Korean actress Lee Da-hae is trying a new look here… a sexy rock chick instead of her usual nice girl-next-door image.

Lee, famous for her play in TV drama “My Girl”, is recording a clip to promote the 2007 Mnet Korean Music Festival (MKMF) which she is co-hosting with comedian Shin Dong-yup on November 7. Lee sings the famous rock song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” in the video clip. [K-popped]

Korean actress Lee Da-hae Korean actress Lee Da-hae
Lee Da-hae the rock girl

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Korean beauty Kim Hee-sun officially becomes Mrs. Park on Friday (Oct 19), following her wedding with businessman Park Joo-yung.

Kim Hee-sun and Park Joo-yung on wedding day
Congratulation Mrs. Park!

The private wedding was held at Seoul’s famous Sheraton Grande Walker Hill Hotel; with the attendance of around 200 friends and relatives of the newly wed. Song Yun-ah, Se7en, Choi Jin-sil, Park Han-byul, Park Eun-hye and Andre Kim were among the celebrities that attended the wedding.

Kim Yun-jin, the famous Korean actress from US TV series “Lost”, is making her comeback to Korean big screen with movie “Seven Days”.

Kim will play a successful lawyer who, in order to save her daughter, is pressured into defending a man who faces death penalty. The plot reminded me of Hollywood movie “The Juror” starring Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin… just that Demi Moore was playing as one of the jurors, while Kim as a lawyer.

Kim was already a popular actress in Korea before making her international fame with Lost. Her most successful film prior to Lost is probably “Shiri” (쉬리, Swiri) in 1999, which is her only movie that I have watched. She did very well.

Seven Days will be released on November 17. Below are some sneak peeks of the movie…
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High budget Korean drama “The Legend” has achieved great success since screening in Korea on September 10. The half fictional epic-sci-fi drama is based on the story of the king of Goguryeo in ancient Korean era, has achieve a decent rating of over 20% since its first episode.

The first 3 episodes shared the story of the king when he was young, and featured some young Korean actors. Bae Yong-joon and other main cast (Moon So-ri and Lee Ji-ah etc.) were introduced in the 4th episode, and the ratings soared up to 31.7%.

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon
Actor Bae Yong-joon in The Legend

With the popularity of Bae, the drama is also highly anticipated in Japan. Japanese TV station NHK has announced that the drama will start showing on its channel from December 3.

Breakdancers from around the world gathered at Seoul Olympic Hall last Saturday (Sep 8) for the 2007 B-Boy World Masters.

KB B-Boy World Masters 2007
Cool move from the b-boys [More pics on Buzzbee]

Korean pop star Lee Hyori performed as guest star during the event…

Hyori at KB B-Boy World Masters 2007 KB B-Boy World Masters 2007
Hyori with a trademark dance [More pics on Popseoul]

Korean actor Won Bin has been appointed as UNICEF Special Representative. United Nations Children’s Fund (or UNICEF) is an international organization that emphasize on developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children.

The goal of the special representative program is to allow celebrities with interest in UNICEF vision to use their fame to draw attention to important issues. Won Bin is expected to help promoting various UNICEF events (in Korea) and to appear in some UNICEF promotional videos.

Korean actor Won Bin appointed UNICEF representative Korean actor Won Bin appointed UNICEF representative
Won Bin is officially appointed on September 6 (Image courtesy of Chosun)

Dedicated UNICEF Special Representatives will later be named as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors. Famous Asian stars that are goodwill ambassadors include Jackie Chan, Leon Lai, Amitabh Bachchan, and Kelly Chen etc… while Korean ambassadors include celebrities like Ahn Sung-ki, Ryo Si-won and others.

“Legend of the First King’s Four Gods” (or simply “The Legend”; 태왕사신기) is a Korean TV drama set to premiere on September 10, 2007.

The Legend of the First King’s Four Gods
Legend of the First King’s Four Gods

The Legend is a historical fantasy drama based on the epic story of the 19th king of Goguryeo in ancient Korean era. It is actor Bae Yong-joon’s first TV drama since the highly acclaimed series “Winter Sonata” in 2002.

The co-stars of Legend include Moon So-ri, Lee Ji-ah and Choi Min-soo etc.

I don’t really like Winter Sonata, but the melodrama still remains one of the most popular Korean dramas ever… a recent Japanese poll has chosen Bae (nickname Yon-sama by his fans) and his Sonata’s co-star Choi Ji-woo as the most popular Korean artists in Japan.

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