Kim Hyun Joong (Boys Over Flowers) caused a major uproar when he was reported to have attended former South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan‘s 80th birthday party. Some history: Chun is a controversial figure in Korea primarily because of his administration’s brutal military response to the Gwangju Democratization Movement, a group of citizens which rose up and gained control of the city of Gwangju to protest Chun‘s military dictatorship in 1980. So why did Kim go to the party? The rumor is that Kim‘s management company’s CEO is friends with Chun, who demanded that he bring the star. Kim says he was unaware of any controversy and now is furious for having to defend himself. So far, everyone’s keeping tight-lipped: reportedly, Kim issued two statements on his website explaining himself to fans, and both were immediately removed!
The highly-anticipated Korean War drama Road No. 1 has a new confirmed cast member: Canadian Julien Kang, previously seen on Dream and the sitcom High Kick Through the Roof, will join Kim Ha Neul, So Ji Sub and Yoon Kye Sang as a U.S. Marine when the drama airs in June.
Chun Jung Myung took time out from filming Cinderella’s Sister to shoot this kick-ass mixed martial arts photo spread for the February issue of Vogue!
Hi My Sweetheart‘s Show Luo did something really cool for his mother, who, like her famous son, loves sweets. It turns out that a few years ago, Show‘s mom was diagnosed with diabetes, and has to watch her diet carefully. Now, Show has fulfilled his mom’s dream of opening a non-sugar sweets store specially catered to the needs of diabetics–the new shop opens in April!
Ever wondered what the cast of God of Study would look like dead? No? Well, here they are, anyway.
And speaking of God of Study, star Bae Doo Na is getting critical raves for her work in Hirokazu Koreeda‘s Air Doll. In addition to winning the Japan Acadamy prize, Bae will receive the award for Best Actress at the Takasaki Film Festival in Japan–a first for a foreign actor. Koreeda is the masterful director known internationally for his films After Life, Nobody Knows and Still Walking, and the new film has the unusually wacky (for him) premise of a man who buys an inflatable sex doll (Bae) that secretly has a soul of its own.
Lee Chun Hee (Smile, You), Park Ye Jin (Queen Seon Duk), Kang Daesung (What’s Up) and other stars of kdramas past, present and future gathered in Seoul for the bittersweet final taping of the variety show Family Outing, to air in mid-February.
We brought you news earlier that CNN was filming a special profile on Lee Byung Hyun (IRIS), and here‘s a new 30-second teaser to whet your appetite even more!
Finally, we entered today’s Fever Watch on kind of a heavy note, so I’d like to leave you with lots and lots of pretty pictures: Lee Da Hae (Chuno) flashes her panties for Marie Claire’s February issue, Yoon Eun Hye (Coffee Prince) gets down to earth for skin care company Beyond, Han Ji Hye (East of Eden) and Song Hye Kyo (The World That They Live In) try out their new Anton Chigurh hairstyles, and Kim Ha Neul travels to the edge of fashion…and beyond!