Hello Venus

Hello Venus" Alice joins the cast of "The Night Watchman" as a concubine

Hello Venus

Hello Venus" Alice will be joining the cast of "The Night Watchman"!

She"ll be playing Mae Hyang, Joseon"s most famous concubine. She"s one of the ghosts that hangs around Jung Il Woo"s character. Even though she seems innocent at first, she"s going to play a character who"s clumsy at times.

Alice said, "I"m so nervous that I"m greeting fans as Mae Hyang instead of as Hello Venus" Alice. I"m so happy and honored that I"m going to be working with amazing sunbaenims and staff for my first project. Just like Mae Hwang"s bright personality, I"ll work hard to put in good energy to the project. Please show me a lot of love."

Alice will appear from the 3rd episode of the drama starting from the 11th!

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Youre All Surrounded Episode 1 Review: Ji Woo Calls An Do Gyu A Concubines Son

Youre All Surrounded Episode 1 Review: Ji Woo Calls An Do Gyu A Concubines Son

You’re All Surrounded Episode 1 Review: Ji Woo Calls An Do Gyu “A Concubine’s Son”

In the first episode of You’re All Surrounded, Eo Soo Sun(played by Ji Woo) called Kim Ji Yong(played by An Do Gyu) a concubine’s son.

Soo Sun and Ji Yong had an argument, when Ji Yong said, “Wait, your name is Eo Soo Sun(uh-soo-sun(어수선) means messy in Korean)? What a perfect name for you.” Soo Sun replied, “So I heard your mom’s a concubine. Everyone if Masan knows that your mom’s a concubine. I heard she seduced a married man.”

Ji Yong was hurt and left. Soo Sun realized that she made a mistake and apologized to him later. She was surprised that he did not blame her at all.

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[Spoiler] "Pretty Boy" Jang Geun-seok isn't the child of a concubine

It turns out Jang Geun-seok isn't the son of s concubine but the actual child of Kim Bo-yeon and MG Group.

On the thirteenth episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Pretty Boy", the truth about the relationship between Na Hong-ran (Kim Bo-yeon) and Dokgo Mate (Jang Geun-seok) and the watch they had, revealed itself.

Hong Yoo-ra (Han Chae-young) found a watch on Kim Bo-tong's (IU) desk. She asked whose it was and Bo-tong answered, "Mate gave it to me, to keep one of his mother's keepsakes".

Yoo-ra was sure the watch was the same one she'd seen with Hong-ran and realized that Mate wasn't the son of a concubine. He was Hong-ran's child.

Yoo-ra told Hong-ran everything and boldly said, "Step down from where you are. It all stops if you let go of being queen of MG". Hong-ran wasn't expecting this and her eyes shook.

Hong-ran confirmed the story with her husband Park Ki-seok (Dok-go Yeong-jae) and broke down in tears. She called in Mate and told him. She said, "You are the son I abandoned".

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[Spoiler] "Jang Ok-jeong" Kim Tae-hee becomes a royal concubine

Jang Ok-jeong, Kim Tae-hee really became the king's woman.

Jang Ok-jeong became a concubine overnight on the twelfth episode of the SBS drama "Jang Ok-jeong".

Becoming a Sook-won means achieving power the moment she is recognized as the official wife of the king.

Previously, Lee Soon (Yoo Ah-in) prepared an event for her with candles. His servants were against his decision to make her his wife but he pushed forward his decision.

Jang Ok-jeong followed procedure and paid her respects to the king and such.

The servants bowed down in front of her and Jang Ok-jeong showed a mysterious smile.

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Director says 'The Concubine' sex scenes are complicated

Director says 'The Concubine' sex scenes are complicated

Director says 'The Concubine' sex scenes are complicated

Director Kim Dae-seung By Kwon Hyuk-jae

Erotic period film "The Concubine" is heating up the big screen this summer, beating out Hollywood blockbusters including director Ridley Scott's new sci-fi film "Prometheus" as well as "Men in Black 3" in local cinemas. The film, which opened here on June 6, has attracted over 1.8 million people as of the end of last week. The R-rated film's strength lies in its risque portrayal of sexuality in an otherwise sexually repressive period in Korean history. Centering around the character Hwa-yeon (Jo Yeo-jeong), the daughter of an aristocrat who enters the royal palace as one of the king's concubines, the film features a steamy love triangle involving her, Prince Seong-won (Kim Dong-wuk) and a commoner, Kwon-yu (Kim Min-joon). Director Kim Dae-seung who started his film career as the protege of director Im Kwon-taek, has gained critical acclaim for his feature films including "Bungee Jumping of their Own" (2000) and "Blood Rain" (2005). Kim talked to the JoongAng Ilbo about his newest film, "The Concubine". Q. In the film, Hwa-yeon in a way starts turning into the queen, whom she loathes. Why?A. Hwa-yeon and the queen mirror each other. The queen is Hwa-yeon's future and Hwa-yeon is the queen's past. It's a vicious cycle of lust and greed. Even the beautiful maternal love of these women turns to greed, which is only getting worse at this stage, in this highly competitive society. Parents put their children in private institutes to study, that endless routine, saying that they are doing it for their sake. But that act also reflects the parents' own desires. The aim of this film was to look at the mother and son relationship between the prince and the queen, and reflect on such relationships in our own society. There are those who say that "The Concubine" feels like a remake of the 1968 film "Naesi" by director Shin Sang-ok.Hwang Gi-seung film director and producer actually approached me and asked if I wanted to take part in a remake of "Naesi". The film tells the story of a woman who enters the palace and the man who loves her and follows her into the palace to become a naesi a Korean eunuch who is an official to the king. I didn't think that this particular story would translate well for modern day people. However, I thought that the palace itself, as a unit holding various greedy intentions of the people inside, was an interesting place, so I made the film with the palace as a background.

Director says 'The Concubine' sex scenes are complicated

A still image from the new film "The Concubine" starring Jo Yeo-jeong, right Provided by Lotte Entertainment

There was a lot of hype before the film began with people talking about how erotic the film was. Do you think this helped ticket sales? I didn't think that kind of buzz was ideal, but in a way I enjoyed it quietly because that meant there was at least interest in the film.

There is a sex scene that reflects the power struggle of the characters and the camera was quite close to the action.

In the latter part of the film, when the prince and Hwa-yeon have sex, the scene seems to symbolize the shift in power between the two. Yes. The prince, who loves Hwa-yeon more than she loves him, is the weak one in the relationship. In turn, Hwa-yeon becomes more strong-willed, revealing her utter devotion to her son and that she can sacrifice anyone for him. All the sex scenes in the film are a jumble of power and lust and not even a moment of it can be beautiful as a result. I think the film also benefited from the quality acting.At first, I didn't even dream Jo Yeo-jeong would agree to play the part because she had already done a similar, physically revealing role in the film "The Servant" (2010). But she said yes to the part saying she just wants to do her best acting in the film. This film's positive public reception is all due to Jo Yeo-jeong. By Jung Hyun-mok

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'The Concubine' Attracts More Than 1 Million Viewers in 6 Days

'The Concubine' Attracts More Than 1 Million Viewers in 6 Days

'The Concubine' Attracts More Than 1 Million Viewers in 6 Days

"The Concubine", which has generated much buzz due to its nude scenes featuring actress Jo Yeo-jeong, has pulled more than 1 million viewers within six days of its release on June 6.The Korean Film Council reported that the total number of theater-goers for the movie hit 1.07 million on Monday. "The Concubine", starring Jo, Kim Min-joon and Kim Dong-wuk, is an erotic historical drama that tells the tale of a woman who had to offer to serve as the king's concubine in order to survive.

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Jo Yeo-jeong takes it off

Jo Yeo-jeong takes it off "The Concubine" first place in box office

The movie "The Concubine" took first place of the box office.

According to the Korean Films Commission aired on the 7th, "The Concubine" gathered 271,319 audiences on the 6th alone and the accumulated number added up to be 358,628 on 556 screens.

"The Concubine" is an erotic historical movie about mad sex and lust and passion inside a palace where no one can be sane enough to endure life in it.

"Madagascar 3" stood in second place with 226,341 audiences on 507 screens.

SF movie "Prometheus" that was released on the same day made it to third place with 176,859 audiences.

Meanwhile, "Men In Black 3" rounded up a number of 157,893 and "Everything about my Wife" broke through an accumulated number of 3,074,372.

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"The Emperor's Concubine" ranks first place in bookings

With just one day to go, "The Emperor's Concubine" showed signs of success by becoming the most booked movie.

According to the Korean Films Commission on the 5th, "The Emperor's Concubine" showed a 19.9% of advance sales in tickets. Expectations in this movie is really high as this is director Kim Da-seung's first piece of work in 6 years and the cast are about to go through a major change in acting.

The first and second place of the box office is occupied by "Everything about my Wife" and "Men In Black 3". After "Men In Black 3" was released on the 24th of May, the two movies struggled for first place. It is a wonder if "The Emperor's Concubine" can overcome the condition of being adult rated and succeed.

"The Emperor's Concubine" is about the love and lust happening inside a palace where no one can live in without becoming crazy. Hwa-yeon (Jo Yeo-jeong) becomes the concubine for love, General Seong-won (Kim Dong-wook) can't help his feelings for her and Kwon Yoo (Kim Min-joon) loses everything in the name of love.

Other than the three main casts there are, Park Cheol-min, Lee Kyeong-yeong, Park Ji-yeong, Jo Eun-ji and others. The movie has been reviewed well for it refined imagery and the excellent performance of the supporting acts before the official release which is on the 6th.

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Cho Yeo-jeong keeps it steamy in The Concubine

Cho Yeo-jeong keeps it steamy in The Concubine

Looking back at my 20s, it was hard because I didn’t have many roles. But now I appreciate the downtime.’

Actress Cho Yeo-jeong returns to the big screen this summer with “The Concubine.”

Actress Cho Yeo-jeong debuted as a cover girl with a heart-melting smile at the age of 16. She’s been appearing in drama series, music videos, TV commercials and films one after another ever since, but she’s been considered one of those actresses who is neither famous nor ignored.

A single film, however, gave her a chance to shine two years ago. “The Servant,” based on a Korean folktale “The Story of Chunhyang,” was a well-made love story set in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), but the script was turned down by a few actresses because it contained too many sex scenes.

Cho, however, took advantage of the opportunity and proved she’s more than the cute girl next door.

Two years have passed since “The Servant” hit theaters, and Cho returns to the silver screen again with another period film, “The Concubine,” which promotes itself as a steamy drama that focuses on the tangled relationship between the king, his concubine Hwa-yeon (played by Cho) and another man who used to be in a relationship with Hwa-yeon.

Looking at Cho’s two recent films, some say she has decided to become an actress who speaks with her body. But when watching “The Concubine,” which will be released on coming Wednesday, it’s clear why Cho has decided to undress again.

The JoongAng Ilbo recently caught up with Cho to talk about her upcoming film. The following are excerpts from the interview.

Q. Why did you choose “The Concubine”?

A. Personally, I like director Kim Dae-seung’s films such as “Bungee Jumping of Their Own” (2000) and “Blood Rain” (2005). I received the scenario late last summer and I could sympathize with every single character’s desires and pain. I thought I should take advantage of this work.

It is such an intense story. The king wants a girl he shouldn’t have and the queen is greedy. Each character’s desires develop into insanity as the film unfolds. What was the most difficult scene for you?

The last sex scene was really hard. I had to portray Hwa-yeon’s desperate side because she’s been waiting for that moment for so long. I discussed the scene with the director numerous times. The scene had to look tense and dramatic, so I even learned from a traditional Korean dancer how to move my body to add tense feelings to the scene.

Your character Hwa-yeon is a femme fatale. How did you try to make the audience relate to your character?

When Kwon Yu suggests that Hwa-yeon run away with him, she turns down the offer even though she loves him so much because she knows she will die if she does. If I were in her shoes, I would make the same decision.

So I tried to focus on the strong sides of Hwa-yeon. In scenes where she cries, I even tried to look strong.

Hwa-yeon is such a complex character. Have you ever considered any other characters from similar genres of films?

I think this is a very unique character, which is hard to find in other films. So I focused on drawing the best from myself.

After “The Servant,” it must not be easy for you to appear in a film with so many sex scenes again.

These scenes are necessary for this film to understand these characters. After a recent prescreening event, one member of the audience came up to me and said, “I didn’t even have time to look at your body as I was following Hwa-yeon’s emotion.” I hope others feel the same as her.

Some of my acquaintances are concerned about whether I keep receiving similar roles, but I have no worries because I don’t want to do this type of film for the time being. Hope I can do something that’s more lighthearted next time.

The film is set in the Joseon Dynasty but the props and costumes were extraordinary.

Director wanted to use diverse props and costumes depending on each character without thinking about the film’s historical background. For this reason, Hwa-yeon sticks to natural hairdo before she turns into a femme fatale, but her hair also evolves as she changes. Watching all these props and costumes will be one interesting way to watch the film.

It’s been already 15 years since your debut. How do you feel?

Looking back at my 20s, it was hard because I didn’t have that many roles. But now I appreciate the downtime because I could have a plenty of ‘me’ time. I read a lot, went to many galleries and museums and I also learned all the things that I’ve wanted to learn.

I think it’s time for me to show what I’ve been accumulating inside of me. As an actress, I want to intrigue the audience.

By Lim Ju-ri [[email protected]]

Cho Yeo-jeong keeps it steamy in ?The Concubine?

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Added new stills, video and updated cast for the upcoming Korean movie

Added new stills, video and updated cast for the upcoming Korean movie "The Emperor's Concubine"

Added new stills, video and updated cast for the upcoming Korean movie "The Emperor's Concubine"

Making of

"The Emperor's Concubine" (2011)

Directed by Kim Dae-seung

With Jo Yeo-jeong, Kim Dong-wuk, Kim Min-joon, Park Ji-yeong, Jo Eun-ji, Lee Kyeong-yeong,... More

Synopsis

A historical melodrama based in the Chosun era, directed by Kim Dae-seung from "Blood Rain".

Release date in Korea : 2012/06/06

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