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New Feature: Special Project Badges

Today, we're excited to announce the launch of Special Project Badges on profile pages. Now, if you navigate to your profile page, you'll see a new section where you can see and collect badges!

Special Project Badges are awarded to community members who participate in special projects. Over time, we'll be developing a series of badges released periodically, and each badge will represent a different project. For now, we're starting with three special project badges to recognize our talented Community:
  • The Anime Badge: for any member of the Community who has participated in special anime subtitling projects or contributed at least 50 subtitles to an anime series
  • The Segmenting 101 Badge: for graduates of the Community's own Segmenting 101 Project
  • The "Old School" Badge: only for Community members who have been a part of the Viki family since 2010 or earlier

Dress up for the Halloween Costume Contest!

Halloween is only a week away! Are you planning to dress up as your favorite anime character, K-Drama star or K-Pop idol to celebrate? Then share your costume photos with us for  chance to win a Viki gift bag! Still searching for some costume ideas?  Check out some of our ideas below, get inspired and you're sure to be boo-tiful.

Viki Halloween Costume Contest

Maybe you will dress up as Psy and do your best Gangnam Style dance moves, or the lovely ladies of Orange Caramel in their new music video 'Lipstick.' Perhaps you will be an anime character like Lady Oscar from legendary anime 'The Rose of Versailles.' Or maybe you will recreate one of your favorite moments from a K-drama, like the most memorable moment of 'The Greatest Love' when Gu Ae Jeong put on her frog costume for a game-show challenge and ran into a neatly dressed Dokko Jin in the hallway!

Gong Hyo Jin in the 'Greatest Love' with Cha Seung Won

In order to be eligible, share a photo of yourself in costume with us either on Twitter, or leave a link to your photo as a comment on this blog post. Your photos must be submitted before midnight October 31, 2012 (PST). The Viki team will select a winner on November 1, 2012. When entering make sure to let us know what inspired your costume! Groups are eligible to enter but we'll only be sending one gift bag to the winner.

The winners will be selected based on creativity, and the authenticity to the inspiration outfit.

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

Film Spesial Idul Adha di Viki

Sebentar lagi kita akan merayakan hari raya Idul Adha, yang kali ini jatuh pada hari Jumat, 26 Oktober 2012. Ini berarti akhir pekan kali ini akan menjadi liburan akhir pekan yang lumayan panjang. Asyik! Nah, rencana apa saja yang sudah kamu siapkan untuk liburan akhir pekan ini?! Viki punya beberapa film menarik dengan tema perjuangan dan keberanian yang pastinya asyik untuk menemani kamu mengisi liburan Idul Adha kali ini.

Film Malaton didasarkan pada kisah nyata tentang perjuangan seorang anak autis yang berusaha menjadi juara lari maraton. Cho Won adalah seorang anak autis yang sangat senang lari. Ibunya, Kyeong Sook, sadar akan hal ini dan mulai mengarahkan dan mendukungnya untuk ikut lomba lari. Ikuti perjuangan Cho Won dalam mewujudkan mimpinya.
Film lain yang wajib kamu tonton di liburan kali ini adalah Herb. Film ini berkisah tentang Sang Eun, 20 tahun, gadis dengan keterbelakangan mental dan dengan pola pikir layaknya anak usia 7 tahun. Hari-harinya dihabiskan dengan membuat origami dan bermimpi tentang pangeran tampan dari buku yang dibacanya. Segala daya upaya dilakukan oleh sang ibu untuk melindungi Sang Eun. Meski begitu, ia mulai mengalami emosi layaknya orang dewasa ketika jatuh cinta dengan seorang perwira polisi. Sejauh manakah ibu Sang Eun dapat melindungi putri tercintanya?
For Horowitz adalah film lainnya yang bisa kamu tonton selama liburan ini. Cita-cita Ji Su adalah menjadi pianis besar seperti idolanya, Vladimir Horowitz. Namun karena kondisi keuangan keluarganya yang tidak memungkinkan, ia pun urung melanjutkan studinya dan memilih untuk menjadi guru piano. Apakah Ji Su akan bisa melanjutkan menggapai cita-citanya?
For Horowitz
Ketiga film di atas memberikan pesan yang dalam mengenai arti perjuangan dan keberanian, dan yang pasti, asyik untuk kamu tonton di liburan Idul Adha ini. Selamat menonton! :)


Hari Raya Special on Viki

We're about to celebrate the Hari Raya Haj celebration, which is on October 26, 2012. This means that this weekend will be a long weekend in Indonesia. Yay! Do you have a plans for the holiday yet?! We have several good courage-and-sacrifice themed movies which we are sure you’ll enjoy watching this Hari Raya holiday.

Malaton is based on a real-life story of an autistic boy who wants to be a marathon champion. His mother, Kyeong Sook, realizes this and starts to direct and support him to join in running competitions.

Another must-watch movie for this holiday is Herb. This movie is about Sang Eun, 20 year-old, who is developmentally disabled and behaves like a 7-year-old. She spends her days making intricate origami designs and dreaming of marrying her Prince Charming, just like in the books she reads. Her mother dotes on her and tries to do everything in her power to shield her from harm. But Sang Eun begins to experience adult emotions when she falls in love with a police officer. How much longer can Sang Eun’s mother continue to protect her daughter?

For Horowitz is another movie that you can add to your holiday lineup. Kim Ji Su aspires to be a great classical pianist just like her idol, Vladimir Horowitz. But her dreams are crushed when her family is unable to pay for a musical education overseas. With no other options, Ji Su opens up a music studio and begins teaching other aspiring pianists.

These three movies deliver a deep and touching message about sacrifice and courage, and we are sure they will be great movies to watch during this holiday. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! :)

New Feature: Contributor Search

We're excited to announce that a new feature that allows Channel staff to more easily find contributors to join their Channel Teams, is now live! The feature is called "Contributor Search" and allows Channel Managers, Moderators and QCs to search a database of community members who have, in their profile settings, stated that they want to contribute to videos.
You'll be able to access Contributor Search from the Community Page
Channel Managers, Moderators and QCs are now able to search for community members who are interested in subtitling, segmenting, moderating, as well as managing a channel. You'll also able to filter your results by the number of hours a potential contributor is available for, or to only see QCs. You'll also be able to message members directly from your search results.

Contributor Search is available under the Community Page, or you can go directly to the page via the URL www.viki.com/volunteers. Also, make sure that you update your profile settings so that other Channel staff members are able to search for and contact you!
Sample search results
We hope you're as excited as we are for this new feature! A special "thank you" goes out to our beta testers, jojoo, klaudiotta, cgwm808, yolswels091, trucalling, Nonochii, mounlight, Miss_Z23, ileana80, amitiara, maricor102, shancai, celint, queen0flove16, Nakano, StarlightO and LaLa5011!

Happy Halloween!

Do you have your Halloween costume picked out yet? Will you be donning a tuxedo and shades for the PSY look, or a knockout superhero outfit like Darna? If you've got a great costume, you could win a prize in our Halloween Dress Up contest, from now until Halloween!

Here are some Asian horror and supernatural-themed movies and series to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Black Honeymoon (신혼여행) is the story of a Jeju Island vacation gone horribly wrong. It is available to viewers worldwide, except in Korea.

Our Indonesian horror movies are especially entertaining to watch. The Empty Chair (Bangku Kosong) is about a classroom terrorized by a possessed student who was once made to sit in the haunted "empty chair." And in the horror-comedy Evil Nurse (Suster Keramas), Kayla and her friends stay in a haunted, secluded villa. All films are available to viewers worldwide.
The Empty Chair
In the Korean horror film Dead Friend, which is is available to viewers worldwide, Min Ji Won (played by Kim Ha Neul from A Gentleman's Dignity) loses her memory, and while she tries to recover it, she learns that three of her closest friends are dead or dying after coming in contact with a vengeful ghostly presence.

If you're looking for something to enjoy with the whole family, check out Don Dracula, a sweet Japanese short animated series by legendary anime creator Osamu Tezuka. The story is about a family of vampires who are transported in their house from Romania to Tokyo. The series available worldwide except for Japan and Spain.
Viewers in the South East Asia region can follow The Paranormal Research Society as they try to uncover the truth behind possible paranormal events in Paranormal State.

Vampire Cop Ricky (흡혈형사 나도열) is a more lighthearted Halloween film, about a corrupt cop who transforms into a vampire whenever he is sexually aroused. The main actor played Im Taesan in A Gentleman's Dignity! This movie is available worldwide, except in Korea.
Vampire Cop Ricky
Whether you're planning a movie marathon, going to a costume party, or trick-or-treating around town, we hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween!

Welcome to the new Viki Blog

Welcome to the new home of the Viki Blog! You'll notice a new look and feel to this blog, but we'll continue to be bring you product updates and let you know what new features are out and in the works here. And we'll also continue to play fun games and have giveaways. So don't forget to check back here often!

You can also follow us by email so that you get an email notification every time a blog post is published. This way you won't ever miss out on news about your favorite new TV show, movie or ongoing games and contests. You can do this by:
  • Scrolling down until you see the "Follow by Email" field on the right hand side of this blog
  • Enter your email address
It's that easy!

Thanks so much for following our blog and, above all, being an amazing community!

Our Halloween Costume Contest Winner is...

We hope that everyone had a wonderfully scary Halloween! Thank you to everyone who entered the Halloween Costume Contest. Your costumes were so creative and fantastic -- we had a very hard time choosing a winner.

The winner of this year's Halloween Costume Contest came to us through Twitter. Vanni0522 was inspired by Jay Park's "New Breed" music video. Fantastic make-up job, Vanni0522!

Our Halloween Costume Contest winner!
Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Happy Birthday So Ji Sub and T.O.P!

November 4th is a special day for K-Pop and K-Drama fans: a double celebrity birthday! In dramas like Ghost and IRIS, So Ji Sub and Big Bang's T.O.P have both captivated audiences with their expressive eyes and strong charisma. We want to wish these superstars a very happy birthday, and we hope to see them work together one day.

Big Bang's T.O.P is 25 today

Did any of you get to attend the Big Bang concert in Southern California yesterday? Then you probably enjoy your daily dose of "Boomshakalaka" from your favorite rapper, T.O.P.

T.O.P's successful music career has been complemented in recent years by acting in dramas and movies. Check out his bad boy role in spy action thriller, IRIS, which also stars Lee Byung-Hun and Kim Tae Hee.

Actor So Ji Sub turns 34 today, celebrating 16 years of acting in the Korean entertainment industry. You can see his talent on display in the intense drama, Cain and Abel, movies like Rough Cut and the military series, Road No. 1. Most recently, he played a cyber-detective seeking the truth and revenge in Ghost. Watch the first episode here, available to viewers in the Americas:

And did you know that he started as a model to "make some easy money," and never had any intention of becoming the star he is now?

So Ji Sub turns 34 today
Let's cross our fingers for a collaboration between these two stars sometime in the future, and for now, wish them a very happy birthday!

Which Korean Star turns 31 today?

Lee Dongwook is the first K-Drama star that millions of fans fell for back in 2005, with his famous performance in My Girl. We all remember the final kiss scene, where he planted a kiss on Lee Da Hae's forehead and asked her, straight-faced, if she was disappointed before going in for the real thing. There were even more romantic scenes in one of his other dramas, Scent of a Woman with Kim Sun Ah. You can enjoy the main soundtrack by JYJ's Xiah Junsu while watching the best scenes of the drama below:

Today, this Hallyu star turns 31, and his success doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon. You can watch him in romantic comedy, Wild Romance, available to viewers in the Americas. And you can see more of his funny side on the popular variety show, Strong Heart, also available in the Americas. Check out this funny episode, featuring plenty of K-Drama stars:

We look forward to seeing this handsome actor's next project, but we hope he can take a break from acting and enjoy a relaxed birthday!

Happy 31st birthday!

Announcing the Faith Photo Caption Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our 'Faith' photo caption contest, who will receive a Lee Min Ho poster from his hit K-Drama 'City Hunter'. And thank you to all who entered and voted. We received so many fun entries!

Here's the winner as chosen by our Facebook fans. Make sure you follow Viki on Twitter and like our Facebook page to keep up with all the great new things we have coming up, and for more fun contest (and prizes) in the future!

Winner of the 'Faith' photo caption contest

In 'Faith (The Great Doctor)' Lee Min Ho plays Admiral Choi Young, a warrior in the Goryeo Dynasty. He travels 700 years to modern times and abducts Dr. Eun Soo to help save injured Princess No Guk. Will Dr. Eun Soo be able to save the Princess and return to her own time period? Or will she have faith in her heart and stay to help care for the king & his people?

Watch this K-drama from the beginning now!

Viki Cinema: Action and Comedy Movies for November

Now that Halloween's over, we can put away the spooky horror movies and have a few laughs with action comedies instead. Invite your friends over and pass the popcorn while you enjoy these light-hearted, exciting movies.

The Righteous Thief (홍길동의 후예) is about a modern-day Robin Hood and his fight against evil in Korean society. Played by Lee Bum Soo from History of a Salaryman, Hong Moo Hyuk has a difficult decision to make: will he continue his secret life as a hero or marry the woman he loves? This movie is available worldwide except in the following countries: Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Taiwan, China.

The Righteous Thief

The Tarix Jabrix is an Indonesian movie about a boy named Cacing, who wants to join the ranks of The Road Devil, the most fearsome motorcycle gang in the city. After getting rejected at the try-outs many times, he pulls together a group of friends to make his own rival group. This movie is available worldwide except for Malaysia and Brunei.

The Tarix Jabrix

The Troops of Dreamers is another film from Indonesia, following the struggles of a ragtag bunch of amateur soldiers fighting for independence. It is available worldwide except for Malaysia and Brunei.

We hope these films can lighten up your Autumn before the holidays!

The Innocent Man comes to an end

This week, The Innocent Man (previously known as "Nice Guy") reaches its final conclusion. The twisted plot that weaves together the lives of Ma Ru, Eun Gi, and Jae Hee has been picking up speed in the last few episodes, and you can watch them all on Viki if you are in the Americas. If nothing else, you should check out an episode to see one of the most foreboding and attractive introduction sequences in all of K-Drama.

"The Innocent Man" ends today

The Innocent Man follows events in the life of Kang Ma Ru, a promising young medical student who gave up his his future to protect his hometown sweetheart, Han Jae Hee. After confessing to a murder that Jae Hee herself committed, Ma Ru lived as a swindler and con artist for years. He could not be hired for a normal job, let alone return to medical school, because of his criminal record. When Ma Ru discovers that Jae Hee has maneuvered into the powerful Taesan Group family, he plots to bring her down, manipulating the chairman's daughter to get closer to Jae Hee.

The three main characters are complex and well-written, and it's interesting to see how they all come to share similar flaws and desires.

Kang Ma Ru, played by Song Joong Ki (Sungkyunkwan Scandal, A Tree with Deep Roots), is a master at lying and using others, but willingly sacrifices himself to protect the woman he loves. It might have been hard to imagine such a "baby-faced" actor in this dark role, but all doubts are cast aside when he goes into plotting mode. Viewers know what I'm talking about: when his gaze rests on his target, his smirk disappears, and ominous tango music fills the room. We could watch these scenes all day!

Song Joong Ki gets revenge as Kang Ma Ru

Seo Eun Gi (Moon Chae Won) is an heir to the Taesan fortune who appears tough on the outside, but has a pure heart and only wants to be loved. She falls in love instantly when she meets Ma Ru, before she knows his past and what kind of person he is; tragically, she tries to destroy both Ma Ru and herself after finding out his true nature.

Park Shi Yeon plays the villain, Jae Hee, who is revealed to be vulnerable and lonely behind her cold stare. Can't these three let go of their vengeful plans and become a happy family? It doesn't look like this is how the story ends, but you'll have to catch the finale, released today, to find out.

It's No-Shave November!

We're halfway through the month of November. For many this month is referred to as 'No Shave November' or 'Movember,' a month which symbolizes men ditching their razors for the entire month and growing facial hair, often for charity.

To celebrate this trend we've selected some men who's manly beards and mustaches we admire!

Bad Boy is a story of revenge carried out against a wealthy family by a cold, calculated man named Gun-wook played by the handsome mustached Kim Nam Gil. Bad Boy is available to viewers worldwide, except in select countries.

Bad Boy
Johnny Gaddaar is a 2007 Indian crime thriller noir film. Police officers recount a tale of five gang members that ran a gambling club and other illegal deals. Follow the story of missing money, lies, deceit, and deadly betrayal. Neil Mukesh plays the handsome bearded gang leader Vikram who plots a large drug heist. This title is is available to viewers worldwide, except in select countries.

Johnny Gaddaar

The A-Team is an iconic 1980's American TV series about a group of Vietnam vets who were framed for a crime they did not commit. While on the run, they work as vigilantes helping the innocent. Mr T's plays bearded strong man and mechanic Sergeant First Class Bosco. Viewers in South East Asia watch all the action adventure now!

The A-Team

Celebrate food and family this Thanksgiving!

For many this week is the celebration of Thanksgiving, a time to enjoy great food and traditions with family and friends. So as you prepare to enjoy the holiday, here are some of our favorite movies to get you in the spirit of giving, food and family. 

PastaSeo Yoo Kyung is the daughter of a Chinese restaurant owner and will do anything to become a fine-dining chef. She works tirelessly in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant for  head chef, Choi Hyun Wook, who doesn’t want any women in his kitchen. Will Yoo Kyung be able to stay out of the fire – let alone survive – in such a hot kitchen? This title is available to viewers in the United States and Canada. 

Fly, Daddy, FlyChang Ka Pil’s life is shattered when he comes home from work one day to discover that his 17-year-old daughter has been raped. Her attacker is the high school boxing star, who is from a wealthy well-connected government family. Unable to find redemption through the law, Ka Pil decides to train to box so he can fight his daughter's attacker. Can a father avenge his daughter’s honor? This title is available Worldwide except to viewers in Korea. 

Fly, Daddy, Fly
A Bold Family- Two sons discover their father, who was displaced from the North Korea, will leave all his fortune to government unless the two-divided Koreas become unified. To get ahold of their father’s property, the whole family work to fool him into thinking North Korea and South Korea have been finally unified. But things don't always go as smoothly as planned....  This title is available Worldwide except to viewers in Korea. 

A Bold Family 
This Thanksgiving what are you most thankful for?

7 Showgate anime titles now available! Part 1

We’re excited to be bringing 14 new anime titles to you! The first 7 are available now!

Do you love epic battle scenes or stories of heroes who overcome struggles against personal and dark demons to save mankind or the universe? Then the below 7 titles are for you! Embark on a journey and discover passion, strength, courage and hope.

In the near future, mankind is able to explore the far reaches of the universe, thanks to scientific advances that have made it possible to travel faster than the speed of light. Many men and women now search for a new utopia but face terrorism and war, mirroring their life on Earth.
Men and women have gone to explore the universe in search of a new utopia, but they are faced with dreadful struggles such as terrorism and conflicts between countries, just as on Earth.


TO is available to viewers in Asia, except in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Japan.


This three-episode series follows three girls, as they lead double lives. In one world Sakayu, Tobias and Mary are players in the world's largest multi-player online game called "The World R:X." And in another, they are 2nd year high school students. The two worlds collide when disaster strikes The World and one of them is wrapped up in it!

.hack/Quantum is available to viewers in Asia except in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Japan.

Street Fighter IIV
Based on the Street Fighter video game, this series follows Ken Masters and Ryu Hoshi as they travel the world meeting new people and perfecting their martial art and street fighting skills.

This title is available to viewers in Asia except in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Japan.


Canaan follows three woman who are connected through an anti-terrorist summit. Canaan is an assassin, Alphard is her rival and also an assassin, and Maria Osawa is a victim of a terrorist attack. Watch as their histories and destinies unfold.


This title is available to viewers in Asia except in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Japan

In this sci-fi action anime, World War III has left the world in chaos, and aa new species arises from humans. There is a large crater now filled with contaminated debris where Tokyo once stool, dubbed "The Black Spot." Some humans who inhabited that area gained superhuman powers, called "Fragments", and became known as "Needless." 

The story follows the battle between a mysterious pharmaceutical company led by Adam Arclight, and a group led by the priest of destruction, Adam Blade.


This title is available to viewers in Asia except in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Japan. 

Fist of the North Star ~ Legend of the Dark King ~

After a worldwide nuclear war destroyed the earth and made many living things extinct. The surviving humans now live in a society where the strong now rule over the weak, fighting over the remaining water and food supplies.

One man, named Rao, steps up to create order in the world. He is the eldest of the four Hokuto brothers and a master of the assassination art of Hokuto Shinken, an art that has been passed through generations for 1800 years. He names himself "Ken-oh" and uses his mastery to flight against rival warlords and anyone who challenges his authority.  The life that Rao lived in his youth -- one without a shred of regret -- is revealed in this anime.

Join the journey to witness Rao's encounter with his horse, Kokuo-go, with Souga, a general who follows Rao from the Land of Ashura (Shura no Kuni), how Rao formed the Ken-oh army with Reina, the head of Rao's bodyguards, the feud with this brother Toki, establishing the Cassandra prison camp, and the battle of fate with Souther, the successor of the martial art of Nanto Hououken.

This animated version includes a new character. Sakuya was created by Yukou Osada, who was the original comic artist.

Fist of the North Star is available to viewers in Asia except in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, and Japan

Set during the Japanese Civil War, Samurai Yajiro Torajima finds himself surrounded by his enemy and is saved by the sexy and smiling Rushuna, who travels around Japan trying to find a way to end the war. Together, Yajiro and Rushuna challenge countless opponents. 

Grenadier is available to viewers in the US and Asia except China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Japan.

We have 7 more Showgate anime titles coming your way, so stay tuned!

Moon Geun Young Returns with Cheongdam-dong Alice

This Saturday, one of the most talented young actresses in Korea makes her return to the small screen in Cheongdam-dong Alice (청담동 앨리스). Moon Geun Young, who has impressed audiences ever since her childhood role in Autumn Tale, will play a hard-working girl trying to make a name for herself in the fashion industry. She will be romanced by Park Shi Hoo, the lead actor from dramas like Prosecutor Princess and The Princess' Man. We look forward to seeing his signature smile as he takes "Alice" down the rabbit hole to a new, glamorous life. Cheongdam-dong Alice is available to viewers in the Americas, and new episodes will air every Saturday and Sunday night (KST).

Moon Geun Young is "Cheongdam-dong Alice"

If you're a fan of Moon Geun Young and her bright, hopeful characters, you'd probably enjoy the 2005 romantic comedy, Innocent Steps. In this funny and heartwarming film, she is mistaken for her sister and recruited to compete in a national dance competition. Her partner, played by Park Geon Hyeong (the suave "doc" from I do, I do), is the dancer who must train her to win the championship in only three months. This movie is available to viewers worldwide except for these select countries: Korea, United States, China, Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Celebrate the winners of the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)! Let's celebrate by enjoying some of the evening's big winners.

PSY- Gangnam Style 

This song achieved international fame with its addictive “horse-riding” dance and is a song
that talks about classy girls that are not as obnoxious as they seem. PSY won
the “Song of the Year” and “International Favourite Artist” Award at MAMA 2012.

Big Bang – Fantastic Baby

Fantastic Baby is one of Big Bang's comeback singles after almost two years. Big Bang, known for their brilliant stage presence, won the “Artist of the Year” award at MAMA 2012.

Super Junior – Sexy Free & Single

This is an electronic dance track displaying the mature charisma of the 10 members of Super
Junior, and talks about men who go through struggles in life, and emerge as better
individuals. Super Junior won the "Album of the Year" award at MAMA 2012.

Check out hit songs from the other award winners, such as B.A.P, EXO, Davichi and more!

Enhance the music experience with other users by subbing into the Karaoke language (MU).
A romanized version of the song lyrics now lets others who don't know Hangul sing along to
their favorite Kpop artists' songs! Here are step-by-step instructions for how to sub in Karaoke on Viki!

Hyun Bin Returns from Military Service

In only two days, Hallyu star Hyun Bin will be discharged from the Korean military after completing 21 months of service. It's hard to believe that it has been almost two years since one of the most popular actors in Korea left the acting scene to fulfill his duty in the military. We're looking forward to seeing him back on the screen in a new drama or movie, but for now, we can look back and enjoy his past roles. Take this fun poll on our Facebook page to vote for your favorite Hyun Bin character!

Hyun Bin will be discharged on Dec. 6

In Snow Queen (눈의 여왕), Han Tae-Woong is a young math genius who quits school and runs away from home after learning that he may have caused the suicide of his best friend. Saddled with guilt, he changes his name and joins a boxing club. Hyun Bin's portrayal of a rough, street-smart fighter with a troubled past is a far cry from his more famous K-Drama "prince" characters. This drama is available in US & Canada.

World Within (그들이 사는 세상) was the start of Hyun Bin's famed relationship with his A-list co-star, Song Hye Gyo. In this drama, he plays a charismatic TV producer from a poor farmer's family, who teaches the cold, reserved Joo Joon Young how to express her feelings and learn to trust others. This drama is available in US & Canada.

The role that pushed Hyun Bin into the global spotlight was the spoiled hotelier in My Name is Kim Sam-Soon (내 이름은 김삼순). The rude, immature Kim Jin-heon tries his best to push around his newly-hired patissier, but she throws the insults right back in his face, making for one of the funniest romantic comedies in all of K-Drama. This show is available in US, Canada, Middle East and Africa.

Hyun Bin most recently captured fans in body-switching drama, Secret Garden (스크릿 가든). Taking "eccentric" to the extreme, Kim Joo-Won refuses to ride in elevators, talks to imaginary people, and insists on wearing his velour track jackets zipped to the top. And just when you think he's about to fall in love with the tough stuntwoman (played by Ha Ji Won), the two switch bodies in an unbelievable twist. This drama is available worldwide except in select countries.

Each of Hyun Bin's characters is different, and lovable in their own way. What type of role do you want to see him take on for his comeback performance?

Featured Community Member: yolswels091

We have amazing people in the community, and we'd like to start introducing them through the Viki Blog! As the first community member to be featured, yolswels091, has written a story about her life at Viki. We know many of you will be able to relate to her experiences!


Back when I was still in college in my country, the Philippines, I learned about Viikii, (it was spelled like that back then) from some of my classmates who were so fanatical about Korean shows, as well as actors and actresses and K-Pop boy bands. I'm a very serious student so I didn't pay attention to it. I wasn't into it even though Korean shows started to infiltrate Filipino television. It wasn't until a friend of mine recommended that I watch Goong and Boy Over Flowers that I actually liked watching other Korean shows.

So I created an account on Viikii.com and learned that it's a community-based website. It didn't interest me that much as I didn't have time to explore the whole website. I was still in school and studying seriously, so for me it was one of those websites where you create an account and forget about it after a few days. Yeah, it's true.

After graduating from the University, I went to US and started working. It was the kind of job that kills your social life, so I looked for help from my laptop and that became my best friend. To kill time, I started watching shows on the net. Then I remembered Viikii.

Viikii was still there. I had forgotten my previous account so I decided to make a new one dated September 15, 2010, one that is still alive now. It was really hard for me at the beginning. I didn't have friends or any contact for that matter. I can't even remember who the first user was that I made contact with. So after looking through and exploring the website, trying to learn to navigate the whole thing, I still ended up quite confused about how everything works. What got me started was finding some of my fellow countrymen on Viikii. BINGO! It's a translation site. That's what Viikii is all about.

I started as a Tagalog subber. At first, I was scolded. I translated some lines in Sungkyunkwan Scandal without anybody's permission. But I didn't know there was a system of Channel Managers, moderators and such. I can't remember what happened after that, but I ended up as a regular Tagalog subber for some dramas. I'm quite diligent and looking at how my subbing credits increased by the minute made my day. lol

After a couple of months of subbing, I felt envious of other users. They're had some big roles in channels and I feeling bored with subbing. English is the second language in the Philippines, so translating English to Tagalog isn't that necessary. What really interested me were the segmenters. "They're so cool," I thought back then. It's like they have their own world in Viikii.

Then I learned about SEG101. I'd say that they did a great job at scaring people -- the Channel was really intimidating... lol. At the time, they were celebrating their first anniversary. They had a very long list of aspiring students so the wait looked like it would forever. Luckily, I found out about their Avatar Contest, and that they were giving admissions to the top 3 winners. So I joined and submitted 2 avatars. I was actually surprised by the results because the avatar that I didn't have any expectations for got the votes and won me 3rd place. It was a very simple avatar design -- it was a person holding scissors, a globe and a film strip.

So I became a SEG101 newbie. I concentrated on learning the proper way to segment alongside with my mentor FTHIA. After a few months, I graduated. With my SEG101 badge, I had the confidence that I could finally segment.

My first contributions as a segmenter were in Lie To Me, which I think was one of the first Korean Dramas Viki licensed. My first day segmenting on a real project was a mess. I got the first part on episode 1, and I thought it took me forever to finish. My God, I was so conscious of my timings and everything. But as episodes went on, I got my confidence to race alongside with the segmenting veterans. Sadly, Lie to Me didn't do well. But I was still optimistic and had started to love segmenting -- it was my first segmenting project after all. After the show ended, I became Lie to Me's number 1 segmenter garnering the highest number of segments.

Becoming a Viki user was much more helpful than I thought. I said earlier that my job could kill a social life. I didn't choose it because I'm a loner or anything, but it's just that some people, like me, just don't have the luxury to choose a better job yet. But it gives me a lot of time to be on Viki. That's basically the life that I have right now, and I have gained lots of friends across the globe which is the best experience of all.

Thank you, yolswels091 for being such an awesome member of the community!

Viki Fan Favorites 2012

As the end of the year approaches it's time for the 1st annual Viki Fan Favorite vote! The power is in your hands. What was your favorite comeback, comedy, drama and more? Let us know by casting your vote here. And share your vote on your Facebook and Twitter to encourage your friends to vote as well. 

You can vote once a day between now and December 31.

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Several stars had successful TV comebacks in 2012. After 12 years away from dramas, Jang Dong Gun still had the same charm in his return to 'Gentleman's Dignity.' 

This year also brought great body-swapping K-Dramas and time traveling shows. From Lee Min Ho as Korean warrior Admiral Choi Young, to Gong Yoo in body swapping hit "Big."

Psy took over the world with his infectious song 'Gangnam Style.' The horse dance choreography helped bring K-pop into the mainstream. The boys of Super Junior also had explosive dance moves in their hot music video 'Sexy Free and Single.' Which was your favorite?

We hope you enjoyed re-watching all of your favorite videos and sharing them with us on Viki!