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Louis Koo Tin Lok will be the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival ambassador for a second year. He has starred in many films and thus he will continue to promote film culture and related activities. Goo Jai felt very honored to be the ambassador again. "I can do something to promote the Hong Kong film industry as the ambassador again. This year the Hong Kong International Film Festival will bring over 280 films from around the world, I hope everyone will participate in this annual event!"


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The Eric Tsang Chi Wai starred Lunar New Year film LUCKY STAR 2015 (GUT SING GO JIU 2015)'s actors including Wen Chao, Nicole Tung Ka Yi (Tai Po Lulu), Edward Chui Woei Dong and Hana Tam Hung Nam yesterday promoted the film in Causeway Bay. Tsui Siu Keung' son Chui Woei Dong said that two years ago he and Tai Po Lulu worked together on a commercial. He said that Tai Po Lulu at the time played a beautiful special agent. Working together again this time, he said, "I don't know how to be funny normally. When the director asked for me, I thought he was going to ask me to perform kung fu. I didn't expect him to want me to make faces and be funny, which I feel is a new challenge. I look like a replica of Papa, I hope he (the director) would see how I made fun of him (Papa) and showed the other side of cool for him." Playing in her first comedy, Tai Po Lulu said that in the film she and Taiwan group S.H.E.'s Ella had many scenes. Lulu said, "Ella often told jokes on the set, I learned a lot of expression changes from acting with her."


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 A scene from the upcoming Chinese drama “Beautiful Secret,” featuring Victoria of the Korean girl group f(x), was released via the producer’s Weibo page on Monday.

The singer-turned-actress, who will star as the female protagonist Zhang Mei Li, is shown sitting on a set of steps and looking into the distance, smiling faintly.

“Beautiful Secret” tells the story of Zhang, a bright girl who had a difficult childhood, and her journey towards becoming a famous singer.

Along the way, Zhang falls in love with the male protagonist, Taiwanese-American singer-actor Peter Ho.

The drama will be Victoria’s third drama appearance to date. Last year, the starlet starred in “Thank You, Everyone,” also filmed and produced in China.

“Beautiful Secret” is expected to air on the Chinese satellite TV channel Hunan TV within this year

KPOP Herald

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 Singer-actress Kim Seol-hyun, who stars in the film "Gangnam 1970" alongside actor Lee Min-ho, discussed her role as a supporting actress with GQ Korea, it was revealed on Saturday.

The 20-year-old, a member of K-pop girl group AOA, made her big-screen debut in the film released on Wednesday, in which she plays Kim Seon-hye, younger sister of Lee Min-ho's character Kim Jong-dae.

"(Seon-hye) thinks a little differently from girls these days," the singer-actress said in the accompanying interview.

"I'm thankful I can perform and act at the same time because it's an opportunity for me to gain visibility and also more experience."

Seolhyun, who is clad in a beige sleeveless turtleneck in the photo released by GQ Korea, also stars in the KBS2 reality program "Brave Family," set on Mechrey, a floating island in the Cambodian lake Tonle Sap.

The full article can be read in GQ Korea's February issue.

KPOP Herald

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 Actor Yoo Ah-in is to star in two of the most anticipated films of the year.

In the movie “Veteran,” a crime thriller directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, he will appear as an immoral young millionaire who faces off with a detective.

He will also act as Crown Prince Sado in Sado, a period drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik.

Yoo made his acting debut in the youth series Sharp 1 in 2003. Afterward, he gained fame for his role in Sungkyunwan Scandal, a 2010 period drama.

Regarded as one of the most politically-correct actors in Korea, Yoo was thrown into the limelight when he tweeted a strong comment on the withdrawal of Ahn Cheol-soo from the presidential race.

KPOP Herald

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VIXX’s reality program VIXX TV will be airing in Taiwan.

VIXX TV signed a contract with MTV Taiwan and will be airing every Monday through Friday on Taiwan′s MTV channel starting on January 26.

VIXX TV is a program that has been produced in order to allow communication between the VIXX members and their fans in and outside of Korea, and it is currently being aired through VIXX′s official YouTube channel.

VIXX TV has been showing not only VIXX’s performances on stage, but the members’ daily life activities as well, receiving love from the fans for being one of the best reality programs.

VIXX especially launched its first fan meeting in Taiwan in April of 2014, meeting with over 1,000 fans in Taiwan. VIXX′s second mini album Error ranked number one on the Korea-Japan weekly chart of Taiwan’s Five Music in the month of November as well.

As VIXX TV, which newly started Season 2 airing every other Thursday since September of 2014, is the only idol reality program in Korea that has aired 100 episodes between June of 2012 and May of 2012 during its first season, the news on the show broadcasting through Taiwan’s MTV has been gathering attention of foreign affiliates with a rising interest in reality programs.

An affiliate of Jellyfish Entertainment stated, “More than simply being a reality program, VIXX TV is a program that works as a messenger that shares the memories of the VIXX members and the fans. We hope that the various charms of VIXX will be conveyed to the Taiwanese fans as well.”

VIXX TV, set to begin on January 26, will air every Monday through Friday through the MTV Taiwan channel.


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Zo In Sung will be attending K-Drama Festival 2015, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Korea and Japan′s diplomatic ties at the Sapporo Snow Festival.

After receiving much love in the drama It′s Okay, It′s Love, Zo In Sung, director Kim Gyu Tae, writer Noh Hee Kyung and Lee Kwang Soo will be attending the K-Drama Festival 2015.

At the ceremony, taking place at the Sapporo Nitori Culture Hall on March 6, Zo In Sung will receive a special appreciation plaque from the joint chairman of the GFSC Charity Campaign for contributing to the cultural exchange between Korea and Japan through the drama It′s Okay, It′s Love.

This ceremony will take place at the first joint event put together by the GFSC Charity Campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Korea and Japan′s diplomatic ties as well as the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival.

As an official event of Sapporo Snow Festival, the K-Drama Festival 2015 will give visitors a chance to exchange and experience Korean culture, dramas, and music, while introducing Korean culture to the world, as well as planing out the cultural exchange and continuous friendship between Korea and Japan.

The 50th anniversary of Korea and Japan′s diplomatic ties and the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival will take place from March 6 to 8.


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Once, pop stars like Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston heavily exerted their influence on Korean music. And some Korean musicians walked a fine line between plagiarism and being unconsciously inspired by their role models.

But K-pop has gained a much larger footing compared to the past, and some of its musicians are now discovering that their own work has been plagiarized or used without consent.

Recent controversies involving R&B singer Yoon Mi-rae and Taeyang of boy group Big Bang are some examples that clearly show K-pop’s current standing.

Yoon, also known as T, brought out her first digital single in three years early last month.

With the release of her much-anticipated single, her song “Angel” ranked high on major music portals and even topped a weekly TV music show without much promotional activity.

But the Korean-American rapper and R&B singer could not hold further performances for her new song after she realized that one of her previous tracks had been featured in the controversial film “The Interview” - without consent from herself or her agency.

“We planned to release a mini-album within January [after the release of the digital single], but postponed all the plans [because of the issue with Sony Pictures],” said an official from FeelGhood Music, Yoon’s label.

According to Lee Jin-young, the head of Fortune Entertainment, which promotes Yoon, the singer initially received an offer from Sony Pictures about using “Pay Day” in the film.

“But she turned the offer down because she is a South Korean singer and the film deals with a touchy issue,” said Lee.

“The Interview” centers on the story of two American TV journalists (James Franco and Seth Rogen) who are instructed to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they go to interview him.

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Actor Kim Rae-won is living as a prosecutor these days, as the star of the SBS TV series "Punch."

The drama revolves around Kim's character, who undergoes a transformation from a Machiavellian figure who'll do anything to achieve his goals into a seeker of justice for himself and his family, after learning that a brain tumor has left him with just two months to live. The show is very popular -- and keeping Kim busier than ever.

"In addition to this TV project, I've wrapped up a film project as well, so I'm quite busy. People tell me I don't look good. It's inevitable, because I'm up all night working at least three times a week," said Kim, adding that in fact he doesn't mind looking exhausted, as it "helps connect with the character."

Kim shed 15 kg to take on the role of the dying prosecutor, and often skips meals. The drama is full of implications and subtle nuances. "I often get into long discussions with other actors, like [veteran actor] Cho Jae-hyun, because I find it hard to understand [the show] myself a lot of the time."

Throughout his career, Kim has particularly excelled at portraying dark characters, from simple bullies to ferocious prosecutors. In his new film project, the action noir "Gangnam 1970," which was released last Thursday, Kim plays a vicious thug.

"I love playing villains because I can show a tougher side, and don't have to restrain myself. I like to push a character to the limit emotionally -- and often find it difficult to contain myself."

Since making his screen debut in 1996, Kim has gone on to enjoy a career spanning nearly 20 years. The rookie obsessed with looking cool has grown into a seasoned actor who strives to be true to his characters. "In the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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According to a new regulation from China's media watchdog, video streaming sites will need to get publication licenses for imported films and TV series from the end of March. The regulation aims to filter out TV shows with satirical, violent or sexual elements, but approval for any show will take at least six months.

Video streaming websites have been a staple provider of Korean TV soaps for Chinese fans as they can be watched on PCs or mobile devices. Korean dramas that became popular through streaming services will now come out at least six months late, prompting Korean production companies to come up with a new marketing strategy.

Experts here warn that illegal distribution will surge after the regulation takes effect, posing a threat to copyright. Several new American TV series have already been removed from Chinese streaming sites due to their perceived provocative content.

Chosun Ilbo

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