News bits from 11/30~12/01

There are lots of small news stories mentioning our lovely Yoo Ah In and his SKKS co-stars these days, so instead of translating all of them in full, I’m providing the most important points to save time. Enjoy!!

What projects will the four stars of ‘SKKS’ take on next?

  • Internet message board users have been showing a high interest in what projects the SKKS actors will take on next, asking questions like “What do you think of having the Jalgeum Four in a medical drama next?” “I hope they’re in a modern drama next!” and “As a fan, I want to see the ‘SKKS’ actors in a new project soon.”

  • Park Minyoung is the first to have decided upon her next project. She will be in a movie for the first time since her debut, playing a young woman in her 20s who works at a pet salon shop in a horror movie called <Cat> (director: Byeon Seung Ok). She ends up living with what she believes is a cat, but inexplicable and scary things start happening. She learns that the beautiful cat’s owners have all died under unexplained circumstances and becomes wrapped up in the horror surrounding the cat. Park Minyoung’s co-star will be Kim Dong Wook from the drama ‘Coffee Prince No. 1’ and filming is expected to begin soon.
  • YOO AH IN has emerged as the front-runner for the main character of the movie ‘Wandeukee’ and is in last-stage negotiations for his casting. The movie is based on the bestselling novel ‘Wandeukee’ about a poor boy who is a bad student and rebellious, and fiercely refuses to lose to anyone in a fight. The movie shows 17-year-old Wandeuk growing up and finding dreams and hope as he meets his eccentric homeroom teacher ‘Dongjoo’ who starts off as Wandeuk’s sworn enemy before gradually becoming a loving presence in his life, and also learns to kickbox. Yoo Ah In has emerged as the front-runner for the role of Wandeuk, and Kim Yoon Seok has been cast as Dongjoo, the teacher who acts like all he lives for is the fun of bothering Wandeuk, but who actually cares deeply for him.
  • Park Yoochun will likely continue to concentrate on activities as a singer as a member of JYJ (Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu). JYJ had their first full concert in Seoul’s Jamsil Stadium titled ‘JYJ Worldwide Concert.’ They are planning to devote themselves to a world tour afterward.
  • Song Joong Ki, who is being deluged with drama and movie love calls, is slowly choosing his next project. For now, he is very busy appearing at end-of-year awards ceremonies and filming delayed advertisement CFs. One entertainment industry representative said, “Song Joong Ki’s popularity continues to soar, so he doesn’t have to choose his next project too quickly. His company will also take its time in choosing a good project with a good guarantee [of money for SJK] and proceed in a deliberate fashion.”

Source: Osen News

Which celebrity’s wish do netizens want to make come true?

  • Asked in a poll which celebrity’s wish they wanted to make come true like in the upcoming movie <My Friend’s Wish>, netizens chose 2PM’s Nichkhun for first place with 36% of the votes.
  • Trailing slightly behind with 32% of the votes was Yoo Ah In in 2nd place.
  • Song Joong Ki took 3rd, with 20% of the votes, and Jang Geun Seok 4th, with 12% of the votes.
  • <My Friend’s Wish> will premiere on January 6, 2011.

Reported by Cho Su Hyeon
Source: EGN News

The best 5 sageuk [historical] dramas of 2010: ‘Chuno’ and ‘SKKS’

  • In a survey conducted by TV report of 660 university students belonging to the Korea Video Academy Union (UVA), KBS 2TV’s ‘Chuno’ emerged as the top sageuk drama of the year, with KBS 2TV’s ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ in 2nd place, and MBC’s ‘Dong Yi’ in 3rd.
  • ‘Chuno’ received the votes of 34% of the 660 students.
  • ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ received 20% of the votes, showing a big gap between it and 1st place’s ‘Chuno.’ ‘SKKS’ is a drama about the male-only university Sungkyunkwan and the events that unfold after a girl disguised as a boy enters it. It received much attention as it was idol group DBSK’s Micky Yoochun’s first acting role. ‘SKKS’ received a 6.5% viewer rating for its first episode and recorded a 12.8% rating for its finale. Though it didn’t become explosively popular, it captured its viewers hearts with the romance story between the Jalgeum Four of Park Yoochun, Park Minyoung, Yoo Ah In, and Song Joong Ki, as well as the high quality of the scriptwriting.
  • ‘Dong Yi’ came in 3rd place with 18% of the votes. 4th was SBS’s ‘Giant’ (17&), 5th was SBS’s ‘Jejungwon’ (6%), 6th was KBS’s ‘King Baekje’ (1.7%), and 7th was MBC’s ‘Kim Suro’ (1.1%).
  • UVA is an extracurricular club union that includes students from 18 universities, including Catholic University, Dandook University, Sungkyunkwan University, Ewha Women’s University, Hanyang University, and others. They hold seminars, filming camps, film festivals, and other diverse activities.

Reported by intern Jang Yeon Joon
Source: TV Report

2010’s romantic comedies struggling in the drama industry

  • 2010’s romantic comedy dramas had a difficult time emerging out of the single-digit viewer ratings. Two exceptions are MBC’s ‘Pasta’ and MBC’s current drama ‘Secret Garden,’ whose stars Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won are earning high popularity for their comedic acting, with a 20.9% viewer rating for its 11/28 episode.
  • However, it is  difficult to find successful romantic comedies besides ‘Pasta’ and ‘Secret Garden’ in terms of viewer ratings. Despite favorable critical reviews, they continue to show low viewer ratings.
  • SBS’s ‘Prosecutor Princess’ recorded ratings in the late teens, and Kim So Yeon could not bring her popularity from KBS 2TV’s ‘Iris’ to her next project, SBS’s ‘Dr. Champ,’ whose ratings stayed in the low teens. Hallyu star Park Si Woo could not bring his strength to MBC’s ‘Queen of Reversals,’ whose 11/29 episode received an AGB Nielsen national viewer rating of 9.9%.
  • Romantic comedies originally based on comic books are also suffering a miserable defeat. MBC’s ‘Prosecutor Princess’ never left the single digits in viewer ratings, and KBS 2TV’s ‘Mary Stayed Out All Night’ is also failing in the viewer ratings despite the charms of its leads Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Seok, recording a 6.6% rating for its 11/29 episode.
  • Compared to other genres of dramas, romantic comedies tend to receive a far hotter following. The characters and their love stories steal the hearts of viewers. Despite this, they continue to record low ratings.
  • KBS 2TV’s ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ made stars of Park Yoochun, Song Joong Ki, Yoo Ah In, and Park Minyoung. Though it inspired great devotion among its viewers, its ratings stayed in the low teens. SBS’s ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’ starring Lee Seung Ki and Shin Min Ah recorded viewer ratings around the late teens, despite the impassioned performances of its lead actors.

Reported by Park Jung Hyeon
Source: Newsen

All news translated by jaeshinah

And a bonus!! ^^

An especially gorgeous picture of Ah In from the ‘Stingy Romance’ movie premiere:

La la la beautiful

17 thoughts on “News bits from 11/30~12/01

  1. This is a Good Morning’ picture….. my sunshine…. even without the Sun…. hehe!!!
    Thank you jaeshinah…… and a big thank for a bonus…. you make my day…. delicious!!!

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  3. jaeshinah, Now, I pray for you more than ah Yoo In .. I pray for your health …you writing-traslate brings many smiles to me … at least at 5 pm when I opened my eyes I know what I would do ….
    Yoo ah in, and I hope the best for him … for the next project … i cant wait…

    • i’m so happy to read this!^^ i’m glad my translations can make you smile 🙂 if you must pray for me, pray that i will meet yoo ah in one day and he will fall madly and suddenly and desperately in love with me, and then–hahahah just kidding. thank you for the kind thoughts^^

  4. *bows* many many saankyu ❤ this just brightens my almost zero-ing watt eyes … WAKE UP ! 😀
    .. I think I must second eka's comment above, I'm praying for your health too, diligently compiling and feeding us with all this articles must take a lot of your time. So take some time to have some nutritious meal and just gaze at the clouds ^____^

    • ahahhaa you guys are so cute ^^ don’t worry!! i love translating for you guys. it’s my form of procrastination when I don’t want to do *real* work. hehe i’m glad you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy translating them!!

  5. Jaeshinah! I really don’t know what to say,thank you,thank you,thank you for everything.. 🙂 *crying in joy* 🙂

    and the last pic,aww,his cheek,very cute and shine!

  6. How many times should I thank you Jaeshinah! I really enjoy all your hardwork translating YAI news and tweets. Ok.. hear my wish: I really wish you meet Yoo Ah In (maybe in the corner of socks at Department Store). When you meet Yoo Ah In, you are in your best state. You get warm welcome from him (shake his hands and quick don’t forget hug him, give him bear hugs!!), taking picture together, getting his beautiful autograph.. lastly.. you’ll get his number and address!! I really wish that will happen to you!! Then, I will be your and YAI SSF (Secret Stalker Forever) 😀

  7. jaeshinah, you should be awarded with black collar workers award under the category dedication 🙂 … what should we do without your hardwork and dedication in doing translations?! I too wish you will meet YAI someday … and when that day come … err can we go together? LOL .. Thanks bunch!

  8. Hey Jaeshinah, thanks so much for posting so much news in one! I love every bit of it (& am reposting with full credits at my own site Kpoprants.wordpress.com)!

    LOL I love that you’re not restricting yourself to one YAI bias but also willingly translate newsbits relating to other actors too (provided, of course, they have some kind of connection with YAI) 😉
    Thanks for translating!

  9. Btw, I wonder why Korea seems to not watch as much rom-com…that’s so weird cause it’s the most popular among online and international fans =.=”
    I could’t believe the ratings for SKKS and Ninetailed Fox either >:O to me, they’re like the best two this year!

    • Yes, it’s interesting, isn’t it? My guess is that rom-coms have deluged viewers for so long and now they’re looking for something–anything–new. A lot of the rom-com cliches that we laugh about actually get on your nerves after a few years, and Koreans have been watching K-dramas for much longer than most international fans. That’s my theory, anyway. That’s why we really don’t have silly rom-com plots like amnesia/switched babies/terminal diseases/etc that were all over the earlier popular dramas. Viewers got sick of them and wanted something new, but now it’s time for the cross-dressing plots/chaebol man-poor woman/mean boy-innocent girl/bad boy plots to stop–people are ready for a change. I think that’s why Secret Garden is so popular right now, even though it’s a rom-com. If it didn’t have the silly body-switching premise, it would be like ~so~ many other dramas out there and even with Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won I bet it wouldn’t have the following it does now. The body switching opens the door for so many brilliant comedic moments. What do you think?

      • haha that actually makes sense! I do agree with you because if I was a Korean watching rom-com everyday i’d be bored outta my mind lol. But we international fans are still new to these things so I guess that’s why we love it. However, out of all my years of watching K-dramas, I thought that SKKS and MGFIAGumiho has a really nice twist to their plots…much better than the whole rich boy-poor girl thing that’s so common.

        Oh well…their loss, our gain. I just hope the actors/actresses are not too disappointed bc of the low ratings 🙂

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