K-Drama Weekly Update: 08-16-18

K-pop idol group H.O.T. will be holding their first concert since they split up in 2001. The concert will be in Korea in October at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul. The group debuted in 1996 with many hits and all five albums of theirs have sold a million copies each. H.O.T., or High Five Of Teenagers, consisted of Moon Hee-joon, Kangta, Lee Jae-woon, Tony An and Jang Woo-hyuk. They were the pioneers of Hallyu, the Korean wave of K-pop with international status. The group’s most notable songs are: “Candy, We Are the Future,” “I Yah!,” “A Song For Lady,” “Get It Up!,” “Age of Peace,” “Descent of Warriors” and “Wolf &Sheep.”

K-Drama Weekly Update: 08-09-18

The South Korean film industry is getting a huge boost after a sluggish year with a sequel release of “Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days.” The original film, “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” was filmed with the sequel at the same time in 2016 and the first film was released in Dec. 2017. The fantasy and action drama film saw much success, but the sequel has already surpassed 6 million tickets sold after one week. The movie is based on a webtoon by Joo Ho-min. Director Kim Yong Hwa using special effects has elevated the Korean film industry in the CGI area. The all-star cast of Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon make a great team.

K-Drama Weekly Update: 08-02-18

Three new drama series will start this week. Starting tonight, “Let Me Introduce Her” is a mystery, thriller and romance series starring Jo Hyun-jae, Kim Jae-won, and Nam Sang-mi. “Wok of Love” will end Monday night and a new series “Still 17” will start from Tuesday. “Your Honor” is the new series after “The Undateables” ends this Wednesday. “Your Honor” sounds very similar to “Switch” where two brothers who lead very different lives— a felon and a judge — with a felon taking the role of his missing brother taking the role of a judge.