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Netflix teases revenge K-drama ‘The Glory,’ starring Song Hye-kyo

  • Netflix has released a poster and teaser trailer for “The Glory,” premiering Dec. 30.
  • The series stars Song Hye-kyo as Moon Dong-eun, a woman with a life mission to get revenge on her childhood bullies.
  • Lim Ji-yeon will play Dong-eun’s bully, Park Yeon-jin. Lee Do-hyun also joins the cast as the mysterious Ju Yeo-jung.
  • “The Glory” is written by screenwriter Kim Eun-sook, who is best known for writing other series like “Goblin,” “Heirs,” “Secret Garden” and “Descendants of the Sun.

Netflix released an announcement trailer for a mysterious new K-drama series titled “The Glory.” 

The series will star Song Hye-kyo, who is best known for her lead roles in K-dramas like “Full House,” “That Winter, the Wind Blows” and 2016’s “Descendants of the Sun.” Song plays Moon Dong-eun, a woman looking to enact revenge against her childhood bullies. 

‘Crash Landing on You’ couple Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin announce birth of first child

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  • Actors Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin, co-stars of the hit K-drama “Crash Landing on You,” announced the birth of their first child, a boy, on Sunday.
  • The news was confirmed by Son’s agency MSteam Entertainment, which shared that both the mother and child are healthy in an official statement.
  • Hyun Bin missed the birth of his son due to his current filming schedule for “Harbin” (하얼빈) in Mongolia.
  • After starring together in the 2018 action thriller film “Negotiation,” the couple reunited in the 2019-2020 romance drama “Crash Landing on You.”
  • After two years of dating, the couple officially tied the knot in a private ceremony.
  • Their pregnancy was confirmed months later, with Son’s post announcing that a “new life has arrived.”

Actors Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin, co-stars of the hit K-drama “Crash Landing on You,” announced the birth of their first child, a boy, on Sunday. 

The news was confirmed by Son’s agency MSteam Entertainment, which shared that both the mother and child are healthy in an official statement

‘The King’s Affection’ becomes first K-drama to win International Emmy

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  • South Korean TV series “The King’s Affection” won in the best telenovela category at the 50th International Emmy Awards, becoming the first Korean drama to win at the annual awards.
  • The drama won against nominees “Nos Tempos do Imperador” from Brazil, “Two Lives” from Spain and “You Are My Hero” from China.
  • Miky Lee, the vice chairwoman of CJ Group, was also honored at the International Emmy Awards.
  • South Korean actor Song Joong-ki presented the Directorate Award to Lee for her overall direction and management of CJ Group’s entertainment and media division.

South Korean TV series “The King’s Affection” became the first Korean drama to win at the International Emmy Awards.

The 20-episode drama, starring Park Eun-bin and Rowoon, won in the best telenovela category at the 50th edition of the annual awards in New York City on Nov. 21. 

Netflix releases trailer for ‘hotter and more exciting’ ‘Singles Inferno 2’

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  • On Tuesday, Netflix released the official trailer for Season 2 of its hit South Korean dating show “Single’s Inferno.”
  • The reality show follows a group of single men and women who are trapped on a deserted island in South Korea as they try to find their match and escape the island.
  • “Single’s Inferno 2” will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 13 with an all-new cast and drama that the streaming platform promises to be “hotter and more exciting.”

Netflix released the official trailer for Season 2 of its hit South Korean dating show “Single’s Inferno” on Tuesday.

The reality show, which features a group of single men and women who are trapped on a deserted island in South Korea, has hooked audiences globally since the first episodes of its first season were released in December last year. 

Netflix drops trailer for ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Part 2’

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  • Netflix has released a teaser trailer for “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Part 2.”
  • The trailer sees the heist team plotting their means of escape from the Korea Unified Mint, with the Professor (Yoo Ji-tae) saying they will use the ensuing chaos to their advantage, and once they escape they will “let the world know who the real thieves are.”
  • A new character and associate on the outside for the heist team played by Im Ji-yeon is introduced as well.
  • “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Part 2” will debut on Netflix on Dec. 9.

Netflix dropped a teaser trailer for “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Part 2,” a follow-up to the South Korean adaptation of the 2017 Spanish heist drama series.

The series will pick up where part one left off and follow the heist team as they try to escape the Korea Unified Mint with their money. 

Yoo Ah-in denies rumor linking him to Seoul Halloween crush

  • South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in, 36, has issued a statement through his talent agency UAA to deny a rumor that he was involved in the tragic Halloween crush in Seoul’s Itaewon district on the night of Oct. 29.
  • Yoo, who lives in Itaewon, is known for his roles in the 2018 psychological thriller film “Burning,” the 2020 zombie thriller “#Alive” and the 2021 fantasy series “Hellbound,” among others. 
  • “Yoo Ah-in left [Korea] on October 29 and is currently staying abroad,” the statement read. “He has nothing to do with the Itaewon disaster.”
  • Local authorities are currently investigating the cause of the crush that left at least 156 people dead and 152 others injured.
  • On Wednesday, investigators also conducted raids on law enforcement offices in response to public outcry.

South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in has issued a statement to deny a rumor that was involved in the tragic Halloween crush in Seoul that caused the deaths of at least 156 people. 

Yoo, 36, was among the South Korean celebrities and influencers blamed on social media for attracting the thousands of partygoers who flocked to a narrow alley in Seoul’s Itaewon district on the night of Oct. 29.

Actor Lee Jihan among dead in Seoul Halloween tragedy

  • Korean star Lee Jihan, 24, was among the at least 154 people crushed to death during Halloween festivities in Seoul on Saturday evening.
  • Lee’s agency, 935 Entertainment, confirmed his death with a statement expressing its “deepest condolences to his family, who are saddened by the sudden tragic news, also to everyone who loved him."
  • Lee, who rose to popularity after joining the talent reality show “Produce 101,” made his debut as an actor in 2019 via the Korean drama series “Today Was Another Nam Hyun Day.”

Korean actor Lee Jihan, 24, was among the large number of people crushed to death during Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea on Saturday evening. 

Local officials say a crowd of thousands celebrating Halloween surged into an alley in the nightlife district of Itaewon, resulting in the horrific tragedy that left at least 154 people dead and another 149 injured

Filipino senator’s suggestion to ban K-dramas in the Philippines does not go over well

  • During Tuesday’s budget hearing of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Filipino Senator Jose Pimentel Ejercito Jr. – better known as Jinggoy Estrada – suggested imposing a ban on K-dramas in the Philippines. 
  • Estrada, a son of deposed Philippine president Joseph Estrada, left countless netizens upset over his suggestion.
  • His nickname Jinggoy became a trending topic on Twitter as social media users heavily weighed in on his comments.
  • Estrada issued a statement on Thursday saying that he has nothing against the success of the South Korean entertainment industry. He also acknowledged that there is much to learn from its globally recognized stars.

A Filipino senator faced online ridicule after he suggested imposing a ban on K-dramas in the Philippines.

Senator Jose Pimentel Ejercito Jr., who is better known as Jinggoy Estrada, gave his suggestion during the budget hearing of the Film Development Council of the Philippines on Tuesday.

‘Twenty-Five Twenty-One’ star Nam Joo-hyuk to enlist in military in December

  • South Korean actor Nam Joo-hyuk will enlist in the military this December.
  • Nam’s agency, Management SOOP, shared on Monday that the “Start-Up” star is set to enlist by the end of 2022, although a specific date has yet to be determined.
  • Currently, all able-bodied South Korean men must enlist for two years of military service by the age of 28. Nam, who was born in 1994, turns 29 on Feb. 22, 2023.
  • Before his enlistment, the “Start-Up” star needs to wrap up his current projects, including his Disney Plus series “Vigilante,” which will be released next year.

South Korean actor Nam Joo-hyuk will enlist in the military this December.

On Monday, Nam’s agency, Management SOOP, shared that the “Start-Up” star is set to enlist by the end of 2022, although a specific date has yet to be determined.

Lee Jung-jae to earn $700,000 per episode of ‘Squid Game 2,’ local reports say

  • Insiders have reportedly shared that “Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae, 49, will receive 1 billion won (approximately $700,000) for each episode of the show’s second season.
  • Director Hwang Dong-hyuk, is also expected to earn big for Season 2, which will have a 100 billion Korean won (approximately $70 million) budget.
  • Following the news, both Netflix and “Squid Game” producer Cyron Pictures stated that the companies behind the series have not yet decided on Lee's appearance fee per episode since “the script for 'Squid Game 2' is still in the process of being written.”
  • The official release date for Season 2 of “Squid Game” has yet to be announced, but it is expected to premiere sometime in 2024.

“Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae will earn six figures for each episode of his hit show’s second season, according to South Korean media outlets.

On Tuesday, insiders reportedly said that “Squid Game” Season 2 will begin filming next year, with Lee signing a deal for 1 billion Korean won (approximately $700,000) per episode, local outlets reported.

‘Little Women’ K-drama to be removed from Netflix in Vietnam over Vietnam War depiction

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  • On October 6, the Vietnamese government requested the removal of K-drama “Little Women” from the country’s streaming platform.
  • The content is reportedly expected to be removed later this week.
  • The violations of the Vietnamese Press Law reportedly occurred in Episodes 3 and 8, where there were depictions and commentary regarding the Vietnamese War.
  • In the episodes, a Korean military veteran brags about his achievements, stating that the “kill-to-death ratio” for Korean troops to Viet Cong troops was 20:1.
  • The episodes break Clause 4, Article 9 of the Vietnamese Press Law, also known as sovereignty laws.

The South Korean remake of “Little Women” will be removed from Netflix in Vietnam over its depiction of the Vietnam War.

The Vietnamese government requested the streaming giant remove the K-drama from its Vietnam platform on Thursday.  “Little Women” is reportedly expected to be removed later this week. 

Disney Plus announces crime K-drama ‘The Worst of Evil’ starring Ji Chang-wook, Lim Se-mi and Wi Ha-joon

  • Disney Plus has announced a 2023 premiere for its original upcoming Korean crime drama series, “The Worst of Evil.”
  • The series takes place in 1980s South Korea and will follow the story of undercover cops infiltrating a drug trafficking crime ring involving Korea, China and Japan.
  • Ji Chang-wook will play the main protagonist officer Kang Joon-mo, and is joined by Lim Se-mi as narcotics officer Yoo Eui-jung and Wi Ha-joon, whose character is the head of the criminal empire.
  • No exact release date has been announced, but the series adds to Disney Plus’ goal of green lighting over 50 Asian-Pacific original series by 2023.

Disney Plus’ upcoming original K-drama series “The Worst of Evil” has been announced for a 2023 premiere.

Disney Plus made the announcement on Tuesday. The series is a crime-drama set in 1980s South Korea that focuses on undercover police investigators infiltrating a criminal empire inciting a drug war among Korea, China and Japan.