The Honolulu Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with many multicultural events from Friday to March 9. A 16-member delegation from Jeju National University will be a part of the festival representing South Korea.
The Center for Korean Studies' spring 2014 series will feature four English-subtitled films to focus on foreign residents in Korea and their challenges. There are nearly 1.5 million foreign residents changing Korea's ethnocentric culture to a multi-ethnic and multicultural society.
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Soo-hyeok is very upset after he finds Yoo-jung and Moo-yeol trapped in a storage refrigerator. Nan-cho kicks Yoo-jung out, but Yoo-jung comes back with proof that nothing happened between her and Moo-yeol. Soo-hyeok manages to take Moo-yeol's contract with Hope Hospital away, leaving Moo-yeol's company in terrible trouble.
This year's first South Korean blockbuster film, "The Attorney," will be released in Hawaii Friday. The film stars one of my favorite Korean veteran actors, Kang Ho Song, who was also my first guest at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2002 for the opening night film "YMCA Baseball Team."
Yoo-jung's mother asks Kang Moon-do for help out of desperation. Moo-yeol gets into a fistfight with Soo-hyeok over Yoo-jung. He warns Soo-hyeok to stay away from her. Moo-yeol takes Yoo-jung to meet his grandfather and tells her the truth about his relationship with Soo-hyeok.
Monday marks the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to Hawaii. On Jan. 13, 1903, many Koreans aboard the USS Gaelic arrived in Honolulu to work in plantation fields. From that day to 1910, more than 7,000 Koreans immigrated to Hawaii.
Korea's latest action-packed thriller, "The Suspect," opens in Hawaii on Friday. The film opened on Christmas Eve in Korea, and more than 1.8 million tickets have been sold. Check your local listings for showtimes.
The Consulate General of South Korea in Honolulu and KBFD had a special screening of the Korean film "Top Star" Tuesday night at the Hawaii Theatre, commemorating the 110th anniversary of Korean immigration to the U.S.
Two films from South Korea are being released in Hawaii theaters in the next few weeks."Commitment," which was released in South Korea on Nov. 6, will open here Friday. The film stars Choi Seung Hyun, aka T.O.P, a member of the music group Big Bang.
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Tae-shin collapses during an argument with Moon-do and dies in the hospital. Moo-yeol is lost because he knows there is something his grandfather wants him to do, but he doesn't know what.
"Wonderful Mama" Episodes 47 and 48; final episode • "The Mystery Housemaid" Episodes 7 and 8 • "Master's Sun" Episode 17; final episode • "The Inheritors" Episode 1 • "Goddess of Marriage" Episodes 31 and 32
KBFD has a new TV series: "Cathlyn's Kitchen" on Sundays at 6 p.m. The 13-episode series started on Oct. 6 and runs weekly. The focus is cooking simple everyday Korean dishes. The show, which runs for 30 minutes, is in English without subtitles and offers the health benefits of Korean food.
The Hawaii International Film Festival that begins Oct. 10 continues to mature in its 33rd year with quality films from around the globe. There are eight feature films in the Spotlight on Korea section this year sponsored by KBFD.
K-drama, K-pop and K-directors have all made their mark outside of Korea. Could a K-chef be far behind? This year's Hawaii Food and Wine Festival features Korean chef Lucia Cho Thursday at the Modern Honolulu for the event "Hawaiian Airlines Presents Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto & Friends."
Director Joon Ho Bong ("The Host," "Memories of Murder"), with cinematographer Kyung Po Hong, has been finding box-office success with the release of "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris and Song Kang Ho.
The Korean celebrity wedding of the year took place Aug. 10 in Seoul when Byung-hun Lee married Min-jung Rhee. With a guest list of 900 people, including close friends and film industry insiders, a pre-ceremony news conference was held that drew more than 100 journalists.
Hawaii Theatre for Youth kicks off its season with “A Korean Cinderella,” a modern, K-pop version of the traditional tale. Written by Alvin Chan, the musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Tenney Theatre. HTY collaborated with the Halla Huhm Dance Studio to create the retelling of the traditional Korean tale “Konji and Patji.” For more information, see www.htyweb.org or call 839-9885.
Woo Sung Jung, who came to the islands for the 2008 Hawaii International Film Festival, is in the limelight with the success of his latest movie, "Cold Eyes." • This week's synopses of Korean TV dramas includes "Wonderful Mama," "Empire of Gold," "I Can Hear Your Voice" and "Goddess of Marriage."
When Korean dramas started gaining popularity here, original soundtracks on CD were quite popular. Then came K-drama DVD sets with English subtitles that were originally sold at KBFD, then at local retailers such as Longs, Blockbuster, Barnes & Noble and Costco.
Korea's premium liquor, Hwayo soju, is now sold in Hawaii. Kwangjuyo, the country's most prominent pottery company, has created a premium soju that has been winning awards in Korea and is now available in high-end retailers around the world.
South Korean rapper Psy, known for "Gangnam Style," has a new hit that was released in Korea on April 12. While nowhere nearing the record-breaking 1.55 billion (and still counting) YouTube views of "Gangnam Style," "Gentleman" has received more than 226 million.
"Fists of Legend," which was released in Korea last week, was also released in Hawaii last Friday at the Consolidated Pearlridge multiplex. Near-concurrent release dates internationally are something new for Korean films that are also released in the U.S.
South Korean films will be featured at the Hawaii International Film Festival's upcoming 2013 Spring Showcase. Thirty-three films from 15 countries will be screened at Dole Cannery Stadium 18 from Friday through April 11.
KBFD celebrates its 27th anniversary today. To all of our friends, mahalo nui loa for your support. KBFD is the oldest Korean programmed full-power television station in the U.S. and one of only six FCC-licensed terrestrial stations owned by an Asian.
The Korean film industry is off to another great start this year with back-to-back hits and no signs of slowing down. • This week's synopses include "The Great Seer," "Queen of Ambition," "My Love, Madame Butterfly" and "Cheongdam-dong Alice."
The Korean American Foundation Hawaii is commemorating the 110th anniversary of Korean immigration to the islands with a concert, "Seulgidoong: Korean Rhapsody," at 7 p.m., March 2, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. An 11-person ensemble will merge traditional Korean music with a contemporary style.
Today, 6:45 p.m.: Ji-sang asks Lee Sung-gae to include him in his escape plan. Soo-ryun-gae tells Lee In-im that Dong-ryoon's son is alive. Ban-ya asks the king to save Ji-sang's life, and Young-ji decides to reveal all the secrets to save Ji-sang's life.
Today, Korean-Americans are celebrating the 110th anniversary of Korean immigration to the U.S. On Jan. 13, 1903, the first Koreans arrived in Honolulu aboard the USS Gaelic to work on the plantation fields in Hawaii.
A new S. Korean film, "The Tower," will open here Friday at Pearlridge 16. The action-romance film, released in South Korea on Christmas, kicks into high gear when a helicopter hired to sprinkle snow over the luxury Tower Sky during a holiday party crashes into the building, setting off a fire that spreads rapidly. • Also: The week's synopses of Korean TV dramas
As 2012 comes to an end, South Korea has seen many surprises not only in the entertainment industry, but in politics as well. • This week's Korean drama synopses include "The Great Seer," "The Lord of the Drama," "My Love, Madame Butterfly" and "Cheongdam-dong Alice."
Honolulu is finally seeing the evolution of specialty Korean restaurants. Celebrity Kang Ho-dong has opened a franchise of his famous 678 Restaurant here in Hawaii. • Plus, this week's synopses of Korean dramas
One of this year's unexpected Korean film hits, "A Werewolf Boy," with over 6.5 million tickets sold, is now playing at the Ward Stadium 16. • This week's Korean drama synopses include "The Great Seer," "The Lord of the Drama," "My Love, Madame Butterfly," and "Five Fingers."
Korean rapper Psy of "Gangnam Style" fame has been the Korean entertainment story of the year. The catchy song and music video have done wonders to promote South Korea on a global stage as Psy has topped music charts and toured the world.
Korean cinema shows no signs of slowing down if the just-ended 17th Annual Busan International Film Festival is any indication. I attended the festival, and while an enviable celebrity list is a given, the core of Korean commerce was supported in a timely manner.
Daniel Henney is a guest of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival, which starts Thursday. He is also one of the lead actors in the Korean-Chinese festival entry "Shanghai Calling." • This week's Korean dramas: "Tasty Life," "Faith," "To the Beautiful You," and "Five Fingers"
The Hawaii International Film Festival celebrates its 32nd year, and as part of its program, it will be showing 17 films from South Korea, and one romance from North Korea, "The Other Side of the Mountain."
One of the more successful K-drama stars to have crossed over to Hollywood, Lee Byung-hun, has just released his new Korean film "Masquerade." • Plus synopsis of the week's Korean dramas: "Tasty Life," "Faith," "Phantom," and "Five Fingers"
“The Thieves,” the third most successful Korean film of all time with more than 12 million tickets sold, will be shown Oct. 20 as the closing night film for this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival. The popular monster film “The Host” leads the way with 13 million in sales.
Pop star-actor Rain released a new action movie, "R2B: Return to Base," in Korea on Aug. 15 and it just opened Friday at the Consolidated Pearlridge multiplex, making for one of the quickest releases in Hawaii for a major Korean film.
Foodie Tour 2012 is coming Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, with visits to different regions in Korea to discover Korean food at its source. Panda Travel along with Korea's largest travel company, Hana Tour, is organizing the tour.
K-pop sensation Sistar will be releasing its new summer album and has a music video on YouTube titled "Loving U" that was filmed on Oahu, with the island's beautiful beaches and tropical scenery as a backdrop for dancers.
The "Kimchi Chronicles," one of the best shows on Korean food, culture and cooking, starts its weekly run Monday at 7 p.m. on KBFD. Chef Vongerichten and wife Marja travel through Korea discovering cuisine.
Soon-jung winds up in the hospital after overdosing on sleeping pills, but Jung-in isn't buying it. Yoo-jin persuades her father to let her stay in Korea. Un-chae saves a computer file and finds the evidence against Soon-jung that her mother needed.
Pamela Young has turned her recent trip to Korea into a video travelogue, airing as part of KITV's newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m. The series started April 28 and will go for four weeks with a special telecast June 14 at 7:30 p.m. on KITV.
When Professor Suh finds himself with a flat tire, Il-bong comes to the rescue. The professor is so impressed that he decides to hire Il-bong as his assistant. Ji-ho tells Un-chae something suspicious about her mother’s case: that the copy of the plane ticket sent to the prosecutor’s office might be fake.
Who would have thought Hawaii had such strong ties to a successful Korean drama star? Ricky Kim ("On Air," "Jejungwon," "Athena: Goddess of War," "Midas" and "Perfect Spy") was recently caught on camera at Big Island Candies in Hilo.
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