|New groom Kwon Sang-woo was ranked number two in a recent survey that asked Japanese women to choose the best young Asian actors.According to Phantom Entertainment, Kwon placed second in the survey conducted by “SmaSTATION,” a popular show on Asahi TV. The show is hosted by a member of the popular Japanese idol group SMAP. The recent survey was conducted on 500 Japanese women.
Taiwan’s F4 took the number one spot while China’s Jay Chou took the number three spot. Song Seung-heon and Lee Jun-ki ranked fourth and sixth, respectively.
Source : KBS
Actor Bae Yong-joon’s management agency Keyeast says it has allowed the portable multimedia devices Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Light the right to use the actor’s face and voice for their Korean language education software. Under the latest agreement, Nintendo will release a brand new software program that allows users to listen, read and write Korean with Bae Yong-joon in January. The educational program will be divided into three levels so that users can enjoy a wide range of games according to their level of Korean.
“DS Yonsama,” the prospective name for the new program will be introduced to the market through an internet shopping mall run by BOF nternational, the Japanese branch of Keyeast. The software will be sold for 5,000 yen and will receive pre-orders.
Keyeast says the demand for Nintendo’s Hangeul education software is expected to be high. Some 22 million units of the Nintendo DS have been sold in Japan and it is considered a must-have item among women in their 30s.
Bae is currently planning to release a travel book and photo book about the “beauty of Korea.”
SM Entertainment, a management agency for some of Korea’s biggest K-pop names such as BoA and TVXQ, will hold an SM USA Weekly Audition in the United States.
The auditions, which will be held at SM Entertainment’s U.S. branch office, will be held every Saturday at 3:00 p.m. starting on October 25. The audition is open to aspiring singers, dancers, actors, comedians, MCs, VJs, models, composers and songwriters. There are no limitations on nationality or age.
Interested people can visit the audition venue every Saturday before 7:00 p.m. without prior registration. For those who cannot visit the venue, SM will hold auditions through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and by mail.
SM said finalists will be given an opportunity to sign a contract with SM and all costs for training and promotional activities will be paid for by the company.
Hallyu star Bae Yong-jun has been announced as the recipient of the ceremonial Culture Medal. Upon hearing the news, the actor responded, “I will try to live up to the honor by working harder.”
In an interview with Yonhap News, he said winning the award was a “great responsibility” bestowed upon him and–though he felt he was lacking in many ways–he would “work harder to introduce more of Korea’s culture to the world.”
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had recommended Bae for the Culture Medal due to his part in bringing Korean popular culture to the world through the TV drama, “Winter Sonata.”
Bae will be receiving the medal at the Chungcheongbuk-do Province Cheongju Arts Center on October 18th, during the “2008 Culture Day” event.
The Culture Medal is a government award given to figures who have made a cultural impact through various fields. Lee Young-ae won a Culture Medal in 2007 for her influence on the Hallyu phenomenon with the drama “Daejanggeum.”