Hyun Bin

There is a narrow dividing line between a movie which paints a delicate, nuanced portrait of characters who have subtle and restrained emotions, and a movie in which you want to just punch everyone in the face for being so wet. Come Rain, Come Shine is a movie which is on that dividing line, perhaps […]


The London Korean Links Awards 2011

by Philip Gowman 7 January 2012
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The sixth of LKL’s annual unscientific and very personal recognition of the best things of last year. And in the field of film, books and CDs what is encouraging is that there is so much to choose from. There were also plenty of good Korean cultural events in London, Edinburgh and elsewhere, but there was […]

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A look back at 2011 – part 2

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2011
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In the second of our articles we look at stories relating to Sports, Tourism, and national branding and marketing. And K-pop and celebrities are never far away when talking of Brand Korea. Sports and Tourism Jeju was provisionally listed as one of the worlds New 7 Wonders, after a multi-month international marketing campaign. Celebrities ranging […]

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Hallyu Elvis and the draft-dodger

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2011
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"Hallyu Elvis and the draft-dodger" – The Economist contrasts Hyun Bin with MC Mong (+ comment from Grand Narrative) http://econ.st/jtoGIX # Keywords: People: Hyun Bin Musicians: MC Mong

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Post-olympics celebrity and trivia round-up

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2008
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It’s been so long since I did a round-up of celebrity news, and nowadays my knowledge of what’s hot in the celebrity world is derived from looking at my site’s statistics where I can identify the google search terms which have landing people on my blog.1 So here is a collection of random stories from […]

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