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It's peak summer travel season and recently I have been flooded with emails asking where to go for "real good Korean food" in Korea. When I visit Korea, my friends or relatives will take me to restaurants in hotels, as they are deemed high quality and more expensive than other places.

Jae-woo finds himself interested in Da-jung. Ihn-woo is shocked that Da-jung didn't move in next door because of him

We could see a spike in Korean visitors this summer, with the U.S. dollar weakening against the South Korean won.

The 13th annual Korean Festival is Saturday at Magic Island from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The festival has been held at Kapiolani Park for the last 12 years, but this year it will be held on the Ilikai Boat Harbor side of Magic Island.

A ceremony marking the 64th Korean War Commemoration was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Wednesday. The Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, and lasted three years, ending in an armistice on July 27, 1953.

THIS WEEK'S SYNOPSES • "Three Days" Episodes 15 and 16 (final episode) • "Dr. Stranger" Episodes 7 and 8 • "You're All Surrounded" Episodes 7 and 8 • "Angel Eyes" Episodes 15 and 16 • and more

One of the most successful Korean films this year, "The Attorney," will have its U.S. DVD release Tuesday. The movie was released in December with more than 11 million tickets sold, which makes it one of the few Korean films to ever break the 10-million-ticket milestone.

Korean megastar Dong-gun Jang is back on the big screen with "No Tears for the Dead," which opens at Pearlridge West on June 20. The Korean title translates to "Crying Man."

THIS WEEK'S SYNOPSES • "Three Days" • "Dr. Stranger" • "You're All Surrounded" • "Angel Eyes"

Oceanic Time Warner Cable's KLIFE channel 81 has more dramas from the past available for on-demand viewing. Recent additions include "Don't Hesitate," "Wish Upon a Star," "Trap of Youth" and "Fashion 70s."

Heartthrob Hyun Bin returns to the big screen with hislatest historical film, "Fatal Encounter," which will open Friday at the Pearlridge West 16 theaters. The film was released at the end of April in Korea.

I have seen many Korean celebrity magazines and other publication startups come and go in the United States. Recently, I found a pair of books that is pretty comprehensive on the K-pop scene.

THIS WEEK'S SYNOPSES • "Three Days" • "God's Gift — 14 Days" • "Cunning Single Lady" • "Angel Eyes"

The Sewol ferry disaster on the afternoon of April 15 Hawaii time left South Korea in a state of shock and disbelief. The sunken ferry was carrying 475 passengers headed to Jeju Island, 325 of them high school students.

Korean celebrity Ricky Kim ("Law of the Jungle," "Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2," "Jejungwon" and "On Air"), who spent time growing up in Hawaii, has started a new reality program on SBS titled "Oh My Baby."

South Korea is getting some Hollywood screen time as Marvel Studios films the next "Avengers" movie in Seoul. Filming of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" started March 30 with Captain America on Mapo Bridge from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Flying to Korea from Hawaii will get more comfortable on Hawaiian Airlines starting April 23. The airline, which has a direct flight from Honolulu to Incheon airport, will be upgrading its current Boeing 767-300 with 264 seats to the Airbus A330-200, which has a capacity of 294 seats.

The Hawaii International Film Festival will celebrate the 15th Annual Spring Showcase April 4-10. There are 37 films from 13 countries including eight Korean films.

KBFD celebrates its 28th anniversary serving the state of Hawaii on Monday. Thank you to all our viewers, sponsors, supporters and fans.

Ji-hyun Jun, aka Gianna Jun, plays the female lead in this drama. She falls in love with an alien played by Soo Hyun Kim. The drama has the Midas touch in Korea and China where everything in the show becomes popular.

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.

"Madly in Love" • "A Word from Warm Heart" • "My Love from the Star" • "The Woman Who Married 3 Times"

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."

Korea's latest family comedy film "Miss Granny" will be released Friday at Pearlridge West Consolidated Theatres. Here is the synopsis of the film provided by CJ Entertainment:

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.

Madly in Love • A World from Warm Heart • The Inheritors • The Woman Who Married 3 Times

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.

"Madly in Love" Episodes 9 and 10. Today, 6:30 p.m.: After Moo-yeol turns down Moon-do's offer of work, Moon-do goes out of his way to destroy Moo-yeol. He stops Moo-yeol's loan.

This week's synopses: “Madly in Love” • “The Mystery Housemaid” • “The Inheritors” • “The Woman Who Married 3 Times”

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.

"Wedding Palace," finishing up its seventh week in Hawaii theaters, is now one of the most successful Korean genre films theatrically released in the islands.

"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

“Wonderful Mama” • “The Mystery Housemaid” • “Master’s Sun” • “Goddess of Marriage”

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.

One of the best-kept secrets that I realized on my recent trip to the Busan International Film Festival is that flying to Busan, Korea, is best via Fukuoka, Japan, on Hawaiian Airlines.

This week's synopses of Korean television dramas includes: "Wonderful Mama," "Empire of Gold," "Master's Sun" and "Goddess of Marriage."

The film series "Two Koreas, Shattered Lives," presented by the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, continues through Nov. 19.

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.

Korean-American director and writer Christine Yoo will release her film "Wedding Palace" Friday in New York, Los Angeles and Hawaii.

"Wonderful Mama" • "Empire of Gold" • "Master's Sun" • "Goddess of Marriage"

This week's synopses of Korean TV dramas includes: "Wonderful Mama" • "Empire of Gold" • "I Can Hear Your Voice" • "Goddess of Marriage"

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."

This week's synopses of Korean television 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.

This week's synopses of Korean television dramas includes ""Wonderful Mama," "Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love," "All About My Romance" and "Secret of the Birth."

This week's synopses of Korean television dramas includes: "Wonderful Mama," "Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love," "All About My Romance" and "Secret of the Birth."

This week's synopses of Korean television dramas includes: "Wonderful Mama," "Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love," "All About My Romance," and "Secret of the Birth."

This week's synopses of Korean television dramas • "Wonderful Mama" • "Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love" • "All About My Romance" • "Secret of the Birth"

This week's synopses include: "That Winter, the Wind Blows," "Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love," "All About My Romance," and "Secret of the Birth."

This week's synopses of Korean TV dramas includes: "That Winter, the Wind Blows"; "Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love"; "All About My Romance"; and "Incarnation of Money"

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.

This marks the eighth anniversary of this column, which started on May 1, 2005. It's meant to give insight to fans on current K-dramas and Korean entertainment in general.

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.

This week's synopses of Korean dramas includes "That Winter, the Wind Blows," "Queen of Ambition," "My Love, Madame Butterfly" and "Incarnation of Money."

"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.

This week's synopses of Korean dramas • "That Winter, the Wind Blows" • "Queen of Ambition" • "My Love, Madame Butterfly" • "Incarnation of Money"

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.

This week's synopses of Korean television dramas: "The Great Seer," "Queen of Ambition," "My Love, Madame Butterfly" and "Incarnation of Money."

“The Great Seer” • “Queen of Ambition” • “My Love, Madame Butterfly” • “Incarnation of Money”

Korean drama star Bae Yong-jun has been in Hawaii for more than a month now but remains elusive to the public as he makes time to relax and go deep-sea fishing.

This week's Korean drama synopses include "The Great Seer," "Queen of Ambition," "My Love, Madame Butterfly" and "Cheongdam-dong Alice."

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."

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! "Seh-heh bok man-hee baduseyo" is what you would say to a Korean person today, wishing them good fortune in the new year.

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.

"The Great Seer" • "The Lord of the Drama" • "My Love, Madame Butterfly" • "Cheongdam-dong Alice"

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."

“The Great Seer” • “The Lord of the Drama” • “My Love, Madame Butterfly” • “Five Fingers”

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."

This week's synopses of Korean dramas » "The Great Seer" Episodes 2 and 3 • "Faith" Episodes 23 and 24 • "My Love, Madame Butterfly" Episodes 5 and 6 • "Five Fingers" Episodes 23 and 24

If you missed "The Thieves," the closing-night film at last month's Hawaii International Film Festival, you are in luck as the hit heist movie returns to Hawaii this week.

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.

The Hanguk Drama Hawaii fan club celebrated its 10th anniversary Nov. 3 at the Hale Koa Hotel with 220 Korean drama and K-pop fans in attendance.

This week's synopses of Korean television dramas include "Tasty Life," "Faith," "To the Beautiful You" and "Five Fingers."

The 32nd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival ended last week with the South Korean film "The Thieves." The film broke a record at HIFF as the most popular closing night film ever.

Weekly Korean drama listings • "Tasty Life" • "Faith" • "To the Beautiful You" • "Five Fingers"

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."

Just three weeks ago, I wrote about South Korean rapper Psy and his song "Gangnam Style" going viral on the Internet with 72 million views on YouTube.

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"

Weekly Korean drama listings • "Tasty Life" 17 & 18 • "The Chaser Special" 1 & 2 • "Phantom" 17 & 18 • "Drama City" (New series)

“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.

"Tasty Life" • "The Chaser" • "Phantom" • "A Gentleman's Dignity"

This week's Korean drama synopses for KBFD TV include "Tasty Life," "The Chaser," "Phantom," and "A Gentleman's Dignity."

Hawaii has a new Korean channel: Korea Travel Network, which launched Wednesday. KTN is a statewide hotel-only channel that serves the fast-growing Korean tourism market in Hawaii.


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