The 2nd Asian Film Awards (AFA) were presented on March 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in conjunction with the 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Korean movie “Secret Sunshine” (밀양; Milyang) is the biggest winner with 3 major awards (complete list). Below are some pics from the event…

Tony Leung and Jeon Do-yeon at Asian Film Awards 2008
Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (best actor) and Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon (best actress)

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Olive9 Entertainment, talent agency for Korean star Choi Ji-woo, is in war of words with Hong Kong media, claiming that the HK press is maliciously trying to bring down Choi’s image.

Olive9 is responding to reports which claimed that the Korean actress was drunk and behaved inappropriately in the LVMH party last Friday (Mar 14, 2008). Choi and her reps strongly denied the reports and stated that she didn’t drink at all.

Chow Yun Fat and Choi Ji-woo at LVMH Hong Kong party Korean actress Choi Ji-woo at LVMH Hong Kong party
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party? Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party? Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party?
Choi Ji-woo at the LVMH party; the guy is Hong Kong star Chow Yun Fat

At first glance, Choi does seem like tipsy from the photos; but then, photos could be deceiving sometimes… we’ll have to choose what we want to believe.

Point is, it’s a party, people do get drunk. As long as they are not too misbehaved (thrown up or taking off their cloths etc) and have friends around to take care of them when needed… we should just let it be ain’t so? If normal people could get drunk and gone wild occasionally, why are celebrities forbidden to do so?

Korean stars Kwon Sang-woo and Song Seung-hun met the press on Mar 17 (2008) in Seoul for a special media screening of their latest movie, “Destiny” (“Sookmyeong” or “Fate”).

Director Kim Hae-gon, co-stars Kim In-kwon and Park Han-byul were also at the event.

Kwon Sang-woo and Song Seung-hun at the special screening for Korean movie Destiny
Song Seung-hun and Kwon Sang-woo at the special press screening

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Korean boyband Super Junior kicked start their first Asia tour on Feb 22 in Seoul…

Korean boy band Super Junior Super Show concert in Seoul
You need a huge stage for a 13-member boyband

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American-Korean star Daniel Henney will feature as a mutant alongside Hugh Jackman in movie “X-men Origins: Wolverine”, which is set to release in mid-2009.

Korean artist Daniel Henney Agent Zero in Marvel X-men
Daniel Henney as Agent Zero (AZ image courtesy of Marvel)

The film is directed by Gavin Hood and is a prequel to the X-Men movie trilogy, focusing on the mutant Wolverine and Team X, before his skeleton was bonded with the indestructible metal adamantium.

Daniel will star as Agent Zero (also known as David North), a member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal marksman skills. It should be a cool character, but I wonder if Daniel’s fans would cherrish the role as his face would probably be unseen for the whole movie.

It’s graduation season in Korea, and 2 Korean pop stars, Lee Jung-hyun and Ivy have officially graduated from their respective universities for the past 2 days.

Lee graduated from Chung-Ang University (중앙대학교; literally Central University) after 9 years of studies, while Ivy from Dongduk Women’s University after 7 years.

Lee is a veteran singer and actress; she was already quite famous when she enrolled into CAU in 1999. Ivy is relatively new but was arguably the most outstanding Korean female pop star in 2007.

Korean pop star Ivy graduated from university Korean pop star Ivy graduated from university
Ivy’s graduation… shiny shoes and expensive bag

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Korean stars and buddies Haha and MC Mong have open an online store, Hahamong, selling their own designs of different fashion items. [Hat tip to Krnloop]

Korean artist Haha Korean singer MC Mong
Multi-talent artist Haha (left) and hip-hop star MC Mong

Korean pop star and famous music producer Park Jin-young is set to wow the US audiences with The JYP Tour, featuring his protégés Wondergirls, J-Lim, Min and G-Soul.

The JYP Tour, featuring Wondergirls, J-Lim, Min and G-Soul

The tour will kick start on Feb 9 at the Wamu Theater at New York’s Madison Square Garden, followed by Los Angeles’s Wiltern Theater on Mar 8. There are also plans for concerts at Atlanta and San Francisco, which are pending on announcement.

Besides the concerts, JYP will also hold auditions in NYC (Mar 9) and LA (Mar 15) to look for fresh talents to join his agency; more audition details from K-popped.

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