Choi Jin Shil Is Newsmaker of the Year for 2008

Choi Jin Shil’s suicide has been voted by Korean netizens as the biggest news to have happened in the Korean entertainment world this year.

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On Air Goes Offline with Happy Ending + Review

SBS “On Air” ended its run on 15th May as Oh Seung Ah/Lee Bum Soo and Seo Young Eun/Lee Kyung Min couples all ended happily together with each other, delighting all viewers who had been wishing for that to happen. The final episode rating also reached 25.8% surpassing its previous record once again.

On Air

We were left at the start with our two couples facing issues, Jang Ki Joon (Lee Bum Soo) leaving Korea without saying a word leaving Seung Ah (Kim Ha Neul) behind not knowing his whereabouts. Seo Young Eun was facing issues too as Lee Kyung Min and his mother realises the links between them.

Jang Ki Joon had actually went to America as he admitted on his return to Seung Ah that he was laying the foundation for her to enter the US market by going to many management agencies over there. He asks Seung Ah if she is willing to go back to America with him, “You have to start from square one once you are in America, there’s also the possibility you might not go to Cannes and you might also be living with a penniless guy like me for the rest of your life, are you still willing to go with me?” Oh Seung Ah of course said yes to that and they held hands in view of the media as they make their departure from the airport. Young Eun thought so too as they hug to close out the final scene.

Seo Young Eun (Song Yun Ah) and Lee Kyung Min (Park Yong Ha) was at a lush green field after having just seen Ki Joon and Seung Ah off at the airport. Kyung Min starts irritaing Young Eun as she leaves in a huff but it was just a ploy. Kyung Min holds her hand as she struggles initially but stops sudddenly. Kyung Min releases his hand as we realise that she had a ring on her hand, it was a proposal! He started saying, “The only beautiful line in my whole life till death is Seo Young Eun.” This moving scene touched viewers as Young Eun thought so too as they hugged to close out the scene and drama.

Came into this show with minimal expectations and just slightly attracted by the plot, big budget and the initial star cameos. Sure it was unbearable intially because of the SHOUTING which dominated the earlier episodes. They even shout while talking. But I am glad I stayed on for the show as I was treated to an excellent behind the scenes of how the entertainment industry operate (some was over the top) focusing on drama production.

All Well Ends Well

Superb acting from the four main leads, Kim Ha Neul was excellent playing the top star and the mentally-challenged Eun Young, Seo Young Eun for all her chidlish behavior, she is actually pretty adorable in a way and good emotional range. Park Yong Ha was excellent as the sentimental director while Lee Bum Soo the unassuming happy go lucky manager. The rest of the cast were also excellent and I wish I had space to accomodate their names.

Great soundtrack too, especially the tracks by Song Yun Ah, Park Yong Ha and Han Ye Won, instrumentals complemented the show very well. And the star cameos too. The flashbacks technique. My drama of the year thus far.

On Air achieves another high rating as Oh Seung Ah strips* to show her innocence

The pacing of SBS drama “On Ai” which reveals the story behind the entertainment industry has become more and more intense as it moves towards it’s final week. With the story this week centered around top star Oh Seung Ah’s video tape, last night episode achieved a new high rating of 25.6%.

Oh Seung Ah strips to plead her innocence

Last night was about someone behind the scenes spreading rumours that Oh Seung Ah had a video tape which led to reporters swarming her home, hoping to get her response. She was forced into a corner by the horde of reporters and strips (not totally) in front of her house to satisfy the curiousity of the reporters.

Her ouburst and actions made all the reporters felt like they were rotten scum as they eventually disperse. Although the video was verified to be non-existent later on, the negativity had already spread to anything involved with Oh Seung Ah. Rumours can really make and break an ariste life especially female celebrities. This is but a sad harsh reality associated with them. Although everything’s resolved, Seung Ah tells Ki Joon that “Ticket to the Moon” will be her last drama with Jang Entertainment and she will find a new agency.

Meanwhile, Young Eun (Song Yun Ah) learns that her son’s nanny is actually Lee Kyung Min’s (Park Yong Ha) mother. She worries about the moment he finds out since he is basically living on his “pride”. She was pondering about this in the bookstore when Kyung Min drops by and offers her his shoulder to rest her head. Now Kyung Min was filled with an indomitable spirit as he sees Young Eun sleeping face, he tells her, “don’t be surprised” and proceeds to kiss her.

Wonder what will be in store for the final week since everything is resolved?

On Air to re-enact female celebrities video tape scandal

Viewers have been curious whether the Oh Seung Ah video tape mentioned at the end of last week episode will bring Oh Seung Ah (Kim Ha Neul) and Jang Ki Joon (Lee Bum Soo) blossoming relationship to the next level.

Oh Seung Ah being hugged by her manager Jang Ki Joon

In the conversation last week between Jang Ki Joon and another management agency boss, the topic of Oh Seung Ah being caught on tape was mentioned. In last night’s episode, Jang Ki Joon gets really furious after viewing the actual tape, crushing the wine glass in his hands with blood flowing from his wounds.

Ki Joon immediately seeks out Seung Ah for an answer. But he can’t bring himself to ask her about it and instead just hugs her. This becomes the first intimate scene between Seung Ah and Ki Joon in the drama. Ki Joon looks on in pain, as he begrudges himself for not appearing earlier and signing her on.

Thus, this will usher in the next stage of the relationship between Ki Joon and Seung Ah. The mention of the Oh Seung Ah video tape indirectly passes judgement on past female celebrities embroiled in similiar circumstances.