Lee Young-ae

Blink and you’ll miss it, but there’s some Korean interest at Frightfest this weekend. Included in a showcase of short films is The Lady from 406 by director Lee Kyoung-mi (The Truth Beneath) starring Lee Young-ae. The Lady from 406 (아랫집 – UK Premiere) Part of Short Film Showcase 3 Prince Charles Discovery 1 Monday […]

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Looking back at 2013: Culture, tourism and branding stories

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2014
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In the second of five articles looking back over 2013, we recall some of the tourism and heritage stories that made the news. And we also take a look at some of the stories about Korean food, given the increasing popularity of Korean cuisine of Korea. Arts and Heritage Sungnyemun, the great Namdaemun gate, reopened […]

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Lady Vengeance continues the Choi Min-sik season at the KCC

by Events Editor 25 August 2013
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Is it wrong like Lady Vengeance? I have to admit it’s one of my guilty pleasures. I sense in Lady V a slightly cocky director consciously aiming his work at an international audience for the first time, after the success of Oldboy. After all, Koreans don’t need to have it explained that prisoners might want […]

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Lee Young-ae returns in NYT ad

by Philip Gowman 14 February 2013
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Yes, it’s nice to see Lee Young-ae back. But why do the people who put full page Dokdo ads in the American press feel the need also to promote Korean food in similar fashion? Aren’t Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow doing that for free? Still, I can’t think of a better spokesmodel for hansik than […]

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First birthday celebration for Lee Young-ae’s twins

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2012
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Cute or what? Lee Young-ae holds low-key first birthday bash for her twins, 21 Feb 2012. Jeon Do-yeon was also there to celebrate. http://bit.ly/x7W0ec. Pic via Hancinema Keywords: People: Lee Young-ae

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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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A Lee Young-ae conundrum

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2011
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Discovered on a Middle East fansite, whose location I can no longer find. Who on earth can be the Kim whose back acne Lee Young-ae is supposed to have witnessed? http://twitpic.com/3tovf7 #. Keywords: People: Lee Young-ae

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Many hearts broken: Lee Young-ae married

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2009
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Lee Young-ae secretly tied the knot with a Korean-American businessman in the U.S. on 24 August. The wedding was attended only by family and close friends, and was held in the U.S. because the bridegroom’s family lives there. Source: Chosun Ilbo # Keywords: People: Lee Young-ae

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Inshalla – Detente in the Desert

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2008
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A discussion of the first film featuring one of Korea’s most popular actresses, Lee Young-ae. Set in North Africa, the film was a failure.

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Rain 8 – Colbert 4 (Cowell 6)

by Philip Gowman 14 February 2008
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Devoted followers of Korean popular culture will remember the Rain v Colbert battle in Time magazine last year. The much smaller population of devoted LKL readers will remember that I did a straw poll of my US co-workers last year: how many out of an unrepresentative sample of US bank regulatory specialists had heard of […]

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The redemptive power of Lee Young-ae

by Philip Gowman 13 January 2008

As we all know, Jewel in the Palace is a hit in many countries. It’s watched all around the world. Including in Indian jails. A convict in India has sent a letter of gratitude to a top Korean network for airing the historical drama “Jewel in the Palace,” or “Daejanggeum” in Korean. Narendra Kumar Sharma, […]

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Some Lee Young-ae videos

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2007
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I’ve been feeling guilty about not meeting the needs of all those people who come to this site looking for articles about the lovely Lee Young-ae and not finding very much. Having done a few searches on YouTube I’m amazed at the dedication of fans who create tributes to their favourite star. Here’s a small […]

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Chuseok at the BM — part sprint, part marathon

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2007
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It is a commonplace observation that Korea is caught between two larger neighbours. Similarly, in marketing terms, the Korean events at the British Museum last Saturday were dwarfed by the blitzkrieg advertising for the Chinese “First Emperor” and the Japanese modern design exhibitions, both also at the British Museum at the same time. But although […]

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Some pictures of Insadong

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2007

As I’ve been on a plane for what feels like the last 24 hours, a lazy post today. Insadong on a Sunday morning, before it gets busy: One of the products for sale: Question: If the diary is designed for the Japanese market, why is the writing in English? And a British style icon somehow […]

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Alternative takes on Independence Day

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2006

The Chosun provides some interesting alternative takes on Independence Day. It’s not just the day that Koizumi visited the Yasukuni shrine again, or when Koreans held anti-American demonstrations. First, the event was marked in Japan, as it has for the past 16 years, by a “Concert for Peace” given by the Tokyo Phil, this year […]

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Celeb watch

by Philip Gowman 10 May 2006

A couple of items from today’s Chosun which I didn’t want to lose: (1) Lee Young-ae’s Japanese fans tell her she looks as if she’s 61 years old (2) Rain confirmed in Time 100 as one of the world’s most influential entertainers. The KBS site has a rather more fetching photo of the star (right). […]

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