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Lee Min Jung returns to South Korea without Lee Byung Hun
Lee Min Jung Returns To South Korea Without Lee Byung Hun

Lee Min Jung returns to South Korea without Lee Byung Hun

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Her agency M Steam Entertainment announced on January 14, "Lee Min Jung has returned to Korea. She came back to fulfill a schedule with an advertisement company." The actor couple left for Los Angeles on December 6, and there was no previous indication about when she"d be flying home. 

Lee Byung Hun"s label BH Entertainment also commented, "Lee Byung Hun is spending personal time in America. He didn"t return to Korea."

Hollywood star Keanu Reeves Visits South Korea To Promote His Movie
Hollywood Star Keanu Reeves Visits South Korea To Promote His Movie "john Wick"

Hollywood star Keanu Reeves Visits South Korea To Promote His Movie "John Wick"

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The actor was spotted by Dispatch making an entrance in the country through Incheon International Airport on January 7th at approximately 5:30PM KST. Both fans and the media alike awaited for the star, showing their eagerness of his long awaited return.

Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves will be attending a press release on the morning of January 8th, followed by a red carpet ceremony to meet Korean fans as part of his John Wick promotions.

John Wick is a blockbuster thriller that tells the story of John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as he plans a ruthless revenge on his enemies. The film is set to be opened in Korean theaters on January 21st.

Pursuit of Beauty Trumps Safety in South Korea

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Pursuit of Beauty Trumps Safety in South Korea Written by Rachel On December 18, 2014 The unexpected passing of rock legend Shin Hae-chul (46) after his surgery is bringing medical malpractice in South Korea to the forefront. Five years ago, he had gastric bypass surgery at Seoul Sky Hospital and later had intestinal surgery at the same hospital. Shin suffered from immense pain in his chest and abdomen afterwards. Dr. Kang Se-hoon eventually confessed that he had stapled his stomach to make it smaller without consulting Shin or his family first. Instead of apologizing, the doctor simply said that the pain would go away. Shin developed an infection which led to cardiac arrest, a coma, and then death. An autopsy report released in December noted that two holes (one in the small intestine and one in the sac around the heart) were probably caused by the surgery. A CT scan of Shin’s chest showed that gas had formed in the sac around his heart, yet he hadn’t received any medical treatment for it.

Unfortunately, Shin is not alone when it comes to malpractice, and one particularly risky area is plastic surgery. It’s no secret that plastic surgery is a lucrative business in South Korea, and that has tempted many less-than-ethical doctors to try to cash in. In the Apujeong subway station alone, there are 110 plastic surgery advertisements. Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with plastic surgery, and South Korea is not unique in its pursuit of perfection (plastic surgery in the United States was booming even in the recession). A combination of cultural and social norms and expectations simply makes going under the knife more acceptable in South Korea.

The media is probably the most influential. Plastic surgery pops up in the glowing before and after advertisements in the subway, music video, and TV shows. The reality show Let Me In takes ordinary people and gives them dramatic makeovers. The participants, both men and women, opt for plastic surgery because of the suffering caused by their physical appearances. 21-year-old Park Jin-bei worked hard to lose weight but was left with sagging skin. After working so hard to lose weight and having his dreams shattered, Park fell into depression and refused to leave his house for years. The show gave him $57,000 worth of plastic surgery as well as psychological help. His transformation into a “flower boy” caused a sensation. Although the makeover makes participants more confident, the show has been criticized for glossing over the real risks behind such serious procedures. In contrast to Let Me In, another reality show, Back to My Face, tries to undo plastic surgery and give participants back their natural looks (albeit with more plastic surgery).

Google releases list of top trending searches of South Korea in 2014
Google Releases List Of Top Trending Searches Of South Korea In 2014

Google releases list of top trending searches of South Korea in 2014

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The list for most searched names features some top-notch Korean celebrities, who were all the rage this year, such as HyunA in 2nd, Hyosung in 4th, IU in 6th, Girl"s Day in 7th, Shin Hae Chul in 8th, EXO in 9th, and Clara in 10th. There were also notable athletes, such as figure skater Kim Yuna in 1st and baseball star Ryu Hyun Jin in 3rd, not to mention the infamous Yoo Byung Eun in 5th.

Infinity Challenge Empress Qi You Who Came From the Stars Witch Hunt Abnormal Summit Superman is Back Jung Do Jeon Jang Bo Ri is Here! Running Man Gag Concert What will next year have in store for Korean entertainment?

National Broadcasters Block YouTube Contents in South Korea
National Broadcasters Block Youtube Contents In South Korea

National Broadcasters Block YouTube Contents in South Korea

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National Broadcasters Block YouTube Contents in South Korea Written by Thuy On December 7, 2014 Not long ago, we talked about how international fans have to suffer from unceasing discrimination from YouTube uploaders in Korea, in which many official channels block online content for IP addresses that appear to be from outside of the country. However, the situation is now completely reversed, as seven major television broadcasters in Korea, including MBC, SBS, JTBC, tvN, and Mnet, have decided to disallow their contents to be accessible to Korean YouTube users from this December.

For international fans: no need to panic! IPs from outside of Korea will be able to continue watching K-pop and K-drama on YouTube as usual. This time, only the domestic users have to bear the brunt.

This decision is the unhappy outcome for a series of failed negotiations between the Korean channels and the giant Google. From the content providers perspective, their original deal with Googlein which broadcasters receive only 55% of profits from advertisements attached to their videosis unacceptably unfair. Therefore, earlier in 2013, these seven broadcasters have united under an alliance called Smart Media Representative to strengthen their voice in demanding from Google a larger share of profit.

CNBLUE Is Sole Representative of South Korea to Attend “2015 iQiyi Night” in China
Cnblue Is Sole Representative Of South Korea To Attend “2015 Iqiyi Night” In China

CNBLUE Is Sole Representative of South Korea to Attend “2015 iQiyi Night” in China

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iQiyi is a video service company that was made under the full investment of the Chinese Internet giant, Baidu. It will be holding its first awards ceremony under the title “Cheer-2015 iQiyi Night” and award works from all over Asia under categories such as movies, dramas, music, and variety shows.

CNBLUE has been continuing their popularity with their most recent song “Can’t Stop,” the title song of their fifth mini album. They received the rock band award from the 2014 Melon Music Awards and best band performance award from the 2014 MAMA (2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards).

Lee Byung Hun Gets Back South Korea Alone To Attend The Second Trial
Lee Byung Hun Gets Back South Korea Alone To Attend The Second Trial

Lee Byung Hun Gets Back South Korea Alone To Attend The Second Trial

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It is reported that actor Lee Byung Hun has arrived at Korea’s airport on November 21st; However, his wife, actress Lee Min Jung didn’t go home with him.

A representative of BH Entertainment announced that, "Lee Byung Hun has not arrived with his wife Lee Min Jung. He returned because of his trial schedule." 

As mentioned previously, Lee Byung Hun will attend the 2nd hearing for the blackmail case which was pushed back from the 11th to the 24th. GLAM"s Dahee and model Lee Ji Yeon previously attended the 1st hearing on October 16. Meanwhile, Lee Min Jung is reviewing casting offers during her stay in Los Angeles, California.

[Article] YG is now the largest entertainment company in South Korea.
[Article] Yg Is Now The Largest Entertainment Company In South Korea.

LiNK facilitates the resettlement of North Korean in South Korea and the US

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The organization is currently raising the fund to assist 200 North Korean refugees. The campaign is expected to earn $600,000 dollars. For the first $200,000 they make, a donor has agreed to match the price, so donations leading to that will be doubled.

In their inspiring video, LiNK indicates 3 refugees who share their stories. There are currently about 30,000-50,000 refugees hiding in China, whose lives are constantly in danger and are vulnerable to labor exploitation and sex trafficking.

[Video] Rain Interviews with CNN On the road South Korea popular culture

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Recently, the Hallyu wave is becoming more and more popular all over the world. South Korean media is spreading widely and achieves the attention of major media outlets. The famous actor Rain, who is the main character in the famous drama “My Lovely Girl” is invited to share his opinion on why international fans are vehemently lured by Korean drama in the well-known CNN network.