Posts Tagged ‘asian actors’


  • Hong Gil Dong ended last March 26 without a happy note. A lot of fans were disappointed and frustrated with the way it ended. Personally, I like the ending not that I would not appreciate to see a happy ending because as I’ve said many times in the past that I am a sucker for smiley endings. It was moving and a bit realistic. At least they died together hand in hand. Oooopps…you haven’t seen it yet? Darn it…sorry, my bad.


  • Comebacks Galore. Hmmnn. I am quite uncomfortable using the word comeback. I think it is pretty abused. Whenever an actor takes a rest and then go back and make another film or TV drama reporters tend to use the word comeback. I mean can’t the actors take a rest between projects although some are real comebacks…!? Anyway, Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin of My Lovely Sam Soon will be filming soon but not together. KSA is reported to be included in the drama Every Night alongside Lee Dong Gun. If it pushes thru, she will be playing a late twenties single woman working with a single hot guy who only prefers young women…Hyun Bin on the other hand, will be filming a new movie, I Am HappyDennis Oh who was last seen in Witch Yoo Hee will be returning to the small screen again with MBC’s East of Eden. This special drama will be starred by Song Seung Hun and marks as his return to the small screen too after his release from his military duty.



  • Sad news for Lee Dong Gun. His brother was killed last March 20 in Sydney, Australia. A lot of speculations as to what happened. Some says its a gang war. Some says he is just in the wrong place at a very wrong time. Whatever it is, we send our love and sympathy to him and his family.


  • Eric Mun of Shinwa will be filming his last work as he is soon to be reporting for his military duty later part of this year. He need not do this since he is an american citizen but then he wanted to do it. Quite commendable. Remember there were some actors who pretended to be sick or something just to avoid this duty. It is rumored that he will be receiving 30M per episode for this drama. Whoa!


  • Chae Rim and her new drama, Powerful Enemy. The drama will focus on the lives of those who protects and secures the Blue House, Korean’s version of the White House. She will be joined here by Lee Jong Hyuk and Lee Jin Wook.


  • Can’t get enough of Bae Yong Joon? He will participate in the animated version of Winter Sonata. Yes, people, you heard it right! An animated version! Of course he will give voice to his own charater that was his ticket to stardom back in 2002 in Korea and took Japan by storm in 2004.


  • Jet Li’s THE ONE Foundation is getting more money. The Huayi Brothers Film Corporation recently announced that a part of their box office returns for the next decade will be donated to the actor’s foundation. It seems Jet Li’s relentless campaign for helping the less priviledge is rubbing off to the CEO’s. Kudos!


  • Beijing Olympics and Zhang Ziyi. The actress was officially invited by Athens Olympics to participate in the start of the torch relay that began last March 24. It will go around different European cities and then go to China. She will also cover the event as a reporter. She said she was so thrilled to be participating in such grand event.
  • Chinese Forbes List. For the fifth time, Ming Yao dominated the list because of his huge earnings and influence. Playing for the NBA truly is a money making career. Film actor Jet Li came in third. Most of those that are on the list are sports related, meaning athletes. No wonder, they are so into their hosting of the Olympics.
  • F4’s Waiting For You, a copycat?! I haven’t seen both of the videos but there are fans who are claiming that their recent music video is just like TVXQ’s MV, Step By Step. I do not know if this is just a hype to get all of us interested in their videos. Some says that the style and idea are all too similar. Don’t get agitated, they are just referring to the video and not to the song.  Do I care? Not really but since they have fans, I care to put the news in here.


  • In Manila, 2 Korean TV Drama remakes are on the way. One is My Girl and the other is My Lovely Sam Soon. It has been announced by ABS-CBN Network that they just got Kim Chui to play the main role that Lee Da Hae orginally played while it has been reported that Regine Velasquez is being considered to play Sam Soon in their rival network GMA.


  • Maging Sino Ka Man (Whoever You Are) Book 2 just aired their final episode last Friday. There are those who said it was just right they ended it already considering the ratings that they received. It was of course a happy ending. Rarely, will you see a filipino drama series or movie that did not end with a happy note. I personally did not watch it. I am not a fan of a series that is more than 24 episodes. I get bored easily. The only series with numerous episodes that I managed to watch is Jewel In The Palace, it’s all about cooking, what is not to like?!

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The double take…

I confess that I am very particular with the physical attributes of the lead stars in a drama series. It will not hold my interest for even one episode if  I do not find either of the two main protagonists physically beautiful. Yes, I am a very shallow thinker in that aspect but please be reminded that beauty is very subjective. We may have different meanings of what is beautiful and let me reiterate that I am pertaining to physical beauty only and yes  I also do believe what the fox told the Little Prince – “On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur, l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” (It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the naked eye).

There are many reasons why we prefer a certain movie or a TV drama over another one. It can be the story, the actors or the director. Personally, I can enjoy a movie with actors bearing ordinary looks because I do know that it will only last for an hour or two and besides those who are lacking in physical goodness will definitely be overflowing with talent, well most of them anyway.

What I cannot tolerate is a TV drama series that will stretch for 16 or more episodes with ordinary looking guys and girls  sporting of personalities that are written to be dashing, utterly gorgeous and to die for beauties. Talk about credibility. We are still talking about it on the physical level alone. Charm, values and character are not included yet.

Sometimes I see it as the writer’s fault. Weaving unbelievable stories is sometimes the downfall of a drama series. Sometimes the development of one’s character is so slow that the viewer is still wondering why a guy is up for grabs by girls and yet you can’t find an iota of magic in him.

I will always go back to the storyline of The Indecent Proposal. Robert Redford is a handsome, rich and nice guy. Every girl’s dream and yet Demi Moore still chose the very ordinary Woody Harrelson. This movie is very effective and hit the right core of every viewer back in 1993 because the director and the writer were able to show for just an hour the intensity of what Demi and Woody got between them.

Some of the korean TV drama’s I’ve watched tends to stretch the storyline for about 4 episodes before the audience falls in love with the main lead. Let’s be honest, there are some actors that are gifted physically that you will stick around until the final episode without them doing anything yet and there are other actors that writers/directors are needed to weave some magic in the first two episodes so as to attract loyal viewers up to the final episode.

This is the reason why I prefer actors who can make me look twice, a double take. If the writer or director screws up, I can always just look at their faces and say…what the heck they look yummy anyway.

(By the way when I say actors, it refers to all whose profession is acting irregardless of gender.)

Here are just some of them…






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