Korea Foundation Releases 2013 Global Hallyu Data: K-pop Wave Surges ~10 MM Fans Worldwide

Korea Foundation Releases 2013 Global Hallyu Data: K-pop Wave Surges ~10 MM Fans Worldwide

Korea Foundation Releases 2013 Global Hallyu Data: K-pop Wave Surges ~10 MM Fans Worldwide First released in media on Wednesday via the Korea Times, Korea Foundation(KF) reveals that the K-pop phenomenon continues on strong. Based on the GlobalHallyu Data 2013, the largest survey about K-pop, fans of the genre haveamounted to 9.3 MM fans all over the world. The total number of fan clubs areestimated close to 1000.

These numbers reflect nearly a 40% increase from last year's numbers whereinthere were close to 7MM fans globally, with approximately 800 fan clubs. Theincrease in 2014 is testament to the new waves of fans being brought in by thesuper 'rookies' such as EXO and B.A.P, and possibly the conversion of formerlypassive audiences to hardcore fans.

According to the Korea Times report, the Global Hallyu Data 2013, "compiledwith the cooperation of the embassies and consulates of 98 countries, surveyedthe numbers of fans and fanclubs by continents as well as related data includingthe fan club websites and country-specific analysis."

Korea Foundation President Yu Hyeon Seok claims "It is the latest and largestsurvey on the global scene. It is meaningful that the data not only provides thecurrent trend for Hallyu, but includes detailed and comprehensive information onthe phenomenon."

The data also revealed areas of the most growth in K-pop. While Asia andOceania (Australia and New Zealand) continued to dominate the distributionaccounting for 6.8MM, K-pop is growing fastest in Africa and the Middle East.Since 2012, the number of fans have increased three-fold to 60,000 and fan clubsdoubled in number from 36 to 76. Within this fastest growing region, Tunisia,Egypt, Morocco and Israel are countries of interest.

The Korea Foundation further found it interesting that, "Fan clubs mostlyfocus on K-pop. Some of them are really active enough to organize K-pop coverdance competitions on their own, But, what is noteworthy is that there aresocial clubs that study other parts of Korean culture, like food and touring."This hints at the fact that the Hallyu phenomenon is now also spilling intoother parts of Korean culture other than entertainment.

With the growth of K-pop likely continuing on to 2014, it will be interestingto see upcoming trends that will shape the size of the Hallyu wave. Will superrookies usher more fans in? What will be 2014's K-pop viral phenomenon?

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Korean movies opening today 2013/12/24 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/24 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/24 in Korea

Korean movie opening today 2013/12/24 in Korea "The Suspect" (2013)

Directed by Won Sin-yeon

With Gong Yoo, Park Hee-soon, Jo Seong-ha, Yoo Da-in, Kim Seong-gyoon, Jo Jae-yoon,...

Synopsis

Dong-chul was the best special field agent in North Korea, but he's abandoned by his government during a mission. While on the run, he looks for his wife and child, who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. He soon finds out that his colleague was behind the killing and defects to the South in search of his nemesis. He looks for him during the day, and works as a temp driver at night and as a personal driver for Chairman PARK. One night the chairman is attacked and killed by an assassin, but not before handing over a pair of glasses to Dong-chul. He is now on the run again, accused of the chairman's murder by the intelligence service, while trying to uncover the secret contained inside the glasses. Little did he know that depending on who ultimately gains control of the secret, it could either become a national threat or treasure.

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Lee Bo Young, Ji Sung are Top TV Stars in 2013 Gallup Korea Poll

Lee Bo Young, Ji Sung are Top TV Stars in 2013 Gallup Korea Poll

Lee Bo Young, Ji Sung are Top TV Stars in 2013 Gallup Korea PollGallup Korea interviewed 1702 people of both genders over the age of 13 between November 1 and 18. They asked interviewees to name two actors or actresses who were outstanding in 2013. Gallup Korea released the results of their survey on December 17.

2013’s top two spots were taken by married couple Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung, with 11.0% and 8.1% of votes respectively. Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung have had a great 2013, each starring in well-received dramas and finally getting married after a seven-year romance. They received support across all age groups, but were most popular amongst those in their 30s and 40s.

In first place, Lee Bo Young has had two huge hits this year, with KBS daily drama “My Daughter Seo Young” and SBS drama “I Hear Your Voice.” “My Daughter Seo Young” beat out “Infinity Challenge” to claim top spot in Gallup Korea’s February TV audience survey; “I Hear Your Voice” was in second place in July. She got married to Ji Sung this July after finishing up “I Hear Your Voice.”

Ji Sung, in second place, has done SBS sageuk drama “The Great Seer” and KBS drama “Secret Love.” With a tight plot and good acting, “Secret Love” gained popularity with each episode it aired. Ji Sung’s “Secret Love” co-star Hwang Jung Eum is in 9th spot with 4.5% of votes.

So Ji Sub (7.5%) takes third place for his turn as a prickly chaebol in SBS drama “Master’s Sun,” acting alongside the queen of romantic comedy, Gong Hyo Jin (11th place, 3.5%). Joo Won follows in fourth place (6.6%), for his roles in MBC’s “7th Level Civil Servant” and KBS 2TV drama “Good Doctor,” while super rookie Lee Jong Suk is only 0.2% points behind in fifth (6.4%). Lee Jong Suk appeared in KBS 2TV drama “School 2013” alongside Kim Woo Bin (12th place, 2.8%), and “I Hear Your Voice” alongside Lee Bo Young, and is the top choice of those in their teens.

Taking sixth place is “Grandpas Over FlowersLee Soon Jae (5.2%), who continues to appear in dramas, variety shows and movies despite being nearly eighty years old. Not surprisingly, he was the top choice amongst those sixty and over. Kim Tae Hee garnered 4.9% of votes (8th place) for her turn as Jang Hee Bin in sageuk “Jang Ok Jang,” Lee Min Ho was in 9th (4.6%) with “The Heirs” and Kim Soo Hyun rounded out the final spot in the top ten, despite not having done any dramas this year. Kim Soo Hyun’s new SBS drama “You From Another Star” premiered this week.

“I Hear Your Voice” and “Secret Love” turned out to be the most memorable dramas this year, with all four stars from both dramas making it to the top ten.

Gong Hyo Jin (3.5%), Lee Byung Hun (3.1%), Kim Woo Bin (2.8%), Lee Seung Gi (2.8%), Son Hyun Joo (2.6%), Kim Hae Sook (2.4%), Suzy (2.2%), Ha Ji Won (2.1%), Go Doo Shim (2.1%) and Jang Dong Gun (2.1) made up the rest of the top twenty list.

Gallup Korea retained Yoo Jae Suk as Comedian of the Year,  and will also be releasing their list of best artists and music.

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Korean movies opening today 2013/12/19 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/19 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/19 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/19 in Korea; "Catch Me", "The Attorney", "Beauty Wars", "SHIVA, Throw Your Life"

"Catch Me" (2013)

Directed by Lee Hyeon-jong

With Kim Ah-joong, Joo Won, Kang Min-jeong, Baek Do-bin, Cha Tae-hyeon, Park Cheol-min,...

Also known as "Steal my Heart" and formely known as Only You (, On-li-yoo)

Synopsis

"Catch Me" is about Lee Ho-tae (Joo Won) who meets the first love of his dreams, Yoon Jin-sook (Kim Ah-joong) for the first time in ten years but is shocked to find out she's a hit-and-runner.

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/19 in Korea

"The Attorney" (2013)

Directed by Yang Woo-seok

With Song Kang-ho, Kim Yeong-ae, Oh Dal-soo, Kwak Do-won, Si Wan, Song Yeong-chang,...

Also known as "The Counsel"

Synopsis

is a movie about a civil rights lawyer in the 1980s and is an original by web-toon artist Yang Woo-seok who is also the debuting director.

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/19 in Korea

"Beauty Wars" (2013)

Directed by Im Jin-seung

With Hwang Seon-hwa, Lee Eun-mi-I, Ryoo Ah-jin, Park Ha-neul, Kim Dong-gon, Han Kook-jin,...

Synopsis

High school friends Joo-yeon, So-jin, Hyeon-mi and Seon-hee have been close since they were young but don't pour their hearts out to each other. Joo-yeon is an office girl, So-jin has been taking the bar exam for 4 years, Hyeon-mi was born to be solo and Seon-hee who is out of reach one day receive a picture of a rose and get together for the first time in a while. They say the plates break when three girls gather at once. Seon-hee isn't there yet but Joo-yeon, So-jin and Hyeon-mi released the vanity they'd kept inside for so long.

Joo-yeon started off with her expensive bag. "I bet none of you have done it with a 20 year-old full of energy" she shows off about her 12 years younger part timer boyfriend who she is secretly dating at the office. She claims they eat fast food sometimes because he's not an experienced man yet but making love is fantasy itself and he goes over the usual man's average of 30 minutes and lasts up to 3 hours.

So-jin, who has spent an impoverished life for 4 years preparing for her bar exam, exaggerates and says, "I spoke to my boyfriend the other day and he said I should just bring myself to him". Her boyfriend is the CEO of a venture business who lives in a penthouse that has a swimming pool but he claims he's not the son of a wealthy family. She claimed that she got his propose and that she didn't need to prepare anything so she was wondering what to do.

Hyeon-mi felt jealous although she'd been solo since she was born so she butted in. "It's stressing not being able to reveal who you are dating. I think he feels it too so he's so good to me". She had gone to a filming site for a favor and who does she meet but the greatest Hallyu star Jang Woo-joon. She says they share love in motels outside of the city and doesn't mind videotaping their love-making to make up for the short time they have. She stresses that they had to break up as they could never be official or public and the three of them forget about Seon-hee.

Is there no end to women's gossip? Then they start talking about Seon-hee who isn't there yet. She was always isolated from everyone because she was uglier. No one knew what had happened to her for a while and she couldn't be contacted. Then a completely different Seon-hee appeared in front of them. She's prepared an extremely strong punch for them. What is her vanity story going to be about?

Korean movies opening today 2013/12/19 in Korea

"SHIVA, Throw Your Life" (2013)

Directed by Lee Seong-gyou

With Park Gi-deok, Jo Jae-hyeon,...

Synopsis

Byeong-tae, the producer, leaves for India saying he wants to see the real of it and delinquent director Choi flies to India after him. Han-na fails to get a job and groundlessly leaves for India. Soon-yeong leaves the house where her husband and son don't care about her and heads for India.

Byeong-tae and Choi are filming around the alleyways. They drink medicated water and pass out but manage to avoid trouble thanks to the help of Soon-yeong and Han-na.

Although none are alike, the four develop a kind of kinship for each other after they tell their stories. Their fantasies about India breaks apart but they start seeing it with their hearts.

God of Destruction, SHIVA "Another dream starts as soon as it starts to break".

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Korean dramas starting today 2013/12/18 in Korea

Korean dramas starting today 2013/12/18 in Korea

Korean dramas starting today 2013/12/18 in Korea

Korean dramas starting today 2013/12/18 in Korea; "You Came From The Stars", "Miss Korea"

"You Came From The Stars" (2013)

Directed by Jang Tae-yoo

Written by Park Ji-eun

Network : SBS

With Jeon Ji-hyeon, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Park Hae-jin, Ahn Jae-hyeon, Hong Jin-kyeong, Yoo In-na,...

20 episodes - Wed, Thurs 22:00

Also known as "My Love From Another Star" and formerly known as "Man From the Stars" (byeol-e-seo on nam-ja, )

Synopsis

A romantic comedy drama about an alien man from the Chosun times 400 years ago, falling in love with a modern day actress.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/12/18

Korean dramas starting today 2013/12/18 in Korea

"Miss Korea" (2013)

Directed by Kwon Seok-jang

Written by Seo Sook-hyang

Network : MBC

With Lee Seon-gyoon, Lee Yeon-hee, Jo Sang-gi, Lee Mi-sook, Lee Sung-min, Song Seon-mi,...

Wed, Thurs 22:00

Synopsis

A drama about some men who make a woman from their neighborhood the next Miss Korea.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/12/18

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Korean drama starting today 2013/11/24 in Korea

Korean drama starting today 2013/11/24 in Korea

Korean drama starting today 2013/11/24 in Korea

Korean drama starting today 2013/11/24 in Korea "Drama Special - Daddy's a Pervert" (2013)

Directed by Kim Seong-yoon

Written by Kim Bo-yeon-I

Network : KBS

With Seong Ji-roo, Bang Eun-hee, Bae Noo-ri, Han Groo, Jo Hee-bong,...

1 episode - Sun 23:55

Part of the "Drama Special" series

Synopsis

The recovering of a family from misunderstandings of each other due to the unemployment of the father.

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Yoo Jae Suk Is Korea's Favorite Commercial Model of 2013, Who Else Made the List

Yoo Jae Suk Is Korea's Favorite Commercial Model of 2013, Who Else Made the List

Yoo Jae Suk Is Koreas Favorite Commercial Model of 2013, Who Else Made the List?Nations MC Yoo Jae Suk has maintained his place in the hearts of Koreans.

Professional brand consulting firm Brand38 conducted a survey from November 1 to November 11, asking 884 people (both male and female) who they consider the most fit for TV commercials. The participants were interviewed one-on-one to secure the reliability and accuracy of the answers.

The results show that people find Yoo Jae Suk the most appealing commercial model. Astonishing 27.61% of the respondents chose the nations MC as their first choice, confirming the stars popularity. Behind him is figure skater Kim Yuna, followed by miss As Suzy, and fourth is baseball player Ryu Hyun Jin. Actor Won Bin took the fifth place, sixth is actress Kim Tae Hee, seventh is actor/singer Lee Seung Gi, and eight is actor So Ji Sub

What do you think of the list?

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Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea

Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea "Youth Talk", "Novel Meets Movie", "Precious Love", "The Fake" and "Marriage Blue"

"Youth Talk" (2013)

Directed by Moon In-soo

With Ko Kyeong-pyo, Han Jeon-jin, Song Sam-dong, Cha Hyeon-jeong, Kim Choong-gil, Song Ji-na-I,...

Synopsis

A night of happenings between a 20-year-old couple from which the boyfriend decides to sleep with his girlfriend the day before he joins the army and a 30-year-old couple who have no choice but to give up their relationship, marriage and birth due to real life problems.

Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea

"Novel Meets Movie" (2013)

Directed by Jinsung Park, Lee Jin-woo, Lee Sang-woo-IV, Park Jin-seok-I

With Han Juwan, Yoo So-hyeon, Choi Deok-moon, Park Hyeok-kwon, Shin Dong-mi, Bae Seul-ki,...

Synopsis

Woo-hyeon is a youth in his 20s who wander around the Sinchon model area with no particular job and his girlfriend sells herself for a living. Woo-hyeon feels interest in his girlfriend's private area with a tattoo of an arrow and calls it the 'exit'. Then one day, she is abused by a client because of the 'exit'.

One end-of-the-year evening with Christmas carols ringing out from the background at art director Jeong-soo and Yeong's house, a dummy of a school girl lies in the corner. Jeong-soo and Yeong-seon waits for someone with the creepy dummy laying in the corner. A movie director arrives late at night and heads straight for the dummy...

Mi-jeong, the head of department of an acting academy, feels the desire to urine everytime she looks at her watch. She got this queer symptom when she was struck by lightning when she was young. One day she comes across a group called Adad which is full of people who have been struck by lightning. The members all have a story of their own and Mi-jeong doesn't get along with them well. Then one day, leader of the team Dong-gyu suggests they leave on a lightning exploration adventure.

Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea

"Precious Love" (2013)

Directed by Kim Jin-min

With Sim I-yeong, Lim Ji-gyoo, Eom Soo-jeong, Lee Woo-jin-I, Yoon Bong-gil, Yoo Ye-il,...

Synopsis

A story about a woman who tries to kill herself after her dreams to become a singer fail and a man who suffered childhood cancer.

Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea

"The Fake" (2013)

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho

With Kwon Hae-hyo, Yang Ik-joon, Oh Jeong-se, Park Hee-bon,...

Synopsis

Who is good and who is evil? What is the boundary between them? An animated thriller about the tension between a good-hearted person speaking falsely and an evil-natured person speaking truthfully, and of those that surround them. "The Fake" is the much-anticipated sophomore feature of Yeon Sang-ho, who took the international festival circuit by storm with his incendiary debut "King of Pigs", which debuted at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, during which it was awarded three prizes (NETPAC, DGK Best Director and CGV MOVIE Collage). It went on to a slew of others events, where it bagged many more accolades. Each of Yeon's works have sought to explore one negative facet of life in Korea. His first feature "King of Pigs" was a brutal and often harrowing look at bullying in high school. Last year, the animation director released "The Window", a mid-length work based on Korea's obligatory military service, another system fiercely governed by hierarchy. In "The Fake", Yeon has opted to examine the strange world of religious cults and faith. His latest work was also selected for the 2012 Asian Project Market, which takes place during the Busan Film Festival.

Korean movies opening today 2013/11/21 in Korea

"Marriage Blue" (2013)

Directed by Hong Ji-young

With Kim Kang-woo, Kim Hyo-jin, Lee Yeon-hee, Taecyeon, Ma Dong-seok, Guzal Tursunova,...

Formerly known as "The Night Before the Wedding" on HanCinema

Synopsis

Some may dream of, some may be afraid of, some may look forward to, and some may want to avoid THE NIGHT BEFORE MARRIAGE!

4 different couples disclose 4 different stories all about marriage.

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Korean drama starting today 2013/11/20 in Korea

Korean drama starting today 2013/11/20 in Korea

Korean drama starting today 2013/11/20 in Korea

"Pretty Boy" (2013)

Directed by Jeong Jeong-hwa, Lee Jae-sang, Sin Yong-hwi, Yoon Sang-ho

Written by Yoo Yeong-ah

With Jang Geun-seok, IU, Lee Jang-woo, Han Chae-young, So Yoo-jin, Kim Ye-won-I,...

16 episodes - Wed, Thurs 22:00

Synopsis

Dok-go Mate (Jang Geun-seok) is the most beautiful man in the world.

He is also an ambitious man and wants to make a lot money using his beautiful appearance.

Dok-go Mate meets Hong Nya-Nya, the ex-daughter-in-law of a rich family.

Hong Nya-Nya recognizes Dok-go Mate's ambitions and becomes his mentor.

Hong Nya-Nya then gives Dok-go Mate a mission to seduce 10 different women.

The women have all succeeded in different fields and Dokgo Ma-Te is to glean their special abilities.

A strange woman then appears in front of Dok-go Mate. Her name is Kim Bo-Tong, an ordinary girl from poor background.

She has a huge crush on Dok-go Mate. Can she make Dok-go Mate love her?

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2013/11/20

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