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'Office' Star Go Ah Sung And Director Hong Won Chan Kick Off The NY Korean Film Festival

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Director Hong Won Chan and actress Go Ah Sung at the (Photo : Jean Libert for KDramaStars ) On November 6, Subway Cinema and The Korea Society ushed in the Opening Night at the Museum of the Moving Picture in Astoria.

Actress Go Ah Sung (Heard it from the Grapevine, Snowpiercer) and director Hong Won Chan (The Chaser) were present for the Opening Night screening of the psychological thriller, "Office," which kicked off the 13th New York Korean Film Festival.

Go Ah Sung at the (Photo : Jean Libert for KDramaStars ) "Office" is a chilling film, set within the sterile halls of a Korean office building, populated by ruthless salarymen and women who are struggling to maintain their place within the heirarchy.

Bae Seong Woo is Manager Kim, a hapless member of middle management who entertains dreams of advancement. When he is fired, he goes home and slaughters his entire family, before returning to the workplace.

Go Ah Sung is Lee Mi Rae, a country bumpkin intern, who wants to assimilate into the fast-paced life of Seoul office work. When news of Manager Kim reaches Mi Rae, it sets her onto a course where she is plagued by thoughts of extracting revenge against the full-time employees that make her life miserable and contributed to the downfall of Manager Kim.

"Office" marks the directorial debut of Hong Won Chan, whose previous work is based extensively in adaptations of real-life crimes.

Director Hong Won Chan and actress Go Ah Sung at the (Photo : Jean Libert for KDramaStars )

Go Ah Sung at the (Photo : Jean Libert for KDramaStars )

The screening was followed by a conversation with the talented actress and the director.Samuel Jamier, the executive director of Subway Cinema, served as the moderator the question and answer session.

When I first received the screenplay, I was worried after first, because I knew that it wouldnt be an easy role and that it would be taxing, said Go. As an actor, I felt like it would be great to play such a three-dimensional character. After seeing that, I didnt hesitate in saying yes.

Go was then questioned about her motivation for the role and whether she visited local Korean offices to learn more about workplace culture. Jamier referenced a common practice in Hollywood filmmaking where method actors find build their characters on the basis of real-life events or people.

I was actually really lucky, said Go. Around the time I started working on this project, all my friends from college were interning at some place or another. So, as an actor, it was great to have my friends points about the characters. I would go to their offices and make copies or do whatever interns do.

She mused on whether her ability to briefly work within an office actually served as a basis for her portrayal of Mi Rye.

But I dont know if thats what actually helped me figure out how to the find the character because, it wasnt really much about the appearance or the outside factors of what she did, said Go. I think it was more about delving through sense of inferiority and her sense of low self esteem. So I think the focus on that was more helpful.

Go Ah Sung at the (Photo : Jean Libert for KDramaStars ) Director Hong was asked about the origin of the name Mi Rae, which means future in Korean.

There it was a bit of an intentional thing [in the naming of Mi Rae], said Go. The producer, who also wrote the original screenplay, told me that she named the intern Mi Rae with that intention in mind. I did think that the name had more significance, afterwards.

Hong previously worked on adaptations of true crimes with credits including, The Chaser. Jamier asked Hong what aspects of crime interested him and why he made his directorial debut through a film like, Office, which many consider to be more of a horror movie than thriller.

Ive always been a fan of the crime genre, whether it is when I read novels or watch films, thats the genre that I tend to lean towards, said Hong. I think crime is always an attractive subject when it comes to film because you are really able to investigate human nature and what goes on, psychologically, behind a persons mind. Particularly, how someone would imagine a crime. I think that has been something important throughout my creative process.

Few Korean movies feature a powerful female protagonist. Office is a set within the male dominated realm of a sales team, whose self worth is determined by their ability to meet unrealistic goals. Go weighed in on portraying a woman who is seemingly powerless, but who develops her own method of control.

(Photo : Jean Libert for KDramaStars )

Ive never really thought about the discrepancy between female driven or male driven films, in Korea, said Go. But while I was making Office, I realized that it is hard for an actress like me to be in a leading role. So, thats when I really felt that. When it comes to filmmaking, I felt that its important not to make that distinction between how female or male driven films have been released. I feel like not making that distinction is sometimes more important, if you actually want to see a change with this.

Go Ah Sung and Hong Chan Wan join the presidents of the Korea Society, Museum of the Moving Picture, and Subway Cinema organizers, November 6, 2015. (Photo : Jean Libert for KDramaStars )

The Opening Night ceremony concluded with questions from the audience, followed by a reception, where Director Hong and Go interacted with attendees.

The 13th New York Korean Film Festival will continue through Tuesday, November 11, 2015. Screenings are held at the Museum of the Moving Picture in Astoria, Queens.

In addition to the screenings, the guests of the festival, including Go Ah Sung and director Ryoo Seung Wan, will be present for Korean Filmmakers Night on Monday, November 9 at 6 p.m. at the Korea Society.

Ticketing information and showtimes for the 13th New York Korean Film Festival can be found through the official website of the event.

Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor at KDramaStars. She is also a contributing music writer at KpopStarz, MTV Iggy and other publications. When she is not listening to "Rhythm Ta," she can be found on Twitter. (@retrogirladdy).

Has Moon Geun Young's Star Power Diminished?

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Moon Geun Young (Photo : The Village - Achiara"s Secret)

The involvement of Moon Geun Young in "The Village - Achiara"s Secret" has not convinced viewers to tune in. Despite the presence of the actress often referred to as "the nation"s little sister," the drama"s second episode had lower ratings than its first. The mystery thriller only rated 5.9 percent for the October 9 episode. That"s 1.0 percent lower than the previous episode.

The ratings seem especially low when compared to the percentage earned by the previous drama in that time slot. "Yong Pal" netted 20.4 percent of the viewers for its final episode.

In "The Village - Achiara"s Secret" Moon"s character is an English teacher who moves to a peaceful village and discovers a body. Apparently the village is not all that peaceful. BtoB member Yook Sung Jae plays the policeman who tries to solve the case.

Although Moon"s drama "Mary Stayed Out All Night" only averaged 6.3 percent, her last drama "Goddess of Fire: Jeonji" started strong with 10 percent of the Nielsen ratings and averaged 9.3 percent for its run. Moon has been a much-loved actress since she debuted as a child. In 2005, the Korean film industry ranked her first in a star power list of actresses. The ranking was determined by which actress could mobilize the greatest number of fans and sell tickets solely on her name alone. But the low ratings might not really reflect her popularity. She did recently appear in the film "The Throne," which was a box office success. The film, which co-stars Yoo Ah In and Song Kang Ho, earned $32 million in its first four days.

Perhaps drama lovers are just not in the mood for a mystery thriller. That could be the case as a comedy is in the lead among Wednesday-Thursday dramas.

"She Was Pretty," starring Park Seo Joon, Hwang Jung Eum and Choi Si Won, is definitely the ratings winner at the moment. The drama gained percentage points between its seventh and eighth episode, ending this week with a surprising makeover reveal. It was inevitable that the frumpy version of Hwang Jung Eum"s character would be replaced with a more fashionable one, but the reveal took place in the last minute of the drama without any lead-up. Viewers will likely tune next week to discover the back story.

"The Merchant of Gaek Ju: 2015," which stars popular actor Jang Hyuk, stayed in the middle of the ratings with 9.5 percent.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo stocks Photo of His Korean Meal With “The Magnificent Seven” Co-Star Lee Byung Hun and Wife Lee Min Jung

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Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Shares Photo of His Korean Meal With “The Magnificent Seven” Co-Star Lee Byung Hun and Wife Lee Min Jung Actors Lee Byung Hun and Lee Min Jung’s contemporary whereabouts were publicized. Mexican actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo posted an image of him having dinner with the couple on his Instagram.

The image shows Lee Byung Hun and Lee Ming Jung having an attractive time with Manuel Garcia-Rulfo playing a Korean feast. They all glance satisfied as they smile into the camera. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo captioned the photo, “Thanks for dinner!#koreanstyle #korea #charles @216jung #byung-hun.”

Lee Byung Hun is lately filming the remake of the film “The Magnificent Seven” directed via Anton Fuqua. Understand his muscular body with a tan and mustache. It looks as even though Lee Min Jung is visiting her husband to cheer him on whilst on location.

“The Magnificent Seven” is a remake of the 1960 western movie set to be released in 2016. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke will star in the motion picture along side Lee Byung Hun who plays the role of Billy Rocks. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo could also be in the film.

Upcoming free up of the Korean film “The Insiders” starring Lee Byung Hun, directed by Woo Min Ho will open in November in Korea.

Yoo Ah In praises his 'The Throne' co-star Moon Geun Young

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Yoo Ah In praises his 'The Throne' co-star Moon Geun Young

Yoo Ah In had not anything yet compliment for his "The Throne" co-star Moon Geun Young. 

At a up to date interview he held for the approaching film, Yoo Ah In said, "It"s the primary time we"ve acted together, but I spotted she"s very sociable and intensely bright. She"s an actress with an overflowing healthy energy." He added, "We"ve shared a massive number of discuss the film, but she"s somebody who in point of fact needs to do her very best with acting. She"s a passionate actress who"s beautiful in addition an attractive sunbaenim."

"The Throne" ("Sado") is an upcoming South Korean ancient movie about Crown Prince Sado, who used to be deemed not worthy to rule and become condemned to death in a rice chest by way of his own father where he suffocated after 8 days. It"s scheduled to hit theaters on September 16.

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Eat Like A K-Pop Star: Tips On Finding The Best Korean Fried Chicken, An EXO Favorite

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Eat Like A K-Pop Star: Tips On Finding The Best Korean Fried Chicken, An EXO Favorite

Welcome to this week"s "Eat Like a K-pop Star." It"s the weekly series where we showcase a delicious Korean specialty or something we"ve seen a K-pop star chowing down on lately and show you how to get or create some food of your own.

This week, we"re exploring the new meaning of KFC - Korean fried chicken. Colonel Sanders reigns no more. There"s nothing inherently Korean about a drumstick or a wingette lathered in sauce and dumped in a vat of boiling grease. Chicken isn"t found in most of the nation"s staple cuisines, and frying in that style isn"t too popular, either.

And yet, for some reason -- maybe the growth of one of the most world"s most electric nightlife scenes (and hence, the need for a greasy late night snack) or maybe because Korean cuisine is nothing if not packing loads of flavor and texture into one bite - Korea has created a whole new set of standards for the simple fried chicken. In true Korean fashion, the country"s food geniuses have taken an idea, ran with it, and tweaked it to perfection.

Like many sensations in Korea, it"s also getting a boost from Hallyu. Scenes of characters devouring fried chicken in beer in dramas like "My Love From The Star" have helped the Korean fried chicken craze spread to China and other parts of Asia.

(Photo : My Love From the Star) So what"s this craze all about? Korean fried chicken enthusiasts argue that the startingly thin, super crispy crust is the first key to its success. It separates it from the heavier coating of batter that you can sometimes peel off other fried chicken in one piece. Most Koreans also use a smaller type of chicken, giving the pieces like the wings a better skin-to-meat ratio. Even the smallest difference can help each piece of Korean fried chicken be a little juicier, crisper, and more tender than their Western counterparts. In addition, the process of double or even triple frying the chicken makes a Korean fried chicken rival anything that comes out of a fryer in the American South.

Then there"s the sauce. Whether it"s a simple ginger soy glaze or a sweet and spicy combo, Koreans have always known how to pack serious punch into a sauce.

Plus, there"s no one way to prepare the bird. It"s always evolving; you could taste a new type of equally delicious fried chicken each night of the week in Korea. You might opt for an entire fried chicken, atongdak, to show up at your table. Or, you could much on boneless wings, sunsal, that come sticky, spicy, and sweet with some scallions on top. You can go for more traditional wings in a garlicy, or maneul sauce, or start sweating thanks to a super spicy variety, buldal.

It"s about time to go get some yourself. Here are some pro tips for when you venture out for a plate of the fried good stuff:

Head to a restaurant where fried chicken is the only thing on the menu. (Or, it"s accompanied by a few tasty sides.) If chefs are worried about grilling up some bulgogi or crafting a beautiful bibimbap, chances are they haven"t perfected their chicken, or don"t have time to make sure it"s spectacular.

Don"t be afraid of big chains, but look elsewhere, too.Popular chicken-only spots include KyoChon, which has more than one thousand locations worldwide, mainly in South Korea but also scattered in places like Los Angeles, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok, and Jakarta. For a chain restaurant, this place has maintained a remarkably great reputation even among the biggest KFC connoisseurs, but it is a chain, and it"s tough to keep standards high in thousands of locations. If you"re bopping around a K-town worldwide, KyoChon should be more of a solid option than a primary destination. That chicken-only hole in the wall might serve up a fresher, tastier plate of wings.

Don"t stress if you don"t speak Korean. Sometimes, even outside of Korea, restaurants operate exclusively in Korean. That"s okay! Koreans want nothing more than for foreigners to enjoy their food and hospitality. Smile and point to something that looks good, or just throw some money down and trust the servers to bring you the house specialty. You"re not going to be disappointed.

Order it with a beer. It"s called chimaek - chi for chicken and maek for maekju, or beer, and it"s only the most delicious pairing since salt and pepper.

[Photos + Video] Added new stills and song video for the Korean film 'Mission, Steal the head Star'

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[Photos + Video] Added new stills and song video for the Korean film 'Mission, Steal the head Star'

Added new stills and song video for the approaching Korean film "Mission, Thieve the head Star"

"Mission, Thieve the head Star" (2015)Directed by means of No Byeong-haWith Oh Chang-seok, Kim Jeong-heon, Kim Joo-ri, Yoon Ah-min, Park Dong-bin, Kim Min-seung,...SynopsisAn immature top star who has the complete world, is one day abducted by means of a stranger and realizes the which means of lifestyles and the emotions of the ones that love her.Release date in Korea : 2015/08/27

Girls' Generation, EXO, INFINITE And More Perform As Part Of All-Star Lineup For 70th Anniversary Korean Liberation Concert At The DMZ

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Girls' Generation, EXO, INFINITE And More Perform As Part Of All-Star Lineup For 70th Anniversary Korean Liberation Concert At The DMZ

(Photo : Twitter ) On Aug. 14, MBC broadcasted a special concert event in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Korea"s Liberation Day (Gwangbokjeol).

The holiday is celebrated on August 15 in both North and South Korea and marks the end of the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula.

A whole host of popular K-pop acts attended the music festival, also known as the 2015 DMZ Peace Concert, to perform their latest hit songs to a crowd of about 8,000 fans near the North and South Korean border.

The Koren Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that was set up in the aftermath of fighting between the two sides during the Korean War. It serves as a de facto border between the two nations and a symbol of reunification and ongoing negotiations among the two sides.

Check out all the great performances below.

Girls" Generation; "Party"

FT ISLAND; "80 Million Songs Reunification"

The One; "Arirang" and "Alone Arirang"

Lee Da Hae Will Star In A Korean-Chinese Drama

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Lee Da Hae Will Star In A Korean-Chinese Drama

Lee Da Hae is considering another acting project that will be filmed at least partially in China. The actress is discussing the possibility of playing a leading role in the Korean-Chinese drama tentatively titled "The Couple of the Century."

"We received the synopsis for "Couple of the Century" and are currently positively reviewing it," said a representative from her agency FNC Entertainment.

In the upcoming romantic comedy she will play an actress. When the actress is a rookie she meets an actor on a variety show and they don"t care for each other. Years later, she is a success and has all but forgotten that actor. When her father dies she is surprised to discover that she must marry within three months if she wants to inherit his wealth. She meets the actor again and decides that she will marry him. She still does not like him but he"s convenient. They are married in name only but that can"t last too long. Either they will have to fall in love for real or break up.

Usually when Korean actors appear in Chinese dramas their lines are voiced over. But that won"t be the case with Lee Da Hae as she fluent in Mandarin. In fact she is the first known Korean actress say her lines in Mandarin She began studying the language in 2005 when her k-drama "Green Rose" was broadcast in China. She also appeared on Chinese variety show "Happy Camp" this year and did not need an interpreter. She also appeared in the Chinese drama known as "Love Recipe" with Taiwanese actor Joe Cheng.

Lee Da hae is very popular in China and has three million fans on her Weibo microblog.

She has spent so much time in China that rumors began circulating that she was dating Chinese actor Lee Yi Feng, who also appeared in "Love Recipe." Both FNC Entertainment and Lee Yi Feng denied the rumors.

"The Couple of the Century" begins filming in August and it is not yet known who her leading man will be this time. The drama is expected to air in China in November and can be seen on the website Taobao.

Lee Da Hae is best known for her roles in "My Girl," "Green Rose," "The Slave Hunters" and "Miss Ripley."

Her most recent k-drama role was the 2014 production "Hotel King" with co-star Lee Dong Wook.

[Video] Added new trailer and stills for the Korean drama 'Drama Special - Red Moon'

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[Video] Added new trailer and stills for the Korean drama 'Drama Special - Red Moon'

Added new trailer and stills for the approaching Korean drama "Drama Special - Red Moon"

"Drama Special - Red Moon" (2015)Directed by way of Bae Kyeong-sooWritten by way of Yoo Yeong-seokNetwork : KBSWith Kim Dae-myeong, Lee Hang-na, Jo Mi-ryeong, Park Ha-na, Park So-dam, Kim Myeong-gon,...Fri 22:50Part of the "Drama Special" seriesSynopsisA drama that revives the historic persona Prince Sado with a little of mind's eye to the reality.Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2015/08/07

Upcoming Korean drama "Drama Special - Red Moon"

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Upcoming Korean drama

Added the approaching Korean drama "Drama Special - Red Moon""s page to HanCinema database"Drama Special - Red Moon" (2015)Directed by means of Bae Kyeong-sooNetwork : KBSWith Park So-dam, Kim Dae-yeong,...Fri 22:50Part of the "Drama Special" seriesSynopsisA drama that revives the ancient personality Prince Sado with a bit of of mind's eye to the fact.Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2015/08/07