won participated in planning, designing and editing her pictorial book and showed her passion and love for it.

Meanwhile, the pictorial book ‘HAJIWON’S SECRET’ was all sold out even before its release, so it becomes a hot issue. (photo by HAEWADAL Entertainment)

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Hyun Bin replaces Lee Byung Hun as the new face of automotive products company, Bullsone

According to a press release, actor Hyun Bin has been chosen as the new endorsement model for Korean automotive products company Bullsone.

The executive director of marketing revealed to the press, “Bullsone chose Hyun Bin as our new endorsement model after seeing the hard work that he put in to become a Hallyu star. Despite the fact that he was already one of the greatest actors after filming ‘Secret Garden,’ he didn’t settle and even voluntarily enlisted in the Marine Corps, consistently challenging himself. He not only managed himself well, but raised the confidence that people had in him through his consistent amiable actions. With Hyun Bin who adds trustworthiness [to the company], we hope this will help create and establish a stronger culture of people that manage their own cars.

In relation to becoming the new model, Hyun Bin said , “Just like any other Korean man, I have a lot of interest in cars. I am delighted to become a model for a company that specializes in car products.”

Meanwhile, prior to bringing Hyun Bin on board, Bullsone appointed Lee Soo Geun and Lee Byung Hun as their endorsement models. However, Lee Soo Geun was caught up in illegal gambling and Lee Byung Hun was involved in a blackmailing scandal.

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Hyun Bin channels his athletic personality for ‘K2’ S/S Collection

Our Amazing namja, Hyun Bin, channeled yet another personality for his recent pictorial with sporting wear brand ‘K2‘ for their S/S collection, garnering attention with the athletic looks.

He dressed in modern sportswear outfits, stretching for the camera. Despite his hectic schedule with his drama filming, it was reported that the actor was professional and hardworking throughout the shooting.

Check out some of the pictures that were released below!

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Ha Ji Won has successfully completed her Japan fan meeting

After her first solo fan meeting last June, she recently held one in Tokyo on January 24th, making this her second solo fan meeting in seven months.

For this fan meeting, the location was much larger than her previous one and had about 40% of the audience be male.

“Sometimes I do wish I could rest a little, but when I meet my fans, I receive the energy to continue working hard,” actress Ha Ji Won commented. “I hope to meet fans through a new production soon.”

Previously, she held her Singapore fan meeting as part of her tour of Asia on January 10th at the Singapore Conference Hall.

She plans to continue her tour of Asia fan meeting.

Last June, she held her first Japan fan meeting at Tokyo’s Mielparque Hall.

During this fan meeting she prepared a variety of different events from singing a popular Japanese song to meeting fans through a hand shaking event.

Due to the quick ticket sales and successful response, Ha Ji Won scheduled a second fan meeting to take place on January 2015.

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Inside Ha Ji Won’s Secret…

Hi Angels, we’re lucky for 0ur 1023 friends in Japan and Philippines made these videos available on youtube. Yup, these are from our amazing yeoja’s project, the making of her awesome pictorial book, Ha Ji Won’s Secret.

Enjoy 😀

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Ha Ji-won releases first pictorial in Japan

Ha Ji-won has released her first pictorial, “Hajiwon’s Secret,” in Japan, her agency Sun & Moon Entertainment announced Thursday.

“Ever since releasing my first photo essay book ‘At This Moment’ in 2012, I have always wanted to create a pictorial as well,” Ha said in a press conference held in Tokyo on Jan. 23. “I am very happy that I was able to publish it at a timely period.”

The pictorial consists of a photo book and a DVD. Both aim to show Ha’s many sides as an actress and a person, revealing her troubles and conflicts as well as her passions and longing for freedom.

Ha reportedly participated in the pictorial’s creating from beginning to end, taking care to oversee its production every step of the way. She took part in planning, organizing, designing and editing the pictorial, her agency said.

Ha recently starred in the new film “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant,” which was released on Jan. 15.


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Ha Ji-won pulls off the classic trench look

Ha Ji-won was spotted at Gimpo International Airport on Friday dressed in a classic trench coat and aviator sunglasses.

The star also wore a floor-sweeping maxi black skirt with long suede boots, and carried a black-and-white purse.

The 36-year-old was headed to Japan, where she is scheduled to attend a fan meeting.

Ha stars in the currently showing film “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant” alongside director-actor Ha Jung-woo, based on the Chinese best-selling novel by Yu Hua.

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Ha Ji Won Has No Regrets When It Comes To Roles

Here’s a fact viewers might not suspect after seeing Ha Ji Won fearlessly perform high-flying action stunts. She’s afraid of heights.

And yet the 36-year-old actress does many of her own stunts. She refused to use a stuntwoman for the  motorcycle riding scenes in the 2011 film “Sector 7.”  She scaled a vertical cliff for a commercial. That’s her doing stunts on horseback with Ji Chang Wook in “Empress Ki.”

And some of those drama and film stunts have resulted in injuries. She fractured her neck once and almost lost her sight another time. She sustained bruises while playing a boxer in the 2007 film “Miracle on 1st Street.”

“I might have been a warrior in my past life,” she once said.

She’s pretty determined. In a recent interview by The Korea Herald, she said that once she chooses a film, she just does whatever it takes.

“I rarely regret the acting choices I made in the past,” she said. “Because I am the one who choses them.

Nor does she worry whether the film will be a hit.

“The only thing I can do is to prepare copiously and diligently, all while thinking happy thoughts,” she said.

She loves action films and has always tried her best at them, whether she was playing a stuntwoman in “Secret Garden” or a Joseon-era Charlie’s Angel in the film “The Huntresses.” She likes a challenge. And that may be why she has remained a success and is currently being courted by Hollywood.

Acording to her entertainment agency, Sun and Moon Entertainment, the actressis the first female Korean star to sign with The United Talent Agency, the Hollywood agency that represents Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy, Celine Dion, Nicholas Hoult, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Radcliffe, Uma Thurman and Channing Tatum.

In her new film “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant,” based on the Chinese bestselling novel by Yu Hua, Ha plays a mother for the first time. But she does not yet have any immediate plans for motherhood. Her character in the film had three boys and that sounds good, she says. So does having a daughter. But she is not in a hurry.

“I just like having fun,’ she said. “I think that’s where my passion comes from.”

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Ha Ji-won still seeking action

She is one of few actresses here who are not afraid to pull off action stunts in films or TV dramas ― be it wire action sequences, shooting arrows on horseback, or boxing.

But beneath the fierce heroine veneer is a 36-year-old actress who simply enjoys venturing into different kinds of genre, and the fun accompanied with each role. And in doing so, she is able to combine femininity and elegance with being a powerful, strong woman.

Asked what has propelled her through her acting career, she answered, “I just say ‘go’ when I have my mind fixed on a certain film.”

“I rarely regret the acting choices I made in the past,” Ha told The Korea Herald last week “because I am the one who chooses to do them.”

“I also don’t worry whether or not (a film) will be a hit. The only thing I can do is to prepare copiously and diligently, all while thinking happy thoughts,” she added.

Maybe it is this “work hard, play hard” mantra that has brought her success. Her star power has not waned over a nearly 20-year career.

Since her debut in 1996, the actress has starred in countless works both on the small and silver screens, becoming one of the most in-demand actresses here. She is especially remembered for her roles as a fearless Joseon-era detective in TV drama “Damo” (2003), the owner of a faltering seafood restaurant in the disaster movie “Haeundae” (2009), and a stuntwoman in the romantic drama “Secret Garden” (2010).

Ha is known in the industry as an actress who throws herself into her role, leaving nothing to spare.

“I thought everyone was doing it that way,” said Ha, who admitted her love for filming action flicks.

Despite a fear of heights, Ha welcomes wire work and high-flying action.

Most of the time, she does her own stunts.

In one case, she fractured her neck. She almost lost her sight in another shoot, and putting a raw steak on bruises to heal faster was routine while making the 2007 film “Miracle on 1st Street,” in which she played a boxer.

“I didn’t have a chance to see how other actors or actresses did their action scenes, so I just focused on myself and did my best,” Ha said.

She said she learned to do action stunts through rhythmic gymnastics. In a typical practice session, she would wield her juggling clubs, then the stunt teams would fall on the ground and pretend to be dead.

“I liked that kind of fantasy,” she said.

“It was like dancing, and that’s how I got started,” said Ha. “I think the good and fun memories were a catalyst for me to go into action films, even if it meant my body aching.”

In a departure from her invincible fighter roles of the past, Ha plays a mother for the first time in the film “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant” based on Chinese bestselling novel by Yu Hua.

Playing a mother of three kids was a lot of fun, said the actress, who is single and has no children. “I didn’t really take care of or do something particularly for the kids. All I did was hang out, play games and try to have a fun time together on the set.”

When asked whether marriage was on the radar, she says having three boys ― just like the film ― plus a daughter would be really great. But she is not under pressure to get married any time soon.

“It seems like my dad doesn’t want me to get married,” Ha said with a smile. “They just want me to get some good rest between films.”

“I like having fun,” she added. “I think that is where my passion comes from.”

Although nothing is set in the stone, she is currently auditioning for Hollywood films.

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Ha Ji Won Lands On The Cover Of Singaporean Magazine Prestige

Uri Amazing Yeoja, Ha Ji-won, has graced the January cover of Singapore’s leading fashion magazine Prestige.

The magazine cover photo was released ahead of her first fan meeting in Singapore slated for Saturday.

On the cover of Prestige’s latest edition, Ha conveys a refined and polished charisma, wearing a slicked-back ponytail. The magazine praised the star for her poise and graceful personality. Ha follows the likes of Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, who was Prestige’s December cover model.

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