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    Something must have been in the air or in the water this year to make the bad guys in our favorite Asian dramas so deliciously bad! They killed or tried to kill people, they sabotaged, they set fires, they stole husbands, they threw away their own kids, they faked injuries, and they even brutally beat up innocent bystanders! But that was just the beginning of it. They’re cold, heartless, conniving, nasty, vindictive, self-absorbed and just downright malicious.

    But if evil characters didn’t exist in our favorite Asian dramas, we wouldn’t have a reason to watch. Evil characters are the necessary foils for our heroes and heroines, giving them the perfect platforms from which the good can shine through and prevail!

    This year gave us so many memorable evil drama characters. Here are our favorites for 2014!

    Min Jung — 

    Jang Bo Ri Is Here


    If there was an “Evil Villain of the Year” drama award, then Yeon Min Jung (played by Lee Yoo Ri) of “Jang Bo Ri Is Here” would take home the Grand Prize for 2014! No other character this year made so many fans scream at their screens quite like Min Jung, and her name was the hottest keyword searched online during the third quarter of 2014. It was reported that when a key plot twist happened in the drama, viewers began to scream and applaud during the original broadcast in Korea at a deafening level usually reserved for the World Cup! So convincingly bad was Min Jung that she was dubbed “the nation’s villain” in Korea. And some people can’t distinguish fact from fiction because while the cast was filming a scene on the streets, a woman in a passing bus yelled at Lee Yoo Ri “that evil bitch”! The incident was caught on video and immediately went viral on Korean YouTube!

    To go into all the bad things that Min Jung did would require a novel. But in a nutshell, Min Jung wanted to escape her destitute background so she left her poor mother and lied to get adopted into a life of privilege; she had a baby with her ex-boyfriend but threw the baby away because she didn’t want to be held back; she cheated at work and sabotaged others to get ahead, even taking other people’s handiwork and passing it off as her own; she tried to keep people from finding out who her adopted parents’ real daughter is; and she manipulated her way into marrying a wealthy man, trying to sweet-talk his family, and then got pregnant to keep her man after he found out her real identity. But Min Jung’s reward for all of her bad behavior at the end of the drama is oh-so-sweet!

    Yoo Ae Yeon — You’re All Surrounded


    They say that a person’s eyes are a window into that person’s soul. If that’s the case, we are truly afraid of Yoo Ae Yeon (played by Moon Hee Kyung), the despicable daughter of a powerful politician in “You’re All Surrounded.” This is the snootiest, most narcissistic person ever to grace dramaland. She treats all the people around her like they were born to serve her hand-and-foot. She uses her money, her father’s power and her privileged position to idle away her days shopping at expensive stores, exercising at the most prestigious health club, and spending time with her equally snobbish friends.

    But on occasions when she needs to expel some of her murderous bad temper, she also uses her money, her father’s power and her privileged position to make sure that she gets away with it. The law is beneath her, and she doesn’t have to abide by it! We hope to never cross paths with a woman like her, or she will beat the living daylights out of us for sport — but not before forcing us to sign a legal waiver holding her unaccountable! Scary!

    Lee Jae Kyung — My Love From the Star


    We all hope that we never have a sibling like Lee Jae Kyung (played by Shin Sung Rok) in “My Love From the Star”! So deep was his “father loved you best” complex with his older brother, Lee Han Kyung (played by Yeon Woo Jin), that Jae Kyung became a terrifying, deranged lunatic who keeps killing or trying to kill people to cover up his wrongdoings.

    Not only did he poison his own older brother and his girlfriend, Han Yoo Ra (played by Yu In Young), he even locked up his ex-wife in a mental institution when she started getting suspicious of him! When our heroine, Cheon Song Yi (played by Jun Ji Hyun), also became suspicious, he ordered his minions to trash her apartment, stage accidents on her film set and cut the brakes on her car! He’s definitely not a one-trick pony — he has lots of evil artillery in his expansive repertoire!

    Huan Huan — Fall in Love With Me



    A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her man, you know what I’m saying? Li Huan Huan (played by Beatrice Fang) has an angelic face and an outwardly sweet disposition, but the devil in her tells her to do and say whatever she has to to guilt Lu Tian Xing (played by Aaron Yan) into staying by her side in Fall in Love With Me.” Huan Huan knows she has formidable competition in Tao Le Si (played by Tia Li) for Tian Xing’s heart, so she brings her “A” game to get Tian Xing to marry her over Le Si.

    That “A” game is to make Tian Xing believe that he was responsible for the car accident that put her in a wheelchair. When she later discovers that her legs are recovered — oh, look, she can use them just fine! — she wants to keep that little secret to herself so that Tian Xing won’t dare leave her and go running to Le Si! But when Huan Huan finds out that Le Si and Tian Xing want to elope, she sends her mother’s henchmen after them to put a stop to it! Just let him go, sweetie! He never loved you!

    Gyo Chae Yeon — Birth of a Beauty


    To be a true drama villain, you have to master that evil stare-down! You know that look — that piercing glare that feels like laser beams will dart out of their eyes and kill you! Gyo Chae Yeon (played by Wang Ji Hye) is the queen of the evil stare-down in “Birth of a Beauty.” She is a selfish woman who openly has an affair with Lee Kang Joon (played by Jung Gyu Woon) even though she knows he is a married man and takes him away from his wife. She then witnesses him cause the accident that supposedly kills his wife but does nothing about it and then tries to use that knowledge to keep him by her side. After she marries him and he again strays with another woman, she acts like the enraged wife who can’t palate her just desserts and plans all kinds of vengeful things to get back at her husband and the other woman. But it’s hard to feel sorry for her when she gives us that evil stare-down!

    Kang Dong Seok — Big Man


    You can’t fault a man for having a bad heart. Or his parents for wanting to do everything they can to help their son get the heart transplant he needs in order to live in “Big Man.” But you can fault the man and his family if they think they are above the law, or too wealthy and powerful to wait for a suitable donor to materialize like everyone else in their situation. The parents of Kang Dong Seok (played by Daniel Choi) decide they will “create” a family member who can donate a heart by finding an orphan who is a match for Dong Seok. When Dong Seok wakes up in the hospital to learn that he now has a “long-lost older brother” that he can’t get rid of and a media frenzy that won’t let him take his heart, he pretends to be a caring younger brother to his face while plotting a way to frame him or kill him — whichever can happen first! Dong Seok’s insincere, two-faced smirk — through those pursed, gorgeous lips — is truly evil!

    Lee Joong Goo — Hotel King


    It’s almost expected in business to be cutthroat, conniving and ruthless — especially in the massive conglomerate world of K-dramas! But Lee Joong Goo (played by Lee Deok Hwa) takes competitiveness to a whole new level in “Hotel King.” He takes in a young boy off the streets, tells him he is the son of Chairman Ah, the owner of the luxurious Hotel Ciel, just so he can groom the boy to seek revenge against his biggest competitor! Now, that is patient business planning! He then knocks off Chairman Ah and makes it look like suicide; tries to frame his own protégé, Cha Jae Wan (played by Lee Dong Wook), for leaking private hotel information; tries to steal the hotel away from the chairman’s daughter, Ah Mo Ne (played by Lee Da Hae); and takes people hostage and runs away rather than be caught for his crimes! If this type of man turns out to be your father, what would you do?

    Song Cha Ok — Pinocchio


    Some people are just missing the maternal chromosome from their genetic makeup. Song Cha Ok (played by Jin Kyung) is so consumed by her career as a broadcast journalist, she lives and breathes her job and ignores her husband and daughter in the currently airing drama “Pinocchio.” When her husband calls her to tell her he’s leaving her and taking their daughter, she just accepts the news like someone just confirmed her lunch order and goes back to her reporting duties.

    But it’s Cha Ok’s demeanor on the job that is truly scary. She will fabricate, twist, turn and misrepresent the information she is covering to make it more dramatic, heart-wrenching and powerful. She will go buy a baby shoe and pretend she found it among the wreckage of an accident. When other reporters are standing knee-deep in a flood, she will get down on her knees to make it look like the water is up to her chest! She has no guilt about ruining an entire family with her twisted words as long as she got a good news story out of it! She even rejects her own daughter, Choi In Ha (played by Park Shin Hye), for a job but then brings her to work with her only as a publicity stunt. She has no maternal instincts toward In Ha at all and is even quick to want to fire her when she no longer seems useful! Truly mean, cold and heartless!

    Yang Joo Hee  — Trot Lovers


    And then, of course, there’s this kind of mother! The kind that would do whatever it takes to help her her own daughter get ahead, even if she lacks true talent! Yang Joo Hee (played by Kim Hye Ri) is that kind of manipulative, calculating mother in “Trot Lovers.” Years ago, when she herself was a trainee, Joo Hee did unspeakable things to get rid of her toughest competition and make sure that she succeeded instead. Now that she’s an executive in the entertainment company where her own daughter, Park Soo In (played by Lee Se Young), is a trainee, Joo Hee uses the same methods to get rid of her daughter’s toughest competition! Paying people off, creating false scandals, perpetuating hurtful rumors, covering up her daughter’s crimes and pinning it on someone else — nothing is beyond this stage mother’s abilities!

    King Yeong Jo — Secret Door


    I’m sure if we were suddenly made king of a vast empire, we too would get so drunk by the idea of power that we would do whatever it takes to keep it! King Yeong Jo (played by Han Suk Kyu) is so thirsty for power, he plots to poison his own older brother and assassinates him so that he can succeed the throne in “Secret Door.” He then becomes a nervous king who tries to guard his power because he’s always afraid someone will take it away from him. He does everything in his power to prevent a document that proves his role in the overthrow of his older brother’s government from seeing the light of day, even killing off the people who know about its existence!

    The King wants to groom his son, Prince Sado (played by Lee Je Hoon), to become ruler, but when Prince Sado wants to make government service opportunities equitable for all the citizens, the King will have none of that and takes his power away again. In the end, the King punishes Prince Sado in the most horrific way that will haunt you for a very long time! Was King Yeong Jo a conflicted ruler who just did what he had to do at the time? We’ll never really know!

    Which evil drama character was your favorite this year? Let us know in the comments!

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    Join us Tuesday, December 23, for a live screening of Episode 1 of ‘My Love From the Star’!

    Although “My Love From the Star” is one of the biggest K-dramas of the past decade, you may not have had a chance to watch this series yet. We want to give you the opportunity to catch up with much-talked-about series by joining your fellow Viki fans to watch Episode 1 together during our live Twitter event! At 1 p.m. PST/ 9 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, December 23, we will be hosting a live Twitter viewing party for the premiere episode of this fantastic drama. To join the conversation, all you have to do is tweet in with the hashtag #VikiLive. See below for the exact details of how to participate!

    Loved by both fans and critics alike, the K-drama “My Love From the Star” has truly become a full-fledged phenomenon. The success of the fantasy romance series has catapulted both Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun into international superstars as well as cultural icons.

    In this epic love story, Kim Soo Hyun plays Do Min Joon, an alien from outer space who lands on Earth during the Chosun Dynasty and takes on a human form. After he loses a human woman that he loved during that era, he becomes cold and distant and tries to keep his distance from lowly humans while he awaits the chance to return to his home planet. But 400 years later, he meets modern-day actress Cheon Song Yi (played by Jun Ji Hyun), and the two fall in love. But is a lasting relationship possible between an alien and a human? Watching this drama will renew your faith in love and make you wish for your own love story that shatters  any time-space obstacles!

    The series was voted “Korea’s most favorite program” by a landslide in a poll conducted by Gallup Korea in February. The popularity of this show is not confined within the borders of South Korea, however. The drama and its stars enjoy worldwide appeal and have thus earned countless fans in Asia and the Americas. The show’s impact has been so widespread that an American remake is already in development at ABC. But it’s not too late for you to learn what all the craze is about!

    Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun both looking as cute as ever in these series of selfies!

    It doesn’t matter if you’re trying out this drama for the first time or if you’re already a huge fan — this event is a fun way to connect to other fans and experience watching a drama with people from all over the world! Who knows, you might even make some new friends!

    #VikiLive screening of ‘My Love From the Star,’ 
    starring Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun!


     Here’s how it’ll work:
    • On Tuesday, December 23, at 1 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. GMT, we’ll have a 5-minute countdown to the premiere.
    • At 1:05 p.m. PST/9:05 p.m. GMT, we’ll all hit “play” together on Episode 1 of “My Love From the Star.”
    • During the episode, we’ll all chime in with our real-time reactions and observations. It’ll be like a live stream of timed comments!

    And adding to the excitement of the event, the fans who send in our favorite tweets of the night will get the chance to win some awesome books from our friends at Tuttle Publishing!


    So pop your popcorn, find a comfy spot on the couch, and get ready to watch a great drama together with your Viki family! See you soon!

    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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    So many times this year, we found ourselves watching a great drama and, suddenly, the storyline goes in a direction that just blows us away in a “totally didn’t see that one coming” moment! Then, we have to rub our eyes, backtrack a little bit and watch it again to make sure it actually happened!

    These shocking plot twists made for some of the most exciting, suspenseful moments in drama viewing. Here are our favorites from this year! But be forewarned — this blog contains spoilers below!

    Pride and Prejudice— ‘Why did you kill my little brother?’


    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: At the beginning of this exciting currently airing series when Yeol Moo (played by Baek Jin Hee) comes to work as a trainee in the Seoul prosecutor’s office — where Koo Dong Chi (played by Choi Jin Hyuk) works — she tells Dong Chi she came specifically to that office to get “revenge.” The storyline then unfolds that Yeol Moo and Dong Chi used to date, so the viewer assumes that it’s just a past relationship gone bad. But then at the end of Episode 4, Yeol Moo asks Dong Chi the shocking question, “Why did you kill my little brother?” while brandishing half of Dong Chis old report card where a child had written “Save me”! When you learn how Dong Chi is connected to Yeol Moo’s brother’s death at the beginning of Episode 5, it is one of the most tragic, tense moments in drama history! But the drama doesnt just stop there. The twists and turns that intertwine the lives of all the characters keep unfolding in suspenseful layers. OMG!


    FAN REACTION: While most dramas take their sweet time to build to the climax, “Pride and Prejudice” is the most adrenaline-rush, seat-clenching series right from the get-go! And it keeps throwing curve balls at us that we didn’t expect. Is the person who appears to be bad really bad? Is the person that we think is good secretly bad? The show keeps us guessing at every turn. And we can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the end!


    Birth of a Beauty— A Head-to-Toe Revenge Plan


    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: After a bad car accident, Sa Geum Ran seeks out Han Tae Hee (played by Joo Sang Wook), thinking he is a doctor, to transform her appearance so that she can seek revenge on her husband’s family for years of mistreatment. From head to toe, Tae Hee crafts Geum Ran into his idea of the perfect woman and transforms her into the beautiful Sara (played by Han Ye Seul)! The transformation is so shocking so complete that her former husband, Lee Kang Joon (played by Jung Gyu Woon), doesn’t even recognize her and falls in love with the new her! But when Sara learns that her own husband may have caused her accident,” Sara’s world goes into a tailspin and she has to decide exactly what she wants to to accomplish with her revenge plan!



    FAN REACTION: You can’t help but feel a storm of anger from the very beginning of this drama because of the way Geum Ran’s in-laws treat her — worse than a common servant as they constantly belittle and mock her. After her transformation to Sara, Geum Ran’s revenge is ever-so-sweet and shall be served cold! We are rooting for Sara every step of the way as she fights for justice in this unexpectedly addicting drama!


    Prince William— Living the Life of a Man Who Hurts Yours



    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: Wen Bin, a poor fishmonger from the hillbillies, is bribed to impersonate a complete stranger, William (both played by Xie Kun Da), because of his strong resemblance to the man. When William gets into a traumatic kidnapping accident that incapacitates him, he is at risk of losing his company, so Williams people want Wen Bin to carry out William’s functions as CEO. But here’s the shocker after taking such good care of William while he is debilitated, Wen Bin’s mother is shoved by William in a fit of hallucinogenic rage, causing her to hit her head and fall into a coma! Can Wen Bin continue to live in the shoes of the person who has devastated his own family?


    FAN REACTION: If faced with the same situation as William, would you want a complete stranger living your life? How bizarre would it be to have a complete stranger live in your house, wear your clothes, act like you, and even hang out and interact with all of your friends and colleagues? Uhm, no thanks. And what’s worse, Wen Bin’s own life is being ripped apart by the person he is trying to help. This is a classic situation of being stuck between a rock and a hard place!

    It’s Okay, That’s Love— A Shocking Survival Mechanism!


    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: Jae Yeol (played by Jo In Sung) and Hae Soo (played by Gong Hyo Jin) seem like the perfect quirky couple in “It’s Okay, That’s Love.” Sure, he’s a cocky celebrity novelist with a brother who wants to kill him, and she has serious intimacy issues because of her adulterous mother. But who doesn’t bring a little baggage into a relationship, right? WRONG. The biggest shocker in this great drama is when we learn that Hae Soo isn’t the only one dealing with psychological baggage. It turns out Jae Yeol’s young, aspiring-writer friend, Kang Woo (played by D.O.), is actually a figment of Jae Yeol’s imagination! Jae Yeol created Kang Woo as a coping mechanism to deal with his childhood trauma of an abusive stepfather. Watch the dramatic plot twist scene!


    FAN REACTION: Kang Woo came off as an odd character in the series, appearing at unusual times times and also disappearing just as mysteriously. But NO ONE even had the slightest idea that he was Jae Yeol’s hallucination! The moment the writers of this show revealed this plot twist, hell must’ve frozen over just a little bit. I must’ve screamed “WHAT!?” and “DAEBAK” to my screen several times until this epiphany sunk in. But if you think THAT was bad, strap yourself into your seat tighter because you will be in for one crazy ride for the rest of the exciting series!

    Apple in Your Eye— A Love Delayed or Lost?




    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: Happiness FINALLY comes to Yao Qi (played by Lan Cheng Lung) and Ji Wei (played by Amber An) when they announce that they will be getting married. But, of course, it can’t be that easy in a drama! Yao Qi suddenly gets hit with his father’s debt which is an estimated $9 million! In the midst of this tailspin as Yao Qi tries to figure out what to do, he decides to ask permission from Ji Wei’s mother to postpone the marriage for two years! What mother would say yes to that?


    FAN REACTION: As if 12 episodes wasn’t long enough to FINALLY get this couple hitched, why bring on the misery of falling into debt? Yao Qi surely needs a break or two. Despite of it all, it is admirable how Yao Qi wants to have a clean slate and start fresh when he does get married to Ji Wei. But what woman would be able to put her life on hold for two years and what parents would bless a wedding for their daughter with a man who is saddled with an exorbitant amount of debt? That, in the drama world, translates to at least 10 more episodes! Sheesh!


    Jang Bo Ri Is Here— Two Women With Hopelessly Interconnected Lives



    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: A rich family loses their daughter, Bo Ri (later played by Oh Yeon Seo), when she goes missing after a car accident. She ends up losing her memory and being raised by Min Jung (later played by Lee Yoo Ri) and her mother. Meanwhile, Min Jung pretends to be an orphan so she couldbe sponsored by a rich family, which happens to be the real parents of Bo Ri! Years later, Min Jung has a daughter out of wedlock and Bo Ri finds the baby and raises her as her own daughter. But when Min Jung finds out that Bo Ri is actually the real long-lost daughter of the rich family, she does everything imaginable to keep her life and prevent Bo Ri from taking it away from her. Then the emotions flow when Bo Ri realizes that her adopted daughter is the biological child of her arch nemesis!


    FAN REACTION: It is so hard to keep up with all the lies, twists and turns Min Jung gets away with to maintain her luxurious life, but the moment when Bo Ri finds out the truth about who Bi Dan’s birth mother is, your heart can’t help but skip a beat. How do you handle that sort of truth when the person you hate the most is the mother of the child you’ve been raising as your own?! It is just so wrong on so many levels, it’s mind-blowing! But this drama wouldn’t be as fun and nerve-wracking if it wasn’t for Min Jung’s ex-boyfriend, Moon Ji Sang (played by Sung Hyuk), who seeks revenge and unties ALL of Min Jung’s lies, one by one. Ahhh, refreshing!

    Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team— Losing 50 Years of Your Life!



    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: Four police detectives are investigating the strange murder of a man whose old body doesn’t fit his 43-year-old identity. When they come across a large aquarium-like container with two human research subjects, all four detectives jump into the tank to free the men. But three of the “flower boy detectives Lee Joon Hyuk (played by Lee Soon Jae), Han Won Bin (played by Byun Hee Bong) and Jeon Kang Seok (played by Jang Gwang) – emerge from the tank having aged 50 years, while their partner Park Jung Woo (played by Kim Hee Chul) remains unchanged in his 20s! The grandfather detectives have to solve the murder mystery or they may never find a way to return to their young selves!


    FAN REACTION: How ironic is it that three young, handsome detectives end up aging 50 years whilst investigating a mysterious case where a similar event occurred? Freaky Friday gone bad, anyone? Nevertheless, there is some nice eye candy for everyone to enjoy in this funny drama!

    She’s So Lovable— Of All the Women Out There...



    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: Years after after Hyun Wook (played by Rain) loses his girlfriend in a tragic car accident, he receives a mysterious phone call on his dead girlfriend’s old broken phone, where he hears a voicemail left by her younger sister, Se Na (played by Krystal). Thinking she is in trouble, he goes to look for her. Despite now knowing that Se Na is the younger sister of his dead girlfriend, Hyun Wook cant help but fall in love with her!


    FAN REACTION: If there’s a pink elephant in a drama and no one is talking about it, it has got to be this one. Anyone find it bizarre that Hyun Wook and Se Na fall in love with each other? Im sure feelings do develop when youre caring for your ex-girlfriends sister, but people have got to know their boundaries!

    Doctor Stranger— Long-Lost Girlfriend Not Lost at All?



    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: Park Hoon (Lee Jong Suk) is raised in North Korea for most of his life after his father, a gifted cardiothoracic surgeon, is sent there for a top-secret operation and is not able to return to South Korea. Hoon becomes an accomplished chest surgeon, like his father, and manages to escape to South Korea and goes to work in the prestigious Myeongwoo University Hospital. There, he crosses paths with the anesthesiologist Han Seung Hee, who bears a strong resemblance to Song Jae Hee (both played by Jin Se Yeon), Hoon’s girlfriend back in North Korean whom he wants desperately to come join him. Han Seung Hee strongly denies that she’s Jae Hee, wanting to keep her secrets and to protect Hoon, but their love for each other soon reveals the truth of her identity! 



    FAN REACTION: And the truth shall set you free! Finally, just when our curiosity was nibbling away at our patience, Jae Hee appears in front of Hoon, proving his suspicions were true! Seung Hee is Jae Hee! Now, while not all things can stay pink and peachy for long, will they both be able to live in peace and safety in the South? Ahh!



    The Library— A Discovery That Comes Too Late


    MAJOR PLOT TWIST: Unable to gather the courage to talk to the beautiful librarian Ann (played by Selina Wiesmann), Jim (played by Ananda Everingham) tries to woo her by leaving her notes inside of the library books he borrows. Unfortunately, Ann discovers these notes only after Jim stops coming to the library — and then finds out that he had succumbed to liver cancer!

    FAN REACTION: What do you do when you find out that a person who had feelings for you and left you all these sweet notes is no longer alive? What if HE had been the one? Of course, that is a bit exaggerated, but it leaves you with all these “what ifs” and your heart can’t help but sink a little when you know you can’t do anything about it now. What would you do?

    Which major plot twist was your personal favorite? Let us know in the comments!

    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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    As the end of another fantastic year in dramaland approaches, it’s time to remember our favorite moments from dramas this year. There were so many memorable moments, but we narrowed the options down to our favorite kissing scenes, confessions, and more, and then you voted for your favorites earlier this month. With thousands of votes cast, here are your picks for the best drama scenes of 2014!

    HOTTEST KISSING SCENE — Jae Yeol and Hae Soo Make Out in ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love

    In this scene, Jae Yeol (played by Jo In Sung) and Hae Soo (played by Gong Hyo Jin) are on vacation in Okinawa. They’ve been pushing each other’s buttons all day, so Jae Yeol decides to go swimming by himself at night and leaves Hae Soo alone at the hotel. Hae Soo can’t fall asleep, so she goes looking for Jae Yeol. When she finds him, their earlier tension seems to melt away and they share a romantic kiss under the moonlight. We swoon as they spend their first night together on the beach and the smooth vocals of Davichi wafts into our ears! Watch the steamy scene below!



    MOST MEMORABLE FIRST KISS — First Kiss Between Jae Yeol and Hae Soo in ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love

    Hae Soo tells Jae Yeol about her hang-up with physical intimacy, which began after she witnessed her mother cheating on her father as a child. She says she has been able to overcome some of her anxiety by trying to see intimate situations from a positive perspective. Jae Yeol replies, “Why would you imagine and imagine and assure and assure yourself about it? You can just do it, lightly.” And then he demonstrates what he means by planting an unexpected kiss on her! Watch the cute couple’s first kiss below!



    MOST TOUCHING CONFESSION — Dong Joo’s Love Confession in ‘Angel Eyes

    Dong Joo (played by Lee Sang Yoon) falls in love with a blind girl, Soo Wan (played by Gu Hye Sun), when they were teenagers. But they are forced to separate after Dong Joo’s mother dies. Twelve years later, Dong Joo has become a successful surgeon, while Soo Wan has undergone a corneal transplant that has restored her sight and now works as an emergency 119 rescue worker. When the two meet again, Dong Joo doesn’t want Soo Wan to find out that she is able to see because of his mother’s donated eyes, so he pretends to have forgotten her. However, Soo Wan learns that Dong Joo has been recording his journal in the same mp3 player that Dong Joo used to use to tell Soo Wan stories when she was blind. Soo Wan finds out that Dong Joo never forgot about her, and confronts him at the airport right before he’s about to leave for the United States. See the touching moment below!



    BEST SERENADE — Tae Hee Sings ‘Kiss Time’ in ‘Birth of a Beauty

    Sa Geum Ran has been transformed into the beautiful Sara (played by Han Ye Seul) through plastic surgery with the help of Tae Hee (played by Joo Sang Wook). In this funny scene, Sara is on a date with her ex-husband, Kang Joon (played by Jung Gyu Woon), when they are picked as the “most perfect couple” at the restaurant that night. As the winning couple, they’re told that it’s “kiss time,” and this is when Tae Hee and his group of serenaders work their magic to make sure the kiss actually happens. It turns out that the restaurant is actually owned by Tae Hee, and he’s helping Sara to seduce Kang Joon so they can pursue their revenge plan against him! Hear the velvety singing voice of Joo Sang Wook in the great scene below!



    BEST CONFRONTATION — Wine in Jae Yeol’s Face in ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love

    During a house party, Jae Yeol informs Hae Soo that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, so Hae Soo breaks up with her boyfriend in front of the rest of their friends. After everyone has gone home, Jae Yeol knocks on Hae Soo’s door and offers her a consolation drink. Hae Soo questions Jae Yeol’s intentions, because she she knows his reputation as a player, so she throws the glass of wine in his face. To Hae Soo’s surprise, Jae Yeol retaliates! See the funny scene below!



    MOST PLAYFUL COUPLE  — Woo Hyun Surprises Seul Bi in ‘Hi! School: Love On

    Seul Bi (played by Kim Sae Ron) is an angel who accidentally becomes human after she saves high school student Woo Hyun (played by Nam Woohyun) from a premature death. Woo Hyun likes Seul Bi, but when his best friend, Sung Yeol (played by Lee Sungyeol), also develops feelings for her, the best friends turn into rivals. See what happens when Woo Hyun pays a surprise visit to Seul Bi but then Sung Yeol also shows up!



    Which of these 2014 drama scenes was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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    While it may be a little early, Akemashite Omedetou (あけまして おめでとう), everyone! Or, Happy New Year! With 2014 winding down, we decided the perfect way to close out the year would be to go back to Japan and learn a few fun phrases from newlyweds Kotoko (played by Honoka Miki) and Naoki (played by Yuki Furukawa) of the much-loved “Mischievous Kiss” series.

    In Japan, January 1st isn’t just a day to start New Year’s resolutions; instead, many people go to a shrine and offer prayers, a custom known as hatsumōde (初詣), as seen in Episode 4 of “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO.” Some women, like Kotoko and her friends, wear a beautiful kimono (着物), the traditional Japanese dress, when at the shrines. So cool!



    In Episode 1 of “Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in TOKYO,” we find that Kotoko’s prayers for romance made that New Year’s day were definitely not made in vain: not only are she and Naoki married, but they’re now on a dream getaway on the beautiful island of Okinawa. Although we might not be as lucky as they are to jet-set to Japan this December 31st, impress those around you by using these five useful expressions straight from their one-of-a-kind Okinawan adventure that are sure to come in handy wherever you ring in the New Year!


    Ask Someone to Take Your Picture



    During their stay in Okinawa, Kotoko hopes to document virtually every moment with Naoki through pictures. At a local tourist spot, Kotoko’s kind nature is seen when she asks the help of a (sort of) stranger to take the perfect shot of her and Naoki.  During your New Year’s celebration, when a selfie just isn’t cutting it for that profile-picture-worthy photo, channel your inner Kotoko, build up a little bit of confidence, and ask the closest person to take your photo by using this phrase!

    Take Someone Else’s Photo



    The newlyweds go on an adventurous excursion during their honeymoon, coming face-to-face with a boa constrictor! To get them to show off their pearly whites for this once-in-a-lifetime photo, the cameraman asks them (and a few uninvited photobombers) to “Say cheese!” While most of our New Year’s photos don’t always involve reptilian guests, if you find yourself playing group photographer this NYE, change it up a bit and say “Hai cheezu!” to get your “models” to smile!

    Ask for Something When You’re Shopping



    On the third day of their Okinawan holiday, Kotoko and Naoki finally find some alone time and do some browsing at the local market. To quickly get the attention of a local vendor, Naoki points to the crab that Kotoko is looking at and says, “Excuse me. Please give me this.” Naoki’s brand of kind assertiveness is sure to help you in any sort of shopping situation, especially during the often-chaotic, end-of-the-year holiday sales!

    Say That You’re Full



    After watching a show together, Kotoko and Naoki chat about their next itinerary item over lunch at a local restaurant, filling their plates and their stomachs with delicious food. If you find yourself in a similar situation (it is the holidays, after all) and have reached your food-consumption limit, there’s no problem in telling people that your stomach is packed. No one is judging, promise! 

    Greet Someone Who Has Arrived Home 


    Naoki and Kotoko head back home after their honeymoon and are driven to a mysterious house, or more accurately, mansion. After opening the door, they are given a warm surprise welcome by Kotoko’s family, who enthusiastically (and a bit ironically) shout, “Welcome home!” If you have any family or friends coming over to your house to celebrate the New Year with you, give them a welcome to remember and show off your Japanese skills with this greeting!

    Which Japanese phrase is your favorite? What have been your favorite phrases and languages to learn this past year? Let us know in the comments!

    Also, be sure to keep the conversation going in the Discussions! Read about interesting topics such as Local food and drinks, Basic words in your language, and even tips on how to stay motivated on your language-learning journey!


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    Earlier this month, you voted for your favorite Asian drama of 2014, and the results are finally in! With thousands of votes cast from all over the world, we’re excited to announce the drama you picked as the 2014 Best Drama of the Year: “My Love From the Star”! The epic love story between the hottest alien to land on Earth and the human woman who is destined to be his true love garnered 35 percent of the total votes!


    Coming in close second was “It’s Okay, That’s Love” with 27 percent of the votes, followed by:

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote! Let us know in the comments what you loved the most about these dramas from 2014!

    And in case you missed it, catch up on Viki’s other year-end drama roundups for 2014:
    To help you relive some of the great scenes covered by the year-end roundups above, watch this special compilation video that Viki has put together just for you!



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    Drama awards season has finally wrapped up after two nights of star-studded ceremonies held by the three major Korean broadcasting networks — SBS, KBS and MBC! The 2014 Drama Awards for all three networks celebrated the best of drama entertainment from the year, and as expected, some of the best-loved dramas and stars took home the top prizes and popularity awards!

    See the full list of award winners from the 2014 SBS Drama Awards, 2014 KBS Drama Awards and the 2014 MBC Drama Awards below!

    2014 SBS DRAMA AWARDS

    At the 2014 SBS Drama Awards, which was held on December 31 and hosted by Lee Hwi Jae, Park Shin Hye and Park Seo Joon, there was much pre-buzz about the fact that Jun Ji Hyun would be attending the awards ceremony for the first time in 15 years. And her appearance was well worth it, as she took him the Grand Prize (Daesang), as well as three other awards (PD Award, Best Couple and Top 10 Stars). Kim Soo Hyun, her co-star from “My Love From the Star,” also took home four awards for Best Actor/Drama Special, Best Couple, Top 10 Stars and the Netizen Popularity Award. The stars from It’s Okay, That’s Love,” “Pinocchio” and “Birth of a Beauty” also made strong showings on the winner’s board.

    Jun Ji Hyun wins the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2014 SBS Drama Awards
    (after attending for the first time in 15 years)

    See the full list of winners from the 2014 SBS Drama Awards below!

    Grand Prize (Daesang) — Jun Ji Hyun 


    Top Excellence in Acting Awards
    Excellence in Acting Awards
    Special Acting Awards
    • Weekend-Daily (Actor) — Jung Woong In (“Endless Love”)
    • Weekend-Daily (Actress) — Kim Hye Sun (“Cheongdamdong Scandal”)
    • Drama Special (Actor) — Kim Chang Wan (“My Love From the Star”)
    • Drama Special (Actress) — Go Doo Shim (“A Word From Warm Heart”)
    • Miniseries (Actor) — Lee Kwang Soo (It’s Okay, That’s Love”)
    • Miniseries (Actress) — Jin Kyung (It’s Okay, That’s Love”)
    • One-Episode Drama (Actor) — Lee Duk Hwa (“Wonderful Day in October”)
    • One-Episode Drama (Actress) — Oh Hyun Kyung (“Mother’s Choice”)
    PD Award

     — Jun Ji Hyun (“My Love From the Star”)

    Top 10 Stars

     — Park Yoochun (“Three Days”), Jun Ji Hyun (“My Love From the Star”), Joo Sang Wook (“Birth of a Beauty”), Park Shin Hye (Pinocchio”), Kim Soo Hyun (“My Love From the Star”), Han Ye Seul (“Birth of a Beauty”),  Lee Je Hoon (“Secret Door”), Lee Jong Suk (Pinocchio”), Hwang Jung Eum (“Endless Love”), Jo In Sung (It’s Okay, That’s Love”)


    New Star Award

     — Ahn Jae Hyun (“You’re All Surrounded [aka We Have You Surrounded]” and My Love From the Star”); Lee Yoo Bi (Pinocchio”); Seo Ha Jun (“Only Love”); Han Sun Hwa (“God’s Gift — 14 Days”); Kang Ha Neul (“Angel Eyes”); Nam Bo Ra (“Only Love”); Kim Young Kwang (Pinocchio”); Han Groo (“A Word From Warm Heart”); Park Seo Joon (“A Word From Warm Heart”); Kim Yoo Jung (“Secret Door”)

    Netizen Popularity Award

     — Kim Soo Hyun (“My Love From the Star”)

    Best Couple Award

     (4 couples won) — Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun (“My Love From the Star”); Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin (“It’s Okay, That’s Love”); and Joo Sang Wook and Han Ye Seul (“Birth of a Beauty”); Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk (“Pinocchio”)

    SBS Special Award — Lee Jong Suk (“Pinocchio”)

    Lifetime Achievement Award — Kim Ja Ok (posthumous)

    2014 KBS DRAMA AWARDS

    At the 2014 KBS Drama Awards, which also was held on December 31 in Korea, the family drama “What Happens to My Family?” swept many of the awards, with the patriarch Yoo Dong Geun winning the Grand Prize (Daesang) and seven other awards won by the cast of the series. The awards program was hosted by Kim Sang Kyung, Seo In Guk and Park Min Young.

    Yoo Dong Geun wins the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards

    See the full list of winners from the 2014 KBS Drama Awards below!

    Grand Prize (Daesang) — Yoo Dong Geun (“What Happens to My Family?” and “Jeong Do Jeon”)

    Top Excellence Actor — Cho Jae Hyun (“Jeong Do Jeon”)

    Top Excellence Actress — Kim Hyun Joo (“What Happens to My Family?”)

    Excellence in Acting Awards
    • Medium Length (Actor) — Lee Joon Gi (“Gunman in Joseon”)
    • Medium Length (Actress) — Nam Sang Mi (“Gunman in Joseon”) and Park Min Young (“Healer”)
    • Full Length (Actor) — Park Young Gyu (“Jeong Do Jeon”) and Kim Sang Kyung (“What Happens to My Family?”)
    • Full Length (Actress) — Kim Ji Ho (“Wonderful Days”)
    • Miniseries (Actor) — Eric Mun (“Discovery of Love”)
    • Miniseries (Actress) — Jung Yu Mi (“Discovery of Love”)
    • Daily (Actor) — Choi Jae Sung (“Abiding Love Dandelion”)
    • Daily (Actress) — Choi Yoon Young (“My Dear Cat”) and Shin So Yul (“Love & Secret”)
    Best Supporting Actor — Shin Sung Rok (“The King’s Face”)

    Best Supporting Actress — Lee Chae Young (“Two Mothers”) and Han Eun Jung (“Golden Cross”)

    Best New Actor — Park Hyung Sik (“What Happens to My Family?”) and Seo In Guk (“The King’s Face”)

    Best New Actress — Kim Seul Gi (“Discovery of Love”) and Nam Ji Hyun (“What Happens to My Family?”)

    Best Young Actor — Kwak Dong Yeon (“Inspiring Generation”)

    Best Young Actress — Ahn Seo Hyun (“Abiding Love Dandelion”) and Hong Hwa Ri (“Wonderful Days”)

    PD Award — Cho Jae Hyun (“Jeong Do Jeon”)

    Best Scriptwriter — Kang Eun Kyung (“What Happens to My Family?”) and Jung Hyun Min (“Jeong Do Jeon”)

    Actor Popularity Award — Joo Won (“Tomorrow Cantabile (aka Nodame Cantabile Korean Version)”) and Ji Chang Wook (“Healer”)

    Actress Popularity Award — Lee Da Hee (“Big Man”) and Jung Eun Ji (“Trot Lovers”)

    Actor Netizen Award — Eric Mun (“Discovery of Love”)

    Actress Netizen Award — Jung Yu Mi (“Discovery of Love”)

    Best Couple Award — Kim Sang Kyung and Kim Hyun Joo (“What Happens to My Family?”); Lee Jun Ki and Nam Sang Mi (“Gunman of Joseon”); Eric Mun and Jung Yu Mi (“Discovery of Love”);  Park Hyung Sik and Nam Ji Hyun (“What Happens to My Family?”); Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young (“Healer”)

    Lifetime Achievement Award  — Kim Ja Ok (posthumous)

    2014 MBC DRAMA AWARDS

    The 2014 MBC Drama Awards was held on December 30 and the much-loved drama series “Jang Bo Ri Is Here” swept the ceremony, winning a total of nine awards. “Fated to Love You [aka You Are My Destiny]” proved to be a sentimental favorite with Jang Na Ra winning the Popularity Award and the Best Couple Award with her co-star Jang Hyuk.

    But the night belonged to the “nation’s villain” Lee Yoo Ri. The actress, who portrayed a woman desperate to live a good life in “Jang Bo Ri Is Here,” walked away with the Grand Prize (Daesang) as well as the Producer’s Award. For the first time this year, MBC changed its voting system to allow fans to choose the Grand Prize (Daesang) winner via text voting, and the fans overwhelmingly chose Lee Yoo Ri over her fellow “Jang Bo Ri Is Here” co-star Oh Yeon Seo and Song Yoon Ah of “Mama” for the top prize.



    See the full list of winners of the 2014 MBC Drama Awards below!

    Grand Prize (Daesang)— Lee Yoo Ri (“Jang Bo Ri Is Here”)

    Drama of the Year— “Jang Bo Ri Is Here

    Top Excellence in Acting Award (Serial Drama)— Kim Ji Hoon and Oh Yeon Seo (both of “Jang Bo Ri Is Here”)

    Top Excellence in Acting Award (Special Production Drama) — Jung Il Woo (“The Night Watchman”) and Song Yoon Ah (“Mama”)

    Top Excellence in Acting Award (Miniseries)— Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra (both of “Fated to Love You [aka You Are My Destiny]”)

    Excellence in Acting Award (Serial Drama)— Lee Jang Woo (“Rosy Lovers”) and Kim Ji Young (“Everybody Kimchi”)

    Excellence in Acting Award (Special Production Drama) — Choi Jin Hyuk and Baek Jin Hee (both of “Pride and Prejudice”)

    Excellence in Acting Award (Miniseries) — Kim Sang Joong (“A New Leaf”) and Choi Soo Young (“My Spring Days”)

    Golden Acting Award (Actor)— Ahn Nae Sang (“Jang Bo Ri Is Here”) and Choi Min Soo (“Pride and Prejudice”)

    Golden Acting Award (Actress) — Kim Hye Ok (“Jang Bo Ri Is Here”) and Lee Mi Sook (“Miss Korea”)

    Best New Actor — Im Siwan (“Incomplete Life (aka Misaeng)”) and Choi Tae Joon (“Mother’s Garden”)

    Best New Actress— Go Sung Hee (“The Night Watchman”) and Han Sun Hwa (“Rosy Lovers”)

    Best Young Actor/Actress— Yoon Chan Young (“Mama”) and Kim Ji Young (“Jang Bo Ri Is Here”)

    Writer of the Year— Yoo Yoon Kyung (“Mama”) and Kim Soon Ok (“Jang Bo Ri Is Here”)

    Producer’s Award— Lee Yoo Ri  (“Jang Bo Ri Is Here”)

    Popularity Award (Actor) — Shin Ha Kyung (“Mr. Baek”)

    Popularity Award (Actress) — Jang Na Ra (“Fated to Love You [aka You Are My Destiny]” and “Mr. Baek”)

    Best Couple Award— Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra (“Fated to Love You [aka You Are My Destiny]”)

    Special Award — Byun Hee Bong (“Pinocchio”)

    Lifetime Achievement Award Kim Ja Ok (posthumous)

    The 2014 MBC Drama Awards was held on December 30 at MBC Headquarters in Sangamdong, Seoul. Shin Dong Yup and Sooyoung of Girls’ Generation oversaw the star-studded event as MCs.

    Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for another year of great drama entertainment!

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    “20 Once Again,” a new Chinese film starring Yang Zi Shan, Chen Bo Lin and EXO’s Luhan, is coming to North American theaters next week — and here’s your chance to win tickets to see the movie!

    The film is the Chinese adaptation of the hugely popular Korean comedy film “Miss Granny.” It tells the story of a woman in her 70s who gets a second chance to return to her 20s and pursue her dreams of becoming a singer. The film will be released in North American theaters on January 16. Thanks to our friends at CJ E&M, Viki is giving away a pair of free tickets to lucky Viki fans in each of eight North American cities listed below!

    Watch the trailer below to see what this feel-good movie is all about!



    Here’s Your Chance to Win!

    Fill out this form for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

    A winner will be selected to receive two movie tickets for each of the eight cities where the movie will be screened — Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, New York, Toronto and Vancouver. The lucky winners will be contacted via email on Monday, January 12. You must reply within 24 hours to claim your tickets. Tickets do not include travel arrangements or expenses and will be valid from January 16 until whenever the movie leaves the theater. Good luck!

    Locations:
    Los Angeles — AMC Atlantic Times Square 14
    San Francisco — AMC Cupertino Square 16
    Chicago — AMC River East 21
    Seattle — AMC Pacific Place 11
    Houston — AMC Studio 30
    New York — AMC Empire 25
    Toronto — Cineplex First Markham Place
    Vancouver — Silvercity Riverport 18

    Don’t miss shout-out videos from Yang Zi Shan and other members of the cast at the “20 Once Again” fan channel on Viki. Add the channel to your favorites to get notified when more videos are uploaded!

    Find more information about “20 Once Again,” including cast information, photos and clips, at CJ Entertainment.


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    The incredibly talented Korean star Lee Seung Gi turns 28 on January 13, but we’d say he hasn’t aged one bit after 10 years in the entertainment industry! He’s still a fan favorite and always high in demand for any project — as evidenced by “Showbiz Korea” ranking him No. 1 on its Top 5 Stars Whose Activities We Can Look Forward To in 2015! Check out five more reasons below that will undoubtedly make you fall in love with Lee Seung Gi all over again!

    He’s a Sweet Boyfriend

    When the news broke that Lee Seung Gi and Yoona have been dating since September 2013, girls and guys everywhere were crying tears of joy and sadness. However, you can’t deny that the couple look absolutely perfect together. Lee Seung Gi even confessed several times in the past that he considered Yoona his ideal type. He’s the luckiest guy to have found the girl of his dreams!




    He Can Sing

    While he has gained critical acclaim for his acting in recent years, Lee Seung Gi actually debuted as a singer. In 2004, his first song was a hit and earned him several Best Newcomer and Best Male Artist awards. With a silky, crooning voice, Lee Seung Gi proved that he is hard for any girl to resist! See him singing at the 1:35 mark in the following clip.



    He Loves to Joke Around

    Laughter truly is the medicine of life, which is why you’ll never have a dull moment with Lee Seung Gi! After spending five years as a cast member on “1 Night, 2 Days” and three years as host of “Strong Heart,” he has developed his comedic chops and is always welcomed as a guest on any variety show, including a recent episode of “Running Man.”

    Lee Seung Gi participating in hilarious games on ‘Running Man

    He Has a Hot Body

    It might be hard to believe, Lee Seung Gi’s gentle face is hiding the sexiest six-pack abs! He is in great shape and shouldn’t be afraid to flaunt it. Who says you can’t walk around all day without a shirt on?


    He Has an Advanced Degree!

    Even though Lee Seung Gi has been super busy balancing a schedule that includes filming dramas (such as “Shining Inheritance,” “My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho,” “The King 2 Hearts,” “Gu Family Book” and “You’re All Surrounded”), magazine photo shoots and commercial endorsements, he understands the importance of education. He graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dongguk University and is currently studying for a second master’s degree in Cultural Contents!


    Happy birthday again to Lee Seung Gi! What do you love most about this great star? Let us know in the comments below!

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    J. Kathryn N. Aluyen, who goes by “Julie,” lives “deep in the heart of Texas” but turns to Viki to open up the world far beyond her Lone Star State.


    Julie, 53, works long days as a client relationship manager in the health care services industry. But at the end of her day, she looks forward to going home, sitting in front of her screen with her two grandsons, Aidan, 4, and Gabriel, 18 months, and watching Korean dramas together. And the toddlers – whom Julie says are “die-hard Viki fans” like her – seem to love it just as much as Julie does, laughing at all the funny parts!


    “I have come to rely on my Viki shows as a reward for a horrid day at work,” she says. “I actually love what I do but the American corporate landscape has changed so much, and no one has been spared from the residual effects of the massive layoffs between 2000 and 2005, leaving behind an equally massive amount of work to be fulfilled by those who remain in the workforce. So you can imagine my refuge from this maelstrom is Viki.”


    Julie discovered Viki in the fall of 2013, when she posted on her Facebook page that she enjoyed watching Korean horror movies and one of her friends recommended she watch “Jang Ok Jeong, Lives in Love” on Viki.


    “This particular TV series was my introduction to Korean dramas and Yoo Ah In, and it was love at first watch!” Julie says. She has since become an avid Korean drama fan and has especially enjoyed Yoo Ah In’s latest drama “Secret Love Affair” and discovered Jang Hyuk’s quirky-but-addictive acting through “Fated to Love You (aka You Are My Destiny)” and has gone on to see everything else he has done.


    Growing up in Quezon City, Philippines, Julie says she was a current events junkie from a young age and the negative news around Korea at the time didn’t help any in improving her impression of the Korean people. While living in Chicago, her mom would frequently buy kimchi but Julie never quite took to it. Living in the aftermath of the Korean War, the ongoing friction between Korea and Japan, and the rise of Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, Julie says the mere mention of the 38th parallel evoked feelings of tension and fear and reminded her of a divided country and its people. But watching Korean horror movies in recent years and dramas on Viki like “Jang Ok Jeong, Lives in Love,” Julie has come to appreciate the deep history and culture of the Korean people.


    “It totally changed my old-fangled ideas wrought by media and the books from my youth,” Julie says. “I had a 180-degree turn in appreciation for everything Korean that I couldn’t get enough of the culture.”


    Although she lives in Texas, Julie says that Viki opens up other parts of the world to her. Julie has traveled to many countries but has never had the chance to visit South Korea, but is planning to visit in the near future to experience the culture first-hand.


    “I realize that being globally aware of different cultures, and accepting each culture solely on its own merit – avoiding labeling each experience collectively as ‘diverse’ but rather, profound – helps us find deeper meaning in our lives,” Julie says. “That is why I enjoy exploring Korean dramas – there is always a lesson to be learned, insight to be had, and a love of life to be savored.”


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    For many of us, the New Year is a prime time to make resolutions and get a start fresh, all in an effort to be an even more awesome version of ourselves! Because who doesn’t want to be more awesome, right? If we have to put in our two-cents worth, what better way to do that then to pick up a new language? January not only marks the start of 2015, but the month kicks off another exciting year of language learning with your favorite shows and stars on Viki!

    Whether you’re just starting to pick up a new tongue or are a full-blown polyglot just looking to touch up your skills, be sure to get the ball rolling on your 2015 language-learning journey with these four ways to say “Happy New Year” from across the globe!


    Fun Fact: When greeting each other for the New Year, Koreans bow to each other as they say “Sae hae bok mani baduseyo (새해 복 많이 받으세요).


    Fun Fact:“Xin nian kuai le (新年快乐)” in Mandarin directly translates to Happy New Year! For Lunar New Year, which is a different date than January 1 on the Western calendar, some Chinese people choose to use other greetings, such as “Gong xi fa cai (恭喜发财),” which means to “wish someone prosperity in the coming year.”



    Fun Fact: Besides greeting each other in person with Shin nen ake mashite omede tou (新年あけましておめでとう), many Japanese send their friends and family cards known as nengajō (年賀状) to be delivered on New Years Day.  



    Fun Fact: ¡Feliz año nuevo! is just one of the New Years greetings in Spanish. Another more formal greeting you can use is ¡Próspero año nuevo!

    Whew! If you’re like us and still want to revel in the New Year’s spirit, you’re in luck! There’s a host of great shows to satisfy your New Year’s void:

    Running Man


    For the more unconventional types, take a page from Yoo Jae Suk and the rest of the always-hilarious “Running Man” crew. In the South Korean hit variety show’s can’t-miss 2015 New Year Special, the cast members give their New Year’s greetings and then battle the elements with Lee Seung Gi of “You’re All Surrounded” and Moon Chae Won of “Good Doctor.”

    2015 Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve Countdown


    If you’re in more of a celebratory mood, join Taipei’s brightest and hottest stars as they gather to ring in the New Year in grand fashion during the 2015 Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve Countdown. Complete with high-energy performances from artists such as boy group SpeXial of “Angel ‘n’ Devil,” JJ Lin and Show Luo, as well as spectacular fireworks (because what New Year’s is complete without them?), this show is definitely one to put on your must-watch list!

    Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO


    Suppose you’re the type that leans more toward the culturally traditional? Then follow Kotoko of “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO” and “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO 2” as she partakes in the Japanese custom of hatsumode, offering prayers with her friends at a local shrine in episode 4 of the original series.

    But even after all of the celebrations die down, make sure that your language-learning journey continues throughout the year! Take a look back on our past posts to refresh yourself on all of the great phrases, words and languages we’ve covered together and connect with other language learners through Discussions! Read and talk about interesting topics like your language-learning goals for this year, recommended resources to check out, and even tips on how to stay motivated on your language-learning journey!

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    (CHINAFOTOPRESS/GETTY IMAGES)

    Those entitled by society for their good looks are now also entitled to free food. Thanks to Jeju Island, a Korean restaurant in Zhongzheng, China, the first 50 customers who pass the “good-looking” test will be treated to a free meal every day.

    News of the unusual offer is going viral online, with major media outlets worldwide, including the BBC, covering the promotion.

    How will they determine who makes the cut? Unfortunately for the superficially inferior, it isn’t just some underpaid line cook with low standards playing a casual game of “Hot or Not.” Instead, patrons get their pictures taken at a “face scanner,” the results of which are analyzed by the employees of a nearby plastic surgery clinic. If your face underperforms, these highly-skilled specialists point out physical flaws that you’re probably already deeply insecure about, and detail how to rearrange your face to meet society’s impossibly high beauty standards.

    (TENCENT)

    The restaurant advertised its offer with a giant sign saying “Free Meal for Goodlooking,” because spelling isn’t as important as looks, and they didn’t want any Prince Charmings missing out on such a killer deal. However, the sign was removed on Tuesday by local authorities who didn’t approve the promotion … probably because they weren’t hot enough.

    Good looking and feeling left out on all of the crippling public humiliation? Don’t worry, if you’re short enough, there’s another restaurant in Shanghai that is offering a similar discount, but for the vertically challenged. Somehow these are not isolated incidents, and are in fact part of a growing trend. CRI reports of restaurants in both Shanghai and Chongqing, China, that also offer discounts to overweight men and underweight women.

    (QQ.COM)

    It’s unclear how successful the Jeju Island promotion has been, but the restaurant owner is throwing business (and moral) concerns to the wind, stating that the restaurant will continue the promotion until the end of February. Considering everyone from Mashable to The Telegraph has picked up this story, the ugly truth is that it’s 2015, and these shenanigans still actually work. Time to put on an uplifting playlist and eat away the sadness.

    (REACTIONGIFS.COM)
    Source: XinHuaMashableBBCNewsCRICNBC

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    Join us Thursday, January 22, for a live screening of the premiere of ‘Hyde Jekyll, Me’!

    Hyun Bin is back! It’s been four long years since “Secret Garden,” and we are absolutely thrilled to have him back in our lives. In just one week, he will make his comeback in “Hyde Jekyll, Me” alongside Han Ji Min, Sung Joon and Hyeri.

    In the series, Hyun Bin plays a third-generation “chaebol” (heir to a business conglomerate) who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Just like the famous characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the novel of the same name, Hyun Bin’s character has two distinct personalities. One is cold and distant, while the other is sweet and caring. With his mental issues and childhood demons taking center stage, will he ever be able to regain a normal life?

    In honor of his return in this highly anticipated drama, we will be hosting a live Twitter viewing party for the premiere at 1 p.m. PST/ 9 p.m. GMT on Thursday, January 22. To join the conversation, all you have to do is tweet in with the hashtag #VikiLive. See below for the exact details of how to participate!

    Two Hyun Bins are definitely better than one! In ‘Hyde Jekyll, Me,’ his character suffers from multiple personality disorder.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re going to watch for Hyun Bin, Han Ji Min, the great story line, or another reason altogether  — this event is a fun way to connect to other fans and experience watching a drama with people from all over the world! Who knows, you might even make some new friends!

    #VikiLive screening of ‘Hyde Jekyll, Me,’ 
    starring Hyun Bin and Han Ji Min!


     Here’s how it’ll work:
    • On Thursday, January 22, at 1 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. GMT, we’ll have a 5-minute countdown to the premiere.
    • At 1:05 p.m. PST/9:05 p.m. GMT, we’ll all hit “play” together on Episode 1 of “Hyde Jekyll, Me.”
    • During the episode, we’ll all chime in with our real-time reactions and observations. It’ll be like a live stream of timed comments!
      Han Ji Min’s character can’t resist Hyun Bin’s charm

      And adding to the excitement of the event, the fans who send in our favorite tweets of the night will get the chance to win “Hyde Jekyll, Me” official posters!

      So pop your popcorn, find a comfy spot on the couch, and get ready to watch a great drama together with your Viki family! See you soon!

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       (L-R) Dahee, Lee Byung Hun and Lee Ji Yeon (KPopStarz.com/Twitter)

      K-pop girl group GLAM has disbanded following the sentencing of member Dahee to one year in prison for blackmailing actor Lee Byung Hun. Dahee, along with model Lee Ji Yeon, admitted to blackmailing the actor with a “video file of lewd conversation,” for 5 billion KRW (roughly $5 million USD) and was sentenced on Thursday. Lee Ji Yeon also was sentenced to a year and two months in prison.

      GLAM’s agency Big Hit Entertainment released a statement confirming that most of the group members’ contracts had recently expired, and the team has disbanded.

      Lee Ji Yeon and Dahee were charged last September after Lee Byung Hun reported the attempted blackmailing to police in late August.

      At trial, Dahee stated, “I apologize for causing so much worry to many people. I wanted to apologize to [Lee Byung Hun] and am sorry I did not have the chance. I also want to apologize to my parents and Lee Ji Yeon’s parents.”

      Learn more about the blackmailing scandal from our recent blog “The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014!

      Source: The Korea Times US, KPopStarz, KDramaStars, The Korea Herald

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      January may be bitter cold in many parts of the world. But it’s also the month that these 10 global stars were born, helping to make the world a little more warm and fuzzy! As we wish all of these great stars a very happy birthday, here are some little-known facts about these stars that you may be surprised to find out!

      Blanca Soto — January 5


      Claim to Fame: Former Mexican beauty queen-turned-actress of such hit telenovelas as “Eva Luna

      Surprising Fact: Blanca Soto is adept at working as a “dubbing actress,” doing voice-overs of characters from English to Spanish in two films, including voicing Mary Magdalene in 2014’s “Son of God.”

      Kim Young Kwang — January 11


      Claim to Fame: Former model who walked the runways of major designers like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Dior Homme but is now heralded for his acting in such hit dramas as “Plus Nine Boys” and “Pinocchio

      Surprising Fact: Kim Young Kwang’s father was a former Vietnam War vet and a “person of national merit,” which means that Kim Young Kwang is only required to serve six months of mandatory military service (rather than two years). Kim Young Kwang fulfilled his six-month service in the first half of 2014.

      D.O. — January 12


      Claim to Fame: Known for his singing ability as the lead vocalist for EXO-K, the Korean subgroup of the Korean-Chinese boy band EXO; but also won Best New Actor awards for his role in the popular 2014 K-drama “It’s Okay, That’s Love

      Surprising Fact: D.O. knows how to cook, doing most of the cooking duties for the members of EXO!

      Lego Li — January 12


      Claim to Fame: Taiwanese actor who has starred in the hit dramas “Aim High” and “In a Good Way

      Surprising Fact: Although he is only 5 foot 8 inches tall, Lego Li is quite the athlete. He won a high jump competition in Taipei in 2003. Educated at the National Taiwan College of Physical Education, Lego Li has said that he wants to teach physical education if he ever leaves the entertainment industry.

      Lee Bo Young — January 12


      Claim to Fame: South Korean actress who starred in the hit dramas “God’s Gift — 14 Days” and “I Hear Your Voice”; married to actor Ji Sung, who is currently starring in “Kill Me, Heal Me,” and expecting their first child in July

      Surprising Fact: Lee Bo Young is the voice of “Hye Sung,” Dal Po’s (played by Lee Jong Suk, her co-star from “I Hear Your Voice”) “girlfriend” who is actually his car navigation system in Episode 3 of the currently airing hit drama “Pinocchio”!

      Jung Yoo Mi — January 18


      Claim to Fame: Award-winning South Korean actress of such popular dramas as “Discovery of Love” and “I Need Romance 2


      Surprising Fact: Jung Yoo Mi shares the same name as another popular Korean actress who starred in the dramas “Rooftop Prince” and “A Thousand Days’ Promise.” But this Jung Yoo Mi’s acclaimed acting in many indie films, cult classics and melodramas for both film and television have garnered her many Best Actress awards since 2005.

      Paula Taylor — January 20


      Claim to Fame: Thai model and actress born to a British father and Thai mother in Bangkok but grew up with her family in Australia; she rose to fame after competing in “The Amazing Race Asia 2” in 2007 and has starred in the Thai series “True Love Next Door Season 1” and “True Love Next Door Season 2

      Surprising Fact: Paula Taylor is an active YouTuber under the channel “Paulaandbaby,” where she likes to post videos containing beauty tips and cooking demos with her adorable daughter.

      Song Chang Eui — January 24


      Claim to Fame: Acclaimed South Korean musical theater actor who has successfully crossed over to film and television, notably starring in the currently airing drama “Dr. Frost,” as well as “The Woman Who Married Three Times” and “Heartstrings

      Surprising Fact: Song Chang Eui is a huge baseball fan, even playing pitcher on a celebrity team in the past. He is estimated to throw a ball at 120 kilometers!

      Hwang Jung Eum — January 25


      Claim to Fame: Debuted as a singer in the South Korean girl group Sugar in 2002 but shot to fame for her acting roles, including her starring roles in the currently airing drama “Kill Me, Heal Me,” as well as her roles in “Endless Love,” “Secret,” “Incarnation of Money,” “Golden Time” and “Can You Hear My Heart?

      Surprising Fact: Watch the music video that launched Hwang Jung Eum’s long-term relationship with Kim Yong Jun of SG Wannabe!

      Lee Yoo Ri — January 28


      Claim to Fame: Debuted as an actress in 2001 and is now one of the most recognized faces, thanks to her role in last year’s No. 1 hit drama “Jang Bo Ri Is Here;” also starred in “I Love You, Don’t Cry

      Surprising Fact: Lee Yoo Ri’s role as the villain Min Jung in “Jang Bo Ri Is Here” elevated the actress to household-name status, earning her the Grand Prize at the 2014 MBC Drama Awards and ranking her in the Top 5 of Gallup Korea’s “Actor of the Year” recognition, second only to Kim Soo Hyun!

      We wish all of these great stars a happy birthday this month! Which star born in January is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!


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      Viki is giving away “The King’s Face” posters to fans! For a chance to win a poster, all you have to do is vote for your favorite Seo In Guk pairing from among his female co-stars in recent dramas. We’ll randomly choose seven people to each receive a poster. The deadline to submit your vote is Saturday, January 31, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Winners will be contacted via email. Vote in the Google Form below — don’t forget to leave your email address! Which female co-star below is your favorite pairing with Seo In Guk? 


      Seo In Guk & Lee Ha Na (‘King of High School’)


        Jung Soo Young (played by Lee Ha Na) is a temp who is fired at the company where Lee Min Seok (played by Seo In Guk) is impersonating his older brother. When Soo Young is rehired, the two begin to fall in love, leading to the unforgettable “plaster kiss”!

        Seo In Guk & Gong Hyo Jin (‘Master’s Sun’)

          War veteran Kang Woo (played by Seo In Guk)  is a mall security guard who accidentally falls in love with Tae Gong Sil (played by Gong Hyo Jin), who lives in the same building. The series helped build Seo In Guk’s reputation as an actor and earned him New Star Award at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards and Most Popular Actor at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards!

          Seo In Guk & Jung Eun Ji (‘Answer Me 1997’)

            Sung Shi Won (played by Jung Eun Ji) has her head in the clouds as a H.O.T. fangirl and childhood friend of Yoon Yoon Jae (played by Seo In Guk). As teenagers, their romance begins, but when Yoon Jae’s brother also falls in love with Shi Won, things get complicated! One thing this couple has in their favor: the famous “Faucet Kiss,” pictured above!

            Seo In Guk & Jo Yoon Hae (“The King’s Face”)

              Kim Ga Hee (played by Yoon Hae) is promised to Prince Gwang Hae (Seo In Guk) as a child. As they grow older, Prince Gwang Hae becomes a political rival to his father, King Seon Jo, who is responsible for the death of Ga Hee’s father. Eventually, Ga Hee becomes the king’s concubine, but are Ga Hee and Prince Gwang Hae fated to be together?

              We know, Seo In Guk makes an irresistible couple with all of his female co-stars! But sometimes in life, we have to make hard decisions … so choose wisely and vote below! Let us know why the couple you voted for is the best in the comments!




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              If you are among the many people who made a New Year’s resolution to get into shape or work out more, research data show that this is the week (the third week in January) that you begin to lose your motivation. But don’t give in to the overwhelming temptation to hang up your gym shoes and eat another donut just yet!

              To help you keep your work-out resolution this year, we give you 10 stars and their rock-hard bodies from some of our favorite dramas to inspire you to keep working toward your fitness goal!

              Vanness Wu — Autumn’s Concerto


              Guang Xi (played by Vanness Wu) is the perfect package in the Taiwanese drama “Autumn’s Concerto” — wealthy, well educated, charismatic and oh-so-athletic. If we had a body like his, maybe we’d become all those things, too!

              Han Ye Seul — Birth of a Beauty


              If the sight of Joo Sang Wook and Han Ye Seul wearing tank tops doesn’t make you want to work out, we don’t know what will! Tae Hee (played by Joo Sang Wook) tells Sara (played by Han Ye Seul) that men are attracted to athletic body types like Kim Yun — with a BMI of 7.4 percent, body fat of only 10 percent and a waste size of 24 inches! Watch the inspiring workout scene in Episode 2 of the hit Korean drama “Birth of a Beauty”!


              Mario Cimarro — Wild Cat


              Luis Mario (played by Mario Cimarro) carries the burden of saving his family ranch from financial ruin on his beautifully tan, sculpted shoulders in the Venezuelan telenovela “Wild Cat.”

              Chris Wang — Aim High


              We wouldn’t mind if six-pack Santa came to our house bearing gifts at Christmas as Qi Feng (played by Chris Wang) does in the Taiwanese drama “Aim High”!


              Carmen Villalobos and Khris Cifuentes — Made in Cartagena


              Flora (played by Carmen Villalobos) and Watusi (played by Khris Cifuentes) show how competitive champeta dancing can help sculpt your body in the Colombian telenovela “Made in Cartagena”!

              Chae Sung An — When a Man Loves



              Baek Sung Joo (played by Chae Jung An) does a lot of aerobic stretching as she contemplates how to get Han Tae Sung (played by Song Seong Heon) to fall in love with her in Korean drama “When a Man Loves.” Watch the contemplative workout in Episode 11!


              Julian Gil — Eva Luna


              What woman wouldn’t pick Leonardo (played by Julian Gil) over his best friend when the man — and his golden six-pack — can look this cool while lounging by the pool in Venezuelan telenovela “Eva Luna”?


              Godfrey Gao — Never Give Up, Dodo


              Both Li Dong (played by Mike Sui) and Xu Fei (played by Godfrey Gao) try to impress Dodo (played by Yin Hang) with their rippling muscles. Watch the hilarious scene involving lots of beer in Episode 1 of the Chinese web series!

              Wut Atsadawut Luengsuntorn  The Tiger Blade



              When Yosthana (played by Wut Atsadawut Luengsuntorn) gets an unexpected visit at an inopportune time, he proves that great abs go perfectly with his mystical powers in the Thai movie “The Tiger Blade!


              Which star inspires you the most to work out? Let us know in the comments!


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              The world-famous Lee Min Ho (left) vs. the less-famous Lee Min Ho!

              Unlike the Screen Actors Guild in the United States, which prohibits two working actors from having identical names, no such rules must apply in Korea. Many celebrities in Korea have the same Romanized names, which is unfortunate for the star who is lesser known. The less famous of the stars sharing the same name often get relegated to the title of the “other.”

              Below are eight sets of stars who share the same name. Which is your bias? Let us know in the comments!

              Lee Min Ho of ‘Heirs’ vs. Lee Min Ho of ‘Rooftop Prince’ 

              Unfortunately for most Hallyu fans, there’s only one Lee Min Ho (pictured above left). The star of “Heirs,” “The Great Doctor (aka Faith),” “City Hunter,” “Personal Taste” and “Boys Over Flowers” overshadows the younger Lee Min Ho of “The Blade and Petal,” “Rooftop Prince” and “The Moon Embracing the Sun” fame.

              Kim Soo Hyun of ‘My Love From the Star’ vs. Kim Soo Hyun the Actress

              The one-and-only Kim Soo Hyun vs. the actress who shares his name

              Like Lee Min Ho, fans of Kim Soo Hyun of “My Love From the Star” probably don’t care that there is actress out there who goes by the same name. The female Kim Soo Hyun also is known by her American name, Claudia Kim, and will star in the upcoming Hollywood film “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and appeared in the K-drama “7th Grade Civil Servant.”

              Kim Young Kwang the Soccer Star vs. Kim Young Kwang of ‘Pinocchio

              Soccer star Kim Young Kwang vs. Kim Young Kwang of Pinocchio

              Kim Young Kwang, of the hit dramas “Pinocchio” and “Plus Nine Boys,” is gaining popularity as an actor, but he shares his name with the already-famous soccer star, who was a part of the 2004 South Korean Olympic soccer team and the 2006 FIFA World Cup team and currently plays for the Gyeongnam FC.

              Nam Ji Hyun of ‘What Happens to My Family?’ vs. Nam Ji Hyun of 4Minute

              Nam Ji Hyun of What Happens to My Family?’ vs. Nam Ji Hyun of 4Minute

              Actress Nam Ji Hyun is making a name for herself in the currently-airing hit drama “What Happens to My Family?” (winning the Best New Actress Award at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards for her role) and “Angel Eyes.” But the older singer Nam Ji Hyun of the popular girl group 4Minute also is branching out into acting, with her leading role in the online drama “Love Cells” in 2014.

              Kim Joon Soo of JYJ vs. Kim Joon Soo/Kim Min Joon of 2PM vs. Kim Min Joon the Actor

              Kim Joon Soo of JYJ (left) vs. Kim Joon Soo/Kim Min Joon of 2PM vs. Kim Min Joon the actor


              In an interesting name change, Kim Joon Soo of 2PM changed his name to Kim Min Joon in 2013. With his real name, the singer had the same name as Kim Joon Soo of JYJ. But with his new name, he also has the same name as the actor Kim Min Joon, who currently stars in “Seonam Girls’ High School Investigators”!

              Jung Yoo Mi of ‘Rooftop Prince’ vs. Jung Yoo Mi of ‘Discovery of Love

              Jung Yoo Mi of ‘Rooftop Prince’ vs. Jung Yoo Mi of ‘Discovery of Love

              They look nothing alike, but Jung Yoo Mi of “Rooftop Prince” and “A Thousand Days’ Promise” shares her name with Jung Yoo Mi of “Discovery of Love” and “I Need Romance 2.”

              Kim Ki Bum of SHINee vs. Kim Ki Bum of Super Junior vs. Kim Ki Bum formerly of U-KISS

              Kim Ki Bum of SHINee (left) vs. Kim Ki Bum of Super Junior (middle) vs. Kim Ki Bum formerly of U-KISS

              When you share your name with a few other Korean stars, it’s good to have a stage name to use instead. Kim Ki Bum of the boy band SHINee goes by his stage name Key, while Kim Ki Bum, formerly of U-KISS, also is known as Allen Kim. Kim Ki Bum of Super Junior is using his real name as he is on hiatus from the boy band and is concentrating on his acting career. He has appeared in such popular dramas as “A Tree With Deep Roots” and “I Love Lee Tae Ri.”

              Kim Hyun Joo of ‘What Happens to My Family?’ vs. Han Ga In of The Moon Embracing the Sun’ 

              Kim Hyun Joo of What Happens to My Family?’ vs. Han Ga In of ‘The Moon Embracing the Sun 

              Although her real name is Kim Hyun Joo, Han Ga In of “The Moon Embracing the Sun” fame goes by a different stage name. That may be a smart move so that she doesn’t get confused with the popular actress Kim Hyun Joo of “What Happens to My Family?

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              Kim Jae Joong just may be the hottest field agent in his currently-airing drama ‘Spy.’
              Life just got a little happier, didn’t it?

              January 26 is a day of celebration for the fans of singer and actor Kim Jae Joong, who turns 29 today. He wants to celebrate his birthday with his fans, and tickets to his birthday fan meetings in Korea and Japan sold out within 15 minutes — no surprise there! I’m sure many fans were disappointed when they couldn’t get tickets!

              Let’s have a moment of sadness for the ticketless fans. (Photo source: Dr. Jin’)

              But, don’t worry, there’s always a consolation prize. To celebrate Kim Jae Joong’s birthday, here are six surprising facts about our beloved idol that you may not have known!

              He Was a Starving Artist!

              Back in his early days, Kim Jae Joong used to donate his blood for the free cookies because he didn’t have enough money for food. Talk about a starving artist bleeding for his art!

              And now, he’s drinking champagne. (Photo source: ‘Protect the Boss’)

              He Can Handle His Spice!

              In a contest with Super Junior on the SBS show “Explore the Human Body,” Kim Jae Joong ate a ghost pepper — one of the hottest peppers in the world — and didn’t bat an eye. In fact, he thought the pepper would be a delicious ingredient in some dishes!

              Kim Jae Joong, I think we need to talk about stomach ulcers. (Photo source: ‘Dr. Jin)

              He Has the Names of Two Guys Tattooed on His Body!

              Most guys get tattoos of their girlfriends’ names on their bodies, but Kim Jae Joong has the names of his JYJ bandmates, Junsu and Yoochun, tattooed on his back. It’s a well-known fact how precious Kim Jae Joong’s group mates are to him, and Park Yoochun also feels the same way. He has Junsu and Jae Joong’s names tattooed on his chest, on the left side, right over his heart. It’s heartwarming to see how much love the JYJ boys have for one another!

              Kim Jae Joong is man enough to have tattoos of two guys’ names! (Photo source: ‘Triangle)

              He Was Inspired by Another Boy Band

              The 1990s boy band H.O.T. inspired Kim Jae Joong to be a singer. Watching the group perform motivated him to learn to sing and dance!

              What motivates Kim Jae Joong now? (Photo source: Protect the Boss)

              He Overcame a Musical Disability!

              Now that Kim Jae Joong is a much-adored member of JYJ, it’s hard to imagine him being anything other than terrific at singing. But, apparently, he was tone deaf when he was younger. So much so that his friends used to make fun of him in elementary school. Jae Joong failed his first audition when he was in ninth grade but joined a band after that and practiced diligently for a year. He auditioned again and entered SM Entertainment in 2001 at the age of 15.

              Try making fun of Kim Jae Joong now. (Photo source: ‘Triangle)

              His Birthday Celebrations May Extend Til His Next Birthday!

              Born Han Jae Joong, our birthday boy was adopted as a young boy. His birth mother has said that his real birthdate is February 4, but Kim Jae Joong still goes by January 26 on his official bio. But that’s OK. The star is holding so many birthday celebration fan meetings — 30 by the latest news coverage count — that his birthday may extend all the way til next year!

              Who wouldn’t want to party with this guy? (Photo source: ‘Triangle)

              While widely known for his composing and songwriting skills, Kim Jae Joong also has proven his acting prowess. He recently won the Top Excellence Award (Actor) at the 7th Korea Drama Awards for his role in “Triangle and is currently starring in the action thriller “Spy.” Catch episodes only on Viki during its two-week exclusive in the Americas! And, if that doesn’t cure your need for a Kim Jae Joong fix, check out his other dramas, “Triangle, ” “Protect the Boss” and “Dr. Jin.”

              생일축하합니다, 김재중! Happy Birthday, Kim Jae Joong!

              What information about Kim Jae Joong surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments!


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              We’d say 2014 was an awesome year for dramas! But 2015 is a great time for new beginnings. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Hottest Asian Bachelors that 2015 has to offer. Below you’ll find enough male eye candy to choose some new loves, or revisit past favorites, as you think about the year ahead! And don’t forget to vote for your favorite bachelor in our poll below!

              Mario Maurer

              Our resident Thai cutie recently celebrated his 26th birthday on December 4. Another year older, Mario  Maurer has grown even more handsome! Remember to watch him in “The Dog” or “To Each a Flower.”

              In January 2013, Mario Maurer’s nine-year relationship with actress Gubgib Sumontip came to an end. This is fantastic news, ladies — you know he can commit and he’s now available!


              Hyun Bin

              Hyun Bin’s highly anticipated comeback in “Hyde Jekyll, Me” has been a hot topic for the past few months. Now, the first two episodes are out! It has been five long years since “Secret Garden,” and fans are happy to see Hyun Bin return to the small screen. He’s still on the market after his breakup with “Worlds Within” co-star Song Hye Gyo in March 2011. 


              Are you just as giddy as we are about Hyun Bin’s new drama? Check out Episode 1 of “Hyde Jekyll, Me” and get excited for more!


              Choi Jin Hyuk

              2014 was a breakout year for Choi Jin Hyuk as he reached leading-male status with “Emergency Couple” and “Pride and Prejudice.” Additionally, his appearances in “Fated to Love You” and “Panda and Hedgehog” added to his acting cred. It’s sad to see him leave soon for the military in March!


              Did you know Choi Jin Hyuk dated actress Son Eun Seo from 2011 to 2013 after meeting on-set? Also, you might be surprised to learn that he’s only one year older than his “Heirs” costar Lee Min Ho!

              Catch him in Episode 166 of “Running Man” with the rest of the “Heirs” cast:



              Lee Jong Suk

              We’d consider Lee Jong Suk the ‘It’ boy right now since he’s on a roll right now in dramaland! You’ll understand why everyone loves him after watching these juicy kissing highlight clips from “I Hear Your Voice,” “Doctor Stranger” and “Pinocchio”!


              When you’re as naturally good looking as Lee Jong Suk, it’s hard to resist falling in love. These are five other reasons (and GIFs) to make you a fan for life!

              George Hu

              George Hu has been acting since 2006, but the turning point in his career came in 2012 when he starred opposite Annie Chen in “Love, Now” and “Love Around.” However, in 2014, the four stars of those two dramas swapped partners for their next dramas, “Love Cheque Charge” and currently on-air “Boysitter.”

              George flashing his abs in ‘To Get Her
              Fans have been secretly wishing that George Hu and Annie Chen’s on-screen chemistry would translate into real life – we hope it happens, too! See what we mean by watching their steamy shower kissing scene from “Love, Now” starting at the 5-minute mark:


              Aaron Yan

              You might know Aaron Yan best from recent hits “Just You” and “Fall in Love With Me”, but his other dramas “The Clue Collector” and “Love Buffet” also were super popular! Brace yourself for his shirtless hotness in this kiss scene clip!


              We simply can’t get enough of Aaron Yan. Let’s all congratulate him on winning the Best Actor Award at the recent Sanlih Drama Awards!

              Sunny Suwanmethanon

              While Sunny has spent the bulk of his career in movies, he’s also known for his comedic skills in Thai sitcoms “True Love Next Door” Season 1 and Season 2.


              What do you think is the reason for his exotic looks? Find out here!

              D.O.

              In “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” D.O. proved that he can act in addition to being a powerful vocalist for the K-pop group EXO. Feel free to fangirl over his performance of his smash hit “Overdose” in Episode 770 of “SBS Inki Gayo” at the 53:42 mark.


              2014 was indeed a great year for D.O., and we’re eager to see what he has planned next! Reminisce by watching his sweet plot-changing scene with co-star Jo In Sung in “It’s Okay, That’s Love”:


              Jiro Wang

              Some of you might not be familiar with Jiro Wang, but he has actually been in the entertainment industry since 2004. He was even in the same Mandopop group (Fahrenheit) as Aaron Yan! Besides this, Jiro Wang is an established actor with appearances in such popular dramas as “Hana Kimi” (the Korean version is “To the Beautiful You”) and “To Get Her.”


              Are Jiro Wang’s six-pack abs sexy enough for you to remember him now?

              Yuki Furukawa

              The star of “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO” and “Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in TOKYO” just celebrated his birthday on December 18. It might be hard to believe that with such delicate flower boy features, Yuki Furukawa is already 27 years old! His popularity has skyrocketed as he became the first Japanese actor to have a fan meeting in Shanghai, China, last year.


              Enjoy the best moments of Kotoko (played by Miki Honoka) and Naoki (played by Yuki Furukawa) from “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO”:



              Which hot bachelor do you have your eyes on for 2015? Let us know!

              Who is the hottest bachelor for 2015?
              Mario Maurer
              Hyun Bin
              Choi Jin Hyuk
              Lee Jong Suk
              George Hu
              Aaron Yan
              Sunny Suwanmethanon
              D.O.
              Jiro Wang
              Yuki Furukawa
              Poll Maker

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