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    Are you still sad that “My Love From the Star” has ended? Well, here’s your chance to get a piece of the popular show to keep with you forever. If you are anything like women all over the world, you were probably wondering what signature shade made Cheon Song Yi (played by Gianna Jun) simply irresistible to alien Do Min Joon (played by Kim Soo Hyun).

    Song Yi’s signature lipstick shade — YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture No. 52, a coral-based pink — has been in such demand since the end of the drama series that the lipstick has sold out of department stores worldwide! The lipstick is being sold on the online auction site eBay for up to $100 per tube when it retails regularly for $35 USD.

    But Viki is excited to announce a special giveaway for lucky fans of the gorgeous YSL shade worn by Gianna Jun’s character in the popular drama! We're going to be giving one lipstick away every week for THREE weeks.

    Gianna Jun’s YSL coral lipstick is so popular, it’s sold out worldwide 

    The giveaway is only open to users with a Viki Pass subscription or Qualified Contributors (QCs). If you don’t have Viki Pass, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial. Viki Pass will let you watch all your favorite shows in HD and without ads!

    To enter the drawing for the YSL lipstick, answer the My Love From the Star Trivia questions in the below link.

    Questions like: What dish is Cheon Song Yi cooking in Do Min Joon’s jealous daydream?

    The deadline to submit your entries for the giveaway is 12 p.m. (noon) May 7 PST. One winner will be selected every week on April 23, April 30 and May 7. They will be notified via PM on Viki.

    Good luck!

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    Don’t miss the exciting story of three people whose lives are bound together like a book in the new Taiwanese drama Lovestore at the Corner. The romantic drama features Lee Wei (My Lucky Star, “Bull Fighting), Nikki Hsieh (Princess’ Stand In, Alien Huang (Sweet Sweet Bodyguard), Tracy Chou and Chloe Wang.

    The story revolves around Xiang Shu Lei (Wei), who comes from a family of doctors. Although he has a girlfriend, Du Ke Jie (Chou), he also has a relationship with Dong Xin Ni (Wang). One day, Ke Jie goes on a trip to the mountains alone and mysteriously disappearsKe Jie’s disappearance causes turmoil between the guilt-ridden Shu Lei and Xin Ni, and the two part ways. When Ke Jie’s parents finally accept the fact that Ke Jie is never going to come back, they start packing up her belongings. But they don’t realize that Shu Lei has secretly taken Ke Jie’s book collection. 

    But tragedy then befalls Shu Lei, and he loses his memory in a sudden car accident. He moves to a small town and uses Ke Jie’s books to open a bookstore. One day, Ke Jie’s younger sister, Ke Xing (Hsieh), finds his bookstore. Can she help revive Shu Lei’s memories and learn what really happened to Ke Jie on the mountain?

    Watch the exciting trailer of the suspenseful drama below!

    Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

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    After more than a year, Eric Nam recently made a comeback with his title track, "Ooh Ooh" with INFINITE's Hoya. Listen and enjoy Eric's delightful voice and Hoya's featured rap, which he even wrote himself. Now, here's your chance to meet Eric for an exclusive Google+ Hangout interview. Better yet, YOU could be a part of it!

    Don't you love his eye wink?

    Viki is hosting the live online chat with Eric Nam via Google+ Hangout on Friday, April 25 at 12PM KST (Korea Standard Time) / Thursday, April 24 at 8PM PST. You can watch the live hangout on Viki's Official Youtube Channel. For those of you who need help figuring out what time to join the hangout, follow this link to see when it will be airing where you live.

    Click here and answer the trivia questions correctly for a chance to participate in the live Google+ hangout with him. These pre-selected fans will be able to actually see and hear Eric Nam. You don't want to miss out on this great opportunity!

    Adding to the excitement, Eric sent a special shout out video below to Viki fans!

    Watch all of Eric Nam's other videos and receive updates by following his channel. Remember, don't forget to catch the live hangout on the Viki Youtube Channel.

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    In celebration of International Womens Day on March 8 — a day that marks the special achievements and the empowerment of women in many countries around the world — we want to introduce you to six characters (or groups of women) from our favorite dramas and movies on Viki that command respect, appreciation and maybe a little fear from those around them.

    Whether its through female friendships, career success or political achievement, these strong women inspire us to go after what we want and not let anything stand in our way!

    The Great Queen Seon Deok

    Princess Deokman (played by Lee Yo Won) survives being thrown out and abandoned as a child and many attempts by an evil concubine to get rid of her forever. She returns to her rightful place in the palace and rises to become the first female ruler of the Silla kingdom. Don’t mess with this royal lady!

    The Great Queen Seon Deok

    My Queen

    Early in her life, the successful Shan Wu Shuang (played by Cheryl Yang) made no apologies for putting her career first as she rose to become the editor of a major magazine. When she meets a young male assistant at work, she proves that she can have her cake and eat it, too. You go, girl!

    My Queen

    Lipstick Jungle

    Three best friends in New York City prove that they can be beautiful, successful and feminine. As they handle their high-pressure jobs and relationships, they always find time for their closest female friends. This show is based on a book by Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell.

    Watch the trailer:

    Red Cobex

    group of ordinary women prove that they can do anything they put their minds to. Five women become the Robin Hoods of their neighborhoods as they go after dirty businesses and the criminals who profit from illegal activities. Don’t mess with these ladies or they will run you out of town!

    Wild Cat

    Rosaura Rios (played by Marlene Favela) rises from poverty and claws her way to financial security even though others try to rip her marriage apart, make her miscarry her baby, frame her for robbery and murder, and otherwise make her life a living hell. But this tough woman keeps fighting back and gets everything she wants in the end!


    The gorgeous Daimon Michiko is the total package, with the looks of a top a fashion model and the brains of a highly skilled surgeon. As a freelance surgeon who goes where she is needed, she stays above the petty political infighting that occurs in the hospitals and stand up for the things she needs do her job well. We all should be so lucky to be treated by an outspoken doctor like her who do whatever it takes to protect her patients!

    Watch the trailer now:

    Who is your favorite strong female character or characters? Let us know in the comments below!

    Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

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    Hey, everyone! My name is Deeand I’m excited to be joining the Community Team at Viki. I’ve been a Viki member and avid follower of Asian pop culture and entertainment for years, so it’s really great to be working here. Some of my favorite dramas are “Fated to Love You,” “Answer Me 1997,” and “Queen of Housewives.” I’d love to hear which shows you think I should watch next! 

    The passionate Viki community has wowed me for years, and I can’t wait to get to know all of you better and talk about all your favorite TV shows and movies from around the world. Feel free to send me a message, even to just say hi! :)

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    Our mission at Viki has always been to bring down language barriers that stand between great entertainment and fans everywhere

    Today, we take another important step toward that goal as we partner with Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin to kick off the Billion Words March, a year-long campaign to champion access to online TV shows and movies for 360 million people worldwide with deafness and hearing loss

    Oscar-winning actress
    and closed captioning advocate
    Marlee Matlin
    The BWM is our response to the recent FCC regulation that mandates improved closed captioning for broadcast TV and video streaming platforms in the US. 

    In addition to helping the deaf and hearing impaired, closed captions can help anyone retain information more efficiently, and according to Viki fans, even learn other languages.

    With our innovative crowdsourced subtitling technology and amazing community of fans worldwide, Viki has always met these requirements, but we need your help to encourage all governmentsto take this important step. Contact your local officials today.

    Want to help subtitle/caption?

    Make TV shows and movies more accessible for everyone by joining Viki's global community of subtitlers and help us reach 1 BILLION words subtitled/captioned before 2015! or Viki U to get started.

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    We're always continuing to expand our library of content to reach more fans worldwide. We're happy to share the recent addition of new Thai movies! Are you having trouble figuring out what to watch first? See below for suggested movies, or find other ones here.

    1. The Dog - Mario Maurer, Boy Pakorn, and Kotee Aramboy

    Everyone has fallen in love with an adorable canine named "Snow Dog" except three men, played by Mario Maurer, Boy Pakorn, and Kotee Aramboy, who plot to kidnap the dog. After succeeding, trouble soon follows as they're being hunted by a mysterious gunman! Will they survive?

    Watch the trailer to find out more.

    Yep, the white furball in the right corner is "Snow Dog"!
    You can also catch Mario Maurer in the movie "To Each A Flower".

    2. Happy Birthday - Ananda Everingham and Chayanan Manomaisantiphap

    While they've never met in real life, Ten (played by Ananda Everingham), a photographer, and Pao (played by Chayanan Manomaisantiphap), a tour guide, grow close through letters written and sent to each other for a travel book. One day by chance, they finally meet and love begins to blossom. Will their promise to be together forever last, or does distance drive them apart?

    If you haven't heard of Ananda Everingham, here are a few fun facts to know. He was discovered by GMM Grammy, Thailand's largest entertainment company, at the young age of 14 while working in his parent's restaurant. He is best known for his lead role in the 2004 horror film, Shutter, which was remade in America in 2008.

    Do you agree that he's a handsome leading man?
    3. The Gig - Kittikhun Sumritpansuk and Aphistaa Khreauakhongkhaa

    At his university, Yai (played by Kittikhun Sumritpansuk) is a third-year Art Communications major who is the proud leader of the popular Gig Club. The club tries to help other students who haven't been so lucky in love. But more importantly, the club teaches the art of becoming a 'gig', a person who is more than a friend but less than a lover. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds - the benefits of a relationship without all the responsibilities?

    While most of these movies are available worldwide, some are not available in certain regions. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn about how to become a QC.

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    While watching a K-drama, do you sometimes catch yourself wishing your favorite onscreen couple were together in real life? The chemistry between the two main characters is so convincing that the romance almost seems real. It also doesn’t hurt that the couples look stunning together.

    The research firm Tillion polled more than 10,000 netizens about their favorite on-screen couples from the past year. See if your favorite made the list below:

    1. My Love From the Star — Min Joon and Song Yi

    Do Min Joon (played by Kim Soo Hyun) is an alien who has been living on Earth in human form for the past 400 years. In modern-day Korea, his neighbor turns out to be famous actress Cheon Song Yi (played by Jun Ji Hyun). Min Joon falls in love with her charming and arrogant ways, but can the cross-species couple possibly have a lasting future together? 

    Love knows no intergalactic boundaries, judging by this romantic kiss:

    2. Heirs — Eun Sang and Tan

    Kim Tan (played by Lee Min Ho) grew up living a privileged life as the heir to the Empire Group. Meanwhile, Cha Eun Sang (played by Park Shin Hye) struggled to earn enough money as she shoulders the responsibilities for her fractured family. When Tan falls in love with Eun Sang, the daughter of his family’s housekeeper, the sparks between the two young lovers proves that money and class can’t keep destined lovers apart.

    3. Reply 1994 — Na Jung and Trash

    Sung Na Jung (played by Go Ah Ra) is a modern-day Seoul woman living with her husband and son. Flashback to the year 1994, when her parents moved from the countryside into the big city of Seoul to run a student boarding house. Among the new residents, one would become her future husband. Na Jung has always liked Trash (played by Jung Woo), a third-year medical student who grew up with her as an older brother figure. The easy-going affection between the two is heartwarming. But can Trash look at Na Jung as anything other than a younger sister? 

    4. Heirs - Young Do and Eun Sang

    Choi Young Do (played by Kim Woo Bin) is the classic rich bad boy who expresses his interest in Eun Sang by bullying her. He remains mean to others but has a soft spot towards her and often protects her from danger. Will Young Do be able to win her away from Tan or is he doomed to play the third wheel? 

    5. Master’s Sun - Gong Sil and Joong Won

    After an accident, Tae Gong Sil (played by Gong Hyo Jin) has the ability to see ghosts. Her boss is the cold and ambitious Joo Joong Won (played by So Ji Sub). At first, Joong Won tries to push her away but as they grow closer, he learns to trust Gong Sil and even falls in love with her. Can he save her from the scary world of ghosts? 

    Watch some highlights from this ghostly drama now to see the genuine chemistry between the two stars:

    6. I Hear Your Voice — Hye Sung and Soo Ha

    The “noona” relationship (older woman and younger man) has been a popular theme explored in recent K-dramas. Jang Hye Sung (played by Lee Bo Young) is a witty, sharp-tongued attorney who only cares about herself. Park Soo Ha (played by Lee Jong Suk) has the power to read other people’s minds. Hye Sung is actually Soo Ha’s first love and when he was a boy, he promised to always protect her from danger. Is he able to keep his promise as time passes?

    Watch the trailer below to see the attraction!

    Did your favorite K-drama couples make our list? If not, let us know in the comments! 

    Which K-drama couples do you think will top the list for the coming year? Here are some of our top contenders so far.

    Cunning Single Lady — Jung Woo and Ae Ra

    Na Ae Ra (played by Lee Min Jung) marries computer genius Cha Jung Woo (played by Joo Sang Wook), but she divorces him when he fails to achieve the success he promised. When Ae Ra learns that her ex-husband is now the successful president of D&T Software Ventures, she is determined to seek revenge for the pain and suffering endured while they were married. Will she be able to win her ex-husband back?

    Emergency Couple — Jin Hee and Chang Min

    Family disapproval and pressures drove married couple Jin Hee (played by Song Ji Hyo) and Chang Min (played by Choi Jin Hyuk) apart, but they unexpectedly meet again several years later as medical interns at the same hospital. Will they be able to keep their past issues hidden and survive their three-month rotation of working together? 

    Note: Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC. 

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    Happy 30th birthday to Park Hae Jin! As he celebrates a new decade, here are five facts you may not know about this hot Korean actor who is making waves across Asia.

    Happy 30th birthday, Park Hae Jin!

    He is so near-sighted, he was permanently exempted from military duty. 

    The actor is so nearsighted that following a physical exam in 2003, Park was treated for medical issues and permanently exempted from mandatory military service.

    His breakout K-drama role was in “East of Eden.”

    While “East of Eden” was his third Korean drama, the 2008 series made Park famous. He played the son of a Union leader who was switched at birth with the son of his father’s mortal enemy. In 2008, Park won the MBC Drama Awards Newcomer Award for his role in the K-drama.

    Lee Jong Suk thinks his Doctor Stranger co-star is better-looking than he is!

    Recently, during a press conference for the upcoming series “Doctor Stranger,” Lee Jong Suk said, “I feel inferior to Park Hae Jin because he’s so good-looking.”

    Park Hae Jin and Lee Jong Suk will star together in ‘Doctor Stranger’

    Did you love Park as the second male lead in “My Love From the Star?” Watch a trailer for his upcoming series “Doctor Stranger” below:

    He’s an avid collector of Gundam figures and sneakers.

    Park says he collects the Gundam plastic model kits and sneakers. He hopes his popularity helps to increase sneaker sales when he is photographed wearing certain styles.

    He’s a popular Hallyu star in China and has been on Chinese TV shows.

    Park debuted in China through his drama “Famous Princesses.” He's also acted in Chinese productions such as  “Duo Duo’s Marriage” in 2011 and "Far Away Love"in 2013.

    Park Hae Jin debuted in China through his drama ‘Famous Princesses’
    What do you like most about this versatile actor? Let us know in the comments below!

    Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

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    An exciting new lineup of upcoming Korean dramas promise to bring lots of political, medical and legal intrigue. Get ready to binge on these new K-dramas that also will bring back some of our favorite actors and actresses! Grab some snacks and favorite the channels so you know when new videos are added. Which of these shows are you most excited about?

    Doctor Stranger

    Lee Jong Suk (from “I Hear Your Voice” and “School 2013”) and Park Hae Jin (from “My Love From the Star”) star in this new medical drama. As a child, Park Hoon (played by Lee), and his father were kidnapped by North Korea.

    In North Korea, Hoon was trained to be a doctor and became a genius surgeon. But he flees to South Korea, where he works as a doctor in South Koreas top hospital. Hoon soon misses his home, and he works hard to make money to bring his love over from North Korea. Available in the Americas and Europe and for QCs worldwide. 

    Watch the trailer now:

    You’re All Surrounded

    See the trailer for this hilarious new K-drama series that follows a group of rookie detectives in the swanky Gangnam area of Seoul. Eun Dae Koo (played by Lee Seung Gi, from “Gu Family Book and “King 2 Hearts) has an IQ of 150, but he gets by using his brawn instead of his brains. Eo Soo Sun (played by Go Ah Ra) is the only female rookie. Can the new police officers prove their worth? Available in the Americas and Europe and for QCs worldwide. 

    A New Leaf 

    When a ruthless attorney loses his memory after an accident, will he retrace his life to return to his former self or turn over a new leaf? Available in the Americas and for QCs worldwide. 

    Watch the first episode now:


    JYJ member Kim Jae Joong (from “Dr. Jin” and “Protect the Boss”) stars in this new drama about three brothers who are separated by tragedy and grow up leading very different lives. One brother is a cop and the other is a gangster. But fate brings them back together as their paths cross without the men realizing they are brothers. Available in the Americas and for QCs worldwide. 

    Want even more new global content? Check out our list of new Thai movies, and new Taiwanese shows like “Lovestore at the Corner,”starring Lee Wei and Alien Huang; “Fall in Love With Me,” featuring Aaron Yan playing two roles; and “Prince William,” starring Xie Kun Da. 

    Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

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    Beginning today (May 5), dozens of countries around the world celebrate Children’s Day through the middle of June. Many other countries have special days for children on other days of the year, with the United Nations-recognized Universal Children’s Day being celebrated on November 20.

    To tip our hats to all the children of the world, we wanted to highlight some of the cutest and best child actors working today from our favorite television dramas.

    Miki Honoka

    This up-and-coming Japanese actress has made quite an impression since her acting debut in 2010. The 16-year-old’s starring role as the bumbling Kotoko in “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO” has made her a bona fide star.

    Honoka Miki as the bubbly Kotoko in ‘Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO

    Yeo Jin Goo

    One of the hottest young actors in Korea, Yeo Jin Goo has gained legions of fans with his great acting ability despite his tender 16 years of age. He has already racked up many acting awards, including Best Child Actor for his role in “The Moon Embracing the Sun.”

    Yeo Jin Goo in his award-winning role as the young Lee Hwon in ‘The Moon Embracing the Sun

    Kim Yoo Bin

    This adorable 9-year-old Korean actress already has an impressive list of credits to her acting career and already has a Best Child Actress award under her belt! She stars in the just-ended drama “God’s Gift — 14 Days.”

    Kim Yoo Bin lights up the screen as Saet Byeol in ‘God’s Gift — 14 Days

    Le Le

    This newcomer Taiwanese actress made everyone fall in love with her as the 7-year-old Wen Di in the Taiwanese drama “Two Fathers.”

    Le Le melted everyone’s hearts as Wen Di in ‘Two Fathers

    Gabriela Borges

    This triple threat (known the world over for her acting, singing and dancing ability) wowed audiences in the role of Daniel’s daughter, Laurita, in “Eva Luna,” and she even brought the house down with her performance of “Ave Maria” in the final episode. The 14-year-old is a native of Miami, Florida, and has won numerous international dance competitions and was nominated as Best Child Actress by the El Nuevo Herald in 2011. Because of her love of fashion, the actress also has partnered with Univision to develop her own brand.

    Gabriela Borges proved her acting and singing chops in ‘Eva Luna

    Kim Yoo Jung

    No list of today’s cutest and best child actors would be complete without this prolific and talented young Korean actress. Equally adept at period dramas as well as modern-day stories, Yoo Jung has both the looks and the acting chops to back it up. At age 14, Yoo Jung has already compiled a huge pile of best child actress awards for her many roles, including her tear-jerker performance as the young Hae Joo in “May Queen.”

    Kim Yoo Jung as the young Hae Joo in ‘May Queen

    Which child actor or actress is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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    The famous wax museum Madame Tussauds Bangkok recently revealed a wax figure of German-Thai superstar Mario Maurer. The figure depicts Mario in character as “Pee Mak” to celebrate the first anniversary of the high-grossing film. 

    We think the lifelike wax figure precisely captures the star’s hair, eyes and charming grin. So, can you tell which one is the wax figure and which is the real Mario below?

    Leave your answers in the comments. 

    Mario began acting at age 16, but don’t miss him in the latest movie title to be added to Viki! Check him out in the trailer for the Thai film “The Dog” below. In the movie, three men plot to steal a famous dog, but trouble soon follows them. 

    ǝɹnƃᴉɟ xɐʍ ǝɥʇ sᴉ ∀ :ɹǝʍsu∀

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    The second Sunday in May is a day for celebrating mothers in more than 80 countries around the world, including North America, much of Europe and Asia. Instead of getting all sappy, we thought we would mark this momentous occasion by highlighting some of the wacky things that mothers have done for the sake of their children in the crazy world of television dramas. Here is our list of the top 7 “thank goodness, she isn’t my momma” drama moments. And don’t miss the Mother’s Day Special Event on Viki below!

    This Mother Pays Off Her Son’s Girlfriends to Leave Him

    Ha Rim has a strained relationship with his all-business mother, Lee Hye Shin (played by Yoo Ji In), in “A Little Love Never Hurts.” It seems she has a history of approaching the poor, sweet girls that he falls in love with and pays them off to leave him. No wonder the guy still hasn’t been able to marry!

    The ever-so-cool mom in ‘A Little Love Never Hurts

    This Mother Sets Arbitrary Deadlines for Marriage

    In “Love Family,” Sheng Ren’s mother (played by Lin Xiu Jun) has an arbitrary, inflexible rule that her children have to be married by the age of 30. So the boy goes on a desperate hunt for a childhood love, only to have his mother immediately disapprove of her after he finds her and then sends her pre-approved wife to go spy on him and seduce him!

    Just marry who this mom wants you to marry and everything will be OK in ‘Love Family

    This Mother Licks the Wounds of a Cheating Husband by Becoming a Professional Model

    Makoto Miki (played by Kazue Fukiishi) is a hot, 30-year-old mother of two and a devoted wife in “Holy Battle in Couleur de Rose — The Future Is in Our Hands” — that is, until the day she finds out that her husband has been cheating on her. She then decides the only thing to do to recover from the devastation is to become a professional model. I don’t know why more women who have been wronged don’t take this obvious route!

    Hot model/mom in ‘Holy Battle in Couleur de Rose — The Future Is in Our Hands

    This Mother Bankrupts Her Daughter by Using Her Assets in a Failed Business Venture

    In “Can We Love?” Jung Won’s mom (played by Kim Hye Ok) uses her daughter’s home as collateral for a business loan and loses everything, including her daughter’s home, when the broker runs off with the money. Only in such a family-centric country can a parent stick their hands in their children’s pockets — literally!

    This mom piles on the troubles for our heroine in Can We Love?

    This Mother Endures Divine Paddling for the Sake of Her Spinster Daughter

    Wu Shuang’s mother (played by Lin Mei Xiu) in “My Queen” is so worried that her daughter is not married yet at the ripe old age of 33 that she runs to a temple to seek divine help. There, she endures 100 blows to her rump with a wooden paddle in the hopes of breaking her daughter of her spinster curse! As if that isn’t mortifying enough, the mother then drags Wu Shuang to the same temple so that she also can receive 100 paddle hits to her bum!

    This self-sacrificing mom takes 100 paddles to her rump for her daughter in ‘My Queen

    This Mother … Well, Just Read Below Because It’s Way Too Complicated!

    Valeria (played by Anabell Rivero) so covets her best friend’s life in “Torrent of Passions” that she agrees to become a surrogate mother for her baby. But when her best friend is lost in a plane crash, Valeria willingly comforts her best friend’s husband and ends up having a one-night stand with him. When her pregnancy starts showing, Valeria tells the poor guy that he is the father but leaves out the crucial fact that his wife is the biological mother! Valeria gets the life and family she wants with her best friend’s husband, but things turn a little awkward when the best friend miraculously survives the plane crash and returns home!

    If your best friend dies, then take her husband and her baby, as Valeria does in ‘Torrent of Passions

    This Mother Uses the Family’s Precious Money to Get a Boob Job

    Although her family is struggling to make ends meet in “Assorted Gems,” Pi Hye Ja (played by Han Hye Sook), the mother of four grown kids, selfishly goes to a back-alley doctor to get breast enlargement surgery to make herself more appealing to her philandering husband. The complications from the procedure send the mom to the hospital, piling on additional debt for the family and leaving her children dumbfounded!

    This mom racks up large hospital bills for her struggling family after a botched boob job in Assorted Gems

    Most of us can be glad that our own mothers in no way resemble these drama mamas! Mothers in real life — with their love, strength and support — make the world go around. Our hats are off to our mothers and all the other great mothers in the Viki community! Happy Mother’s Day!

    Mother’s Day Special Event on Viki!

    To show our appreciation for mothers (and those who love them) everywhere, Viki is offering a Mother’s Day Special Collection of movies and television shows from all over the world that both you and your mother are sure to enjoy. So show the mothers in your lives how much you love them by giving the gift of a Viki Pass to enjoy this exclusive collection and all shows on Viki without ads and in HD.

    Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

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    Following Ji Hyun Woo’s release from the Korean mandatory military service on May 6, many are eagerly anticipating the discharge of other favorite celebrities in 2014.

    Ji Hyun Woo looks so dapper in his military garb

    Lee Je Hoon — who is best known for his roles in the films “The Front Line” and “Bleak Night” — is expected to be discharged on July 24. It’s rumored that he has already received a number of scripts and calls from producers and writers who are competing to cast him in their next projects. Watch him play the privileged son of a clothing company in “Fashion King”!

    Lee Je Hoon knows how to look cute while saluting

    Kim Moo Yul — who played Eun Chae’s brother in “Iljimae” — also will be discharged in July, along with K-pop stars Leeteuk of Super Junior, Lee Hyun of 8eight, and Se7en.

    Lee Moo Yul and Leeteuk are at your attention

    Yoo Seung Ho — who starred in “I Miss You,” “Arang and the Magistrate,” “Warrior Baek Dong Soo” and “The Great Queen Seon Dok” — will be discharged in December.

    Yoo Seung Ho looks seriously official
    To tilt the balance of the great stars who are returning from military duty, we are sad to see that Park Ki Woong of “Bridal Mask” and “Full House Take 2” enlisted today! We’re going to miss him!

    Park Ki Woong is ready to join the ranks

    But we can’t wait to see all the other great actors return to the small screen!

    Who are you the most excited to see return to civilian life? Let us know in the comments below!

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    We all know the difference between right and wrong, don’t we? But sometimes, the salaciousness of forbidden love is just too irresistible. Asian dramas were once the vehicles for chaste, unrequited love stories. But that is definitely not the case with modern dramas, as evidenced by some of our favorite hot make-out scenes between forbidden lovers. Here are three of our favorites!

    Lovestore at the Corner

    In this new Taiwanese drama, Shu Lei (played by Lee Wei) cheats on his girlfriend with her best friend, Xin Ni (played by Chloe Wang). Their make-out scene in Episode 1 starts off with Xin Ni jumping on Shu Wei, who is riddled with guilt, but then gets steamy as he gives into the moment.

    Shu Lei can’t resist the lusty kiss from Xin Ni in Episode 1 of ‘Lovestore at the Corner’

    Secret Love Affair

    The entire premise of this guilty-pleasure on-air Korean drama is about an illicit love affair between a 40-year-old woman and a young piano protégé who is half her age. Despite falling instantly in love with Hye Won (played by Kim Hee Ae) when he first sees her, Seon Jae (played by Yoo Ah In) finally consummates his love for her in the most touching, restrained love scene at the end of Episode 8 that is all the more steamy for what it doesn’t show.

    The hot kiss between Hye Won and Seon Jae that starts it all in ‘Secret Love Affair’

    See the tasteful love scene at the end of Episode 8 below.

    The tasteful first love scene between Hye Won and Seon Jae in Episode 8 of ‘Secret Love Affair’

    When a Man Loves

    There is so much sexual chemistry between Jae Hee (played by Yeon Woo Jin) and his boss’ girlfriend, Mi Do (played by Shin Se Kyung), that it’s sizzling. Episode 12 of this Korean drama contains one of the hottest (and dangerously bold, not to mention “what the hell are you doing?”) make-out scenes of all time when Jae Hee finally can’t hold himself back from jumping Mi Do at his boss’ apartment and engaging in the most scintillating make-out scene inside the luxurious closet of Tae Sung (played by Song Seung Heon).

    The steamy make-out scene between Mi Do and Jae Hee

    See the oh-so-wrong, jaw-dropping make-out scene in the episode below!

    Jae Hee and Mi Do get it on and almost get caught in Episode 12 of ‘When a Man Loves’

    Did we miss your favorite make-out scene? Let us know which scenes were too hot for you to handle!

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    Recently, Häagen-Dazs announced two new ice cream flavors in Japan: Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange. While the combination of fruits and vegetables in ice cream might seem strange, this is only one example of delicious twists on classic flavors and food products that can only be found in Asia. You’ve probably even noticed some being enjoyed by your favorite characters in popular dramas!

    Would you try vegetable-flavored ice cream?

    Check out the unique flavors of these six popular Asian snacks, and let us know if you’ve ever had — or want to try — them.


    The yogurt drink has a wonderful tangy taste, and it’s small size makes it easy to bring along anywhere. In “Rooftop Prince,” Lee Gak (played by Park Yoochun) and Bak Ha (played by Han Ji Min) shared a pack while strolling through the park.

    The Crown Prince and the Bak Ha share a yogurt drink in ‘Rooftop Prince

    The original flavor of Yakult is found in countries worldwide, but other delicious flavors can only be found in Asia.

    From left to right: Original, Orange, Grape and Apple flavors

    Kit Kat

    The chocolate-covered wafer is light and crispy with easy-to-snap-off bars. Since 2000, Japan has introduced more than 200 different flavors of these iconic chocolate wafers, including green tea, blueberry cheesecake, purple yam and banana. The flavors are designed to appeal to younger consumers and are often purchased as part of a good-luck gift since the name sounds like the Japanese phrase “Kitto Katsu,” which means “surely win.”

    The many flavors of Kit Kat found only in Japan


    The most popular flavors of this coated biscuit sticks are strawberry and chocolate, which is what Na Jung (played by Go Ah Ra) is eating while watching Chil Bong (played by Yoo Yeon Seok) pitch during their university’s baseball championships in “Reply 1994.” But there are many more flavors of this delicious snack — such as coconut, peanut, tropical and cheesecake — that are hard to find outside of Asia.

    Na Jung chomps on a chocolate-covered Pocky in ‘Reply 1994
    Like Kit Kat, Pocky also comes in a variety of sizes and flavors, most of which are only available in Asia

    Potato Chips

    The crunching sound heard while eating potato chips is instantly recognizable. Popular flavors include original, barbecue, and sour cream and onion. However, traveling abroad opens up a whole new world of flavor options. In China, Lay’s potato chips come in cucumber, blueberry, and hot and sour fish soup! Thailand offers seaweed, salmon, and hot chili pepper. In “Romance Town,” Soon Geum (played by Sung Yu Ri) and Gun Woo (played by Jung Gyu Woon) walk back from the store after purchasing their favorite potato chips to share. 

    Soon Geum and Gun Woo joke around after buying chips in ‘Romance Town
    Examples of the unusual flavors of Lay’s potato chips found in Thailand


    The sandwich cookies consist of cream filling squeezed between two chocolate disks. Since first being introduced in the United States, Oreos have been produced in many varieties in different countries all around the world. Some notable flavors include milky banana (China), dulce de leche (Chile), green tea (Japan), and orange ice cream (Singapore and Malaysia). 

    The rainbow of Oreo cookie shapes and flavors available in China

    Bottled Tea

    The bottled tea market has grown rapidly in recent years, with several drink companies expanding their offerings to include different black and green tea options. In Asia, grocery store shelves are packed with teas that range from chrysanthemum and oolong to barley and corn silk. You can even find bottled tea as a staple in meeting rooms, as evidenced by the scenes from “I Need Romance 3” and “Flower Boy Next Door.”

    Tea is served in company meetings in ‘I Need Romance 3’ (top) and ‘Flower Boy Next Door’ (bottom)

    Which snack is your favorite? What else should we have included in this list? Share your comments below!

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    Would you like to attend an advanced screening of Hyun Bin’s new historical movie, “The Fatal Encounter”? The movie is premiering all over North America on May 23, but we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to special advanced screenings in Chicago and Toronto on Thursday, May 15! Tickets do not include travel arrangements or expenses.

    To enter, simply follow these steps by 10 p.m. Pacific Time today, May 13. But hurry, you only have 12 hours to enter!

    1. Like CJ E&M America’s Facebook page
    2. Fill out this form with your contact information

    Winners will be contacted via email with the specific location of the screening by 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 13. Winners’ names will be added to the special screening guest list. Both screenings with occur at 7 p.m. in their respective locations.

    Good luck! Watch Hyun Bin’s transformation into the fierce and rugged King Jeongjo in the movie trailer below to see what you’re in for with this exciting new movie!

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    Learning a new language might seem hard at first, but it’s actually pretty easy. Many Viki fans have shared stories about how they’ve learned new languages by watching dramas and movies on Viki. You’d be surprised at how much you can pick up!

    Today, we’re featuring the Chinese dialect of Mandarin. See below as we breakdown and translate some Mandarin phrases into English from popular Taiwanese/Chinese dramas found on Viki.

    Never Give Up, Dodo

    When Dodo (played by newcomer Yin Hang) and Xu Fei (played by Godfrey Gao) decide to get married, Xu Fei’s siblings come to town to help them with their wedding preparations. But the siblings don’t seem to like Dodo very much. When Dodo puts on her fancy wedding dress, Xu Fei’s brother (who is pictured below in another funny scene with Dodo) criticizes the way she looks in it by saying, “What kind of bad figure is this?”

    Man Comes to Tang Dynasty
    When Zhi Hao wakes up one day and finds himself in completely unfamiliar surroundings (back in time in the Tang Dynasty) and next to a strange woman, he doesn’t know what to make of the situation. But when the woman tells him that she is his wife, he is very confused and utters, “Darn this!”

    Fabulous 30

    During a girls’ getaway vacation to Macau with her two best friends, Zhi Qin (played by Albee Huang)  spends the night with a complete stranger. When she returns in the morning to her friends, they show their displeasure by saying, “You’re so dead.”

    Dragon Gate

    When Mo Yu (played by Alice Ke) is captured along with the prime minister’s daughter by the evil Xiang Yu (played by Tammy Chen) and held inside Dragon Gate, she demands to know, “What are you trying to do?”

    Suo Meng Lou

    When a beautifully dressed dancer from Shanghai arrives in a small town and goes into the Jiang family shop, they assume she is there to look at the beautiful fabrics instead of to shake up the town with her controversial news. When the workers scurry to attend to the dancer’s needs, they yell at a kitchen worker to bring her some tea, and the worker responds, “Sure thing!”

    Tell us in the comments what words you’ve learned from watching Taiwanese/Chinese dramas and movies! Also, which language would you like to see featured next?

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    This week brought news of several high-profile celebrity breakups. These K-drama stars are back on the market, which is good news for single fans everywhere! 

    Yoo In Na and Ji Hyun Woo 

    Following Ji Hyun Woo’s release from the Korean mandatory military service on May 6, he and his Queen In Hyun’s Man co-star Yoo In Na ended their two-year relationship.

    Splitsville for Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

    Moon Geun Young and Kim Bum 

    The two actors met on the set of Jung Yi, The Goddess of Fire and traveled together to Europe, but they recently announced they have ended their six-month relationship. 

    Kim Bum and Moon Geun Young are back on the market after 6 months

    Kim Woo Bin and Yoo Ji Ann 

    The Heirs star and model Yoo Ji Ann seemed to have a lot in common because they began their careers in modeling. News broke this week that the model couple had actually parted way about three months ago. The separation was caused by distance and their busy schedules.

    Kim Woo Bin and Yoo Ji Ann give their fans new hope by being newly single
    Which star would you like to date, now that these A-list celebrities are single again? Let us know!

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    Hi, everyone. This is Mela from Viki's product team!

    I'm happy to report that we've launched another easy way to create a Viki account. By logging in with Google+, you can get access to your favorite features like Favorites, Viki Pass, Timed Comments, the subtitling tool and more. 

    If you haven't yet created an account using Facebook or your email, click “Login” on the upper-right corner of the homepage, then select “Login with Google+”. You also can connect your existing account from Account Settings.

    By creating a new account on Viki, you’ll enjoy Viki Pass FREE for three days! You'll be able to binge watch all your favorites shows without ads and in HD!

    With Google+ login, its now even easier to watch your favorite dramas and movies
    This new login also will allow you to easily download our Android app. With our free mobile apps, you can take your favorite shows with you wherever you are. If you don’t have our app installed yet, you'll be prompted to download the app after logging in. Click “Install” and it will automatically download the app to your phone. So simple!

    Login with Google also is available in the new version of the Android app. Coming soon on our iOS app! Questions? For more information, visit our Help Center

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