Based on the same Hur Young Man comic that inspired silver-screen blockbuster Le Grand Chef, 2008 SBS drama The Grand Chef (a.k.a. Gourmet) garnered rave reviews and top ratings with its delicious story and cast. Korean Wave heartthrob Kim Rae Won (Rooftop Room Cat, What Planet Are You From?) shows off his culinary skills as a grand chef, along with the talented lineup of Nam Sang Mi (Time Between Dog and Wolf, Sweet Spy), Kwon Oh Joong (Damo), and Kim So Yeon (All About Eve) and the mighty pen of renowned screenwriter Choi Wan Kyu (Jumong, All In). But the true star of the show just might be the dazzling array of food that appears in the drama! Bringing the art of Korean cuisine to television screens in delectable detail, The Grand Chef makes mouths water with colorful scenes of cooking competitions and elaborate gourmet dishes, providing viewers with useful cooking tips and delicious recipes along the way.
Practically raised in the kitchen of Korea’s most prestigious traditional restaurant, Sung Chan (Kim Rae Won) and Bong Joo (Kwon Oh Joong) have both been trained since an early age by Bong Joo’s father (Choi Bool Am) to become master chefs. Cool, meticulous, and ambitious, Bong Joo has been striving for years with the expectation that he’ll eventually inherit the restaurant and its royal legacy. His father, however, favors Sung Chan who is actually a descendant of the Joseon era royal chef. As the nonchalant Sung Chan gradually becomes more serious about cooking, his natural talent in the kitchen turns into a formidable threat to Bong Joo and rival chef Min Woo (Won Ki Joon, Jumong). When the three face off in an epic cooking competition, Min Woo and Bong Joo reveal their true sides with plans for sabotage. Shocked by the betrayal, Sung Chan disappears without a word, and starts a new life as a traveling vendor selling food to delighted housewives from a converted van. Enjoying his new low-key life, Sung Chan is content to let things be, but the past has a way of catching up.
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Celebrating their 47th anniversary, MBC presents East of Eden, a star-studded blockbuster epic marking the television comeback of Korean Wave superstar Song Seung Heon. Song is joined by a stunning lineup of cast members, including Yeon Jung Hoon (Sad Love Story), Lee Da Hae (My Girl), Lee Yeon Hee (One Fine Day), Han Ji Hye (Sweet 18), Dennis Oh (Sweet Spy), and Kim Bum (Unhindered Highkick). Reaching viewership ratings of over 30% in Korea, East of Eden tells a sweeping saga spanning from 1960 to 2000 about the bitter rivalry between two men bound by the cruel turns of fate. After witnessing his father’s death as a teenager, Lee Dong Chul (Song Seung Heon) grows up in the shadows, vowing to get revenge on his father’s murderer. Pulled into the underworld at a young age, Dong Chul rises the ranks of the mob hoping to one day reach his enemy, Shin Tae Hwan (Jo Min Ki), a cold and ruthless businessman whose path to wealth is lined with blood. Dong Chul’s greatest pride in life is his younger brother Dong Wook (Yeon Jung Hoon), who overcomes great hardships to become a kind, upstanding prosecutor. But unbeknownst to everyone, Dong Wook and Shin Tae Hwan’s son Myung Hun (Park Hae Jin, By Land and Sky) were actually switched at birth. When the truth comes out, all lives and loyalties are upturned.
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The exciting new SBS drama The Scale of Providence weaves an intriguing tale of romance, vengeance, and suspense surrounding a murder case. Song Chang Ui from Golden Bride plays Jang Joon Ha, an attorney out to prove that his brother (Oh Tae Kyung, Hwang Jin Yi) was wrongly convicted of murder. The victim was the woman Joon Ha loved. One of the most acclaimed Korean dramas of 2008, this 16-episode courtroom thriller provides a revealing, engaging, and often cynical look into the Korean justice system. Directed by Hong Chang Wook (Magic), The Scale of Providence co-stars Kim Yoo Mi (Country Princess), Lee Sang Yoon (Air City), and singer Jun Hye Bin (The King and I), and veteran Moon Sung Geun.
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Korea’s answer to Nodame Cantabile (though with decidedly less silliness), MBC’s hit 2008 drama Beethoven Virus is set in the competitive world of classical music. Returning from his award-winning performance in The Great White Tower, Kim Myung Min stars as a stubborn conducting maestro whose life and music begin to change when he encounters a beautiful violinist played by Korean television’s newest darling Lee Ji Ah (The Legend) and a trumpet prodigy played by go-to heartthrob Jang Geun Suk (Hong Gil Dong). Classical music is their passion, their dream, and their life, but neither romance nor crescendos come easy for those bitten with the Beethoven Virus.
Kang Gun Woo (Kim Myung Min) may be Korea’s top conductor, but his status is eclipsed by his inability to get along with anybody. Despite his great talents, his notoriously difficult personality and refusal to compromise even an inch eventually put him out of work in his country. Years after leaving Korea, he is invited back by violinist Ru Mi (Lee Ji Ah) who is organizing a city orchestra on very limited resources. Formed by a ragtag group of amateurs and second-stringers, this budding orchestra has heart, but they’re short on cash and talent. Both the conductor and the players are in for a shock when they meet, none the least reluctant trumpet player Kang Gun Woo (Jang Geun Suk), who holds a childhood grudge against the self-righteous conductor with the same name as him.
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If you’re Ka Puso (GMA7 viewers), then you’re following the Korean Nobela, “Dalja’s Spring”. I wonder if you want to review the TV series especially those episodes that you missed to watch. If so, then we have here a DVD (legit and original) version of the Korean TV Series,ï¿½ Dalja’s Spring (also known as Spring of Dalja).
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Two years ago, the whole nation fell in love with My Lovely Sam-Soon. Now, 2007 brings you Dalja. Chae Rim (Oh! Pil-seung, Bong Soon-Young, All About Eve) returns from her acting gig in China back to her homeland with Spring of Dalja. This light-hearted romantic comedy marks her reentry into the solo arena as the actress announced her divorce with singer Lee Seung Hwan in early 2007. Burying the painful past behind her, Chae Rim springs back with charming spells in her portrayal of Dalja, a 33-year-old old maid searching for love and truth. Gone are the days when a woman’s greatest purpose in life is to marry. Women now focus more on career and romance, and marriage is pursued only if desired or necessary. Sounds cool and simple, but the question still remains: how do you find love?
Thirty-something and without a marriage certificate – unfortunately, that’s exactly how society defines women like Dalja (Chae Rim). Although successful in her career as the managing director of a home-shopping network, she is constantly bombarded with unwanted pressure to find herself a mate and settle down. Enter Tae Bong (Lee Min Ki, Be Strong, Geum Soon!) – a twenty-something, handsome hunk whom Dalja hires to be her pretend boyfriend. But is this all Dalja is looking for in life?
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The Forbidden Kingdom
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Who wouldn’t want to see Jackie Chan fight Jet Li? That fanboy dream has been realized in The Forbidden Kingdom, a fantasy martial arts adventure starring the two action legends. Chan dusts off his Drunken Master moves to play “Drunken Immortal” Lu Yan, a perpetually drunk martial arts master who locks horns with the Silent Monk (Jet Li) for an entertaining mano-a-mano martial arts duel choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Their duel is just the tip of the iceberg in this Hollywood-produced pinata of HK film love. The filmmakers clearly have done their Hong Kong Cinema homework, working in references to Journey to the West, old Shaw Brothers films, and even new wave classics like The Bride with White Hair! But it all hinges on Jackie and Jet, and the long-awaited teaming of these two legends doesn’t disappoint.
Boston teen Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angrarano) loves old Hong Kong films – and soon, he finds himself in one! After discovering an ancient staff in a pawn shop, Jason is thrown into the past, and sent on a quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King (Jet Li). A captive of the Jade Warlord (Collin Chou of Flashpoint), the Monkey King has other allies looking out for him, including the Silent Monk (Jet Li again) and the mysterious Golden Swallow (Liu Yi Fei). The two warriors team up with Jason and drunken martial arts master Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) to save the Monkey King and end the Jade Warlord’s evil reign, but the group faces numerous obstacles, including the pursuit of the deadly White-Haired Assassin (Li Bing Bing of World Without Thieves). Meanwhile, Lu Yan and the Silent Monk begin training Jason in martial arts, in hopes that he can help them in their final battle against the Jade Warlord.
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The cast and crew of hit Taiwanese series Devil Beside Me join forces again for the new romantic youth drama Why Why Love. Fans have been clamoring to see Mike He and Rainie Yang in a drama together, and their wishes have finally been answered. The golden couple and Kingone Wang light up the small screen with a romantic triangle in this entertaining and lighthearted series.
Forced to support her irresponsible family, 20-year-old Jia Di (Rainie Yang) is an extremely thrifty and hardworking young woman. Cheerfully strong-minded and persistent, she has her eyes focused on one thing and one thing only – money! Thanks to her friend’s harebrained idea, she ends up selling “wish” coupons at a charity fair, and that’s how she meets department store heirs Huo Yan (Kingone Wang) and Huo Da (Mike He). Older brother Huo Yan is polite, responsible, and reticent while younger brother Huo Da is willful, egotistical, and temperamental; both are a world away from Jia Di and her count-the-pennies living – until they decide to buy coupons from her. Their coupons are for “love” and “guardian angel”.
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MBC’s new mystery melodrama La Dolce Vita (a.k.a. Bittersweet Life) finds Oh Yeon Soo (Jumong) playing a part reminiscent of Diane Lane’s Oscar-winning role in Unfaithful. Also staring Lee Dong Wook (My Girl), Jeong Bo Seok (Dae Jo Yeong), and Park Si Yeon (A Love), the drama is hailed as a daring portrayal of middle-aged romance and adultery. The drama challenged the current TV censorship ratings with its raunchy, provocative love scenes between Oh and her younger counterpart Lee Dong Wook. Though Oh’s bikini scenes – considered a daring move for a seasoned Korean actress – received the media’s attention more than the drama itself at times, it is her stellar performance as the lovelorn heroine that ultimately earns the drama high marks from the audience.
A young man is found dead in what appears to be a suicide inside a posh apartment in Seoul. Retired detective Park Byung Sik (Baek Il Sub, Mom Has Grown Horns) arrives at the crime scene and identifies the corpse to be Lee Jun Soo (Lee Dong Wook), the very man he had been closely watching for the last six months. Meanwhile, housewife of 15 years Hye Jin (Oh Yeon Soo) takes a month-long break from her cheating husband to relax in Hokaiddo, Japan. On her way, she runs into Jun Soo who is also on his way to the island to identify his friend’s dead body.
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Throw away any preconceptions you may have about Korean period dramas ’cause imagination runs wild in KBS’s outrageous new drama Hong Gil Dong! Touted as Korea’s first ever small-screen fusion period comedy, this quintessential drama puts a major comical spin on one of the most notorious fictional characters in Korean history – Hong Gil Dong, Korea’s own Robin Hood. Kang Ji Hwan (Capital Scandal) stars as Hong Gil Dong opposite Sung Yu Ri (The Snow Queen) who plays his romantic counterpart. Jam-packed with hours and hours of spectacular martial arts scenes and wire action combined with witty, funny episodes, the drama breaks through the stereotypes of its genre, meshing in modern day culture into the plot. (Look for Hong Gil Dong’s perm hairdo and cool sunglasses, and also disco lights and techo music setting up the mood in a geisha brothel.) Moreover, the drama features plenty of outrageous parodies and an unusual parade of characters from famous Korean folk tales like Sim Chung and Choon Hyang.
Born the illegitimate child of a nobleman, Gil Dong (Kang Ji Hwan) was bullied and ostracized throughout his childhood. Always in deep resentment, Gil Dong grows up to be the town’s menace, wreaking havoc everywhere he goes. But with the help of a monk who sees more in Gil Dong, the once lowlife troublemaker transforms into a man of greatness fighting against social injustice by stealing from the wealthy and distributing to the poor. Meanwhile, Chang Hui (Jang Geun Suk) who was betrayed by his own brother, the current King of Joseon, carefully plans to take over the throne. While heading back to Joseon from China, he runs into Yi Nok (Sung Yu Ri), and later develop feelings for her. Young and carefree, Yi Nok, who was raised by her grandfather in China, befriends Gil Dong and Chang Hui. Both Yi Nok and Gil Dong help Chang Hui to see the light in what makes a true king.
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In October 1979, Korean president Park Chung Hee was shot to death by the head of the Korean CIA, Kim Jae Kyu, triggering massive political unrest. Offering a fascinating look into one of the most turbulent times in Korean modern history, 5th Republic is a controversial political drama that covers the key aspects of the period from President Park Chung Hee’s assassination to general Chun Doo Hwan’s military coup and his bloody rise to power, as well as the ensuing conflicts between the pro-democratic movement and Chun’s military regime and the behind-the-scenes power struggles that ultimately led to Roh Tae Woo’s presidential succession in 1987.
After the death of President Park Chung Hee in 1979, Park’s protege Chun Doo Hwan staged an internal coup, taking full control of the military. He then imposed martial law across the country, setting off protests amongst frustrated citizens. In May 1980, thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators rallied against the oppressive government, culminating in a deadly civilian riot known as the Gwangju Uprising. Shortly thereafter, Chun took office as the nation’s 11th President, establishing a dictatorial government labeled the “5th Republic”. Chun’s repressive regime eventually fell to the public outcry for democracy. In early 1988, just a few months short of the Seoul Olympics opening, Roh Tae Woo became the first popularly elected Korean president, marking the end of the 5th Republic era.
Given the sensitive nature of the subject matter, 5th Republic faced many challenges even before the start of the production – one of which was pressures from actual political figures who threatened to sue the network for defamation if the script was not modified. Moreover, there was growing concern over the possible glorification of the drama’s lead character Chun Doo Hwan played by Lee Duk Hwa (Woman’s World) whose strong charisma helped draw in big audience during the drama’s initial broadcast. Treading a fine line between fact and fiction, 5th Republic hit close to home for many, especially for those who still remember the events as if they happened yesterday.
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