Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chermarn Boonyasak Gallery

Chermarn Boonyasak Profile

Chermarn Boonyasak Profile
Name: Chermarn Boonyasak
Other name(s): Laila Boonyasak, Ploy
Birthdate: September 15, 1982
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Height: 168 cm.

Chermarn Boonyasak Biography

Chermarn Boonyasak (born September 15, 1982 in Bangkok, Thailand) is a Thai film and television actress and model. Her film roles have included the title ghost character in director Yuthlert Sippapak's horror-comedies Buppah Rahtree and Buppah Rahtree Phase 2: Rahtree Returns. She was also featured in Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe, in which she portrayed the younger sister of the character played by her real-life older sister, Sinitta Boonyasak.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Han Eun Jung Gallery

Han Eun Jung Profile

Han Eun Jung Profile
Name: 한은정 (韩银贞) / Han Eun Jung (Han Un Jeong)
Profession: Model and Actress
Birthdate: 1980 July 10
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 170cm
Weight: 47kg
Blood type: A

Friday, December 7, 2007

Kwon BoA Gallery

Kwon BoA Profile

Kwon BoA Profile
Name: Kwon BoA (Boa Kwon, Kwan BoA, Gwon Bo-a)
Korean name: 권보아
Chinese name: 宝儿 (寶兒)
Nickname: Kkamshi, Beat of Angel (BoA)
Birth date: November 5, 1986
Birthplace: Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Height: 160cm
Blood type: AB
Religion: Catholic
Family: Parents, 2 elder brothers and a sister
Education: Korean Kent Foreign School, Seoul
Language spoken: Korean, Japanese, English
Profession: Singer

Kwon BoA Biography
Kwon BoA ambition was to become a singer when she was a kid, but her route to star hood came with a bit of faith and coincidence.

When BoA was 11 years old, her brother went for a talent quest audition organized by Korea entertainment agency, SM Entertainment.

SM was planning to produce an international superstar and wanted to train the prospect from young age, and BoA’s brother was asked if he got any younger siblings, and BoA was invited by SM for audition as well.. and BoA was chosen to be the future star.

BoA’s parents were persuaded to allow BoA to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a singer, and she started her training in singing, dancing and foreign languages. She was once sent to Japan to learn Japanese and sing & dance skills, which according to BoA was some of the toughest time she ever had.

BoA released her first Korean album, “ID; Peace B” in 2000 and immediately noticed by Japan’s Avex and signed a contract.

In March 2002, BoA became the first foreigner to top the Japan Oricon chart, with her debut Japanese album “Listen to My Heart.” The album was co-produced by Avex Japan and SM Korea, Boa showed her talent singing in English, Japanese and Korean.

The BoA sensation spreads to all around Asia, with numerous Japanese and Korean hits in the past few years. She won the MTV Asia The Most Influential Asian Artist Award in 2004, she was just 18 then.

In February 2006, BoA released her 4th Japanese album “Outgrow” and top the ORICON chart again and became only the 2nd singer to have 4 consecutive album topping ORICON chart. (The first artist to do this is Ayumi Hamasaki)

It’s also a known fact that BoA is interested in acting as well. Her first movie involvement was as voice-actress for Korean version of Anime movie “The Hedge” in May 2006.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Lee Young-ae Photo and Wallpaper

Lee Young-ae Profile

Lee Young-ae Profile
Name: 이영애 (李英爱) / Lee Young Ae
Profession: Actress and model
Birthdate: 1971-Jan-31
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 165cm
Weight: 48kg
Blood type: AB
Star Sign: Aquarius
Family: Two older brothers

Lee Young-ae Biography
Lee Young-Ae (born January 31, 1971 in Seoul) is a South Korean actress who has a fan base in numerous countries, particularly in the East and Southeast Asian countries which have been hit by the Korean Wave. Recently, it expands further into South Asian and Middle East countries.

She first earned the title of 'Oxygen Lady' when she made her debut as TV model in 1991. After the success in TV commercials, she started gaining her stardom in TV dramas and movies with her beauty and acting skills. Her upbringing and career was fully documented in the NHK Documentary show. (see External Link below)

Her popularity has grown in an exponential manner due to her performance in the popular Korean drama Dae Jang Geum. The drama was such a success that several countries had re-runs of the drama shortly after the last episode had ended. In Hong Kong, the last episode had almost half of the Hong Kong population staying at home just to watch it. In China, hundreds of million viewers watched the drama even it was shown at late nights.

Since then, Lee Young-Ae has been invited to visit Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan. The fan crowds were phenomenal; in the first time in 12 years, NHK had to use NHK Hall to host the show. Her recent trip was the 2007 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China as an Image Ambassador. Many fans came from around the world and spent hours waiting for her under the temperature of -20 degrees Celsius. She flew in an Asiana airplane with four of her Dae Jang Geum portraits painted on the side of the plane.

Beside her acting career, she has also been involved in several charity events. In 1997 she went to Ethiopia as a NGO Goodwill Ambassador and experienced the poverty and illness of African children. She went to Thar Desert in 1999 doing a TV show of the lowest caste people in India (see 1999 KBS2 Journey to Thar Desert in exterior link below). Later in 2001, she published these experiences in her autobiography “A Most Special Love” (partial English translation can be seen here) and donated all the income from the sale of the book to charity.

She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador in 2004 by UNICEF and held several charity functions from that time on. She made many donations to schools and hospitals, which include an elementary school in China such that the school was renamed Lee Young-Ae Elementary School and the Chosun First Middle School in Harbin.

From her 2006 autobiography “Young-Ae’s Vow” (partial English translation can be seen here), she talked about how she became an actress. She recalled what made her go into show business was working with Andy Lau in a 1991 chocolate advertisement. In 1995, she made a decision to go to graduate school to learn theory of acting. Since then, she has not changed to challenge various kinds of acting roles, like that in Dae Jang Geum and later a very different role in Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.

She was awarded Best Actress awards in the Blue Dragon Film Awards (青龍映畫賞) in 2005 and Baeksang Art Awards (百想藝術大賞) in 2006 for the film Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. In 2007, she received Medal of Culture Merit for her contribution to Korean Wave from the South Korean government. (See above picture)

Her major contract in 2006 and 2007 is with LG Group, a large South Korean conglomerate. She became the spokesmodel (Pan-Asia) for all LG Electronics' products. In January of 2007, she received a gratitude frame from LG Electronics for her promotion of their products.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Lee Jun Ki Profile

Lee Jun Ki Profile
Name: 이준기 / Lee Jun Ki (Gi) / Lee Joon Ki (Gi)
Profession: Actor, model and singer
Birthdate: 1982-Apr-17
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Height: 178cm
Weight: 66kg
Star sign: Aries
Blood type: B
Family: Parents and a younger sister

Lee Jun Ki Biography

Lee Jun Ki (Hangul: 이준기, Hanja: 李準基, born April 17, 1982, in Busan, South Korea) is a male South Korean actor and model. He rose to fame as Gong-gil in The King and the Clown. He has a mother, father, and one younger sister. He graduated from the Seoul Arts College with a major in Acting, and is a 1st degree in both Hapkido and Taekyon, and 3rd degree in Taekwondo. Besides Korean, Lee also speaks some Japanese and English. As of 2007, Lee is one of the top actors in South Korea.

Lee Jun Ki started out as a model and held minor roles in Korean dramas. In 2001, he first appeared in the television commercial for the So Basic fashion label.

His first drama appearance was as a dissatisfied teenager in the KBS drama What should I do? He later appeared with a minor role in Star's Echo, a drama by MBC and Fuji TV in 2004.

In 2005, his first major acting role came in The King and the Clown (왕의 남자), where he took on the role of a feminine-appearing entertainer forced to satisfy King Yeonsan's sexual and emotional cravings taking place in the late 15th century. The film became one of the highest grossing South Korean-made movies in South Korea, unexpectedly replacing Taegukgi as the most-watched film in Korean history with over 12.3 million viewers, despite the low amount Lee was paid of just over $100,000 for the role.The poor fee was largely due to the contract that was signed by Lee before he rose to stardom with the role of Gong-gil from 'King and the Clown'. Lee was against the halving of screen quotas in South Korea that allows foreign films to be shown in theaters on certain days, while domestic films are alloted another amount of days. He believed that without the screen quotas, The King and the Clown would not have been as successful in competing against foreign films. He earned many Best Male New Comer awards for his role as Gong-gil in The King and the Clown in 2006.

His next role was as the supporting character on the Korean drama SBS's My Girl together with Miss Korea, Park Si Yeon, Lee Da Hae, and Lee Dong Wook. His movie, Fly, Daddy, Fly which was released as well, garnered much attention and media coverage due to Lee's overwhelming popularity.

Lee's popularity overseas is also noted, where in the 19th Tokyo International Film Festival, he was recognized as a top star. In China, Lee was the only Korean among 300 Asian stars invited to attend a Chinese television show which celebrated the Chinese New Year. During the Shanghai International Film Festival, Lee was approached by acclaimed Chinese director Chen Kaige, who proposed that the two should make a film together in China, which Lee thought was a great idea. "I'd love to make the movie if the script is good and the character is right," Lee said.

In 2007, Lee film a joint Korea-Japan movie entitled Virgin Snow with Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki, where he plays a Korean exchange student. He was later able to hold his first meeting with his Japanese fans on March 10, 2007 in Osaka, Japan. The next day he talked about his acting career during a talk show that was recorded at the Swiss Hotel in Osaka later. Virgin Snow prove to be a success and was able to place 9th at the box office, setting a record for a Korean film released in Japan. He also starred in an action drama Time Between Dog And Wolf, his first drama ever as the lead role. Ratings took off at a relatively high 20% (approximately) however waning as the drama concluded.

At the 27th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has announced that Lee will be this year’s recipient of its Rising Star award. The award acknowledges the actor’s work, media image, and growing star-power in the global arena. The festival, which runs through October 18 – 28, will present the award at “An Evening with Lee Jun-ki” on Friday, October 19 along with a screening of the US premiere of one of his latest films. He also has a role in Korea’s summer blockbuster May 18, about the events surrounding the Gwangju Massacre of 1980. The film will also screen at HIFF and has been nominated for the festival’s top award, the Golden Orchid for Best Feature of 2007. The film covers one of the most tragic events in Korean history when the repressive regime of General Chun Doo-hwan resulted in a citizens uprising in the city of Gwangju which was subsequently crushed with government troops entering the city and firing into crowds of civilian demonstrators. The film has sold over seven million tickets at the local box office.

Recently he joined Hong Kong EEG, making he entry into the Chinese market. He will be acting with Nicholas Tse as well as Charlene Choi, in what is rumored to be a modern adaptation of "The Butterfly Lovers" Cast and movie is not yet confirmed.

A poll by Music website Jukeon asked "Who will be the most popular if they release an album?" Lee ended up being in first place with 66% of the votes. He released a mini album which contains three songs that he wrote for his fan meetings.